March 23rd National Tamale Day
Boy oh boy, here’s a day I bet you have been waiting for… National Tamale Day. Doesn’t it seem like we just had a National Tamale Day like a year ago!?! A tamale is a corn dough, called a masa, that can be stuffed with nearly anything you can think of. Any type of meat, vegetable or fruit goes into a tamale where it is generally heated and served as a meal or a snack. Interestingly the tamale can be either corn or a banana husk. The husk is discarded, or used as a plate.
How to celebrate – Make some tamales for dinner tonight. Visit Mexico. Serve with a sweet or savory sauce.
In case any one who follows this blog hasn’t caught it, I am a dog person! Is there anything cuter than than a puppy? I don’t think so. Yes they get in to trouble while they are learning but eventually they come to understand what you expect of them. In the mean time, they are fun to watch just like a child and they love you unconditionally. Today was created by Colleen Page, a Pet & Home Style expert in 2006.
How to celebrate – Get a puppy. Dogs live relatively short lives, love them while you have them. Take plenty of pictures while they are a puppy.
Today was created by Monica “Moeller” DuFour and her Grandfather back in 1976. It contends that we all need a day to goof off to break up the days we work so hard. I’m not sure that is actually accurate because I think most of us tend to goof off as much as we work, but that’s okay… particularly today! If all you do is work, constantly, you probably would bore yourself if you had to listen to yourself. Sometimes the greatest ideas one gets are when they are playing around or taking a break. Also understanding those you work with also comes easier sometimes when you are goofing off, when their guards are down and they speak more freely.
How to celebrate – Find some time today to goof off. Find those you can have fun with to goof off with. Let your hair down and live!
International Day Of Forests – March 21st
Today has been declared a day to appreciate the forests of the world by the United Nations. Most of us just think of forests as trees but they are actually a great deal more. They store carbon helping our environment as they improve the climate around us often acting like a filter. They give us fuel for heat and shade to cool, they are a natural sound barrier, provide food, give a watershed to the soil, and provide a soothing mental health environment. We need to do what we can to save them.
How to celebrate – Visit a forest today. Plant a tree in your yard. Learn about the positive and negative sides of logging. List as many animals as you can that live in a forest.
Whether you like a sonnet, haiku, limerick, ode, ballad, ode or free verse you have much to choose from. Today was created in 1999 by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Poetry does move people, sometimes even nations. It can change minds, hearts and the reasons to believe in something. It can deal with any subject, controversy or simply love. (Not that love is simple) And many poems that were relevant a hundred years ago are still relevant today.
How to celebrate – Write some poetry of your own. Discover who your favorite poet is. Learn how many poems get turned into songs.
At first sight, you might think this is a day set aside to ask someone to marry you. Well, it could be, nothing wrong with that but there are many different types of proposals and the day does not spell out which it meant. Congress persons propose different laws and amendments. (Not that they ever pass any of them.) Business’ propose new ventures, sports teams propose trades, in fact any idea until it is accepted or rejected is actually a proposal. Something to think about and generally something to say “yes” or “no” to. You can even propose to forget about today altogether and go back to bed.
How to celebrate – Make a proposal. Listen to all proposals. Think of how many proposals you have made in your lifetime.
March 20th Extraterrestrial Abductions Day
Do you believe you have been abducted by aliens? Well, many believe they have been. They are here to learn about us, whether to help advance us, or destroy us. Many believe the extraterrestrials have been here for centuries showing the Egyptians how to build the pyramids and advancing the Mayan and Inca civilizations. There was an Alien Abduction Festival in Canada back on March 20th, 2008. It went over so well that it was never repeated. If you were abducted it is nothing to be proud of because obviously they weren’t impressed and returned you! Who knows, maybe the person standing next to you in line isn’t a person at all, but rather an extraterrestrial examining you for some future experimentation.
How to celebrate – Well start by celebrating that you have not been abducted by extraterrestrials. Look to the sky tonight to see if you can welcome any extraterrestrials. When are we going to start abducting extraterrestrials ourselves!?!
Today we celebrate poultry. Why you may ask… heck if I know, I did not pick the day, name the day, or create the day. In fact, no one seems to know too much about it at all. Now I am sure someone will object to all that but I’m not going to chicken out, call me a turkey and maybe it is a foul subject. This day does not suggest we eat poultry, that we keep them for pets or even participate with them in any way. It is simply about poultry so make of it what you will. So why did the chicken cross the road? The more important question may be… who cares?
How to celebrate – How many different types of poultry can you name? Have chicken for dinner tonight. Cross the road and see if you find a chicken there.
What a great day to come right after Saint Patrick’s Day! Awkward moments day! I don’t know about you but I am likely to have had a few of them yesterday and not even known it! Today we embrace those moments where something we didn’t have planned, likely embarrassing, occurred. There is nothing you can do about it so you might as well enjoy it the same way others do! It’s time to get over it and realize you are not the first person that sort of thing ever happened to so… smile,deal with it and get on with your day. So is today about remembering those moments and suffering through them, or forgetting about them and letting them go? Your choice!
How to celebrate – Try remembering your most embarrassing moments. Try to ignore others most embarrassing moments. Live and let live.
No, Saint Patrick is not the Saint of Beer… but I’ll bet a lot of people think he is. He was an English priest, who went to Ireland to bring them Christianity in, or around, 400 AD. The land of leprechauns and shamrocks, where the primary color is green and there’s a song in every word spoken. Oddly, the first Saint Patrick’s Day did not happen in Ireland! It came in New York City in 1762. There are over 34 million people in the US that have some sort of Irish decent. (I think that’s more people than live in Ireland!) Yep, I checked… by almost 30 million! Today is a day to be proud of your heritage, whether you have any Irish blood in you are not. “May the road rise up to meet you”.
How to celebrate – Go green! Visit an Irish Pub. Visit Ireland.