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Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 9.03.03 AMThanks to Winter Storm Octavia my Grands and their friends have sled down our backyard hill for two days, and we’ve partied inside with hot chocolate and cookies. What fun! Now, I’m done with winter. Done! Like I did this time last year, I’ve searched for Funny Days, Weird Holidays, and Celebrations on http://www.daysoftheyear.com for ways to enjoy cold winter days.

Today is Battery Day. Just think how important the simple battery is to our way of life. How many household devices use a battery? Maybe I chose Battery Day because I recently turned the ignition switch on my van and nothing happened, except for a rat-a-tat-tat sound. A simple fix, I was told. (Thank you, Husband, for letting me drive your car while you installed a new battery in mine.) The first battery was invented in 1800 so this is a 215-year birthday celebration. February 18 is also Drink Wine Day. Whoever chose mid-February to celebrate drinking wine must have also been searching for ways to enjoy these dreary cold days.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 8.54.57 AM  February 25th is Inconvenience Yourself Day. A day to put on your happy face and be nice. The website states, “…this day should be an incentive for others to acknowledge their appreciation for acquaintances or strangers and to promote a respectful attitude and an attentive demeanor.” To hold a door or carry something heavy for someone. Help someone cross a street. “A day to reflect on what others need and how we can help.” At first I thought this day should be called Kindness Day, but the emphasis is to inconvenience myself to help another person. It’s also Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day. Chocolate and peanuts – my favorite candy combination. It’s no inconvenience to devour a Goo Goo!

Last year on March 4th, I celebrated Grammar Day and Pound Cake Day. Other choices are Toy Solider Day and International Scrapbooking Industry Day. Neither seems to fit what I do, but my scrapbooking friends can cut and paste from sunrise to sundown. I learned that Toy Solider Day is deceiving. It’s intended to unite fans of various roleplaying activities. From nurses to scouts to cowboys to soldiers to whatever anyone wants to be. So on this day, we can all dress up and pretend.

Screen Shot 2015-02-19 at 8.51.48 AMWorld Plumbing Day is March 11. A day to reflect on the role that plumbing plays in preserving good health and our way of life. My great aunt and uncle didn’t have indoor plumbing when I was nine years old and spent a week with them. I took a hot bath as soon as I got home, and I’ve never forgotten the spiders in Aunt Anne and Uncle Everett’s outhouse. Hallelujah for plumbing!

March 18 is Awkward Moments Day. I celebrate this often. Every time I see someone who says, “Hi, Susan. How you doing?” and I know the face – not the name. I listen for a clue. A former student or his parent? One of my children’s friends? Someone I knew in another life? The website says I should celebrate with humor. Laugh and move on to the next awkward moment. Yes, there will be more.

Check out the website and choose your own days. How about What if Cats and Dogs Had Opposable Thumbs Days? Or Open an Umbrella Indoors Day? Or International Ask a Question Day? Chocolate Caramel Day? Whatever it takes to get to Friday, March 20. Just 30 more days.

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