Ah, the “lame duck” week of the year—nestled right between the festive holidays and the New Year’s holiday. Maybe you’re working on your New Year’s goals with renewed vigor and commitment. Maybe you’re fiddling with work projects and muttering about everyone else who took vacation this week. Maybe you’re in earnest with your efforts and hoping to get a head start on your writing or blogging or earning a living. This post could possibly affect all three situations (ambitious, right?).
I’ve not talked about freelance writing much lately because I’ve drifted away from it. I pursued it briefly when I had one child who had a consistent nap in the middle of the day when I could do phone interviews and research. Two children with varying nap durations has put a glitch in those opportunities. Still, I keep a folder of ideas for future reference and sift through them occasionally.
At one point I took to the idea of figuring out what some unusual holidays are that might be of interest for pitching ideas with unique angles. I found so much more than I bargained for. I’ve long suspected that we in the U.S. have a tendency to celebrate everything and anything for the excuse to have a party, but this takes the cake ;). I present to you: a calendar of absurd and unusual (and in many cases unofficial) celebrations (except for the reading/writing-related ones – those are just good sense).
Pitch ideas at your own risk. The best pitching might be right into the trash can.
4 – National Trivia Day
13 – National Rubber Ducky Day (I’m guessing Ernie from Sesame Street lobbied for this one.)
25 – National Opposite Day (This one surely was invented by a kid.)
4 – National Thank a Mailman Day (Here’s to you dad!)
18 – National Battery Day
28 – National Public Sleeping Day (In other words, you can take a nap today wherever you are. I’d check company policy before assuming your workplace honors this “unofficial” day.)
4 – National Grammar Day
12 – National Plant a Flower Day
30 – National Pencil Day
5 – National Read a Road Map Day
20 – National Lima Bean Respect Day
(Lima Bean: “I mean really, how hard is it to get a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T. I’m a good bean.”
National Calendar Day: Okay, let’s put you on the calendar little buddy. We’ll get you some.”
Lima Bean: “Aw thanks, you really are good people.”)
I mean, how else does that conversation happen?
23 – National Talk Like Shakespeare Day
4 – National Dentist Day
23 – National Lucky Penny Day
31 – National Speak in Complete Sentences Day (No LOLing or ASAPing today!)
6 – National Yo-Yo Day
21 – National Dad Joke Day (Practice your fake laughs, groans, and eye rolls.)
27 – National Sunglasses Day
3 – National Eat Your Beans Day (“Beans, beans, the musical fruit. The more you eat the more…” Sorry.)
16 – National Umlaut Day
24 – National Cousins Day
1 – National Drive Backwards Day (Um? No. Don’t.)
5 – National Underwear Day
22 – National Tooth Fairy Day
6 – National Read A Book Day
24 – National Punctuation Day
25- National Daughters Day
13 – National Train Your Brain Day
16 – National Dictionary Day
31 – National Knock-Knock Jokes Day
1 – National Authors’ Day
15 – National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day
30 – National Stay Home Because You’re Well Day
15 – National Cat Herders Day (Pay attention Twitter! This one seems important for you and your photos and memes.)
15 – National Cupcake Day
31 – National Make Up Your Mind Day
So, if you’re writing your goals and have one to be more active pitching ideas, I hope this helps (or makes you laugh or roll your eyes). If you’re just trying to pass time at a desk job until the big party this weekend, I hope this makes you laugh or roll your eyes or kill 20 seconds. If you’re looking for blog material or writing ideas I hope this gave you something to think about (after you roll your eyes and laugh).
If your goal happens to be trying to get a day of celebration on the calendar for fruit flies or chocolate-covered strawberries or something else obscure but meaningful to you, you can check out the celebrations that already exist at the two sites I visited for this esteemed research: National Day Calendar and What National Day Is It.
Then: please reconsider. Enough already.
Happy New Year-all of the days!