Every single day that passes is a different random holiday that most people don’t notice. I decided to take a week and celebrate all of these misfit holidays. I started on Sunday, September 16 and continued until Saturday, September 22.
It’s tough to take time out of your daily responsibilities to celebrate something every day. It turns out, there’s a reason our official holidays are spaced out like they are: you need time to recover from the celebrations. There were plenty of times throughout the week I wanted to quit. But I persevered. I persevered to show that ALL holidays matter. I persevered for all of the little holidays out there who feel overshadowed by Thanksgiving or fourth of July. You matter, National Rice Krispies Treat Day, and this article is for you.
National Guacamole Day
Sunday, September 16
Holy Guacamole! For National Guacamole Day I headed to the land where guac is extra but so am I, aka Chipotle. I ordered a burrito bowl with guacamole AND had a side of chips with guac to really get in the spirit. Finally, as a pre-dinner snack, I made my own guacamole, which I devoured with tortilla chips.
National Country Music Day
Monday, September 17
Howdy, y’all. National Country Music Day was the day I dreaded most when I planned to celebrate these obscure holidays. I have an extreme bias against country music. My old roommate would put on country music as punishment in the car when she was mad at me because she knew I hated it so much. I don’t want to take a ride on anyone’s Big Green Tractor, nor am I a fan of cowboy boots so I figured what’s the point of listening to Country?
In order to celebrate the holiday, I put on a cowboy hat (seriously), and headed to a nearby record store to scope out their country music selection. The country music section was pretty slim compared to the more popular genres around the store. However, it did inspire me to delve into the music of some familiar names like Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. I wanted to commit to giving country music a chance by finding five songs I genuinely like. When I got home, I asked my Amazon Alexa to play me country music. After a few hours of a combination of cringing, foot tapping and singing, here are the five country songs I decided I can jam to.
1) A Boy Named Sue- Johnny Cash
2) Nothing I can Do About it Now- Willie Nelson
3) Girl Next Door- Brandy Clark
4) Body Like a Back Road- Sam Hunt
5) Ring of Fire- Johnny Cash
National Rice Krispies Treat Day
Tuesday, September 18
Mmm, National Rice Krispies Treat Day, the gooiest day of them all. For this day I whipped up a batch of traditional Rice Krispie treats. It made me realize I hadn’t had a Rice Krispie in close to 10 years. Why do we stop eating the fun treats from our childhood when we become adults? I am a grown woman and if I want to eat buttery marshmallow snacks from now on I’m going to do so!
Rice Krispies Treats are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a bag of mini marshmallows, a box of Rice Krispies cereal and some butter.
National Talk Like a Pirate Day
Wednesday, September 19
Ahoy, Mateys! For National Talk Like a Pirate Day I called in some reinforcements and we improvised a video teaching the landlubbers of Tampa Bay how to talk like a pirate. Since the Buccaneer is our football team’s mascot, and we hold a Gasparilla pirate festival every year, I figured it was about time we learned to “speak pirate.”
You should really watch the video if you want to learn pirate and watch me embarrass myself at the same time. However, if you don’t have seven minutes of your life to waste I’ll teach you some terms here.
The ocean- “Briny deep”
Drunk- “Three sheets to the wind”
Scurvy dog- “Lowly or disgusting man”
Goodbye- “Fair winds and smooth sailing”
The average vocabulary of a Gasparilla patron consists only of the words: hello, yes, alcohol, I’m drunk and goodbye. So, this list has you covered for Gasparilla 2019.
National Punch Day
Thursday, September 20
Punch: every high schooler’s favorite drink to spike. Outside of the Hawaiian variety, punch isn’t something we encounter very often. For National Punch Day, I mixed up my own concoction of fruit, juice and red wine. I started by pouring a bottle of red wine into my punch bowl. I then added 48 ounces of pineapple juice and mixed in sliced oranges, pineapples and limes. It ended up being a delicious and tangy drink that helped me recover from the brutal Florida heat. Like Rice Krispies, punch is another thing I want to start adding in my regular routine.
National Miniature Golf Day
Friday, September 21
For National Mini Golf Day I didn’t make it to a formal course but I did practice my skills on an official golf green. I come from a very golf-oriented family. On every family vacation growing up you can be sure we played at least three rounds of mini golf. We always kept score, and we still have a collection of our old scorecards to this day.
Fun-fact: The oldest mini golf course can be found in Scotland. It’s called The Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews. Back in the day, it was considered inappropriate for women to swing clubs past their shoulders. This meant they had to stick to putting to entertain themselves while the men played their 18 holes.
National Hobbit Day
Saturday, September 22
Ah “my preciousssss” National Hobbit Day. The day we celebrate Bilbo Baggins and his adventure outside The Shire. To celebrate National Hobbit Day, you have to live like hobbits do. I ate Second Breakfast and had afternoon tea. I spent the day prioritizing coziness. I also watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and took note of my favorite quotes from it.
“I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay.”- Gandalf
“Look, I know you doubt me, I know you always have. And you’re right, I often think of Bag End. I miss my books. And my armchair. And my garden. See, that’s where I belong. That’s home. And that’s why I came back, cause you don’t have one … a home. It was taken from you. But I will help you take it back if I can.”
― Bilbo Baggins
“Home is now behind you, the world is ahead.”