February milestones

It’s President’s Day here in the U.S., which seems to me to be a strangely mashed-up, 2-for-1 type of holiday. Don’t get me wrong. I’m fine with celebrating Washington and Lincoln, because they were fantastic presidents — even if I usually favor Honest Abe a little more than Good Ol’ George. And who couldn’t use another day off school/work?

But does it seem to anyone else like we’re cramming an awful lot of events/holidays into this month just to get through it? It’s the same diversionary tactic that one uses to keep a toddler occupied at a restaurant. Look over here! Wait, is that something shiny? February, I’m onto you — but you can buy my silence with some popcorn and control of the remote.

There’s something for everyone in this, the shortest month of the year:

Sports fan? No problem — for football fans, Super Bowl Sunday started the month, and for baseball fans, spring training starts in a few days.

Like awards shows? You are covered with the BAFTAs, Grammys, the Oscars and, of course, the Razzies.

Romantic? Valentine’s Day.

Like rodents and/or enjoy being weather-savvy? Groundhog Day.

Don’t like rodents, but prefer dogs? Westminster Dog Show

Can’t get enough politics? The State of the Union Speech.

Foodie? World Nutella Day, the arrival of the Girl Scout cookies, and Mardi Gras with the paczki and pancakes.

Drinkie? (Is that a thing?): National Margarita Day and Mardi Gras again.

Cold and/or know a knitter? National Sweater Day — truly a Canadian holiday, but I am a cold knitter so I celebrate this day too.

Obsessed with drama set on an English estate during the early 1900s? The “Downton Abbey” season finale just aired last night in the States. (Yes, that’s definitely an event in my book.)

And these are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. Any others you want to add?

Over the weekend, I celebrated a personal milestone of my own — my one-year blogiversary. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who comes here to read and share their thoughts. It’s been a lovely year getting to know all of you, reading your blogs, and enjoying your creativity, humor and insights. Thank you all so much for stopping by here.

And on we go.

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Mom of three who knits a little, bakes a lot, crafts a bit and blogs about it all.
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13 Responses to February milestones

  1. Micha says:

    Whoa, I never realized how much is crammed into this month. Congrats on your Blogiversary!

  2. Brilliant post and writing as usual Joan. You are so right… there is a lot crammed into February. Where I live it is Family Day today which means it is a statutory holiday designed for families to spend time together. Great concept but the problem is that all of the venues like the zoo, ski hills and even the mall are so busy it is hard to enjoy it with the crowds. We just hang around home instead which is quite relaxing too. ~Thea

    • Thanks, Thea! What a great holiday — Family Day! But I can see how that concept goes awry when you factor in ALL families trying to do something fun together on ONE day. I’m with you — stay out of the crowds and hang out at home! Sounds like my idea of a great day. Enjoy! – Joan

  3. Katie B says:

    happy anniversary. You’ve done amazing things in a year and look forward to reading about your adventures in the future.

  4. YAY! Joan, happy one year blogiversary :-) WOW! :-) happy and enjoy reading your lovely blog! OK, what about Downton Abbey ha?, why? why? why? I didn’t even see it but it was all over twitter last night and I couldn’t believe it; now I’m only at season 2 episode 6. Joan I also wanted to let you know, we tried the vanilla and vodka this weekend, I want to share the results with you, I will probably post the pictures this week and hope you don’t mind if I mention your blog! :-) Happy President’s day too!

    • Thanks on the blogiversary wishes, Ingrid! So did you read the “Downton Abbey” finale twist on Twitter before you had a chance to see it? So crazy!

      Can’t wait to read your vanilla post experiment! So glad someone’s in it with me so we can compare notes.

  5. Northern Narratives says:

    Happy blog birthday :)

  6. Congrats on your blogiversary Joan!! Happy writing to you. :)

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