And that means writing a blog post that takes over 20 minutes! Yes, I was writing my blog posts in about 20 minutes for the last few weeks. Thank you to those who said they couldn’t tell. However, it’s nice to write one that requires notes!
The Tuesday Ten girls had a prompt this week that had me mulling. It’s the chance to invent your own holiday! I find it so subjective and I was definitely over-thinking the meanings and symbolism parts of it all, and I decided to just drop it and have fun. Unfortunately, National Popcorn Day, National Cookie Day, and National Ice Cream Day are already holidays, or I’d surely be topping my list with those! By the way, do any of you actually celebrate those National days? Which is your favorite?
1. National Day of the Moose. – I think it would be a fine idea to celebrate this majestic beast with a whole day devoted to the studying and/or photographing and/or watching them from afar. No shooting them, please. Unless with a camera.
2. Daylight Savings. – I think it should be a holiday. Enough said there!
3. Harry Potter Day. – This is a day in which we can all believe in magic a little more. We can dress up and exchange presents like chocolate frogs, magic wands, and my personal favorite – the Nimbus 2000!
4. TV Day. – This holiday was suggested to me by Scarlet when I crowd-sourced! (family-sourced) On this day, we all watch a lot of TV and celebrate the wonderful invention of television in our lives. I dig.
5. Family Fun Day. – This was another gem supplied by Scarlet. It’s pretty self-explanatory in that you devote a whole day into being completely together. Maybe without electronics like the aforementioned TV!
6. Snuggle Day. – Another Scarlet holiday! See, I slacked a bit? I love her suggestions so much, though! TV, Family Fun, and Snuggling – all on three separate and wonderful days of our year. We may make it happen internally.
7. Garden Day. – This was suggested by Cassidy as a day in which everyone works in their gardens and yards!
8. Big Day of Self Care. – I don’t have the logistics of this one ironed out well, because you can’t tell people to take the day off from work when it might be a big business day for people who work in spas and salons. I just know that we devote entire days to anniversaries and children and parents, but what if you were told to do nice things for yourself for an entire day?
9. Laughter Day. This was from Scarlet. It’s like April Fool’s Day but there aren’t tricks – just laughter.
10. Touch Your Husband’s Butt Day. – This is what happens when you’re slaphappy and you’ve been thinking too much.
**Bonus #11. April Fart’s Day. See above, but supplied by either Scarlet or Cassidy.
And now, since I crowd-sourced and got slap-happy, I have another list! It’s one of my hospital mixes from Des’ birth. It came on in the car today and brought back so many memories of what went through my head when I was planning for his arrival:
1. “Do It Again” by The Kinks. – With such lyrics, I’m not surprised I chose this for a second birth:
“And now we’re back where we started,
Here we go round again.
Day after day I get up and I say
I better do it again.”
2. “You Took My Breath Away” by Tom Petty. – If you’ve been in labor or near in labor, you know it’s a lot about breathing. Also, Des’ Braxton Hicks contractions made me so breathless that I preferred the “real” contractions that supplied pain!
3. “Pretty Good Year” by Tori Amos. – Well hey. It was a pretty good year to meet Des.
4. “Brother” by Toad the Wet Sprocket. – Scarlet was gaining a little brother, after all!
5. “Into The Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty. – And what better adventure is it to meet your child? The great wide open.
6. “Shout” by Tears for Fears. – I think the song is actually about shout therapy but I think it makes a pretty great birth mix because I’m totally weird and the “shout, shout, let it all out” lyrics seemed very pivotal to me at the time.
7. “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants. – I honestly don’t remember why I chose this. I think for its fun nature and because I saw them live and they had a dirty puppet show and I have a weird sense of humor and this song rocks.
8. “Crosseyed and Painless” by Talking Heads. – I knew I wanted a Talking Heads song in my birth mix because I had one with Scarlet’s birth and I remember the nurse dancing and singing to it while holding my leg. You can’t make this stuff up.
9. “Nothing Else Matter” by Metallica. – Simply one of my favorite songs and always appropriate for weighty times.
10. “Learning to Fly” by Pink Floyd. – I bet you thought I’d say Tom Petty, right?? Well both “Learning to Fly” songs excite me.
11. “One Step Closer To You” by Michael Franti and Spearhead. – I had backstage passes to one of his shows because he’s a friend of a friend, and I found the experience to be soothing. And each contraction was one step closer to Des.
12. “Dr. Wu” by Steely Dan. – Well this was an interesting pick. I think I picked it for the lyric: “You walked in, And my life began again.”
13. “Touch of Grey” by Grateful Dead. – This song simply comes in handy when you really need it.
14. “Jack Straw” by Bruce Hornsby. – Bruce Hornsby pretty much finds his way onto every mix I ever make.
15. “Alive and Kicking” by Simple Minds. – Alive and kicking. Needs no explanation, right?
16. “Happy Ending” – Little Mermaid soundtrack. – Really needs no explanation either. It’s the happiest song I know!