Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Got Post-Holiday Doldrums? Here's your cure!

Well, here is, January 8. The decorations are getting old and probably coming down. Presents have been opened (hope you got some good ones). You’re probably dieting to shed some of that holiday weight and you’re probably back to work. It’s winter, the sky is gloomy and the weather is cold. The holidays are all past us.

Not so! There’s a plethora of holidays that take place on this day. So okay, maybe they’re not well-known, NATIONAL holidays, but, heck, they’re still a good excuse to put your party on.

National English Toffee Day
I used to make candy and I still bake bread from scratch…You could always make your own English toffee but the Heath Bar is a fine way to go (and lots easier!). But if you’re dieting, you might want to skip this one.

National Joy Germ Day
Here’s a holiday I’d never heard of and it immediately brought to mind weird things like a new health food or a street name for a drug (I did say weird, didn’t I?) But the real idea behind this day is much nicer. It’s a day devoted to the spreading of kindness, courtesy and other good things. It sure beats what sprang to my weird little mind. I’d definitely advocate celebrating this one. Every day!

Show and Tell Day at Work
The idea here is that since students have show and tell at school, adults should get to do the same. I don’t know about other offices but the gals in my office celebrate this about three times a week (we’ve got a lot of crafters so that may up our statistics)

Birthday - Elvis Presley (Singer)

While this isn’t a holiday, it is a good day to pay homage to one of the most well-known singers/performers we’ve ever known.

Elvis Aaron Presley (January 8, 1935–August 16, 1977), was an American singer, musician and actor. He is a cultural icon, often known as "The King of Rock 'n' Roll", or simply "The King".

Presley began his career as one of the first performers of rockabilly, an uptempo fusion of country and rhythm and blues with a strong back beat. His novel versions of existing songs, mixing "black" and "white" sounds, made him popular—and controversial—as did his uninhibited stage and television performances. He recorded songs in the rock and roll genre, with tracks like "Hound Dog" and "Jailhouse Rock" later embodying the style. Presley had a versatile voice and had unusually wide success encompassing other genres, including gospel, blues, ballads and pop. To date, he is the only performer to have been inducted into four music halls of fame.

In the 1960s, Presley made the majority of his thirty-three movies—mainly poorly reviewed musicals. In 1968, he returned to live music in a television special and thereafter performed across the U.S., notably in Las Vegas. Throughout his career, he set records for concert attendance, television ratings and recordings sales. He is one of the best-selling and most influential artists in the history of popular music. Health problems plagued Presley in later life which, coupled with a punishing tour schedule and addiction to prescription medication, led to his premature death at age 42.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!

Bubble Bath Day

Today is a fun day to relax and enjoy the warm and soothing pleasures of a bubble bath. Best of all, it can be enjoyed by kids and adults. For kids, it's playtime. For adults, it's soothing pleasure but, well, it can also be playtime (eg)

On Bubble Bath Day, there are a couple of ways to enjoy your bubble bath. It depends upon how old you are.

For kids, it's simple.... Just fill the tub with bubbles and toys. Then hop in and play!

For the ladies, its time to relax! Fill the tub with bubbly water. Hop in and just enjoy the soothing water and bubbles. Before hopping in, set the mood with candles placed (safely) around the bathroom and tub. Add a radio playing softly on the sink counter.

For the guys: Don't feel left out! With permission, you can hop in, too! Get in touch with your feminine side, and make sure the candles are lit. You can relax and/or play. The proper sequence is relax, play, relax. I highly recommend both!

Oh, and don't forget your rubber duckie!

Male (Man) Watcher's Day
Ladies, here is a day that we can thoroughly enjoy! Male Watcher's Day is for all of us ladies to go out and watch the guys. After all, they have their fun watching us. Now, it's our turn.

You can perform your Male Watching just about anywhere that suits your fancy. Popular places include:

* Watching them at work on the job, especially labor jobs where short shirts cover flowing muscles.
* On the beach...too bad this day is in January. Lucky you, though, if you live in a warm climate!
* Watching your favorite guy working....on a home project you wanted done.
* At a singles bar or sports bar.
* At the mall...it's time to get even. This is where more than one guy has been known to visit for the sole purpose of watching the ladies. This may be your favorite.

It is okay to perform Male Watching discreetly, or quite visibly. Single, unattached ladies may prefer to be seen male watching.......for obvious reasons. Those of us who are married may want to be a tad more subtle, especially if our husbands are near.

So don’t let the after-holiday doldrums get you down. Start celebrating!

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