I like to rock the party...

Like most people, I celebrate the major holidays - Thanksgiving, Halloween, 4th of July...and I recognize the smaller ones - Purim, Festivus, Arbor Day...

But since I love to celebrate in general, I have a few minor holidays that are Alliecentric. If you will – my calendar of lesser holidays:

January 1st – Lola’s birthday. Since we don’t know her exact date of birth, we have to use the date she was found, subtract six weeks (the age that her vet estimated she was on that date) and we come up with 1/1/1999. Acknowledging this date allows me to stretch out the holidays just that much more. Sometimes marked with a rice krispy molded into a novelty shape (bone, squirrel). Once, I had a party at my apartment. My parents brought Sadie, we had cupcakes.

February 13th – Foundling Day. The day Mom and Dad found Lola on the side of the road and brought her home to me. Often celebrated by eating roast beef sandwiches, telling Lola how lucky I am that Mom and Dad found her. Once I made a cake which reenacted Dad's Jeep on the dirt road and a small replica Lola sitting off to the side.

April 1st – April Fools’ Day. Nothing special, but I enjoy it. I’d love to pull off something amazing, but I can’t keep secrets.

May 14th – Anniversary with PureSafety. I celebrate my hire date with a company only for as long as I am a member of that company.
So in other words, Happy Anniversary to me. I almost sent myself flowers. Ha!

July 14th – Bastille Day. I’m not French, but this serves as an excuse to eat a French meal, and who doesn’t love Steak-Frites? One year, Mom and I went to Pastis together – I spent probably $90 on the meal (which is still a lot to spend) but I had just gotten a bonus, and what the hell – we loved it!

August – Used Car Night with the Lookouts. This event is, in my mind, responsible for the holiday that follows. We skip it some years, but I’m hoping we can make it happen this year. The first one – August 14, 2004 marks the first time my mother met Matt’s family. Dad opted out due to a corneal abrasion, but everyone had a ball together and one month later…

September 19th – Proposal Day. On September 19, 2004 Matt and I went to D. Geller & Sons and he bought the ring. Big stuff. Eleven months and one day later, I became Mrs. Matthew Howell Everett. Best thing to happen to me…ever.

October – Oktoberfest. It’s probably the best month of the year – cooler weather, my birthday, Halloween. But the fact that there’s a reason to eat German food and drink beer. Well, who really needs a reason?

October - Pugfest - One large room in Metro Atlanta filled with pugs and the people who love them. What more can I say really?

There are plenty of real holidays in November and December, which, given the lack of sunlight and cold weather, is when we need to party the hardest.

These are only the ones that make the mental calendar – I’m sure there are others. Mostly because I love to celebrate.


Joe said…
You totally need to send yourself flowers next year...just remember not to send a congratulatory email to yourself and copy management...they tend to take that the wrong way...