Friday, February 24, 2012 4:30:43 AM
The snow days in January helped. Is white a color? I had several days off of school because of the cold white stuff.
Lunar New Year was a welcome break from the gray of winter. Importing holidays from China is one way to bring more holiday cheer to our gray winter.
Groundhog Day? Ash Wednesday? Not so much fun.
Valentine's Day was fun. I promote it at school and try to make folding red paper appear educational.
Bob's birthday was a national holiday this year. He had to share the day with the presidents, though. Bob and I went to Portland to celebrate. Seattle Public Schools understands the need for new holidays. They proclaimed the week of Presidents' Day a week-long holiday. I get satellite TV from Brazil, so I got caught up in the colorful pageantry of CARNAVAL. Appropriating holidays from other countries could make every day a holiday all winter long. Carnaval goes on for five days.
Marriage Equality Day?
February 13 was a day to celebrate in Washington state.
Here are a few photos to show how we celebrated all the holidays of January and February... whether the holidays were real, imagined, domestic, imported, overblown, manufactured, or proclaimed in a desperate attempt to add excitement to the midwinter landscape.
Holidays, even made-up holidays, are meant to be shared with friends. Thanks, Keith, for coming to our snow party. If you don't have enough friends to share the holiday with, you can manufacture friends using available resources.
Chinese New Year
We celebrated Chinese New Year with Jia and her family. Even with all the people at the party, we still needed to create a few more party-goers.
The snowy guests are very polite. They left all of the food for others to enjoy.
When I got home from Sammamish I had to use the last of the remaining snow in our yard to make a couple more friends before the rain melted the white stuff. It was dark before I finished the snowguys.
SNOW GUYS FROM OTHER PLANETS
My satellite system gave me Indian programming free for a period of time. Maybe I could appropriate Indian holidays to reach my goal of making every day a holiday?
I propose the creation of a holiday just for the Northwest. I'd call it GRAY DAY.
Wait! Here comes a bit of color!
Lori helped me to celebrate Gray Day by going on a tour of Burien with me. Collecting twigs and sticks is an integral part of the Gray Day tradition.
On February 4 I walked down to Eagle Landing and saw a real-live honest-to-goodness eagle. I proclaimed it a holiday. On Eagle Day you don't do the laundry or take out the trash or wash the dishes.
An alternate way to celebrate Eagle Day is to go buy grapefruits and Korean merchandise.
It's always a holiday when Mary comes to visit. On Mary Day you wear green shoes and eat Salvadoran food.
The day can also be commemorated by eating cheap ice cream served in containers marked "CAUTION: CONTENTS HOT!"
Husky Deli in West Seattle doesn't want us to get burned on their ice cream.
On Mary Day you run amok and go out and buy paw paw plants.
Mike sent us a box of goodies to celebrate our real and imagined holidays.
I also bought a few things at my favorite 100 Yen store, Daiso. A penguin tie for $1.50? What a deal!
"Bob and the Presidents" Day
Bob's birthday coincided with Presidents' Day. We went to Portland so I could get corn pancakes at Paradox Cafe. We went shopping on Belmont and Hawthorne, and we checked out the Alberta Arts District. We visited my favorite store... CARGO, in the Pearl District. The store is awash in Chinese party supplies, antique furniture from Asia, religious art, and figurines of Chairman Mao and his friends. Eclectic.
You never know what you might find in Portland. Is this a totem pole, or a light pole? In Portland, you just never know.
Getting panna cotta at Mama Mia's is the other reason we had to go to Portland.
Voodoo Doughnuts is a very popular place.
My Mother's Day
We're rushing the holiday a bit, but it's always good to celebrate Mothers' Day. Bob and I had a good time with Mom in Newberg.
We tried a new restaurant, SubTerra. It was good because I liked it.
My old high school teacher and current friend, Mike, met us in Newberg. He came laden with gifts... just in case it might happen to be a holiday of some sort. What holiday is it where you give people pie?
I was on vacation this week, so I had to go check out the scene at Eagle Landing Park.
What better way to spend a cold, gray February day than to watch Carnaval on Brazilian TV and dream of the summer heat in Rio?
"The soul of the accordion" was a big hit.
Soccer Day... Every Wednesday
Create a holiday which incorporates these images into a cohesive theme: