Happy Monday and Happy October, everyone! *sniffs the air* MMM…I love a new month smell, don’t you? October is especially pleasant because the days are shorter and autumn is in full swing. The leaves turn brilliant colors and then fall dead from skinny tree branches. And pretty soon, adults and children alike will build bonfires and dress up in bizarre costumes to get money and candy…and loads of attention.
The freaks come out at night in October, my babies….
This day, October 1, also marks the beginning of a brand new Ultimate Blog Challenge! If you haven’t already signed up, I highly urge you to do it. You will meet a lot of fantastic people and will discover all sorts of things about yourself and your blog. Sign up and participation is easy! All you have to do is register at the site, post new content at least 31 times throughout the month, and share what you posted. That’s it!
This month I am determined to finish this challenge. I participated in July this year and with less than a week to go in the challenge, my computer died and I began a months-long battle with AT&T so I was unable to finish it. That made me so mad! But I am keeping my fingers crossed that no bad things happen this month. I want to accomplish just this one little thing, dammit. *shakes threatening fist at the Internet Gods* DO NOT mess this up for me, you guys!
Now that I have that out of the way, I think I should tell you what my theme is going to be for the month of October. Ladies and gents, I want you to think of this post as the beginning of “The 31 Flavors of October.” What is that, you ask? Basically it’s my highly unoriginal way of telling you that I am going to blog about something different every day in October. There are all kinds of weird observances going on each day this month, and I am going to post about them all.
Just to give you a little taste of what I am talking about, the following list is what I will be blogging about this week:
October 2: International Day of Non-Violence
The United Nations established this day in 2007 to observe Mahatma Ghandi’s birthday and to continue spreading his message of non-violence.
October 3: German Unity Day
This year marks the 22nd anniversary of German reunification!
October 4: World Pet Day
If you pet lovers needed a day to officially recognize your pet, well you have it. Mark your calendars, folks, and go out and buy Fido a little pressie. 🙂 Also, check with your local churches, kids. A lot of them bless your pet on this day.
October 5: World Smile Day
Harvey Ball created the iconic “Smiley Face” nearly 50 years ago in 1963. On this day, let’s celebrate that cheerful little mug by smiling at strangers and performing random acts of kindness. It’s the least we can do to honor dear Harvey’s memory.
October 6: National German-American Day
October is a HUGE month for Germans, don’t ya know? There’s Oktoberfest, German Unity Day, German Thanksgiving, and this day for us German-Americans. Get out those lederhosen and dirndls and start practicing that ländler so you can be as good as Captain von Trapp and Fräulein Maria in the Sound of Music.
Can you tell I’m excited about all the German stuff happening this week? 😉 I love being German.
October 7: You Matter to Me Day
Is there someone in your life who matters to you? Have you let them know how much they matter to you? If you haven’t (or even if you have!) take one second out of your day today and let them know “You matter to me.”
And that, my babies, is a little taste of what you can expect from the 31 Flavors of October. There is much more to come, so please stay tuned! Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below, and if you want to keep up-to-date with what’s going on with this blog, please feel free to subscribe via RSS or e-mail. I would love to have you!
- October Sees Auto Sales Increases; German Brands Lead The Way (newcarquotesonline.com)
- SCHEDULE: What to expect on MyLIFEin24Hours this whole month of October! (mylifein24hours.wordpress.com)
- German American Club to host Oktoberfest (azstarnet.com)
- Awaiting October (citygirlvibe.com)