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National Doughnut Day

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It has come to my attention that today is National Doughnut Day.  It is the first Friday of June each year.  Given how many special holidays there already are, you might think the day was created solely because donuts are awesome.  While that is sufficient reason, it goes even deeper.  The holiday was started in 1938 to honor the tradition of the Salvation Army providing donuts to soldiers during World War I.

Some doughnut shops give away a free donut on this day, so that might be worth checking out.  Even the cheapest of donuts — typically a simple glazed one — is great.  And while you’re there, you might as well pick up a chocolate-filled donut.  (It still boggles my mind that Krispy Kreme doesn’t sell a chocolate-filled donut, which is the best kind!  It’s stupefying!  It’s inconceivable!)

In case you aren’t aware, Krispy Kreme stores that make the donuts will sometimes give away a free glazed donut fresh off the assembly line, and that alone might be worth the trip.  The donut almost melts in your mouth with warm, yummy goodness.  (It’s probably a good thing the closest one is 30 miles away for me, or I’d be there too often.)

BTW, if you are a grammar perfectionist who is about to leave a scathing comment about how my spelling of donut changed, realize I chose to use both spellings interchangeably.  It’s my prerogative.  (And it’s also a good strategy from a search engine perspective.)

There are a number of special days and holidays each month, which have been discussed here at Buffet o’ Blog.  For example, here’s the one for June.

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the special days of June, pt 3

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We’ll now continue our look at the special days / holidays / celebrations / observations of June.  These are the daily holidays.

  • 16 Fresh Veggies Day — Vegetables probably need to be emphasized in my eating routine / diet, because they normally aren’t.  But I don’t see this happening.  I know, it’s just one day, but life is short.
  • 16 National Fudge Day — Ah, this is a much better usage of June 16 than fresh veggies!  And since it doesn’t seem like both would coincide well, I’ll have to choose one.  I won’t have to think long about this one…  🙂
  • 17 Eat Your Vegetables Day — What?!?  Is there some conspiracy going on here?  Wasn’t the previous day focusing on vegetables?  This is getting out of hand…
  • 17 World Juggler’s Day — This may sound silly, like something you’d just ignore, but it could be fun.  Even if you’re not a good juggler (and most of us aren’t), you should still try juggling this day.  Grab some of your co-worker’s desk objects and juggle them in his cubicle (while he’s still in it).  If you drop the stapler or toss it into the wall, that’s okay.  I’m sure he/she will get a kick out of it.  Be sure to tell them it’s a holiday, or they might get confused or upset…
  • 18 Go Fishing Day — Fishing isn’t one of my favorite things to do, but it is better than working, so I’ll list it.
  • 18 International Panic Day — There’s enough fear and panic already, with all the terrorists on the loose.  There’s no need for emphasis of it.
  • 18 National Splurge Day — We’ve been taught about moderation, keeping things in balance, so a day set aside for splurging seems like a great idea.  I reckon this could apply to any area, including food, sleeping in, taking a longer-than-normal lunch break, taking a nap, playing more video games than normal, etc.
  • 18 International Picnic Day — A picnic is a good time, although a good time for this day would’ve been in the spring or fall, when temperatures are better.  And on a somewhat related side note, it seems like every time I go on a picnic, it’s extra windy.  I don’t know why, but it seems like that always happens.
  • 19 World Sauntering Day — I’d never heard of sauntering, so I looked it up.  The dictionary defines sauntering as “walking along slowly, happily and aimlessly”.  That sound good to me.  Because if you’re walking aimlessly, it means you aren’t going anywhere specific, which means you’re not working.  That will help you to walk happily, too.  🙂
  • 20 Ice Cream Soda Day — This is excellent!  There are numerous variations, and if you don’t have a favorite, feel free to try several.  The most popular ones are a good start: Coke and vanilla ice cream, and root beer and ice cream.
  • 21 Finally Summer Day — This is for the Summer Solstice.  I’m not sure I really want to celebrate this, because here in Arkansas it gets quite hot and humid in the summer.  If you like sweating a lot and feeling drained of energy, it would be great, but that’s not really my cup of tea.
  • 21 National Hollerin’ Contest Day — A quick glance online found a place that actually has a festival built around this holiday.  While a festival might be fun because of the food and a car show, I don’t know that I’d like to hear a hollerin’ contest…
  • eclair22 National Chocolate Eclair Day — This sounds good!  For those of you not in the know, an eclair is a long, thin pastry filled with cream and topped with icing.  It’s similar to a type of donut called “long johns”.  Whatever you call them, they’re scrumptious!
  • 23 National Columnists Day — Technically, I’m a columnist, in that I write on this blog, and it’s organized by columns.  So this is a holiday to celebrate me!  So feel free to send me cookies, gift cards, cash, etc.
  • 23 National Pink Day — One website said everyone should wear pink this day, and that guys should get in touch with their feminine side, that girls would love them for it.  Maybe certain girls would like it, if they’re looking for a wuss.  Obviously this “holiday” doesn’t apply to all people.  I, for one, don’t have a “feminine side”.
  • 23 Take Your Dog to Work Day — There are actually a few companies that allow this now on a full-time basis.  If yours isn’t one, be sure to let your boss know about this holiday.  Or, you could just get everyone to bring their dogs this day, then explain it when your boss gets confused.  (FYI, we’re not liable if you lose your job for following any of our suggestions.)  🙂
  • 24 Swim a Lap Day — I would, if I had a swimming pool.
  • 25 Log Cabin Day — Likewise, I would go spend the weekend at a log cabin, if I had one.  Whoever created this holiday must not have thought about everyone else.  Unless, he rents out log cabins…
  • lightning photo25 National Catfish Day — You can have your own fish fry for this holiday, but to me, this says “seafood buffet”.  That way, you can eat lots of catfish, while also enjoying shrimp, hushpuppies, fries, etc.
  • 26 Forgiveness Day — I forgive you for not checking this blog every day.  (But don’t let it happen again!)
  • 26 National Chocolate Pudding Day — Mmm…
  • 27 Paul Bunyan Day — Do you remember Paul Bunyan?  I remember reading about him.  He was larger than life, featured in many tall tales.  He had a pet named Babe The Blue Ox.  Here’s a few of his stories, in condensed form.
  • 29 Camera Day — For this day, I’ll show you one of the pictures I took from my backyard.  I’ve always been fascinated with thunder and lightning.
  • 29 Waffle Iron Day — To honor the waffle iron, we should eat waffles.  Be sure to have some Aunt Jemima syrup ready (or whatever you prefer).
  • meteor striking earth30 Meteor Day — Meteors are neat when we see them streaking through the sky, but you don’t want one landing in your yard.  We’ve discussed before what might happen if a big meteor or asteroid hits Earth.  It could destroy life as we know it.  And that would be a bad day, indeed!  (Click here for more info on that.)  So let’s hope they all stay out in space, or that someone is prepared to blow them up before they hit Earth.

Well, that concludes our analysis of the special days of June.  I hope you found something you could celebrate.

Click here to search for the posts about the other special days of June.

the special days of June, pt 2

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Now we’re going to continue our look at the special days / holidays / celebrations / observations of June.  These are the daily holidays.

1 Dare Day — I dare you to read this blog every day for a month and then try to truthfully tell me it’s not funny.  🙂

1 Flip a Coin Day — Uhh, why is this a holiday?

2 National Bubba Day — Why do people named Bubba get their own holiday?  I should get my own holiday.  It could be called National Beppo Day.  🙂

2 National Rocky Road Day — I’m going to assume this is talking about ice cream and not bumpy pavement.

3 Egg Day — You can make a number of good meals with eggs, like omelets, cakes, cookies, etc.  Or you can just cook them and have some bacon and/or sausage on the side, as part of a balanced breakfast.  🙂

4 Cheese Day — Ah, the power of cheese!  You may think that’s just some gimmicky promotional phrase for commercials, but think about it — cheese makes the world a better place.  And cheese can make your day better.  In fact, today I had lunch at my favorite restaurant and was treated to a free large cheese dip.  It certainly made the day better.  🙂

4 First Ford Made — This isn’t really a holiday, but more of a remembrance.  The first operational car was made in 1896.  Can you imagine life without vehicles?

4 Applesauce Cake Day — What?  I’ve never heard of an applesauce cake.  Have you ever had one?  Hopefully it’s not just a cake made with applesauce.  If so, then it doesn’t deserve its own holiday.

4 Hug Your Cat Day — If you don’t have a cat, I guess you’re just left out of this one.  Although June is adopt-a-cat month…

4 Old Maid’s Day — This is a day for the single ladies who aren’t getting any younger.  Here’s to all the fair maidens who are still waiting on Mr. Right.  Although, is a fair maiden the same as an old maid?  I don’t think I should continue this discussion…  🙂

5 World Environment Day — Today you should be thankful that we have an environment in this world, and that it’s habitable.  We take it for granted, but we have the best environment among all the other planets in our solar system.  Earth’s environment is much better than Mars.  We’ve discussed this before, and living on Mars would be worse than you expect.

6 National Doughnut Day — This is a good reason for a holiday.  Donuts are scrumptious.  I prefer the chocolate-filled variety.  Also worth mentioning is the infamous Krispy Kreme doughnuts, particularly right after the come off the assembly line.  They almost melt in your mouth when they’re still hot and fresh.  Mmm…

6 National Gardening Exercise Day — One website that listed this holiday suggested you “get out and exercise with your plants”.  WHAT?  Who came up with that?  This is just silly.

7 National Chocolate Ice Cream Day — Now we’re back to a good holiday.  I don’t have to tell you how good chocolate ice cream is.  And if all you have is vanilla ice cream, you can get some Oreos and crumble them up in there, or add Hershey’s syrup to it, or both.  My research has proven that all three together is awesome.

8 Name Your Poison Day — Some people use this phrase to ask how you’d like to die.  Personally, I plan to live forever.  (So far, so good!)  So I’m not participating in this holiday at all.

10 Iced Tea Day — It’s already National Iced Tea Month, so I don’t know why we need an individual day for it.  If you’re already drinking extra tea for the month holiday, I guess you can drink even more tea on this day.  Just don’t stray too far from a bathroom if you’re drinking 2 to 3 times your normal amount of tea.

12 Red Rose Day — Again, this is already Rose Month, which I don’t care about.  But if you want to buy some red roses this day for your wife/girlfriend, you might could get a good deal on them (as opposed to February, when the price is run up because of Valentine’s Day).

13 Blame Someone Else Day — This holiday is always the first Friday the 13th of the year, so it’s not always in June.  But this year it is, so here goes.  I don’t think this needs to be a holiday, because so many people already do this on a regular basis, and it’s destroying our country.  Folks need to learn to take personal responsibility, especially our politicians.

15 Smile Power Day — Smiling is good for you.  And it helps those around you, too.  But I should add a caveat — some people say it’s easier to smile than to frown, which may be true, but it’s not the whole story — it’s actually easier to look like you don’t care.  🙂  But really, smiling is healthy for you, along with laughing.  That’s why this blog exists.

This is getting long, so I’m going to finish this in the next post.  Click here to search for the other entries for June.

the special days of June, pt 1

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As we’ve done in previous months, we’re going to look at the special days and holidays of this month.  As usual, this is not a complete list — those can be found elsewhere.  But I guarantee you will not find another list like this one.  This is not a mere list, because we add our own unique commentary and analysis.  In other words, we try to make it more fun.  And you are welcome to add to the discussion in the comments section.

Let’s get started with the month-long celebrations and observances in June:

  • Candy Month — This is a good one to start with.  The best way to celebrate candy is to eat it!  So choose whatever you like, such as candy corn, candy bars, etc.
  • nachos (click to enlarge)Dairy Month — Dairy products include milk and cheese and ice cream.  That would also include chocolate milk, nachos / chip-n-dip, and milkshakes.  And this holiday / celebration lasts all month!  I can get excited about this one!
  • National Adopt a Cat Month — Doesn’t this seem kind of mean?  If you adopt a cat for a month, feeding it, playing with it, then you take it back to the pound or just release it into the wild — isn’t that mean?  Did someone create this as a secret way to treat cats badly?  I’m not going to participate in this one.
  • National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month — Who comes up with this?  I’m boycotting this holiday.   Besides, meat is a better meal than vegetables — even the Bible tells us that.
  • flowersRose Month — There’s a certain reader here who will appreciate this one.  (He also gets a kick out of this particular picture, for some reason.) 🙂
  • Turkey Lovers Month — Shouldn’t this be in November, because of Thanksgiving?  But I reckon people already eat lots of turkey then, so whoever created this wants us to eat it at other times.  I wonder if this was created by people who sell turkeys for consumption…
  • Great Outdoors Month — More outdoors, less work.  (Although, if you work outdoors, you might want a holiday for staying home to watch TV or play video games.)
  • National Iced Tea Month — This is what I’m talkin’ about!  Since I already drink tea on a regular basis (and you should too), here’s how this should be celebrated : all restaurants offer tea (both sweet and unsweet) for free for the whole month of June.
  • National Tennis Month — Tennis is an excellent sport!  Everyone should play.  It’s even fun if you don’t understand the rules and just want to hit the ball hard at each other.  🙂
  • Potty Training Awareness Month — Let’s face it, if you aren’t potty trained, you should be aware of it if you’re older than 2 years old.  If that’s you, the people around you are certainly aware of it!  I don’t think we need a holiday for awareness of this.

Now let’s move on to the weekly celebrations:

  • Week 2 — Email Week — Send a personal e-mail to all your friends.  And remember that you can use our Contact Us page to ask any question whatsoever.  I’ll be your friend.  (Sing with me: “Won’t you be my neighbor?”)
  • Week 4 — National Camping Week — Camping can be a good time.  Go out in nature and “rough it” for a few days.  Catch your own food and cook it over an open fire.  Sleep under the stars.  Or do like many people do — take a camper to sleep in, where you have a toilet and a real bed.  That’s not really “roughing it”, but it can still be a good time.  It’s refreshing to be out in nature, away from civilization.  Take some time away from technology, like TV, cell phones, the Internet (unless you’re out for several days and need to keep up with the latest randomness at this blog).  🙂

This is becoming a long list, so I’ll continue it in the next post.  Click here to search for the other entries for June.