This coming week boasts lots of unique holidays, giving you as many excuses as you need to take a break, relax, and celebrate something.
Starting off on Tuesday, March 7th, we have Alexander Graham Bell Day. Alexander Graham Bell was the man who was first granted the patent for technology which would later become the telephone. This was not Graham Bell’s only invention however, as he also created a metal detector, and the Hydrodome (a water craft). How can you celebrate? Use your cellphone for whatever you feel it is necessary; without Graham Bell’s invention and patent we likely wouldn’t have cell phones today (or at least not as we know them).
Wednesday, March 8th, is Proofreading Day. This day promotes the use of error-free messages from the simplest text message all the way to an important report or document. As an accredited profession, Proofreading is the act of carefully parsing through finalized documents and other text to find errors in spelling, grammar, and layout. This is different from Copy Editing, which is when you find these errors, and correct them. Proofreaders send their suggested changes or noted errors back for the original author or creator to change. How can you celebrate? Take a few extra seconds on your Facebook post today, to make sure that everything is accurate before you post. Also, if you have an assignment that’s due soon, today would be a good time to go through and make sure that everything is perfect before you hand it in.
Friday, March 10th, is Mario Day. This day was chosen for Mario Day by fans specifically, as some say the date abbreviation MAR10 looks like the word Mario. How can you celebrate? You can dedicate part of your day to playing one of the many games featuring Mario (and believe me, there are many), or if you anticipate not having much time for video games you could don a pair of blue denim overalls as part of your outfit for the day.
Saturday, March 11th, is Oatmeal Nut Waffle Day. Oatmeal Nut Waffles are not only a delicious variation of the regular waffles, but are also claimed to be more wholesome and nutritious. This waffle is made by adding quick oats and different kinds of nuts to the basic waffle batter consisting of flour, eggs, and butter. How do you celebrate? By making and eating these delicious waffles! Typically waffles are a breakfast food, but feel free to dare to be different and eat them for any meal you deign appropriate.
Sunday, March 12th, is Alfred Hitchcock Day. There is no known logical reason that this date was chosen to celebrate the famed filmmaker, as it corresponds to neither his birth nor death date. Looking for a way to celebrate? Spend a few hours watching some of his movies. Some of the more famous films that Hitchcock created include Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds.
Monday, March 13th, is given to two special days. The first of which, a date that holds special importance in my heart, is Napping Day. This day was originally created to compensate for the hour of sleep lost from the time change. How can you celebrate? You can take a well deserved nap! You can do this any other day also, but today you have a special excuse to curl up on the couch for a while in the afternoon.
The second holiday celebrated on this day is Jewel Day. For the lovers of all things shiny, blingy, sparkly, (and expensive) today is a day where you can really let yourself accessorize. Neither precious stones (gemstones) nor man-made stones are disallowed, and all shiny, sparkly ores are encouraged. Feel free to wear as many pieces of jewelry (preferrably jewelry containing jewels) as you can fit on your person today.
Republished from The Quill print edition, Volume 107, Issue 24, March 7th, 2017.