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January 28, 2017

Today we celebrate:

Fun At Work Day – This is a day to have fun at work. Work is not usually something you think of as fun but it is what you make of it. Find a way to incorporate some fun in your work day today with your co-workers, whether they like it or not, which is part of the fun!

Pop Art Day - Born on this day in 1912, Jackson Pollock was an artist who “successfully fused art and life”. His work greatly influenced those who went on to create the Pop Art movement. So this is a day to indulge in your own Pop Art creations and to honor the man who was a sort of a father for the style.

National Blueberry Pancake Day – One of my favorite breakfasts. Fluffy, soft pancakes filled with blueberries and soaked in maple syrup.

National Kazoo Day – Celebrating 165 years of kazooing. Kazooists are nothing if not flexible so they say you can celebrate today or on the fourth Thursday in January which was on the 26th this year.
Data Privacy Day – This is an international holiday with the purpose of encouraging everyone to think about their data and how important it is to keep it safe and private. Check your privacy settings today.

National Daisy Day – This is a day to celebrate the beauty and cheerfulness of the daisy. We don't have any daisies blooming here at my house in the frozen tundra of the northeastern United States, so I'll have to content myself by looking at pictures of beautiful daisies.

Thank A Plugin Developer Day – This is a relatively new day declared by Matt Mullenweg when the WordPress repository passed its’ 4,000th plugin. It is now an official WordPress holiday because where would WordPress be without the hard work of its’ plugin developers. Celebrations should include looking at the plugins that you use, finding the author's website and contacting them with a message to say thanks for their hard work. You could also choose to donate some money to them to compensate them for their time.

Christa McAuliffe Day – On this fateful day in 1986, Christa McAuliffe and six other crew members of the Space Shuttle Challenger died in an explosion shortly after the shuttle launched. She was a teacher who was supposed to be the first teacher in space.  It was a tragedy for the whole country as most of us watched it happening on the television.

Rattlesnake Roundup Day – Most places no longer round up wild rattlesnakes and this day has become more of a wildlife festival than an event to buy or sell rattlesnakes. But back in the day, you would have found all sorts of interesting people doing all sorts of very weird things with rattlesnakes that were dead or alive.

Support Your Local Quilt Shop Day - Celebrated on a Saturday in January, this is a day to go visit your local quilt shop and stock up on supplies for your quilting habit. This will help your quilt shop stay in business so it will always be there when you need it.

National Seed Swap Day – Celebrated on the last Saturday in January, this is a day to swap seeds with other seed swappers. There are seed swap meets where great numbers of people swap seeds in person but you could also swap your seeds online or by mail. It is a great way to spread and preserve heirloom plants or unusual varieties of plants. Plus it's just fun to say.

Chinese New Year – The year of the rooster begins today and will last until February 15, 2018. Yeah, that is a little longer than a year which confuses me too, but as long as the Chinese know what's up, who am I to judge? And in case you are wondering, some Chinese years are a little shorter than a year so it all evens out somehow. I did read that the Chinese New Year always falls somewhere between January 21st and February 20th.  Other rooster years were 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957, 1945, 1933 and 1921. People born in these years are honest, bright, communicative and ambitions.

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