NaBloPoMo DAY 1:
Four syllables I never thought I’d utter. They sound ridiculous, don’t they? But then, there you go. It wasn’t me who made them up.
So here’s the deal: I’ve decided to take part in NaBloPoMo, more sensibly known as National Blog Posting Month. For some wild reason, November was selected by someone who shall remain nameless, as the month to post EVERYDAY. Which is absolutely absurd, if you ask me, because this couldn’t be a more stressful time of year!
Think about it. The holidays are upon us. Shopping, partying, gallivanting and traveling to visit family and friends in snow-ridden places. Tis the season and all that. So why choose November, of all months, to commit to blogging every single day?? Wasn’t January available, the month when you’re supposed to be making resolutions anyway? This could’ve been my resolution–to blog everyday! Sigh.
Yet here I am, with so much stuff already on my plate, and despite all common sense telling me to walk away from this highfalutin challenge, I’m stepping up and agreeing to take part, more or less. I say “more or less” because even though I’m agreeing to this absurdity, I may falter and miss a day or two. Or three or four. So please bear with me. I will do my best to keep these posts short and sweet.
Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead:
Since I’m going to be writing everyday, give or take a few, I will write whatever happens to be on my mind. Take today, for example.
It’s November 1st, which also happens to be Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. I never celebrated or observed this holiday until I moved to San Diego. With our proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, Día de los Muertos is a big deal in these parts, and over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for it. Keep in mind, this is not a day for mourning, but an occasion to remember and appreciate those no longer with us, in an upbeat, positive way. Which is something we’ve been doing at the office for the past few years.
Of course, it helps that I’ve developed a fondness for Día de los Muertos art. Recently, I was at the Harvest Festival and found a piece that I just had to have. For, I just love the beauty of the holiday. So does Zuliya, one of the warmest, and most caring people I know, who also happens to be one of the best Zumba instructors around. For Halloween, she did herself up rather nicely in honor of the Day of the Dead. She looked spectacular!
And speaking of Halloween, some of you may remember that last year at the office, a bunch of us dressed up as the rock group, Kiss, and we won the costume contest. Well, this year we were decked out as Lawrence Welk and the lovely Lennon Sisters. We even did a choreographed rendition of “Up, Up and Away!” Who here remembers that song?
Well, guess what? WE WON THIS YEAR’S CONTEST, TOO!!
In the words of Lawrence Welk, “Tank you, tank you. Tank you very much!”
Special thanks to the team who worked so hard to make our win happen. My “aha!” moment was discovering that our office assistant, Hayley, has a talent for up-do’s. She made us look quite stylish, don’t you think?
By the way, you have until November 5 to register your blog if you want to take part in NaBloPoMo and write daily posts this month. After all, if I can commit, then so can you. Fingers crossed!