Bam! 2014 all up in here!

Happy New Year, friends!  2013 was a great year at KU.  We laughed, we cried, we sold cards, we undertook shenanigans of various sorts, but all that is past!  2014 will be...well, pretty much the same, really.  Only better!  Click READ MORE to find out what's going on this month!


Mmm, tea.

January is National Hot Tea Month!  A lovely cup of hot tea is one of life's great pleasures, so if you're unfamiliar with the beverage perfection that is tea, come in and get yourself some and make that happen!

January is also National Mail Order Gardening Month!  It may be cold outside, but this is the perfect time to order yourself some bulbs and plants and stuff for spring!  (I think you actually plant bulbs in the fall, so probably don't get bulbs, but plants!  And dirt and stuff!)  Combat your gardening withdrawal with some good, old-fashioned garden buying!


Oh god, now all I can think of is soup.

I hope your tummies are ready for this.  It's National Soup Month!  (I really want that to sound in your mind like, "It's Naaaationaaaaaaaaaaaal SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUP MOOOOOOOOOOOONTH!")  I've mentioned before that I have a deep and abiding love for homemade chicken soup.  I think I'm going to make some when I get home from work.  And realize that I'm writing this on not actual New Year's Day, because we're closed, but no matter what day you read this, I'm probably gonna go home and make chicken soup.  Yum.

Speaking of warm (kind of) liquid foods, January is also National Oatmeal Month!  I'll be honest with you, I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal, but I love the idea of it.  Some people make oatmeal and it looks freaking delicious.  Then I take a bite and it's weird and gelatinous and it's just not for me.  But I understand the inclination some people have for it.  Go oatmeal!

Finally (as far as month-long celebrations go), January is Self-Love Month!  Self-Love Month is all about self esteem and accepting yourself.  The basic sentiment being that loving yourself is the most important aspect of a healthy self-image and self-esteem.  So remember, during January and always, that you're awesome and don't believe anyone who tells you differently.  <3

Important Dates in January:

1 - New Year's Day:  First day of the year, Woooooooooooooooo!  I'm of the opinion that the only real reason New Year's Day is a holiday is because all the powers that be are so hungover after NYE that it would literally be counter-productive for anyone to go to work.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it.


3 - Drinking Straw Day AND Fruitcake Toss Day:  Straws are great.  They prevent us from having to pick up our cups.  And also they make that wonderful slurpy noise when you get to end of your drink.  They're just great.  So celebrate with a straw in your every drink today!  While you're enjoying a beverage through a small plastic tube, make sure you toss all those fruitcakes you received over the holidays!  I've never actually tried fruitcake, but based purely on the description, it is disgusting.  So toss it!  Toss it good.

6 - Twelfth Night:  As I've mentioned before, Twelfth Night is a slightly ambiguous term, since the actual twelfth night after Christmas is the night of January fifth, but twelfth night is observed on the sixth, plus the whole rigamarole about whether the night before Christmas counts as a 'night of Christmas' since traditionally a day was accounted to begin at sundown on the previous day, etc etc.  Long story short, shut up and enjoy Twelfth Night.

8 - Bubble Bath Day:  Mmmmmm, bubbles.  All this bubble bath talk makes me want to try a bubble bath.  They're mostly the realm of children and decadent-feeling ladies, but I might give it a go anyway...

13 - Public Radio Broadcasting Anniversary AND Rubber Ducky Day:  On the 13th of January 1910, the first ever public radio broadcast was made from the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City.  Several well-known stars (including Enrico Caruso) performed and public broadcasting was born.  NPR, we love you so much.  We're also awfully fond of rubber duckies.  Ernie's specifically.


Gonna find me some investment capital!

16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day:  Dragons are wonderful for lots of reasons.  They're magical, they breathe fire, they can fly, and they love treasure.  Man, how great is treasure, you guys?  So great.  Dragons are one of the oldest mythological motifs and are mentioned in the Bible, the epic of Gilgamesh, and many other texts from antiquity.  They're pretty easy to appreciate is all I'm saying, guys.

17 - International Fetish Day:  Vanilla is nice, but some prefer spice.  Spice it up a bit today!

19 - Popcorn Day:  I'm a little unclear what's so popcorn-y about January 19th, but it turns out that it doesn't matter, because popcorn is great.  It's the classic treat to accompany a movie, and it's delicious at really any time.  Whether you like traditional butter or caramel or kettle or chocolate-covered, find your favorite popcorn and go to town!  Popcorn Town, population: you.

24 - Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day:  The California Gold Rush officially began when gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill on January 24th, 1848.  We commemorate this era of American history with Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day.  Make sure you learn some prospector terms like 'varmint' and 'consarn it!'

27 - Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day:  Bubble wrap is probably the greatest invention to grace the world of shipping.  Before bubble wrap, no one ever knew that glass was actually supposed to arrive in the mail intact.  Some people thought that you couldn't even send breakable items to people far away because the mailmen would explode.  Fortunately, we've put those silly superstitions to rest.  And all with the help of bubble wrap.

28 - Fun at Work Day AND National Kazoo Day:  Here at KU we are almost always having fun while we work.  It's the perfect combination of vibe, great employees (if I do say so myself) and the fact that our bosses are literally the best in the world.  Also, we have kazoos.  I am now officially lobbying for us to combine FaW Day and Kazoo Day into one uberday, Fun with Kazoos at Work Day.  You're welcome.

january cupcake

Time for cupcakes!

January Birthdays!

1 - J.D. Salinger (Famous for reclusiveness as much as for writing.  My kind of guy.)

3 - J.R.R. Tolkien (Such a Tolkien binge right now, you guys.)

6 - Sherlock Holmes

7 - Charles Addams

8 - Stephen Hawking

9 - Severus Snape

12 - Charles Perrault

18 - A.A. Milne

19 - Buffy Summers AND Edgar Allen Poe AND Patricia Highsmith (Still weird.)

20 - Hannibal Lecter

27 - Lewis Carroll

29 - Aquaman

30 - Lily Potter (Arguably the best character ever who has, like, 5 lines.)

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