May flowers!  Don't hate.

May flowers! Don't hate.

I can't believe it's already May, you guys.  May is a great month.  One of my favorites, actually.  The weather's great, the pressure events (Valentine's Day, Easter, taxes) are past, and it's kind of just a great time to relax a little bit.  Like a little pre-summer siesta.  Relaxing as it is, though, there's still plenty to amuse and engage going on here at KU!  Click READ MORE to find out what's on our agenda!

Catch them!  They're reading!  Wait, she's sitting on a FREAKING ELEPHANT OMGWTF.

Catch them! They're reading! Wait, she's sitting on a FREAKING ELEPHANT OMGWTF.

May is Get Caught Reading Month!  I find it really hilarious that people try to make reading seem like it's taboo or clandestine or some other word that basically means secretly sexy.  I have other feelings about it, though, which may be less cheery.  I have a lot to say on the subject, so stay tuned for my post about it later in the month!

Important Dates in May:

1 - Batman Day AND May Day AND Mother Goose Day:  May Day is a traditional holiday celebrated in many European cultures.  It's related to the Celtic festival of Beltane and the Germanic tradition of Walpurgis Night.  Moving on to other, way hilariouser things, HOW THE HELL DO BATMAN AND MOTHER GOOSE HAVE THE SAME DAY?  OMG, that's amazing.  They should become a rhyming/crime-fighting duo.  Slash a rap battling team.  Slash something else totally cool.  Ha, now I'm just imagining Mother Goose as a character in the Christopher Nolan Batman movies and my day is getting exponentially better.

3 - No Pants Day AND Tuba Day:  Speaking of things that have no business being on the same day, tubas and pantslessness.  Because everyone knows that tuba players never ever ever get to take their pants off.  Ever.

4 - May the Fourth AND The Kentucky Derby:  My myriad nerdinesses have been well documented on this blog.  Nevertheless, I'm going  to tell you how huge a part of my life Star Wars is.  As a child of people who were young adults when Star Wars came out the first time, the re-release was a big deal in my house.  I saw all three films in the theatre and we bought the VHS tapes immediately when they were released.  I have seen the original trilogy many times.  More than you could count.  I was (and am) predictably outraged by many aspects of the prequel trilogy even though at the end of the day I still loved them.  Point being, I find May the Fourth to be a fabulous holiday and we have great cards for it.  You should come get a couple.  Seriously, though.  Also there's the Kentucky Derby.  Which is a horse race, if you aren't familiar.  Also a cause for celebrations and parties, obviously.

Your cards are impressive.  Most impressive.

Your cards are impressive. Most impressive.

5 - Cinco de Mayo:  Cinco de Mayo, if you aren't familiar with it, is an American holiday celebrating Mexican heritage and pride.  Contrary to popular belief, it is not Mexico's Independence Day, which is September 16th.  Despite this, Cinco de Mayo does seem to have at least some connection to the cause of freedom and democracy, particularly in the Mexican state of Puebla.

Teacher Appreciation Week 6-10:  I'm not going to say that I was a teacher's pet in school, but let's just say that I liked a lot of my teachers and they liked me and I got away with a lot of stuff because of it.  Point being, be good to your teachers, kids.  Most of them are pretty great people once you get to know them and when it comes right down to it, there's really no way you can ever properly repay them for what they've given you.

11 - National Miniature Golf Day AND World Belly Dance Day:  Because who doesn't love belly-dancing mini golfers?

12 - Limerick Day AND Mother's Day:  You might think that limericks are funny / but I'll give you a run for your money. / Get your mother a card. / It's really not hard. / And that way you're not a dumb bunny.

American Craft Beer Week 13-19:  I'm not that much of a beer snob, surprisingly.  Not surprising given my beer tastes, but surprising given my personality.  Anywho, Pittsburgh has a pretty serious craft beer culture including a bunch of craft breweries including East End Brewing Company, Church Brew Works, Penn Brewery, and others.  Get yo' drink on!

Wish I had had a book nook teepee when I was a kid.  Or now.  Now would be fine.

Wish I had had a book nook teepee when I was a kid. Or now. Now would be fine.

Children's Book Week 13-19:  I'm really glad that every single month of the year has at least one event to celebrate books.  Books of all different shapes and sizes!  I love them all.  Books are the greatest.  I hope you think so too.  If you have any of those mini people in your life, definitely take some time to enjoy a children's book with them.  You'll be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy the experience, I think.  Also, some of us have been known to read children's books aloud in funny voices here at the store, so definitely come in this week to catch a rare performance of books like Mr. and Mrs. God in the Creation KitchenLittle Pea, and others!

14 - National Chicken Dance Day:  You know, some of these holidays make a lot of sense to me.  Others, not so much.

15 - National Chocolate Chip Day:  This one falls under the former category above.

16 - National Sea Monkey Day:  And this one the latter.  We do have an epic card for this one, though.  Sea monkeys.  I ask you.

17 - National Pizza Party Day:  Ah, pizza.  You mightiest of the "full meal you can eat without any silverware or plate" foods.  You greatest of the party foods.  You frequenter of Huts, Inns, Kitchens, and other non-specific locales.  Papas, Caesars, all hail pizza!

National Backyard Games Week 20-26:  On a list that this blog seems to portray as literally never-ending, you can add as one of my quirks that I'm really into horseshoes.  It's a really fun game!  And my grandmother is weirdly awesome at it.

20 - Eliza Doolittle Day:  If you haven't seen My Fair Lady, you and I probably can't be friends, so I suggest you get on that ASAP.  During one scene, Audrey Hepburn's character, Eliza Doolittle, fantasizes that the King of England will proclaim the 20th of May to be Eliza Doolittle Day.  Hence the celebration.

National Stationery Week 22-28:  Love stationery though I decidedly do, I'm not sure why we need a week to celebrate it.  Surely a day would have sufficed.  Of all things, though, National Stationery Week totally has a twitter feed.  Check it out here.  Also, NSW is British.  So that's fun.  National, sure, but not this nation, apparently.

25 - Geek Pride Day AND Towel Day:  So, May 25th was actually chosen to be Geek Pride Day because A New Hope was first released on this date in 1977, but it's pretty cool that it intersects with Towel Day, which is probably the world's geekiest holiday.  Towel Day celebrates the work of Douglas Adams, specifically The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy in which the merits of always carrying a towel are discussed at length.

memorial-day

27 - Memorial Day:  "On the altar of duty, he laid his richest gift: his life."

28 - Sierra Club Day:  The Sierra Club is a grassroots environmental organization founded by John Muir in 1892.  They have a cool mission statement which reads, "To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives."  They are pretty cool (and law-abiding, apparently).  Remember to save the Earth, you guys.

May Birthdays!

1 - Joseph Heller

4 - Alice in Wonderland

5 - Leo Lionni

6 - Sigmund Freud

Aw yeah, fondant!

Aw yeah, fondant!

8 - Thomas Pynchon AND Katniss Everdeen AND Peter Benchley  (I'm not sure I can even go there...)

9 - J. M. Barrie AND Kermit the Frog AND Lisa Simpson  (See above.)

13 - Robert Pattinson AND Stephen Colbert AND Daphne de Maurier  (For some reason, I find it really funny that Robert Pattinson and Stephen Colbert have the same birthday.  They're probably birthday buddies.  Totally.)

14 - George Lucas

15 - Kristen Kershner AND L. Frank Baum  (KU's favorite daughter!  And that Oz guy.)

18 - Tina Fey

22 - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  (I love both Sherlock Holmes and the fact that Doyle didn't want to be remembered for the Holmes books.)

23 - Scott O'Dell

24 - Sookie Stackhouse  (Fine, I'll say it.  Anna Paquin isn't that hot.)

25 - Cookie Monster  (Lol, remember that time they tried to make Cookie Monster a healthy eater because people blamed him for kids getting fat?)

27 - Dashiell Hammett

28 - Ian Fleming

30 - Mel Blanc

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