Another fine autumn KU morning!

Ah, November!  The month with the...something that rhymes with month, I guess.

I really love November.  I may have mentioned before that hot weather is not my cup of tea, so November is really great vis-a-vis the climate.  Also, Thanksgiving is my favorite.  But!  November isn't all brisk mornings and turkey dinners!  Click READ MORE to find out what other fantastic fun happens this month!

November is Mustache Month!  Also called No-Shavember and Movember, Mustache Month is all about raising awareness of men's health issues such as prostate and other cancers.  The Movember Foundation runs a charity event this month with the goal of "changing the face (lol, I see what they did there) of men's health."


Is it just me, or do Trebuchet and Catapult kind of look the same?

Important Dates in November:

1-3 - Sherlock Holmes Weekend AND Punkin Chunkin Days:  This weekend.  Cape May New Jersey.  Dress up all Victorian, solve mysteries, be generally awesome.  Very Sherlockian.  On a related noted, how much do we love Sherlock?  So much, amirite?  Also, Punkin Chunkin is totally a thing where people make various pumpkin launching devices and compete to see whose thing launches pumpkins the farthest.  Proceeds benefit scholarships.  Because physics and stuff.

1 - National Author's Day:  Good authors are literally my favorite people in the universe and Author's Day is perfect in every way.  Make sure you send your fangirliest fan letter today!

2 - Plan Your Epitaph Day AND Sadie Hawkins Day:  Planning your epitaph may seem a bit morbid, but it's actually pretty awesome.  It's the last sentiment you get to leave on Earth.  Even more final than your last words, so make sure it's something awesome, like, "Keep off the grass!"  Sadie Hawkins Day is way less sad.  It's a day where we throw off the shackles of antiquity and encourage the ladies to ask out the guys for a change!

3 - Cliche Day AND Sandwich Day AND Daylight Savings Time Ends:  I feel like having a day to celebrate cliches is really not enough.  They need more.  It should be cliche week or something.  But we'll just have to make do with cliche day and condense all of our love and appreciation into one 24-hour period.  Also sandwiches.  Sandwiches ought to have they're own month at least.  (p.s. August is Sandwich Month) (p.p.s. Don't forget to Fall Back!)


Srsly, though, V for Vendetta was SO AWESOME, RIGHT?

5 - Guy Fawkes Day:  Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the UK as a remembrance of an assassination plot in 1605.  Fawkes was at the center of the plot and was apprehended before it could be undertaken.  In this country we mostly like Guy Fawkes because of V for Vendetta.  Because that movie is voraciously viewable.

7-13 - Dear Santa Letter Week AND Pursuit of Happiness Week:  Dear Santa Letter Week is, unsurprisingly, exactly what it sounds like.  A week where you write letters to Santa.  So that you get presents!  Woohoo!  Also, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

10 - Area Code Day AND Sesame Street Day:  Area Codes were first used on November 10th, 1951.  Because blah blah blah dialing phones all old-timey like.  There is one actually interesting factoid about area codes, which is that they were originally designed to use lower numbers for more populous areas because everyone still had rotary phones then.  So the people who were calling more populated areas could pull less.  The More You Know!  Also Sesame Street started on November 10th, 1969 which is way cooler and muppetier and the best ever because Sesame Street!  It's currently in its 44th season and has won over 100 Emmys!

11 - Veteran's Day:  "Their names liveth for evermore."

15 - I Love to Write Day AND National Bundt Pan Day:  A good bundt pan is like a warm blanket.  Both can be used as protection devices in the event of the apocalypse.  In addition to being safe, bundt pans are used in the production of bundt cakes, which are delicious.  Writing is also delicious and lovable.  Also, November is NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so writing is in like Flynn.



17 - Homemade Bread Day:  We've mentioned before on this blog that bread is one of the oldest cooked foods in the world and that there's evidence of people having baked bread that is approximately 30,000 (thirty thousand!  Thirty!  followed by Thousand!) years ago.  This is because homemade bread is the bomb.  If you've never made bread at home, I encourage you to try it today.  Make sure to take tomorrow off, though.  Not because bread baking is hard and you'll need rest, but because bread is amazing and all you'll want to do is sit around eating it until it's gone.

18 - Married to a Scorpio Support Day:  If you know a Scorpio well, then this holiday pretty much speaks for itself.  I'm currently in a relationship with a Scorpio, so feel free to offer me some support!  (I need it so much, omg.)

19 - Rocky and Bullwinkle Day AND World Toilet Day:  Rocky and Bullwinkle are great for so many reasons (their names alone are hysterical), but one of the best things about those cartoons is something which has subsequently come to be called 'The Bullwinkle Effect.'  That is, when a form of entertainment is funny to an audience member when he's a child, but then grows right along with him and is funny for entirely other reasons when he is an adult.  (Also Boris and Natasha.  Ha.)  On a wholly other note, I think toilet appreciation is a no-brainer.

23 - Doctor Who Day:  For someone who does not identify as a 'Whovian,' I have seen a good amount of Doctor Who.  I enjoy it, certainly, but I'm not quite the die hard that many fans are.  Whatever your fandom level, though, it should be noted that Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi show ever and is a standard to which much of the sci-fi world aspires.


This is a menurkey. Don't question it.

24-30 - National Games and Puzzles Week:  NGPW is about using games and puzzles to spend quality time with family.  My family is partial to card games like Cribbage, Hearts, and Spades, but we also love board games and things like Taboo and Catchphrase.  Whatever kinds of games float your boat, take some time early (and often) in the upcoming holiday season to connect with your family.  You won't regret it.  :)

24 - Mother Goose Day:  The rhymes of Mother Goose are some of the most well-known and best remembered children's literature in English.  In the preface to an 1843 edition of the Mother Goose rhymes, Mother Goose is compared by the writer to William Shakespeare and while on the surface that seems like insane hubris, if you think about for a moment or two, it may not be too far from the mark.  Certainly their works are about equal in terms of people being about to rattle off lines at the drop of a hat.  Think about it.  Plus they both rhyme and use crazy, made-up words.

27 - Hanukkah Begins:  The evening of the 27th will mark the first night of Hanukkah this year, and Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will coincide this year for the first time since 1888!  Hanukkah will continue until December 5th.

28 - Thanksgiving:  For so many reasons, one of the (if not simply the) best holidays of the year.  What could be better than a fantastic meal, good times with family, football, and the most satisfying nap of the year?  Nothing.


Not really hugely birthday-ish, but that caramel sauce looks boss!

November birthdays!

1 - Hello Kitty

8 - Margaret Mitchell AND Bram Stoker

10 - Neil Gaiman (Happy birthday, Neil!)

11 - Kurt Vonnegut AND James Bond

18 - Margaret Atwood (Good month for Margarets)

24 - Frances Hodgson Burnett

28 - John Stewart

29 - Madeleine L'Engle AND C.S. Lewis

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