ten things to celebrate in january: a scavenger hunt

one. january tenth. peculiar people day. peculiar: strange; odd; unusual; funny; curious; bizarre; weird; abnormal; exceptional; extraordinary; remarkable; puzzling; mysterious; perplexing; baffling; suspicious; eerie; uncanny; unnatural; freakish; fishy; creepy; spooky; eccentric; unconventional; wacky; oddball…

read or watch miss peregrin’s home for peculiar children. what’s the first word on the tenth line of the one hundred tenth page or what’s being said in the seventieth minute of the film and by whom? also, write a letter to the strangest person you know telling him or her what you most appreciate about that person’s character. lastly, what makes you peculiar, and how do you feel about that trait or talent?

two. january twelfth. feast of fabulous wild men day. my mother thinks the most fabulous wild man is tarzan. fact AND fiction, who are yours and why? take a picture with the factual one, if you can. share a favored line of dialogue by the fictional one, if you can’t.

three. january thirteenth. make your dream come true day. what’s a dream of yours? do one thing that works toward making that dream a reality. sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. and i promise you, something great will come of it (benjamin mee — we bought a zoo). be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold (herbert spencer).

four. january sixteenth. appreciate a dragon day. what’s your favorite film, novel or program that contains a dragon in it? if it’s a film, what’s being said in the seventy-sixth minute (this is a corrected time; for those of you who may have already accomplished this task, you may keep it at the original eighty-sixth) of the film and by whom? if it’s a book, what’s the sixth word on the tenth line of the first page? if it’s a program, what’s being said in the sixth minute of the tenth episode in the first season and by whom?

five. january twenty-third. national handwriting day. write a letter. WRITE it, as in put a pen or pencil to paper and fill a sheet of stationery with the words of your choosing, stuff it in an envelope, seal it, stamp it and put it in the post. let someone you love know you love them and why. because it’s that time of the year when we all get a little down in the dumps, yeah? the echoes of the hurrahs from the holidays have faded. winter’s setting in. warm that person’s heart in a way that can be cherished for more than a millisecond.

six. january twenty-fourth. squirrel appreciation day. there’s a book called scaredy squirrel by melanie watt. that squirrel’s afraid of pretty much everything. chances are good that you’re afraid of one of the things the squirrel is. do one thing that scares you (eleanor roosevelt). that thing you and the squirrel are afraid of? do a thing that pertains to that fear. AND THEN, help a friend face one of his or her fears that is similar to the squirrel’s.

seven. january twenty-fifth. opposite day. wear a t-shirt backward for the entirety of your day.

eight. january twenty-eighth. chinese new years day. treat yourself and a friend to some chinese food. also, what’s a trait of your chinese zodiac sign (i’m an ox, by the way. yay) that you do not have? how can you cultivate that characteristic? what’s a trait that you do have? if it’s one you’re not proud of, how can you alter its prevalence?

nine. january twenty-ninth. national puzzle day. put a puzzle of more than five hundred pieces together. you can get a little help from your friends if you like, but i’d prefer you do this by yourself. because i’m evil like that.

ten. january thirty-first. inspire your heart with art day. spend a day at an art museum or gallery (this was edited to include galleries because i neglected to consider their advantages when i originally wrote the post) admiring the creativity of others. visit the gift shop if there is one and buy some postcards depicting artwork you favor or find postcards elsewhere if there is no gift shop (an additional edit) and drop a grateful line to your craftier friends.

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