Sillidays: Roald Dahl Day

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One of my biggest influences growing up was the author Roald Dahl.  I devoured all of his books, and read them over and over again.  His humor and silliness shaped not only my love of literature, but my sense of humor in everyday life. I have to admit, even at 9 years old it blew my mind how he came up with the idea for “frobscottle”, the fizzy drink that bubbles down instead of up and comes out the form of “whizzpopping” – burping from, well, “the other end”.

I also adored the movie adaptations of his books – I mean, who DOESN’T love Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, or found Anjelica Huston to be deliciously creepy in The Witches.  Matilda came out not too long after I’d read the book, which utilizes some memorable songs I still associate with the scenes that accompanied them (such as this or this).

I think I’m going to pick up one of his books this week and re-read them. It’s been quite a while.

So, how much do you love Roald Dahl? What’s your favorite read?

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Sillidays: National Skyscraper Day

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 One of my most favorite things ever is celebrating “unofficial” holidays. I’m sure by now you all are well acquainted with Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19th, for those who arrrrren’t sure! =0P). Well, there are websites full of these “real fake” holidays, which range from National Waffle Day (August 24th) to Elephant Appreciation Day (September 22nd).

In the spirit of good ol’ fun, I’ll be making these “Silliday” (aka Silly Day) illustrations in celebration of some of these random days. However, the frequency of these illustrations will be based on you! I will start with one fun “Silliday” illustration celebration per week. If you like it, share it! The more ‘likes’ and ‘shares’ these posts get, the more frequently these holidays will be posted.

As a former New Yorker, I felt that this was a terrific fun holiday to celebrate. My favorite skyscrapers were, without a doubt, the World Trade Center Towers. It still feels strange crossing the Verrazano Narrows Bridge or seeing the Manhattan skyline from another vantage point and not seeing the gigantic Twin Towers proudly standing tall. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the fact that they’re forever gone. So National Skyscraper Day makes me a tad nostalgic for the Empire State, and the people in it.

What does National Skyscraper Day mean to you? What is your favorite skyscraper? Share your thoughts!

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~ Sherri <3

 

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