October = Zazzlefest!

Okay, my birthday is this month. It’s also my grandma’s birthday, my friend Katie’s birthday (both birthdays have already passed, but each is worth another mention, because they brought Katie and Gramma to this world, and they’re great people), my father-in-law’s birthday, my cousin’s birthday, and Jonathan’s birthday. Not to mention about eight million other acquaintances of mine. The CDC lists October as the fourth most popular birth month, but I am pretty sure October is the most popular birth month, hands-down, when it comes to my family, friends, and acquaintances.

Or maybe it’s like that thing, you know, where you decide, “Hey! I’m unique! In order to show my uniqueness, I think that the next car I purchase will be blue!” and then all the cars you pass on the highway are some shade of blue, and you realize, once and for all, that you are not, in fact, unique.

Or, as you moms can attest, once you decide to go ahead and try for a baby and/or get pregnant, all you see are pregnant women and/or babies everywhere you turn.

Or, when you get that one-of-a-kind wall art for your hip new living room decor update, and you go to Michael’s two months later and find the exact same thing on clearance. Yeah, like that.

I guess it’s a matter of perspective. I wonder if there’s a medical term for what I’m talking about. I know there’s at least one book about it.*

Point is, it’s my birth month, and, true to my only-child-ness, I grew up believing that being born in October made one special, unique, and awesome. Like, it put a little extra zazzle in my heart, just to be born during the most amazing time of year. Unfortunately, I discovered rather early on that being born in October was by no means a reason to be considered extra-cool. (I’m not saying that the aforementioned birth-month-sharers-of-mine aren’t extra-cool. It’s just that I’m not the only extra-cool one, which means that I’m only average-cool. And that is a hard lesson to learn.)

However, there are some extra-cool things about October, the month with which I associate my entrance into this world (which is probably why I internalized this whole October-zazzle thing to begin with). Ladies and gentlemen, may I present, in no particular order, the things that make October Zazzlicious:

1. Beautiful birthstone- opals. “Why yes, I’ll take twenty.”

2. Fall-to-winter transition. Average first snowfall date? October 19. Yes.

3. Lots goin’ on. So many events and holidays are celebrated in October, my favorites of which are Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day (October 15).

4. Colors. Um, check out these awesome pix I got on our weekend trip to the mountains. We drove up during Hula Girl’s first nap, and then back home during her second. We spent her waketime between naps lunching and hiking around a reservoir. It was about 60 degrees, partly cloudy, and… well, perfect. Yes, I am considering retiring here. Tomorrow.

Do you SEE those colors?

Aspens tend to turn bright red and orange on the very tips, and golden everywhere else. It seriously looks like the mountains are on fire from a distance.


Okay, have I convinced you that your birth month is not nearly as splendid as October yet? I mean, if you were born in October, great. You’ve got some zazzle in your heart. But for those who weren’t, sorry. You missed out.

*A small bit of research and digging has led me to the name for the aforementioned phenomenon: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon. Yes. That’s the one.


  1. Carol said,

    October 7, 2011 at 7:14 am

    So glad I had time to check the blog this morning. I enjoyed your October celebration!

    Definitely a popular month in our family – also my brother and Terry’s brother! Something every day? Almost!

    • October 7, 2011 at 4:05 pm

      I do know a few people born in March, as well, so maybe I’ll do a March celebration as well. But it won’t be nearly as festive as October’s because…uh… it’s still winter in March, with no sign of spring. So it will be drab. 🙂

  2. Jo to the anna said,

    October 10, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Take it back! March is awesome and you know it!

  3. Kristy said,

    November 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I missed it. 😦 I think you’re extra-cool. You are above-average-cool. For sure. The photos are amazing, by the way. I was mostly raised in Minnesota which shows some fantastic fall colors, but I haven’t been there in the fall for years.

    My birthday is in March, which I always thought of as a spring month…I guess because I was born in Kentucky and then moved to Texas for a while. Then as a Minnesotan I was always disappointed and somehow surprised to see no signs of spring on my birthday.

    • November 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      Don’t be sad! I definitely did not feel left out on my birthday! 🙂

      But I do miss you, Kristy.

      • Kristy said,

        November 7, 2011 at 3:22 pm

        I think I may have finally subscribed to your blog with my main email address! For some reason, I had subscribed earlier with an address I don’t check very often. Should be good to go now!

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