Howdy doody, Brain Dumpers,

I’m going to break down the success I’m having with my habits. I really haven’t been reading that much and it’s bad. I’ve probably read only like 50 pages in the past week. . . I’m supposed to read 30 minutes a day which means about 15 pages per day which means  download.jpeg

105 pages per week.  I’m less than half for the week. I want to say that I’ve had no time because I’ve been studying but that’s not true. I have time. I just waste time instead just looking at random videos. So, that’s bad. . .

I also have not been writing blog posts consistently and that’s been going on for like 2 months now. I really need to blog because it’s my chance to reflect on my progress with my life and my habits. So, I need to do that. The Internet pretty much gets in the way. I mean I LET it get in the way. I have to stop. I downloaded an app that will stop me from using certain sites for a designated period of time. It works wonders when I use it, I just dread using it so much I can’t get myself to turn it on. I guess that’s something I need to get used to. Even if I DO turn the app on, I always have my phone to distract me. . . Maybe I should just get a flip phone? But probably not, because then I can’t upload pictures of food. Something I have a good track record of doing for the past 2 years. I really can’t stop. . . it’s too much of my online presence to give up. . . Plus I want to be held accountable for the things that I eat. That was the whole of starting it. I should really be aware of the image that I’m putting out. I should only try to eat healthy food. Really. Except for 24 hours on the weekend. But yeah. . . Not doing all that well with my habits. I should really be drinking less caffeine too. But that doesn’t bother me that much

If I were to list the things that weren’t going right they would be

  • not studying consistently
  • not drumming at a consistent time
  • spending too much time surfing the internet, which is a big one
  • staying up too late
  • not reading enough
  • not going to the gym consistently

I have these reflective moments but it’s hard to do something about it. I guess it’s not actually if I were to think of way to work on these things they would be

  • not studying consistently: schedule out a time and place to study. give myself 1 dollar for every 45 minutes of studying
  • not drumming at a consistent time: schedule out a time and a place to drum. make sure that I stick to my study schedule so that I don’t need to study in place of my drumming time
  • for spending too much time on the internet: turn on the self- control app and turn on the Offtime app after I get out of the gym at night
  • staying up too late: this is solved when I stop spending time on the Internet
  • Not reading enough. This is solved when I stop spending time on the internet when I need to read
  • Not going to the gym consistently: schedule a time and place to go to the gym. make sure I stick to my study schedule so that I don’t need to study during my gym time.

So that’s what I need to do. . . it’s good talking about this stuff because it helps me think about what I need to do.

I just turned on the Self-Control all for 23 hours and 45 minutes. WordPress isn’t blocked so I can still make posts.

I’ll turn on the Offtime app too.

Marcus

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Shitty Job on my Exam

Howdy doody, Brain Dumpers,

I did poorly on my programming test today. I find out for sure next week. I definitely used the wrong counter control variable in the while loop. Fuck. If I miss more than 10 points, I’ll have a B in the class, not good! I need an A or else I won’t get into my master’s program. Shit fuck balls.

In other news, I talked with my sister about building her a Magic: the Gathering deck. I know she really doesn’t want one but I want to make one for her that will make her celebrate like a little girl. WEEEEEEEE! But that’s never going to happen. I think I might just make myself another deck and have her play with that one if she ever wants to play.

In other OTHER news, I’m not going to work out today because I don’t have time. That’s a valid excuse, I need to spend time 4 hours studying tonight and I don’t have time for anything else. If you tuned in yesterday, you know I made the point that working out would help me do better in school. So, tomorrow, I will work out just like normal.

Marcus

Self-Discipline

Welcome Brain Dumpers, to HEEEELLLLLLLLLLL!!

Just kidding.

I woke up on time today, but the rest of the day has been a complete failure. After playing guitar for an hour in the morning. I decided that I would have a snooze. I tried sleeping for 2 hours, at peace with myself for my productive music session. Sleep didn’t really come because of my noisy sister.

My alarm went off at 12:45PM, telling me that I needed to get ready to play the drums. I planned on playing, but then I tried to go back to sleep again, saying to myself, “I don’t have THAT much to do today. I can just play drums later.” Again, sleep didn’t come because of my noisy sister. Really fucking noisy.

I got off the couch at 1:30 and promptly got an energy drink. Planning to practice right away. I just procrastinated, even more, vacillating between the thought of drumming and the thought of studying for my exam.

I finally sat down in front of the computer at 2:10, but I went on Facebook. Then, I turned on Self-Control and decided that I should learn about self-discipline.

I basically learned that I need to meditate, exercise, and sleep well. This is the fucking advice for EVERYTHING! WTF?

About meditating. . .

I tried it a few times during college and then again with my various therapists afterward. I didn’t hate it and I didn’t like it either. All it did was rejuvenate me, and I didn’t like the process. Tim Ferriss, blogger, author, investor, podcaster and amy idol, meditates every day and so do the top-performers he interviews.  I’m having doubt that I can realistically make this a part of my daily routine. I know that I can do it if . . .

BRB, I need to feed the cat and scoop his litter. . .

Okay.

I need to find some specific time during the day I can meditate. In the mornings would be good. . . I can meditate for 10 minutes from 9:40 to 9:50. Perfect. I just set alarms before I wr0te that last thing.

About exercise . . .

I’ve been lifting, then walking 4 miles per day, 5 days per week. I was 5 miles initially but I change it to 4 miles so I would have time to write blog posts. I want to change it to 6 days per week, Sunday through Friday. I know I can definitely do this no problem. I just have to make sure that I don’t make excuses. Today, I didn’t go because I wanted to study instead. But, according to information I got online, exercise helps your brain and it helps you become more disciplined. So, I’m just hurting myself if I don’t exercise.

About sleeping well . . .

I’ve been having trouble getting to sleep for the past 2 weeks. At 10:30, an alarm goes off that reminds me to get ready for bed. I’m usually on Facebook at this time and I’m usually making a post about the good things that happened during the day. . . or I’m just wasting time. I brushing my teeth is more like pulling teeth. I take 2 minutes and I hate it. I delay it as much as possible. This makes me late getting to bed sometimes. This is when I really need self-discipline. If I get to bed late, I won’t get good sleep, and that sucks away your willpower. Vicious cycle . . . I guess I can make my teeth-brushing less painful by watching a video while I brush. Yeah that’s what I’ll do. Aside from this, I need to stop my caffeine intake at about 3:30 everyday.

Ciao

Fat Punk

Howdy doody, Brain Dumpers,

I’m losing weight fast on the Slow-Carb Diet. I was 210lbs at the beginning of the year and now I’m 197. I’m having this strange feeling like I’ve done enough work and that I can eat whatever I want now. But I know my work isn’t done until I’m 175 lbs. I only have about 20 more to lose! I’m feeling like I am a fat person at heart and that it’s strange for me to keep losing weight. But I know this isn’t true. I’ve only been fat since 2014, and I gained all of my weight that year. I’m actually a skinny person and I’m fit, too. I’m getting this weird feeling like I’m not that excited about losing the weight that I’ve lost already. It seems to be just a routine thing for me now. But I know I will feel a lot better when I look better. I will be more confident about my appearance and I will be able to have the skinny punk look that I want. Fat punks just don’t make sense.

 

Stayed Up Too Late

Greetings, Brain Dumpers,

Today is sucking ass. If today had a mouth, then it would be full of poo because it sucks so much ass. And it’s all because I stayed up late browsing the Internet for places to Magic: the Gathering, which are the saddest places to get dates.  I didn’t find any places at all.

My trusty alarms harangued me at 9 this morning with their normal petulance. I turned all three of them off and set my phone to wake me up at 10. I woke up again at 10 and set my phone to wake me up at noon. Wake me up when September ends.

At 12:30PM, I woke up and felt shitty. I ate eggs, then a burrito and iced coffee and Diet Mountain Dew. I watch New Girl on Netflix. Then a blur until 3pm. Then some more iced coffee and then a blur till now.

I should’ve studied.

I can’t stay up late anymore.

Marcus

Ego Armor

Hello Brain Dumpers,

A memory of a phone call keeps recurring in my head.  Three of my friends called me together about 3 years ago when I was in class. The phone call was out of the blue and it was about nothing. They each just said hi and it was really awkward. One of my friends asked me what I was doing with my life at the time. “I’m in college,” I said. “Well, that’s power right there,” he responded facetiously. I guess they called me to be dicks. I saw them once after that call, and now I don’t talk to them anymore besides on Facebook.

I think the call bothers me because it seemed pointless and awkward. Reading between the lines through the lens of my paranoia, I see that they called just to tell me that they don’t think of me highly anymore. I’m trying not to think that. And I’m trying not to care.

Here are some of the things I think about when I need to put on my ego armor:

  • I’m getting much better at the drums
  • I got money in the bank byatch
  • I’m strict with my schedule
  • I’m strict with diet and exercise
  • I lost 10 pounds last month
  • I read on a consistent basis
  • I have a college degree and a professional certificate
  • Master’s degree in progress

Hells yeah.

Marcus

Nicotine and Caffeine

Hello Brain Dumpers,

I’m getting really distracted when studying. I find myself on Facebook and Instagram and random sites on the Internet. Today, I spent two hours of study time researching ways to prevent gum recession.  I did come to some valuable insights, but I could’ve come to those same insights on a day when I didn’t need to study. From now on, I plan to save all my Internet bingeing for Friday nights and Saturdays, days when I skip studying already.

Speaking of cramping my study time, I feel distracted because I haven’t had nicotine for the past 24 hours. I keep thinking about having nicotine. I stopped on purpose, I’m doing it because nicotine causes your gums to recede and I’m having a major problem with that.  I also feel distracted because I just switched from tea and energy drinks to 5-Hour Energy. Okay, fine -I’ve only just switched in the past two hours. But I’m committed to switching permanently because tea and energy drinks are very acidic, which is bad for my gums. We’ll see how long I last, I hope it’s a long time.

Overall, I think because of these recent changes in my intake of stimulants, I feel wispier, less anxious, and distracted. I still want a cigarette, but not that badly.

Marcus

Hello Brain Dumpers,

I just switched 0mg of nicotine in my vape and I feel really deprived. I don’t think I’m going to switch back to 3mg though. I’m really quite proud that I’ve lasted these past 3 hours. (3 hours!? that’s it!?) I normally puff away nonstop and I now that I’m not, I realize how addicted to nicotine I am. I think it’s only going to be a couple of days before I’m used to it. The goal is to quit using my vape permanently. I don’t want nicotine to control my life like it is right now. I quit smoking once before in Idaho. It took a couple of weeks but I eventually quit for two years, except for a few months when I was with a band and we all smoked a few cigarettes per week.

I think that I’m going to do it for good this time, maybe. I’m hopeful. I’m already feeling okay on 0mg of nicotine right now. I do crave smoking whenever I’m lost in thought or when I’m facing a mental task like thinking about what to write. I’m at a loss right now and I just vaped.

Quitting is hard, quitting anything is hard. habits that involve stopping an activity are harder than habits the require starting a new activity. In order to stop doing something, you need to replace it with something else. Habits occur in loops that start with a craving, goes to action, then ends with a reward. In order to stop a bad habit, you need the replace the action with something else that will give you the same reward. . . at least that’s the advice I got from the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. I can think of habit that I formed over a year ago without using this method. I started eating well. I just decided that I was going to

I started eating well. I just decided that I was going to eat well and follow the Slow-Carb diet. I could eat as much as I wanted, I just needed to avoid white carbs, sugar, fruit, and dairy. I ate a lot at the beginning and I really ate a lot of calories. Now, I’m only eating 800 calories 5 days a week! I just started doing this last week, but I’ve been doing really well. I’m going to keep it going until I lose 15 more pounds. I lost 15 pounds since last year and I want to lose 15 more.

Marcus

Cheating Today and Yesterday Was Not Good

Hello there, precious,

Welcome to another edition of Marcus Brain Dumps. Today, I’ll be sharing with you my remorse over cheating on my diet.

Yesterday, I ate a steak when I was technically supposed to be fasting. I normally fast on Sunday until night time when I eat beans. When the day started, I knew I was going to make an exception at dinner because it was Christmas, I was going to allow myself to eat anything I wanted as long as it was part of our family’s Christmas celebration.  I lasted until about 12pm and ate a steak. I felt guilty about it, and I want to say that it wasn’t that bad of a mistake but it was. You see, I’m trying to form the new habit of not cheating so much on my diet. These first few days are crucial. I cheated today as well when I ate a burger, so that’s not good. I need to keep myself accountable because no one else really cares that much that I lose weight, not as much as I do.

I think I cheated today because it felt weird not to cheat with my brother around. He isn’t strict about his diet and I felt like I would be acting strange if I didn’t cheat. I should’ve let him know that I was trying not to cheat anymore and that I’m becoming more strict with my diet. I think he would be the kind of person that I could talk to about things like this. But then again, I feel like would cheat anyway around him even if I told him. I have to watch out for this when I see him.

Marcus

No More Reward Meals

Hello listeners,

This is a serious installment of Marcus Brain Dumps.

I’m not having any more reward meals. I’ve gotten through the last year rewarding myself with food whenever I complete some kind of task or goal. These can be things like finishing a book or bigger milestones like graduating from my certificate program at UCI. I’ve decided that I’m no longer going to have reward meals for myself. I’m going to use the money instead to buy Magic: the Gathering cards. I’m doing this because I’ve made little progress losing weight this year due to the reward meals. I am, however, going to cheat SOMETIMES on very special occasions and holidays

I’m going to list out the occasions that I’m allowed to cheat on. Generally, I will cheat if it would be weird for me not to cheat such as a celebratory meal with my family or friends at a pizza parlor. Even occasions like these have to be valid. My football team winning is not a special occasion. Even, if it is a bank holiday or Federal Holiday, I will not cheat. I will only cheat if this holiday has food as a focal point. As for reward meals, I will only be doing reward meals on very special occasions. For most rewards, I will instead add money to a fund I will use to buy Magic: the Gathering cards later. For the habits that I am forming on my coach.me account, I will reward myself $5 every time I reach 100 days of a habit. For other big benchmarks, I will allow myself up to $25 for a single cheat meal. This means ONE meal up to $25 dollars, I cannot spend $12.50 on each of 2 meals, for example. If I am already being treated to a meal, that meal counts as my one, and I cannot spend an additional $25. For some of these occasions, I will pay myself $25 for Magic cards

  1. My birthday, March 21st. And $25 for Magic cards
  2. Any family member’s or friend’s birthday if we are going out to eat
  3. Drum anniversary on June 1st. And $25 for Magic cards.
  4. SEO Certificate anniversary on Sep 1. And $25 for Magic cards
  5. Suicide attempt anniversary Oct 1st. And $25 for Magic cards
  6. College Graduation Dec 19th. And $25 for Magic cards
  7. Every 500 post on Instagram, I will reward myself with a $10 meal and take a picture of that meal for my 500th post
  8. Every time I finish a TV series, I will eat a $10 cheat meal while watching the last episode.
  9. Here is a list of Holidays and whether or not I will cheat. I will cheat only at the focal event, e.g. cheating on the 4th of July means only cheating at the barbecue. Take a look:
    Date Day of Week Name of Holiday Type of Holiday Cheat?
    Jan 1 Sunday New Year’s Day Federal Holiday Koreans typically eat rice cake soup as a family, so yes
    Jan 2 Monday New Year’s Day observed Federal Holiday  No, even though I have the day off
    Jan 6 Friday Epiphany Christian  no
    Jan 7 Saturday Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox  no
    Jan 13 Friday Lee Jackson Day State holiday no
    Jan 13 Friday Stephen Foster Memorial Day Observance  no
    Jan 14 Saturday Orthodox New Year Orthodox  no
    Jan 16 Monday Martin Luther King Day Federal Holiday  no, no food traditionally involved
    Jan 16 Monday Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday no
    Jan 16 Monday State Holiday State holiday no
    Jan 16 Monday Idaho Human Rights Day State holiday no
    Jan 16 Monday Civil Rights Day State holiday no
    Jan 19 Thursday Robert E Lee’s Birthday State holiday no
    Jan 19 Thursday State Holiday State holiday no
    Jan 20 Friday Inauguration Day State holiday no
    Jan 28 Saturday Chinese New Year Observance  no, not chinese
    Jan 29 Sunday Kansas Day Observance  no
    Feb 1 Wednesday National Freedom Day Observance  no
    Feb 2 Thursday Groundhog Day Observance  no
    Feb 3 Friday National Wear Red Day Observance  no
    Feb 4 Saturday Rosa Parks Day Local observance no
    Feb 11 Saturday Tu Bishvat/Tu B’Shevat Jewish holiday  no
    Feb 12 Sunday Lincoln’s Birthday State holiday no
    Feb 12 Sunday Lincoln’s Birthday Local observance no
    Feb 13 Monday Lincoln’s Birthday observed State holidayno
    Feb 14 Tuesday Valentine’s Day Observance  Only if I have a date
    Feb 14 Tuesday Statehood Day in Arizona Local observance no
    Feb 15 Wednesday Susan B Anthony’s Birthday Local observance no
    Feb 20 Monday Presidents’ Day Federal Holiday  No food traditionally involved, so no
    Feb 20 Monday Daisy Gatson Bates Day State holiday no
    Feb 24 Friday Maha Shivaratri Hindu Holiday  no
    Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Observance  no
    Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras State holiday no
    Feb 28 Tuesday Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras Local observance no
    Feb 28 Tuesday Linus Pauling Day Local observance no
    Mar 1 Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian  no
    Mar 1 Wednesday St. David’s Day Observance  no
    Mar 2 Thursday Texas Independence Day State holiday no
    Mar 2 Thursday Read Across America Day Observance  no
    Mar 3 Friday Employee Appreciation Day Observance  no
    Mar 6 Monday Casimir Pulaski Day State holiday no
    Mar 7 Tuesday Town Meeting Day Vermont State holiday  no
    Mar 12 Sunday Holi Hindu Holiday  no
    Mar 12 Sunday Purim Jewish holiday  no
    Mar 12 Sunday Daylight Saving Time starts Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  no
    Mar 17 Friday St. Patrick’s Day Observance  yes, if going out for drinks
    Mar 17 Friday Evacuation Day State holiday no
    Mar 20 Monday March equinox Season  no
    Mar 25 Saturday Maryland Day Local observance no
    Mar 26 Sunday Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day State holiday no
    Mar 27 Monday Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Day observed State holiday no
    Mar 27 Monday Seward’s Day State holiday no
    Mar 31 Friday César Chávez Day State holiday no
    Apr 2 Sunday Pascua Florida Day Local observance no
    Apr 3 Monday Pascua Florida Day observed Local observance no
    Apr 6 Thursday National Tartan Day Observance  no
    Apr 9 Sunday Palm Sunday Christian  no
    Apr 11 Tuesday Passover (first day) Jewish holiday  no
    Apr 11 Tuesday National Library Workers’ Day Observance  no
    Apr 13 Thursday Maundy Thursday Christian  no
    Apr 13 Thursday Thomas Jefferson’s Birthday Observance  no
    Apr 14 Friday Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox  no
    Apr 14 Friday Good Friday State holiday no
    Apr 15 Saturday Holy Saturday Christian  no
    Apr 15 Saturday Orthodox Holy Saturday Orthodox  no
    Apr 15 Saturday Father Damien Day Local observance no
    Apr 16 Sunday Orthodox Easter Orthodox  no
    Apr 16 Sunday Easter Sunday Observance, Christian  no
    Apr 16 Sunday Emancipation Day State holiday no
    Apr 17 Monday Orthodox Easter Monday Orthodox  no
    Apr 17 Monday Easter Monday Christian  no
    Apr 17 Monday Emancipation Day observed State holiday no
    Apr 17 Monday Patriot’s Day State holiday no
    Apr 18 Tuesday Last Day of Passover Jewish holiday  no
    Apr 18 Tuesday Tax Day Observance  no
    Apr 21 Friday San Jacinto Day State holiday no
    Apr 22 Saturday Oklahoma Day Local observance no
    Apr 24 Monday Yom HaShoah Jewish holiday  no
    Apr 24 Monday Isra and Mi’raj Muslim  no
    Apr 24 Monday Confederate Memorial Day State holiday no
    Apr 24 Monday State Holiday State holiday no
    Apr 24 Monday State Holiday State holiday no
    Apr 26 Wednesday State Holiday Local observance no
    Apr 26 Wednesday Administrative Professionals Day Observance  no
    Apr 27 Thursday Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Observance  no
    Apr 28 Friday Arbor Day State holiday no
    May 1 Monday Law Day Observance  no
    May 1 Monday Loyalty Day Observance  no
    May 2 Tuesday Yom Ha’atzmaut Jewish holiday  no
    May 4 Thursday Kent State Shootings Remembrance Local observance no
    May 4 Thursday National Day of Prayer Observance  no
    May 4 Thursday Rhode Island Independence Day Local observance no
    May 5 Friday Cinco de Mayo Observance  Yes, only if celebrating with people
    May 6 Saturday National Nurses Day Observance  no
    May 6 Saturday National Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Day Observance  no
    May 8 Monday Truman Day State holiday no
    May 10 Wednesday State Holiday State holiday no
    May 10 Wednesday State Holiday Local observance no
    May 14 Sunday Lag BaOmer Jewish holiday  no
    May 14 Sunday Mother’s Day Observance  Yes, only if celebrating with people
    May 15 Monday Peace Officers Memorial Day Observance  no
    May 19 Friday National Defense Transportation Day Observance  no
    May 20 Saturday Armed Forces Day Observance  no
    May 22 Monday National Maritime Day Observance  no
    May 22 Monday Harvey Milk Day Local observance no
    May 24 Wednesday Emergency Medical Services for Children Day Observance  no
    May 25 Thursday Ascension Day Christian  no
    May 25 Thursday National Missing Children’s Day Observance  no
    May 27 Saturday Ramadan starts Muslim  no
    May 29 Monday Memorial Day Federal Holiday  Yes, only if celebrating with people
    May 29 Monday Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance no
    May 31 Wednesday Shavuot Jewish holiday  no
    Jun 1 Thursday Statehood Day Local observance no
    Jun 3 Saturday Jefferson Davis Birthday Local observance no
    Jun 4 Sunday Pentecost Christian  no
    Jun 5 Monday Whit Monday Christian  no
    Jun 5 Monday Jefferson Davis Birthday State holiday no
    Jun 6 Tuesday D-Day Observance  no
    Jun 11 Sunday Trinity Sunday Christian  no
    Jun 11 Sunday Kamehameha Day State holiday no
    Jun 12 Monday Kamehameha Day observed State holiday no
    Jun 14 Wednesday Army Birthday Observance  no
    Jun 14 Wednesday Flag Day Observance  no
    Jun 15 Thursday Corpus Christi Christian  no
    Jun 16 Friday Bunker Hill Day observed State holiday no
    Jun 17 Saturday Bunker Hill Day State holiday no
    Jun 18 Sunday Father’s Day Observance  Yes, only if celebrating with people
    Jun 19 Monday Juneteenth Local observance no
    Jun 19 Monday Emancipation Day State holiday no
    Jun 20 Tuesday West Virginia Day State holiday no
    Jun 20 Tuesday American Eagle Day Observance  no
    Jun 21 Wednesday Lailat al-Qadr Muslim  no
    Jun 21 Wednesday June Solstice Season  no
    Jun 26 Monday Eid al-Fitr Muslim  no
    Jul 4 Tuesday Independence Day Federal Holiday  Yes, if celebrating with people
    Jul 23 Sunday Parents’ Day Observance  no
    Jul 24 Monday Pioneer Day State holiday no
    Jul 27 Thursday National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day Observance  no
    Aug 1 Tuesday Tisha B’Av Jewish holiday  no
    Aug 1 Tuesday Colorado Day Local observance no
    Aug 4 Friday Coast Guard Birthday Observance  no
    Aug 7 Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Holiday  no
    Aug 7 Monday Purple Heart Day Observance  no
    Aug 14 Monday Janmashtami Hindu Holiday  no
    Aug 14 Monday Victory Day State holiday no
    Aug 15 Tuesday Assumption of Mary Christian  no
    Aug 16 Wednesday Bennington Battle Day State holiday no
    Aug 18 Friday Statehood Day in Hawaii State holiday no
    Aug 19 Saturday National Aviation Day Observance  no
    Aug 21 Monday Senior Citizens Day Observance  no
    Aug 24 Thursday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Holiday  no
    Aug 26 Saturday Women’s Equality Day Observance  no
    Aug 27 Sunday Lyndon Baines Johnson Day State holiday no
    Sep 2 Saturday Eid al-Adha Muslim  no
    Sep 4 Monday Labor Day Federal Holiday  Yes, only if going out to celebrate with people
    Sep 9 Saturday Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day Observance  no
    Sep 9 Saturday California Admission Day Local observance no
    Sep 10 Sunday National Grandparents Day Observance  no
    Sep 11 Monday Patriot Day Observance  no
    Sep 15 Friday National POW/MIA Recognition Day Observance  no
    Sep 17 Sunday Constitution Day and Citizenship Day Observance  no
    Sep 18 Monday Air Force Birthday Observance  no
    Sep 18 Monday Constitution Day and Citizenship Day observed Observance  no
    Sep 20 Wednesday Navaratri Hindu Holiday  no
    Sep 21 Thursday Rosh Hashana State holiday no
    Sep 21 Thursday Rosh Hashana Jewish holiday  no
    Sep 22 Friday Muharram Muslim  no
    Sep 22 Friday September equinox Season  no
    Sep 22 Friday Emancipation Day Local observance no
    Sep 22 Friday Native Americans’ Day Local observance no
    Sep 24 Sunday Gold Star Mother’s Day Observance  no
    Sep 30 Saturday Yom Kippur State holiday no
    Sep 30 Saturday Dussehra Hindu Holiday  no
    Sep 30 Saturday Yom Kippur Jewish holiday  no
    Oct 2 Monday Child Health Day Observance  no
    Oct 4 Wednesday Feast of St Francis of Assisi Christian  no
    Oct 5 Thursday First Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday  no
    Oct 9 Monday Leif Erikson Day Observance  no
    Oct 9 Monday Columbus Day Federal Holiday Yes only if going out to celebrate with people
    Oct 9 Monday Columbus Day Local observance no
    Oct 9 Monday Native Americans’ Day Local observance no
    Oct 9 Monday Indigenous People’s Day Local observance no
    Oct 9 Monday Indigenous People’s Day Local observance no
    Oct 11 Wednesday Last Day of Sukkot Jewish holiday  no
    Oct 12 Thursday Shmini Atzeret Jewish holiday  no
    Oct 13 Friday Simchat Torah Jewish holiday  no
    Oct 13 Friday Navy Birthday Observance  no
    Oct 15 Sunday White Cane Safety Day Observance  no
    Oct 16 Monday Boss’s Day Observance  no
    Oct 18 Wednesday Alaska Day State holiday no
    Oct 27 Friday Nevada Day State holiday no
    Oct 31 Tuesday Halloween Observance  Yes, only candy
    Nov 1 Wednesday All Saints’ Day Christian  no
    Nov 2 Thursday All Souls’ Day Christian  no
    Nov 5 Sunday Daylight Saving Time ends Clock change/Daylight Saving Time  no
    Nov 7 Tuesday Election Day State holiday no
    Nov 10 Friday Marine Corps Birthday Observance  no
    Nov 11 Saturday Veterans Day Federal Holiday  yes, only if barbecuing or celebrating with other people
    Nov 23 Thursday Thanksgiving Day Federal Holiday  yes
    Nov 24 Friday State Holiday State holiday no
    Nov 24 Friday Presidents’ Day State holiday no
    Nov 24 Friday Lincoln’s Birthday/Lincoln’s Day State holiday no
    Nov 24 Friday Black Friday State holiday no
    Nov 24 Friday American Indian Heritage Day State holiday no
    Nov 27 Monday Cyber Monday Observance  no
    Dec 1 Friday The Prophet’s Birthday Muslim  no
    Dec 3 Sunday First Sunday of Advent Christian no
    Dec 6 Wednesday St Nicholas’ Day Observance  no
    Dec 7 Thursday Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Observance  no
    Dec 8 Friday Feast of the Immaculate Conception Christian  no
    Dec 12 Tuesday Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe Observance  no
    Dec 13 Wednesday Chanukah/Hanukkah (first day) Jewish holiday  no
    Dec 13 Wednesday National Guard Birthday Observance  no
    Dec 17 Sunday Pan American Aviation Day Observance  no
    Dec 17 Sunday Wright Brothers Day Observance  no
    Dec 20 Wednesday Last Day of Chanukah Jewish holiday  no
    Dec 21 Thursday December Solstice Season  no
    Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve State holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people
    Dec 24 Sunday Christmas Eve Observance, Christian  Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people
    Dec 25 Monday Christmas Day Federal Holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people
    Dec 25 Monday Christmas Eve observed State holiday Yes, only if celebrating Christmas with other people
    Dec 26 Tuesday Kwanzaa (until Jan 1) Observance  no
    Dec 26 Tuesday Day After Christmas Day State holiday no
    Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve Observance  Yes, if going out for drinks
    Dec 31 Sunday New Year’s Eve State holiday Yes, if going out for drinks