Halloween 2017

NaBloPoMo Day #2

I wonder if these are on super discount now, because I regret not bringing them home.

Halloween was a bit of a flop this year. Nothing was usual this year, though. After the fires, we’re missing an entire neighborhood full of people in our immediate area, and most of our neighbors were not home, or weren’t handing out candy or something. I know this because we had some families come by our house two or three times, with the kids excited and the parents apologetic, because we were one of the only houses for the kids to trick-or-treat at.

My usual strategy for Halloween has been to buy candy well beyond our needs for trick-or-treaters, focusing on my personal favorite varieties, and then spending the month of November using fun-size candy bars as a reward for pretty much any action. Folded a load of laundry? That’s a treatable achievement. Paid bills? Give me one of those tiny little bars of goodness. Made a cup of coffee? FUN SIZE ME. Mostly because coffee + chocolate is a good mix.

But I’m not eating sugar or flour anymore, so I was careful this year not to over-buy candy. We gave away most of two big Costco-sized bags of candy, and a bunch of glow necklaces and spider rings, and then we were done, left with some random mini-packs of Swedish Fish and some sticky eyeballs that aren’t edible but look like they could be, so I didn’t give them out. The kids were less than enthused with my determination not to keep myself swimming in temptation for days and days.

My daughter said “Mother, I am off to war” on her way out the door. My son just said “Da!”

Anyway, the kids didn’t trick-or-treat at all this year. My oldest had a friend over to watch a movie, and my youngest helped hand out candy all evening. My son took his computer to a LAN party at a friend’s house, sans costume.  Midweek Halloweens always sort of suck, but this year was just extra meh.


That said, the costumes my youngest two pulled out were funny. My daughter wore a child-size Revolutionary War uniform we picked up on our trip to Mount Vernon, and my son wore his Russian hat and a faux wolf-pelt that I picked up with the goal of being a bloody Little Red Riding Hood, but ran out of time and interest in pulling off this year.

I would also like to point out that it is dark in this photo that we took BEFORE LEAVING FOR SCHOOL IN THE MORNING OMG. I’m so ready for the switch to standard time.

Keeping the expectations low.

NaBloPoMo Day #1

Okay, okay. I’m in for NaBloPoMo 2017, and once again, facing the keyboard, I’m awash in all the things I want to write about, and have not found the time to make it happen. So, here’s a list, to get me started.

1) Evacuation from the October firestorms here in Santa Rosa
2) Subsequent glamping with relatives and their pets over the next 8 days
3) Bright Line Eating update
4) Halloween
5) My son’s 17th birthday
6) My daughter’s 18th birthday
7) Going to see Hamilton
8) The 8th Grade Washington DC trip – will probably be multiple posts because that was one heck of an extended trip
9) Thanksgiving anticipation, in light of no sugar and no flour for me
10) Christmas and holiday planning
11) Update on my assorted work projects
12) Our surprise remodel of our rental house’s master bathroom due to a burst pipe in the wall (just in time for the holidays, and property taxes!)
13) Update on teaching my two oldest to drive
14) My not-so-serene attempts to practice daily meditation
15) Birthday plans for my youngest’s 15th birthday
16) Whining about being sick/tired/cold – this is inevitable at some point during the month.
17) Let me tell you about my three cats and what all they’ve put us through lately.
18) Where should we go to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary next year?
19) College update (spoiler alert – two at SRJC next year, and I’m delighted.)
20) Pre-New Year’s resolution planning and strategy, with an acceptable scale for failure
21) Online classes I have paid for but haven’t completed
22) Knit that stash (or a self-imposed prohibition on buying more yarn until I complete some of the many projects I’ve started.)
23) My new foundation because I finally found one that works for my aging skin
24) Let’s talk about the weird hair situation I have going on
25) Actual Thanksgiving recap
26) #GivingTuesday event for Kids & Art in San Francisco
27) No one prepared me for all of the memes when talking about parenting teenagers
28) I basically had a “get off my lawn” conversation with younger colleagues about parenting “in my day” – embracing my inner cranky old broad at 45.
29) Update on some of my other online projects that are percolating on the back burner right now
30) Movie reactions to some of the films coming out that I’m sure we’ll see.

Here we go, November. Here we go.