Sunday, November 29, 2009

Santa 2009

Neve woke up completely cured on Friday morning. That was a nice surprise because the last time she was sick, it took two weeks until she was herself again (and then she got sick again). I had a full day planned since the kids were off school on Friday, but I modified it because I knew Neve would still need her nap and an early bedtime. We made two kinds of cookies, went to parent teacher interviews (I made it to all three within 45 minutes at two different schools), saw Santa at Polo Park, and had a movie night with Chloe and Spencer after putting Neve to bed.

Santa was happy to see us, although I thought he made some promises that he shouldn’t have. Whatever - let him be the bad guy. We always go see Santa early in the season so that we either have time to buy the item the children ask him for, or if that’s not possible, that the children will have forgotten what they asked for.

On Saturday night, we went to see Stomp with Jim and Sabrina. It was a great show with lots of action and stomping going on. We also went to a new restaurant downtown called Hermano’s and to Eva’s for gelati after (chocolate cheesecake flavour …mmmm), so it was a fun night out all around.

We had our first snow yesterday (except for that one in October). There’s still a very thin layer hanging around today, but I’m hoping it will melt. I could be happy with a green Christmas. But the snow was good for nudging my Christmas spirit. I normally don’t decorate until December first, but every year it seems people are decorating earlier and earlier. Since I’m always one to jump on the bandwagon, I got our tree today. It still needs to fully open, but I think it will be okay.

And now I must get some sleep for another busy week ahead. I’m hoping I can find some time to buy some gifts. Every night of the week is filled; my shopping might end up being just one expensive stop at the gift card display at 7-11.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Obsessed with the squirrel

My carefully orchestrated plans for this week all crumbled to dust when Neve was sent home sick from school yesterday. It was busy enough to begin with, never mind with a whimpering sick child who prefers that I never leave her sight. The kids rarely get sick so this has been a bad fall for us. This is the second time Neve’s been sick; both times she’s had all the textbook H1N1 symptoms. So there goes the theory that it’s automatically H1N1 whenever certain symptoms are present; as far as I know you can’t get it twice. It’s probably just the starting-school germs that she’s been protected from until now. Thank goodness it’s not a throwing-up kind of sickness. Those make me cry.

So I’m home from work today, which gave me an excellent opportunity to monitor my neighbour’s dryer vent. This is what I happened to see:

Siobhan, do you think Joan would find that cute? I am both horrified and fascinated by the whole situation. So I video taped it. It’s 45 seconds, but it's worth watching, especially around the 25-second mark. I watched it quite a few times. Obviously my life is lacking some excitement. I hope Neve gets better soon.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Day 1 of the rest of my life

Our little Dale turned 43 yesterday. We didn’t do much to celebrate, but he did get two cakes out of the deal. Actually one was a strawberry trifle and one was biscuits with whipped cream and raspberries. I did bake a cake too, but it turned out funny and only Spencer ate it. We bought Dale an iPhone, which he said was his second-best birthday present ever, so I’m happy with that. Neve was with me when we bought it, so I told her not to tell Dale what we got him. She is surprisingly good at keeping secrets, so I wasn’t too worried. But she wanted to trick him and tell him we were getting him a watch. We practiced a little conversation where she loudly whispered in front of Dale, “Mommy, can I tell Daddy we’re getting him a watch?” I pretended to gasp and shush her. It played out perfectly and Dale was sure he was getting a watch (he wasn’t disappointed; he didn’t really want a watch). She’s got a funny little spark to her.

Where do we look and why is Neve under the table?

The kids had swimming lessons in the evening, which is not the ideal way to spend a birthday, but Neve jumped off the low diving board for the first time, Spencer jumped off the high diving board (he did it a few years ago, but had trouble summoning the courage to do it again), and Chloe got her certificate for completing the whole swim program (she’s interested in the lifeguard program, so she’ll probably continue lessons for that in the future). So there was lots of excitement and everyone got a slurpee on the way home, just before bed. The kids wisely pretended to fall asleep quickly in order to improve the chances of this ever happening again.

I spent three hours at a First Aid course tonight. I’ve wanted to take it for years, and a good opportunity presented itself through the Teen Mom group I volunteer with. I got queasy and dizzy just watching people do CPR on dummies, so I suspect I’m in for a treat on Thursday when we learn more gruesome and graphic stuff. I’ve now officially ruled out being a nurse when I grow up.

And a final tidbit of happy news for those who haven’t heard … Corinna had a beautiful baby girl early Sunday morning. I have yet to see baby Anna in person, but the pictures I’ve seen are pretty impressive. Since this is her first daughter after two boys, I’m sure people will be flooding her with pink gifts. I want to think of something more original, but it’s hard to resist the pull of buying tiny pink baby things.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

DAY 30!!

I feel like there should be balloons and fanfare celebrating the end of the 30 day challenge. But alas, there's not. I don't even have a fun or dramatic announcement.

I had a good day today though, and am feeling more optimistic than I have in a while. I went to work for a few hours this morning, then picked up Neve from school and worked from home the rest of the day. Neve had a friend over for lunch, and they played cutely (?) together. This girl got her finger stuck in the door at school a couple of weeks ago and part of it come off. Her medical bandage happened to come off while she was here, so I had to try to bandage up the wound with a My Little Pony bandaid. It was not very successful, but she was a good sport about it.

Tonight I went to my teen moms group at church. We had a car rally, which involved collecting things around the neighbourhood. Our high point was the stealing of a construction pylon (which I made Chloe put back on our way home). Chloe came along to help with childcare for the first time. There were a lot of kids this week and I felt overwhelmed just walking into the babysitting room, but she said it went well. I have no idea where she gets her calmness and patience from. It's good to know kids don't learn by example. All the parenting books are wrong.

Out of the blue today, Neve told me, "You're a star! I love you." That's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all week. Now I feel guilty for calling her a whiny black cloud yesterday. She is VERY excited about four upcoming events and has been talking about them all week: it's her show and tell day tomorrow (she's been bringing Ee-ee to school in her backpack every day for three weeks just in case it's suddenly her show and tell day), we're going to a friend's for lunch tomorrow, we're going to another friends' house for dinner, and she has a playdate at yet another friend's on Saturday. It's disheartening that the four year old has a busier social life than I do, but I guess that's what happens when you're not weighed down by folding laundry or cleaning toilets. I get to tag along on two of the outings, so I can't complain.

And that concludes my 30 days. You either won't hear from me again for a week, or I'll still be in the habit and blog every day. It will be a surprise. Thanks for reading, everyone!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Day 29

I zipped out to a couple of stores this morning, and in half an hour I was home with FOUR Christmas presents. Sadly, three of them are just partial gifts so I can only cross one name off my list. Nevertheless, buoyed by my success, I went shopping again after dinner and came home with less than I left home with (I did a return). "Oh snap!" I said to myself.

Today is a certain someone's birthday. Unfortunately not Corinna's baby (though he/she still has a couple of hours which could be spent making it so) .... but almost as exciting (probably not to Corinna) : our little Siobhan! Happy Birthday! I hope you had a fantastic day on your magical little coastal island. I bet there are lovely nursing homes overlooking the ocean and the haunted wood.

I don't know if it's still related to having been sick, but Neve has been an angry, unreasonable little black cloud lately. When I woke her up from her nap to go get the kids from school, she was extra irritable. She has recently grown self-conscious about others seeing her blanky, especially kids she wants to impress. This was our conversation all the way to pick the kids (mine plus Shannon's children) up from school today:

Neve: Will Sofi (carpool girl) see my blanket?

Me: Probably.

Neve: But I don't want her to.

Me: Well, put it beside you then.

Neve: But I want to hold it.

Me: Hold it then.

Neve: But then Sofi will see it.

Me: So? She won't care.

Neve: I don't want her to see it. Will she?

Me: No.

Neve: Will she?

Me: Yes.

Neve: I don't want her to. Will she?

Me: No.

Neve: Yes she will.

You have to imagine Neve's part in the whiniest voice ever heard by human ears, and the length of the conversation multiplied by twenty. I know my answers don't really make sense, but Sense was not present. We had to wait for a train and I felt like ramming into it. In the end, Neve held the blanky on her lap and as I suspected, Sofi paid no attention to it whatsoever.

My computer is painfully slow tonight and it's driving me crazy, so I'm going to find something else to do instead.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Day 28 - Picture Tuesday

Now that my laptop is set up in the study, I sit and stare out the garden doors at my backyard pretty much all day. Any little flicker of movement distracts me from my work, but that's okay because I have this cheery little fellow to look at. I'm being sarcastic; I am very wary of squirrels and their sharp little teeth and claws. They freak me out ever since we had a problem with them in our attic and Dale had to crawl up there and nail chicken wire over the vents and put out a margarine container lid smeared with poisoned peanut butter that rotted the rodents from the inside out. It was all successful, if you count finding a half-decomposed squirrel lying near the attic access hatch (some time later) successful. I'm sorry if that was too graphic; I'm sure the squirrel died peacefully and painlessly, with maybe a flicker of curiousity about the odd aftertaste of the peanut butter.
Anyway, whenever I see the squirrel I take a picture just for something to do. Notice how tense and unhappy he looks in the last picture. I think he needs a squirrel massage. Or a hug. Or some poison peanut butter.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Day 27

I'm on the home stretch now! Only three more days! I feel sorry for all of you that I've had nothing interesting to write for 27 whole days. I've felt unmotivated and directionless all month; I would blame it on dreary November days, but the weather has been unseasonably beautiful and sunny. I've been mostly sticking to my set work hours the last two weeks, so being overworked and stressed isn't the problem either. I don't know what my problem is. I'm trying to tell myself I just need a more positive attitude, but it's not working. I am trying to spend more quality time with the kids (because older and wiser people always say that they wish they'd spent more time with their children when they were young), but playing Chinese checkers and reading Harry Potter aloud gets tiresome after a while too. Oh well, at least I've written that down to prove I spent time with them. No regrets here (that I'll admit). I think I just need something exciting to look forward to.

Speaking of looking forward to something, our Corinna is anxiously awaiting the birth of her baby, who was due five days ago. I guess he/she is pretty happy where he/she is, and is in no hurry to make an appearance. I remember being eleven days overdue (with Chloe) like it was yesterday, so I feel for her and her seemingly never-ending pregnancy. But luckily for me, she's passing her time with Word Twist and she is proving the brain-cell-loss-during-pregnancy theory very wrong. She is on fire. Anyway, I hope the baby decides to enter this world very soon and I hope Corinna can access Facebook from the hospital.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Day 26

Top 3 things about today:
  • A long, deep-sleep nap. I haven't had a nap in weeks, so it felt like Christmas and my birthday all rolled up into one warm, lazy, drooly bundle.
  • Eating salt & vinegar chips while watching Brothers & Sisters
  • Not having to watch the clock and having nothing scheduled all day (except church and dance class, the latter of which went better than usual).

A relaxing day like this always makes me feel like the week ahead is more manageable. I have high hopes for a productive, fun, and non-hectic week ahead.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Day 25

I missed my third blog post yesterday. But I only have five days to go, so I think I can make it. I was at a course all day yesterday, then went to Darla’s for her annual bake exchange party, so I was away from the computer all day.

Today was another busy day. Chloe hosted Storytime this morning. She ended up having six participants (counting Neve) plus an extra helper, so it turned out great. The kids were all very cooperative and Chloe was pleased with how it went.

I spent a very unproductive afternoon at the mall, desperate for something new to wear. I tried on a bunch of things, but I’m trying to only buy clothes I love and I couldn’t find anything that filled that requirement. I haven’t bought any new clothes for a long, long time. I am considering changing my goal to only buying clothes I don’t hate.

Then we went to watch the Santa Claus parade from the boardroom at my office. It’s not quite the same atmosphere as being out in the streets, but we made up for that by eating ourselves silly and feeling warm. Treehouse was on the big screen TV so Neve and her neighbour friend basically watched that the whole time rather than the parade. But at least they saw Santa arrive. I guess that means it’s officially Christmas.

We sent the children home with Janet and the girls, and Dale and I rushed off to meet friends for dinner at Step’N Out for Lorie’s birthday dinner. Had a great time and the food was amazing. This picture is very similar to one taken this spring. I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who didn’t have something new to wear.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Day 24


Chloe's next storytime session is this Saturday, Nov. 14th from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. If there are any 2-5 year olds* interested in coming, let Chloe know (by commenting, emailing or phoning).

Cost is $3 per child or $5 for two.

*There is flexibility in the age requirement

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Day 23

It felt odd having a Sunday right in the middle of the week. It completely threw me off, but I made good use of it. We cleaned the house and raked the yard, plus I got a lot of Chamber work done. It was actually Dale who did most of the cleaning and raking while I sat at the computer. The only fun thing I did today was go for brunch at the Forks with Chloe and some other female relatives in honour of my niece Tia's 13th birthday.

I can't think of one other thing to say about this day. Except that we (my family and I) really need to go do something fun for a change.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day 22 - Picture Tuesday

Chloe the gymnast

I would have to be rushed to the hospital (or worse) if I tried this.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Day 21

I spent a very large part of today setting up my new printer. I thought it would just be a matter of plugging in a few cables, but it’s never that easy. Besides installing the software, since it’s a wireless printer, I needed a network security code from MTS. After many hours on hold or waiting for a call-back, I finally got the information I needed and a mere twelve hours later, the printer is now ready to go. I just printed my very first photo and I’m quite pleased with the quality.

I also set up a new workstation in the study today. It will be nice to have the kitchen counter computer-free. My desk/table blocks the garden doors, so this is a cold-weather situation only. I keep threatening to expropriate the craft closet in the playroom to use as my permanent workspace, but so far I haven’t followed through. I really prefer working on the main floor though, and it was pleasant watching our bunny and the squirrels frolicking in the backyard as I waited on hold all day.

Right after school today, the kids and I went to watch a high school volleyball game. My exchange student "niece" from Germany (she lives at my sister’s) is on the team. It was an awesome best-of-5 match. The other team won the first two games, and then we won the next two. At that point, we had to leave for swimming lessons. The games were all close and it was exciting to watch. They ended up winning the last game by two nerve-wracking points, so I was very sorry I couldn’t have stayed to the end. To make matters worse, Neve is still fussy, clingy, and tired all the time because of her sickness, Chloe is still worn out from hers, and Spencer just has a bad attitude, so by the time we zipped home to get our swimming stuff, everyone was in full meltdown mode. Dale worked tonight so I was on my own with getting the kids to swimming lessons, and I’ve been stuffed up and headache-y all day, so I decided to skip swimming lessons for the second week in a row. I hate doing that, but I knew it would all get very ugly. So all three children were bathed and in bed by 7:30. That felt good. Oh right, my point was that if I had known that’s how the evening would have turned out, I would have stayed to watch the last volleyball game. But, as I told Spencer in my attitude-adjustment speech before bed, when things don’t go like you want them to, you just have to get over it and move on (or I’ll confiscate his DS).

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Day 20

Neve goes to a Leisure Guide dance class on Sundays. My friends (whose daughters are also in the class) and I sit there and cringe the whole time. The teacher is awful with kids and has completely unrealistic behavioural expectations for four-year-olds. There are about ten kids in the class and they’re all pretty well-behaved. She does little dance steps with two children at a time, leaving the rest standing in the corner waiting for their turn. If there is ANY fooling around while they wait, she freaks. If she feels the children have listened well during the class, she gives them stickers at the end. She holds this over their heads the whole class. Today was a no-sticker day, despite the fact that they listened quite well, and despite the fact that last week she forgot to bring stickers and told the kids they’d get two stickers the next week. She tells the children that she is “very disappointed” that they didn’t bring their listening ears. She makes the kids play a game in which the kids dance, and then have to freeze when the music stops. It sounds like fun and all, but the way she kicks the kids out of the game if they so much as blink comes across as harsh and mean-spirited. And then she spends a large percentage of the class time fiddling with the CD player, trying to find the perfect song. She ends up picking the same songs each week; why she doesn't burn a CD with only the tracks she wants is not clear.

All that being said, for some mysterious reason the girls actually like going and seem to enjoy themselves immensely. So I suffer in silence and keep my negative thoughts to myself and the entire internet.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Day 19

I started the day with a very aggressive to-do list. As usual, I realize now that it was completely unrealistic, so I'm just going to focus on the things I did do, rather than the things I didn't.

I did:
  • paint the window trim in Neve's room
  • go to a craft sale that one of Chloe's friends was selling things at
  • buy a new printer
  • do three loads of laundry
  • rake the leaves in the front yard
  • help Neve blow her nose at least once every two minutes
  • buy a stocking stuffer
  • go to Elephant & Castle for dinner
  • go to a movie (do NOT go see The Box. Just kidding - please go so we're not the only ones who wasted two hours which could have been better spent working on my to-do list.)
  • post a blog entry

Friday, November 06, 2009

Day 18

Meet our new rabbit. We didn’t choose him; he chose us. He’s constantly in the backyard and doesn’t run away when we come close. I’m pretty sure he wants us to pick him up and make him our house pet. I kind of felt silly taking a picture of it; it’s like I’m a wildlife photographer now. Not that there’s anything wrong with wildlife photographers, it’s just not my thing. I don’t even know if rabbits count as wildlife, especially this one.

Neve finally went back to school today. It was a big day. Her friends were all happy to see her; one little boy told me how happy he was that Neve was back. Even the principal came to talk to her and ask her how she was feeling. I love that school.

The older kids and I went downtown for a cookie (by George) and to Toys R Us, where I bought yet another Christmas present (without the kids seeing! I’m so sly). I think I’m up to five now. Only 72 left. In the afternoon, I cleaned out Neve’s closet and started painting the window trim in her room. Then Spencer went off to a sleepover birthday party, Neve went to the neighbours’ for dinner and a movie, and the remaining three of us ordered sushi and watched “The Devil Wears Prada.” It was a pleasant, calm day.

And now I should go retrieve Neve, which will put an end to the calmness until we get her to bed.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Day 17

I'm starting to feel sorry for all of you reading my drudgery every day. I keep hoping something exciting will happen for a change, but I guess that's not always a good thing.

In case anyone is still interested in my children's sickness, the girls missed yet another day of school today. Tomorrow is an inservice for Chloe and Spencer, so that's it for the week. I'm almost to the point of cutting our losses, pulling them out of school for the rest of the year, and starting fresh next September. But I think it's too late to get our tuition money refunded, so I guess we'll try again next week.

The high point of my day just occurred with the reading of Miss Lonelyhearts' advice column in the Free Press. This is an abridged version:

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts,
I met a woman I love and she's the worst driver in the world. She's almost killed us three times in the last month. I'm afraid for my life! She texts and answers her cell phone and she's a terrible judge of distance and space. Yesterday she was yakking on the cell, and ended up riding the white line. She had to swerve to miss someone. The driver screamed at her to get off her phone but she said he had road rage problems and should be reported. I threw her cell in the backseat and we had a terrible fight and I got out and took the bus home. I love her, and want her back. I don't have my own car and she takes me to school. What do you suggest?

I feel for the guy and all, but I ell-oh-elled (huh - it's even more annoying when it's spelled out). The second last sentence is my favourite.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Day 16

Before you accuse me of skipping Day 15, notice that there are two Day 14s. I don't know how that happened. Things are going crazy. But WOOT! Over halfway finished!

It was nice to see the sun today for a change. If only it was a few degrees warmer, I could have opened the windows and let out some sick air. The girls stayed home again today. Neve had a fever during the night and her heart was beating crazy fast. She seemed better in the morning, but Chloe’s ear and throat were hurting, so Dale took them both to the doctor. (He took a “family day” so I could catch up on work.) The doctor checked them out and declared nothing wrong with them other than the plain old-fashioned flu. I’m hoping everyone has the best sleep ever and we’ll all be 100% back to normal tomorrow. The novelty of spending cozy family time together in our newly decorated living room is quickly wearing off.

Speaking of the living room, I was able to free myself from the confines of the house tonight and go buy some new black curtains, as recommended by Shannon the decorator. They definitely add drama; it’s a big change from wispy white, but I like it. Dale thinks it looks like a funeral home, but there’s nothing wrong with that. Those places usually have pretty well-thought design. I like to think it looks like a cozy funeral home. Watch for that trend in all the magazines.

So I googled my name today and found myself quoted in an article. I’m not sure what’s worse: admitting that I googled my own name, or that I had totally forgotten about being interviewed for this article. Probably admitting that I googled my own name is worse. Whatever. Admit it - you do it too (right??). Thank goodness I didn’t say anything terribly embarrassing, but I did cringe when I read “graphic designer”– real graphic designers get prickly when amateurs like me are put into their category.

Here’s one other work-related link. This is a newsletter I recently did. It was printed and distributed by mail, but this is the first edition that's also available on nxtbook, which is a virtual magazine-like version. I just like how the pages turn. Virtual magazines can ever replace the real thing, but you’ve got to give them credit for trying.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Day 14 - Picture Tuesday

Today's pictures are of my two sick girls. Chloe started off sick first thing this morning, followed closely by Neve, and then Spencer had a diarrhea issue that I think he wished upon himself just so he could stay home too. The girls both had fevers and aches and stayed in bed most of the day. Spencer and I had naps as well, so it was a very calm, quiet day around here. Not as quiet as when they're all in school, but no one was throwing up or anything, so it wasn't too bad. I think I might have to keep the girls home one more day now that I've publicly stated they had H1N1 symptoms. They both want to go to school tomorrow, unlike the boy who told me he'd better stay home another day because he doesn't like going to the bathroom at school. I do sympathize; there's no place like home when it comes to diarrhea.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Day 14

I hope you’re not too startled by the new blog template. It’s a bit much, but I’ve just discovered how to design my own background from scratch. I was concentrating more on the process than the design; now that I’ve got the correct measurements, I can play around with the design another day. I don’t know how to remove the border from around the header and to make the header the whole width of the middle section. My html knowledge is such that I shouldn’t have been messing around in there, but I did anyway and nothing worked. If any of you technical people have easy answers for me, let me know.

I see that I ended yesterday’s post rather abruptly. I really was quite eager to lay my head down on my pillow. Today all of us were a little under the weather. Neve coughed a lot during the night and woke up very stuffed up, so I kept her at home. I’ve got a bit of a head cold or something, so I did only the most pressing work and then snuggled in with Neve to watch The Diamond Castle, which is a quality Barbie production. We both napped in the afternoon, which was lovely.

Monday is our swimming lesson night, but Chloe came home tired and chilled and promptly went to bed, so we decided to have a cozy night at home instead. I made our first fire in our new fireplace, and Spencer, Neve and I played Blokus while Chloe slept on the couch. Laugh if you want, but it was very warm and cozy and peaceful. The fireplace is everything I dreamed it would be. I can’t wait to hang stockings on the mantel. If I was like a certain person who shall remain unnamed, I wouldn’t have to wait. This person has her Christmas trees (yes, plural) up already. They were up before Halloween was over. This same person has Christmas presents bought and wrapped (correct me if I’m wrong) and Christmas baking done. I’m just jealous; I’m not motivated to do much these days. However, I did buy the kids’ Christmas gifts in Grand Forks this weekend, so I feel pretty good about that.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Day 13

I was very tempted to use up all three of my grace days in a row, but I guess I'll save one in case of an emergency. I'm not quite sure what happens if more than three days are missed during the 30 day challenge. If it's instant disqualificiation; count me in. But just in case the punishment is another 30 days of posting, I guess I'll force out a few sentences tonight. I'm hoping to be tucked in bed in 10 minutes, so this will be quick.

On Friday morning, I volunteered in Neve's class for their Dress-Up Day party (not to be confused with a Halloween party). Seeing all the kids in their little costumes was the cutest thing ever. Neve and another girl had the exact same fairy dresses; fortunately at her age that's exciting rather than embarrassing. They carved pumpkins, made spider webs with black paper plates and white yarn, did a jelly bean graph activity and ate black and orange Dress-Up Day snacks. Neve was delighted I was there, and it was all very fun.

Right after that, we left for Grand Forks. We had a great weekend and are all wishing we were still there. The kids swam for hours, I shopped for hours, and we all ate more junk food than we wish we had. On Saturday night, the whole group of us took the kids trick or treating in a nearby neighbourhood. It was a beautiful night, and the kids had fun collecting candy. We weren't in the most vibrant Halloween neighbourhood - there were lots of seniors, lots of dark houses, and not many other trick or treaters. But the children all got way more candy than they'll ever eat, so it was definitely a success.
My ten minutes are now up and I'm off to bed.

making candy necklaces