Because all the cool kids are doing it (namely two of my writing partners)…
1. It’s October. How the hell is it October? Wasn’t it just June? *sadly waves goodbye as the warmth slowly seeps from the earth* At least it being Autumn means fresh, local apples and warm mulled cider.
2. I want to go apple-picking this year. I’ve never been and for some reason I have the urge to do it. One of these weekends.
3. I fell back into my old habits of just sitting on my butt in front of the computer all day. Now more of my jeans don’t fit. This means it’s back to letting Jillian Michaels kick my butt again.
4. At least I’m eating better and drinking more water. Today’s lunch was baby spinach with feta cheese and walnuts and just a little dash of balsamic vinegar.
5. Speaking of food… I made lemon-raspberry bars the other night. OMGYUM! They’re not the healthiest snack ever (a full cup of butter and nearly 3 cups of sugar! YIKES!) but they are so delicious and so flavorful that only a small piece is satisfying.
6. Speaking even more of food… It’s a cold and rainy day so think I’m going to make some corn chowder in the crock pot for dinner tonight.
7. Autumn is generally when my husband’s job gets super busy. This means he’s been working seven days a week for at least 9-10 hours a day. Having the alarm go off at 5am (or earlier) every morning is really throwing my sleep schedule off and I’m certainly feeling the effects.
8. I also haven’t seen him very much and I kind of miss him.
9. Because of the continuing wangst surrounding negative reviews I’ve decided not to continue rating my 52 books in 52 weeks list. I’ll still add the books I’ve read to the list though. If anyone wants to know what I think of certain books, definitely feel free to ask and I’ll be more than happy to tell you.
10. My birthday is coming up. I’ll be 32 this year. I seriously do not feel that old.
Bonus 11. Halloween/Samhain is also right around the corner. This makes me ridiculously happy.
For those of you who may be unaware, this weekend the North East was hit by a very nasty blizzard. Here in my part of Western MA, we received about a foot of snow. Other areas more to the north were hit by up to 32 inches of snow! We lost power at around 9:30 Saturday night and didn’t get it back up until around 1 Sunday afternoon. We were lucky. Some cities and towns still don’t have power back. In terms of damage, this storm was probably very close to being on par with the tornado that tore through here in June.
A lot of people don’t understand why this storm was so damaging compared to all of the other storms we get later in the season. Well, the answer to that lies with the trees. No, it’s not the fault of Ents. It’s the fault of their leaves. The trees are usually bare of most of their leaves by the time the first major storms roll through. Not this time. The weight of the wet snow piling up on those perfectly shaped snow-catchers was too much to bear for many branches and down they crashed.
The oak tree on the front tree belt lost a great many branches as did the maple on the side. One of the maple branches came down on our fence and bent it a bit. The top of our neighbor’s birch tree snapped off as did several very large branches on her pear tree.
Many cities and towns were forced to cancel or postpone their trick-or-treating due to downed trees and power lines. I feel bad for the kids who got all excited for Halloween only to be let down, but I agree with the decision to keep everybody safe.
In other news —
We had seven wonderful guest bloggers here for October and I want to thank each and every one of them for making October so much fun. Elizabeth, Katy, Jennifer, Eeyore, Sara, October, and Erin you all rock. Thank you.
Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo. So far I’ve gotten just over two thousand words written. I’d wanted to get at least three thousand written, but I’ve been a bit busy writing this blog post and my Friday post for Black Ink, White Paper.
My brain feels a bit mushy at the moment. I think I’m going to go make myself a mug of hot chocolate and curl up on the couch with my snuggle-kitty and a book.
How is it the end of October already? I feel like I’ve got so much to do and not enough time to do it. Halloween is Monday and I haven’t decorated the house this year. Since it’s already so late and I don’t want to dig through all of the boxes in the cellar to find my Halloween decorations, I probably won’t do any decorating. :( Our neighbors are having a Halloween party this weekend and I have no idea what I want to do for a costume. And figuring something out for hubby is next to impossible. I think, maybe, I’ll have him go as a homicidal maniac since they look just like everyone else.
NaNoWriMo starts next week. Eeek!! I don’t know if I’m ready for NaNo.
My horoscope this week from Dr. Rob Brezsny — “Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble,” says the Zen proverb. Now I’m passing it on to you as advice worthy of your consideration. Maintaining clarity of purpose will be crucial in the coming weeks. Achieving crispness of delivery will be thoroughly enjoyable. Cultivating unity among all your different inner voices will be a high art you should aspire to master. Whatever you do, Libra, do it with relaxed single-mindedness. Make a sign that says “No wobbling,” and tape it to your mirror. Halloween costume suggestion: Be the superhero known as No Wobbling.
Christmas is two months away. Holy hells… I always stress out about this time of year because I NEVER get my Christmas shopping done on time. I’m always scrambling at the last minute. Every year we say we’ll start things early and every year we procrastinate. This year is going to be so much worse because of all of the additional stress that goes along with being out on sub.
The leaves on the maple tree next to our house are starting to turn bright orange, but most of the trees in our neighborhood are still green. Halloween is just over a month away and my birthday is only three weeks away.
Where has the year gone?
This week I’ve been busy working on When Demons Cry because it got jealous of all the time I was spending on Zombies!. WDC is coming together quite nicely and it’s getting to be about the time I start joining the random scenes together and make the written story a bit more cohesive.
I’ve also been working on the latest round of revisions for Cameron. She just had a few things she thought needed a bit more clarity and a couple instances where she thought the motivations of the characters were weak or non-existent. So, those are almost done and she should have the changes in her hand by Monday. YAY!
That means we’ll be just about ready to go on submission to editors. *bites nails anxiously*
Tonight I head up to a friend’s farm to celebrate Harvest. Mmm… good food, great people, spiritual nurturing… Of course, it’s supposed to be rainy as all get out, but that just means it’ll be the perfect weather to be able to burn the wicker man. *big grin*
Tomorrow, again a very rainy day being called for, is the 12th annual Western MA Pagan Pride Day. I’m actually hoping they end up canceling it because I really don’t want to spend two days outside in the rain. I’m willing to endure it for Harvest, but not so much for PPD.
What are your plans for the first weekend of Autumn?