“I really, really want to thank you, for dancing ’til the end”

As is usually the case around this time of year, things got very busy, very quickly. At the beginning of the month, we had some lingering Halloween activities and our friend S’s book release party. Then it was GG’s brother’s birthday. Then I had my band concert, which, although I’m no longer on the board, still consumes a lot of my time between rehearsals and my design and printing work. (Although this concert program was one of my least favorites and felt really slapped together, I got tons of compliments on it, and our director said people asked him who is their graphic designer!)

I got tied up in organizing a chili potluck lunch at work, which turned out to be a big success! (Believe it or not, it’s tough just to convince people to come into the office.) It went so well, I’m organizing a cookie bake-off next month. We’ve also continued our virtual book club at work. We’ve read a few books together, with varying degrees of success. We’re kind of on hiatus now until the new year.

Ivan had a little scare with the vet – just like his sister did a couple months ago, he started throwing up every meal and eventually didn’t even try to eat. I took him to the vet and they x-rayed him to make sure there wasn’t any blockage (there wasn’t), so they just wanted me to keep him separate and make sure he pooped to confirm he’s ok. Well, he started eating fine, but being stubborn, refused to poop. I had to give him kitty laxatives (from the vet) to get him going. He’s fine now, but meanwhile, while he was incarcerated, Katrina started throwing up all her food again. Everyone seems pretty stable now, but I’ve been giving Katrina some high-calorie additive stuff since she seems to have lost so much weight. Hope all my babies are ok :o(

I did a couple things with my side job, but that’s been pretty slow lately, which actually is fine with me. I originally had intended to just do this as a casual thing, and then it kind of took off so I rode the wave, but the wave seems to have crashed and I’m actually fine with that.

By the end of the month, we will have had three Thanksgiving dinners: one with my family (which was actually probably the best Thanksgiving meal I’ve ever eaten, we all brought something, and everyone got along and we all sat around and talked for a long time and it was really nice), one with GG’s family (also fine, though it turned into a late night drinking and music blasting session until I decided it was time to drive GG home), and a “friends Thanksgiving” with MB and A. I did not do any Black Friday shopping, but I did get a really good deal on something for GG in a pre-Thanksgiving sale. I’m almost done with my Christmas shopping, and I still have my big shopping day with MB and L coming up in the beginning of December, so I think I’m in a good spot. I started collecting things early, just picking things up as I saw them.

We’re also still meeting with our trainer. It’s been a couple months since we started, and while I haven’t actually lost a pound, I feel less fat, which is fine with me! If nothing else, doing this has increased my confidence in my athletic abilities. My whole life I dreaded gym class, organized sports, and any kind of public physical activity, but I’ve learned that I’m actually not as inept as I thought. I’ll probably sign up for an actual gym at some point, and I don’t think I’ll be as self-conscious as I might have been had I not had this experience. We signed up for 10 weeks (due to a scheduling error on our trainer’s part, plus our free intro session, we are actually getting 12), and that will take us into December, so we’ll see how it goes and how we carry on after this.

Halloween Surprise

As promised, here is an update on our awesome Halloween decoration… Think about when you used to go trick-or-treating. What are the houses you remember? The ones where someone jumped out or scared you (or maybe where they invited you in for a haunted house, but that’s a lot of work…). So I decided that we should dress GG as a scarecrow, have him sit on the porch, and startle the kids. I mentioned it a few times leading up to Halloween, and he reluctantly went along with the idea.

He wore old jeans and sneakers, a flannel shirt, a cap, and gardening gloves. I tied a piece of burlap over his head and drew a little face on it. He could see through it. We arranged things on the porch, and he got situated around dusk.

It turned out great! I have to say, I was very impressed by GG’s ability to sit perfectly still for nearly four hours. It helped that it was a very mild night. The only problem was that he looked so creepy, a lot of kids were too scared to even come up on the porch, so we didn’t get a ton of trick-or-treaters (despite offering full-size candy bars). Those that did venture up often debated whether that was a real guy, or just a well-made scarecrow. Once they were convinced it was a dummy, they would knock and ask for candy, and he would growl and reach for them. It was awesome! We actually recorded the whole thing, and the video totally cracks me up! [Edit – 12/3] I just watched the video again the other day, and it is still cracking me up! [/Edit]

There was not much in the way of super memorable costumes, but one of my favorites was a group of kids who came right after GG had come in for the night (and actually was out getting us dinner). They were older kids, and one was dressed as Instagram – he had a frame around him with the title and links on an Instagram photo. It was very clever, and he was like, “Hey, follow me, that’s my real user name!” so I did :o)