Archive for October, 2011


Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2011

We’re back from our annual vacation with the in-laws that includes a visit to an amusement park for the rides and the after-dark haunted houses. Yes, I screamed like a girl. In one haunted house I was scared by the creature behind me, then the creature in front of me, who then asked my brother-in-law what my name was and proceeded to chant my name maniacally all the way through the maze! What fun!

T2 rode a new roller coaster with my BIL and me while T1 prefers not to ride. It’s okay.

So, tomorrow is November 1st. I have One Month news to post tomorrow. I will also be trying to do here what I do on my FB page for the month of November. I try to post something I am thankful for each day in the month. Last year as I started this blog adventure in November I just compiled all those statuses into one post. I may not post my statuses here every day but instead compile them into weekly bits. We’ll see.

Will you join me in thinking daily of what you are thankful for and posting on your FB page or blog? I hope so. I have so much that I have been blessed with… what a year it has been.


Writing Workshop: Scared Silly… still

October 26, 2011

3.) Something that scared the Hell out of you when you were a child. (inspired by Mama Sick)

I chose this prompt and want to dedicate it to the 4th graders who, while in the girls’ bathroom, told T2 all about Bloody Mary and Chuckie… resulting in T2 having a sleepless night last night.

Scary movies. Two in particular. Poltergeist and Halloween 2. As much as I love Halloween and do enjoy a good scream in a haunted house, I cannot enjoy horror movies.

Cover of "Poltergeist (25th Anniversary E...

Cover of Poltergeist (25th Anniversary Edition)

I think we watched Poltergeist as a family. We did that back then—rented a VHS tape from VideoWorld. (How’s that for dating myself?) I think my mother was very cautious but I still insisted on watching. And yup, bad dreams abounded! (I still find myself shuddering when I see the commercials for Paranormal Activity 3 and the children moving all over…)

I was older when I saw Halloween 2. It was summer. I hadn’t even seen the first one. Maybe I was 6th or 7th grade… my neighbors had cable and one of them and I were done swimming for the day so I was invited over to watch it. What. Was. I. Thinking??? I spent the entire summer making sure I never had my back to my window—which was level with the ground as we had a partially sunk foundation—and left my closet doors open at all times, and every time I went into the bathroom I flung the shower curtain open. Not sure what I would have done if Jason was standing there but hey, at least I wouldn’t have been caught unawares. It was so bad that we children were playing hide and seek and I found my brother in the shower, looked at him, was about to say “Caught ya!” and he goes “Boo!” and I screamed so bad I probably burst a blood vessel or two. (But this is why I love haunted houses—to get a scream like that again!)

Stephen King’s It also scares me. I do NOT like clowns. That is like the ultimate haunted house scare for me. And they know it, like I have a big ol’ bull’s eye on my forehead or back or whatever. I’m an easy scare.

Writing Prompts:

1.) Last week we wrote about what we have never done…this week write a list of 22 things you HAVE done. (inspired by Sellabit Mom)
2.) Write about the last item you looked for. Why did you need it?
3.) Something that scared the Hell out of you when you were a child. (inspired by Mama Sick)
4.) Describe something you did with your spouse when you dated, but that you’re now “over”. (Inspired by Scary Mommy)
5.) Do you have little ones dressing up for Halloween? It’s time for a costume share! What are they going to be?

If you want to know more about Mama Kat’s awesome Writing Workshop, click on that trophy over there….



October 24, 2011

I wonder if they even teach this term to children today in relation to computer work….

Garbage In Garbage Out.

That’s what I call stress related dreams.

I had one last night. Absolutely horrible. I despise these dreams. The recurring theme makes me ill.

My self-preservation center of my brain kicked in at a critical moment. I will never know what my subconscious believes another person in my life would do as I was forced awake gasping and crying, curled in a ball.

I wanted to vomit.

It was just about 6 am. DH in a different time zone. I need to hear his voice but if I wake him, then he’s no help.

I do have to chuckle–I know he will say “What did I do now?” He loves–not–to get blamed for what he does in my dreams.

Only it wasn’t him in my dream that I was so upset with. Not this time.

What a start to my week.


Tick Tock Tick Tock…. NaNoWriMo

October 22, 2011

Okay, its Oct. 22nd. My One Month challenge was to sign up for the online writing course I swore I’d sign up for… and so far, um, yeah. Thought about it. Does that count?

So then I saw this article… on gearing up for the National Novel Writing Month. Hmm. Not sure I’m ready to writing a novel in one month but surely I could complete the writing course in the 9 weeks alloted. Then maybe next year I will attempt the month-long writing challenge.

The author of the post says that it is roughly 1,600 words a day. If you’ve visited my blog on my long-winded days, you know that a 1,000 post is not hard for me. I have heard that going beyond roughly 550 words causes readers to drop like flies. Guess that means I’m pretty blessed to have my 9 followers and dozen or so lookie-loos that visit on a regular basis!

It’s been such an awesome week for T1 and T2 that I should ride the momentum and go register for that class… Stay tuned!

If any of my bloggy friends take up the challenge, let me know!

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