Kids: The little man is getting a horn to go on his chair at school so he can honk at people to get out of his way. That is just what he needs – a sense of more power! Ha! We have a slight break on doctor appointments for the moment until the end of the month when he has to visit one of his coordinating doctors and his dentist. He hates the dentist. O is happy to be back in girl scouts and had a sleepover a couple of weekends ago. When we woke up the next morning, my husband found a paper plate with a face drawn on it and lipstick prints all over its mouth. Kissing practice! I’m not ready for this at all.

Ambitions: I’m considering going back to school next semester to get a second masters degree. This may be crazy, but I think it will be good for me. I feel like I am stuck in a big fat rut. Upping my commitments and volunteering isn’t filling the rut, so I am going to try school instead. School has always been one of my favorite things; I am in my element when doing homework and writing papers. I’m sure it will be a shock to my system though. After all, it has been six years since my last class.

Halloween: O is going as a vampire. We are buying costumes this year and I am not at all upset. Last year I nearly lost my mind trying to make a Tardis dress while preparing for surgery. A little unoriginality is fine for now. I did discover that buying a “sexy” adult size small (4-6) costume works out perfectly as a super-cute costume on my ten-year old daughter. It is adorable – a perfect length and snug, but not too tight. The only part that needs to be altered is the straps; they are too long. I’m not sure what the little man is going as this year. I bought a dinosaur costume online through zulily, but it wasn’t specifically for Halloween and I’m not sure if it will arrive in time. Last night watching him chew on an extra toothbrush he had begged for, I realized he would make an adorable Groucho Marx, but I’m not sure if anyone would get it.

Weather: Oh, it is nice outside. Is it just me or does everything seem easier when the humidity breaks and the temperatures drops? I love this time of year. It is full of optimism – maybe we will actually have a fall this year, maybe it won’t be 90 degrees on Halloween, maybe I can break out my sweaters, maybe the holidays are going to be awesome, maybe my family won’t make us do Thanksgiving [fyi: they will]. Plus it becomes infinitely easier to style my hair. That is always a plus.

Dreams: Last night I watched as Joe Biden and Rand Paul raced down a large hill in my backyard. At first, they were angry and determined, but after a few seconds they were giggling like little kids because they were racing through chest-high snow. Biden won by 15 points. Suddenly the referee, I tried to make the announcement and do my hand singles, but didn’t have a microphone. The camera man kept jumping from crowd views to shots of the racers, but wouldn’t stop on me so I could do my job. Biden and Paul didn’t give a damn and were throwing snowballs at the bottom of the hill.


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