Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Candy, candy everywhere...

Okay, I'll admit it. I had a little bit of fun last night.

The kids were so excited - and the weather was unseasonably warm, so we stayed out longer than usual when trick-or-treating, and they got more candy than ever. Usually it's near freezing here on Halloween. We've now officially set a record for the longest time without a freezing temperature - so we didn't even have to wear hats and gloves last night to stay warm. What a treat! I felt like I was in California or something.

K. and his friends were allowed to do a bit of trick-or-treating by themselves. None of them were particularly interested in staying with the Moms and Dads and the dreaded "little kids," so we let them go off on their own, making them promise to stay on blocks where at least one of our houses was located so someone could keep an eye on their antics. They did fine and he hit the mother lode - his bag was overflowing. Apparently three fifth graders can hit a lot more houses by themselves... it was a little hard for me to accept that he didn't really want to be with us - but I know it's just the beginning of that kind of independance. He came home for the L'il Smokies and cinnamon popcorn... so I still know how to reel him in.

I have a whole day today with no kids and no plans. My goal is to get into my studio as soon as I finish here and finish up my class samples through the rest of the year. I've got three classes that still need to be designed and finalized... those sorts of things hang over my head like a dark cloud and I don't feel like I can do anything just for me until I've completed them.

With that in mind - I'm going to resist the urge to type away my morning and sign off.

Happy Tuesday!


  1. Anonymous10:17 AM

    You mentioned a while back that you were doing a gratitude journal. Any chance of posting a link so we could see it? I was thinking of doing something like it for Thanksgiving.

    Love your blog, by the way. It was WARM in Northern CA last night for Halloween. It felt like CA here, too!


  2. Well, HMBalison, I'd be happy to do that for you...

    I taught the class last weekend, so I've got my sample here at home now. I'll see if I can get some pictures of it today and post them later on!

  3. It is very cute! I know because I got to take the class and make one (actually, I made two!!)

  4. I am giggling over the 5th grade comment. When John was in 5th grade, he brought home 9 lbs. of candy. That is a lot of candy! You are so right, 5th grade boys are the very best at trick or treating. They know how to work the system to their advantage.

    So, did you perservere and get the classes sorted out? I'm impressed at your dedication. These days, I'm feeling a tad bit aimless. My new year's resolution is going to be define a sense of direction. Sounds good, huh?

  5. Kel - I did get some work done - I sort of reached a stand-still when I needed a particular paper and I didn't want to go to the store to get it... so today I'll go get that and hopefully finish up...

    I'm sure you'll find your groove soon... I believe in you!


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