Monthly Archives: October 2012

Happy Halloween

My daughter and I will be going out trick or treating with her cousins tonight, as we have done the pass few years. Mom and dad stays home and passes out the candy, while my brother and his wife, and two of my three sisters and I walk our kids around the growing neighborhood with our of children. I have five nephews and one niece, ages six months to eight years. My daughter is second to the youngest. It’s all great fun to see them running door to door, hyped up on sugar. But by the time they get home, the sugar has worn off and it’s peaceful dreams, at least for me it is.

I always make little gift bags for all of my nephews and niece. Making sure the boys each have the same things so as not to ensue a fight because so and so has something cooler and they wanted that instead. Normally the gift bags have candy, of course, but I always put those glow bracelets in there. There are parts of our neighborhood where we walk that tends to be a bit dark and the boys love to run off on us. It’s easy to spot them in a distance, just look for the glowing rings up and down their arms.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween or a blessed Samhain.


Kids and mudpuddles

Every time it rains it never fails that when I pick my daughter up from daycare, her clothes will be soaked. Her teacher tells me she has a knack for finding water. They can’t get to the toys fast enough to drain them of the rain water or towel them off before my daughter finds it first. I’m told she’s either feet first jumping in it, splashing or patting up as the water splashes all around. No matter, she’s still getting soaked. It’s a good thing I send her to daycare with fresh clothes as a just in case. I guess I must’ve planned ahead. But what child doesn’t like splashing in mud puddles? It’s fun, right? Well, for them it is.

I stood there smiling, holding in a laugh as her teacher was telling me this and also how she like to play in the toilet bowl water. She isn’t the only child that does that either. My first thought, was ‘ah nasty!’ Well, their toilets are down to their level and only have seats, no lids, so it isn’t like you can put the lids down like I do here at home. A thing that they could do to keep them from getting into the bathroom is to put a lock on the door so they can’t reach it to open it, or put one of those door knob covers on the door. I have those all over the house.

It hasn’t rained today nor last night and I got the laundry all caught up. Crossing my fingers that lil miss comes home in dry clothes today.

Manuscript still incomplete

My manuscript still sits on my desk at home, awaiting on me to finish editing its last few chapters. In the meantime I’ve been caught up in school, class work, studying, and preparing for Halloween festivities that I haven’t had the time I’ve wanted to finish my manuscript. The last chapter requires the most attention as I need to add here and there as I had rushed it just to finish it.

I open my wordpress and read other blogs to see how to better my novel and it reminds me once again of my manuscript. It’s like my conscience talking to me; something that constantly nags at me to do something until it’s done.

I’ve noticed that when school started I’ve had plenty of time to work on it, and I have. Adding over 10K words and then some. And now that school is about half way through the semester us students are found busier with more work and studying, preparing for our finals.

I have another month and a half until this semester ends, then I’ll have plenty of time to concentrate on my manuscipt.

Spook City was a blast

I put my daughter down for her nap and started getting things laid out for the Spook City event; costumes, face paints, Halloween gift bags for my niece and nephew, and glow bracelets. I put my shoes by the couch and checked the diaper bag to see if it had enough essentials in it…oh and her sippy cup too! I also placed the camera and my wallet in there as well, as I wouldn’t be carrying my purse.

I painted my nails, then about an hour later I began putting make up on my face. I only needed to shade Imagemy eyes as I was only going to be wearing a mask. Then I got an idea to draw something neat looking around my chin. I had a grease make up pen and drew curly lines to look like a tribal beard tattoo. I looked really interesting.

My sister and her daughter had arrived and started getting ready, and my daughter was up from her nap and I was getting her ready. Then we were all in the car and headed down the road to Benton. We arrived about an hour earlier than the event started, so I was super excited to get a really good parking spot.

We all visited with one another before sending the kids off with my Mother and my youngest sister. I sat with my dad and watched my sister pass out candy, until he mentioned something about antique cars. That’s something he and I have always had in common. We both love classic cars and hot rods.

It wasn’t about thirty minutes later when we ran into my Mother and the kids. She had said something about camel rides. I asked the kids if they wanted to ride a camel, of course I didn’t have to twist any arms. My nephew rode with my niece and I had my daughter ride with me, who couldn’t stop giggling. I was pleased she was enjoying herself, that’s all I ever ask for.

After the camel ride I went back with dad, while Mother and my youngest sister went off with the kids. My other sister and I decided to trade places passing out candy. Once I started to pass out candy it was like a horde of people came up and the line wouldn’t die down. I did however, on a few occasions, scare a few kids because of my costume. I kindly apologize to the parents and handed them a piece of candy. There was one little boy that made me smile though, he said, “I’m Spiderman, nothing scares me.”Image

I received several positive comments on my costume, a few odd requests to touch my nose, and one lady who said she wouldn’t bother having the time, nor the effort to make such a costume. Honestly I don’t do this for me, I do this for the kids. In a way I feel like a big kid. But for two hours I pass out countless pieces of candy to kids of all ages who smile at me, saying trick or treat and thank you. Some kids don’t have a neighborhood to go trick or treating in. And some neighborhoods may not be safe for some kids. So I think this is a wonderful event that the city does that I’m happy to be a part of. Even my four year old niece and eight year old nephew passed out candy. I’m really looking forward to next year!

Halloween is in a few days!

What a busy week

This past week has been really busy as it’s nearing Halloween. I’ve had two tests in one day, followed by another test the next day at school. Not to mention we’re all sick here at home. I didn’t think I would make it to school one day. Then I didn’t think I would do well on the tests. I did well enough to pass on two of the tests. I’m still waiting to see what I made on the other one. It’s hard to study when you’re sick. It’s even harder to study or take a test when you’re medicated. I was making so many mistakes on testing day that my teacher was picking on me but in a good way. I did get a few laughs out of it myself.

I spent the last few days still trying to find a costume for my daughter. She really hasn’t grown any taller to fit any of the cute ones that I’ve seen in the 4T sizes and the ones that I saw for her size are more baby-ish than I would like so, I decided to just head over to the actual clothing area and see what I could find over there. I found a cute one piece ballerina outfit and thought, “now why couldn’t they have something like that over there in the costumes instead of pumpkin outfits or fairy’s?” She was a fairy her first Halloween. I looked at the costume, it was the same Tinkerbell fairy costume that she had for her first Halloween.

I had my costume picked out since Target started putting their Halloween things on the shelves in September. I found a Venetian masquerade bird mask that I just loved. It reminded me of the plagued death mask from that era. As soon as I saw it I knew what I wanted to be for Halloween. That was easy. I also bought a black hooded cape to go along with it, the rest I’m sure I could find at home in a closet.

Tonight the City of Benton is having what they call Spook City from 6-8. They block off the city roads around city square and vendors from all around town come and set up tables, booths, rides, and food carts. Adults bring their children and walk around for two hours collecting from each of these booths. The event is free. It’s like the safest and most fun way to trick or treat, minus the crowds. This year my sister has to work at a booth. Usually she helps set the booth up then she and I take our kids around the square, later we’ll come back to the booth and help pass out candy. I’m especially excited today, as my other youngest sister will be there with her daughter as well as my parents.

Eh, what’s up Doc?

I’m currently going over my Biology notes and studying for my next test on Thursday. I’m looking at words like genes, chromosomes, DNA, mitosis, amino acids, bacteria, cancer, mutation, genetics, and so on. Almost makes me feel like I’m studying to be a doctor…I wish! In reality, I’m studying for my Associates in Arts degree and then I’m going for a Bachelor’s in History degree.

History is what I’m really interested in. So far I know about the US Civil War, Irish Civil War, and American Revolution. I also know quite a bit about American History and some about Irish and Native American History.

Biology is a fun class, but to me it’s a little hard. I love Science. I even made straight A’s in Science in High School. But now that I’m in college, it’s a little tougher. The tests are much harder to me as the instructor doesn’t lecture. I feel that I learn the easiest when I’m being taught in a class, rather than going home and printing notes off of the computer to read on our own time. We go into class and talk about the labs, then do the labs, and then when we’re done with our labs, we go home. It’s a three hour class, once a week.

Something the instructor has pointed out though, is that biology is a class for those that are going into nursing. I thought to myself, “Why the heck am I taking this class then? Oh wait, it’s because I need it in order to receive my Associates Degree.” The same goes with taking two classes of a foreign language. Oh, and another Science lab class. I honestly feel like I don’t need some of these classes for my career of choice, but they’re required. The rest of the classes I can see why it’s a requirement, like Speech class for instant. Let me just say, that first week I thought it was going to be a tough class, but it ended up being really fun, interesting, and I learned so much from it. Some of the things that I learned in Speech class I’ve actually used in other classes and I know I will use out in the real world.

But for now I’m going to learn about which genetic traits I got from my Mother and which ones I got from my Father. Or that some cancers such as Melanoma are mutations.  I’m just curious when I’m going to start dissecting stuff.