Opportunity is a favorable occasion for grasping a disappointment. Ambrose Bierce

I’m not looking forward to tomorrow. I don’t look forward to my days right now anyway, but tomorrow is going to be worse than usual. I have to tell my Bean, that though she practiced and practiced, that though she sounded great when I heard her (and that’s not just …

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen, Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" – – – Dexter Kozen

Hopefully I’ll have a bit more to say tomorrow, but for tonight—we haunted the neighborhood after having a lovely day—1/2 spent enjoying our anniversary with my husband, the other half enjoying getting dressed up with our daughter. We were running slow because J is getting over a bad stomach virus. …

From ghoulish and ghosties and long leggety beasties and things that go bump in the night, Good Lord, deliver us! – – – Scottish saying

The Bean’s Halloween Party Usually we have a big Halloween party with lots of kids and adults. This year we decided to try something different and have a party with the Bean’s favorite girls . We had spooky cupcakes with bloody sprite punch and bones, they all got to carve …

Music is moonlight in the gloomy night of life. Jean Paul

  And now for something (a little) different. Started thinking about Halloween music tonight. Because if I hear “The Monster Mash” one more damn time I’m going to find a cleaver and pay a visit to whatever sound system is playing it. Ahem. Really. I DESPISE that song. So what …

"Double, double toil and trouble; Fire burn, and cauldron bubble." — Shakespeare

Actually finished this yesterday but we we SO tired from our weekend of cleaning and decorating that we all just fell over. Today we made our (probably) last trip to the Spirit Store until after Halloween. That makes um…four. They had a 25% of coupon so we scored a replacement …

"There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world." –Jean Baudrillard

Hmmm maybe that’s why we love it so much. All that arrested development and stuff.  We don’t go in for the cutesy aspect, nope. But we haven’t gone fully as creepy as we want to because of the Bean’s age and her friends. They love coming over for Halloween and …

What a house. Turns out they’re doing OK, the Malfoy’s. However, the interior decorating leaves a lot to be desired. And needless to say, Voldemort isn’t the greatest houseguest. Tom Felton

So is it just me or is there just not as much cool stuff at Target this year…and last. Don’t get me wrong, I love Target Halloween. Seriously. Not so much the costumes but the home décor—the plates, the cups the serving bowls. And the towels. I think I only …

At first cock-crow the ghosts must go Back to their quiet graves below. ~Theodosia Garrison

This is the first in a series of Halloween posts. I meant to get started earlier, but I can’t seem to get in the groove at work and so have been spending a lot of late nights and extra time working not Halloweening. I’m hoping that is about to change. …

And I feel the way that every child should /Sit and listen, sit and listen /Went to school and I was very nervous /No one knew me, no one knew me ~Mad World, Tears for Fears

Are you socially inept? I am. Well I can be.  Very much. I have improved a lot on my once crippling social anxiety. I have no problems at work anymore—that was mostly the fall out from a horrible marriage and a painful end to a good relationship (that followed the …

New Year’s Day: Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. ~Mark Twain

Well it isn’t quite New Year’s day but we had some family stuff going on that precluded writing. I am relieved that 61 straight days of blogging is over. I’m glad I did it. I made more connections out of #Reverb10 after a bumpy start. I really enjoyed the people …

I like men who have a future and women who have a past Oscar Wilde

DECEMBER 21 – FUTURE SELF Imagine yourself five years from now. What advice would you give your current self for the year ahead? (Bonus: Write a note to yourself 10 years ago. What would you tell your younger self?) (Author: Jenny Blake) Have you noticed  that there is a great …

Our bodies are our gardens – our wills are our gardeners. ~William Shakespeare

DECEMBER 12 – BODY INTEGRATION This year, when did you feel the most integrated with your body? Did you have a moment where there wasn’t mind and body, but simply a cohesive YOU, alive and present? (Author: Patrick Reynolds)   Ha ha ha ha ha ha. Body integration doesn’t happen …