Halloween Gratitude

Oct 31, 2013 by

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

I’ve had a busy, frustrating week. I knew this week would be busy with all the work and outside work stuff that was on the agenda, but it just seemed like nothing was easing up or even remotely going smoothly. Weeks like this you feel like your heart and brain are constantly racing and trying to get ahead, your body feels exhausted and the piles seem to keep growing.

I left work unsettled at least a good 90 minutes after I’d hoped to and I was not looking forward to the chaos that would be involved with Halloween festivities. We have people over, Lo always puts lots of food out, the kids run around like lunatics and this is all BEFORE the trick-or-treating. I was hoping for a calm evening because I was unable to stop thinking about unresolved items at work.

The Scariest Thing About Halloween

Oct 11, 2013 by

Last night I asked “A” what he was thinking of being for Halloween this year.  His response was less than enthusiastic.  “I don’t know.  I haven’t thought about it,” he told me.  Frankly, I couldn’t have been more shocked than if Count Dracula himself appeared in front of me.  This was the kid who had his costume picked out months in advance…with back-up costumes at the ready in the event that someone else in his class, or another neighborhood kid had the same idea.

Maybe his lack of zeal about the holiday is due to the fact that Halloween was “cancelled” the past two years thanks to some freakish weather – last year’s disasterous Superstorm Sandy, and the previous year a six-inch snowstorm blanketed southwestern Connecticut, knocking down trees and power lines and making it unsafe for trick or treat-ers.  Although we improvised with a trunk-or-treat in the school parking lot and impromptu pizza party at our house, it was just not the same – it felt too “forced” – the spontaneity of the holiday was just not there…but it was better than nothing.

Non-homemade costumes for Halloween

Oct 10, 2013 by

I greatly admire the parents who make amazing and entertaining Halloween costumes for their children. I love looking at the pictures or witnessing firsthand the creative costumes.


There’s a reason that these types of costumes do not happen in my home:

I am lacking 2 things, (1) creativity and (2) skill

Well, maybe 3 things, (3) the will

When I was a kid, my parents both worked long hours. My mother didn’t sew dresses (she knew I wouldn’t wear them anyway) or make creative costumes for us. My parents didn’t break into the cardboard and create Rubik’s Cubes or Lego costumes.

We went to the drug store and ended up with these:

Remember these?

Happy Halloween!!

Oct 31, 2012 by

Halloween has always been my absolute favorite holiday, ALWAYS.  Ask my parents, ask my college friends, it’s Halloween.  Not just when I was a goth in high school, either.  When I was a kid . . . when I was in Social Work school . . . now that I’m a mother . . . always.

No idea what I was going for here . . .


I remember once being the butt-end of a horse costume.  I was a ghost, a mummy, and witches galore.  One year when my sister was a teen and I was a grade-schooler, my mom made us coordinating costumes:  I was a stop sign and my sister was a “curves ahead” sign, ha ha.  Wish I had pics of those!!  At my Halloween costume parties in college, someone invariably thought it was hilarious to come as a priest.  I swear, every year there was at least one man of the cloth at this atheist’s house!

Thrifty Thursday: Simply WonderFALL Ideas

Oct 25, 2012 by

Fall is my favorite season. I love everything about it; from the colors and smells to the seasonal candles (pumpkin spice is my favorite) and the decorations. Going to Rose’s Berry Farm in Glastonbury to pick the perfect pumpkin, or pumpkins, has become a yearly tradition my now husband and I started back when we were dating, B.C. (Before Children). I love putting the pumpkins out on the front steps, whether we decide to carve or paint them. We usually also leave a couple in their natural state as well.

But what about post-Halloween? What do you do with your pumpkins once the trick-or-treating has ended? Halloween is over. Do you (a) throw your pumpkin(s) in the garbage (b) let them rot away on your front stoop and/or let the animals have at it or (c) use them for something else?

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