I just sat down at the computer with a little tub of Papa Murphy’s cookie dough. Three or 4 cookies’ worth later, I feel like am a glutton. Where was someone telling me to stop? Had Anja only been here to beg (like usual), I would have put it away pronto. There is no one to blame but myself. Ugh.
In other news, I was up north this past weekend doing photo shoots, visiting relatives, and mostly…driving. I listened to Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey while I drove. It was pretty boring for the first 4 CDs worth (of 7), but now it appears to be turning into a sort of mystery, which makes it more bearable. I can handle Jane Austen in 2-hour feature films, but every time I’ve dug into one of her books, the tediousness of it all has given me hives. Am I alone in this? Probably.
In still more news, we carved pumpkins last night! I hope to have photos up for Halloween. What are you doing for Halloween? Husband’s grandma used to make it a very special occasion for him. Fancy homemade costumes and lots of creepy decorations were the order of the day. We don’t get real fancy around here…yet.
I have to admit I fell into the Christianese mindset of “Halloween is evil, as in the fruits of the devil” (name that movie!) for awhile, but then I realized that most holiday celebrations (Christmas, Easter, etc.) that are celebrated by Christians today are full of pagan customs. And they are only pagan if you choose to make them pagan. Do we worship witches if we celebrate Halloween? No! No more than we worship our Christmas tree upon putting it up every year! It’s a fun occasion for the kids to dress up, get candy from neighbors, and tell some spooky stories. Pretty harmless. Do I want my kids skanking around town at nasty parties dressed like pirate whores as soon as they hit their teens? No, of course not. But I don’t think letting them dress as a strawberry and say “trick or treat” at the neighbor’s door is a step off of prison.
Stepping calmly off soapbox…what are you doing for Halloween? Anything fun? Dressing up at all? Anja is a little young for trick-or-treating this year, so we bought a bunch of candy (made the mistake of getting fruit leather one year…kids were not big fans…) to give out and figure she’ll enjoy accompanying us to the door. We’re so festive. 🙂