Saturday, October 31, 2020

Cue The Great Pumpkin! It's Ten Things of Thankful!

I'm going to be real honest here and tell you that I am not a big fan of Halloween. I don't like to dress in costumes. I don't like to trick or treat, either as a kid or as the parent of a kid. I don't like to hand out candy to trick or treaters. All of it makes me uncomfy. I also don't like all the excessive decorations outside houses (a few years ago, our  next door neighbor put a 15 foot tall inflatable black cat in his front yard with the cat's butt facing our house....) I'm with Linus, who believes the Great Pumpkin is going to bring presents and great joy to good girls and boys. Let's think about it: the Easter bunny doesn't make us go door-to-door to fill our Easter baskets. Why do we do have to do so at Halloween? Maybe I'll start a revolution....

Here are my thankfuls for the week:

1. As a teacher, I cannot express how thankful I am that Halloween is finally over. The little humans that I teach are not old enough to fully understand what Halloween IS, but they know it's something to be excited about, and excited they have been for the past two weeks. I'm hoping to stave off any talk of Christmas until after Thanksgiving - wish me luck!

2. My iphone is 5 years old, which is, like, 142 in people years. Its latest quirk is that it spits out the charger, and it's not just one particular one; it's EVERY charger. I googled it and found a suggestion to use a toothpick to dig out lint and dust from the pie hole, and by golly, it helped! According to the information I read, keeping your phone in your pocket is the cause of this, but I've got news for whoever wrote that: the inside of my purse is far worse than the inside of my pocket.

3. Old Navy jeans, specifically, mid-rise power straight jeans in 12 Long if you're thinking about buying me a pair. They fit me oh, so well.

4. Yasso bars. Frozen Greek yogurt in delightful flavors and 100 calories or less. Unless you eat the whole box, but WHO DOES THAT?! **cough cough**

5. I'm thankful for the return of fall weather. For four days straight, we had rain, rain, rain, and temps in the 30s. This is NOT fall weather in the Ozarks. My car was even covered with ice one morning, and I had to chip it off the windows to drive to work. Not fun, Mother Nature! Not fun!

6. I received a sweet card from my cousin Delaney this week. We are fighting the good fight.

7. My son and his fiance are coming home so my son can vote. Yes, he should have taken care of this by requesting an absentee ballot a month ago instead of driving three and a half hours each way, but the upside is that I get to see him, as it's been since the end of May since I saw him last. 

8. I'm thankful for sweet Finn, who is daffy, easily amused, and in love with drinking from the faucet. In the following video, he was amusing himself by sitting on the top of my dad's recliner and swinging at the pull cords for a ceiling fan (ignore the "Parks and Rec" audio playing in the background):

9. Parks and Rec, especially the episode where Leslie Knope meets her hero, Vice President Biden:


10. This is me, when I got to meet Vice President Biden in 2014. I'm thankful that I got the opportunity, and that my reaction was not unlike Leslie Knope's:

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  1. I can relate to your lead in paragraph. It is my least favorite holiday.
    Good luck on #!.
    As I rushing out to an appointment one day this week, I realize that there was ice on the car windows. I certainly wasn't expecting that! The rest of the week was frost free.
    What a fun playground you have provided for Finn and in return he provides entertainment for you. :-)

    1. Finally - someone else who isn't a fan of Halloween! When you say that around most people, it's like you said you hate puppies.
      Nothing halts you in your tracks as much as rushing out of the house only to find the car covered with ice or heavy frost! We just had it one morning, too.
      Finn also likes to sit on a stool and watch food turn in the microwave. He's a dear, but he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer!

  2. It must run in the family! :-) Not my favorite, either.

    Google is great for finding answers to random questions. Glad you were able to fix the problem!

    Have a nice visit with your son!

    Finn looks like he's preparing for a tetherball tournament. :-)

    Thanks again for everything!

    1. I was able to Google just what I needed to know AND not go down a rabbit hole!
      I'm always here for you....

  3. We into a similar weather pattern: pretend warm, decent temperature, followed by a week of rain and temperatures that make Dinty Moore the most desirable of food groups. it gets dark at, like 3:30 in the afternoon, just to cheer us up from the rain.

    1. We're right in the middle of the time zone, so no huge fluctuations, but both LA and Nashville are near the eastern edge of a time zone, and that dark early thing was very real!