Last week was busy. The Doctor’s parents were in town, along with his baby sister, her husband, and our 16 month old niece We spent the first two days of their visit looking out the window at Storm Sandy, and the next three days adjusting our sight seeing plans because of storm damage and power outages. We were disappointed to miss out on our planned Broadway show and Statue of Liberty trip, but so thankful that we never lost power, and we didn’t suffer any downed trees or flooding. Graham got to spend way more time with his visiting family, as school had storm related cancellations most of the week. I felt like a total douche when I felt sorry for myself that our plans were slightly inconvenienced while people are still enduring such significant levels of loss and suffering.
I shared my old lady tendencies, like my love for lap blankets, Almond Joy, and The Weather Channel. I really don’t fear getting old, because I’ve been old for years. I may as well get a few more gray hairs to match my behavior.
We all got sick. Most of us just got the sore throat/cough combination, but my poor boy spiked quite the fever and had such bad coughing fits he was making himself hurl. We managed his discomfort in a few ways: steamy baths, spoonfuls of honey, sips of water, lollipops (cough drops taste “kinda yucky”,) ibuprofen, and Vicks VapoRub. The rub unfortunately got rubbed where boys like to rub, and his “really cold penis” had to be washed off super quick. No harm, and lesson learned. Boys can’t keep their hands off their junk.
We spent some time in New Haven, CT and saw a real life skull stuck in roots of a downed tree. The New Haven Green used to be a cemetery, and in 1821 the grave markers were moved, but the bodies remained. It was a pretty eerie thing to see, especially on the day before Halloween.
Because of the damage from Sandy, our town postponed Halloween one week in order to ensure a safe experience for everyone. Our neighborhood had no safety issues, so the general consensus with our neighbors was to go ahead and celebrate Halloween anyway. Our neighborhood boasts both a ton of kids and a great sense of community, so Halloween around here is always fun. This year we kicked it up a notch with some school friends, some in-laws, and some beers.
|Hermione Granger and Harry Potter with their adorable Piggy cousin.|
For the last couple of years, I’ve marked the time between Halloween and Thanksgiving by posting one thing I’m thankful for each day on Facebook. I love looking back on previous year’s Giving Thanks Until Thanksgiving posts, and I’m having fun reading my friends’ thankfulness. Barreling toward the busy holiday season, I think it’s important to pause and reflect on our blessings. We are graced with so much goodness, and it can be easy to focus on the the bad things in life, rather than the good.
I picked the Crock Pot Thursday recipe, and was reminded that sometimes the low-fat, low-calorie, or low Weight Watcher points meals are sometimes not a suitable substitution for the original. I am still craving Chicken Tikka Masala.
We watched It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown and Lily has since channeled her inner Linus, and can be found packing her blanket with her absolutely everywhere. She even talked me into letting her bring it trick-or-treating.