The Green-Eyed Siren made the coat for me — it came off the sewing machine and on to my back at about 4:30 this afternoon, accompanied by a chorus of the kids chanting “Can we go now? Can we go now?” — and ordered all of the accessories. Because she loves me, and she’s just as geeky as I am.
She also made the costumes for the Unfocused kids: Katara from The L@st A1rb3nder and Sun Man, Junior’s secret identity:
We had an awesome Halloween. As usual, the Siren risked her health and sanity working her tucus off to make the kids’ costumes:
Joan of Arc
I threw something together at the last minute to amuse the Unfocused Children:
The mysterious Zorro!
Trick or treating went well. Unfocused Girl monitors the candy Junior gets, tells him when something has peanuts in it, and politely asks the candy-dispensing adult if they have anything without nuts. There were a few houses where the answer was no, they’d just bought a Costco-sized bag of Reese’s and that was all they had, and I had to ask her not to lecture them. She’s a good big sister, and didn’t take any candy from those houses even for her own pumpkin-shaped bucket so we wouldn’t have them in the house.
After trick or treating, we had a few neighbors and friends and their kids over. The kids watched The Never-Ending Story, and the adults enjoyed tasty adult beverages. It was all fun and games until the guests left and it was time for bed: Junior could barely stop crying because Halloween was over.
I had to wash my hair twice to get most of the black spray-coloring out of it, and it’s still a little darker than usual.
Frakking WordPress just ate the second half of this post when I tried to save. Trying again.
Today is the start of National Novel Writing Month, NaNoWriMo. I’m giving it a half-assed effort this year — I’ve set a loosey-goosey word count goal of 25,000 (half the official NaNoWriMo goal), but my real goal is to kick-start a new novel, Breezeway Blows Town. If I don’t make 25,000 words but make a good start on Breezeway, build some momentum, and get back in the habit of writing almost every day, I’ll be happy.
I’ll post my word count here, since that’s the only measure I’ve got. Fellow Wrimos can buddy me; I’m user 261488 on the NaNoWriMo website.