Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Halloween & Hodge Podge

Did you survive Halloween?  We went  trick or treating three times and I forgot the kids costumes on the last one, the big one, actual Halloween.  Epic fail.  We were 20 minutes from our house with 10 minutes before the festivities began when I realized this.  There was no going back.  I was not happy, my kids were even less  happy.
So I told everyone that my kids were dressed up as "Model Well Behaved Children" which I found quite witty and my kids just looked angry.  With this outing they received the most candy that had so far.  I was excited to see so many chocolate items in my oldest sons bag; he is allergic to milk and so I get all those.
No worries he still has enough crap left to rot his brain and teeth after I take my stash.
 I don't want to buy candy for myself for a few reasons 1) it is expensive 2) it is not good for you  and 3) I am suppose to be starting a diet this week.  I rationalize though that we are getting ready to start the Halloween to Holiday Death Spiral and all the candy will help me maintain my sanity.  Weak I know.  Enough about the pros and cons of excess Halloween Candy let's get to this week's Hodge Podge session.  Join in on the fun by going to Joyce's page here.

1. Who taught you how to cook?

Well my mom some and my Grandma slightly.  My dad reminded me recently that my mom tried to teach me more but I replied, "I don't need to learn how to cook because I will marry someone rich and have a personal chef".  Aren't 16yr olds super genius in their thinking?
I will say that my friends over the last 6 years have really influenced my cooking and pushed me to be better and I am grateful to them for all their ideas and shared recipes.  My goal is to be the one who everyone wants to go eat dinner at their house because it is always sooooo good.  I think my meals now are good but not amazing.

2. Have you been told you think too much? Are too much of a perfectionist? Are too sensitive? Were they right?

I would probably say yes to all three but that does not thrill me to admit.  I do over think things to much and I spend so much time thinking that I stress myself out and miss out.
I am too much of a perfectionist but not always... usually on projects or things I am making, or at work.  So what takes someone 10 min might take me 20 because I want it to be really great not just done and okay.
Yes I am far too sensitive at times and tend to take things to personally which is a bad combo with the whole over thinking thing.

3. As a child did you have a favorite blanket or toy? Tell about it.

I don't remember having a favorite.  I remember having Strawberry Shortcake dolls that I loved and carried with me everywhere for a summer but I don't think I had a single item that I always had to have.  Two of my sons do though.

4. What 'institution' do you have the most faith in?
 Marriage & family.  If you have a strong family you send strong people out into the world.  I truly believe what we do is soooo important and make an impact on the future.

5. Chrysanthemums-pansies-burning bush-ornamental cabbage...your favorite in an autumn garden?
I think Chrysanthemums... not sure.

6. What superpower do the kids in your neighborhood seem to posses?
Since we are new here I really don't know our neighborhood kids and I am not sure there are many at all.  I think we live in an area where there are mostly older people and if there are kid they are of the teenage variety.
7. Are you a fan of the cranberry?
Yes.  I like to drink CranApple drinks and I am looking forward to making a cranberry pear pie for Thanksgiving.
8. Insert your own random thought here:

I am prepping for my son's birthday party this weekend and I am nervous about having the combination of three girls, 11 boys, light sabers and a huge building with a concrete floor to run in.  Also I feel guilty for all the work I put into this when my other son who had a birthday at the beginning of the month only had a small family party at home.  In my defense he does not go to school and we are new here so he has no friends.  My oldest though went to two weeks of school last year here and then has gone to school this year so he has people to invite.  Guilt either way though if you do it you feel bad for the other kid, if you don't you feel bad for the kid you are doing it for.  Wish me luck because I am sure it will be chaos !


  1. Do you do big parties each year for your children? I wish I hadn't had guilt over the birthday party thing when my boys were being raised. Why didn't someone tell me that I could have picked certain years to have the big ones and enjoy the rest with smaller family gatherings? Live and learn, I say. My daughter's-in-law have shown me that it is perfectly fine to pick and choose. Who knew?

  2. I think birthdays balance out in the end so don't stress too much over your decisions : )

  3. When you mentioned your kids didn't have costumes for the last "round" of trick or treating, it reminded me of that Target commercial where the boy doesn't have a costume, and he uses his sweatshirt to create some on the spot. The amazing fat/skinny kid! LOL

    It's amazing what we think our lives will be like when we are 16 :)

  4. hi! Thanks for stopping by! (And I totally know Caleb in my son's class... what a small world we live in!) Loved your answers - it's hard to balance the whole birthday thing - two of my kids have December birthdays, one at the beginning and one at the end, and the one at the end always has family there for it because it is right after Christmas - and thus the birthday equality guilt sets in... never easy. but as my hubs and I say, we've got to give them SOMETHING to talk about in therapy later, right? ;-) Good luck!


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