At NaBloWriMo, that is. I'm a bit disappointed in myself because when I look over last October's posts, I was sewing and baking and immediately writing about it. I really had no trouble completing all 31 blog posts. This year, my mood and attitude has been different. I'm having a harder time quickly regurgitating all of my daily experiences for the blog and certain stories I'm wanting to keep for myself. It's a bizarre phase I'm in.
But here's the latest around here:
*Pumpkin baking is in full swing. Last weekend I made my first pumpkin pie from an actual pumpkin and it was delicious. Yesterday I made pumpkin cookies with a glaze and there are plans to make a pumpkin bread very soon. And Jay will be whipping up a pumpkin soup that's actually baked inside of a pumpkin. Yum.
*Yesterday I helped chaperone a field trip with the girl's class to a farm/pumpkin patch. There is a really interesting mix of Mommies in the girl's class. Because we are all so different, it never feels cliquish. I'm still so amazed by this. After living in Florida and feeling like an outsider for so long, it's so refreshing to be with a group of women who actually behave like adults and not overgrown high schoolers.
*We got an offer on our house in Florida. The bad news is that it's $20,000 less than what we owe so it will be a short sale. I have a lot of mixed feelings about this obviously. On the one hand, it will be great to be done with the house and not have to worry about it anymore. And as far as short sales go, a $20,000 difference isn't that big of a deal, especially in Florida where people owe hundreds of thousands on homes that are worth a fraction of that. But on the other hand, it makes me sad that we put so much time, effort, money, and work into the house, thinking it would pay off in the end, and it just didn't. I flashback to the weekends spent installing new siding, painting rooms, Jay on his hands and knees tiling floors or installing laminate, not to mention all the minor repairs that we did almost weekly and all the many ways in which we just tried to make it "home." It makes me sad to think we really did it all for nothing. But ultimately, it looks like it will be over soon. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
*It's parent/teacher conference time around here. This morning I had in depth discussion with the girl's teacher about her stutter. She confirmed a lot of what I already know, mainly that it isn't an all the time thing and that she'll go days without stuttering and right when we think it's gone away, she'll have a day where she can barely get the words out. It's frustratingly random and it nearly brings me to tears when she has one of those bad days. I see her getting frustrated at herself and I know that she can sense my own impatience when I just want her to spit the words out. (Jay, the boy, and I try to be very patient and understanding about this, but it can be hard at times.) The good news is that it isn't effecting her learning though, in fact she's doing above average in most areas. So I guess we just need to wait and see a bit longer.
*I've been crocheting again. I started a scarf for Jay about four months ago but just couldn't bring myself to work on it during the hot summer months when I had no desire to have a ball of woolly yarn in my lap. But it's almost done now and hopefully I'll be writing about it soon.
Let's see, other than all that, it's been the usual here. Reading, television, children and their friends, and basically just a lot of catching up on all the things I've neglected the past few months. I've been making a weekly to-do list and it feels good to be crossing things off that I've been meaning to get done for weeks now.