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I love Halloween. It is my favorite holiday. Yes, yes Christmas is awesome, but it is not Halloween. I love the costumes. I love the real ghost story specials on cable (You can go ahead and be a skeptic if you want to, I am saying real ghost stories.) The “BOO” gifts left for you at work. And the candy is good too. What is not to love?

As a general rule, my nieces and I start discussing costumes and such around the beginning of September. And the first visits to the pop-up Halloween stores start not long after. This is serious business and it takes planning. I have had years, in the past, where three costumes were needed.

Halloween decorations go up on the first of October. I have only got a month, I am making the best of it. The spider lights, the light up pumpkins, the annoying but yet cool spider webs. All of it goes up. And I add to that collection every year (much to the spare bedroom closet’s dismay.)

But this year has been different. Somehow, all that has gotten away from me. Yes, the decorations went up on time (a day early in fact.) But all else seems to have taken a back burner to life. The girls & I did not hit up the Halloween stores until early October. What? Normally, we would have been there 3 or 4 times by then. The annual Halloween party that Ed & I go to, had no costume planned for it until a week before. There was no visit to the costume rental place to find something great. My out-of-town niece and nephews do not have Halloween cards purchased for them yet. None of it.

And I sit here thinking, what is going on?

The answer is… I don’t know, it must just be life.

The truth of the matter is, I feel like everything is running behind anymore. There never seems to be enough time, or money, or sometimes, energy. And I can’t understand what has happened. This is not a new feeling, it has been coming on for a while. Birthday cards are not sent out like clockwork, as I used to do. (Blame placed on both Facebook and the Hallmark store in town closing). Birthday presents to not-near family is late (Nephew #1, your card is on my desk, it will be a birthday plus 1 month present). Holiday cards are not ordered and ready to go by the beginning of December. The DVR is always full. I can’t seem to find time to site and write on a blog that is important to me. On and on…

None of this is the end of the world type stuff but it is hard for my OCD brain to deal with. Eventually, it all works out. But I have to wonder; Is it just me?

So there are 10 more days until Halloween. And I plan to make the most of them. The costume came together for the party last weekend. We were referees. Not a stretch since my husband really is a football referee but it worked. There will be plenty of Haunted House TV on for the next week. And I am sure there will be candy.

So maybe I missed the Great Pumpkin sitting in the pumpkin patch. There is always next year.

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On another quick note, today is my 14th wedding anniversary. I have not forgotten this and was prepared with a card and a small gift by today. It just amazes me that 14 years have flown by. I won’t actually see Ed until tonight because of work, meetings and niece’s basketball games. But is it nice to celebrate, in my mind, this milestone. I mean, in today’s standard, 14 years is quite an accomplishment.

So on that note. I hope that so much time does not pass again until I can write. Thanks for sticking with me and Happy Halloween.

TA-DA!

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