There’s rain today. There’s rain today for the 4th or 5th day in a row–I’ve lost count. There’s rain today, and I wish it would stop.
The rain managed to keep us indoors last night, but at least it didn’t ruin the evening. Sam and I watched The Great Pumpkin and Nightmare before Christmas to start the night, and we played Bloody Mary and watched horror films and ate copious amounts of candy and finger-foods until well after midnight. We complained about the ending of It Follows and remembered why we like The Exorcist so much. It was a good night, really, once we decided to stay inside.
I was amused at the number of adults who were adamantly opposed to the way the city “moved” Halloween (what they really moved was trick-or-treating night). I saw a few vehement oppositions to the idea, and I found that a bit surprising…Not the opinions, I suppose, but more the amount of outrage they were expressed with, mostly from grown adults without kids or with kids who no longer participate anyway. Anyway we happily passed out candy Friday evening…We were hanging out with friends and doing Halloween-y things. We were a bit concerned that we’d overbought candy, and then it suddenly became a question of whether we’d have enough–there was a moment where I looked outside to see kids converging at the front steps and said “oh gosh, there’s a lot of them,” because there were several families who spotted us at the same time and headed to our door. But we had just enough to give away most of the candy and still have a bit to nibble on yesterday.
But today, there’s more rain, and the holiday is over. The ending of a holiday always makes me a little sad, but at least with Halloween, there’s a list of holidays still-to-come. It’s now time to start making our plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years, and then there’s Mardi Gras after that. It’s a wee bit exhausting to think of them like that, though, so I try and go one holiday at a time. For now, there are Thanksgiving plans to be made, and there’s National Blog Posting Month to consider.
I decided to participate in NaBloPoMo this year as a way to jump-start my writing again. This has been a difficult year for me, full of ups and downs and many, many changes for me and the rest of my little family. I started the year nervous about what to do since I’d just left graduate school, excited that my New and Improved Plan included working with a friend to build up her photography business. Mid-year I took a part-time job that turned out to be a Very Difficult Environment. A week later, my husband was let go during a company-wide downsizing. My grandmother passed away in July, and the day of her funeral I was offered a new part-time position. My husband began a new job in the fall, working for a movie company as a financial analyst, and Little Jedi returned to school.
I’ve made some major changes and strides on the blog this year, too—I’ve changed the design and feel of the site, added the weekend coffee share link-up, and after the success of my A to Z Challenge Lady Monsters theme, I started Monster Mondays. I just finished a month of Halloween spooky-themed post with lots of fantastic guest posters.
But my anxiety and depression have been rearing their heads recently, making it difficult to write and to do the things I need to do. In part, my participation in NaBloPoMo is about jump-starting my way back into the light. Whether I’m writing about myself or analyzing feminist themes in the latest films, writing for the blog allows me to communicate on my own terms and in my own space.
And so I’ve joined NanoPoblano, registered at BlogHer, and I’m off on this adventure of writing a post a day, every day, for November. We’ll see what happens. 🙂