Monday, October 31, 2011

Trunk or Treat, Thank Yous, and a Five Mile Walk to Success

The trunks are empty, the games won, the crowns created, cookies decorated and eaten, massive dark maze solved and that candy has been given out. The kids are home being tucked into bed and all the clean up is finished. This year's "Heroes Unmasked" Trunk or Treat was a super success!

This is one of my favorite events every year and it would not have been possible without everyone who took parts help. A thousand thank yous to each and everyone of you who made all the joy and fun of Trunk or Treat possible. So, thank you! Thank you to those who stood out in the cold and handed out candy, the coffee makers and photographers. Thank you to the donators of candy, painters of signs, and decorates. Thank you to the tear down crew that wrangled chairs back into rows and swept up floors. Thank you to the youth who worked for hours creating our largest and most challenging maze yet. Thank you to the volunteers who ran games, and crafts, and cookie decorating. Thank who to the families that worked together to volunteer. Thank you to those who came early to lend a hand and those who stayed late till the last job was done. Thank you to those who greeted guest, talked with families, and made this night welcoming and friendly. With all my heart I thank you!!!

This was our fifth year holding a Trunk or Treat at the church (first year we did a harvest party a few weeks earlier with pumpkin carving and other activities and last year we held the event one night earlier because of the set up time needed conflicted with Oct 31 being of Sunday). There was so much fun...and so much to set up. Earlier today, about mid-morning, after my fifth or sixth trip up and down the stairs I decided to strap on a step counter just to see how much walking I actually did today. I walked 14, 280 steps. According to a graph I found online that is 5.8 miles according to the actual step counter it was 6.5 miles.

One adventure is completed...2hrs and 55min till the next begins. NaNoWriMo writing begins and midnight and I finally think I might have a workable plot.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 81

FOR TODAY: October 30, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...a storm.

I am thinking...sleep is wonderful.

I am thankful for...friends.

From the kitchen...leftovers.

I am wearing...the Supergirl costume, again.

I am creating...Trunk or Treat games, posters, and decorations, also working on a knit shawl, the baby blanket (still have a row to go, must finish the baby is due in December) and starting November 1st a novel.

I am going...to stay at the church and set up the maze for tomorrow.

I am reading...who has time to read? Trying to make time to read Follow Me to Freedom by Claiborn and Perkins.

I am hoping...everything gets done.

I am hearing...the door chime.

Around the house...some clutter as every week.

One of my favorite things...games nights.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

TV Talk: Reality Shows

I had posters to paint this afternoon. While I worked I caught up on a few shows starting with the season 9 Project Runway finale. I was totally surprised by the episode. When I watched the previous episode I had missed the very end. I had seen that Kim was in so I assumed that my favourite Anya was out. It's silly but I almost didn't watch the finale cause I didn't care enough about who won. I thought for sure it would be Victor with a chance for Josh.

I was so surprised by the recap to learn that the judges had kept all four designers. Of all the fashion shows/finales this was my favourite. Everyone has something interesting in their collection. I was glad I wasn't having to decided the winner. After seeing collects, I was rooting for Anya but had expected Josh to win. I was very surprised that Anya was the judges choice. You can see her whole collection at Lifetime TV Project Runway site. The dress shown was my favourite piece in her fashion show collection.

After Project Runway I watched this past week's Survivor: Pacific Island "Trojan Horse" episode. I am not sure how I feel about Coach's prayers. Up until this week I've been rooting for Coach to win. He's a strong competivie player and this is the first time watching him play the game that I don't think he's a joke. However he seems to be using "faith" the control the team. I agree with one of the girls that praying to find the idol when you have the idol is slimy.

The more interesting aspect was Ozzy asking to be voted out. This was either incredibly smart or the biggest mistake in Survivor history (and there have been so horrible slips). This is his thinking. The merge is going to happen, the girl on Redemption Island has won five challenges. If he goes to the duel and defeats her he'll return to his tribe a hero and give them the numbers at the merge. This plan rests on two big assumptions 1) the merge is happening next and 2) that he'll win the duel. Ozzy might not win the challenge. He has no idea what the duel will involve. It might not be something he can win and all of the duels this season have been close. The other big issue is the tribe's strength. If the merge doesn't happen then the tribe is down a strong player. A loss would mean they would be down two or more votes at the merge. This choice might have set them up for a losing streak. It's a huge risk....which is going to make next week's episode fun to watch. I'm hoping it goes as Ozzy plans but kind would like to see it fail to...I feel horrible for that.

PLOT BUNNY: All this reality show talk reminds me of a plot idea I got at Tuesday's NaNo information meeting. The title of the novel would be "Losing Reality" and it would be about someone trying to figure life out post-losing of a reality show. It could be any show but I think something like a failed-hopeful-Bachelor-bride would have trust and dating issues with a new hatred for roses that would make for a compelling story.

Friday, October 28, 2011

October 28's Friday Five +Day 5 & The New Hair

This week's question theme is Repellent
  1. What’s something you enjoy eating that many others would be grossed-out by?
    Sushi
  2. Which of your personal traits is most likely to make others want to avoid you?
    ...I do not like these questions. I've been told I'm too loud, hyper, silly, control-freak, religious and insensitive.
  3. If you could wear a bracelet that had the power to keep certain kinds of people away from you, what kind of people would you repel?
    ...I really do not like these questions and don't have an answer for this one.
  4. We are all capable of overcoming our biases, of course, but what’s a physical trait (in others) that pretty much turns you off?
    ...who wrote these?
  5. When you feel a case of the blues coming on, what do you do to fend off the bad feelings?
    This one is actually good: I fend off the blues by journaling, praying, being creative, listening to Superchick, boardgames, visiting friends, calling Best Friend, eating food, and hugs always help.
Day Five of the 20/20 Home Cure


The task today is to buy or replace a green cleaner which is wonderful because I needed to make a trip to EOS for more Castile soup for a green cleaner laundry recipe I like from Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier.


Last bit of news, I change my hair...again:



Thursday, October 27, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Mollie

I am thankful for...
Mollie Van Meekeren

First, let me explain the picture, it was from the Alice in Wonderland themed thrift shop formal, yep.

On with the blogging, I met Mollie my first Sunday at the church five years ago. She's going to graduate this year...time flies. But it's been wonderful knowing her. She is creative, and resourceful, and hilarious, and fun, easy to talk with, and just great. Also she has participated in NaNoWriMo with me the past three years. I spent the afternoon with Mollie. She was helping me get ready for trunk or treat. There were so many little tasks I could not have done without her and on top of that errands and decorating are much more fun with a friend. I am thankful for Mollie -yay Mollie!


Announcements Unrelated to Thankful Thursday (but important to me):
1. Day four's 20/20 challenge is to remove something from your home. I've piled a number of cardboard boxes in my entrance to crush "someday" today is that day.
2. Trunk or Treat is 3 days away.
3. National Novel Writing Month is just 4 days away.
4. I was talking to mum this week and I realized I hadn't shown her my new hair-look. For those who aren't on facebook pictures will be up tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Day 3

The 20/20 Home Cure -Day 3:
Today's task is finding inspirational photos. I already had a picture folder from last year that I just added too. This is what I love about the Home Cure, the tasks are simple, motivating, and actually help. I have also found Maxwell's video of the day very helpful and encouraging. I think they are reusing last year's videos which makes me sad. I was hoping for new insights.

I have found defining "my style" difficult but I know what I like when I see it. By saving a collection of pictures I can compare later and find the themes I want to recreate in my own space. To gather images I visited my favourite design blog An Indian Summer and checked out a few Maxwell suggested. I really liked Home to Home: Living Etc. What I've noticed is I like natural rustic wood, piles of books, collections of pictures, and splash of colour either green or red (normally an accent piece like a chair or a single wall).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Countdowns, Kick-Offs, and Day Two

It’s the last week of October; when did that happen? There are only six days till November and the crazy adventure that is NaNoWriMo. SIX DAYS! Who sped up time? I feel like I've missed this month, but I didn't. I request a special extra week between Oct 31 and Nov 1st . And yes, I forgot again there isn’t time between trunk or treat and the start of novel writing…..again *sigh*

More Countdowns:
5 days till Trunk or Treat "Heroes Unmasked"
9 days till Encounter weekend @ BBC
16 days till vacation
17 days till Hal-Con
31 days till "Write All Night" (a 7-7 up all night writing marathon)
41 days till the "Thank God It's Over" Party
54 days till the children's Christmas musical (rehearsals began three weeks ago)
61 days till I see my family!

Wolfville Wrimos Kick-Off
Last night was the first NaNoWriMo event of 2011. I was nervous that no one would show up but people came and we pre-nanoed. I handed out calendars and important information, had a few activities, and we played Once Upon a Time. It was a great group; my only concern about NaNo at the moment is my lack of plot ideas. Normally I have a full outline, characters, the conclusion, and a few key scenes floating around in my brain. At the moment all I know is that there will be dragons.

Day 2
I found out today that Apartment Therapy’s 20/20 Home Cure is back! I don't really have the time to participate but I really like the challenges...so I'm going to try. Today's task. Buy flowers which I am going to go do right after I post this.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 80

FOR TODAY: October 23, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...still forest of changing leaves...mostly yellow.

I am thinking...there is so much to do; why does everything happen the week before for November or in November? And as is traditional, I forgot again that there isn't a week between October 31 and November 1st....nope. I am concerned about my lack of plot ideas for this year's dragon themed NaNoWriMo novel. Normally I have too many ideas and just want to start writing.

I am thankful for...unexpected good surprises like founding missing (very overdue) library books. Downside, I had just bought replacement books. Upside I can keep the replacements.

From the kitchen...with my new cookbooks (the replacements) I'm going to make a month menu plan and shopping list. I think it will help me survive NaNo without relying of MacDonald's for meals.

I am wearing...a Supergirl costume.

I am creating...started a new knit shawl, the baby blanket (it should be done but the errors have killed my motivation...after they're fix there is only a row to go and it will be DONE!) Need to actually paint the Chimney Swifts t-shirts. The biggest project is a costume for Hal-Con.

I am going...to have a Liz day. I need to unwind, relax, and refocus. I've been really off lately, my head hasn't been clear, and I'm not recovering for off-moments as quickly as normal. I'm in an "off" rut. Today I'm going to start climbing out.

I am reading...I just got a whole bunch of shiny new books and I want to read them all, not sure where I am going to start but reading will be happening.

I am hoping...to make realistic plans for the next few weeks so everything can be done on time.

I am hearing...the you have a msg ping

Around the house...there is stuff and clutter and piles and boxes and stuff everywhere. I have victory over a small section and then become overwhelmed again. I feel like I take one step forward and two back....however a friend who has seen it at it's worst surprise visited and commented how successful the decluttering is going so YAY! I'll keep at it.

One of my favorite things...the annual Ten Thousand Villages fair-trade sale. All my Christmas shopping is done!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 79

FOR TODAY: October 16, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...still a rainbow forest of changing leaves.

I am thinking...how to say goodbye to a friend whose moving way, the upcoming NaNoWriMo project, my Abby story (I think I have an opening that will help introduce the character and plot better), oh and my plays for the day including the children's Christmas musical practice. I'm not musical how did I become a choir director?

I am thankful for...Best Friend, reunions, REAL Best Friend hugs (vs. texted *hugs*).

From the kitchen...turkey leftovers, yum!

I am wearing...a Supergirl costume for church.

I am creating...a baby blanket only a few errors to fix and a row to go and it will be DONE! I'm also working on fangirl shirts for the Chimney Swifts and something awesome to wear to Hal-Con.

I am going...to have a great day. There are back to back doctors. First we're watching the season finale of Doctor Who then Dr. Horrible who has a PhD in horribleness.

I am reading...Sophie's World.

I am hoping...to find someone who will let me use their sewing machine.

I am hearing...worship team practice.

Around the house...have plans to take more baby steps this week.

One of my favorite things...new shiny pretty yarn!

Friday, October 14, 2011

October 14's Friday Five

This week's question is Out of Place
  1. What non-food items are in your refrigerator or freezer?
    The green bin or the cat food (the cats get into their food if I store it anywhere else).
  2. What non-book items are on your bookshelves?
    Everything...puzzles, figurines, a can of coffee from Japan, pet rocks, a Jesus action figure, puppets, a single purple mitten, a cub car, sunscreen, aloe vera, lint brush, static guard, CDS, DVDs, deploma, ordination certificate, a cabbage patch kid, a Jesus and his thirteen disciples in a boat playset, and many pictures, a jar of coins, and a jar of skittles.
  3. What song or album in your music collection doesn’t fit in with your usual tastes?
    It's all eclectic so it all fits
  4. What item in your wardrobe really doesn’t match anything else?
    It all fits...except the clothes that don't fit me but I haven't let go of yet.
  5. What scar on your body did you receive in the unlikeliest of ways?
    All my scars makes sense, I'm just boring.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Thankful Thursday -Justine

I am thankful for...
AuroraLee a.ka. Justine

Justine is one of my wonderful writing friends. She is a fellow Wolfville Wrimo and an original Best Word buddy. I first knew Justine as "Cprav" the first year I was a volunteer (Municipal Liaison or ML) for National Novel Writing Month. I've enjoyed how our acquaintance has moved from forums to friendship. We click; we both like sci-fi and fantasy shows, books, movies. We're both thinking about doing dragon themed novels. So, really, we're both just girl-geeks, so much so that we are going to Hal-Con together (squeeee HAL CON!).

More that just those fun things Justine is witty, creative, and caring. I love talking with her because of her insightful. She is also motivated, dedicated, and passionate. She is so supportive of the writing group and everything NaNo related. She has great knowledge and skills in areas I'm not good in (I'm a luddite) and is very willing share with me. I am so very grateful to know Justine and count her as a friend. And those are a few of the reason I am thankful for her....and that I love her writing!

Announcements Unrelated to Thankful Thursday (but important to me):
1. Best Friend will be here tomorrow -I can't wait for a real hug!
2. National Novel Writing Month is just 18 days away. This could be the year you write your novel it's not to late to sign up.
3. I found a picture of Colette Van Meekeren today that I liked so I added it to the Thankful Thursday article dedicated to her and fixed up the prose. Re-read it here.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Little Things

Hope all my Canadian readers had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and are recovering from their post-turkey-feast-comas. I loved the turkey, time with friends and pumpkin pie but it was a strange weekend. The whole month has been strange. It's October already; when did that happen? Part of me is still in summer mode.

My weekend was grand with reunions, hugs, shopping, gifts, bliss and pie. Things were great but in the midst joy I felt sad, lonely, unwanted, forgotten, left-out, annoying, annoyed and irked. I was irked and mean. I felt like Tinkerbell, as Michelle Muggli explains, "The original Tinker Bell was prone to extremes in moods because it was explained that fairies could only hold one emotion at a time in their tiny bodies. So she could not feel sympathy at the same time she was mad which would cause her to be mean occasionally, even though she was mostly friendly and helpful." The mixed emotions were the root of the strangeness. It was the smallest details that were swaying my thoughts and moods (and my perception of the little things).

However it was also little things that brought me out of the dark-mind-fog and that is what I want to celebrate: a friendly "we love liz" text, many hugs, fixing knitting, breakfast at Cora's, Maria's sweet potatoes, phone calls with my Daddy, plans for Christmas, listening to the Chimney Swifts, blog comments, writing, finishing a book. the launching of NaNoWriMo's site (only 19 days away), an unexpected and amazing gift of a collection of Studio Ghibli, a perfect Jamie hug, a waltz, a great open mic, a new CD, an invitation for games, and lunch with a friend that helped with Trunk or Treat plans. All these things were small but HUGE. I love my life!

There is a lot to be thankful for how do I forget that so quickly? Life is grand!

Sunday, October 09, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 78

FOR TODAY: October 9, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...a rainbow forest of changing leaves.

I am thinking...I have so much to be thankful for so why do I feel so discouraged?

I am thankful for...my family.

From the kitchen...fresh veggies; I'm thankful for living close to some great local farmers markets!

I am wearing...a blue and green printed dress.

I am creating...a baby blanket with only 10 rows to go. I'm also working on fangirl shirts for the Chimney Swifts and my Halloween costume.

I am going...to friends for Thanksgiving dinner.

I am reading...a horribly cheesy Christian teen novel...it's so bad.

I am hoping...to convince my dear friend she is NOT a third wheel.

I am hearing...heels clicking on the floor above me.

Around the house...seriously going to clean this week, Best Friend is visiting on Friday.

One of my favorite things...the Chimney Swifts!

Friday, October 07, 2011

October 7's Friday Five

Book'Em
  1. What book did you struggle to get through but is something you’re glad you’ve read?
    The Silmarillion

  2. What’s a book whose popularity has baffled you?
    Twilight

  3. If you could make everyone you know read one book, what would it be?
    ...

  4. What book have you liked less and less as time has gone by?
    Pride and Prejudice

  5. What book have you loved more and more as time has gone by?
    The Hobbit

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Thankful Thursday -The Jenn!

I love the JENN! She is good friend....and she rescues me when car is in shop because car is dead. The dead car is sad having friends who will rescue me is YAY! Pat has also gone above and beyond this week. They are some of my favourite people. I am thankful for the Jenn.

P.S. I also love Jenn hugs but she is here to pick me up and reading over my shoulder so I need to go.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Simple Woman Daybook 77

FOR TODAY: October 2, 2011
You can find the more daybooks at Simple Woman's Daybook.

Outside my window...foggy forests.

I am thinking...AHHH -there is so much too do!

I am thankful for...friends you can call after 11pm who will start a dead car battery.

From the kitchen...much KD this week.

I am wearing...my "Captain Kidsworld" costume.

I am creating...the octopurse is driving me crazy I think I am going to have to wait for best friend's visit to figure it out. The baby blanket only needs 20 more rows...that is exciting.

I am going...have a indoor movie-watching day followed by games night with Kim and Brent.

I am reading...finished a novel yesterday. Trying to decided what to read/finish next.

I am hoping...to be Lord of Catan tonight.

I am hearing...church sounds.

Around the house...really, this is the week, the desk will be moved.

One of my favorite things...hugs!