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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Maybe October Isn't So Bad After All...

October really isn't my favorite month. I enjoyed it more when I lived in places that actually have seasons, but here in the Phoenix-area it's only a little cooler than it was in July. Plus, Halloween just isn't my thing. Even as a kid, I hated dressing up. Now, as a Mom, I have to go through the stress of decorating for Halloween ("Mom, are you EVER going to put up decorations? Everyone else has theirs up."), buying or (gulp) creating costumes for the kids, buying expensive bags of candy to give away (usually because we've eaten the bags I bought last week when they were on sale), taking the kids trick-or-treating, etc. etc. I know you're wondering what this has to do with books - trust me, this is leading somewhere. Anyway, the worst thing about October is that it signals the mad rush that begins with Halloween and doesn't end until the middle of January. This is when I have to worry about Christmas cards, holiday pictures, all of my kids' birthdays/parties, holiday get togethers, Christmas shopping, and so on. Not that I don't love the holidays, because I do, it just gets crazy.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank Amanda, Katrina and 3M for making my October a little brighter. I've won 3 books in the last two weeks from them, which has made me so happy. Thanks a bunch, ladies!

Now, I've really got to get back to my reading. I need to finish Lord of the Rings by Halloween so I can finish the R.I.P. II Challenge. I can't even LOOK at the books coming in the mail until I've got J.R.R. Tolkien's masterpiece crossed off my TBR list!

BTW: I stole the above picture off my mom's blog. It's from my parents' recent visit to Walden Pond.


  1. You're welcome. And you said you never win anything! Must have been your month. :-)

  2. Congrats! That would certainly make any month better. :D

    My mom made our (my sister and my) halloween costumes growing up, and the only time I remember her swearing is when the sewing machine was out! lol

    I'm glad I'm not a mom yet; have a feeling the holiday rush will get much more stressful when I actually have to do all those mom things!

  3. 3M - I guess I'm going to have to stop saying that I never win anything, huh?

    Eva - Yep, I think the holidays are completely different when you have kids - more fun in a lot of ways, but also a lot more stressful. There's just so much to do that it gets overwhelming!

    I tip my hat to those who make their kids' costumes. I am definitely not that creative or patient!

  4. I hear ya about the 'mad rush'. My kids' birthdays are in November and December. It makes for crazy times around here.


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