1.If your children are going trick-or-treating this year, what costumes are they wearing? Do you take them door-to-door or do you take them to a sponsored event?
My son is going as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Little E has been Dude’s hero for years. And, while Dude’s father isn’t in the picture, he and his family had said that Little E was his cousin. It’s something I had told Dude once and something he has always held on to. So, wearing the 88 costume on Halloween will be his “moment”. We will be taking him door-to-door here in our neighborhood. It’s quiet, there are some pretty nice kids and it’s a small neighborhood where pretty much everyone knows everyone. Nice and safe for us.
Doodle is living in New York with her mom, Disney Princess. Disney Princess and her new hubby aren’t into Halloween for religious reasons. So, I don’t think that Doodle will be dressing up or trick-or-treating. (Which I think is too bad!) However, I’m sending her a cute skull and crossbones shirt. The skull has a bow on it’s head. And she’s getting a bag of treats from me.
Kitty is doing her own thing. She already dresses up on school days. Once a week she dresses “randomly” for “Random Day”, a creation of her own making. She’s been known to wear purple fairy wings for the heck of it. She’s likely to dress up, but she may be flying to The Marine’s for a visitation weekend. So, I’m not really sure what she’ll decide to do yet.
Tell us about the last time you dressed up for Halloween.
The last time I dressed up for Halloween was when Dude was a year old. So, it’s been 6 years. I dressed up as a Fallen Angel, but all I did was answer the door for the 5 kids that were trick-or-treating where I lived in Alaska at that time. There was already snow on the ground and it was actually a very quiet night. I’d really love to dress up again. I just haven’t had the chance for different reasons every year ranging from serious pneumonia to having to work on that night.
How do you feel about Halloween in general?
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays! I love fall! The crispness in the air, back to school, first frosts, leaves changing colors… I love the costumes and the chance to dress up and play pretend one night a year without feeling silly.
2. Do your friends and family read your blog? How does this knowledge affect your writing?
Once upon a time, I had a public blog and invited people from RL to read it. Most didn’t. And now I like my anonymity so I can talk about what I want without censoring myself. Well, CP reads my blog, which I actually encourage.
Do you feel like you can totally be yourself on your blog?
Yes, I can definitely be myself on my blog.
Where do you draw the line when it comes to disclosing too much about your life on your blog?
I have decided to not talk about recent things that directly impact my marriage in a negative way. Or past things that negatively impact my marriage. Or anything that I perceive might be hurtful to CP.
3. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
How about a mid-morning person? That’s me! With my fibromyalgia and arthritis, I don’t really get going until mid-morning. That seems to be when my aches and pains are calming to a dull roar and when I have the most energy.
What do you like to do in the early morning hours or late at night?
In the past, when I worked at o’dark-thirty, I loved having that quiet morning cup of coffee. Or watching the sunrise. But, when I worked nights, I loved being able to sit out on my porch for a few minutes (even in -20!), looking at the night sky and enjoying the quiet of the night.
How do your sleeping patterns affect the rest of your family?
CP is a night owl. I find that I try really hard to keep his schedule which can leave me feeling run down. Otherwise, I’m finding a happy medium with waking about 7:30 in the morning. Since I’m a SAHM, I don’t have to do much in the morning except get kids up and ready for school.
4. Do you lie about your age? Why or why not?
No, I don’t lie about my age. Most of the time, people don’t believe that I am as old as I am. In fact, I’ve been passed over for a promotion in the past and someone who was 7 years younger than I got the position as it was believed she had more life experience than I. (I was 28 and she was 21!) The owners of the company actually thought I was 19 at that time. So, if I looked 9 years younger than I was then, I sure hope I look 9 years younger than I am now!