1) Just living in a nice neighborhood does NOT guarantee a lot of trick-or-treaters. As it past years, we had only a dozen or so visitors.
2) Carve pumpkins Halloween morning. Remember how smug I was that we carved ours 192 hours before Halloween (that is equal to 8 days)? Well, by the time the second group of Trick-or-treaters visited, I’d thrown out one jack-o-lantern (mine!) because it was so far gone and nasty. A trash bag of pumpkins is surprisingly heavy. No, I didn’t bother to take out the candles. No way in hell was I touching those nasty moldy things.
3) When decorating for Halloween, buy real orange lights, not dual filament purple/orange lights. My house looked like an ad for gay pride. While there is nothing wrong with that of course, everyone else had regular orange lights and I felt stupid. My Christmas decorating plan is to get those pretty small wreaths up super quick, perhaps even Thanksgiving weekend. Do wreaths go bad?
Notes for Thanksgiving 2004: my brother-in-law and his wife won’t be able to venture south this year (she’s in the death throes of her Ph.D and is too busy, which is totally understandable), so we may end up having Thanksgiving with just the boy and Blanche. I wish my own family was doing something really awesome as I’d love to go home for the holiday. A few years ago my grandma hosted Thanksgiving at her house and I didn’t go and it is still a regret. That kind of togetherness will never happen again and I missed it 🙁
Interview is still tomorrow at 8:30 am. I don’t know what to do. I have high hopes about being offered a position and I’d sure love to leave my current employer. But for this? I don’t know what to do. Pessimistic Elaine keeps screaming “You’re always going to work crappy jobs and never going to have anything to look forward to!”, so that’s a lot of fun as well.
(I wonder why blogs seem so self-indulgent?)
If I have time tomorrow AM, I will update after the interview. If, for some reason, these people say “Why, sure, we’d love to pay you $30k to sit around and unlock cars from a distance!”, I do already have my resignation letter typed out. The file is titled “Pull for Emergency.” But what if this is throwing good money after bad, so to speak (or maybe not?)? I never thought I’d end up a total loser in a dead end job. Mom says I should throw in the towel and go work for a newspaper. She’s probably right but it’s not that easy.