Just thought it was fair to let you know that my hideous verbosity will probably ease up over the course of the next few days.
Tomorrow, of course, is Halloween, and preparations are in full swing for our extended family All Saints' Day party, which for us has replaced trick-or-treating as our favorite way to celebrate this particular holiday. Now, don't get me wrong: those of you who live in beautiful old quiet neighborhoods in states to the north of Texas, where your children will be bundled in warm fuzzy costumes as they proceed with pink cheeks and glowing eyes to ring the doorbells of neighbors and friends, chanting the traditional Halloween phrase and getting candy in return, are to be envied in many respects. I live in a suburban neighborhood with lots of houses close together, where kids from other neighborhoods are often dropped off by car because it's so easy to get loads of candy in my neighborhood; scary and inappropriate costumes (and even decorations!) abound; and tomorrow's high will be 80 degrees, which kind of takes the fun out of trudging from door to door while wearing extra layers of clothing. The All Saints' party lasts longer, involves silly games and prizes as well as copious amounts of candy, permits air-conditioning, and allows us to set the stage for the next day's holy day--so, by comparison to our alternative, it wins hands down.
All Saints' Day will be busy, too, as we will be singing at the evening Mass. Our schedule will be a little like our normal Wednesday schedule, so my blogging time will be somewhat limited.
And November 1st has one other event scheduled, in which I plan to participate. I took part in last year's NaNoWriMo and really, really enjoyed it! If any of you have ever dabbled in fiction writing or dreamed of penning a novel but have never actually done anything about it, now is the time! Don't worry if you think it's too late to join: last year I wasn't planning to join, thought out-of-town company was coming, and put the whole thing off. Then the out-of-town visit fell through, I visited the website and got caught up in the excitement, and joined and started writing...on November 9. I still finished the book before the 30th. So even if you haven't decided, or can't possibly get anything done until this weekend, or later, don't let that stop you--if you have any desire to get that novel written (or at least well underway) now is the time!
So with one thing and another, the month of November may be a little quiet around here. But knowing me, I'll probably get so exhilarated by the fiction-writing that occasionally I may get giddy about it all. I apologize in advance for inflicting that on you, if I do!