The forecast Thursday called for gusty winds and thunderstorms all day. The epic elementary school parade moved indoors, meaning non-room parent parents could no longer attend. We feared for trick-or-treating; I did some frantic Googling of indoor options (like malls). However, the storms cleared up for a few hours in late afternoon/evening (before sending in a tornado overnight — wow), so we went. My kids dressed up as Pennywise, a SWAT team member, Elsa (of course), and a glow-in-the-dark skeleton.
I made orange pancakes for breakfast with chocolate chip jack-o-lantern faces. Over at Before Breakfast, the day’s episode talked about the fun of celebrating little holidays; pancakes featured prominently. The kids did “make your own spooky pizza night” for dinner. I don’t think there was any real difference between spooky pizza and regular pizza, but it felt different.
Sarah and I recorded two episodes of Best of Both Worlds. With that and Before Breakfast, my goal is to get enough ahead that I can take some time off in late January/February. As a self-employed person, I’ve never taken a real maternity leave, and while I suspect I’ll still be working in some capacity during this time, I do think I’ll be able to scale down for a bit.
This week has felt long. That’s probably because I spent much of Sunday flying to San Antonio for work, and then much of Monday flying home. But the latter part of the week has been nice. I got a massage on Wednesday. I worked on a non-fiction book proposal. I’ve carved out time today to start editing my novel (as part of my modified NaNoWriMo observation). I’ve taken some gorgeous runs through the autumn leaves, which I will again today — though last night’s winds did knock a great many down — and cap off the week with a date night.
(We’ve got a long list of items to discuss. Will we move or renovate? What activities do we want to do over Thanksgiving and Christmas? This may be a lot to resolve over fajitas, especially without margaritas, since neither of us are really drinking these days…)
I’ll be singing requiems in church on Sunday. We’re taking family photos this weekend. I think we’ll do a walk and a bike ride, and maybe hit some open houses. The good news — I keep telling myself — is we don’t have to make any immediate decisions on our living spaces. The 4-year-old will move into the trundle bed in the 8-year-old’s room for a few months after the baby comes. Since the 4-year-old is only a little removed from the baby years, it will be relatively easy to repurpose his room with a bassinet (the SNOO??? Is it worth it?) and a changing pad on top of the low dresser (where it used to be before he got potty trained last year).
Now that it’s November, I plan to start building the gingerbread Lego house I ordered. I think the 10-year-old and I will mostly tackle this project. I’m looking forward to it! We will do this on a small table in the dining room. The dining room had been serving as a “puzzle room” and storage space but I cleaned it out and decluttered it this week. I realized part of the reason some of the houses we’re seeing look so much nicer than ours is that they’re staged and uncluttered. It’s hard to control stuff like the play room but the dining room? That I can do something about.