Monday, 26 October 2015

Here I Am

Hello, dear people. It's been a while since I checked in  here. What's that? You didn't notice? How rude. HMPH.

Anyway, the reason for my absence was the passing of my mother-in-law (may she rest in peace) and being without a laptop. It has finally been fixed, so here I am.

Then, for some zany reason I cannot fathom, last Wednesday I became a dutiful housewife. I dusted. I vacuumed. I cleaned and tidied. I tidied and cleaned. I changed sheets and made beds. I SLAVED over dinner. It certainly was a tremendous effort to order the Chinese take away. I can only hope my family appreciates the extreme sacrifices I make for them.

Needless to say, this led to me being extremely lavish in my efforts to take rather long naps. In addition to all of this I also kept up my regular exercise routine. No seriously, I actually DO have a regular exercise routine. Please stop that sardonic laughter! Actually, I just felt like saying the word sardonic for the sake of it. Sardonic. Very satisfying. It's not like you get to say such words in everyday life, is it? Derisive works here, too. Take your pick. 

But what was I saying? Oh yes. Exercise. I exercise frequently. SUCH a shame that there never appears to be any visible evidence of this. Ditto the housework. Rude. So basically what I am saying is, I am wonder woman. I wonder what I'll do next? I'll probably type this sentence. See?

Then it hit me. This week it's Halloween. I can just leave all the dust and cobwebs and claim they're part of the theme of this week. It's actually like I've been prepared and ready for Halloween for all these years, before Halloween was even a thing in Australia. See? Who said I'm not organised?


But here's my Halloween dilemma. For the past two years we had a few trick or treaters knock on the door. However, I wasn't prepared, so I ended up giving them lame treats, like packets of sultanas or tiny teddies.  I'm wondering if I should stock up on lollies, but at the same time I don't want the temptation of having them around because I'll eat them. I'm classy like that.

My boys haven't expressed any desire to go trick or treating, and secretly I'm glad. It just doesn't appeal to me to go randomly knocking on doors asking for sweets, despite being a chocoholic. Halloween was never really a tradition in Australia when I was growing up in the 1970s and 80s. Maybe that's why I don't get into it. I never feel like I'm missing out on something because it just didn't exist in my childhood.It's like how some people from other parts of the world probably feel like Christmas isn't Christmas without snow. In Australia we never have a white Christmas, and you don't miss something you've never had. You don't even think about it.

Meanwhile, even my 74 year old mother is getting into the Halloween spirit. She was invited to a party and is planning to dress up. There was a time when I went to Rotaract  Halloween parties and dressed up as Morticia. Sadly, these days my only dress up option would be  a witch or ghost.  And all I'd need is the pointy hat, cloak and broomstick. No make-up. Sigh.

Come to think of it, I already became a fully-fledged witch at Weight Witches!  For some reason, there was no broomstick handed out. Furthermore, the nose twitching thing remains mysteriously elusive. Weird. Very weird indeed. Perhaps my magical powers will suddenly come out to play when it's Halloween? Think about it. It certainly would be handy to turn some one into a toad when they annoy you. Just kidding. I'm a nice witch. 

My Morticia days are over *sobs*

Anyway, it's really hard to believe that it's the end of October. Consequently this means that November is a mere week away. Wasn't it just January a couple of months ago?

This means that Mr 6 becomes Mr 7 next Monday and a week later it's mine and Mickey Blue Eyes' 20th wedding anniversary. Wasn't it just 1995 a few years ago? Shut up.

On that note, I still haven't started Christmas shopping. Apparently I like living on the edge. But I'm not alone. According to a comprehensive study I conducted, most people prefer to leave Christmas shopping until December where it belongs. Using 'comprehensive study' in the sense of a random Facebook status update I posted a few weeks ago.

It's all good, though. We are very close to obtaining our passports, which means we can now fire up the private jet and take off at a moments notice if we choose. Or, you know, just go to Dubbo again just because we're quirky. Quirky, dammit! NOT tight-asses. Ahem.

Speaking of random stuff, (we weren't, but you know me and my meandering posts) I actually bought something from Evilbay for the first time ever! I'm onto all the newfangled things just like all the youngsters. There's no telling what can happen from here. Hopefully not Evilbay addiction. Which is a thing, according to certain friends who call it Evilbay for that reason. Scary. But scary is the theme of the week.

So BOO!

Linking up with Kirsty, Alicia and Eva.

Do you celebrate Halloween? 


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18 comments:

  1. Oh god Ness I'm thoroughly confused by this post, but also highly entertained. I love the name Evilbay - totally going to steal that! Also how hot were you as Morticia?!

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    1. Yes, luckily I have photographic evidence otherwise no one would believe I was ever, erm...hot. I stole Evilbay myself. It's a good one xo

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  2. Sorry about your mother in law - hope you and your husband are coping ok - it's tough.
    I love that your mum is off to a Halloween party! That's cool.
    Evilbay addiction is very real.And very costly, but the good news is you can be equally addicted to selling stuff on there too....

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    1. Thanks Lydia.

      I'm scared of Evilbay addiction, to be honest. I don't really have anything of value to sell. Sigh.

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  3. Sorry to hear about your mother-in-law..
    I know what it's like to have laptop dramas... mine is still with the laptop doctor and has been for about 15 days now and so I am suffering serious laptop withdrawal as trying to get on the desktop around here is crazy!!!

    I am not a fan of Halloween as I don't think we need another over the top commercialized holiday that I don't think has significance to us/me and I'm not sure why it's blown up here over the past few years..

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    1. Thanks Zita.

      Hope you get your laptop fixed soon. It sucks, right?! Yes, I'm not sure why Halloween has blown up, either. As you say, it's just overly commercialised.

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  4. I'm sorry to hear about your MIL - big hugs to both of you.
    I don't get Halloween here. We never had in South Africa and it was only last year when we were in our new place, that I had heaps of kids over trick or treating - luckily I had some chocs for them. Al wanted to buy lollies yesterday but I said that it was too far in advance, they would be eaten - he could wait and get them next Saturday !!!!

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    1. Thanks love.

      Yeah, I know if I stock up on lollies, I'll eat them!

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  5. I'm really sorry to hear about your MIL.

    My girls all head out with friends for Halloween and I hide in the house, making like nobody is home and don't open the door to anyone.

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    1. Oh yes. Good thinking.

      Thanks Raych xo

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  6. Sorry to hear about your MIL. I'd be lost without mine. But yay on laptop fix! I'm still laptopless and hating it.
    I did halloween in the US as a kid a few times while on holiday/with family/friends so I like it - when the entire area gets into the spirit (get it?!) of it, it's actually pretty awesome.

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    1. Yeah, I guess it would be fun from the point of view of child. I expect more people will embrace it as the years go by. Thanks Vanessa.

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  7. We've had lollies ready to go for the past couple of years but haven't had a single trick or treater! Of course the year we don't bother is the year they'll all turn up on our doorstep ...

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  8. You know, there must have been something in the air last week as I undertook some housework too (unlike me but very necessary due to the fact I flooded the bath and needed the rooms clean so the carpets could be sorted out). Luckily I inflamed my knee doing it so I've gotten out of housework again for a while. If all else fails, injure yourself...

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    1. I saw your flooding dilemma on FB. Glad there was no permanent damage. And I think I'll pass on the injure yourself thing.OUCH. xo

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  9. My hubby went through an evilbay stage. Everything he bought was cheap crap though! He will never learn if it's cheap, it's cheap for a reason! looking forward to donning my witches outfit this weekend. I will not however be as smoking hot as you dressed as Morticia!

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    1. Yes, sometimes you get what you pay for. The Morticia photo is from several years (decades) ago. Ahem.

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