What We're Eating
I've been making more of a concerted effort to eat healthy foods at home, but, this past weekend, Hugh and I capped off a full day of fall fun at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants, and, I am not ashamed to admit that I ate every bite on my plate; it took two days to do it, but, I did. Also, thank goodness for To-Go boxes.
I also discovered some interesting new flavors at this month's Halloween-themed Porch Night; my favorites included a Ghost Pepper Cheddar cheese that was amazing. I also really liked the unique flavor combination of blue cheese and preserved pumpkin; I wouldn't have tried that had Bethany not brought it to the party, and I'm really glad she did. The pumpkin is candied, and, the sweetness, combined with the saltiness of the blue cheese creates a phenomenal flavor. Highly, highly recommended. Not a blue cheese fan? The pumpkin also paired amazingly with smoked Gouda. Just saying.
What I'm Reminiscing About
This time of year never fails to remind me of the times that we took the kids to the haunted houses put on by various nonprofits and service groups. I'm also reminded of the years that we haunted the porch for the kid's friends and the neighborhood kids who came trick-or-treating at our house. Those were fun times and I actually miss having my wits scared out of me by Michael Myers wanna-be's.
What I'm Loving
As I said earlier, I am loving all of the Halloween-themed things going on this month; one of my favorites was the Halloween-themed Porch Night that I hosted for friends and family. Generally, October is a bit too chilly for an evening event on the porch, but, this year, we had really mild evenings early in the month, so, I whipped up a batch of blood red Sangria, and called all my witches to the yard. It was a ton of fun.
Hugh and I also set up our annual skeleton display in the front yard; this year's theme was a no-brainer considering that Hugh will officially retire from law enforcement at the end of the year.
I also decorated the house and the porch, as I do every year, and we've thoroughly enjoyed the decorations. I'm not necessarily enjoying the thought of boxing them all back up, come November 1st, but, I'm also not dreading it or anything.
What I've Been Up To
Hugh and I attended our town's annual Pumpkin Chuckin' event, taking Boomer along for the fun. We hung out in the pumpkin patch, watched pumpkins being shot through the air at speeds that rendered them invisible to the naked eye (kind of defeating the purpose, if you ask me), cheered on our favorite tractor in the tractor-pull competition, wandered about aimlessly in a corn maze, and posed for selfies along the way. This is what our lives have come to, now that the kids are grown and gone; we take our dog to the pumpkin patch. Saints preserve me.
What I'm Dreading
Ok, I lied; I actually am kind of dreading the thought of boxing up all of my Halloween decorations and hauling them back up into the attic.
What I'm Working On
I've had several Senior sessions, as well as an adorable family session, and, I'm booking up for the holidays, so, it's safe to say that, while my side hustle will never take the place of Day Job (my name is Chelle; I'm here for the insurance); it is providing a nice little savings account for the trip that Queen B and I are planning to take next year.
What I'm Excited About
We recently purchased the Man-Cub's return ticket home for Christmas break and I can't wait to see him! Almost two and a half years in and I still require daily Proof of Life, but, there's nothing quite the same as having my babies under my roof, not even a daily call, Snapchat, Facebook post, text message, Facetime session, or post on Instagram.
What I'm Watching
I binge-watched the entire first season of Daybreak on Netflix in two days. It was hysterical and I am really hoping that there will be a second season.
I have also been watching the Hallmark Fall Festival movies on the Hallmark Channel, which, has been a refreshing change from the typical Christmas movies on Hallmark.
Oh, they share similar recycled plots and some of the same actors, but, at least I'm not looking at California scenery impersonating Vermont in December. You all know what I'm talking about.
What I'm Reading
Work has been crazy-busy this month, so I haven't had a lot of time for book reading. However, I have a fondness for seasonal magazines, and, since they make for a quick read, I have indulged in them, instead.
What I'm Listening To
Currently, I'm listening to a pot of chili bubbling away on the stove top. The weather turned ridiculously cold here in Petticoat Junction, and, with record low temperatures predicted for the rest of the week, it's not looking good for the Trick-or-Treaters.
What I'm Wearing
With the advent of cooler weather, you would think that I would be loving the opportunity to bust out my cute fall sweaters and scarves, and, for the most part, you would be right. But, with the onset of hot flashes, caused by my rapid descent into old age; I am having a hard time wearing heavier items of clothing without wanting to periodically strip them off and run naked through a fan factory. This is frowned upon in polite society, as I'm sure you're aware. Also, I wouldn't know where to find a fan factory, so, no scarves and heavy sweaters for me at this time. I am still rocking a sleeveless tank top under a lightweight cardigan with cute boots, however, in case you were wondering.
I've also been wearing this cute pumpkin t-shirt on repeat; mainly because it's lightweight and doesn't make me sweat like a whore in church on Sunday, but, also because it is cute, and, seasonally appropriate.
What I'm Doing this Weekend
Hugh has an assignment in Wyoming this weekend, so I'll be on my own again. I'll probably spend most of my time taking down the Halloween decorations and decorating for Thanksgiving. The house is also in dire need of a deep cleaning, so, I may get that accomplished as well. Or, I may curl up on the couch with a cup of coffee and the Hallmark Channel. Coin toss!
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month
My birthday falls on Thanksgiving day this year, and, I'm hosting dinner. I am one of those weird people who actually enjoys rolling out of bed at five a.m. on Thanksgiving day just to assure that the turkey will get done. I also love mixing stuffing (or, dressing, if you prefer), mashing potatoes, simmering homemade cranberry sauce, and watching dinner rolls rise before popping them in the oven. I think it's because I was born on Thanksgiving day. Or, I'm just weird. Either way, my people eat well on Thanksgiving.
And, that's what's up for this month.