November 1st, 2007

little review

Poem for Thursday

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All day Wednesday I had young guys in tight shirts in my house. Unfortunately the reason they were here was to put my house back together and neither spoke much English. The good news is that there is now a cabinet in my kids' bathroom again (which is actually much nicer than the one that got ruined in the flood) and instead of a hole there is a mismatched piece of drywall in the living room ceiling. The bad news is that there were hammers and drills and scrapers and some knife-cutting-drywall thing that was worse than fingers on a chalkboard. starfishchick told me about wrisomifu ("Write Something You Miserable Fuck") and made me smile a lot, because while I routinely write much more than ten minutes a day, I've given up thinking that writing a rushed novella in a month is going to lead to anything bigger. What I need to do is write a non-rushed novel over several months without drills interrupting me.

But things are progressing, if more slowly and at greater expense than we had hoped, and the guys left around dinnertime so we could eat a modified Dia de los Muertos feast (all right, mostly this was an excuse for Mexican food) and then get ready for trick-or-treating. The kids both wore heavy capes and scary masks and gloves; I wore a much flimsier cape and a big lacy blouse and black velvet skirt and witch hat (which did not stay on long, as it made my head sweat). We had fewer visitors than last year but still a good number, and the kids came home with an absolutely terrifying collection of junk, of which my favorite items were 150-calorie packs of Wheat Thins. (Well, those were what I admired the most; my favorite items were the Almond Joys!)

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I had a somewhat hectic viewing of Pushing Daisies due to the knocking at the door, but I did manage to enjoy it enormously anyway. Collapse ) And I managed to get the laundry folded while waiting for people at the door, and apaulled moved the upstairs bookcase out of the way so that one wall at least can be painted on Thursday, when in the afternoon while the paint and sealer are drying, we are going with my in-laws to Gambrill, Gathland and Washington Monument State Parks as we do each year to picnic, hike and see the leaves.
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  • 11:03 Repair contractors here. Telling us they need to move plumbing and will cost $$$ over insurance estimate. Gaaaagh. #
  • 12:50 Eeeee that saw on the drywall is like fingernails on chalkboard! Halloween torture! #
  • 19:39 Have on fancy cape but fewer trick-or-treaters than last year. Kids are off in search of major loot. #
  • 23:06 Trying to get sugar-hyped kids to bed!!! #
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