I hate Halloween

Really, I do. I can’t help it. I hate Halloween. I loathe the costumes, I curse the doorbell every time it rings and causes the dog to bark, I cringe at the thought of spiders and their webs (real and fake), I despise zombies and monsters (except of the Pixar sort), and candy corns are just gross. There! I said it!

Except for the thought of dressing Baxter up as Elf or Santa (because I LOVE Christmas!), there’s nothing that excites me. Except maybe the movie Hocus Pocus. That’s just magnificently awesome. The only truly redeeming thing about Halloween is…you guessed it! Candy! I am definitely a lady that can appreciate an abundance of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups around the office in the weeks following the dreadful holiday. Other than that, though, I’ll be switching off the lights, curling up on the couch and watching a decidedly non-scary movie this October 31.

What about you? Dressing up? Going to a spooky party or those awful horror houses and theme parks (ick!)?

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This is about as Halloween as I get.

How will you use your Leap Day?

With an extra day this year – Leap Day, just one week away – I’ve been thinking about the concept of time and time management. As Jessie Spano so eloquently said after getting a little too crazy on the uppers and lunging at an all-too-concerned Zack Morris: “No time…there’s never any time!!” (ahh, the life lessons we learn from Saved By the Bell!)  So, I’m back at the really challenging and inspiring question that’s often asked: What would you do if you had more time?

For example, if I actually left work after 8 (or gosh, even 9) hours, what great and intricate recipes could I make for dinner that I never have time for when I come home exhausted at 7:30 and just want to throw together whatever I see first in the refrigerator?

Or, if I woke up an hour earlier to start my day off right with a great breakfast or longer walk with the dog? Would that clear my head and make me more productive during my day? (Certainly wouldn’t make me happy about waking up earlier but perhaps better fed and less guilty for ditching the dog to go to work, that’s for sure.)

Speaking of waking up, how about going to bed? What if you ditched your late night tv date with Jay, Conan, or David and got extra Z’s? How much more refreshed and energized would you feel the next day? How much might you save yoursef in under-eye concealer? (ouch, that was a little harsh, I agree. Sorry.)

So, friends, I ask: how will you use your Leap Day this year?

My Wish List for 2012

 This year Mumbles and I had a very happy Christmas weekend spent with family eating, chatting, laughing, playing, and cuddling with our pup.  Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness of our friends and family, and this year was no different.  As we put away the beautiful gifts we’ve received, I spent time thinking about all the many blessings in our life, and thinking of the love and quality time together we experienced over the weekend, I was reminded (as the saying goes) that the best things in life aren’t things.   With that in mind, I’ve put together a wish list of what I’d like for 2012: 

A house well worn from the traffic of friends and family.
A rug dotted with the crumbs of appetizers and specks of wine unnoticeably spilled during laughing fits.
A worn down remote control from too many nights snuggled on the couch watching tv.
A carpet imprinted with the shape of a small dog curled up by the side of the bed.
A few more freckles from time spent out on the water in Lake Havasu.
More miles on my car from frequent visits to Mom & Dad’s house.

What’s on your wish list for the New Year?