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Another Work Day and Halloween Party Day

Another quick post this morning. Went from helping with the preschool party to going in for a full day of work. A work day starting at 7:30AM. Yawn. 

At least, it’s pajama day. No new Halloween pajamas for me. Went with a Halloween tee shirt and some plain gray pajama bottoms plus my fuzzy socks (and tennis shoes). Supposed to warm up to 50 degrees today. Perhaps I’ll search for some Halloween pajamas on sale after the Holiday. Can’t really have too many pajamas.

In case you’re curious, I didn’t get much of yesterday’s to do list accomplished. Read a book instead. Sometimes it’s more important to slow down than speed along. Seems a lot of items shifted to Saturday morning. (So much for this afternoon, I know I’ll be exhausted.)

Keeping my post super short today as it’s just about time to finish getting ready to go. 

Before I go, here’s to hoping the kids aren’t too squirrelly today! How are you planning to spend your last Friday of October?



Have a Rather Long To Do List Today

Since I didn’t plan to work the first three days of this week, my to-do list today is rather long. Means I’ll likely not get all that much accomplished in the end.

Yesterday was another busy workday with preschool kids super excited for Halloween and the upcoming class party. Made for a bit of a crazy and tiring day. All good though. Glad to have a day to rest and catch up on things here.

We’ll see which I end up doing more, resting or getting things done. It’s gloomy, windy, and cold outside so my motivation wanes a bit.

On Today’s To Do List:

A bit more laundry (had help with the loads so lots of folding awaits)

Get the house back in a bit of order, it’s on the edge again.

Trip to the Dollar Tree (I’ve decided to put the Halloween treats in paper lunch sacks we already have in the cabinet and decorate them with Halloween stickers, hope I can still find some!)

Get and hide some Halloween candy! Need to hide it from myself as well as the boys.

Finish up Halloween treat bags for the boys. I do this every year because I enjoy it. And even though they’re way past trick or treat age, they still like getting treats.  I’ve already bought bags for them (3/$1 at Hy-Vee, better than the Dollar Tree!). 

I’ll fill them with a few treats, not all sweet. Already added a bag of favorite snack mix to each bag. 

Sort and put November bills in order.

Clean up in the basement a bit, made a mess myself digging through the Fall decorating bin.

Take J to get his haircut, maybe later this afternoon.

A little on-line (or in person) Christmas shopping.

Figure out my work schedule for tomorrow (just need to confirm hours).


I can’t believe it’s already Thursday! This week flew by for me. How about you? Is your week moving along at a record pace? What’s on your list for today?


Always Feel Like Somebody’s Watching Me

Putting this post together on Tuesday night. Spending 10 minutes on a post before work has consequences. One of them: forgetting trash day. My husband and I rarely both forget but we both forgot today. Here’s to hoping we don’t make too many messes in the next 7 days.

Turns out I’m working again tomorrow. Always nice knowing ahead of time rather than getting that 5:30 AM text. Of course, it’s a bit sad also as I’m working for a teacher who just lost her father.

A gift from today:

Made me recall the 80’s song I named in the post title.

Listening to the song as I type up my post.

Speaking of weird and unusual, our mail now arrives between 7:30 and 8:30 at night! G suggested maybe it was Covid related. Perhaps. Still a bit weird to see the mailman after dark complete with his headlamp as he makes his way to the mailbox. What time does your mail arrive?

Speaking of Covid related things, I’m able to work tomorrow because my hairdresser texted and rescheduled my appointment on Monday evening. She’s in quarantine after a Covid exposure (thankfully, she did test negative).

Although I’m scheduling this to post around breakfast time, it’s now time for me to go tackle the dinner dishes. And pick out clothes to wear in the morning. Probably going to watch Next if it’s on tonight. Not sure if the World Series is still going. Haven’t been following along with it this year. Of course, it’s football season around here.

Are you following the World Series? Guess it might be over by the time I post this…



Hi Ho Hi Ho, Off to Work I Go

Just a quick check in this morning. Called into work at 5:30 a.m. Ugh. However, welcome to the life of a substitute teacher.

Could say no but I find it better to save my “no” responses for days I truly have things going on. Today’s not that kind of a day.  So, off to work I go leaving Grumpy and Sleepy (aka the teenagers) to hold down the fort. Hey, at least I didn’t call them Dopey and Sneezy!

Without thinking about how old I might sound, did you know Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was the first film I ever saw in a theater? Not the original run, however.

I remember the witch in the movie really scared me. Hopefully, no scary witch encounters either on screen or in real life today. No more snow either. Snow still covers the ground but it’s supposed to rain at noon, probably wash it all away.

Thankfully, I’m not dealing with a snow covered car this morning (no post if I were).

Well, the 10 minutes I allotted for this post is drawing pretty close. I’m hoping to get around to responding to comments and doing a little blog visiting later this evening.

How’s your weather today?


Since This Morning

The snow still falls. However, my day looks a bit different.

Going in to work for just a couple hours here in a bit. Teacher had a sub cancel so asked if I could fill in so she could still go to her appointment. I’m glad to get out a bit.

Maybe I’m a bit like my dad. I can remember winter storms with advisories not to drive and he’d be on his way to the store for this or that. Roads aren’t bad today (yet). Hope they stay that way.

Miss seeing the preschool kids. This is the pre-primary class, not my favorite age but still fun to be around for short spurts. Can’t wait to hear what they say about all this snow.

And Friday, I get to go and help with the Halloween party in my preferred classroom. No parents allowed in the building because of Covid so I get to go have fun. I’m sure they’ll put me right to work. It’s also pajama day. I don’t have any Halloween pajamas so I’ll have to think what I want to do. Buy some? Make due with what I have and add a Halloween shirt? Decisions.

Not much else happening so far today. Managed to clean the house a little, can see the kitchen table. Read a bit of my book after lunch. And chased birds around outside (from inside the backdoor and living room windows) with my camera.

Snow really brought them out: cardinals, my house finches, sparrows, tufted titmice, and the downy woodpeckers. The dark-eyed juncos and my favorite little white-throated sparrow even made an appearance.

What kind of Monday are you having?



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