lunadelcorvo: (Halloween Pumpkin)
Well, here it is, the Niblet's costume for this year:


(Didn't I tell you it was a blast! *ba-dum-rimshot*)

Seriously, it was his idea, and I think it was a great one. It was pretty easy, a lot of fun to make, and he was thrilled. Truthfully, I think this costume got a better reaction than most, and he's gotten some big reactions! And of course, he got a sh*t-ton of loot - I'll be taking in a bucket to my classes tomorrow and haven't really made a dent. Cute, creative costume + cute kid + super sweet, polite kid = candy overload!

All in all, it was a great evening, a gorgeous night, and a wonderful time had by all!
lunadelcorvo: (Halloween Samhain)
I can scarcely believe that it is here so soon, but once again, the wheel turns, the days grow short, the light grows golden, and the veil grows thin. I know, the time one considered the new year is somewhat arbitrary - calendar, season, how to mark it? Samhain has always seemed to make the most sense to me. As we cross the divide between autumn into winter, as crops die back, and the night overmatches day, we enter a liminal time. With the verdancy of summer past, and the slow and thoughtful reawakening of Yule yet ahead, it is a fallow time, though not an empty one. It is a time to turn inwards, to recall, to reevaluate, to look back and tally what we have done over the living, growing months. With such reflection comes adjustment, planning, and in the months ahead the future begins to take shape in our thoughts, out intentions, so that when the balance shifts and the nights shrink again, we are ready to birth something new.

Yes, I'm thinking a lot about Mom today (as always), and I will light a candle for her this evening. But so far I am remembering her with smiles and good memories more than tears. (Honestly, I think Christmas will be the hardest time to get through since her loss.) For now, she's with me, a voice in my memory, especially as I get the niblet's costume finished. (She always seems to come around when I get crafty; she's the one who taught me so much and got me started on the arty/crafty side of things! I swear she was about while I was helping with the first-ever 'school project diorama' too!) Costume pics soon, but I can tell you, this year's costume was all his idea, and...well, it's a blast!

I hope all of you are having a ghoulishly good day, and I wish you all a Happy Halloween & Blessed Samhain.

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Things I need to remember:
• Asking for help is not, as it turns out, fatal.
• Laughing is easier than pulling your hair out, and doesn't have the unfortunate side effect of making you look like a plague victim.
• Even the biggest tasks can be defeated if taken a bit at a time.
• I can write a paper the night before it's due, but the results are not all they could be.
• Be thorough, but focused.
• Trust yourself.
• Honesty, always.

Historians are the Cassandras of the Humanities

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