Mom and Jim came earlier in the month to celebrate all the October birthdays. That includes Mom, Jim, Jesse, Kate, and myself. We have the month packed! Jesse was only able to be around for one night because he had hunting scheduled already (he got skunked unfortunately) so we celebrated without him. Mom, Velvet and I spent a nice day pampering ourselves. We got pedicures and shopped all day long.
I bought a dress I think I’m going to wear to the company Christmas party and Velvet found a gorgeous lace-covered one as well. I also bought a pair of jeans! I haven’t been able to wear jeans since before Leo was born! I even washed them and they still fit, so I am pretty excited about that. I’m keeping the tags on the dress until it gets closer to the party, though, just to make sure it still fits. You never know, another month a half and it may be too loose.
Recently Velvet and two of her kids, Heather and her kids, and me with my two went to Gardner Village to see the witches. Every year they decorate for the season and it’s fun to walk around. They don’t tend to change it up year to year so I didn’t go last year. This time Ezra wasn’t scared of the witches and instead wanted his photo taken with them. There was an adorable alpaca hanging around as well, it was super soft.
Speaking of Ezra, that kid is so smart! He likes us to quiz him with math problems (what’s 10+10, what’s 15-8, that kind of thing) and he is always correct! I asked him if that’s what they were teaching in his preschool and he says he doesn’t learn math there. When I asked where he learned it, he said from Minecraft! I’d believe that, too. He has to count up to a certain amount to build things in that game and as much as I find it to be pretty boring, he will play it for hours. I guess if he’s learning that kind of thing, and creativity too, I can’t complain.
This past week was the week of movies! We saw three movies in a week. Wednesday it was On the Edge of Seventeen, then on Thursday we saw The Space Between Us, and finally on Friday it was The Accountant. All three were pretty well done, with the latter being the best, I thought. We had dinner at Wingers before the show on Friday and Jesse had to try some of their hotter sauces.
Yep, he was sweating by the end.
Velvet and I each bought a pair of season tickets to the new Eccles theatre downtown and the tickets finally came in the mail! Starting in November, we will be seeing live plays. We decided we are going to live it up and do it right by dressing to the nines and having a nice meal beforehand. I told Jesse he has to dress up as well; I foresee a trip to the department store to get a couple suits. It’s always good to have a suit ready to go, right?
Halloween is upon us! I’ve had the house decorated for a little over a month. I received another Halloween vinyl decal in the mail but it was so late in the month when I got it that I’ll just keep it for next year. We have our company Halloween party tomorrow but I’m not sure if the boys will be coming in. I’ve told their sitter about it and invited her to bring her kids as well but it’s kind of up in the air at this point. Tomorrow night we’ll head over to Velvet’s and do trick or treat with her girls around there neighborhood. They did their church’s Trunk or Treat last night but Ezra was with his other cousins so he missed out. I haven’t told him about the company part in case he doesn’t get to come, didn’t want to get him all excited for nothing.
Probably half a year ago or more I bought a violin and a banjo. The plan was to teach myself using a mix of For Dummies books and YouTube videos. I messed around with them for a couple days and then promptly forgot about them. Within the last couple weeks I decided I should maybe get serious on learning so I’ve been watching some videos and last night took out the violin and learned about the proper way to hold the bow and where to get the best sound. I have an electric tuner and was using that but then the E string peg slipped and and suddenly the E was a low G. I played around with it a bit and decided that the string wasn’t strung correctly (this was before I watched a YT video explaining how easily pegs slipped out) and though I was very cross I finally got the string in correctly and them almost immediately broke the string while tightening and tuning. Dammit.
I hopped onto Amazon and bought a few packets of extra strings, but that was pretty much the end of my violin lessons last night. I tuned the rest of the strings as best I could. The bridge popped out at one point but I was able to wedge it back in fairly easily. Violins are delicate, man! I was so nervous I was going to break it. Granted, it’s a crappy $60 violin, but still. I figure once I get better I can spend more money on a better instrument. In the meantime I suppose I’ll turn my signs to the banjo.
My only problem is trying to find the time to practice. It has to be while the boys are asleep or they will want to play on whatever it is I have in front of me. But then I cannot be too loud because I don’t want to wake them. And evening is pretty much the only time I have with Jesse and I don’t know that he wants to hear me play “Mary Had a Little Lamb” 20 times in a row…. It’s a quandary, for sure.