Monday, November 03, 2014

late to the party

My last post was called, "just under the wire." I sense a theme developing here. Perhaps it's better to get things up at the last minute or even late, rather than not at all.

Last Friday was Halloween and it was a milestone for my family - the first time in 16 years that my spouse and I were home together all evening. So weird.

Sacha dressed up for school, then helped a friend with his haunted house and watched Shaun of the Dead. He ended the evening with a midnight showing of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. We didn't actually see him from the time he left for school in the morning until we heard him and his friends come in after the show. We got some of the details over bagels the next morning (a few of the boys slept over). It sounds like it was a great evening.

Bob from Bob's Burgers

"Best Group Costume"

For the first year ever, Daniel went Trick or Treating without an adult. Two of his friends came over after dinner and they went to collect two other friends in the neighbourhood. They trick-or-treated for a while and then went to one boy's house to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas and Beetlejuice. Daniel came home tired and euphoric, with the smallest bag of candy I have ever seen on Halloween. Clearly far more time was spent walking and talking then actually trick or treating. It sounds like a great evening.

Space Cowboy, inspired by Sparks Nevada

The division of labour in our house was always such that I stayed home and gave out candy and Tim went out with the boys. This was my choice. Perversely, now that I will never get the chance, I wish I had gone out trick-or-treating with my kids at least once.

It wasn't a relaxing evening in our house. Toby, the dog we adopted in May, barks when the doorbell rings or someone knocks. This happens when he thinks he hears knocking (the other dog might just be scratching herself) or when he hears the doorbell on TV. Sometimes, he even barks when he hears somebody come down the stairs in the house. So Halloween? Drove him crazy. And he whipped Lucy into a frenzy. By the end of the evening my nerves were raw but the dogs seemed pretty happy. I think they had a great evening.

Gratuitous photo of Lucy (the co-barker) from last Halloween. The dogs wouldn't sit still
long enough for a photo in this year's Halloween hats.

I'm pleased to announce that I didn't eat any Halloween candy this year. But I might have had a whiskey. And some cheezies. They go surprisingly well together

1 comment:

Lynne Feldman said...

Dear Nathalie,
I just came across your blog and would love to get into contact with you. I am pretty lonely as a survivor. My support group doesn't get very interesting, and I have no one else to discuss my journey with. It's one reason why I blog, and why I wrote my new book, INTEGRAL HEALING, which came out in Oct. I have a brand new web site, and a new FB page of the same name.
My journey began Oct. 1, 2010 when my doctor told me I had infiltrating breast cancer, after she had promised me I didn't b/c she couldn't feel a lump. The next month they found out I had a large unrelated lung cancer, also on the left side. I am a never-smoker. The next month I got a near-fatal bacterial infection from my breast reconstruction, spent 8 days in the hospital, and had a huge surgery to drain it all. Then 5 months of chemo, a blood clot...,and on it went. I*'d like permission to link to your blog on my site, and if you like my blogs, I'd appreciate it if you might mention mine. But MORE than that, I'd like a "friend" to communicate with!

Lynne Feldman