Monday, Oct. 22 – Took Gaze to the doctor – he’s been getting these awful headaches and throwing up, but not in a pattern which would suggest a stomach bug. Doctor thinks perhaps migraine. We’re going to cut out nitrites (bacon!) and see if that has an effect. Poor Gaze is bummed about no bacon. SOTD: Amouage Ubar, the newer release. Several of my friends in a Facebook perfume-head group raaaaave over vintage Ubar, and I think it’s lovely but it doesn’t really make me swoon. I actually prefer the rerelease, which is strongly floral where the older one was more woody. That’s me, the Floral Gal.
Tuesday, Oct. 23 – A surprisingly warm day, in the middle 70s today. Cleaned up the sewing room, which was quite a mess – I’m very untidy when I sew – and Bookworm’s room, which I would normally leave to her to do, but she’s sooo busy. The child is barely getting six hours of sleep a night. SOTD: Cuir de Lancome. Love the stuff, especially in fall.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 – Not feeling so great today. Cleaned out fridge, finished cleaning out Bookworm’s closet, wrote some, planned a little for the new novel I’m going to start next week when NaNoWriMo begins. SOTD: testing various things, none of which are really pleasing me.
Thursday, Oct. 25 – Windy and cloudy. SOTD: Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur, lovely creamy-plummy tuberose. Sometimes I put it away for awhile, and then I appreciate it all over again when I get it back out. Choir practice went fairly well, but our director was commenting that we’d be farther ahead if people hadn’t been skipping rehearsals. I’m guilty of that, but hey, my kid was playing football on Thursday nights, and I wasn’t going to miss seeing him on the field. Season’s over now, so I will probably not miss any more rehearsals unless I’m sick.
Friday, Oct. 26 – Lovely day, cloudy but warm. SOTD: Coty Chypre, with a dab of DSH Chypre down my arms. Went to watch Bookworm’s last cross-country race of the regular season – it was the district meet, which is held on a very hilly and difficult course. She finished 12th and qualified for the regional meet – congrats to her! She wore herself out and couldn’t get up for a good twenty minutes afterward (she thinks she had a reaction to the energy gels the coach had given the runners), so we skipped the football game. The band was not going to perform their show, in any case, just play in the stands, so she came home and did some homework.
Taz spent half an hour telling me about Adolf Hitler’s medical problems over dinner. (That kid… the things that interest him often baffle me.) Then he offered me a shoulder massage.
Saturday, Oct. 27 – Cloudy. Chillier than it has been. SOTD: Organza Indecence. We cleaned up the house in the morning, and Bookworm finished her physics homework, and The CEO was at Open House for the Ag Tech program. After lunch, Bookworm and I went with the marching band to a competition, which was held at the high school which was my high school’s traditional rival. Funny to think that the last time I was on the Lord Botetourt football field was twenty-seven years ago…
The show went fairly well – not as clean in terms of marching as it was last week, but I thought the music was better. Bookworm didn’t agree; she and her friend Ben insisted that they kept thinking the show was going to fall apart at any second. Their director wasn’t pleased with it either, but it certainly didn’t look that awful to me, up in the stands. Admittedly, the color guard didn’t have a good day, but the rest was decent. There were five bands in our class, but I only saw our performance and the one of the band scheduled right after us. They were pretty good, but the theme wasn’t all that exciting.
(Odd how these marching show themes seem to go in cycles! We’ve seen three baseball- themed shows, several rock/pop themes, some military-themed shows, and shows focusing on the Broadway musical “Wicked.” Blues Brothers seems to be a perennial favorite, too, probably because to carry it off you need good brass and an irreverent attitude. The other theme we’ve seen a lot of lately – and I’m excluding the zombie show we saw last month – is dream-related. Dreams, Dreamland, Dreamscapes, Dreamzzz… yep. There are two other pirate shows we’ve seen this season, too; luckily, our music, and therefore the way the director has chosen to accent it, is quite different.)
The results: our band finished third in General Effect and Music; second in Percussion and Overall Scoring, first in Marching and Drum Major. (I did squeeee a lot over that one! Of course I did.) Got home late, exhausted.
Sunday, Oct. 28 – Chilly and cloudy again. Forecast is calling for the “Frankenstorm” all up and down the East Coast; because a hurricane is involved, we will likely get some rain and some high winds, which will tend to cause most of the surrounding area to lose electric power since much of the power lines run through wooded, mountainous land. Since we have a well, I’m concerned about our losing power for several days – if we don’t have electricity, we don’t have water either.
SOTD: Amouage Memoir Woman. It’s The CEO’s birthday, so we’re doing a nice family dinner for him this evening.
Halloween’s coming up, and Taz, whose last year trick-or-treating it will be, wants a Roman soldier costume. As far as I know, you can’t buy those, at least not last-minute, so apparently it will be Craft Mom to the rescue! Off to Google “roman soldier costume”…