For our optional prompt of “Mint” today, I combined it with the Inktober prompt of “Fortune” and ended up with a ghost in a crystal ball longing after some mint Halloween candies. This is actually quite like me when I see all of the yummy candies on the shelves at stores this time of year and realize that at my age, they’re pretty much off limits. Too many extra calories. But, it certainly takes me back to a time when I was a kid and would wander the neighborhood on Halloween night collecting a giant bag of candy. It was so much fun! Though Philippe and I never attend any parties this time of year, we enjoy rewatching favorite movies and enjoying a few extra treats of our own. His birthday is this Thursday, so we’ll have a bit of cake to celebrate. I’ve always preferred cake over candy anyway. And the particular confection we always get is a Grand Marnier Torte from a place called André’s Confiserie Suisse. It only appears during the autumn season, so it’s a rare and fabulous treat that I look forward to each year!
Philipe and I have been super busy with work and outside projects lately, so we’re taking a little break this weekend. We’re heading to the small town outside the city we often visit for a few days. In order to completely unwind, we’re going to board Elliott for a couple nights. He’ll just be two next month and while perfectly adorable, he’s still a constant burst of exhausting energy. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been on an extended date with just my husband, so I’m really looking forward to it. It’s also a primary town that I’m using as reference for the made up town in the cozy mystery I’m writing, so that will make for an extra fun bit of research as well. Yeah, I’m never totally removed from my creative projects! It will also be nice to enjoy the fall foliage, cooler weather, and taking a much needed break from work.
We’ve still been watching some Halloween movies, but Philippe insists on waiting until closer to the big day to watch Halloweentown . It’s one of our favorites, mostly because it’s sort of ridiculous in a way that makes us smile. In truth, that’s our favorite kind of movie. It’s fun to visit a world that’s a bit like a fable and yet feels like something that could exist once you decide to play along. We aren’t fans of movies that try to take themselves or humans too seriously. It just doesn’t feel as true as something fun and comedic. Life is kind of nuts and usually involves all sorts of silly plot twists that can be so infinitely weird that you just have to laugh sometimes. And, I guess, that’s all part of the fun to be had by living it! So, that’s what we’ll be doing this weekend. We’ll be taking time to live a little and let those pesky deadlines simmer for a bit. I hope you’re having a lovely month as well. And if you, like us, enjoy celebrating a little during the Halloween season, I hope it’s also filled with lots of spooky fun!
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