Five Things Friday: December 20, 2013

Things I’ve lost in the last month:

1. Any real motivation to write. It’s still what I want to do all day, if I could, and I have lots of ideas and stuff, but during any free time I have I really, really don’t want to.

2. An unfortunate amount of the Christmas spirit that started showing up in November. Even before Thanksgiving this year, I was feeling excited about Christmas and even listened to Christmas music a little bit. I’m not sure what happened exactly. Got too stressed out? Mood ruined by the fact that buses all lose their damn minds when there’s weather? Either way… bah humbug.

I’m still listening to Christmas music and wearing lots of sparkly things and red things (pretty much like always…) in an attempt to feel more Christmas-y. It probably doesn’t help that I don’t go anywhere that actually has Christmas decorations.

3. Healthy habits. I have only wanted to eat things that are smothered in cheese lately. Sandwiches with cheese, pizza, mac and cheese, cheeseburgers… etc. It doesn’t help that all the vegetables I really like have become ridiculously expensive lately (although that’s my fault, because I go to Whole Foods a lot. It’s not my fault it’s the only grocery store that I actually pass on the way home from work.) I also haven’t been working out as much. Why? Because I’m lazy, or some other reason that I don’t really feel like explaining. So let’s just go with lazy.

4. One of my gloves. But then I found it.

5. My ability to sing. Granted, I don’t know how long it’s been gone because I don’t really sing anymore. But I tried to sing some Christmas carols last week, and I sounded like–well, someone who can’t sing. Basically. This is the result of ten years of voice lessons, then four years without them.

Happy Halloween

And in other parts of the state, Halloween has decided to dress up as Christmas this year. But here in Boston you can just barely tell there was a “snowstorm” this weekend. A few places actually did lose power, I hear, but that seems to be about it in terms of storm damage. And most of the snow has already melted.

Today I came up with an awesome costume idea. And it will have to wait until next year. I’m hoping I’ll have something to dress up for. (And the costume will be a secret until then because it will seem less cool once you’ve had time to get used to it.)

Mostly I’ve been celebrating Halloween with a pumpkin tart from Trader Joe’s and several seasonal movies. My Halloween movie picks this year: Repo! the Genetic Opera and Sweeney Todd. Horror musicals for the win! And today I’m watching Aaah! Zombies, which proves to be incredibly dumb but it is about zombies, anyway.

And here’s some scary reading for you! Heart Strings by Deva Jasheway

Most of my blog readers have probably already read this story. If that’s the case, read it again! Have Halloween nightmares!

That’s all for now. See you in November.