1. Today’s post is in the form of a list in honor of the long list of things I need to accomplish today. I keep a master list written in my computer of all the things I need to do. Sometimes I assign certain items to certain days. Sometimes I write down things I’ve already completed just so I can have the satisfaction of crossing them off my list. I keep the list in an attempt to avoid waking myself from a dead sleep in the middle of the night because my brain (which apparently doesn’t stop) remembered something I’d forgotten. Usually having the list helps me keep all my deadlines in check, but for some reason, at 1 a.m. this morning I sat straight up in bed, heart racing, because of something my brain remembered that I hadn’t. I finally was able to get back to sleep (plus two hours later), but because I’m over 40, when I woke up (again) this morning to actually start my day, I could not for the life of me remember what it was I was that had cranked up my adrenaline in the hours between late and early. Which is also why today’s post is in the form of a list. I’m too tired to write proper paragraphs.
2. One of the items on today’s list is to figure out what I’m going to wear to the Cub Scout Halloween party tonight. Last year I went as The Carpool Queen. I didn’t actually dress like my friend Sus, The Carpool Queen. Instead, I wore sleep pants, a t-shirt, and my fuzzy pink bathrobe. I stuck a few Velcro curlers in my hear, smeared my mascara (even more than it already was) under my eyes, and carried a coffee mug and my keys. My kids made me a construction paper crown that said “Carpool Queen.” I went to the party excited to see what all the other parents were wearing. Boy, was I surprised to see that they weren’t wearing costumes. Good times.
But this time, many of the parents have assured me that they will indeed play along this year. So I’m looking for a costume. Here are the contenders:
What do you think? Any other brilliant ideas that I could throw together with stuff I already have around the house? I guess I could go as a pirate or Encyclopedia Brown or Jack from Magic Treehouse since we have the “costumes” for that.
3. Unrelated to anything we’ve been talking about but just something I wanted to share, I’ve been trying to mix up my reading selections with some of the books I probably should have read by now but just never have. I decided to read some of the quintessential Southern writers. I decided to start with William Faulkner so I’ve been reading The Sound and the Fury. This book played a role in gaining William Faulkner the Nobel Prize in Literature. It is ranked sixth on Modern Library’s 100 Best English-Language Novels of the 20th Century.
I don’t get it. A few chapters in I Wikipedia-ed it just to figure out what in the world I was reading. I’m still not convinced that’s what this book is about. It’s kind of like in ninth grade when were reading The Great Gatsby. I loved the book and thought it was a great story, but when our teacher kept trying to get us to explain the significance of the green light and The Eye, I felt like such a dummy for not noticing in the first place.
Or take Bon Iver, for instance. No, seriously, you can have him. I’ve seen a lot of the hipsters reference him in their Tweets: “Contemplating the universe while listening to Bon Iver. Peace.” I’ve seen him show up in people’s Spotify notifications on Facebook. He’s supposed to be one of the hot new artists. But to me, and this is just one girl’s opinion, all of his sounds sing like he’s singing them in a key that’s one too high for him. I think I would like him better if he wasn’t trying to be more tenor-like than he is.
Sigh. I guess when you count Charlie Brown as one of your great life love’s you can’t expect to be one of the hipsters.
Am I alone here? Anything the kids are loving these days that you just don’t get?
Okay. I’m off to conquer my list. Hope you conquer yours today…and that it doesn’t fight back.
Don’t forget to check your local listings for tonight’s showing of It’s a Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown on ABC!