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Looking Back and Laughing

For most of my short writing career, I've been surrounded by people who are supportive and encouraging about my work. Recently, I was thinking about the classes I took when I was an undergraduate and graduate.

The first class I took as an undergraduate was an introduction to fiction writing. I was very excited about it, and it was set up like a workshop. The students were incredibly encouraging, but the professor was less than supportive. She completely shook my confidence. I thought maybe I was wrong, that maybe I wasn't as good as I thought I was. It took a long time for me to write again. (I actually found out years later that I wasn't the only person who this professor tore down. Apparently, she viewed students as competition, so to get rid of us, she made sure we didn't want to write anymore. Nice way to abuse your power, huh?).

I did take another class as a graduate. By that point in time, the university didn't have a fiction writing program (that was started after I left), but you could petition the professor for special permission for a Fine Art's Degree. I asked, and the piece I wanted to write was a traditional fantasy story. We work shopped it in the class, and she eventually said she wasn't comfortable judging the story.

I remember she specifically asked me, "How do you want me to judge your writing?"

And I told her, "The same way you judge other books. Good writing is good writing no matter the genre."

She also pointed out that my story was going to have to have a huge dragon/human battle scene. I knew this, it was more story. Indirectly, she told me she didn't think I was capable of writing said scene. That story has been put away for a loooong time.

She eventually denied my petition, so I got my degree in literature. She was a literary writer, so she didn't feel like she could judge genre work. Either way, I got my Master's, so who cares?

Again, my confidence was shaken, and I thought maybe I wasn't as good as I thought I was. I stopped writing for a long time, focusing on editing and helping other writers. Eventually, my friend Tamara talked me back into writing, and the rest is history.

I chuckle to myself because of where I'm at now. I think about those teachers from time to time and resist the urge to rub things in their faces. I don't begrudge them, I can't. Karma doesn't like those who hold a grudge. And I think they're both successful in their own ways. I know one is, but I haven't heard anything about the other. All I can do is look at the lessons they taught me, the obstacles they put in my way, and be thankful I learned something.

Tough Question Tuesday

What weapons would you carry during the zompocalypse?

I go back and forth, but I know I want two handguns, one on each hip, a machete/other sword of some type, and then a big gun. I'm undecided if it should be a rifle or a shotgun. Rifles are nice because they don't have a lot of kick, so I won't throw out my shoulder. However, you have to be accurate with a rifle. Shotguns, you don't have to be as accurate and will probably hit your target.

The handguns would be 9 mm. Anything larger than that, I can't handle the recoil. I'm also going to make sure my spouse and his cop friend are around when the zombies attack. They're much better shots than I am!

Movie Review Monday

Dawn of the Dead (1978)

I don't think you're allowed to call yourself a zombie fan unless you've seen the George Romero films. I own Night of the Living Dead, which is one of my favorite movies. I've seen bits and pieces of Dawn of the Dead, but never from beginning to end. I remedied that this weekend.

I can see why people have written extensively and studied the film. There is a definite commercialism theme running through the movie. Other than that, it's an incredibly confusing film.

I got the beginning of the film, the characters who worked at the TV station. But I was totally lost when it cut to the cops and invading the apartment building. Who were they going after? Why were they going after him? What's up with the cop who lost his mind and started killing randomly? Why did Roger get all emotional at the beginning of the film when he had to kill zombies but was crazy about it later?

The film raised a lot more questions than it answered. It was also ridiculously long, too. Two hours and eight minutes with hardly anything happening is insane. Then, there was a biker war. WTF? I suppose the point was to show how the world devolves into anarchy when there aren't any leaders, and in 1978, I guess the greatest threat was bikers. I don't know.

At least I can say I've seen the film. I'm sure if I watched it again and picked it apart scene by scene, I would get all the nuances. However, I'm not going to do that. I don't have time.

Has anyone else seen the movie? What did you think?

This Week in Writing

I finished the first draft of the zombie sequel, "Death to the Undead." I've been doing edits and revisions. I'm hoping to have the first read through done by this weekend, incorporate the changes, then have another copy to read by next week. I'm still on schedule to have it finished by the end of the year!

Of course, it will all depend on how quickly my readers get through it and how extensive their edits are. As usual, I'll keep you informed of my progress.

Yesterday, my spouse turned on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the boys. It was so cute to watch them watch it. They were fascinated by the balloons.

"Oooo! Look! Spongebob! It's Spongebob!"

And of course every other character they recognized. I spent the time getting things ready for family, which was nice. When I was done, I sat down and watched the last part with them. I had to mute the TV, though, because the female host was driving me crazy! She wouldn't shut up, and she kept interrupting her cohost.

By that point, the boys kind of lost interest. My spouse was putting together the turkey fryer, and that was way more fun. I pulled them away long enough for them to see Santa. The 4 year old's face lit up.

"Who is that?" I asked.

"Santa." The 4 year old said. "And he's real."

I furrowed my brow. "Did someone tell you he was fake?"

He didn't respond, but a little later says, "He's real and he's watching us."

So, have a great weekend, and be good/nice. Santa is watching you!

And the Season Starts

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Last Sunday, the spouse decided we were going on our first snowmobile trip. We bought my sled right at the end of the season, and he got his a few months ago. Neither one of us had tried them out yet, so we wanted to ride them.

Snow was not a problem. We went up above Centennial, where the road is closed, and drove in. There wasn't a TON of snow, and the wind was blowing hard, so there were some blank spots. On the top of the mountain, it was a ground blizzard, I couldn't see a thing. We pushed through, though, and the weather cleared up.

The trip up was very nice. My new sled is AWESOME! It has fabulous shocks and a seat heater. That will definitely come in handy when the boys go with us. The trip back down was disaster filled.

My spouse decided to get a little adventurous and went off trail. He cruised up a hill, and on his way down, slammed into a rock. Over the handlebars he went. A while later, we were cruising in the borrow ditch, and decided to head back up to the road. The incline was pretty steep, but I figured I could do it. Instead of hitting it straight on, I turned to soon and tipped the snowmobile. After we got it righted and started out again, my spouse hit another rock and flew over the handlebars again.

I have to admit, once I found out he was OK, I laughed. You would have done the same. Watching him sail through the air, he kind of looked like a ginger bread man, arms and legs sticking straight out. It was comical.

So, our first trip out wasn't the greatest, but that won't stop us. We'll give it a few more weeks, hope for more snow, then do it again!

"Seduced by Darkness" by Cher Green

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Geneva Chilton, warned against human contact, betrays her family in order to be close to the world she longs to join. Intrigued by an artist's work and his ability to capture life on canvas, Geneva steps too close to the boundaries and discovers love, but what price will she have to pay?

Lewis Hunt, intrigued by Geneva's beauty and determined to capture it on canvas, discovers he needs more. Lewis needs the real woman behind the beauty. His course leads him to her, but also to danger. How hard is he willing to fight for a woman of darkness, a vampire?

Cher is a fellow author with eTreasures publishing. Both of our stories appear in the Brides and Dark Secrets Series, along with "Ketchikan Man" by Ciara Lake. I had the pleasure of editing both stories, so I can tell you they're good! Check them out when you get the chance, and don't forget to order mine!

Q) What inspired you to write this story?
Theme would be the inspiration for Seduced by Darkness. eTreasures Publishing requested a Dark Bride story, so my mind went to work. Geneva presented herself from the beginning - the dark, sexy vampire who longs for love. Lewis also came quickly, the painter, longing to escape his own sort of darkness. Honestly, everything else fell into place as I moved from scene to scene.

Q) How long did it take you to write?
Two weeks total, but this was with a deadline to meet. It's amazing how different writing is when someone else is waiting on the results.

Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
You never know where the wind might blow me. I'm currently working on a story about a woman who's forgotten her past and her ability to see ghosts. When faced head on by both, she also finds herself face to face with death.

Q) Where can readers find you?
www.chergreen.com, chergreen.blogspot.com, and tarotbycher.blogspot.com

Tough Question Tuesday

Are you ready for the holiday?

I was, then plans changed, so now I have to go to the store to get a bigger turkey. That really irritates me. I wanted to know what the plans were last week so I could be ready. I hate this last minute run to the store crap. But I'm sure it will be worth it in the end.

Movie Review Monday

Outpost (2008)

This was one of those movies that Netflix suggested I would like since I like zombie movies. The description sounded interesting, so I put it in my queue.

One of the other reasons I choose to put this on my list was because Ray Stevenson is in it. I really like him. Ever since I first saw him in HBO's Rome, I've been fascinated. His character in that show was awesome! There's a bit of a crush there, too.

One of the other actors in the movie, Richard Brake, I've always imagined to be a great Liet if my book was ever made into a movie. Sadly, he's a bit too old. And I highly doubt my book will ever be made into a movie!

The story is about a group of mercenaries who are accompanying a shady businessman to an abandoned military outpost in the woods. As the movie progresses, the audience realizes something nefarious happened in the bunkers. Nazis conducted bizarre experiments there, and the subjects might still be lingering around.

Honestly, I didn't pay a whole lot of attention to this movie. I was anxious to finish a chapter, so I was writing at the same time. I don't think I missed much. There were some Nazi zombies, but they were as cool as the ones in Dead Snow. There were some interesting scenes that could be creepy (I don't scare easily, so I wasn't creeped out by them), and some blood and gore, though not a lot. How they destroyed the "zombies" was a bit confusing, but I might have understood more if I actually watched the film.

I highly doubt I'll watch the film again. It obviously couldn't hold my attention. Has anyone else seen this movie?

This Week in Writing

Last weekend and the beginning of the week, I had so much motivation. I cranked out four chapters and was ready to do more. Then, as the week progressed, the boys decided they weren't going to sleep through the night. The 4 year old and the puppy woke up to throw up on two different nights, and the 2 year old refused to stay in bed. By Wednesday, I was burnt out.

Everyone slept wonderfully last night, so I'm hoping to have a little energy to at least finish the chapter I started. It would be the fifth one this week. I'm so close, so very close. I think I have four chapters left and I'm done with the draft. As you can imagine, I'm itchin' to finish it!

This week has been fairly hectic with the lack of sleep and general grumpiness. I'm sure my kids did something cute and funny, but I can't remember anything. My brain has been rattled. Either way, have a fabulous and productive weekend!

Making It

I went over to a dear friend's house last night, and we sat around talking about writing and everything under the sun. Mainly writing, though. I've known Tamara since I was in grad school, and she's always been such a positive influence on my life. She's actually the one who got me back into writing after a professor shook my confidence.

Tamara is one of those cool people who has an agent with a prestigious agency. However, even with the agent, the road hasn't been paved in gold. I don't want to bore you with all the details, but just know there have been some issues that are just now (hopefully) being resolved. I tell you what, though, once the dust settles, she's going to be BIG!

I always enjoy hanging out with her because she's always so positive. No matter what's happening or how she's feeling, the glass is always half full. She's a great influence. I've decided that if I ever make it big, it will be because of people like her. And, technically, maybe her. She has a lot of contacts in the publishing world, and I might need to exploit them! *smile*

The actual act of writing may be a solo act, but the publishing community is so much larger. I'm so thankful for all my friends, fans, and the publisher. I wouldn't be anything without you!

Dark Moon Presents: Zombies!

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I love to read. If I could figure out some way to make money reading, I would have done it long ago. Same with reviews. I love finding new stuff. Sadly, I don't have a lot of time, so I have to force myself to do it.

I found out about this book through one of the groups I'm a member of. You know how much I enjoy zombies, and I figured I could squeeze it in, so I decided to review it. What an awesome collection of stories!

It amazes me how people look at the same subject so differently. Every story in this book was unique and fun. The vast majority of them left me thinking, "Wow! I would have never thought of that!"

I can't even pick out a favorite because I enjoyed them all so much. The first story is told from a dog's perspective, which was really fascinating. It's called "Bouvier des Mort" by Shannon Farrel. Then, there was one about a guy addicted to Facebook. That one took a really creepy turn. Oh, and there was one about people who had been zombies but were cured. They were in a type of group therapy class. Fabulous!

I don't want to give away too much of the stories because I want you to be able to experience them on your own. If you enjoy the zombie genre, I definitely recommend checking out this book. I looked forward to reading it every night!

Tough Question Tuesday

How important is it to know what an author looks like?

I'm generally curious to know what the person behind the words looks like, and I form an image in my head of who I think that person is. Usually, I'm way off base. But knowing what someone looks like and enjoying their work are two different things.

When I first started getting published, I was pregnant with my first child. I decided to go with a pen name so I could be found online and so I could have a bit of anonymity. As my career progresses, I find myself doing more and more public appearances, and being faceless is no longer an option. However, the last hold out I've had publishing my picture has been online. (Although, if you know Jerrod Brown, you'll see me with my book and his painting.)

So, I'm wondering: how long can I keep my image out of the limelight, and is it hurting me by doing that?

Movie Review Monday

Before I get to my reviews, I wanted to point out some blogs that I was featured on this weekend. The first is at Tony-Paul, and he highlighted my video. If you go to his main page, then click on the Guest Video link, you'll find it.

The second is a review from my target audience. You can read it here. I was a little surprised to hear her say it was scary, but happy too. I never thought of my book as scary. That made me feel pretty good!

I had a lovely, relaxing weekend and was actually able to watch two movies!

The Change-up (2011)

I love Ryan Reynolds. He's so cute and funny. Jason Bateman is really good, too. This movie is about two friends who've known each other since grade school. One is a driven, determined family man, and the other is a screw up who sits around and smokes a lot of pot. One night, they go to a bar to watch a baseball game. While peeing in a fountain, they comment about how they want each other's lives, and they get switched.

The premise of the film is nothing new. The characters learn about each other, sympathize with each other's lives, and then want to go back to their own. There were some very touching parts in the movie, and it was also hilarious! Cliche or not, I laughed my butt off!

I would definitely recommend this one if you're looking for something upbeat and funny. Like I said, it has it's sentimental side, but the laughs pull you through until the end of the film.

Puss in Boots (2011)

I decided earlier in the week that the boys would enjoy seeing this movie. My plan was to go to the 2D version, but it only played once during the day, and it was during the football game. No matter. The 4 year old kept his glasses on for the 3D version and enjoyed it immensely. The 2 year old had some issues, but what can you expect? He still watched the film.

This movie was fabulous! Even my spouse chuckled, which takes some effort. The story was easy enough for the kids to follow, yet it had some inside jokes and references only adults would get. I love when cartoons do this. I love when they cater to the entire audience.

There was conflict and a scary monster, but it wasn't so scary that the kids were climbing the walls. In fact, the 4 year old didn't even climb out of his seat. He was transfixed. He mentioned later in the car that it was a little creepy, but he didn't have nightmares, so it didn't bother him.

The real-life cat quirks they gave the kitties were priceless! It made me want to buy a pair of boots for my cat, although I'm sure she would never wear them! I totally recommend this film, even if you don't have kids. It was incredibly funny and highly entertaining. We'll definitely own this when it comes out on bluray!

This Week in Writing

I finished two chapters and started on a third. I'm on chapter 15, and I'm thinking 7 or 8 more and the story should be done. Of course, it all depends on how much more the characters need to tell me. I'm still on schedule, as long as nothing detrimental happens, so I should have a draft done by the end of the year.

The Great Sock Scare of 2011

Ryder is getting a lot more comfortable in our house. Which means he's acting like a puppy. The other night, he had a lot of energy from being in his kennel, and he was bored because we ran out of bones for him to chew on. I was in the kitchen fixing dinner, and I glanced out into the living room. The puppy had something white, which looked suspiciously like a sock, in his mouth.

The 4 year old decided to be helpful and started chasing the dog around, yelling at him that he was bad and to drop it. Ryder thought it was a game. I was trying to get the 4 year old to stop chasing Ryder and get the dog to come to me so I could get whatever out of his mouth. While I was distracted with the child, he gulped the object down. And I mean gulped.

"Was that a sock?" I asked the 4 year old.

"Yes!" he tells me.

"Are you sure? Could it have been his bone?"


He then proceeded to burst into tears and have a slight meltdown. As calmly as I could (which, trust me, wasn't very calm), I explained to him that Ryder was going to be fine. I told him we would keep and eye on him and take him to the vet if anything happened.

"If it gets bad, honey, they'll have to do surgery."

"How do they do it?"

"They put the dog to sleep, and then they cut open his tummy. Then, they'll take the sock out."

"And he'll live?"

"Yes, he'll live."

Life was so much better after that, and the 4 year old calmed down.

The next day, we were getting ready for daycare. The 4 year old was on his brother's bed getting dressed, which meant the 2 year old had to be up there too. He climbed onto the bed and pointed.

"Ewwww," he says.

I look, and there's a huge pile of puke on his comforter. And right in the middle of it all, the sock. Needless to say, everyone breathed a sigh of relief and went on with their day worry free.

Sadly, the event hasn't taught the dog anything. This morning, he threw up one of my spouse's socks. *Sigh* Have I mentioned I'm not a big fan of puppies?

I hope you all have a great weekend. Try not to swallow any socks!

The Walking Dud

I've watched and been entertained by my share of terrible movies. I'm a fan of slasher films, B movies, and creature features. I have pretty slow standards. I can usually find some redeeming quality in a film or TV movie. Lately, I've been having trouble finding that quality in "The Walking Dead."

The first season of the show was all right. I didn't think it was stellar, but there was room for improvement. I came into the second season waiting (hoping) for that improvement, but I've been disappointed. I know I'm not the only one, either. I've had numerous discussions with my coworkers about the show.

Here are my issues:

1) Get some new cars. The world has been destroyed, no one is going to be mad if you steal a brand new car off the lot. Stop fixing that craptastic motor home from the 1970s and get a vehicle that will provide protection and get them somewhere. Find a tanker truck full of gas and take it. That way, they won't have to worry about gas for a long time.

2) Where are they going anyway? The world is destroyed, there's nothing left. If the CDC is any indication, there won't be anyone at the military base they're trying to get to. Find a nice little haven that is zombie free and fortify it. Eventually, they're going to have to start rebuilding, might as well get a head start.

3) Think logically about a situation before running into it head on. There's a zombie in your well, the water is already tainted. Even if that thing had been wrapped in plastic, I still wouldn't recommend drinking the water without sanitizing it first. Step back, assess the situation, and be smart. Don't wrap the rope around the pump, it's not a weight-bearing structure. They're on a farm, isn't there a tractor somewhere? C'mon, people. Think!

Besides, if the well is tainted, would it eventually taint all the water? I mean, the water in a well comes from the ground, and there's usually an aquifer, so wouldn't all the water on the farm be bad? I could be wrong, I'm not an expert in wells and underground water systems, but that seems like an issue to me.

4) If someone tells me I can't have a gun on their property during a zombie apocalypse, I'm flipping him the bird and leaving. Either that or pointing my gun in his face and daring him to take it from me. Yes, yes, I know. They owed him for saving their child, but a line has to be drawn somewhere. C'mon, people! Think!

5) Why would they let their child approach a wild animal in the woods? Especially a deer? They are not docile creatures. They are actually extremely territorial and have been known to attack humans. Even if the deer wasn't going to attack, why risk having it run away? Do you know how long a deer could have fed that group of people? Of course, knowing them, no one would know how to prepare it and it would have gone to waste. Survival, people. You do what you have to to live!

I get that this season is attempting to focus on the human reactions and interactions and what has to be done to survive, but they don't have to be so stupid about it. They can still be smart and have feelings.

Anyone else have any opinions on the show?

That Which Does Not Kill You

Is probably going to make you really tired.

Daylight savings time never used to bother me. Yeah, there was an adjustment period while my body got used to the change, but otherwise, I continued on with my life. Back in my drinking days, fall daylight savings was the best because there was an extra hour at the bar.

Now, however, I'm trying to figure out what the hell the point of daylight savings is. My kids don't get it. They don't know how to tell time, so you can't explain to them that they have to stay in bed for a little longer. Their little bodies tell them it's time to get up, even if it's an hour earlier. Once they get up, they get the dogs up. It's possible to get the boys back to bed, but once the puppy is up, he's up. You can't explain to him about daylight savings, either.

I've been dealing with the fallout since Sunday morning. It's only Wednesday, but, trust me, it feels like it's been over a week already. Thank goodness the kids eventually adapt, or else I wouldn't make it!

I think it's about time we re-evaluated the whole daylight savings thing. I mean, not everyone in the states even participates in daylight savings. It would save me a couple hours of sleep...

Tough Question Tuesday

Why didn't someone remind me to post a picture of the new dog?

Could you have said no to that face?

Movie Review Monday

It's been a while, but I actually had the chance to sit down and watch a movie this weekend. However, I wish I wouldn't have!

Hereafter (2010)

If someone could please explain this movie to me, I'd greatly appreciate it. I got the whole thing about wondering whether or not there is something after death. I got that there was and George could talk to dead people. What I didn't understand is why it needed to be over 2 hours long.

Maybe it was my frame of mind. Maybe I was just tired, but I couldn't finish the film. It seemed so quiet to me. There was barely any dramatic music, and long shots of sad faces. I know that was supposed to be the point, to highlight the turmoil these people are going through in their lives.

Personally, I didn't care about the characters. I felt sorry for the twins and their home life, but not really enough to feel anything when the one died. And George, well, I didn't have enough background about his life. Same with the reporter.

I know how it ends, even though I didn't see it. I know George gets together with the girl and gives the twin closure. Hooray! Through death they were able to make connections in real life. Perhaps that was the whole point of the film?

Has anyone else seen it? What did you think?

This Week in Writing

I have a guest post up. Check it out.

This week, I finished two chapters in my zombie sequel. It's still been a little hard to get back into, and motivation has been fleeting, but I'm getting there. It's pretty much the only thing keeping me sane right now. And, trust me, that's a very thin line!

Earlier this week, the boys and I were driving home. This song was on the radio. If you don't want to click on the link, the song is "Am I the Only One" by Dierks Bentley. There's a line that says, "Is there anybody out there wants to have a cold beer, kick it til the morning light?"

From the back seat, I hear, "Ew. I don't want a coke beer," from the 4 year old.

"You don't?" I say. "Why not?"

In complete serious, he replies, "Because I don't want to kick it til the morning light!"

I rolled!

Have a great weekend, and don't be the only one who wants to have fun!

I'm Such a Softy

I'm not a big fan of dogs. I like them all right, especially when they are other peoples, but I prefer cats. I'm not going to go into reasons why. Those of you who are cat people already know, and those of you who are dog people will never understand.

So, that being said: our family acquired another dog (I'll post a picture of him tomorrow). I fought hard against having another puppy in the house. Do you know how hard it is to potty train a dog AND change diapers? It's not fun. I prefer not swimming in excrement.

Luckily, Ryder is 3.5 months old, so he's already potty trained. He's a pure-bred black lab, and he comes from the same litter my spouse wanted a puppy from in the first place. He was bought by someone else, then it turned out they couldn't have him, so they were going to take him to the animal shelter. In rides our family on a white horse with armor gleaming.

Ryder is pretty dang cute. But that's how puppies suck you in. If they were ugly, no one would want them. The boys are thrilled to have him, especially the 2 year old. Now, he has someone to sleep in his room with him. (Riddick, the other dog, has slept in the 4 year old's room for a long time. The dog wards off the monsters!) All morning I've heard, "That my dog. He seep me!"

Even though I'm not a fan of dogs, that doesn't mean I want to see them suffer. But I also know I can't save them all. Taking in Ryder is my small contribution. Plus, it makes all the boys in my family happy, and that makes me happy!

Exciting Announcements

First of all, the paperback of Life After the Undead is now available at Amazon. I don't know why the Kindle version isn't showing up, but I've emailed the publisher to remedy the situation. If any of you read it and want to leave a review, I'd greatly appreciate it.

I've also received the cover to a novella that's scheduled for release in December. The story is called The History of My Wishes, and it's a vampire story. I don't normally write vampire stories, but this wouldn't get out my head. I've posted the cover below, and I'll let you know when the story comes out.

I know a lot of authors who are gearing up to participate in National Novel Writing Month. I thought about it, but I don't have the time. I'm working on a story as is, but I can't add anymore pressure. Someone might die if I added more pressure. Maybe someday I will participate in the event, but, right now, I'm happy going at my own pace.

For those of you who are participating, how do you keep yourself motivated? How do you keep from tearing your hair out or climbing the bell tower?

Black Nail Polish Is So Hard to Remove

Aaaah! Another successful Halloween. I just love this time of year, especially when we don't get dumped on with 10 feet of snow. Granted, it's supposed to snow today, and that's fine. I don't have to go out in it!

The boys discovered yesterday the joys of going house to house. Normally, since we live in a college town, the university puts on a "Safe Treat." Different groups and organizations on campus set up tables and hand out candy. It's lovely when the weather is terrible, but, as you can imagine, it's a zoo. Kids as far as the eye can see, and it gets hot.

The boys tolerate it because of the candy, but it doesn't take long for them to be overwhelmed. We left fairly early, then Grandma took them around her neighborhood. That was the coolest! We had to do the same when we got home. Sadly, only four houses on our block had lights on, but they had enough candy.

We even had some kids show up at our house, much to the dog's chagrin. Luckily (and sadly), it wasn't very many, so I'm stuck with leftover candy. Dang! I should've gotten something I liked! Oh, well. I don't need any more candy.

I hope you all had a fabulous holiday. Now, we get to look forward to Thanksgiving! Yum!