November, how I love thee. November 1st comes along and I automatically change into summer mode. The longer the month names get, the longer the days get and the warmer it gets… November comes and I am a happy girl. Hello November! Welcome!
It also means goodbye to October. Halloween is behind us for another year and I’m always glad of that. It’s an American tradition, not a New Zealand one and I battle with the kids about treat or treating. I know they’d love it. I know that they want to put in effort and dress up, and I’d like to encourage their creativity but I think the majority of people here really don’t like that Halloween is starting to creep in – like that pun? Creep? no? . Anyway, I know it makes the neighbours angry when kids knock on their doors. Do I want my kids (even if they put a lot of effort into their costumes) being one of those knocking on doors and making people angry? Do I look like a bad parent for letting them? I guess organised parties are the way, then everyone there agrees with it all. It’s over for another year though. Mummy guilt gone, excited feelings for Guy Fawkes day on Friday can begin :)
I have another battle going on here … my total inability to scrapbook. I hear ya laughing. It’s what I do for a living…. oh yes… correct… yes. But currently I can’t scrapbook to save myself. I have spent months creating written content. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, research, compilations. I’ve written some articles for magazines for manufacturers, I’ve participated in teaching and been organising some events next year (look for a new event to hit the NZ scene soon …). But getting out supplies and just scrapbooking to create a page, no step-by-steps, no thinking about how to instruct the way it’ll be recreated? How do I do that? I’m giving it another go today. I do have assignments to hand in. Wish me luck.
For now I’ll leave you with a card I did for the Prima blog with the Jack and Jill line that is by far my favourite of the new lines they released.
Oh! And I’ve had a few emails asking if I’m still on my fitness kick – YES! YES I am. I can’t start the day without a workout and I feel great. I’ve lost a lot of weight. I’m at the gym at 5.30am on every weekday, at 7am on Saturdays and most Sundays I go for a run. Unless Saturday was far too much fun. In which case I hide til about 10am cursing that Lucy ever suggested having a quiet drink on Saturday afternoon. Just one. Just one glass maybe. How many times it gets filled up is the issue.