My brain is mush. I would love to tell you this is temporary, but that would be a big porky pie lie. But I do think it’s selectively mushy. I can function every day, I can write, I can look after a family of four, I can cook…okay, that’s another lie, but I can follow cooking instructions and I can make a mean roast dinner. Yup, I can do those things but the one thing I cannot tell you, is what day it is. Not unless I look it up, check the calendar or work out when the last time I knew what day it was and work from there.
It’d be great to keep this slip of brainpower to myself but as my twitter followers know, I often embarrass myself by sending out a follow Friday on Thursday, once on a Wednesday. There was definitely a Sunday too which is beyond stupid because the children didn’t have school that day so I should have known!
Tonight I reached a new low, I tweeted out that a book I’m waiting for is going to be released in four days. Which, in a way, is truenottrue. It’s being released in a month and four days. So not in four days. I knew it was being released in November but somewhere along the way, I forgot about October.
Forgetting about October is a crime. It’s one of the most beautiful months of the whole year. The changing leaves as the trees go through their varying stages of abscission, the smell of people burning garden debris, the darkening days – I love them. Tomorrow I’m hoping to visit the nearby forest so I can walk amongst the magic.
Soon I’ll be trawling through the shops to find my daughters a costume for Halloween, maybe one for me too this year. Lara Croft? Or maybe Maleficent. Or maybe none. A couple of years ago I decided I’d dress up as a vampire. I bought some contacts to wear and everything. It did not go down too well. I ripped a contact without realizing then put it in my eye. OW!! That hurts – I wouldn’t recommend it.
I’ve promised a Halloween party for the children this year and I’m looking forward to it. I haven’t informed my husband of this yet…. Must do that. Another thing I often do, forget to update him on plans that no doubt affect him, oopsie. Hopefully he finds it endearing, though I expect it’s nothing other than annoying. To be fair though, he can stay upstairs and watch TV, I’ll arrange all the fun stuff for the kids. I’m thinking apple bobbing (of course) jelly worms, brain lucky dip and the annual pumpkin carving, which we love. Every year we give the pumpkin a name. One year I called it Hilary, because that was the name of the dragon that ran the kids nursery. I am such a bad influence. Luckily, it’s my youngest daughters turn to name it this year.
One of the other fabulous things about October is the display the local garden center puts on. It’s terrific. We take the girls every year. They decorate a big outdoor tent with graveyards, fake dead trees, corpses and witches. They even have a water display covered in mist and lots of eerie noises that echo through the tent.
So, how could I forget October? A minor lapse. I only forgot it for a moment. Aside from Halloween there is also Nightmare on Query Street coming up which I have been getting my MS ready for, just some final edits to polish it to perfection.
And how do I forget which day it is? Simple, I don’t really care as long as I’ve done what I need to do. Oddly, I’m pretty organized, thanks to google calendar reminding me of things I have coming up. I’m just scatty right now as I edit and edit and edit.
Forgive me October, I’m sorry!