Oct. 30th, 2007

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Okay, I had never even heard of it, but several people had mentioned it on their LJ and I thought I should check it out.  So I went to the website and my immediate reaction was "I HAVE to do this!"  Thus, I have now signed up for NaNoWriMo!  Yay me or whatever.  I have absolutely no idea what to write about or even exactly how I'm going about it, but there you go.  Maybe it will get me off my ass!  One can only hope.  My name on there is Jenepel of course (I love having an online name that is never taken because it's made up) and so friend me if you're doing it too.  Hmm, I am really really hoping that site isn't blocked at work!

Speaking of work, today was really fun.  The Embassy did their annual trick-or-treating for employees' kids.  (It was today rather than tomorrow because of the half-term holidays.)  Our office has evidently not done it in years since the tax attache who just left didn't like kids, but I read about it and really wanted to do it, so I pushed the new guy and he agreed.  (One of the guys who brought kids by actually said "I'm really glad you guys are participating this year.  It's nice to see the IRS get involved."  So that's sad because it means we are seen as keeping to ourselves which I think we kind of do.  We need to socialise with the rest of them more.)  It was so fun because we decorated on Friday and then I even got to dress up a little.  I didn't want to go overboard because we did have clients in today so I just wore all black (skirt and top).  And then I had a witches hat and my ruby slippers (seriously, I have heels of red glitter!  they are teh awesome!)  I think when we go out tomorrow night I will do much the same thing but also paint myself green so that I will properly be Elpheba.  Anyway, today we had over 100 kids come by.  They were so adorable!  I realised how much I miss working at the school and seeing and interacting with kids every day.  I mean I knew that already, but this really brought it home.  An office atmosphere just isn't the same thing as a school one.  And, as I was thinking this, as the last group of kids left, one of the ladies in the office turns to me and says, "why aren't you a teacher?  You're so great with kids and you obviously enjoy them."  BAH!  And of course everyone else jumps in to agree.  It's funny because at every point of my life people have told me this and I always brush it aside.  My parents are teachers, so it feels weird.  But am I just fighting it because of that and denying myself the career I should have, or do I truly not want that?  I have no idea.  Anyhow, Halloween before the day was fun, and then tomorrow is the real thing so that's cool too!

In other news, I read Like Water for Chocolate this weekend.  I know it's a little early, but I saw the book the other day, so I figured why not.  What's really funny is that it turns out I had already read it and just forgot.  I realised pretty much immediately, but I read it again anyway to refresh.

This was a really great weekend over all.  I went home and it was just busy and happy and I got to catch up with a bunch of people.  Friday night I went on the train and met my parents at a teacher party.  I saw a bunch of people from school that I haven't seen in ages, so that was cool.  Then on Sat morning mom and dad and I went out to breakfast with dad's fellow counselors and their spouses.  Then we just did a bunch of errands and to the craft store to get the rest of my present for Kathleen.  Then we went home and Kathleen and Idell came over to scrapbook with mom and I.  I got Kat all this scrapping stuff as a big grab-bag for her bday since she said she wanted to try it out, and it turned out to be a great present because after one day she is totally hooked!  Yay for converts.  She had Oliver (16 mos) with her though, and he is now walking, so one person had to be on duty with him at all times.  He's just too cute though.  So they ended up staying to dinner, and James (her hubby) came over for that too.  Then on Sunday mom and I went to this huge craft fair out in Newmarket and I bought these awesome long handmade frames that hold a row of pictures and they were great prices - only £25 each.  I love them so much!  I just have to figure out what pics to put in them, but I already know exactly where in my room they will go.  And then I took the train back to London.  It was a great weekend; I love hanging out with my parents!

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