The most wonderful time of the year!

October is one of my favorite months and Halloween is my favorite holiday.  There is something so wonderful about dressing up and being someone else for a day.  I look forward to it every year.  (I’m going to be Tammy Faye Baker this year!)

We always let Zsuzsa pick what she wants to be and try to pull it together for her.  We purchased costumes a few times when she was very little, but that’s a no-no these days.  There’s nothing wrong with store-bought costumes, but I love the challenge of creating a costume.  This year, she wants to be Merida from Disney’s film, Brave.  I’m thrilled today because I picked up all the supplies for to make the dress and purchased the wig.  I can’t wait to get started and see how it comes together.

Halloween is not just my favorite holiday.  It’s also my husband’s favorite.  Our first date was Halloween 2000.  We wanted to get married on Halloween, but we just couldn’t swing it due to timing.  As a compromise, we got married on October 12, 2002.  We will celebrate our 10th anniversary tomorrow and the 12th anniversary of our first date on Halloween.

With so many things to look forward to, I think this is going to turn out to be a great month.



I became an avid reader when I was a child. That hasn’t changed. Eight years ago I moved into my home. Between my husband and I, we had 19 boxes of books. We continued to buy books through the years. I was very resistant to the e-reader craze. I wanted the feel of the paper in my hands. Last Christmas I received a Kindle Touch. A whole new world opened up before me. Thousands of books with no storage issues. It’s a bibliophile’s dream.

My biggest disappointment of the e-book age is the cost of the books. I used to get my books on clearance at Borders for $1-$5 each. Paying $12-$15 for an e-book doesn’t appeal to me. There are some great deals out there for digital books, but finding them isn’t always easy. The prices change daily. That’s where eReaderIQ comes in.

This free website is fantastic. They offer 3 services: 1) Free Kindle Books – A selection of free books separated by genre, length, author, and other categories. 2) Kindle Price Drops – A searchable directory of books recently discounted. 3) Now on Kindle – A tracking service that will notify you when a book is added to the Kindle format.

You can search their site without registering, but my favorite part of the site is the subscription service. You provide them with your e-mail address and books you want to track, they will send you an automatic notice of the price change or availability.

I uploaded my wish list to eReaderIQ a few months ago and I don’t have to worry about missing a deal. For example, I added Rosemary’s Baby to my wish list last winter. Today I received an e-mail that the price has dropped from $7.99 to $0.99. I went to Amazon and ordered the book within minutes of the e-mail and I saved $7.00 with no extra effort on my part. Additionally, they don’t overload me with excessive e-mails. I get the notices I want without a bunch of unrelated e-mails for books I don’t want to read.

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Getting re-acquainted with musical theater

I’ve been a fan of musical theater for years.  It was an interest my mom started with Jesus Christ Superstar and it’s just grown over the years.  I participated in school plays and choir in fifth grade and right into college.  My involvement in theater since I left college has been pretty much been limited to spectator level.  I watch videos, listen to recordings, and sing along at top volume when I’m alone in the car.  When I can afford it and time allows, I love to go to the theater.

Stephen and I went to Lyric Music Theater last year to see Rent.  The show was wonderful and re-ignited my desire to get involved.  I submitted my name to volunteer for future shows and I start this week with Thoroughly Modern Millie.  I’ll be working behind the scene operating the light board.  I’ve done stagehand work before, but this will be my first time operating the equipment.  I have some nerves about getting involved when I know so few people, but I’m looking forward to it.  It should be a lot of fun.

If you’re in the area, come see the show!  Ticket info is available at