Day 1 of 30!
So last night was Halloween. Germans are still figuring this one out. Apparently it's caught on in recent years, but it's not yet remotely as popular as in the US. So, a few people do pumpkins, a few families get kids together for trick-or-treating, and that's about it.
Also, some little details are off. Like, German pumpkins aren't bred for carving yet, so their shells are all woody and hard as hell to work with. And when the boys came home, someone had given them a couple of complete Milka candy bars -- the big ones that cost about $1.50 each. Nice, but...
Still, it gave the boys a chance to go out -- which they missed last year; long story -- and they loved it.
November's first day was unexpectedly clear, warm and sunny. By (recent) tradition, Saturday is the day the boys can (1) eat crappy sugary cereal, as much as they can stomach, and (2) watch lots of TV, with "lots" being a couple of hours in the morning and another hour or two after dinner. So we did the TV thing in the morning, and then I chased them outside and did some more yard work. (Still not finished. I'll need at least one more clear, dry day next week.) I also finished the last (I hope) revision of the Burundi report. Hope they like it, fingers crossed...
Oh, and I spent way too much time compulsively checking the Internet for election stuff.
And that was day one.