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The Rest of Life

October 31, 2023

Other things happening . . .

While I have been going through my injury saga, life has continued to move forward. It feels bizarre that tomorrow the last two months of 2023 begin (aka Q5, aka Reflection Season).

I admit I have been hyperfocused and fixated on my own woes and it is now time to look up and not miss this time.

(My knee still hurts and does weird things when I bend it, but I am definitely seeing improvement which is so encouraging. Ortho tomorrow. Definitely no running yet. But I am in less pain overall and so it is no longer the main thing on my mind.)

  • C made his school soccer team! This was kind of a big deal as it is a competitive field at his school (soccer is the most popular sport here and tons of kids tried out). He didn’t make it as a 3rd grader but was so excited to make it this year. He’s also in club/travel soccer so yes, that means many days he now has TWO practices and our game schedule has doubled. Luckily, the school practices and games are much earlier so there is no conflict. Unluckily that means many of them take place while I am working. I will just try to catch the ones I can and not stress about it because what else can I do?
  • I am going to hand out candy!! Okay this doesn’t sound that exciting, but I am looking forward to it. For years I have tromped around the neighborhood with the kids, feeling bad about not manning our candy station at peak trick-or-treating hours. This year I am determined to let Josh do that while I set up a table and stay put (and hey, a bum knee is a pretty convenient excuse . . .though I actually can walk pretty well). I am excited to just hang out and see lots of neighbor kids/parents come around. (We live in a highly trafficked Trick or Treat zone, or at least it was last year). Annabel said she would hang out with me for at least part of the time ๐Ÿ™‚
  • Hi Barbie . . . A + I both got pink Barbie jumpsuits, C is a Minecraft something (creeper? I’d ask him, but he’s asleep) and G is a witch for the second year in a row — apparently that is the Halloween role that speaks to her most. Interesting!
love it
witch for the second year in a row, this time with more missing teeth . . .
  • BLP LIVE is THIS WEEK!!!! OMGOMG. Everything is pretty much ready and I am so so glad I am feeling better in time for this event that has been in the works for nearly a year. There will be ~19 of us in the group and so many people I’ve gotten to know for years (blog comments, Patreon, emails) and am so excited to actually meet in person. I think this will be a really fun time — maybe not as relaxing for me (as I am invested in everyone else’s good time) but still a lot of fun. Will report back and share pix as long as people approve them ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway. I feel like I am getting my bearings after a challenging time and starting to look forward to things again. This is one of my absolute favorite times of the year and I do not want to miss it.


  • Reply Gillian October 31, 2023 at 6:45 am

    Halloween is my least favorite holiday. I have been blocking it out. Even last night driving home I was like “There is something on the calendar tomorrow and I can’t think what…oh right, trick-or-treating…” I know that is bah humbug, but so be it.

    I am so excited for BLP Live!!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 31, 2023 at 7:16 am

      Itโ€™s not my fave either but I think sitting there and handing out candy will be more my jam than walking around trying to not lose a kid. (In our neighborhood instead of opening door most people sit in front yard with tables.)

    • Reply Omdg October 31, 2023 at 4:42 pm

      Lol me too. Iโ€™m going for a treadmill run and doing some work while my daughter goes trick or treating with her friends. Hope that doesnโ€™t make me a bad mother!

  • Reply Sarah October 31, 2023 at 6:54 am

    I love Halloween. My oldest and his friends plan to hand out our candy while we ToT with Minnie, but how long will a 3 year-old even last? Answering the door is my fave (and not just because of the snow).

  • Reply Grateful Kae October 31, 2023 at 7:25 am

    Ooh, morning post… Sarah’s writing instead of running. ๐Ÿ™

    But I totally know what you mean about not wanting to get so wrapped up in something that you otherwise “miss” a stretch of time. I feel like this often. I think I’m someone who kind of goes mentally all in to one thing (be it a problem/ issue or just something that kind of “takes over”, like my new puppy…). And I then have a hard time processing the rest of everything else that is happening around me. It’s difficult to explain the sensation of how the rest of life and reality ends up seeming blurred in the background, but it’s very real.

    I’ve been thinking that I feel like I’ve almost missed October this year, d/t the puppy arriving Sept 30. Obviously I did NOT actually miss October, and I know a lot of great things have happened in October for me! But since the puppy has been such a HUGE dominating force, it’s like I can’t normally see/feel/experience everything else happening around me.

    I also feel like this sometimes when we travel. Like if I’m on vacation for 2 weeks in August, come September I’ll think, “Wait, where did August go?! I completely missed it!” Of course I had an amazing time on the trip, and it was definitely August, but somehow missing focusing on the regular life stuff makes me also feel… out of sorts, I guess. Anyway, all that to say I know exactly what you mean!! Time to snap out of it and look up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 31, 2023 at 8:55 am

      I think we think about time VERY similarly. Also yep, you are correct – I didn’t even mean to get up early but could not sleep and figured hey, why not post – since I was not running or working out. Honestly cannot WAIT to get back to it but being patient. Knee still far from normal. However hand much better sooo maybe some upper body lifting can happen soon!

  • Reply jennystancampiano October 31, 2023 at 8:45 am

    Glad you’re feeling better! I’m also excited about handing out candy tonight. In years past I was the one walking around with kids, but now my daughter is too old for that (she and her friends will be off on their own.). Handing out candy is a fun job!
    My son had a similar Minecraft costume one year! His friend was a creeper and he was some other character. They weren’t crazy about those headpieces though- I can’t remember the issue but they kept wanting to take them off and I wanted them to stay on because they look awesome.
    Ha ha… love your little witch. Hope you have a fun day!

  • Reply Lani Inlander October 31, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    So excited for BLP LIVE!!!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 31, 2023 at 4:55 pm


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