Here I am writing about Halloween again(!).
While I most certainly feel compelled to move on (it is November already), I also feel the need to provide a little closure, since I hyped it up so much the past few weeks.
So, without further hoopla, here is my quick wrap-up:
- Making caramel apples for the neighbors was wonderful. I've always been fond of the idea of building community among neighbors, but I've never actually done much in that department. I think the difference now is that I finally feel like I'm going to be settled in the same place for a while. Additionally, my partner Matt inspires me to overcome my introvertedness. He's so full of life and energy it's contagious. The apple-making process itself was way easier than it might seem, and the neighbors really seemed to appreciate the sentiment.
- While planning a party, I was reminded of the need to made trade offs between different things I value. For example, I bought LED icicle lights to hang in the backyard because they significantly reduce how much energy is used. We tested them out the night before the party and I couldn't stand them. They cast a bright bluish light that evoked feelings of being in a hospital operating room. It was awful. Although I very much try to be as Earth-friendly as possible in my choices, I simply couldn't do it in this case. My desire to create an intimate and relaxing ambiance in our backyard outweighed my desire to help the Earth. It's hard when our values don't always align and the right decision isn't clear.
- Having a party outside is a lot of fun. We had a couch out there, two of our comfy inside chairs, and a couple lamps from our living room. We used our regular plates and silverware.
- Collecting canned goods for a food bank is also a lot of fun. Next time, I think it would be more effective to split into two teams and have a little competition to see which team could collect the most. In general, I'm more about collaboration than competition, but I think it would have created a stronger sense of urgency and allowed us to collect more cans for the cause. As a side note, another fun activity is "Caroling for Cans" around the holiday season.
- I realized that we need to have people over more often. It's so easy to fall into the routine of just hanging out with Matt because I enjoy it, but it's important to me to maintain a strong circle of friends, despite the fact that we're all pairing off.