We had a “Fall Festival” party at Elizabeth’s daycare/preschool tonight (called that because some parents don’t like Halloween). Elizabeth went dressed up in her Minnie Mouse costume. She was very cute. But then, she’s cute no matter how she’s dressed. 🙂 They had a “magic” show that was cute, but I’ve seen better. 🙂 Actually, Elizabeth really enjoyed it. She sat right up front and interacted with the magician, though she was never asked to be one of his volunteers. After the show, he made balloon animals for all the kids. Elizabeth kept asking for a sheep. Over and over. Repeatedly. She’s good at that. 🙂 The magician just kept ignoring her, it seemed. We finally realized why when he explained that he’d never been asked to make a sheep before and had to think about it while he made the other animals and swords, without thinking. In the end, it was a very nice sheep and Elizabeth was happy.

It was freezing cold later tonight as I walked the dogs. We only had a couple weeks of fall, and now it’s apparently already winter. At least we’re not in Russia. Most of Russia is so far north, their daytime only lasts about 8 hours or less this time of year. So, it’s not only freezing cold more than half the year, but it’s dark more than half the day.

Anyway, you’ll be glad to know that all the dogs pooped on their walk tonight. Always good, but especially now that we just had the carpets (a couple of rooms, anyway) professionally cleaned because one (or maybe both) of the boys had peed on the dirty clothes hamper in the bedroom and it really stank. Yes, we washed those clothes, but the smell just would NOT come out of the carpet. We never caught them, but we suspect they kept peeing on it whenever we weren’t looking. Two boy dogs trying to get in the last word, so to speak.

Well, this time next week they’ll be counting (or miscounting) the votes to see who our next president is. I can only hope that the polls showing Obama way ahead are accurate, but I also suspect that the voting machines (hell, the entire process) are fairly thoroughly rigged in favor of McCain, as they were for Bush. Like Stalin said, it’s not the votes that count, it’s who counts the votes. Just so long as Obama’s margin of victory is too much for McCain’s vote “fudging” to matter, everything will be cool. No, I’m not a Democrat, but I’m even further away from being a Republican. Both parties are corrupt; the Democrats up to their necks, the Republicans up to their eyeballs. 🙂 If it comes to that, I can only hope that Obama has more balls than Gore or Kerry and actually follows through on the recount challenges, keeping it out of the Supreme Court who have no business getting involved anyway. Enough politics. It’s a constant source of irritation for me in this part of the country where almost everyone expects everyone else to follow the herd and vote Republican.

Aaanywaaay! How ’bout those Tennessee Titans, eh!? Still undefeated, even after playing the (formerly?) mighty Indianapolis Colts. The Titans seem to be for real this year. Who knew?!

I was actually going to talk about walking the dogs tonight, but I tend to digress. Bad habit. Hence the title of my autobiography (on sale now at lulu.com!) 🙂

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