Oh, hi there. Have we met? Allow me to introduce myself. My name is "Diary the Bitter". Wanna see my picture? That's me, right there.
You might ask, why so bitter Diary? Well, I'll tell ya, it appears that my Halloween good times are over. For a combination of reasons, lack of time, kids growing up, general exhaustion, we have not decorated our house for Halloween this year. I have a few things up inside and last weekend, I half-heartedly threw some purple lights and skeletons over a couple of bushes in the front yard, but that's it. It's a radical departure from last year, where we were clearly going for some kind of world record in outdoor decor.
We will still have our usual open house and plans are in motion for my traditional vat of chili, but the excitement is not there. The only thing that I might be able to count on is that my sister in law will join me in downing a large number of cosmos. Hmmmm, maybe the weekend is looking up after all.
Please keep your e-mails to charming stories and recipes for really great food. Don't send anything that you wouldn't want your mother to see or wouldn't want widely publicized on the internet. Naked pictures will not be returned and may be sold to local perverts if I get strapped for cash.