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This is my home-game entry this week for therealljidol . I am not competing this season but invite you to read and vote for the many fine entries.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
For Halloween we dressed as Peanuts characters.
I'm Sally, The Gryphon is Linus, and KFP is The Great Pumpkin.

I am not a witch. I am Sally Brown. Or I was for Halloween this year. I am also a mother, writing this with a distracted four-month-old on my lap who keeps hitting the tray table.

I am not superwoman. I am doing my best to balance the important things in life, and often this means making choices, which is why I'm not competing this year. It also means that changing a diaper takes precedence to just about anything else.

I am no longer an "after" picture. After maintaining a weight loss of 70 pounds for five years, only regaining 15, I regained the rest while pregnant. I am currently working on losing the remaining 40 pounds of pregnancy weight. It's a lot harder the second time!

I am going to have to cut this off soon, so that I can check my little Kung Fu Panda's diaper and strap him into the car seat before going to the YMCA for a Zumba class. I am optimistic this will make a difference in my weight-loss efforts.

I am grieving the loss of my doggie, Una, who died a little more than a week ago of cancer. She is the beautiful, sweet doggie in my icon picture, and while I considered changing it, I decided to keep it as a tribute to my faithful friend and nurse dog.

I am not a publishing success story... yet. Currently, I'm completing work on my book of essays, which I hope to make available soon.

I am running out of time, so if you want to find out more, read the Intro to Alyce I wrote for Season 5 (where I came in fifth place out of a field of almost 200), check out Who's Who on Musings or read last year's intro.

I've got to go.

I'm you.

Babies have a way of reordering priorities.

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Nov. 1st, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
What a perfect idea! So cute!
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We thought it worked out really well. Got lots of compliments at the party, too.
Nov. 1st, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
I love the costumes!
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! We haven't dressed up with costumes that went together since we first started dating.
Nov. 1st, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
You all look great in your costumes :)
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I was lucky I was able to find them online, because we didn't even have an idea until two weeks before Halloween.
Nov. 1st, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
You can look around and there's not a sign of hypocrisy.
Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.

Nov. 1st, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
We told everyone at the party we attended that this was the most sincere pumpkin patch ever! As it turned out, the hostess told us she actually DID have a pumpkin patch in her garden.
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Nov. 1st, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
It all stemmed from the fact that we had the jack-o-lantern pumpkin for KFP. Then I sought suggestions on Facebook and Livejournal. Gary, I believe, suggested Linus, as well as a couple of other people. I found the dress and the shirt on Google Shopping and eBay, respectively.
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:39 pm (UTC)
I suggested the Great Pumpkin *and* Linus!!! :)

I didn't suggest Sally though because everyone knows you're Lucy!! :P

Nov. 1st, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
Right. But it made more sense to be Sally, because then I could be giving Linus worshipful glances and calling him My Sweet Baboo. :)
Nov. 1st, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
Great Picture. Since I make quilts for Project Linus, all the Peanuts characters are near and dear to my heart. I even played Lucy once myself in a variety show skit from "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown!."
Nov. 1st, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
Love the Peanuts. My dad used to call my brother and I "Linus and Lucy." What's Project Linus?
Nov. 1st, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Awww! Thanks! Considering I dashed it off in about 15 minutes, that's good to hear.
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
I am glad to have come home to see this neat photo. KFP is my LJ adopted nephew. Smile!
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
:) Cool! I'll share more party pics tomorrow.
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, such a great photo! And I am so sorry to read about Una. :( You had written so many beautiful entries about her.
Nov. 1st, 2010 07:56 pm (UTC)
She was a very special dog, and I'll never forget her.

Glad you liked the photo!
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:28 pm (UTC)
What fun!
I was not able to talk the cute guy into wearing a Halloween shirt.
Nov. 1st, 2010 10:41 pm (UTC)
Aww, too bad. Maybe next year!
Nov. 2nd, 2010 12:04 am (UTC)
I really like the costumes you chose, they're very fitting. Thank you for not trying to do something cutesy with him, he's adorable as the Great Pumpkin.

Dee maintains that all babies look like Winston Churchill for a while. I don't much care for babies but I love hearing about your little guy. He gets better looking all the time.

As for your weight...do it for your health, not for your looks. What you lose is what you lose. If your stats are healthy and you're healthy, then the weight doesn't matter.
Nov. 3rd, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Thanks for the compliments on the costumes! I was lucky enough to have been given KFP's costume as a gift. It saved us the trouble of looking for one. And yes, I am constantly amazed with how good looking he is. As well as alert and active. We are blessed.

Regarding the weight, you are very right. I would most like to get back in the "normal" range, because I felt much healthier there. Also, I would like to be able to fit the majority of the pre-pregnancy clothes I've stashed away, which would save me the trouble of buying a new wardrobe! But I'm trying to be patient with myself and not expect miracles overnight. After all, it took me nine months to gain this weight. I can't expect to lose it in four!
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