1. October 28 is apparently not the time to go shopping for Halloween candy unless you want to visit half the stores in town before you end up literally unstacking boxes in the back of the local WalMart – the last resort of the shopper at wit’s end – to get to the few remaining bags of candy they have before they take it away and send it off to wherever things go when they don’t sell at WalMart.
2. There’s already Christmas stuff up! It’s not even November! What about Thanksgiving, at least?
3. Some of this may be on me, I suppose. One day it was late July and I was standing there at the County Fair watching the poultry judging and suddenly – BOOM! – it’s the end of October and I have very little idea of how I got from the one to the other.
4. There is really very little call for a cemetery to be sending out customer satisfaction surveys. “Would you recommend this cemetery to a friend?” You know, I’m not really sure how to answer that question to be honest.
5. After spending nearly sixteen hours in a two-day virtual conference on how to advise transfer students heading to Main Campus University it is clear that my finely honed Zoom skills from 2020 have deteriorated. On the other hand my note-taking abilities are still top notch two decades after leaving graduate school and more than a quarter century after my last actual class.
6. I am going to have a very hard time choosing the winner of this year’s Great British Bake Off, as I like all of the contestants this time around. I have my favorites, of course, so I’m cheering for them to make it to the final, but there haven’t been any that I was happy to see go home so far.
7. Someday the cats will be confident enough that we are back for the foreseeable future that they will not be stuck to us like barnacles or howling like banshees when we are out of eyesight. Today is not that day. Tomorrow does not look good either.
8. I like that I can go back to campus and talk with my colleagues and see students in person again, but I have completely forgotten how to pack a lunch.
9. It’s dark in the mornings now, and cold. Getting out of bed is just more of a chore than it was a month or two ago, and it wasn’t that much fun even then.
10. “Boredom is a luxury good.” (Adam Fletcher) I feel this a lot more than I did not even that long ago.