Take one down, pass it around

When I sent my husband out to get Halloween candy this year, I nagged reminded him to buy more candy than he has in the past couple of years, because we always run out. He did a good job and came back with a respectable mountain of peanut free goodies. That being said, I still didn't think it would be enough as it seems that every year we have more and more trick or treaters knocking on our door, and while the quantity might have been enough for last year, it might not be enough for this year if we kept trending upward.

But, whatever. I have plenty on my plate these days and frankly buying more candy *just in case* didn't make it to the top of my priority list. Okay, honestly, it didn't make it onto the list.

So last night I sent my husband off with the kids and the neighbors, kids loaded with costumes and goody bags and adults loaded with beverages to get them loaded. I had my big bowl full of candy and my backstock bowl at the ready. Between DING-DONGS I packed for the move and watched Ghost Hunters while enjoying a nice Cab.

Oddly, there weren't many DING-DONGS. There were the neighborhood kids that we knew (most of whom were in the same pack as my two), the were the teens who go everywhere and an interesting third group: parents who came up to the door with their kids to ask where we were moving. AND WHY.

I've had more than one friend tell me that "people are wondering" about why we are moving. Shhhhhhh...the big secret IS NOT A SECRET. We couldn't have been more candid about the fact that WE CAN'T AFFORD THIS HOUSE ANYMORE. Tada! Cat was never in the bag. And yet, there is still a bunch of whispering about our "situation." People just love them a good gossip, huh?

My husband and I thought about making stuff up just to fuel their need to consume rumors. He suggested I say, "My husband beats me every night *cough* at Scrabble *cough*." I suggested he say, "She cheated *cough* at Scrabble *cough*." Or maybe a simple, "We've split *cough* the Scrabble board in half from overuse *cough*." What do you think?


  1. You're not alone. We know a lot of people in the same situation.

    But you know...we bought an older home in an established neighborhood. We got a lot of house for amazingly little money. But we have had to put a ton of money into it and we still have a lot of issues to address. So, even using our strategy, you can get bogged down by the expense.

    Sometimes I think about selling the house and buying a couple of townhomes.

    The townhouses we lived in when my oldest child was small was part of a building with four other units in it. The owner of our building bought two right next to one another and lived in one unit. The rent paid the mortgages, and they did not have to spend anything out of pocket for a place to live. It was a good investment.

    They were SMALL. I mean, miniscule. We were tight with just the three of us, I can't imagine it now. But we could do it. I've proposed the idea to Husband and we're still thinking. It's a big leap to take, but I think it would be worth it.

    So, BA, ramble much? Sorry.

  2. Just tell them the house is haunted.

  3. Oh, man, those people are pissing me off. Messing with them would be fantastic.

  4. I was commenting to a friend that in my town, saying that you can't afford something is taboo!!! I can't stand it. I hate when people put up a big front. Screw it. I'll admit when I can't afford something. It's a part of life (and right now the lousy economy!)

    Good luck with the move.

  5. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I totally think you should say those things!
    And BTW, did you have enough or too much candy?
    After the first year here in our apartment we knew we wouldn't get any tricker treaters. So the last 2 years we haven't bought any candy. Last night when we got home from the thing at church our poor neighbors were at their door wondering where all the tricker treaters were. I told them I hoped they bought candy they liked because they'd be eating it all themselves!

  6. I hope your new neighborhood is made up of more people like you.

    The lending a hand, not pointing a finger type.

  7. I've never understood people that go poking their noses into other people's business. You should totally make up stories to tell them. It would serve them right. And provide you with some fun in the process.


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