I'm honestly so excited about Halloween. It's my favorite holiday! I don't think our neighborhood will be participating in Trick-or-Treat (which I understand but I'm sad about) and I'm not even sure I'm going to decorate but I love that Hocus Pocus comes on TV all the time. It's the BEST Halloween movie ever.
Amok! Amok! Amok!
I'm going through all these articles I've saved. To "read later" that is. Except if I don't carve out some time to read them, it will never happen! So I've been trying to read through some.
I read this one from the New Yorker this week. It's about the death of a Sherlock Holmes expert. There were questions by some of his friends, family, and acquittances about whether or not he had been murdered (in a strange locked room mystery) or if he had committed suicide. It was around the time that the last of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's children passed away (and with her, several of her father's papers ended up at Christie's for sale). The article is titled "Mysterious Circumstances: The Strange Death of a Sherlock Holmes Fanatic." I was unaware that Arthur Conan Doyle had children or have followed them at all. Sometimes canonical authors seem to exist as the only object in a void. I had the same feeling when I learned about Charles Dickins (who at age 45, left his wife and took up with an 18 year old actress. He had three hundred children with his wife, or ten. One of those numbers. Dickens' mistress was a year older than his daughter. Dude was nasty. The Invisible Woman is about their relationship. I'm judgy).
I've continued on with the Royal Spyness mysteries. I find them to be really fun. I'm trying to break it up and read some books in between but I'm still reading one book a day more or less. Sometimes I average six books a week while other times it's eight.
Another article I read is from the Atlantic. I have a subscription to the magazine and I really enjoy it. Their Covid-19 articles are all free for anyone to read. This one is about the spiral of Covid-19 in America. I picked it to read simply because the GOP apparently is plague central and the way they're handling the virus is contributing to the spread in America. Basically, they're inept. I suppose some will see that as a partisan statement but I'm over this immature "sides" for politics. This isn't football and because of people like Mitch McConnell and Newt Gingrich, we're in this stalemate of non-progress and NOW we have a international pandemic with over 200,000 people dead in America. The Atlantic article is more professional in how precautions should be handled. Mostly, I'm tired because my neighbor (a Trump supporter) had a massive fight with his brother or something last night and screamed a bunch in his backyard...where my window faces. I had to listen for two or three hours before I moved into the den and slept on the couch. He's always angry and screaming at something. He's honestly a walking heart attack waiting to happen...but at least it will finally be quiet when he goes.
I guess I should take a nap instead of complaining. Stupid neighbor. He likes me thankfully, but he's the dude that has issues with everyone else in the neighborhood (and they with him). He's not a great dude overall.
My cousin, who believes every stupid conspiracy theory known to man (but has yet to read an actual history book to know that this "new, top secret think the government doesn't want you to know!" is fully outlined in chapter eight of any high school history textbook) believes some of the dumbest shit about Jonestown. The last one I rolled my eyes at is that everyone was killed by the police in Guyana who didn't want black people down there. There is no use trying to explain that Guyana was not some random white people only outpost.
In short, my cousin is a moron. He's dumb. Super dumb. Like...I often wonder how he survives day to day because I don't think he has the mental capacity to function. I don't talk to him anymore, mostly because he's still mad that I told him I'd gladly join the Illuminati because they probably had a great egg salad at functions. He told me I needed to stay away from them (do they even exist outside of the conspiracy framework? Ha!) Apparently my flippant reply means I'm "a bitch."
I listen to Conan's podcast to cleanse my soul from the darkness in between episodes of Casefile. So that's nice.
Well, I bit the bullet and bought some multi-chrome eyeshadows from Chaos makeup. It's an indie brand. I don't know that much about indie brands so I thought I'd dip my toe into the little indie pond. I picked chaos because it's the one Lisa Eldridge used.
I'm excited to give them a go. I have the prep stuff for the pigment already so I'm not too worried about that. I picked a color very similar to the one she's wearing so hopefully I receive the same type of look when I give it a whirl.
I also bought a wax seal handle, wax seal stamp, and wax from etsy. I love stationary and I adore extra stuff like this. I hope I don't burn the house down but I'm excited to add this to my letter writing.