Halloween was a mixed bag this year. At work I organized a potluck lunch that was a grand success. I helped a friend tie a bow tie for his costume - it really looked good on him. I also put together a costume for myself that I felt good about.
I had put forth the goal of doing something social this Halloween, since it fell on a Friday this year. I had not heard of any Halloween parties from my circle of friends, so I did some looking on my own. I found Trick-or-Vote, a project where people go door to door on Halloween, which is just days before Election Day, to encourage people to vote. The thinking is that Halloween is the one day where people are expecting strangers to be knocking on their door. With a party for the volunteers afterwards, it looked like an fitting activity. The trick is that I would have to get there by 5:30pm. Anyway, I had a rough day at work. Despite the help I got from my co-workers, it was 5:30pm when I walked out the door. It did not help that I chose to bike to work. I was exhausted. I am not Superman, I did not have the energy to bike across town. There are time when I have left work angry, times when I have left discouraged. Today I left work tired and sad.
On a positive note, I was able to put my newly installed rain barrel to use today. The shower that soaked me on the way to work filled at least 10 gallons in the barrel. I was able to water the Winter Daphne, which is sheltered from rain, with that water.