Congrats to those who did win-- several on my Friends List did very well, particularly gatheringlight and deadbeat_nymph. I'm also pleased-- for whatever reason-- at how many of the winning entries were originally written for one of the various rounds of the Prison Break Fic Exchange. That just reinforces the impression that sometimes writers outdo themselves writing for that challenge.
Yesterday feature three things due by 12 Noon, and I made the deadline on all three! Touch and go on the way, though.
The brownies for the school's Halloween Carnival bakesale were the simplest, though I was worried for awhile because I tragically overloaded the pan with batter. They ballooned up to cake height in the oven! Fortunately, they settled down in the cooling stage. It's the packaging them up to sell faster that takes the time.
The second was the weekly story for pbficsurvivor, where I didn't get the draft done until Midnight on Friday. It was a sleepy week during the late hours, and Friday itself turned into a disaster for several reasons. Plus, creativity does not always come on demand-- and sometimes I wish it would budge a little sooner. Fortunately, that one made the deadline.
And the last... *groan* I was ambivalent for awhile about whether to enter the cake decorating contest (don't laugh! It was all about time and inspiration and props). I finally decided I had a vision for it, and was going to do it, but the props were not all I would have liked! This was a "Halloween Fantasy" cake, and I wanted Peeps ghosts (Michael's and Jo-Anne Fabrics had them, but not Rite Aid or Walgreens), bone candy (no), Brach's mallow-creme shapes (Walgreen's #2), a little cauldron (Plastic Winchester Theatre has the one I used to own), and some figurines, namely a scarecrow and a witch. A black tree would have been nice too. *sigh* No to all of the figurines. I really didn't want to have to use my backup plan, which was making figures out of Pez dispensers, pipe cleaners, straws and fabric, but oh yes-- THAT was what I was driven to on Friday night. Thank god for glue guns!
There was a flail over the Runts I wanted-- mainly the red apple-shaped and green oval candies, for before and after apples from the cauldron. I had bought a box of Runts days ago, but they turned out to be (ack!) Tropical Runts with no green and the wrong red (mango-- bleh!). We went with my tiny, reserve package of Runts and some green Skittles, which were close enough.
Today, the kids are with an aunt and uncle (whoo! First time!), and we're going to look at sofas today. Urg. There's a lot of leather out there, which we will NOT be buying...