i really go back and forth on my love for halloween. now part of me likes the costumes and candy and the fact that it usually means we are finally getting cooler weather. the other part of me hates the scariness factor and the need for girls to dress like whores and the pressure to come up with the perfect costume. last year i spent so much money on my dorothy costume. now it was cute as hell, and probably shorter then it should have been, but i made a vow this year to not spend nearly the money. see last year i waited so long to figure out if i was going to dress up and what i would be that to get all the parts of my costume i needed to do express shipping to get them all here on time. big mistake for a costume i have one picture in and spent about 4 hours in.
this year my priorities were a little different. first i participated in a really fun 5k on thursday night with my mom. i actually dragged up enough courage to run through 2 graveyards in an etchy-sketchy part of las vegas for a really good cause, the easter seals of nevada. you also had to dress up for the event! now that i am a running costume pro i was actually excited to go. i went as a fairy and mom went as a deviled egg! we both shattered our 5k times mine @26:38 and mom @38:26. and mom even won 2nd place in her age group! we celebrated at metro pizza naturally:)
friday was all about voting, the start of my 3-day weekend, and carving pumpkins. it was the last day for early voter registration and unless i wanted to drive back up to shelia tarr on tuesday i had to vote friday. so after a delicious lunch at raising canes with tiffany i went off to do my patriotic duty and cast my early vote. as i was pulling in richard calls to say he finally going to get the pumpkin carving kit we found 2 weeks ago, that i had been asking hime to pick back up since he was home during the day. i had just come from picking up the same kit. there was quite a line, but it went through really quickly. i made a bee line for home because i was so excited about carving pumpkins. i hadnt carved one in a few years and richard had never carved one, this was going to be fun.
we had picked our pumpkins the weekend before at the grocery store and each had weighed in at about 16 pounds with excellent stems. those are very important you know. once you have the perfect pumpkin it is all about the perfect pattern to carve. i had chosen a very cute mummy, but richard was all over the place being super indecisive. so we lay out all the newspaper on the kitchen floor, tools ready, and big knives set to carve. as i start to cut out the lid, richard starts reading the directions from the pattern book and looking at me like i am doing it all wrong. of all things i know how to carve a perfect pumpkin. once the lid is off i start digging out all the gooey stuff inside, loving every minute. richard takes one look inside my pumpkin and the things i am pulling out and i thought he was going to tell me i am on my own! finally he starts carving out the lid and begins gingerly pulling out the gooey guts.
he looks so uncomfortable, at this point i cant help but laugh. he pulls out the bare minimum and claims he is finished and has a idea for his pumpkin. earlier he decided we will both carve individual pumpkins and then we let his friends decide, who were coming over the next evening, who the better pumpkin was.
after helping in the search for a thundercat logo and hearing the complaints about the printer, i knew my pumpkin carving championship was over. i mean it was a really good idea and i wish i come up with something cool as well, but come on your friends and thundercats, there was no way i was winning. as he started poking out the pattern he realized he hadnt cleaned out the pumpkin nearly enough, so he started digging again. about an hour later our pumpkins were complete! the thundercat logo did look really cool and when it was lit up, man you could tell i wasnt going to win. see example a.
later that night when richard went to work the baking bug had taken over. i had been desperately looking for a reason to bake pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and knew that the small halloween/housewarming party we were having the next night was the perfect excuse. while i know that not everyone likes the cookies-fools-i also made halloween funfetti cupcakes. i made a special cupcake for richard with lots of frosting, he was not so impressed. and forget the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, he was way not havin that. i knew the next day we were going to need to buy candy so he would have some snacks.
there was originally quite the dilemma about how to decorate. i like the cutesy/kid version of halloween with smiley faces and candy. richard likes the all out scary, mean, the more terrifying the better. he learned first hand how scared i am of, well everything when we were in walmart and he made me burst into tears over a giant stuffed red-eye scary rat. while he still thinks its funny, we scaled back on the decorations. we started the evening with a few friends coming by early to hang out and begin the drinking early. richard borrowed the deviled egg costume and it was a big hit. it also could have been the fact he was already pretty buzzed by the time the rest of the group came by. we had found some pretty good quality alcohol while unpacking the things from richards storage unit so had a good base going into the evening. richard even gave a cribs tour of the apartment to vanessa, it was hilarious. partially because your tour is by a deviled egg and partially because richard is pretty buzzed.
many drinks later we headed out to kellys for an evening filled with karoke, more drinking, vanessa stumbling to tylers car about 5 minutes after we got there, richard sleeping in the bar before going on stage, and a costume contest won by a man dressed as an unattractive woman.
all in all this was a very successful halloween weekend. a good mix of kid halloween and grown-up halloween. a small successful housewarming party where lots of alcohol was consumed. and possibly a few new traditions were formed.