Halloween 2016

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Happy Halloween!

Today is going to be a good day. The weather is perfect for Halloween- cloudy, slightly breezy and a bit cold. I love it. And for possibly the first time ever in my parent career all celebration is taking place on October 31st. My daughter’s class party is this afternoon and Trick-or-Treat is tonight as well. So much fun!

I am such a nerd.
(Oh well!)

I aslo have other plans to enhance my Halloween/ quintessential autumn experience today. I’m going to take a walk at the local university, enjoy the cooler air, listen to the crunch of the leaves as I stroll through the campus. Ahhh…. So peaceful, so lovely…
So cliche! But I don’t care if I’m unoriginal, I’m happy!

laughy face

After my walk I’m going to the grocery store to get hot dogs and crescent rolls to make Mummy Dogs for dinner. I might also do “witch/zombie fingers”. Those are just mozzarella cheese sticks with diced bell pepper pieces as the finger nails. Use a butter knife to slice little lines in the cheese stick to create more “finger-like detail”.
If I have time I’d also like to sit and watch some more Halloween themed TV and movies on Netflix and Hulu.
Just as I suspected, my Penny Dreadful phase came to an end, but it happened much sooner than I thought. I made it into season 2, just to the episode where it goes into Vanessa’s backstory and her finding out she’s a witch. And I think that may have been my favorite episode. Maybe that’s why I stopped there.
I’ve also watched a few episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Witches of East End, three of the Underworld movies, The Addams Family movie, and Jane Eyre. You might be thinking,  Jane Eyre?
Yes. Jane Eyre. I don’t know about the earlier film adaptations but the one from 2010 is a good Halloween choice. The book is even better for Halloween. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.
Today I’d like to watch The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloweentown, Jane Eyre, and/or Corpse Bride. Last October I constantly had on Nightmare Before Christmas, Corpse Bride or Jane Eyre- even just as background while I went about my chores and stuff. But, sadly, this year Nightmare Before Christmas isn’t on Netflix so I haven’t got to watch it. ; (
However, I did get to at least listen to it via YouTube. That was pretty cool. Maybe I’ll do that again. That way I’ll actually get some things done- laundry, dishes, cooking, vacuum, dusting, etc. Corpse Bride and Jane Eyre are still good options too.

Whether I get to sit (with the cat on my lap, of course) and enjoy a movie this morning, or at lunch, or later tonight with the kids- it’s already a good day. I’m doing this blog post and feeling good about it, I helped my daughter do her hair for her class party- she’s a “zombie cheerleader”- so cute!  I walked her to the bus stop and we were actually on time. And I’m about to take my husband to work because we are currently down to one car. I kind of like that I get to take him to work right now because I feel needed and like I’m actually adding value. Sometimes that’s a feeling that’s hard to come by when you’re a stay-at-home parent.

Even though I’ve spent several paragraphs talking about Halloween, the truth is I’m very ready for Christmas! It’s crazy, I know. Oddly enough I think it’s because of the unseasonably warm weather- it sent me over the edge. I’m so tired of heat and sunshine! All it did was make me want clouds and cold even more.
For several days now I’ve had to fight the urge to turn on Christmas music! But tomorrow- it’s on. Christmas music all day!
I am going to hold off on the Christmas decorations though. Tomorrow I’ll take down the Halloween stuff but leave the fall things for the next few weeks. I’m going to try to make it until  November 21st before putting up the Christmas stuff, but I might end up doing it the week of the 14th. And I’ve already got some Christmas movies lined up on Netflix and Hulu. I’m so excited!
But for today I’m going to focus on staying in the present moment and season.

Happy Halloween
I sincerely hope you’re having as much fun as I am today.

 

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My To-Read list. It’s a start…

When I woke up this morning I randomly had the music for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy playing in my head. It was about this time last year that I started searching for good “holiday” reads (Halloween and Christmas), and this year I seem to be doing the same. Last year I planned it but this year it’s happening in a more spontaneous way. I know that Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is from Tchaikovsy’s score for The Nutcracker, a Christmas season favorite with a tradition almost as strong as A Christmas Carol. I also know that the ballet was based on the book The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.
(According to Wikipedia the ballet is based on Alexander Dumas’s adaptation of the story.)

the nutcracker

Sometimes before reading a book I like to do a little research on it and I was very surprised to find that The Nutcracker and The Mouse King was written in 1816! That is amazing. The story is 200 years old….. That is just absolutely amazing. A few years ago at Christmas I borrowed it from the library and tried to read it, but I couldn’t get into it. So, I’m going to try again this year. The Nutcracker and The Mouse King is officially at the top of my Christmas-books-to-read list. I’ll try to start it no later than December 1st.

Wow, here I am talking about Christmas and December and it’s only the middle of August! But, hey, Book Talk is Book Talk, it doesn’t always recognize seasons.

As for right now….. Still not reading anything, although I do keep thinking of David Copperfield. I’m also thinking of Halloween and what I should read for the month of October. Last year I decided on The Wolf Gift for my “Halloween” read, but I wonder what I’ll read this year…?
Interview With A Vampire?
Bram Stoker’s Dracula?
I gave Dracula a try last year, it was very difficult, but I would be willing to try again. Maybe I’ll find something entirely new. But definitely nothing by Stephen King. No Stephen King! I can’t handle his horror stories.
Hmmm… let’s see….. I think I’m feeling kind of “witchy.” I might have to do some research and find myself a witch story or two to read- there’s plenty of them out there!

 

See you Monday (actually Sunday) for my 2nd Monday Moon Post.