I hope everyone has a fun Halloween! As soon as work is finished I’m rushing home where we’ll finally carve our pumpkin, spook up the house, and get ready for our trick or treaters. We have way too much candy so hopefully we’ll have a ton of trick or treaters!

I can’t wait to see all the costumes. I remember quite a few of mine as a child- but I don’t think I have a clear favorite. The most memorable was when my mom dressed my younger sister Sara and I up as aliens. We had the standard plastic sheath and she painted our faces- I was green and Sara was yellow I think. Then she strapped the other part of our costumes on our heads. You see, our faces blended with the costume and there was a HUGE inflatable alien head that strapped onto our heads. So it appeared that we were waaay taller than we were. Well, if you believed we were actually aliens. Those huge heads bobbed around and dipped and slid as we sweat underneath the plastic. Our face paint mixed with our sweat and dripped down the sides of our faces. We bumped into many things including each other, because this was in the late 70′s/ early 80′s, way before safety was a concern when dressing up your child. We had a ball as aliens- we thought we were completely authentic. Then we went home and changed into our pajamas, and that’s when things turned tricky. The face paint would not come off. We went to school for a week with a faint green & yellow pallor. In fact, people thought for sure that Sara had jaundice! It had smeared to our hair too so I had a nice green tint to my blonde hair. Nothing boosts a kids confidence like looking like the Incredible Hulk’s kid let me tell you!

What was your most memorable costume?

Trick or Treat

I wish I wasn’t too old to trick or treat. I want to be a kid again, just for tomorrow. I love Halloween- and the best parts of it. The costume/sleepover parties where your friend’s dad sneaks in after you’ve all just drifted off and scares the bejesus out of you with his wolfman mask. I really loved it in elementary school when we could wear our costumes to school for the day. Then when Morgan, my little sister, was born I was given the chance to re-live all the fun of Halloween through her. We would all take her trick or treating. Here’s this little child in her costume, perhaps a little friend of her’s would come along, and this big gang of adults roving through the neighborhoods. We’d dress up sometimes too, and we’d have the best time checking out all the decorations and scoring some candy here and there. It was always such a great start to the night. Trick or treating would be over around 8, just in time for the adults to go out to whatever party was planned. I’ve always had fun in the haunted houses or mazes. And our local theme park transforms into one huge haunted place during October. But, I haven’t been there in a couple of years.

Morgan is 12 years old now. She stands 5 feet 9 & 1/2 inches tall. She still loves to hang out with her big sisters, but she’s traded trick or treating for parties now. So now, tomorrow, I’ll be assuming the role of handing out candy to trick or treaters at my house. I hope we get a bunch! We’re all prepared with decorations & loads of candy!

Fly like an eagle?

Why does the US postal service hate me? I send lots of mail. I buy stamps. I do my best to keep them in business. And yet… Almost two weeks before Rachel and Brian visited I sent them a way cool package with tons of fun things to keep them entertained on the road. J said he’d mail it for me and to this day it still hasn’t reached them. I’m so mad. I spent time & money on that package and who knows where it is!

Example #2 of why the post office hates me: On Oct. 15th I dropped a card in the mail to my friend Stacey who lives 20 minutes down the road. On Friday, the 25th (!!) I get an email from her that she just got it that day. I could have crawled to her house with the card and it would have gotten there faster!

Example #3: J & I sent out our wedding invites in late January and got married March 3. My uncle Bobby never RSVP’d and I was worried because he has a big family, and you know, you want to make sure you have enough seating, food, etc. So one day in September I check the mail to find the following: Uncle Bobby’s RSVP and a gift check postmarked in February, J’s W2 that was mailed in January, a letter from my great aunt Margaret dated in May, and various other items all postmarked waaaay before that fateful day in September.

Postal Service, if we have in any way upset or offended you, we’re very sorry. Do you keep our mail in a special box and deliver it only when the mood strikes you? I swear Postal Service, we rarely if ever use UPS and Fed Ex. (but let me tell you, we will now) I know I said I don’t like the song “Fly like an Eagle” when you chose that as your theme song. But please Postal Service, don’t let that come between us.

Still sick

Just got back from the doctor and pharmacy. Turns out I have a sinus infection. Fun! So I’m off to take my various drugs now. Hopefully they’ll kick in nice and strong so I can make it to work tomorrow.

In other news, last night J and I watched Insomnia. Not the feel good movie of the year, let me tell you. But it was really good. Robin Williams makes an excellent bad guy. So creepy. I can’t wait to see One Hour Photo now!


aaaaahhhh. I don’t have anything I have to do today! Yay! J’s off too so we’re going to run some errands and rent a movie for later. I might get some crafting in. It’s nice to have a day without a huge list of to-do’s. I’m planning on enjoying it because things will get really busy again here shortly. I’m working this weekend, going to Wilmington next weekend, then 2 weeks later my Mom & I are going Christmas shopping at Ikea and stopping in Baltimore to see Rachel & Brian for the day.

Down from the mountain

We had such a good time this weekend. I wish we could have stayed in the mountains for a week!

Friday Rachel, Brian, & Violet arrived. Violet is so sweet! We toured them around the house and the city then had dinner at Lupie’s. At dinner we talked about the things Rachel & Brian had noticed so far during their trip. Rachel noticed the abundance of children’s homes we apparently have in NC. “What’s with all the children’s homes? Why don’t they just live with their parents? I kept waiting to see roving packs of thieving children on the road!” After dinner we loaded up the cars and hit the road to Valle Crucis. Everyone got settled into their rooms. Rachel, Brian & Violet were in the Chestnut Room and we were in the Bridal Suite .

Saturday we woke up bright and early to go to breakfast at Dan’l Boone Inn. We got our own little room with a huge lazy susan. Brian ended up sitting next to Hale so he got the rub during blessing. So funny!

You see, we all join hands and say blessing before dinner and whoever sits next to Hale gets the rub, as Hale has a tendency to rub your hand while holding it, no matter who you are. Once you’ve gotten the rub, you know you’re an official part of the family!

After breakfast we went to the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. We bought worms from worm wranglers out front and raced them. Alas, despite rigorous training our worms failed to win, or even place for that matter! We had fun racing and browsing all the booths though.

After the festival we checked in on the dogs then toured the Mast General Store. We then toured the neighboring town of Boone then went back to the house for dinner and Trading Spaces.


We went to breakfast at Mountain House where Rachel & Brian told us all about the abundance of meat themed restaurants we have here. When you live somewhere for a long time it’s really interesting to hear an out of towner’s observations. They loved Winn Dixie (the beef people) plus all the bar-b-que & steak restaurants everywhere. Even the meat cutters at Harris Teeter (grocery store) wear cowboy hats! Rachel’s take on how it’s different up north: “We eat meat, we just don’t celebrate it!”. After breakfast we went to Blowing Rock to check out the strip of cool stores and galleries.

Then it was time to pack up and go. We were so sad to see them leave! But we’ll be up to see them before too long!

(More pictures to come once they’re developed.)