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Halloween at Work.

Posted in Entertainment, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2012 by urbannight

I had a few Halloween items in my desk drawer, so I pulled them out and started putting them up.

Most of these are actually my normal year round stuff. So don’t get confused. I a Halloween Girl.

Last night, my roommate tossed me a box after he got home from class. Pumpkin Lights! My overhead lights are a bit to bright. I may have to come in on a weekend, while it is dark, to get a better photo.

Sorry for the blur. My camera refuses to take a clearer photo. Maybe my camera is afraid of it.

The coffin was an item stashed in a desk drawer. Inside is a Halloween candle I would like to use but it is so perfect for stabilizing it and making it stand nice and neat with some weight to it.

Some of my beloved skulls.

I brought these in to work for food days. But I never want to use them. I would rather have them to look at.

This is the Smaller Spider

I actually hate spiders and was glad my roommate brought home the pumpkins rather than the spiders. Yet I have two giant spider decorations. I have to bring in the bigger one and put it in the corner behind my computer monitors.

When do you start preparing for Halloween?

Posted in Apartments, Entertainment, Food, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

For me, it is now.

Once, when I had a house, someone came over and said they liked what I was doing for Halloween. I looked around, trying to figure out what they were talking about. I hadn’t pulled out my Halloween tubs yet.

Some people collect geese, cows, and/or eggplants, to name a few of the common combinations.

I collect Cats, Pumpkins, and Skulls. It tends to blend in with the Halloween stuff really well.

Now it is time to start pulling out the ACTUAL Halloween stuff.

What do I need to do first?

Stop eating. Really. Seriously. Don’t you think that is a good place to start? Maybe I can survive on oatmeal packets, protein shakes, and celery for fiber. Don’t you think that is a good idea?

No. Well, you are probably correct. That might be going too far. But I am trying to lose some weight. I just won’t be nearly as far along by Halloween as I want to be. So I think I’ll be a death maiden. Or just be Death. My only real problem is that all the scythes I’ve seen are so horrible that I can’t bring myself to buy one. I wouldn’t mind a real one. That would be worth the money. I just don’t think I’ll be allowed to take it to work or to any Halloween event.

(On a completely unrelated note, as I hear someone say, “My Goodness”, I really want to know why it is never, “My Badness”. The assumption is that the speaker is always and can’t figure out what went wrong. Maybe that is why Josh Whedon introduced the term, “My Bad”, for when is WAS the fault of the speaker that something went wrong. At least, that is where I started hearing the term used.)

Now, back to Halloween preparatory work.

One of the first things I need to do is clean and re-organize the bathroom. 1. Because it needs to be cleaned again. 2. It needs reorganizing in general. 3. It needs reorganizing in specific because I have some Halloween specific cosmetics and do-dads and misc stuff that got stored in the small bathroom storage tubs.

Cleaning and reorganizing the bedroom is also vital. 1. Because it is driving me crazy. 2. When it gets messy or disorganized enough to bother the cats, they start to keep me up all hours of the night. Why this happens, I don’t know. But it is how my cats seem to function. I need to be well rested and well organized to do a great Halloween display and to know what I have available that will work for costuming. I’ve always found the best costumes to be the ones created out of what people own and not from prepackaged kits.

Of course, this leads me to cleaning and reorganizing the computer room and closet. This is mostly just because.

Next gets into the nitty gritty. I can pull out my Halloween storage tubs. If I have a cleaned up bedroom and computer room, I’ve a place to put the tubs while in the ‘active’ Halloween Season. This is Mid-August through Thanksgiving. I like a long Halloween.

I can most of the stuff up on the walls pretty quickly as I still have the clear plastic hooks on the walls. The porch will take longer. I think I need more Halloween things for the porch. I would love a really good hanging skeleton. Most are too junky for me to waste money on.

I should take the time to finish going through the last four general storage tugs as well. Get them weeded out while I’m messing about with tubs.

I need to make a good Halloween menu for the month of October too. One that focuses on meat and veggies and yet manages to come across as both Fall and Halloween creepy. I like creepy. There was facebook photo of black foods a few days back that looked wonderful. There are so many black fruits and veggie and stuff that people don’t always thing of but were not weird and strange exotic foods.

I am clearly far too eager to get started on this project. I also have to pick up my two Halloween stitch pattern books after work tomorrow. I can’t wait.

Halloween is in the air! And so are Sinus Infections.

Posted in Holiday, Life, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 16, 2012 by urbannight

It you are going to be a ghost, do it with style.

To start with, I’ve been trying to fight off a sinus infection.

If you base it on thick, gunky mucus that is 50 shades of green, then it was definitely an infection. They say you can’t possibly get rid of infections without antibiotics, but I’m not so sure. I’ve had pretty good luck with regular irrigation via a netipot. Sure, it takes time and you have to do it, consistently, about every 4 hours. Drink plenty of tea and soup, garlic and cayenne are good tools. So is onion. But the color gets better, the mucus starts to thin some. Eventually you are back to normal.

When you compare it, antibiotic take a good 10 days, you have to take them anywhere from twice a day to every 4 to 6 hours. And then you increase your resistance to then and help create antibiotic resistant strains of various bugs and diseases. Not to mention the rather high odds for women to get ‘other’ infections because antibiotics also kill the good things in our bodies we need.

I think I’ll stick with my netipot.

This fight over who rules my sinuses has been going on since the weekend. Monday I nearly stayed home. Then I decided I would go in and see how things went. Maybe I could leave early if I was getting worse. Well, that was a bad idea. We were short two compilers in another department so the unit I’m in had to help cover for them. There was no leaving early.

Tuesday, I didn’t feel any better. I was in a good mood and decided I could get through the day. I did it Monday, after all. OMG (yes, I really typed it). I ended up leaving in a very cranky mood. It wasn’t triggered by a caller for a change, but by a co-worker.

Wednesday I felt much worse and took the day off. I slept. I got 14 hours of sleep. I also ran out of medicine last night and it was too late to bother going to the store. But good sleep has helped get rid of the sore throat, clear up part of the headache, and green has cleared up to white. My ears are still bothering me. I dislike the way my sinuses drain into the ears.

And I had ‘weird’ dreams all night. Now I normally have weird dreams. These were weird even for me. The result was that I was up early, bright eyed and bushy tailed. But that energy didn’t last long and I’m ready for a nap now. It will be a long day.

But the day is improved by the wonderful, blustery, windy, overcast sky. This morning’s weather was perfect, beautify, just what I like. I love fall and all it brings.

It brings more wind, more clouds, sometimes more rain; leaves turn colors, fall, and make great big piles to bury oneself in. It leads to naked, skeletal tree limbs, reach out, reaching up, clawing at the world and sky. The air turns crisp, and cold, and sharp, and scented with wood smoke and the hint of a future winter.

I love Fall. It is my favorite season. I feel the energy that summer steals from me starting to return. And it marks the return of my favorite holiday. Halloween. I would do Halloween all year round but no one wants to let me.

On the way to work I saw a sign for Spirit of Halloween. It is one of the two Halloween superstores that open up around September. I love these stores. Massive collections of costumes, decorations, party ware, wigs, makeup, hats, masks, the fun never ends.

We also have a local decorating store, called Nobbies that usually has a fantastic Halloween selection. At least it did until last year. That was a rather significant let down. They had their usual large display of costumes. But the actual décor was significantly reduced. I have to admit it was somewhat depressing.

Perhaps even distressing.

Yes, distressing. The spending on Halloween now rivals the spending on Christmas, but last year, thinking people would not be spending as much, the stores stocked less. Much less.

Still, this is another year. Another Dollar. Another Halloween. Another chance to find that perfect item that you can justify leaving out all year long. Another opportunity to increase my skull collection.

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. I think they seriously underestimate the happiness that can be found in a good skull.

Happiness is . . . Skulls?

Posted in Art, Entertainment, Holiday, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2011 by urbannight

I'm all smiles.

I love skulls.  They have a pleasing shape.  They are always happy.  They never stop smiling.  This one sits between my two monitors at work.  I picked him up at Christmas a year or two ago and put him under my desk tree but my supervisor told me to take him home.  So I just moved him out of my supervisor’s view.  They want us to personalize our desk space.  If people can have Husker stuff up I should get to have skulls up.

A little corner of happiness at work.

After all, they already know I’m Halloween Girl.  These lovelies live on my desk year round.  They have for the past three years.  I had more on the desk but brought some home this year.  We are moving to a new office at the end of October so I wanted to reduce the amount I would have to move.  I usually win scariest costume at our work costume contest each year.  Although last year it was for best use of a historical person or some such.  Everyone wins.  They make up categories that work for all costumes.  Although one year they made up two for me and I got two prizes.  Too bad I didn’t have pictures of those.  They are sitting in the hard drive of a computer that crashed on me.

Mr Happy

Meet Mr. Happy.  I saw him in the grocery store about two weeks ago.  My eyes got really big.  I smiled a huge smile.  My heart filled with joy.  I looked at him every time I was in the store up until payday.  Then I had to have him.  I’m not sure where he is going to live.  But I probably won’t be putting him away after Halloween.   He makes me happy every time I look at him.  Which is why he is now known as Mr. Happy.

And the bloody candle goes here.....

This little number usually has one of the white Halloween candles on top.  The ones that drip red.  This year I bought one that drip black, red, and orange.  Okay, I also bought a pack of blood drippers as well.  I couldn’t resist.  I admit that they don’t hold well to the skull.  It’s the plastic.  Even when well dripped, a good bump will dislodge the candle.  I only use the obviously plastic ones because the good ones just look to nice to mess up with wax.

And now for a little more realism...

I got really excited one year when I found these fairly realistic ones at Walgreens.  I’ve bought one each year since then.  Three now.  Okay, a more realistic one wouldn’t have the teeth in it and the jaw bone would be a separate piece, but it is still the most real looking skull I’ve ever found for 5.99$.

This little plate lives in my desk at work.

By now you may have realized my answer to the question, ” Pirate or Ninja?”  If you haven’t figured it out, you may need a good thump on the head.

Flashing skull of happiness.

Crazy Skull Candle Holder

Glowing Orange Glass Tealight Holder

This is but a small sampling of my collection.  My roommate may regret letting me decorate for Halloween.  A large amount of this may never get put back into the storage tubs.  Considering his large collection of dragons, my skulls should really be considered an appropriate counterpoint to his collection.