Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday, Halloween and Knee-highs

Happy Sunday Fun day everyone!  What's the good word?  Annnd, exhale.  At least, that what I just did.  Sundays always make me antsy, my mind races to the new work week ahead, the worries that consume my time, the anticipation of the weekend.  You know, the usual.  What? Doesn't everyone freak out before the start of a new week?

Have I mentioned that I love the month of October?  I really, really do.  Besides the obvious and most important reason (duh! My birthday), I also love it because Fall is around the corner (or in Houston's case, somewhere between now and December)  but most of all, I love it because it's time for Halloween.  The pumpkin patches, the costume hunting, the parties, the scaring little kids -don't act like you don't enjoy doing it.  See? What's not to love about October?

So I had a really nice, quiet kind of weekend.  This was the first time in about six weeks that I had NOTHING planned.  Shocking isn't it?  I know, I know.  I chilled at home on Friday night, watched A Streetcar Named Desire -an old fave of mine, and drank some wine.  Saturday I had to work half a day, then I scurried all over town, searching for accessories for my Halloween costume.  I've got two parties next weekend and my costume is still not complete.  There are several costume places in and around Houston.  But by far, my favorite store is one that's been around for years and years.  It used to be set up in a small department store kind of place, (think a Chevron gas station, minus the people outside begging for money and the gasoline tanks.  That's how small that place used to be)  but they quickly outgrew it and bought a huge lot in the outskirts of downtown.  When I say huge, I mean ENORMOUS!  They built a warehouse and moved their tiny store to their new home.  It's filled with rows and rows of costumes, accessories, costume make-up, more than eager employees to help you find your perfect mask.  Anything you need  for Halloween, you will likely find it there.  I love going there this time of year.  (Yes it's open year round.  What can I say?  Costumes are in high demand on a daily basis, here in the H.  Alright fine! Some Htowners are freaks ok?)  Anyway, so Saturday afternoon, I found myself there in a tizzy.  See, I'm going to dress as Shirley Temple this year.  I have the dress, the shoes, the gloves and the hat.  I am missing the lollipop and the knee-highs.  Which was what I was in a tizzy about.  I'm wearing a sailor girl dress, similar to the one Shirley Temple wore in the movie, Bright Eyes, when she sang "Good Ship Lollipop".  The socks I need have to be a certain kind, with a certain color bow.  But the store was out of my color and my size and I started freaking out.   After spending over an hour in there, not just freaking out, but looking at all the costumes and people watching, wondering what kind of party they were going to, was it a themed party? What was their costume going to be? -Stuff like that.  Yes I know, I'm nosy.  I left there slightly dejected, but determined to find my socks. And I will.

I had a kids Halloween party later that afternoon to go to.  One of my oldest and dearest friend, has a seven year old son, and every year she has a Halloween party for the kiddos.  She always invites me even though I don't have kids of my own.   We are child-hood friends and one of my nephews is friends with her son.  So I get to go.  Yay!  Those parties are always so much fun!  I love watching the munchkins parade around in their costumes.  Yesterday I saw Rapunzel, a human hot dog, Peter Pan, Batman, a Lady bug, Princess Fiona, and some ninjas.  My nephew Ethan, was a green Ninjago.  They also had an intense pumpkin carving contest.  When I say intense, I am referring to the parents of course.  Never have I seen such looks of determination on their faces!  It was nail-biting to say the least.  But in the end, my sissy won first place!  And yes I squealed like a little kid.  What? She annihilated those parents She did a great job! All in all, it was a great day and I ended it by writing not one, not two, but THREE chapters in my almost completed novel!  I didn't go to sleep until 4:00 this morning, but damn I'm proud of myself! Good stuff, good stuff.

Today I woke up at what felt like the crack of dawn, but I think it was more like 6 hours later.  I had to get my church on and then go and meet M&M at a local sports bar to watch the Texans kick some Raven ass!  The boys came through and won 43-13.  Ahh, the thrill of victory!

And so here I am, typing away, hopefully amusing some of you good people.  But enough about me, what's going on with you?

You know the drill, make it a great week!


Random Girl said...

nothing more frustrating than missing that 1 thing you need to totally make your costume! Hope you find the elusive knee socks, they are tricky little things sometimes!

David Batista said...

October Weekend, Part III -- The Search For Socks! :)

That costume place in Houston sounds full of awesome. I wish I lived there now. Sure, we have lots of costume places here in NYC, but nothing on the size scale you're describing. Whoa!

Glad you had a fun, relaxing weekend. Good luck getting those last accessories for your costume! Sounds like a winner. And, of course, I presume There Will Be Pics???

'Yellow Rose' Jasmine said...

Wow, what an impressive weekend- and for someone who had no plans at all! I'm so amazed at your progress on the novel. I've wanted to write one since I was a kid, but no progress on that around here. HA!
Have fun as Shirley Temple!

Yvonne said...

RG- Tricky indeed! I may have to forego the knee highs and go with cute little white socks instead. This Shirley Temple is going to be a naughty one! :)

David- No you don't! You love NY! Plus the weather would drive you insane! :)

But OF COURSE there will be pictures. I'm all about making fun of myself!

Stay tuned...

YRJ-You should write your story! It's never too late, you know! Thanks hon, I'll let you know how Shirley Temple fares! :)

The Frisky Virgin said...

OMG! Congratulations on your book! It's SO much work, and editing is NO joke--it's a complete job in and of itself.

Shirley Temple!!! AWWWWWW! LOVE!

Oh, I remember those Halloween parties as a child. Loved them. The grown up parties are fun too, but there is something to be missed from those simpler times.

Yvonne said...

FV- Shirley Temple was a hit! hahaha
Writing has been consuming my life lately, which is a good thing.