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Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween/ Hallowicked 2014

Happy Halloween/ Hallowicked, everyone! I had a laid back day - work wasn't overly busy and we all dressed in our favorite Halloween shirts. I love the one I bought in Reading last month. :) When I got home, I dressed up as Monoxide and greeted trick-or-treaters as Monoxide. We had a good turn out. I only have 6 candy bags left over (out of 42) and 12 bags of chips left (out of 50). Good day today that ended with me taking a shot of Jagermeister. :)

My favorite shirt. :)

Going to make iced coffee!

Red for blood!


Bloody cup of iced coffee!


What awaits the trick-or-treaters (except Julie and Ghoulie - I love that bear and her ghost!)


Monoxide and Wesley Bear!

My dad got a close up of me. Haha.

Wesley waiting to greet trick-or-treaters. One little girl loved him and spent several minutes playing with him. :)






I thought this was cool - moon covered with clouds. We're supposed to get storms later.



Got these four shot glasses on sale for $1!




Hope everyone had a great Halloween/Hallowicked! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday 10/30/2014 and 4 Things I'll Never Forget

Happy Thankful Thursday, y'all! What are you thankful for? Tomorrow is Halloween and the weather finally went back to cool, thank God! I am not a fan of 70 degree weather in October - it's 59 today and tomorrow, the weekend will pretty much be the same. In 2008, it was 75 degrees on Halloween - I remember that because that was my last year going door to door for trick-or-treating and that's when I could still fit into children costumes. I was a bumblebee. The costume was sleeveless and I didn't have to wear a coat with it. I remember sweating to death.


This was actually taken in 2009 because I dressed up as the bee again for Joyce's party. I guess I deleted the 2008 ones since after my first ex broke up with me...



I'm still on cloud #9 from last week. I'm thankful for the feeling because next week marks one year since things happened and I am really hoping the good feelings hold me through the 7th and really all throughout November and past December 5. Even if those days are a little rough, it'll be nice to have the good memories to remind me. I'm really thankful they came to Philadelphia and I'm really grateful for their kindness. The other day they retweeted my pumpkin I painted and that made me really happy too. They truly do care about their fans (the family) and they're genuine. In December (December 6th) they're having a Christmas party in Detroit and the first thousand people get in for free. It's a silent auction and I believe they're raising money for charity (they did something like that in February when they raised money for someone who had cancer). Just great people. This was in the Detroit News yesterday: Twiztid: Same Scares, New Home.

I'm also thankful for someone I met at the concert that I've been talking to non-stop for the past week. I'm thankful he listens and just gets me. He's a very good friend. :)

The other day on Writing.com, I was given a prompt by Blog City for my blog there. I want to post it here.

If your life flashed before your eyes, what are 4 moments you know would be included? Bonus points to the monthly blogging if you tie this in with Halloween.
1. Meeting Twiztid and their reactions to when I gave them their Halloween treat bags. They sounded just like this skit, especially when they both said "OH MY GOD" rather excited. He's Looking At Me. I loved their hugs, which I wrote a poem about, the way we all sounded like we knew each other for a very long time... they definitely treated me like family (which, Julie said, they do... they're very good to the Fam) and it was just an amazing experience. I am still debating making them Christmas cookies and steak sandwiches to send off. Hmmm. Also, my first Twiztid concert (the same night - as someone said, "Damn, you went all out. First Twiztid show and first time meeting them!"), standing in the front row, getting dowsed with water, getting to look into Monoxide's eyes (swoon!) and just the amazing time I had there. I felt so alive and I'm still on cloud 9. Here are the two poems I wrote about their hugs:


Twiztid Hugs

Oh my God, thank you, he pulls me close,
holding me in a bear hug, my cheeks blush rose--
Jamie smells like a subtle cologne, pre-performance scent,
I put my arms around him, washing away my anxious tense.
Two minutes later, in calmness I chose

to move to Monoxide's extended arms pose
and then with a long embrace, he encloses
me into his lean chest, he becomes my shelter tent,
Oh my God, thank you, I melt in his throes

and they both realize, but he especially knows
sonnets, poems, letters and romantic prose--
bringing me in for a second hug, bear's content,
their love for me flows through in praises and presents.
Oh my God, thank you, for the camera we pose.

Maybe I should write a triolet about Monoxide holding me only.  Let me try something off the cuff!

Wrapped in your arms, my joys how great,
my anxiety, my love, my desire melts into you--
Your loving care in your soothing songs skate
wrapped in your arms, my joys how great,
since I knew you, it was our fate!
Dressed to impress, like my dreams too;
wrapped in your arms, my joys how great,
my anxiety, my love, my desire melts into you.


2. My first Packers game and my first tail gate party before the game. The Packers won that night and I met some great friends there. The 2nd game I went to, I sat close to the front and made even more friends. Both Packers games were fun and hold special memories for me (much like meeting Twiztid and my first Twiztid concert).

3. Germany. I loved Germany; Switzerland and Austria were nice, but there was just something about Germany I loved. I loved seeing the Alps, going into the Hofbrau Houses (though, I was in high school and the rule was we had to follow American laws when it came to drinking since Germans can drink beer at 16 and hard liquor at 18), public transit and just the sights of Munich, Rothenberg, Heidleberg and Frankfurt. We went at the beginning of April and the weather was rainy and cool. Despite the weather, it was still pretty. When we were in Austria, we stayed in a hotel on the Alps. It snowed that night and just the sight was breath taking. It was an old building, but it was comfortable and warm. Nan said Germany was beautiful in June - warm, but not hot. The people were really friendly and honest too. I'd love to go back to Germany. For the longest time I wanted to live in Germany and I'm actually reconsidering it.

4. Halloween parties! I love getting dressed up and making my costumes. On Saturday night, mom, dad and I went to mom's friend's Halloween bonfire for a little bit (we stayed 5-8:30 since I had to dog sit). Everyone loved my costume as Monoxide (as was the case for last year) and I became photographer for the night. Mom said everyone on Facebook loved the photos - since I deactivated my personal account, I just sent her the pictures. Last year I came close to winning a prize for my Monoxide costume at a party and in 2011 I won a prize for being Clay Matthews. I was awarded a movie, popcorn, a t-shirt and M&Ms (it was awarded by the school for a fun run I participated in... that's why it wasn't a big prize... still it was cool).

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Halloween Bonfire 2014


On Saturday, one of mom's friends from high school had a Halloween bonfire. She lives in Morgantown, which is about a 45 minute drive from King of Prussia. I was going to go to that party as the monster I was two years ago, but the shirt from that costume was way too big (I shrunk from an XL to a M).

Me as the Monster in 2012...


The Walmart in King of Prussia didn't have short sleeved shirts since it's getting close to winter; I decided that since I was going to dress up as Monoxide on Halloween, I would dress up as Monoxide for the party. As I was getting ready, I realized that I gave away the black hat I used last year. Monoxide is also a Tigers fan; I had a dark navy Tigers hat and went with that instead. I think it worked! The face paint I bought this year from Walmart, I really liked it a lot better than the face paint I used last year - less cakey!


Here's a close up. Haha, I look creepy here!


When we arrived at Darlene's (mom's friend) house a little after 5:30, mom introduced dad and me to Darlene and her family. I talked to her niece that was around my age. She was dressed up as a Renaissance queen and she was really nice. This young couple commented that I had to be some sort of zombie Tigers player and the girl loved it because she's a huge Tigers fan. We got talking - she's a huge Michigan fan and her aunt lives in Lansing. She really loves Lansing and loves visiting. She asked if I was from Detroit and I said, "Nah, but I visited this past spring and enjoyed my time there. I'd like to go back and see a game. I'm also a Tigers fan." She wanted pictures with me, so mom took a picture with my camera, her cell phone camera and I think mom took one with her phone.

Of course Monoxide had the Faygo! I love it and I wish it was sold around here. I think I might put a case of Faygo on my Christmas list...


I was assigned as the photographer of the party since I had a professional camera. We only stayed until 8:30 since I had to dog sit, but it was a great time. I met a lot of nice people, especially the guy dressed up as the sniper. The food that people brought was pretty good. I especially enjoyed the pumpkin with alcohol. I have no idea how it was made, but there was vodka in there. My guess is, it was one of those pumpkin pie pumpkins and she just added vodka to the innards. I like sweet drinks and it was the right consistency of sweetness.

Monoxide and the Sniper.



The bonfire was also raging. It was really intense and really hot. I stayed back, near where the band was setting up to play. I don't like being really hot, but the way the bonfire illuminated the air was really pretty! People also really liked my costume, much like last year.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Pumpkin Ideas

Hi y'all,

Pumpkins! Everyone loves them, even though their gooey innards and delicious seeds get everywhere from kitchen floors to tables to chairs. In this blog entry, I'm going to give you some pumpkin ideas that you can try at home.







My dad carved this pumpkin in 2011. I remember someone that was a Facebook friend at the time post a profile picture of a puking pumpkin. I knew I had to create one myself and it was a great way to use all the pumpkin. The trick-or-treaters that year really loved being greeted by a throwing up pumpkin. The puking pumpkin is easy too:

1. Carve a mean looking face and instead of a smile, carve a hole.
2. Place the innards as throw up... almost like a waterfall.
3. Place outside.

I would suggest carving this on Devil's/Mischief Night because if you carve it too far in advanced, it may rot. I Love Halloween 2011.








Last year when we carved these pumpkins, we just used a stencil. You can get the stencils at your local super market. The designs are neat, but the little knife they include in the kit is a bit of a pain. I cut off the pumpkin dude's head last year and had to get a tooth pick to stick it back on. The stencils do make cool designs, though!




This year I didn't feel like carving; I opted to paint a pumpkin instead. Instead of wasting two pumpkins, I made it double sided: I made a TWIZTID GRUMPKIN! It was a bit hard trying to paint on the pumpkin, but I like the way it came out. I used washable paint for children, but they do sell pumpkin paint. It's a bit more expensive, but that paint makes the pumpkin pop and stand out. Although painting wasn't as fun as carving, it was still fun creating a design.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Halloween Songs

One year I made a Halloween Mix to give out to trick-or-treaters. Actually, the year was 2010. I still have the CD and I still have the CD art:


Here are the best Halloween songs:


Bach- Toccata Fugue in D Minor
Wagner- Ride of the Valkyries
Monster Mash
I Put A Spell On You
Love Potion #9
The Time Warp
Spongebob Scaredy Pants
Purple People Eater
The Blob
Ghost Busters
Martian Hop
Michael Jackson- Thriller


Of course, if you're a teenager or adult, you can add these songs to your play list:
Twiztid- Bad Side
Twiztid- Afraid of Me
Twiztid- Mutant X
Twiztid- Down With Us
Twiztid- Wut Da Dead Like
Twiztid- Darkness
Twiztid- Blood... All I Need
Twiztid- Bag Snatchin'
House of Krazees- Season of the Pumpkin
Insane Clown Posse- The Great Milenko
Insane Clown Posse- Riddle Box
White Zombie- Thunder Kiss '65
White Zombie- More Human Than Human
Rob Zombie- Living Dead Girl
Rob Zombie- Never Going to Stop
Marilyn Manson- The Nobodies
Marilyn Manson- This Is Halloween
Marilyn Manson- The Beautiful People
Marilyn Manson- Coma White
Marilyn Manson- Astonishing Panorama of the End Times
Alice In Chains- Them Bones
Lady Gaga- Monster
Lady Gaga- Bad Romance
Rolling Stones- Paint It Black

Then add your favorite songs to the list as well. :)

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween Party Ideas (Games and Food)

Games

With the ebola scare, I wouldn’t suggest bobbing for apples. Trick or treating in the basement, trivia and murder mysteries are all great activities. If you have a basement that allows it, a dance off is fun as well.


Relay Game With a Frightful Twist
I don’t have pictures for it, but I do have pictures from my Super Bowl party. The game was a hit; break your party into two groups and they compete against each other trying to stack and re-stack red solo cups. To give a frightful twist, have them close their eyes and have eery music playing in the background. It’ll make stacking challenging and creepy at the same time. Of course, you could just stick to the original relay game. It’s fun either way!

Cupcake Bowl
Another idea from a Super Bowl party, instead I used wings. For the cupcake bowl, buy a few dozen small cupcakes and whomever eats the most cupcakes win.

Halloween Food

Jello Shots and Dirt
I made these two things for a Monster Party I had in 2011. Everyone loved the jello shots (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) as well as the dirt. For Halloween, you can make the dirt into a cemetery.

My mom made this for a Halloween party and everyone loved it.




I made these with nan in 2010. Oh man, what a mess to make, but so many laughs nan and I shared making them. They’re delicious, but the bonding and memories made while making them with other people are even more amazing. I wish I saved the pictures on Photobucket before I deactivated Facebook, but the site gives a good picture!

Invitations

For invitations for the Monster party I had in 2011, I printed out horror images from magazines or made invitations out of pictures I took. Invitations are at your discretion! Be as creative as you like!




Tomorrow I will list the best songs for Halloween for all ages!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zombie Cupcakes

Today I made zombie cupcakes to bring to work tomorrow. On Sunday, mom and I went to Joann's Fabrics and I saw a zombie kit on sale. I bought it.



I debated making the cake from scratch, but I saw the Halloween cake mix was on sale for $1 at Walmart. I used the cake mix and mixed a packet of Starbucks Instant Coffee into the batter (followed the directions and added the instant coffee). However, if you would like to make the cake from scratch... here is a recipe for a cake nan's friend used to make:

1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
8 egg yolks
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups cake flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

If wanted: a packet of Starbucks instant coffee


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 2 - 8 inch round pans. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly tapped. Cool 15 minutes before turning out onto cooling racks.


Mom didn't have the small cupcake tins, just the huge ones. I baked one cupcake first to make sure they came out okay. They did and I baked 15 cupcakes.

Tester

I needed the laugh.


He looks afraid... very afraid.

Poor dude!

I didn't want to buy icing because I prefer homemade butter cream icing. I made butter cream icing, but I thought 1 cup of butter = 1 stick, but 1 stick of butter = 1/2 cup. I went with it and covered 14 out of the 15 cupcakes. I hope my coworkers like them - I tried one and they are good!

Butter Cream Icing

1 cup of butter
2-3 cups of confectioner sugar
2-3 tsp. of milk, but if you need more, add it!
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat the butter, sugar, milk and vanilla until creamy. I added red food colouring; if you'd like to add food colouring, add as many drops as you'd like! Enjoy!