There will be more later, for now
There will be more later, for now
Whole family is feeling ill. Different people for different reasons. Mr. J is having allergies. The Bean is having either allergies or a cold we can’t tell quite yet. I am having a reaction to getting some MSG (I don’t have a small reaction to it, I have ended up in the ER before with breathing problems so this is not much fun)we think. So I’m going to take some Benadryl and hope for the best. I did manage to make a huge pot of turkey soup from the leftover bird — we got all the bones out and it cooked all day. That and posting this is going to have to be the major accomplishments for the day.
I know it sounds weird and it is weird for me to say, but I’m ready to be back to eating gluten free and primal- more than ready. It’s going to be a week’s worth of salads or more before I feel normal again.
I cooked for a few hours yesterday
and for a few today.
I cracked the whip for cleaning and we were eating by almost 5. It wasn’t the most hilarious Fangsgiving we’ve had—some years are more subdued than others—but it was good eats and family. I swear by Alton Brown’s brining recipe. Every year we get moist turkey. Sure it takes like 13 hours, but it is worth it. Also Mr. J says my orange cinnamon cranberry sauce is like crack.
I’m completely exhausted now and probably just missed the window on that glass of wine. No matter, there’s PIE!
And here are a few pics: The big Ass Turkey:
Mr. J, Sister Carole, Grandmama Jackie and Mr. Leo. My mother, even though she’s been my mother lo these many years was still scandalized by..”the abundance of Halloween still in the House.” um, well yes, we took some things down though, really we did, I swear!
Missed a picture of Rodney and Sara and I’m behind the camera. Ah..I’m having the turkey yawn now.
And to you my friends both in the ether and in the flesh. I’m thankful for you. Thank you for sharing this last year—here’s to next year being better!
And so onto the next Holiday. But first…
I’ve got a fridge full of leftovers and I’m not afraid to use em!
Actually finished this yesterday but we we SO tired from our weekend of cleaning and decorating that we all just fell over.
Today we made our (probably) last trip to the Spirit Store until after Halloween. That makes um…four. They had a 25% of coupon so we scored a replacement fog machine and completed our costumes.
We’re going as a family of vampires. The funny thing is—James and I only bought fangs and me a wig. Why? Well the rest of the outfits come out of our ‘evening’ (cough gothclub cough) attire. You know that phase we’ve been going through for oh crap over 25 years now? It’s funny in a way that’s hard to describe—that people on Halloween dress up, one night a year, in your preferred clothing—well minus the fangs.
We don’t dress up all the way so much anymore—special occasions usually but still only my work clothes are colorful. It’s the happiest time of the year, Halloween. More videos coming as we finish the inside. The outside still has a ghost floating above the roof to go up and a ginormous spiderweb. The inside—oh so much to be done, but we need more extension cords!
I’ll leave you with this. The tune is especially fun for me as someone who didn’t like us very much back in the day called us (J, me and our friends at the time “clown car goths” ) we wear it with pride.
Hmmm maybe that’s why we love it so much. All that arrested development and stuff. We don’t go in for the cutesy aspect, nope. But we haven’t gone fully as creepy as we want to because of the Bean’s age and her friends. They love coming over for Halloween and we get a little more macabre every year.
James has been plans to add a gruesome ghost floating above the house (which we can now that the roof isn’t falling in) remake the spider web (not to Halloweeners everwhere—do not wash/dry a soft rope in the washing machine once it has been tied into a web—it becomes a gordian knot of doom) and possibly we’re going to add a witchlike cauldron set up as well.
I hope on Sunday to finish a bunch of the inside cleaning so we I can take you on a tour of the inside Halloween. But like I’ve said previously—we decorate every year inside and out and things just don’t get put away. Like the folks who leave up their Christmas tree until February—actually no it’s more like, slowly but surely we’re becoming the house where Vincent Price and Vampira had their Edward Scissorhands Lovechild (or maybe I should say Lenore?) and lived happily ever after. Our house doesn’t look like the Addams Family on the outside (oh how I wish it did, we should have held out for that) but it is getting more like that on the inside.
Here are our current preparations.
This is the first in a series of Halloween posts. I meant to get started earlier, but I can’t seem to get in the groove at work and so have been spending a lot of late nights and extra time working not Halloweening. I’m hoping that is about to change.
We also had to wait (boo) to decorate (cool somehow I hit boo and made a small ghostie wonder how that worked?) until just this last week so we are barely started. This weekend the graveyard will go up, as will the giant spider web and hopefully our blair witch scarecrow.
And another trip to the spirit store! I made another trip to Target –they just haven’t been as great these last couple of years as they used to be. I keep thinking maybe they haven’t put their stuff out…but it’s already first week of October!
Ok, so here’s a quick little movie I dashed off tonight. I was a little nervous with the work Ipad out at night, so it’s not well focused/framed, but hey it’s something There will be more and better this weekend!
Also I’m thinking of doing this for James…http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/joshharker/crania-anatomica-filigre-me-to-you
Don’t worry, he doesn’t read my blog that much so it probably won’t spoil the gift