What a weekend!
Saturday night kicked off the first of three Halloween parties. Hosted at a salon, the under-the-sea theme of this first party inspired our costumes. Party goers dressed as mermaids and pirates and at least one turtle and a fish. My favorite costumes of the night: a pair of deep-sea divers with treasure chests strapped to their waists. Clever!
The dance music had us up and moving. As planned, we had a big salad for dinner with the goal of curbing extra-curricular eating. It mostly worked, though I dipped into a few crispy treats. Hopefully the dancing helped balance things out. Our host set up a photo taking area so I had fun posing for and taking lots of pictures.
Under the sea costumes
Aqualicious from my head to my toes (Petals made me say that)
My headdress stayed in place all night and the costume itself was quite comfortable. Mike was a bit hot after dancing with his rubberized pecs, but otherwise, he was comfortable as well. Watching several women trying to maneuver in a mermaid costume helped me appreciate the beauty of a pull-on dress.
Guardian of the Sea
Gardener of the Sea
It’s easier to avoid eating candy when it’s not giving you that come-hither look. I faced temptation twice this weekend, once on Friday and again at the party.
My brother-in-law came to town bearing gifts: a pound of my favorite See’s Chocolates. Oh boy.
I thanked him for the gift, opened the box for sharing, and everyone sat around the table, including my boys, politely abstaining. The site and smell of chocolate had my mouth watering. Once he left, I told my boys it was theirs to share and they made quick work of most of it, consumed out of my sight.
Further temptation sat on a table at the party table: a freshly opened tub of red vines, a childhood favorite. The power of accountability kept me strong.
I’ve read that the more you resist temptation, the more you strengthen your resolve. This week really put me to the test.
So, October 27th, still candy-free
Red Vines on the party table
Pumpkins on Parade:
A certain someone I know is dressing up this year as Amy Farrah Fowler, the hilarious scientist girlfriend on The Big Bang Theory. She also suggested a nerdy pumpkin. My version below includes Amy’s signature hair barrette and glasses, and her traditional cardigan and printed blouse. Amy didn’t mind the squishy pumpkin. The three small ones from the garden are limping their way through this final week of October.
Amy Farrah Fowler Pumpkin from The Big Bang Theory
Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch
I put on my best pout but it was all for naught. I couldn’t entice the teenagers to join me at the patch. Mike is always a good sport, so we enjoyed the car time, but the patch was a zoo. I don’t know what I was expecting the Sunday before Halloween but found it a bit overwhelming. Virtually all of the typical carving pumpkins were gone. The ones remaining we’re extra-large in girth and thickness. We went around a second time and decided on three ‘warts and all’ pumpkins instead. They’re surprisingly light in weight, so it will be interesting to see them inside.
Resident carver picks his pumpkins
Mike really enjoys carving pumpkins each year, and when possible, he takes the day off of work. You can see some of his past masterpieces on my page Passionate About Pumpkins. He’s really good.
Dance Like No One is Watching:
Dressing up brings out my inner goofball. a sixteen-second clip of me dancing with a skeleton prop.
Here is the rest of that wonderful quote by William W. Purkey:
Dance like no one is watching,
Live like you’ll never be hurt
Sing like no one is listening
Live like it’s heaven on earth.