Just wanted to let y’all know that my favorite queen from this season of RuPaul‘s Drag Race, Sharon Needles, won!!! She’s not just an amazing queen, she’s a freak, like me, who loves gothy, nerdy, scary, freaky things. I’m super thrilled that she won, because she’s super fantastic!
I’m still recovering from Art Walk (which was great!), but I promise I’ll get back to telling you about my trip to NYC soon!
I had some incredibly elaborate, themed birthday parties growing up, thanks to my parents, in particular my mother. Here are a few of the ones that stand out in my mind:
When I turned five my mother had a ballet-themed birthday party (I was doing the obligatory one-two years of dance and ballet that all little girls do between the ages of four and seven). We’d rented a room at the JCC to have plenty of space. All the girls were asked to come to the party wearing little leotards, and everyone received a tutu, a feather boa, and a tiara upon arrival. My mother had a dance teacher friend, who taught us all a little dance to what I think was a Paula Abdul song, but I might be wrong. Toward the party’s end, all the parents came back, and we performed our hastily-learned dance routine for them. Afterwards cake and ice cream happened. The cake had a ballerina on it.
I was totally over the ballerina thing a year later, and I was starting to settle into my adult likes and dislikes, so for my sixth birthday I had a ghost-themed party with ghost-themed games. This would have been a better Halloween party, but I didn’t care; my birthday was in March, and I wanted a ghost party. Everyone had to come dressed up as ghosts. Most people came in sheets, myself included, but I remember this one girl–we’ll call her Sarah K.–who was always beautiful and put together (she grew up to be beautiful and put together, and i think she might have gone to Harvard? That bitch). She showed up to my party in this elaborate, beautiful ghostly flower-girl and makeup costume and I was so jealous of her and also sort of hated her for looking better than I did at my party (I had some intense emotions for a six year old). Anyways, this party was awesome. We had a mummy-wrap toilet paper game, and this game where my mother strung our playroom with yarn, and we had to navigate it as a “spider’s web” maze. The cake was a ghost, of course. This was probably the best birthday party I ever had ever.
No more costumes, no more pretending you were someone else, no more free delicious candies from strangers, it was such a bummer.
I’m glad we have kids in my neighborhood that trick-or-treat. I get way too much joy from promoting childhood happiness via the distribution of high fructose corn syrup. And the kids had some great costumes this year.
I think that’s why I am so pro-Halloween. Halloween is gives us all permission to be kids. You can be magical or funny or special or sexy or slutty or even slutty bacon. People give you things for free. You’re allowed to be silly and spooky and bizarre. And life’s not really any of those things.
Life is pretty mundane. You go to work. If you are lucky you like your work, but from what I understand most people don’t. You go to the grocery store. You go to the gym. You come home. Maybe you cook dinner. Maybe you heat up a Lean Cuisine. Sometimes you have to scoop your cat’s poop. Sometimes there is laundry. Sometimes tv happens. Sometimes reading. Sometimes not. Costumes, and candy, and fun, and whimsy, these things don’t usually happen in reality.
I’ll be spending most of today at work (I imagine you will as well) but I’m hoping to get home in time for the trick-or-treaters. Last year I got super sick on Halloween and it was terrible, I couldn’t even move from the couch. I’m oping to be in fighting form this year so I can dose the little children with high fructose corn syrup.
I wanted to wish everyone the happiest and spookiest and most fun Halloween ever! Are y’all doing anything exciting tonight? If so please let me know! In the meantime, I’ll be settling back with some leftovers from my party, a big bowl of candy, and will be watching some Halloween-appropriate fare. Oh and admiring my pumpkin-carving handiwork.
Hi guys! No Pumpkin Sunday today because Halloween is tomorrow and I need to report about my party last night. Most of my Halloween activities are finished, I’ll be handing out candy tomorrow but I am done preparing and I hope you are as well!
Last night we had a small group come over and hang out for a bit–it was pretty low-key and laid back, but we had plenty of food and plenty of booze. Martha’s squash pasta dish was incredible, like a healthy macaroni and cheese but with minimal cheese. I’ll totally make it again, but with whole wheat pasta in the future to make it even healthier. Thanks Martha!
Annah brought a red velvet cake that was delicious. I did get marshmallows to make the little ghosts but I didn’t end up making the ghosts, alas–I got a little too busy setting things up for the party. These things do happen.
Everyone came in excellent costumes! Audrey Hepburn, Sexy Bacon, Medusa, Hipster, Cyclops (X-Men, not Greek), cheesy Hallmark employees, it was pretty great. Yay for having creative friends!