A few weeks ago I DVR’d “Halloween” off the IFC channel. I thought this was a good choice as they don’t edit the movies they show. It took me two days to watch the whole thing. I only watched while my son was at school as I knew it was not appropriate for him.
The whole time I am watching the movie I am thinking to myself, “Where is Jamie Lee Curtis? Maybe it was ‘Friday the 13th’ she was in? Am I just not recognizing her?” Whatever, because the movie scared the pants off me. I was so glad to be watching it during the day and well before Halloween.
But the whole Jamie Lee Curtis thing was bugging me so after finishing the movie I googled “Halloween”. I read the plot synopsis and there were some key differences. What the heck did I watch? And how did I miss Jamie Lee Curtis, she was the lead screaming teenager!
Further research informs me I watched a remake version from 2007. What? Sheesh, what a disappointment. Ah, all the nudity and sex make sense now. And now that I think about the clothes and the cars… yeah, not feeling too bright here. In my defense I was a bit distracted by the crazy big guy running around killing people in graphically violent ways.
And now I have to watch the original 1978 version and scare the pants off myself again.
I don’t want my son to be one of those kids who gets to college and has no idea how to feed himself so I am slowly helping him to learn his way around the kitchen. We have started small (he’s only 10 so we have time) and he can now make scrambled eggs. The rule is I have to be in the kitchen when he does this.
And I also supervised him making single serve mac and cheese. The one that comes in a cup and you add water and microwave, not too difficult (or so I thought). The first few times I supervised but last week-end I was in my office upstairs and he yelled up asking if he could make some. So I said go ahead and kept on working, with one ear open but not really expecting any problems.
“Mom, there is smoke coming out of the microwave!” I hear a small panicked voice yell. The spouse goes down first and I follow expecting to find a dying microwave (it came with the house and I am guessing it is at least 15 years old). Instead it smells like burnt popcorn and my husband holds up a melted plastic cup. Turns out small child forgot to add the water. He will not be appearing on “Kid’s Baking Championship” anytime soon.
Frankly the grocery store being full of Halloween candy already really irritates me. Who needs to buy candy two months early? Especially here where it will be all melted by the end of October. Do people fear a dearth of candy? That there won’t be enough for everyone? Seems to me there is plenty of candy in the stores year round.
I was sharing these thoughts with a fellow blogger and had an epiphany. For Halloween this year I can dress up as Mrs. Claus or an Elf and hand out Christmas candy, which I am sure will be quite plentiful in October. Maybe we should put up our Christmas decorations along with Halloween? NOOOOOOOOOOO!
I feel like “The Nightmare Before Christmas” now occurs every year. I want to enjoy each season, each holiday in it’s own time. It is August, still triple digit heat, still swimming, popsicle and shorts weather. I don’t want Halloween being shoved in my face until October.
I am impatient for autumn. I am always impatient for autumn. Hands down it is my favorite season. Even with Christmas looming I always feel a bit of a pang when I take all those colorful leaves down and pack up the pumpkins.
I also feel a bit off kilter this time of year. It is August, it is hot, it is very much still summer. But school has been in session a few weeks now. That is supposed to mean autumn is peeking around the corner. There should be a hint of frost in the early morning air, a crispness. But it will remain shorts weather well into October and some years even November. My poor brain has a hard time coping with this.
I seem to be doing a fair amount of on-line shopping lately. A replacement for snacking? (I hope not!) I look at my purchases and realize I am looking for autumn. I am excited to be getting ready for my son’s birthday and the upcoming holidays. And by holidays I mean Halloween and Thanksgiving. I have bought pajamas for my son for both holidays. It can be hard to find Thanksgiving jammies which baffles me. What are you supposed to wear while watching the parade and eating pancakes?
I have been buying fun Halloween candy, Ghost Poofs, how cool! A Halloween game and Halloween stampers for prizes at school. Okay, yes I also bought a set of stamps for my son and I to share.
I have also been buying sweaters and long sleeve shirts. What? I know it is crazy. My logic is I am looking for lightweight sweaters/shirts more suited to our pretend winter. And I have been stuck on the color gray for some reason. Six gray shirts I have bought this year. Two are for my sports teams, Miami Heat and the Denver Broncos. Now I am ready for January! My favorite find? A lightweight sweater with birds on it from The Vermont Country Store. Perfect fit, feel, super cute and on clearance! I can’t wait to wear it.
I know it is illogical but I am hoping for an actual cold winter this year. We had the hottest June and wettest July, is the snowiest January that farfetched? At the very least I want to be able to wear long sleeves (without sweating). I have to add that because I could be one of those people who ignore the actual temperature and dress according to the calendar. Honestly I fear that may happen to me this year.
I keep telling myself to be patient. Autumn is still almost a month away according to the calendar. Soon I will be bringing in the autumn totes and decorating away. Soon. I give myself permission to start working with my son to figure out his Halloween costume. (Maybe an elevator, how fun is that!?) And maybe I take a peek at my Gooseberry Autumn cookbook. And paint my toenails orange. It feels the perfect color to transition from late summer to almost autumn. Plan an apple picking trip for Labor Day weekend, yes please. And we have our first U of A football game 2 Sept. Maybe autumn isn’t as far away as it seems.
Still in the mind numbing 90’s here ( ten degrees above “average”). But I am finding ways to cope, still making my own autumn and finding bits of happiness:
All things pumpkin at Trader Joe’s, round two. Especially loving the pumpkin spice popcorn for Cub games. Go Cubs Go!
Creating this cute bat pumpkin with my son. (So much easier than carving!)
Lunch at Panera Bread which included a turkey cranberry flatbread sandwich and a caramel apple scone.
Gathering leaves up in the mountains. (I spread them on the path to the front door on Halloween so kids get the fun of kicking through leaves. It is my favorite Halloween decoration and I love having the leaves blowing around the yard for a few days after.) I found true autumn at 8000′! It was a glorious 61° with clouds and a few drops of rain. The maples were red and gold and we found golden aspen leaves too. It was a wonderful few hours of fleece wearing, leaf scuffing, picture taking autumn heaven.
The silliness of our cookie haunted house.
After dinner walks to look at Halloween lights. Though there seems to be fewer decorated houses this year.
Tears of joy when the Cubs advanced to the World Series. Go Cubs Go!
Halloween boxer shorts to sleep in. (Since it is way too warm for my Halloween jammies.)
Working on the November sketch for my friend Joe’s sketchbook. It involves drawing and coloring fall leaves. (No picture so I don’t ruin the surprise for him.)
Yesterday there was a high of 82 degrees and we had rain off and on all day. We also had sun off and on all day and sometimes rain and sun at the same time. That would be life in the desert. Since this is the closest we have been to autumn like weather here in Tucson I decided it was a soup for dinner kinda night. Plus I had the remains of a whole roasted chicken in the fridge and decided to boil it up.
I had to stop and laugh as I was listening to the rain and stirring the soup. What was the temperature? Eighty-two degrees. Um, that would be a typical summer day in Western New York. Sigh.
Today is much rainier and only in the sixties! Pumpkin chili in the crockpot is making me very happy.