Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
An unbelievable night
What has two thumbs and loves voting?
What has two thumbs and loves banana pudding?
Last night we had over some friends to watch the election coverage. I believe we had 5 computers going, 1 iPhone, and two scarf knitters.
Here is to you Evangeline, and growing up in a world where you never know that this wasn't possible.
Monday, November 03, 2008
Guess Who Scared Children...AGAIN...for Halloween 2008?
This Guy! (That's Stefan patiently (har har) waiting for his operation)
This girl! The lovely Miss Anya Garret as The Nurse.
Last but not least...this guy...Dan Gordon as our special effects coordinator.
So, once again PPPAers, its Halloween and Stefan and I permanently scarred kids for life. This all started about 3 years ago, when Stefan and I were sharing memories from our Halloweens growing up. My strongest memories were of the houses in the neighborhood that really scared us when we went to the door to trick or treat. The classic being the bowl of candy sitting in a dummy scarecrow or ghost's lap with a sign that said "Please take one" and never knowing if the dummy was really a dummy or if it was a real guy who was gonna terrify you when you reached for candy. It usually was the latter.
So that year we decided to dress Stefan up, sit him on our stoop, blast scary music from the window, and let him scare people. It was fantastic! You can relive here.
Last year we decided to step up our game and came up with VooDoo Queen, Madam Bizella, who would raise her zombie prince to dole out candy. We kept the scary music and added a fog machine. Huge Success! Check it out here.
Well...I think it is obvious that Stefan and I felt we had to go big or go home for year three, so after much debate..."Terrifying clowns or Surgery gone horribly wrong" we went with option 2. (Clowns are just disturbing...too scary for anyone.)
Starting about 2 hours before we set up, we could hear people walking by the window saying "I wonder what they are gonna do this year!" "They are always so scary!" "Oh no, it says the Doctor is coming!" Expectations were very high.
Ladies and gentlemen, I present "Surgery Gone Horribly Wrong" aka "Operation Pull Candy From Stefan's Guts."
Let us watch how the show played out with our first trick or treater...a tiny mermaid.
(So young and soooooo tiny...please let us not have made a horrible mistake with our "surgery idea" this year.)
Nurse Anya then says, "We are thrilled to have with as our new resident Doctor, the terrifying and ruthless Doctor Hurtsinside!"
(Cue fog machine and Doctor Hurtsinside. )
I come out and say something like "I see that the patient is ready. You say he was complaining of stomach pains?
"Yes Doctor," says the Nurse.
"We'll have to open him up to see what is wrong! Scalpel?"
(I cut Stefan open.)
(I start to root around inside Stefan and pull out guts and a heart and make several lame jokes about how he doesn't need these things anymore and then...)
"Oh my god! Nurse! I can’t believe it!"
"What is it Doctor?"
"This man is filled WITH CANDY!" (see photo above for Butterfinger blockage.)
"We are going to need help! I can't remove this! I am not a candy specialist! We need a candy specialist to help!"
(Anya to mermaid) "Are you a candy specialist? Will you help get this candy out?"
Ok...here is the big moment...is this going to be TOO scary or TOO gross? Will this small child have a problem reaching into Stefan's guts to pull out candy?
How amazing and awesome is that! It is a Halloween extravaganza! She didn't cry or anything. She looked a little confused, but the candy was comforting.
Ok...before we go any further, I have to share the story of the trick or treater who scared us. This child had been here before...you can always tell because they are usually dragging their parents or talking about the year before when they show up. This girl was ready for whatever we had for her.
This child jumped straight up in the air and flat onto her back.
I'd like to think we were that scary...but I would like to think even more that this child came to pull one over on us.
Here are our good friends J and Jaime....being properly delighted.
The nurse would make sure that tiny monkeys who didn't want to operate also got candy.
And that my friends is that. Thank you to Anya and Dan for being a part of it and thank you to Monica who took pictures and to all our friends who came and hung out.