Friday, October 31, 2008

How I spent my fall vacation - day 1

It's my fall vacation - I have a whole week to sit back and relax, do nothing and chill. Of course if you believe that, I have a bridge in Arizona to sell you .... ;)

Last night, we carved our pumpkins. I use the term 'we' loosely, with poetic license since well, I actually never even got my hands dirty. Primarily because I don't like getting my hands dirty and two, my left arm is KILLING me from the flu shot. So Paul took care of the hot, dirty, man work and I took care of the photojournaling. (And because Henry can't be here and I promised him pictures). You have to know that carving pumpkins in our house can't be anything like any other house. Why? Because we have an engineer in our midst and the carving must be precise. We have patterns (that involve extensive annual research), pumpkin carving tools, isopropyl rubbing alcohol to CLEAN the pumpkin and flour to outline the pattern once punched into the pumpkin. This is a multi-step process to ensure a perfectly carved pumpkin. And they are. Pictures tomorrow. ;)

So tonight, we celebrate our annual Halloween ritual of building a fire, hanging out with our neighbors, enjoying the kids and their wild costumes and having just a grand time. Lots of friends swing by to say hello, have a jello shooter or two and enjoy an adult beverage around the firepit. It has become quite a tradition.

Mr. Handsome, curious about the pumpkins (but not the taste) will be enjoying a luxurious weekend at the Whiskers Spa - one to avoid his herding instinct from going into overdrive (and he has a VERY STRONG herding instinct) and to avoid chaos and confusion at the party Saturday night. He would go nuts with all the people in the house - more herding - so it's a win for everyone.

Saturday night is the Kitchen Warming bash. Bell's Amber on tap, lots of food and munchies, lots of friends and a great way to celebrate Paul's official retirement from the Navy. I have a LOAD of errands to run (on my vacation day) but they are fun errands. Stay tuned!


Unknown said...

you should have carved the Pumpkin, the more you use your arm the better.

Lisa said...

...and to think he mocks you for being a WEATHER NERD! Holy cow, that's the pot calling the kettle black bottomed. Isopropyl?? Oh, yeah. I'm laughing about this.

Have a great time tonight and tomorrow. I'm there in spirit. Cheers to you both.