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Archive for November, 2010

Anticipating a Southern Winter


One of the things that I am looking forward to having just moved from Illinois to Tennessee is the milder winters. Well, milder according to my perspective. After enduring a few especially cold winters recently (having a few days that went 50 below zero), the thought of the temperatures staying at or above zero sounds downright toasty to me.

So far the fall has been beautiful here. The temperature is slowly cooling off, the humidity has disappeared – it’s the perfect weather for spending time outdoors. Growing up, when we trick or treated we usually had to wear a few layers under our costumes to stay warm. But it was so nice here for Halloween weekend that if I had been a kid, I would have been thrilled about not having to layer up! Oh wait… I did wear a costume to a party, and I didn’t have to wear a coat. It was wonderful to not look like the kid from A Christmas Story who can’t move because of all the layers! (more…)

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Becoming a Red Octopus


I don’t generally get into celebrating Halloween. But this year I was invited to a bonfire party with the single’s group that I just started getting involved with. And since dressing up was part of the contests for the evening, I decided that I better not be a party-pooper.

Now that I had decided I was going to follow through with this plan, I had to come up with a really great costume idea. I started perusing all of the websites, looking for a costume that I could reproduce. After a few hours of getting frustrated by the uncreative, cheap-looking, or just down-right prostitute-ish costumes, I gave up and started thinking about what I had with me here in Tennessee that I could use. Unfortunately many of the things I would usually use for a costume were back in IL.

I had the idea to dress up as Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s – all I’d need was a black dress, pearls, and the cigarette holder… but my black dress was in IL as well. And since our party was to be outside, I didn’t think that that would be conducive to games or being around a bonfire. Definitely did not want my little black dress smelling of smoke! Yuck! (more…)

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