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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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It’s Halloween tomorrow and, as in every year past, I have a growing anxiety this time of year that I’ll be seeing an abundance of clowns roaming the streets of this Halloween-crazed city. This is a big reason why I don’t plan on going very far from home tomorrow.

And while I joke a lot about my fear of clowns and, sure, I’ll admit that some of it is put on, I got confirmation the other night that I am still very much afraid of clowns.

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Note: I can barely even look at this picture it terrifies me so much. From perhaps the scariest scene in all of film.

Anyway – and seriously I can’t look at that picture – I had a dream nightmare the other night that tells me a) still afraid of clowns and b) I may need to stop reading Stephen King for a little bit.  I was lost in the woods (hello The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon) and it was pretty hilly where I was. There was a river running beside where I was walking and, for some reason, I knew that the only way I could get back to civilization was to go into the river. I either had to cross it or swim down it, I can’t remember.

As I’m standing on the bank of the river trying to decide what to do, I start hearing a voice and it’s coming from underneath the water. I’m paraphrasing cause I don’t remember it exactly but it said something like “You know you have to come in here.” I started arguing with the voice, saying that I could jump across or just find my own way. “No you can’t, you have to come in. And you know what’s in here.” Without any other choice, I went into the water. As soon as I did, a clown, most resembling It from the Stephen King story, grabbed my leg, pulled me under the water and I woke up.

That was one of the most horrifying dreams I’ve had all year and I’ve been on edge ever since. Damn murderous clowns.

 

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Guess who won the 3rd annual office pumpkin carving contest yesterday!!!!

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Okay, so I don’t have a good picture of it yet – or a picture that doesn’t make me look like 300 pounds – but if you guessed my group’s AMAZING Pumpkin Pirate-Ship based on the show The Pirates of Penzance, you would be…

CORRECT!

Yes, we won the local contest yesterday with our pumpkin turned pirate ship. It’s hard to see there but we had canons out the sides and a gourd screwed to the front as the lady of the ship and even tiny pirates on the deck (which I built). The flags were carved of the same pumpkin as the ship and suspended by bamboo sticks and all of this happened in exactly one hour. To accompany our ship, we had Dark N’ Stormy drinks (rum and ginger beer) and my successfully made pumpkin scones.

As you can see, we had stiff competition this year. My former teammates in accounting did Mary Poppins and turned the pumpkin into Mary’s umbrella. Two teams did Dreamgirls and of course the adorable The Lion King pumpkin with our Sponsorship Director’s newborn as baby Simba.

What got us the win was our presentation which I will try humbly to say was all me. For those of you familiar with The Pirates of Penzance, you’ll remember the most famous song from the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta is “I am the very model of a modern Major General.” Well, I took that song and countless work hours and changed the words – as most of you know I enjoy doing – to fit our pumpkin. The result was “I am the very picture of a perfect pumpkin Pirate-Ship.” I wrote out the entire song, being careful to use the same rhythms as the original. What I hadn’t been counting on was my team making me read the song out loud along to an instrumental version of the song to everyone in our office! If you don’t know, that song goes wicked fast and I didn’t practice it hardly at all! But I did it and people loved it and it got us the win.

I’ll post more pictures of our pirate ship when I get them from my team. It’s really incredible. By winning the local office contest, we get a free lunch anywhere in the city. The national competition will be decided by Monday. If we win that, we get a vacation day!

Fingers crossed!

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Really quick thoughts, I literally only have a few seconds:

  • As can be observed by my subject line, I’m still wickedly obsessed with Chess In Concert. I just got the DVD – thank you free B&N gift card! – and have watched a bit. LOVE IT!
  • I hate the red line. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it! Got stuck this morning on a disabled train outside Porter Square. Combing the time sitting on the train and standing on the platform, I was there for about an hour. Took me 2.5 hours to get to work this morning. Bah! It was scary too cause the train I was on had to be pushed into the station by another train. Thank God it wasn’t too crowded on that train cause I was already feeling claustrophobic. 5 trains went by at Porter before I could get on. Bad morning.
  • Pumpkin contest is tomorrow meaning all of my spare time is being taken up by it. Lots still to do. Unfortunately I’m also incredibly busy at work as is the rest of my team.  How we’ll pull this off tomorrow I’m very anxious to see. I’ll do a bigger, in detail post about it tomorrow.
  • Watched all of The Big Bang Theory Season One over the weekend and started Season Two last night. Forgive for saying it but at the moment I’m enjoying it much more than How I Met Your Mother. I’m so fickle. Expect a much larger post about this hilarious show in the coming days.
  • Was sick early in the week, felt better last night and only okay today. Don’t have time to dwell on it. I have one more sick day for the rest of the year. That will be interesting as I always get sick this time of year and everyone at the office is already sick.
  • Still don’t have my glasses. Called them today – two weeks after ordering them! – and they said they should be in in the next couple of days. Yeah right. I ended up taping my busted glasses so at least I can see but I look even geekier than before.
  • I have no idea what is going on in the world. I’ve been so focused on being sick, getting my work done and working on this pumpkin that I’m not sure I even remember what day it is. In times like these, I remind myself that over the summer I was bored to tears and would’ve killed for this much to do.

Yep, that’s it. I’ve run out of time. I’m not even going to spell check this. 🙂

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And that led to…

If you read my last post, you’ll remember that I said I had spent much of the weekend watching The Big Bang Theory and that made me want to watch Roseanne for obvious reasons. All I can say is thank God for YouTube! I’ve now watched a bunch of David/Darlene clips from the end of the series that I had never seen before since I stopped watching when the show got, well, unwatchable. Totally was crying at the baby stuff and the wedding stuff.

See, this is what happens when I have a weekend to myself. I just geek out.

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Grrrr

I have spent all day working on this pumpkin for our carving contest on Thursday! First it was trying to make pumpkin scones – I think I got it – and then it was trying to build this damn platform for the damn pirate pumpkin ship. Have you ever tried to build a ship platform with a box cutter and a couple hundred popsicle sticks?

Really? No one has done that? I’m all astonishment.

My fingers hurt, my head hurts, my broken glasses are almost literally taped to my head and I’ve lost my office pool for football yet again.

7:13 on a Sunday. Time for bed? If I look at one more popsicle stick I’m going to scream.

On a high note, while working on said pumpkin pirate platform from Hell, I did a marathon of The Big Bang Theory Season One. I laughed till it hurt. Such a funny show. Makes me want to watch Johnny Galecki on Roseanne as David. He was always my favorite on that show.

Oh, that and the Pats are now 5-2 going into the bye. YAY!

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ETA: To those of you are also my friends on Facebook, please do not mention any of this on there as there are coworkers on Facebook that should not be learning that I’m trying to make pumpkin scones. Thanks! 🙂

Some of you know that my mother could be world famous for her baking, especially when it comes to her scones. Do not ask me for the recipe, it’s a family secret.

Well, this week is my company’s annual pumpkin carving contest. As a bribe to our judge, we decided I should bake these scones. I’ve said many times that while mine are good, I cannot make them like my mom does. No one can. And I even have the recipe. I stumped her on this one though because I need to make pumpkin scones which she has never done. We brainstormed over it last weekend to no result.

I got online and it turns out there are tons of pumpkin scone recipes out there. But here’s the kicker: not one of them is even remotely close to my mom’s recipe. The ingredients and directions are completely different. For example, every single one I read (and I read 20) called for eggs. My mom’s recipe does not include eggs – that’s as much as I will tell. I had no idea my mom’s recipe was so unique. Not being a particular fan of scones, I’ve not had the chance to compare  my mom’s to any other scone. I know she gets requests constantly for the recipe. She’s even had people tell her to sell them.

Side note: if you’d like to try these scones firsthand, stay at my mother’s B&B in Provincetown, MA. It’s called The Bayberry Accomodations, the rates are very reasonable – especially now in the offseason, and it’s ideally located just off Commercial Street.

Side note 2: If you do go to P-Town, also go to my mom and Ruth’s store called Impulse. It’s the one with all of the telescopes but it has a lot more than that. If you are lucky, you might even see a certain two Bernese Mountain Dog sleeping in the back.

Anyway, since I couldn’t find a recipe that resembled my mother’s and that would add pumpkin into it, I had to try and wing it which is what I’ve been doing this lovely Sunday morning. The first batch just came out. Tastes okay but I can barely taste the pumpkin. It’s more of an aftertaste of pumpkin. So I’ll keep trying.

I shouldn’t be so arrogant in thinking that I can adapt my mom’s recipe when I can’t even make the original the way she does. But if I do manage to get this right, some of you might have to be taste testers for me. 🙂

I’ll keep you posted…

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