Archive | October, 2010

Halloween hikes and hauntings

31 Oct

Happy Halloween, everyone!  I hope your holiday was as enjoyable as mine.

I slept most of yesterday away, so when Addam asked me if I wanted to go up to Oleta River State Park and hit up some of the bike trails, I agreed.  Even though I usually don’t like mountain biking, I thought any exercise would be better than none at all.

I had a really good time, but I am worn out!

After stopping for a quick lunch of Subway and Wendy’s, we took the bus up to the park, which was about eight miles away.  Once there we got our helmets, filled our tires up with air and started biking through the woods.  We went on about three trails, but Addam went down this big jump a few times.  I refrained, because I didn’t want to ruin the holiday by breaking my neck.

We were at the park for a couple of hours, and even though I was obviously no where near as experienced as Addam, I feel like I did a pretty good job.  I only took one spill, and that was just because I couldn’t manage pushing myself and my bike up this big incline.  No biggie.

After we had finished up with the trails, we headed back to the apartment.  We decided to bike instead of taking the bus.  At this point I was pretty tired, but it wasn’t too bad.  After a few hours of mountain biking the sidewalk felt like a cool down.

Biking home also allowed us to stop at this spot behind Addam’s work that he’s been meaning to show me.  He goes there on his breaks to eat his lunch and feed the raccoons.  There were a ton of them!  And the best part was they were all so incredibly friendly.  They were so sweet that I begged Addam to buy me a cookie from Subway so I could feed them.  (They live behind this Chinese restaurant and get fed whenever the shop is open, but it’s closed Sundays.  The little things were starving!  We had to help.)

Subway was out of peanut butter cookies, which Addam said was their favorite, so I got oatmeal raisin, which didn’t seem to bother them one bit.  They loved the treat so much that a few of them were literally taking pieces from my hands before I could drop it off to them.  I was more scared than they were!  It was incredible.  I could have sat there feeding them all day.  I felt like the raccoon whisperer.

Addam and I got home and showered up.  He’s playing some music and making some food, and we’re both getting ready to head to the theater.  In celebration of Halloween, which has always been one of my favorite holidays, we’re seeing Saw 3D, and I can’t wait! I love being scared.  We’ve seen the first four in the series, and then kind of forgot about it for awhile. We’re hoping the 3D effects will help make this one just as good as the first, which is by far the best in the franchise.  It’s all about the ending, and Saw I had an amazing one.  I’ll make sure to update you guys on what I thought of it tomorrow night.

In the meantime — my top five favorite movies to watch on a Halloween night (in no particular order):

1.  The Rocky Horror Picture Show, 1975:  I love it, I love it, I love it.  And who wouldn’t love a sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania?  I found this one in high school, and I really don’t know what I did on Oct. 31 before I did.  Nothing beats dressing up in drag, heading to the theater and throwing some toast on a Halloween night.  It may not be scary, but it definitely makes for a good time.  If you haven’t seen it, come see me.  I’ll change your world.

2. Children of the Corn, 1984:  Do I even need to explain this one?  It was made before I was even born, but come on, could the premise get any creepier?  A town of blood-lusting children who have murdered every adult in the area in the observance of some satanic, cult like religion?  There are so many angry kids in the world — could you imagine what would happen if they all turned against us?  Scary stuff.  A tad campy, but definitely bone chilling.

3. Hocus Pocus, 1993:  An oldie but a goodie.  I’ve been watching this movie since I was about seven years old, and some of the happiest moments of my childhood involved playing this on the school playground with my friend Courtney. In it, the Sanderson sisters, sentenced to die in Salem, Massachusetts 300 years ago, are back to capture eternal youth by sucking the souls of children.  And all because a “virgin lit the candle.”  I can’t do it justice.  If you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and rent it.  If nothing else, you can enjoy the comedic genius that is Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

4. Halloween, 1978:  Come on, could I leave this one out?  Mike Myers has made Halloween famous and deserves to make any top five list.  To quote IMDb, “A psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets.”  Can you think of a better plot for a scary Halloween night?  One look into the stone cold dead stare of Mr. Myers and you wouldn’t think so.

5.  The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974:  This is one of the few movies that actually terrifies me.  But let’s face it, there isn’t anything much scarier than a family of cannibals who capture college students looking for a good time in the middle of nowhere.  Add chainsaws to the mix and the first time you see it you won’t sleep well for a week.  It’s an old one, and I love the gritty, rawness of the footage.  You almost feel as though you’re watching a home video of real events.  A lot of people love the remake that was released in 2003.  It’s not bad.  You’ll definitely jump in your seat.  But, in my opinion, nothing will ever come close to touching the original.  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

That’s it for tonight, folks.  I’m running late for my movie, but feel free to comment with your favorite Halloween haunts.  I love checking out films that I’ve never seen before.  And I love scary movies!

“Witch and ghost make merry on this last of dear October’s days.” — Author Unknown

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Weekend wedding update

17 Oct

It’s becoming abundantly clear that Addam and my biggest issue with planning this wedding is not only going to be our lack of funding but our lack of motivation.  Don’t get me wrong — we want to get married and we’re excited to make plans.  It’s just that we are both procrastinators, and it’s almost a year away.  We’re hoping a lot of people can make it, so we have to start setting things in stone.  To keep my head clear, here is where we’re at:

Location:  Crandon Beach on Key Biscayne.  It’s cheap, and we can have a reception right on the sand, which is exactly what Addam and I were going for.  As this isn’t a package deal sort of thing, we’ll also be able to pick our own menu, colors, table design, etc. — another factor that was really important to us.  Hopefully we’ll both only be doing this once, so we want every detail to be our own.

Menu:  This one, I’m leaving up to Addam.  Obviously, there will be at least one vegetarian option as well as plenty of sides, but the food matter is much more important to the husband than me.  We’ve talked a bit about it, and it’s looking like he’s pushing for steak and crab legs, which I guess is kind of fitting for a beach wedding.  Although it’s expensive, we both want an open bar — so even if you don’t like the food, there will be drink.  The cake is the most important part to me anyway.  I want a decadent masterpiece with vanilla and chocolate layers.  Something that really stands out and sets itself apart.

Colors:  This one, Addam is leaving up to me.  He doesn’t care what colors we go with as long as yellow isn’t included.  I’m thinking a Tiffany’s blue.  I’ve always liked it, and it will go really well with an ocean backdrop.  At the same time, is this possibly a bit cliche?  I want my wedding to stand out, and I feel like this may be a popular choice, especially in recent years.  I’ve played with the idea of going with orange, as it’s my favorite color, but we’re getting married in August, and it is really an autumn color.  I wouldn’t mind a bright light blue or a deep teal, so I guess I’ll spend the next few months narrowing down my choices.  Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Dress:  No idea.  I’ll admit, I’m not the typical bride.  I don’t want to feel like a princess; I don’t want anything froofy.  At the same time, I’m kind of particular.  I guess my biggest issue is, I’ve never, ever, seen a wedding dress that I’ve really liked.  I mean, let’s face it — this is the most important piece of clothing a girl will ever buy in her life.  I don’t want to look back at the photos and feel the same way I do when I look at images from my senior prom.  (What was I thinking?)

I guess what I’m going for is something simple and classic.  I don’t want a bunch of beads or prints or glitz or glam.  I hate strapless anything, so I know I want little, off the shoulder sleeves.  I want something full length, most likely without any sort of train, and I don’t think I want a veil.  But that could be because it doesn’t go with my chosen hair-do, which is the one thing I have my mind set on.

Hair:  I want this.  I love the style, I love the flower, I love the slight curl.  I love that it’s kind of a relaxed up-do, a little bohemian, if you will.  Before I found this photo I was going back and forth about wearing my hair up or down, and I feel like this is a decent compromise.  Not to mention — doesn’t it kind of scream beach wedding?  I’d feel a little like Ariel.  And if you know anything about my childhood, that’s kind of huge.

I also love the necklaces.  I know that I need to pick out a dress before I even consider jewelry, but I love the layered look.  It’s not too overdone, yet it adds a little something to the overall composition.  While I usually prefer silver, based on this photo I think the gold works.  I may be a bit of a liar, but I will be wearing white, and the gold seems to compliment it nicely.

Guests:  The more the merrier?  Addam and I really need to get a grasp of how many people are actually going to come to this shindig.  I know that if we were getting hitched in Virginia or Chicago we’d have a much bigger turn out, as we have many more close friends in those locations.  The date is set for August 20th, and we’re trying to give notice so people can make plans early, but times are hard.  I can’t guarantee that anyone outside of Addam and my immediate family will make it.

Wedding Party:  Again, who is actually going to be able to make it to this thing?  I’m pretty much counting on both Emily (my future sister-in-law) and Heather (BFOTB — Best Friend Of The Bride), but other than that I’m crossing fingers.  Of course, I have asked Katie and Courtney, two of my life-long friends,  to be bridesmaids, as well as Regina and Krysti — but again, I don’t know which of them will be able to make it.

Addam’s just as stuck as I am.  Ben, his brother, will be his best man, and I know that he wants his two best friends, Chris and James, to be groomsman.  But unless some of them are going to walk twice, he’s going to have to find a few more people to walk my maids down the aisle.

More importantly — however, is who will be walking me down the aisle.  Most everyone who reads this knows that my father died when I was a kid, so while the choice is a no-brainer for other girls, for me it was a little harder.  I’ve asked my Uncle Scott to give me away.  He’s been the closest thing I’ve had to a father figure since my dad passed, and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have at my side.  I just hope it means to him what it will mean to me.  While I wish my dad was here, it means the world to me that my Uncle Scott is.

I think that’s about it for the time being.  I’ll take all the tips I can get, especially from those of you who will either be involved with or attending the wedding.  Experienced pros — send me your stories.  I need all the help I can get.  Even though, in the end, all I need is Addam.  We’ll make it work, even if it’s just us and a justice of the peace.

I’ve started a wedding Web site.  It’s not complete, and I have a lot of holes to fill in, but I think it should be a pretty good resource for those looking to keep up to date on our plans.  You can find it here, but I’ll make sure to provide periodical updates on this site as well.

“Love one another, and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” — Michael Leunig, singer/songwriter.