Monday, October 31, 2005

My First Halloween Away From Home

This is my very first Halloween away from Provo, UT. I think it's almost worse than missing Christmas. I don't know what I will do without Vincent the Living Skull.

We've had him since I was in seventh grade, see. He's been in every Halloween movie I've ever made. When you walk by him and the light changes, his eyes glow red and he laughs like Vincent Price (or Vincent VAN Price, if you are a 12-year-old Carly). We have some sort of a strange, mystical connection, Vincent and I.

And I will really miss my mom's witch costume with the built-in air pump.When she wears it she looks a little like Violet Beauregard as a giant blueberry on Willy Wonka. Oh, how I'll miss the gentle whirring sound that accompanies her as she makes us delicious Halloween food and frightens small children.

And the worst part is that I don't have a costume because I always rely on my mother's collection of hats and noses. I'm LOST! And furthermore, I do NOT appreciate the "whimsy" of jack-o-lantern cactus plants. It's 86 freakin' degrees here. Why even bother to leave the house at all?

I thought it would be fun to go as Brooke Shields (on account of my postpartum condition) and Mike could be Tom Cruise and I could be stabbing him with a phony knife or something. But it's not like we have a big party to go to. Maybe I'll just wear a brown paper bag over my head. Or, better yet, stay home and hand out toothbrushes and toothpaste to the weird kids in my neighborhood.

And could somebody send me a darn fall leaf? Just one!!??

16 comments:

  1. I miss Cousin Georgia even though I only see her once every 2-3 years. And I'm not a bit surprised that she really gets into Halloween. Your mom is the best.

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  2. Or you could pass out Nutri-Grain bars (that is what our hometeachers gave us in our Halloween gift box). If I were there we would swim and then dress up as "Le Glorie." Although then Mizzle couldn't bear to look at us.

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  3. How's this? I think you would make a lovely Joshua Tree, given your obsession for U2 and your Halloween in the desert.

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  4. The pain of missing you was acute when Vincent went off at Mom's the other day. You two do have some mystic connection. Don't give up.

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  5. Carly, come up to Phoenix. I'll show you some good times. AZ's not all that bad. Think: January..no gray skies, no slushy ice. Have you even tried a pina colada Eegee yet?

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  6. Well Carly, there is always the hobo option, right? That one never gets old--at least not for Robyn and me (dressed up enough for trick-or-treaters, but not embarrassing). Though I have to say, I REALLY like the Brooke Shields/Tom Cruise idea.

    Congrats to you and Mike (but mostly to you) on your beautiful girl! She is, as Tom and Katie would say, "wonderful" and "amazing!"

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  7. Thanks for all the props and good advice, everyone. Emily: we should arrange a meeting. If that is too "You've Got Mail" for you, let me know. And I guess AZ isn't so bad. I just miss my seasons.

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  8. I, too, missed you when I saw Vincent. Especially because it was the day you gave birth to Hazel so I was missing you anyway. I think when I was growing up in Phoenix that I didn't bother trick or treating because I would have had to wear a bikini (perish the thought) or die of heat. I agree with Skewedview - you would make a lovely Joshua Tree. :)

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  9. Deh heh heh heh heh heh heh, ah ah ah ah ah ah... Sweet Vincent. I was/am so jealous of you for having him.

    I've never seen your mom's witch costume! I guess I know whose house I have to go trick or treating at.

    I hope it was a good Halloween! What was Holden? Was Hazel anything?

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  10. Psycho killer...que'st que c'est. Da da da da da da da da da da dum. Run, run run away!

    That's a great song. But I'm not a psycho killer and if you're not, then I'm all about You've Got Mailing it. I would love to meet my new friend face to face. Next time I'm in Tucson, we can arrange: I'll be in Bashas' on Cortaro. You order pizza. When they announce that there is a fresh, hot pizza ready at the bakery for Carly and the balloons and streamers fall down, I will think to myself, hmm, that must be her and I will go up to you and we will embrace. Or next time you're in Phoenix, we can wait for each other in the restaurant at Ikea and get acquainted over meatballs and lingonberry juice.

    Seriously, I'm in.

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  11. Woah, woah, woah. Wait a minute, here. There's a RESTAURANT in Ikea???? I am so excited about this I don't know what to do with myself.

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  12. I always liked the food in Ikea, not because of the Swedish delicacies but because of the cheapo soft-serve ice cream and hot dogs. A whole (nutritionally lacking) meal for $1.00!

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  13. Ditto, Lizer. Those hot dogs are great. And the swedish cookies in the long orange box. YUM!

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  14. I'm trying to picture Carly embracing someone she has never met before. :) Ok, I'm done laughing.

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  15. It's okay. We can shake hands. Salute. Wave. Do double-kisses on the cheek. Bow. Whatever. I'm a go with the flow kind of girl.

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  16. Carly, where did everybody go?

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