I Thunk I Can, I Thunk I Can…

This week’s Thursday Thunks is all about Halloween, childhood, popcorn & toothpaste. And other stuff, too, but seriously if you need to know more than that, just read my darned post. Geez.

  1. Would you let your children go Trick or Treating at Michael Jackson’s house? Probably not. I plan to go trick or treating with my children (my son is only 2 this year, so we haven’t had much experience with it yet) and I certainly don’t want to meet Michael Jackson or fly to wherever he lives, so I’m thinking we’ll skip it.
  2. Did you eat paste and/or glue as a child? No, is this something that’s common? I thought it was kind of like having eaten paint chips as a child.
  3. Look at the wall to your right, what is on it? lots of pictures, a shelf with more pictures and figurines and my son’s toy tool bench.
  4. Do you put butter and/or salt on your popcorn? I really only like kettle corn which I tend to buy in bags so I don’t add anything to it.
  5. What does your favorite coffee cup look like? It’s sitting right in front of me at the moment, actually, white with red polka dots and  the inside rim reads, “Whoever smiles first wins.”
  6. What was your favorite Halloween costume? Nothing specific comes to mind. I’ve almost always been some variation of a witch or similar. I was a cowboy one year which was very fun and at a time in my life where I could wear brown pleather pants, so that’s always exciting and unlikely to ever happen again.
  7. Toilet Paper – hard, soft, extra soft? Are there really people out there who like hard toilet paper? What does that even mean? Basically cheap non-soft I’m guessing? I like it as soft and durable as possible please. Oh and if it could be inexpensive, that’d be great, too.
  8. Have you ever rescued/taken in a stray animal? My dad and I have taken in a couple of stray cats, but it’s not something we are in the habit of. Most of his recent cats have been from the local animal shelter in our neighborhood – my husband’s family tends to get their dogs there also and we’ll probably go there for our first non-hamster pet, if we are still in the area because all the pets we’ve known from there are wonderfully good tempered animals.
  9. Name 3 things you want your kids to learn before they grow up. (if you don’t have kids, feel free to skip this one or add your own twist to the question) I just answered this question in seriousness on Tuesday, so today I’ll go for a bit sillier response. 1) I’d like him to learn to use the potty. 2) If he could learn to properly say elephant and W that would be great. Although Ap-oh-booze is pretty funny, it sounds like apple juice and not really like elephant or W at all. 3) He really aught to learn the difference between a hug and a kiss soon, less he be considered the world’s hugest liberal flirt in the nation.
  10. Pick one of the Thursday Thunk players and say something about them. Well my bestie Ang @ Red Knows How introduced me to Thursday Thunks so it’s only fitting I choose her. I’ll refrain from simply writing, “something about them,” even though that’d be pretty funny, she deserves oh so much more than that. Red, you are one of my very besties. I love that we can talk constantly or only once a year and our friendship never suffers for it. I love that our friendship isn’t frail like so many others, not at risk constantly for hurt feelings or “how comes” – that it’s real and durable to the changes of time. I hope we can be old ladies together, even if we are nowhere near each other (though it would be awesome if we were not far away then).

In Other News…

  • I really want to bake peanut butter cookies but I’m worried that would be the epitome of further sabotaging my diet. But I saw this great recipe in Parents Magazine which only needs peanut butter, sugar & an egg – I have all those things! And don’t you think my adorable two year old would enjoy making cookies with his momma… I know I could give some cookies away, but that involves going out, which I’m hoping not to do until the weekend. By then they’ll be long gone.
  • I just ordered our Christmas cards from Walmart’s photo website. I am not always the biggest Walmart fan but I do love their photo products and their prices seriously cannot be beat. I made our 2008 calendar there and it came out great! I’m using my iMac to make next year’s calendar, because it means I can use iPhoto which is just easier and only a few dollars more expensive. Holiday cards really aren’t cost effective via iPhoto though so thank god for Walmart! I say the same thing, btw, when I need new clothes. Apparently only Walmart understands my body type. I’m not sure what that says about me… Do you guys like Walmart or are you strictly Target Types? Or other?
  • I’ve had four glasses of water today (the big TALL glasses) and had trail mix for a snack with MM – so even though I haven’t exercised today I’m still feeling pretty proud of myself and super healthy – I lost 3 pounds last week doing nothing so maybe doing a teeny tiny something this week will help the trend to continue?
  • I also organized MM’s toys while he was napping, trying to instead of stashing things in two huge crates and rotating, keep all the crates out at once and organize the toys so that stuffed animals are here, cars and trucks and planes are here, etc. So far I think it’s working well but we’ll see. I really don’t want to have to get rid of toys but Christmas is fast approaching. Still I think we’ll see what kind of loot we get before we go hastily getting rid of (although to be fair, none of his old toys are gone, they are just in boxes in our bedroom, which would prefer we not bring more boxes into).
  • The Halloween costume is ALMOST time. I bought dh a new sewing machine this weekend (apparently our old one only did ONE stitch, how lame is that? The new one only does 16, but he says that’s a world of difference and that it does all these other cool things, too. Please don’t tell him I’m betraying his manliness again by telling you all of this, but I love it. If he gets really good at this sewing thing he can teach me how to do some of it. But you know he’ll just do a better job. Meanwhile … I blog like nobody’s business? I’m sure I’m good at something. So he does the sewing, makes homemade breads, pizzas and anything else he puts his mind to and he’s a genius. I’m… good at spell checking. Usually.
  • This may or may not be the only random bullet points post I ever make. Usually I try to reign it in and make one topic per post, but I wanted to just talk for awhile, like in a diary or something and just get it out a bit. Without continuing to cry about my dead hamster and lack of pregnancy. You understand right?

Halloween Past and Present

Halloween is coming up! I know, big surprise, right? Over at Tip Junkie the talk has turned to family-themed costumes. We’ve done a bit of this so I thought I’d throw my few feeble attempts into the mix. This will be MM’s third Halloween and if I do say so myself, I think it will be his best. Before telling you about his Halloween costume this year, let’s cover the years past shall we?


I know, all babies are pumpkins. Not content to be completely ordinary, I had the fabulous idea that dh and I could be pumpkin farmers since we made him after all. And I’m pretty proud of myself for getting dh to dress up at all. I don’t think it will ever happen again.


I’m not in this picture and the two non-lion children aren’t actually mine (they belong to my bestie @ Red Knows How). But I did dress in theme to my son even though dh was not inclined to do so. I really just wore a black tee shirt and some cat ears, but it’s the thought that counts right?

And this year… 2008

MM is going to be The Man In The Yellow Hat! No pictures yet as we are still in the process of making the costume – our first attempt at making our own costume and it’s coming out really well so far. We have one of those monkey leash backpacks that he can wear to be George. And I’ll be hopefully wearing a lab coat, if I can find one, making me Professor Wiseman and I’ve convinced the hubby to willingly wear a baseball cap and let me call him Bill. That’s pretty good sneaky, huh? If you aren’t up on your Who’s Who of Curious George, click here for character descriptions then go to the library and check out some of the books and turn on PBS in the morning and check out the tv show! We’re big fans in this family if that’s not now blatantly obvious. The movie with Will Ferrell is really good, too!

What are you going to be for Halloween this year? Do you do themes for your whole family?