A friend of mine posted this picture on Facebook just before Halloween.
Yeah, at least that person's pumpkin made it outside. Mine is exactly where I put it upon bringing it home from the commissary. I plunked it down in the middle of the Hawaii bowl that was a wedding gift and serves as our normal dining table centerpiece. Instant fall centerpiece.
I did not stage this photo in any way. It wasn't until after I took it that I noticed the bag of pumpkin seeds next to my uncarved pumpkin. Rest assured, those seeds also came from the grocery store in the form of a prepackaged snack. They are located on the far side of the pumpkin because when I've eaten enough, I have to physically remove them from arms' reach of where I sit in front of my computer. The grad school explosion on that table has only gotten worse since this was taken.
Here's something that's a little bit spooky: I've never purchased Burt's Bees lip balm online.
So this ad appearing while there was one siting right next to my computer (I have to minimize my excuses for getting up) made it feel a little bit like someone in there was looking out.
Raj and I actually did spend some time looking at couples' costumes online for inspiration since we were invited to a party. Then he found out he had to leave that day for the field, so I'd be on my own. His field exercise involved a mass casualty drill, so though it was unrelated to Halloween, he did spend time in our kitchen the night before making fake blood and skin so he could transform Marines into faux-casualties.
Left to my own devices, I was planning to just resurrect an old costume, but decided to go wander around the hundred yen store to see if inspiration would strike. I'd seen a costume on Pinterest (of course - where else) that seemed like something I could pull off with minimal time, effort, and expense. Also, I'd be able to wear comfortable clothes and flip flops. I just had to figure out some logistics.
Supplies: bucket, plastic Uncle Sam hat, pom pom (not pictured: lots of non-waterproof mascara)
I'm the ice bucket challenge. Originally, I was thinking maybe I could somehow wire the bucket to a headband so it would actually be suspended above my head, which would have made this look less like a hat with blue hair, but also seemed like more work than just cutting the rim off a plastic hat and sticking it on with packing tape. I tried to think of a way to simulate ice, but nothing came to me in the roughly 20 minutes I put into this costume. I did put a truly disgusting amount of gel in my hair while it was still wet to try to keep it looking that way.
The downside to a topical costume is that it won't work again in future years, but now we do have an extra bucket and I can stick 1 1/2 blue pompoms in the Halloween bin.
You know, eventually. When I return to cleaning my house someday.