Halloween Sluts: Part 2

Remember a few years ago when I wrote about Halloween costumes that take the slut factor up a notch? Don't get me wrong, I'm all for women dressing any way they like, any day of the year, including Halloween. And I'm trying to use "slut" in descriptive way, not a derogatory one. Like Cady Heron says, "In girl world, Halloween is the one day a year when a girl can dress up like a total slut and no other girls can say anything else about it." 

But let's be real, some of the costumes offered this year are totally out of control! 

There are new options for sexy food.

carrot, pizza, fortune cookie, Twizzlers, Ring Pop

You can pick a variety of costumes from the McDonalds line.

hamburger, Ronald, fries, Hamburglar, Coke

You can dress up as your favorite ridiculous pop star.

Gaga, Miley, and three kinds of Katy

If you're around my age, you can be something from our childhood!

Mr(s). Peanut, Gumby, Cabbage Patch Kid, Waldo, Sock Money

Or you can choose a character your kids are into and make it sexy, which is kinda creepy.

Buzz Lightyear, Minion, Cat in the Hat, Powerpuff Girl, Mickey Mouse

And there are a wide variety of sea creatures available.

jellyfish, lobster, shark, clown fish, dolphin

But you know what? I don't hate all of it.
Although I'm sparing you the super slutty costumes, there are quite a few this year that I really love.

Spice Girls!

Ginger, Baby, Sporty (check out those abs!), Scary, Posh

Characters from Tim Burton movies!

Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Sally

Pink Ladies from Grease!

Good Sandy, Rizzo, Frenchie, Bad Sandy

Characters from favorite '80s movies, TV shows and video games!

Pretty Woman, Ghostbusters, Jem, Zelda, Rainbow Brite

And these are the ones I'd definitely buy...if I had the body.

Day of the Dead doll, Rockford Peach, Ringleader, Litchfield inmate, Skeleton

Oh Yandy, you entertain me for hours.
Did I give you any costume ideas?

Slowing Down

I'm in desperate need for a slow down. I thought that since the boys are in school, I'd have all this new time to just sit and catch my breath, but it's not quite working out that way. After volunteering, late start Wednesdays, and transportation, I really only get four hours to myself each week. I've filled that time with pedi, hair and doctor appointments or grocery shopping and housework. I seriously have not had any "me" time.

Oh, except for five weeks in a row, when I had plans both days every single weekend. And while everything I've been up to has been a ton of fun (Seahawks and Mariners games, concerts, comedians, movies, girls nights, etc), I've also been recovering from surgery and fighting off a nasty sinus infection. I went to the doctor twice and got an increased dose of antibiotics to finally get rid of it. 

I'm not at all trying to say that I'm unhappy or ungrateful. I've been having a blast and I don't take for granted all the fun things I do. I have a wonderful husband who encourages it and steps up to take care of the kids, make dinner, and do chores when I'm slacking. Contrary to what it sounds like, I haven't been neglecting my family either. We've been busier than every now that school started and Nolan's in soccer.

I've just stretched myself too thin. I haven't been sleeping enough. I flat out haven't been taking care of myself. I need to chill so I started saying no to things. And I'm talking FUN things, like Dave Chappelle and Nick Swardson stand-up, a Sounders game, a Walk The Moon concert, and Oprah's Live The Life You Want weekend. I hate saying no to awesome stuff! Just writing it all out makes me a little sad.

But I have to take a break from "fun" to feel better and recharge. Besides a concert next week, the only things I have on the agenda are Fall and Halloween activities with the kids and an awesome all-day date with Jacob. Other than that you'll find me in pjs watching TV and reading for the next few weeks. And that sounds just about perfect to me.

What do you do when life feels overwhelming?

Haunted Washington - Manresa Castle

Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, WA was featured on a 2010 episode of Travel Channel's Most Terrifying Places in America. The building has served many purposes over the years, but is now a hotel and restaurant.

In the mid-1800s, Charles Eisenbeis emigrated from Prussia to Washington to open a bakery. Since the area was flourishing as a shipping port, he expanded his business to construction, real estate, brewing, and banking and made a ton of money. He got married, became the first mayor of Port Townsend, and built his dream home, Eisenbeis Castle, in 1982. The thirty room home featured artisan woodwork, tiled fireplaces, a slate roof, and brick walls twelve inches thick.

Eisenbeis died in 1902 of kidney disease, five years after his son committed suicide. His widow, Kate, continued to live in the castle until 1905, then remarried and left the empty castle with a local caretaker for nearly twenty years. In 1927 Eisenbeis Castle was sold to a group of Jesuit priests, who used it as a training college. The priests renamed it Manresa Hall, added a chapel, more rooms, and an elevator to house monks in their final year of study. The Jesuits left in 1968 and the building was converted into a hotel and renamed Manresa Castle. 

Two ghosts haunt the castle. The first is a monk who hanged himself in the castle’s attic. Guests in room 302 claim to hear footsteps coming from the ceiling and the occasional sound of a stretched rope. The other ghost is a young woman who had been waiting for her love to return from war. When he didn't, she jumped out of the window of room 306 and fell to her death. Guests of this room say their items are moved around when they're away, the TV and lights flicker on and off, and the sheets are pulled at night. Other hotel guests have noted that glasses would spontaneously break and empty glasses would turn upside down on their own in the cafe, which was once the chapel.

The hotel had ghost logs in some of rooms for guests to share their supernatural experiences, but were removed after a few patrons complained. I've always wanted to stay in the castle, but don't know if I could handle the creepiness. I'm not even talking about the ghosts. Its just a really old, outdated hotel and I'm a germaphobe. Ew. But people say it's a lovely romantic getaway and weddings happen there all the time. I should definitely check it out at some point.

Fun Fall Weekend

I'm so thankful that today is a holiday so I can catch up on some relaxation! My weekend was a great mix of fall, family, friends, and a little absurdity. On Friday afternoon, Milo and I went on his pumpkin patch field trip. It's so cute watching my littlest guy run around with his preschool buddies. Unlike the rest of the kids who wanted the biggest, tallest pumpkin they could find, he chose the tiniest. So cute!

Friday night was spent at my high school's homecoming game. The boys have been asking to go to a Huskies or Seahawks game, but it's just way too expensive and they'd be bored. So why not some Friday night lights? Unfortunately it was way past their bedtime so we left in the third quarter. We all still had a great time though and it brought back a ton of memories.

On Saturday morning, we made Greek yogurt pancakes for breakfast and went to the Lowe's Build and Grow clinic. This was our first time and it was so awesome! The boys got aprons and eye protectors before building their haunted houses. Afterward they were given a certificate of completion, a patch (to be ironed onto their aprons), and some Halloween candy. I was impressed with the whole operation.

Then I made the three hour drive to my college town (where Carrie still lives) and this is when the absurdity came in. After dinner Saturday night, we saw One Direction: Where We Are at the movie theater. It's a concert film about the tour I just saw them on. I know, I know. Obsessed. Carrie actually had a good time though (she's a boy band fan in general) and we had fun singing their songs the rest of the night. 

We slept in until 10:00 on Sunday morning. I honestly can't remember the last time I got that much sleep! We grabbed a quick breakfast and went on a tour of a local farm-to-glass craft distillery. We learned all about their cider making and distillation process and sampled two types of apple vodka, raspberry vodka, gin, two types of apple brandy, and their latest experiment (which isn't available to buy yet), pumpkin spice liqueur. YUM! I loved everything but the gin. We finished up with a trip to their bakery for cider donuts and apple cider. 

On Sunday night I cuddled up with Jacob and hard cider from the farm to watch Obvious Child. Such a great movie! I love everything about Jenny Slate and Jake Lacy was pretty cute. It's kind of a backwards romantic comedy and it definitely has a heavy plot line, but I loved the awkwardness and laughed a ton. 

And now it's Columbus Day. No work, no school. I'm insisting we stay in pajamas until noon.
Then we're going Halloween costume shopping!

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