Sunday, October 31, 2010

Awesome night with the kids

Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of life you don't take enough time to just spend together.  Well, last night my kids and I remedied that.  We took off about 6 pm to enjoy Boo in the 'Burg out in Millersburg!  We went to the Victorian Mansion first.  All decked out for Halloween, the atmosphere was just what we wanted.  We explored all three upper floors, then headed for the basement.  There was even a gypsy doing palm readings, which we declined to do.  As much as I love spooky stuff I drew the line at that.  Several dark characters waited around corners to give us a fright, one especially in the old hospital room upstairs.  I asked her if I could take a picture, and she replied, "I won't show up..."  Chill down my spine! The history entailed in the mansion is breathtaking.  The picture made up of saved hair wound around wires was a bit eerie.  Those Victorians didn't waste a thing.  Hunter was attempting to check out all areas and all doors that were closed.  He got a surprise when he tried to open a door and it was pushed back in his face!  Not sure if someone was behind that basement door, but it was sure shut hard.  He was slightly freaked.  From there we went to buy tickets for the ghost walk downtown.  They were almost sold out when we got there and felt lucky to get tickets to the last walk.  With time to kill, we meandered around Millersburg and hit all the shops that stayed open for the night.  Our favorite by far was 55 West.  Full of eclectic paraphernalia, the atmosphere was awesome.  We somehow got stuck in another ghost walk that was touring the store for a story, so we got a slice of a tour we hadn't paid for! Theater actors from West Holmes added some drama to the night for a few chills and this story was no different.  As the story was winding down, a planned bang from upstairs occurred making us all jump.  The lights dimmed for effect and the story was done with a flourish.  After everyone started filing out, the shop owner Stefanie told us that the lights had dimmed on their own!  That had not been part of the ghost walk.  Hmmm....wonder who dimmed the lights?  Our ghost walk consisted of walking through the upstairs of the Young Bldg. and we were escorted there by our guide Jack the Ripper.  He was a great guide who made it worthwhile. We learned of a murder/suicide in the upstairs of that building back when it was a restaurant.  The basement of the old jail was so old and creepy and we learned there was a tunnel leading from it to the courthouse.  Such awesome history.  After our walk was over we headed to Wooster to take in a movie, Paranormal Activity 2.  It was very good, and when we arrived back home around 1 am we were worn out and happy with how our evening had gone.  I love my kids and it's so much fun to connect with them and just let loose. 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

New job, Pumpkin Carving, and Halloween!

What a week this has been.  I've been caught up in a whirlwind and tossed from two different extremes!  I started a new job this week as receptionist at Troyer Cheese in Berlin.  Not the retail store, but the distribution center that sits beside it.  I've always loved office work.  When I was 19 I worked as receptionist at Weaver Leather for a year, and I left there to go with George to Mexico.  Ahh, those were the days being young and free.  My first week went very well, but I think my mind was tired more than my body -- lots of learning and concentrating to do.  I will only be working Monday - Wednesday, so it's not a full time job.  When Thursday came around I was like a whirling dervish getting all sorts of stuff done at home!  I guess it took getting me out of the house to be able to get some stuff done.  It kind of woke me out of a stupor. 

It's Halloween weekend!  It's not that we celebrate Halloween, but it's one of my favorite times of the year.  It's kind of autumn /mybirthday/ Halloween all wrapped up into one month!  I love the crunchy leaves, the glowing Jack o Lanterns, and the chill wind that envelopes you.  We carved pumpkins on Thursday night, and my kids got into it as much as they did when they were little.  There's something about those warm orange orbs, washing them off, then contemplating what they will become.  The knife as it plunges into the thick skin and slowly becomes what you envisioned.  The goopy guts, and firm seeds that I later roasted slowly with salt and lime.  My favorite part is sticking the candle in, lighting it up, and standing in the front yard with the kids and admiring our handiwork.  Maybe it's just being together....

Tonight we're heading out to Millersburg to check out Boo in the 'Burg.  I'm so excited to take a ghost tour of some of the historical buildings downtown.  The Victorian Mansion is also open to take self-guided ghost tours.  I've never been on one, but I'm sooo excited to go.  The kids are calling this a "Mom-Selena-Hunter" night.  I love my kids.  Love the hubby too, but it's just not his thing although he's happy enough to let me enjoy it. I'll post some pics next week of what we encounter.  

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Friday Fragments -- my babies!

I'm not sure when my babies got this old.  I remember them running around in the backyard, rolling on the floor fighting, and sitting there with their heads tilted watching every episode of the Rugrats. They are only 11 months apart.  Now they are old enough to get spiffed up and head off to Homecoming with dates.  Sigh, they are still my babies -- just more grown up looking.  Don't you think? 

Friday, October 8, 2010

on scary movies & tossing your cookies

Oh mylanta, it's almost the middle of October.  Honestly the days zip along and don't really give a rip whether they fly by or not. When October hits, my scary bone starts acting up.  I don't know where I got my love of all things creepy, but I can't remember a time when I didn't have it.  I would pick a horror movie any day over a sappy romance.  I've also paid the price for it.  When the movie "The Blair Witch" project started being advertised (it has to be over ten years ago now) I just had to see it.  George knows better than to argue with me about it, so off we went for a nice dinner and movie.  There we were all settled in with popcorn, a drink, and candy.  I like to get to the theater early (yes, I'm one of those) so we were sitting right in the middle about 3/4 of the way up.  The movie starts.  I realize that the camera is really jerking around, and I'm kinda getting a headache.  This was back when the whole "shaky-camera) thing was new.  The movie is really good but I'm having to look up at the ceiling, or simply close my eyes because of the headache.  It slowly dawns on me what is happening -- I have motion sickness! All that jerky camera action has made me feel like I'm on a boat or the tilt-a-whirl with no way out.

George keeps asking me if I'm ok, and I just nod my head. 

Suddenly,  I knew that if I didn't get out of that theater I wasn't going to make it.  The movie was getting to the good part and all at once I hurl myself out of my seat and into the aisle. You know how dark those theaters are, especially the nice stadium seating ones.  I run down the steps and careen into the bathroom and into a stall. 

And  yes, I did make it -- just in time to toss more cookies than I've ever tossed.  

I finally regained some semblance of order and made my way back into the darkened theater. As I plop in my seat, the movie ends. Sadness.  Those darn movie makers -- don't they know some of us ladies have sensitive issues? 

Sadly, I didn't learn my lesson.  Saving Private Ryan, Cloverfield, and Paranormal Activity have all been graced by my presence.  There's just something about that chill running up your spine...I just can't stay away!