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I was worried this evening - I blew about $30 on candy & was worried that we wouldn't have any trick or treaters at all. Last year was a dud, mainly because of all the foreclosures in the neighborhood. By 8pm, I was worried we were going to run out of candy. I'm generous with it, none of this 'one per kid' crap. I give it out to the parents, too.

It feels kind of odd to carry on certain traditions. Rob & I are child-free, so we're not dragging our kids from house to house, listening to them whine about their feet or costume being uncomfortable after half a block. We don't have to worry about being too hot or too cold (it was nice outside, very fall-like for Vegas). Instead I find myself in the doorway, handing out the candy, complimenting the costumes (even the half-assed ones that the teenaged boys were wearing), offering hospitality to the parents. When I turned on the porchlight and stuck a flashlight in the pumpkin, I thought to myself, "here I am, lighting the time-honored lamp that indicates, 'hey, this house has candy!". With so many dark houses on our street, our porchlight and pumpkin were like a cheery yellow lighthouse.

Every year, I stand with the door open and wave to the grown-ups, letting them know I'm not an ogre, snatching their children up to eat. I tell everyone, 'happy Hallowe'en' & 'buenos Dia de los Muertos!'. One kid read my shirt aloud, "In case of zombie attack, follow me' told me I was awesome & then sang 'we wish you a merry Christmas'. He had the air of 'I am the older brother, pay no attention to me'. I had some plastic bugs mixed in with the candy & one little boy was completely awed by the big black plastic scorpion he ended up with. He ran down the sidewalk waving it & yelling 'Alacran! Alacran!' It's the only day of the year I can tolerate kids. Mainly because it's hard not to find a fat little toddler in a ladybug costume completely adorable. That, and the kid who was wearing ratty old clothes w/a sign around his neck that said, will work for candy and beer.

It's always kind of melancholy when the flood of trick or treaters trickle back down to nothing. I take the flashlight out of the pumpkin, turn the porch light off, lock the doors. For me, once I close the door, winter has arrived.

Here's Ryuk after dark:
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I did get around to carvin' mah punkin this morning. It's supposed to be Ryuk from DeathNote, but I realized it also looks like the Cramps mascot (he's under a cut because I can't seem to resize the image):

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Thank you all for the warm wishes, & thank you the mostest, Lisa, for the heart on my profile :D

Happy New Year!
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Sun God, Sun God, He's a real fun God, Sun God, Sun God, Ra Ra Ra!!!

Dies Natalis Solis Invictus!

Many blessings of health and prosperity on this most blessed day! Happy Yule! (Or Beltane, for you people on the other side)
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Buenos Dia de los Muertos!


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Merry Samhain, all!


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My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
perzephone goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as A pirate.
asperias gives you 6 white apple-flavoured gummy worms.
azhure gives you 4 purple root beer-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
bzero gives you 4 mauve cinnamon-flavoured jawbreakers.
greenforest_elf gives you 19 mottled green coconut-flavoured gummy bats.
griinar tricks you! You get a used tissue.
halfapersona tricks you! You get a piece of paper.
moonvoice gives you 16 brown licorice-flavoured nuggets.
spyral_weaver73 tricks you! You get a used tissue.
sunflower_p gives you 14 blue tropical-flavoured gummy bats.
xi_o_teaz tricks you! You get a dead frog.
perzephone ends up with 63 pieces of candy, a used tissue, a piece of paper, a used tissue, and a dead frog.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
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The goms are acting up. It must be getting close to the Equinox. Been hearing noises in the house all day & Chelsie's been starting and barking at thin air.

:D It's kind of hard to believe we've had the dog almost a year now.
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I'm not the most patriotic person on the face of the planet, but I do enjoy fireworks.

I feel like taking a moment to reflect on the fact that even as much as our government and foreign policies suck, I am incredibly lucky to live in America. I am also incredibly lucky to be an American woman.

I am free to criticize my government without fear of going to prison or being executed.

I am free to work pretty much where I want to work, negotiate a salary to some extent, and enjoy benefits provided to me by my employer.

I am free to control my reproductive health.

I am free to read what I want to read, listen to what music I want to listen to, view whatever art I want to view, and access the internet without extreme censorship or censure.

I am also relatively free to create whatever art I want to create so long as it falls within America's legal code. I can't exactly make a display out of dead body parts that I collected myself from unwilling participants, but I could paint a bunch of dead body parts, or write about cannibalism and necrophilia if I so desired. (Sometimes I do, but the urge hasn't been as strong since I stopped taking Ambien.)

I am free to live where I want to live, and go where I want to go.

I am free to choose my own doctors and health care options.

I am free to follow my own religious path.

I am free to marry whom I choose or divorce whom I choose.

I am free to shop where I want to shop and have many, many options available to me.

I am free to own my own home and property.

I am free to spend my money where and how I choose.

I am free to dress how I want to dress.

I am free to talk to people that I want to and talk about people.

I am free to bear arms (and free to arm bears).

I am free to hold protests and petition my government to right wrongs.

I am free from having to provide housing to the military.

I am considered innocent until proven guilty, and I am free to ask for a jury of my peers to judge me should it be necessary.

All of these things, of course, are limited mainly by our fairly liberal laws, my own desire and financial means, but I'm free to be in debt up to my eyeballs, too, if I want to try to live beyond my means.

So thank you, America, for trying to live up to a 230-year-old ideal that all people are created equal and we have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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I ponied up the nerve & sent E a little 'howdy'...

He replied, "You can touch base anytime you want."

I read it & got all twitchy inside. Man, I have got to lose some weight! Fast!

I don't think I've ever felt quite this way about anyone, not even Eric. It's been pretty persistent, too. E's one of the few people whose name I remember from high school. I feel stupid about it, don't know why I've spent the past decade periodically searching for him. It's like, what was I going to do if I ever did catch up to him? Now that I have... I know all the things I'd like to do, but it feels bigger than just another one night stand for old times' sake.

It's going to be a long weekend - Rob's got a colonoscopy on Monday & he can't take his tranquilizer til about 72 hours after the procedure, since it's general anaesthesia. It's Chelsie's first 4th of July, so we may end up needing some doggy tranquilizer... and the house next door to us is a tinder-box due to all the dried grass in the yard. We've already been finding dead bottle rockets in the back yard of our house.

Something I'm going to do, just for shits & giggles, is get some sidewalk chalk & color my back yard walls this weekend. I'd really like to paint it with bright Minoan-esque mosaics, full of dolphins & octopi and bull dancers, but Rob keeps whining that the walls are community property & we can't modify them. He can't whine too much about sidewalk chalk.

Yeah, I'm fucking tired of my husband. Running off to be with another man is not a viable solution to me. I'd rather run off & be with myself, but I'm broke & I can't drive. I'm aimless, directionless & 35 fucking years old... and I'm really, really tired.
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Happy Summer and Winter Solstice, y'all.

Of course, it's not really a happy day for me. I am tied to the Sun, and He's begun His journey to the Underworld in this hemisphere. His power will roast us for the next few months, but it wanes and draws away from the Earth, lover and consort to His glory. Even though He is turning His back on Her, He is being drawn within Her, to the dark sleep of a long Winter. By August I'll be feeling that underlying chill, smelling the grave dirt under the hot breezes. I try to remind myself that it's only six months, that like Persephone, the Sun will return.

It's always harder for me to hold back my inner darkness because just as fast as the days grow longer, the nights grow longer still. That ol' black dog will be sniffing me out soon. I always feel like I'm building my fortifications against it, but it seems to sneak in when I forget to close a gate behind me, or maybe it slips through a crack in the wall.

Ah well... The Sun is dying, long live the Sun!
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see more english fails

It's not exactly Engrish, but it is a good sentiment.
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Happy First Day of Spring or Blessed Mabon & happy First Day of Autumn, depending on which hemisphere you're on. Axial tilt is the reason for the season!

I'm almost hoping the doc won't release me. I'm kinda liking this whole not working thing. I think not being on crutches, having mobility & no physical therapist trips this time around helps. I am trying to phase out caffeine - I'm down to a half-caf cup in the morning & decaf the rest of the day. Yes, I do know that decaf isn't 100% decaf, but it's a far cry from 3 cups of full-caf spread over the day.

I'm going to dust off my gym membership card tomorrow & go to a beginner's yoga class. Yay me!
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Happy New Years, everyone!

May 2009 be prosperous and joyful.

For me, it's a 9 year, which indicates a general return to and deepening of spirituality... dunno how accurate that is, but we'll see.

Zane dinged to 70, woot! Only 2 years since the release of The Burning Crusade, lol. Just call me 'Casual Gamer Grrrlll'. But, Zane now has a flying mount - and of course, we're going to Northrend where we can't use our flying mounts. Plargh!
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Good morning, everyone. You know what day it is?

That's right!

Happy Winter Solstice! Dies Natalis Solis Invictus!!!

solstice at stonehenge

Sun God, Sun God, He's a real fun God, Sun God, Sun God, Ra Ra Ra!!!
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These guys are great:

For Those Who Like Their Embedded Vids Behind a Cut - You Know Who You Are... )
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Merry Exploitation of Indigenous Peoples & Poultry Day, Y'all!

And thank you again, Great Mystery, for the pouring rain!
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Happy Hallowe'en!

Merry Samhain & Happy New Years!
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Someone commented on my okcupid journal & mentioned these cookies... They look freakin' awesome and I wants them! The commenter said they were morbidorable, and I completely agree :D

Maya's Dia de los Muertos Cookies

Went out & got some stuff to make my Mario Brothers mystery-box costume out of. I could have just gotten a big-ass cardboard box & cut arm & neck-holes out of it, but there's a logistics problem with the whole thing. How am I going to sit down and do my job? I'm done w/the standing for 8 hours crap. Went to Joanna's Fabrics - their foam was expensive, to say the least. So went to Wal-Mart & picked up a couple of twin-size eggcrate foam mattress pads for 1/2 of what Joanna's wanted for a single sizable piece of foam. Now I just have to make a box & paint it. I figure I'm going to get some yellow & red spray paint for the front, back & sides, & then paint the '?' mark & some brick-lines on with a big jar of acrylic paint. I figure it will probably crack a little here & there, but it doesn't have to be durable, just recognizable. I'm also going to pick up a deely-bopper headband & put a red flower on one side & a mushroom on the other. Either that, or pick up some of that stiff, thin crafter foam & glue red petals or a mushroom-shape onto a headband. I'm going to wear black pants under it w/a yellow t-shirt or something so if I end up sweating to death I can take it off & still be 'casual Friday' ok for work. I figure even if people don't get the Mario reference right away, I can still be the Mystery Box.

"Do you want what's behind Curtain #3... Or do you want the Mystery Box?"

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