Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eviscerated Fruit, Prom Dresses, and Vegas.

Ah, the eviscerated fruit of our labor. 
In other words, we carved pumpkins.
Here they are. Dazed, Vacuous, and Confused. Our gourdy triplets. 
Every year, I put off this one holiday tradition for as long as I can, sometimes trying to convince my kids that magic markers are really, truly, JUST GREAT for decorating pumpkins.

Well, this year, for a change, we actually did the deed. It was super slimy, I broke all three special carving knives that came in this (what seemed like) nice pumpkin carving kit, and I overdosed on Old Bay-covered roasted pumpkin seeds in my attempt to recover from the situation.

When I tried to help the kids, those knives bent and broke pretty fast. I think the serrated metal blades were made out of some new-age, cheap metal. Like AnnoyMommyum. Or Frustratogen. Either that, or I've been channeling Thor and had NO IDEA.

Well, now it's Halloween and tonight I'm eating candy until my dental fillings scream with indignation. If fillings could scream. Woot! *ow*

On another note, this weekend I am going to Vegas for the first time this weekend for the Vegas Valley Book Festival. I have no idea what to expect regarding Las Vegas. If there aren't ten sweaty Elvis impersonators waiting to welcome me at the airport gate, I will be deeply disappointed.

I'll be on a sci-fi panel on November 2nd called "Resurrecting the Future"with authors Alexandra Bracken, Rachel Cohn, Kimberly Derting, Anna Carey, Jennifer Bosworth, Chris Howard, Karri Thompson, and signing swag later on since I'm still bookless (not for long). That night I'll be attending the prom-themed YA party. Not wearing my prom dress:

Hello, Laura Ashley concoction! I'm not wearing you. I looked like a shapeless twig in you back then, and I've confirmed that I still look like a shapeless twig in you now. Back to the closet you go.

Happy Halloween everyone! 
Eat candy and be happy! 
And don't let the gourds get you down!

p.s. what happens in Vegas will not stay in Vegas. 
I'll be back with pictures! (Just not any with me wearing my old prom dress.)

And last but not least, I've been interviewed over at The Madeleine Project.  The questions were really different from any interview I've done before, so please stop by if you can. :)


A Lady's Life said...

lol have fun should be exciting

Wendy Ewurum said...

Again. I wish I lived in least for a little while :(
I envy your the raucus atmostphere the holiday ,must bring....enjoy Las Vegas and that Elvis parade had better be there

Natalie Aguirre said...

I never loved carving the pumpkin either. When my daughter got older, I let her do it. We used something that poked dots in the pumpkin.

Have fun at the conference.

Old Kitty said...

Have a fab time in Vegas!!!! Wow - Vegas!!

And yay for these pumpkins!! Your magnificent effort paid off wonderfully! Hope you got lots of treats for these!

Happy halloween! Take care

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Painting pumpkins is much easier!
Have a great time at the book festival. Vegas is an awesome location for it. You will have so much fun.

B.E. Sanderson said...

Cool pumpkins, Lydia. You almost make me wish my kid was still young and living with me so we could carve pumpkins just one more time. =o)

Have fun in Vegas, and don't be disappointed when the Elvis impersonators aren't at the airport. Be happy that there are slot machines welcoming you with noise and excitement. (If they still have those at the airport. I haven't been to Vegas in a long time.)

Bathwater said...

Ohhh have fun in Vegas!!!

Deb Salisbury said...

Yay for your pumpkins!

Have fun in Vegas. I'm looking forward to your report.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

Have fun in Vegas! I thought I had escaped the pumpkin carving ritual...I mean it's Halloween and no one mentioned it...until this morning. Ugh. Hope there's a clearance pumpkin somewhere!

1000th.monkey said...

HaHa, Happy Halloween. I carved pumpkins earlier this week with my little nephew (6) and he did a pretty good job!

…weren't using those pumpkin carving tools though, I swear, they were engineered to break so you'd have to buy a new set every year.

Shelly said...

You win the award for the best blog post title I've seen in a long time, hands down. Viva Las Vegas!

J E Oneil said...

Pumpkin carving is such a chore. Scooping out all that goop is no fun. It's why no one in my family has carved one in fifteen years.

Enjoy the candy! I hope no trick or treaters come to the door so you can keep it all for yourself.

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I admire those pumpkin carving representing different facial emotions, thumbs up for the carver!

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