Wednesday, October 25, 2006

It's Costume Time!

You Moms out there all know it. I'm sure many of you are right on the ball and start whipping up creations for your little ones weeks in advance. But for me it wouldn't be the same without the last minute running around. There's something about the thrill of procrastination. Running around to craft stores and thrift shops. Faintly reminiscent of pulling the all-nighter back in college. Actually, I never intend to put it off until the last minute, it just always turns out that way. That's right, I'm talking about Halloween costumes. Technically, our family does not celebrate Halloween. And I refuse to allow scary or gory. But there is something so fun about creating the costumes. Usually we go to a Harvest Festival and parade the kids around. A few weeks ago Kai informed me that he didn't want a costume. Tonight he tells me he wants to be a cell phone. So the fun begins.

And then there's Emi. I talked her into being Princess Leia. I found an inexpensive white gown at the craft store and I'll be making her this, or a reasonable facsimile, out of brown Woolease. Imagine me rubbing my hands together with glee. Pics will follow soon of both concoctions with the broken, blurry camera.

Did I tell you? I am doing something crazy this weekend. Working overtime. Waaaaaaay overtime. Halloween is a huge big deal in the college town adjacent to the university I work at. I have actually volunteered to be a lot attendant out at the university to keep all kinds of "undesirables" from parking on campus. I work my normal day job from 8-5, then start my overtime shift and work Friday from 5pm to 2am. Then again the same 5 - 2 shift on Saturday. Yowza! I think I'm going to be tired. But I get to wear one of those day-glow orange vests. And guess what? They have suggested that it "might get a little slow" so maybe I should "bring something to do". Oh, you mean like knitting? Why yes, thank you, I will.


At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Leslie said...

You're a brave one, for sure! Better bring some No-Doz, too. I haven't stayed up that late in years, let alone two nights in a row. While I'm thinking about it, better bring a flashlight, too.

At 3:39 PM, Blogger Abby said...

I can't wait to see you knit up the Princess Leia hat thing. Should be fun.

For Halloween my son is going to be a cowboy (cowboy hat, red plaid shirt, bluejeans) and my daughter will be either be a butterfly or she will wear her "getting married" dress-up dress.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Laura said...

I'm actually kind of a night-owl. That's when I get all my good knitting time in. Just don't expect me to be worth anything before 10:00 am. Abby, your little ones are going to be adorable! I love the costumes in the early days when the kids would wear their dress up clothes. One year Kai went as a medieval king and Emi went as a princess. Years later I found myself making a giant softserve-like paper mache hairdo for Kai who insisted on being Jimmy Neutron and sewing felt flower petals to a green hooded jacket for Emi who wanted to be a flower. The craft-level seems to go up exponentially as the kids get older. Or maybe it's just me.

At 11:43 PM, Blogger Cristina said...

how exciting that you get to get creative with the kids costumes. you didn't, however, mention a constume for yourself! or is that our of the question in Isla Vista? A parking attendant in costume?

At 11:41 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Hey Cristina,
Actually, there are a few costumed attendants. I am thinking more about warmth than appearance since I'll be stationed out near the beach (Lagoon and UCen Road, if you know the lay of the land). I'll have my alpaca sweater, alpaca shawl and UGG boots, lots of snacks, a lawn chair and of course, my knitting. I guess I'm going as a parking attendant this year.


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