Halloween is by far my favorite holiday. This year, I’m having to hand-make a Voltron costume for my 3 year old, Nacho, so I’ve been a bit busy. I’m digging around for some last-minute, office appropriate costumes, so I thought I’d share my ideas with you!
Brad or Janet from Rocky Horror Picture Show:
The cast of Breakfast Club:
Characters from Jessica Jones or Luke Cage
And you must love Kimmy Schmidt (unless you’re completely dead inside)
The cast of Shield, like Quake for example (I’m noticing that I’m very biased toward Netflix and Marvel properties…)
Plus, since I love Halloween SO MUCH I WISH WE HAD TWO OF THEM, I have a bunch of old posts with even more ideas for you!!
And finally, this is the plan for my Monday office attire:
Totally office appropriate, and comfortable! I can’t wait!!
Back to the Future is one of my favorite movie series of all time, and the 2nd one is my absolute favorite. Today is the day Marty McFly arrived in the future.
So you know what that means? IT’S OFFICIALLY THE FUTURE NOW. And we all have to start dressing like this now:
I don’t know about you, but I am STOKED. Lots of neon, weird hats, plastic accessories, double neckties, and chest-mounted sound effects boards. All of this is 100% fantastic. We made it, you guys. We can finally look this glorious:
If your local stores are anything like mine, they’ve had Halloween candy out since April. You may have become so inured to the sight that you’ve forgotten Halloween is actually happening, and SOON. You have to start getting your costume together NOW. Fortunately, I’m a huge fan of Halloween, so I’ve built a huge collection of useful info for you!
Need more simple costume ideas? How about:
There are so many options that don’t require you to go get a plastic costume from one of those Halloween stores. Just your natural assets and some random thrift store finds are all it takes for a unique costume. As you can see, I really just freaking love Halloween. It’s the greatest holiday ever! It’s all fun and creativity, with no obligations. It’s creepy and dark and wonderful.
Yes it’s ALREADY OCTOBER. I know you’ve probably become inoculated to the sight of Halloween candy at your grocery store, since it’s been out since March, but seriously, October is happening RIGHT NOW. For real, go look at a calendar. See?? I told you. If you happen to have a baby who’s too small to voice an opinion on costume choice, take advantage of it and do what you want. Next year you’ll be acquiring parts for a ballerina princess veterinarian costume, so enjoy your current freedom.
You probably want a cool costume, and I have a few great ones that require a baby as an accessory:
Sarah and Toby from Labyrinth
All the baby needs is a striped romper for a costume! Easy peasy. This costume is the height of 80’s nostalgia, which makes it automatically awesome. Mom’s costume as Sarah is fairly easily built from thrift store finds. If Dad wants to be Jareth however…
Let’s stick with the 80’s since they have the best movies. Yes, the best. Of all time. Ghostbusters 2!! Dana has baby Oscar, who again, wears a very simple outfit:
A yellow romper. Super simple to recreate. Dad can be Venkman and Mom can be Dana. Or…
Janine and Louis babysit little Oscar, and look at the awesome outfits they wear while doing so! If I ever find a dress like that, I swear I will dress as Janine, even if I’m 90 years old. And that sweater-turtleneck combo is not too shabby, Dads. I’m sure you can find all this gear at a thrift store near you.
If you want to be more up-to-date, I still have an idea for you:
It’s the wee baby Seamus! Any baby with the name “Archer” written on his shoulder is instantly in costume. Otherwise, he just wears a blue romper! Simple! And then you can be any of the cast from Archer! That gives both Mom and Dad a wide range of choices.
I just realized all of these are for boy babies, which is what I have, which probably explains why my brain went that direction. My bad.
All babies can be animals, though. Crawling babies are perfect for things like turtles, alligators, beavers, echidnas, wolverines, basically anything that walks on four legs. Try to be creative. If your baby is toddling around, consider a monkey or velociraptor costume. If your baby is still young, and doesn’t move much, I think a potato or burrito costume would be hilarious. Try to think outside the typical pumpkin costumes that infest Google and Pinterest. Just remember to have fun, and make sure you get your way, since you won’t for the next dozen years.
Our corgi, Flapjack, has been a bit neglected since my son, Nacho, was born. Neglected as in “no longer receiving endless attention”. To remedy this, his Aunt Lis brought him a new toy! Star Wars themed, no less! Unfortunately, Boba Fett is strong enough to withstand the Great Pit of Carkoon, but not the Mighty Jaws of Corgi. But Flapjack still loved his busted bounty hunter, even bringing him up to bed each night. I had to perform some armor repair.
You can see I very crudely wrapped denim around the torso, and sewed it shut. The denim is way tougher than the initial material, and has not lost a single thread yet. So maybe Boba Fett seems to be wearing a bath towel…and one arm is still attached a bit tenuously. Flapjack is happy, and Boba’s guts are protected.
I basically wrapped the fabric around, tucked the raw edges under, and whip stitched the whole thing. I mean, this is going in my dog’s mouth. I love him, but not enough to hand him a work of art.
See? He doesn’t care. He’s just happy to have Boba back where he belongs: begging for mercy from a giant beast.
So you’re screwing around on the internet, and you feel like playing a game. But Angry Birds is so 2012, Flappy Bird is dead, and you’re broke from Candy Crush. Want to waste time but also do some good? Here are two games I’ve found that can meet both of those needs:
With Free Rice you can answer questions on a variety of subjects: English vocabulary, geography, human anatomy, paintings, and all kinds of stuff. For each correct answer, they donate ten grains of rice through the World Hunger Programme. You get smarter while helping end hunger, and get rid of all that annoying free time you had piling up!
If multiple choice questions aren’t your thing, you can play at building RNA molecules on EteRNA. I found out about this through a Hank Green video, probably SciShow, but now I can’t find it. Basically, by playing at assembling RNA molecules you’re helping scientists understand them better. They explain it much more eloquently on their About page.
So legitimize your time wasting! Do something fun, that’s also helpful, rather than just staring at Facebook waiting for it to update.
The calendar used by basically the whole planet is the Gregorian calendar. This method of tracking time is full of problems. It’s so illogically arranged that you have to have a poem to remember how it works:
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
Except February alone,
And that has 28 days clear,
And 29 in a leap year.
A poem that doesn’t even rhyme! What kind of society are we that we have just accepted this nonsensical arrangement for so long? It was last updated in 1582! Well, I have a better idea.
Make every month 4 weeks long. There are 52 weeks in the year, which would give us 13 months. Every month would be 28 days long. Getting paid twice a month, or every 2 weeks would mean the same thing. Every 15th would be a Wednesday (or whatever number it worked out to be). Billing cycles would be consistent. Holidays would always occur the same day; none of this “Uh oh, President’s Day is on a Thursday this year, what do we do?” We can call the extra month Cleverember, and tack it on at the end of the year.
Now I know there would be issues. All computer code is written with the current calendar in mind, and changing it would be worse than Y2K. People’s birthdays would change. Leap years would shift the day of the week everything happens on, so the first is now Tuesday instead of Monday. I’m sure there would be other problems, but think of the simplicity! You could have the same calendar for 3 years!
I’m not an astrophysicist, or whatever type of scientist would be an expert on this, so I don’t know how to calculate a truly logical calendar. I do know you can’t even get Americans to use the metric system, so changing to a simpler calendar will never happen. But a girl can dream of a simpler, more logical world.
In honor of National Star Wars Day I decided to explain why I love Star Wars. I will try to speak English, not Nerdlish, as much as possible. If you want to do further reading, Wookieepedia is an amazing resource. (Nerds, I’m not going to be all that exact here, just writing down the jist. If that bugs you, go read Wookieepedia until you feel better).
Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn finds Anakin Skywalker (future Darth Vader) on Tattoine (you will remember this as the desert planet Luke grew up on). He believes Anakin is the Chosen One because his mother got pregnant “spontaneously” (actually a Sith caused it, but no one knows about it), and he has the highest midi-chlorian count anyone has ever seen. (Midi-chlorians are tiny organisms that live in your blood and allow you to feel and use the Force).
The prophecy states that the Chosen One will “bring balance to the Force”. The Jedi Order assumes this means he will destroy the bad guys for good, and the Jedi will be left to run things.
But that’s not balance.
You can’t have the good guys standing there unopposed. Then the scales are decidedly tipped in their favor. In fact, the scales are already far in their favor when the prequels start. There are tons of Jedi, and just 2 (or 3) Sith (bad guys). Anakin of course starts working for the bad guys, and slaughters every Jedi he can get his hands on. The rest are scattered to winds, to be hunted down and destroyed.
The beauty of Star Wars is that the Jedi assumed the Chosen One will be on their side. This is so tragic, because this assumption guides their actions, and at its core, it’s wrong. They trained Anakin believing him to be their salvation, when he is the direct cause of their downfall.
Even at the end of Revenge of the Sith, Obi-Wan Kenobi does not see the huge mistake they’ve made. As he fights Anakin he screams, “You were meant to destroy the Sith, not join them!” He still doesn’t understand that Anakin will balance the Force by wiping out EVERYONE, both good and bad. He kills both the Emperor and himself at the end of Return of the Jedi, thereby fulfilling the prophecy.
And that’s why I love it. Such epic tragedy, plus Ewoks. Absolutely fantastic.
This is what I’m calling a “Classic Post”, meaning I started the post FOREVER ago, then forgot to finish it. I just found the pictures, and I think they’re funny, so here’s a “Classic” Post.
The Clone Wars was the only show Hubby and I actually watched on television. Everything else is Netflix, or neglected. The show used to be scheduled to come on Friday nights. Unfortunately, they moved it to Saturday mornings, the one day a week I usually get to sleep in. I am too damn old to get excited about getting up on Saturday mornings. Hubby, however, is not, so I decided to power through, motivated by nostalgia:
Forbidden sugary cereals! Hooray! Obviously, I had to supplement mine with coffee. Money may not grow on trees, but consciousness does, in the form of tiny, stinky beans. I looked for a Star Wars themed cereal, but the whole cereal aisle is being over-taken by grown-up “healthy” cereals. Even if we don’t have themed cereal, we can still have a nerd-tastic breakfast:
You know you are so jealous. We have the R2-D2 cookie jar also, but it’s in our safety deposit box, so don’t bother trying to steal it. The show is fantastic, and it’s really sad that it was prematurely canceled. Supposedly a bunch of episodes were complete and just waiting to air when Disney pulled the plug. I really hope they get released on DVD at least so we can find out what happened. If you missed out on the series, go ahead and catch up. It still ended with closure UNLIKE FIREFLY. Plus this way you can watch it whenever you want instead of having to get up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday!
If you loved the 80’s, you will love this video. It is epic:
The Hubby and I had a small-but-still-epic apocalypse party in December. We rented a projector and played Mad Max (this is a Movie You Should Have Seen by Now) on the wall of our living room. Of course, we also dressed up:
I had so much fun with our apocalypse make up! I used brown eye shadow to make the dirt around Hubby’s goggles. I used white Halloween makeup for mine, with red eyeshadow on top, and black eyeliner. I used black eyeliner for lipliner, then dark blue lipstick. I used black eyeshadow over top of the lipstick to seal it and darken the color. It came out really amazing and I wish I got better pictures.
The problem with the apocalypse is that it was supposed to happen so close to Christmas. I didn’t want to deal with decorating and un-decorating the house twice, so we simply had Christmas decorations up. If we’d had more time, I would have decorated the house with roaches (either plastic or cut out of construction paper), and our skulls and bones from Halloween. In fact, we could have left a lot of our amazing Halloween decorations up. I also thought decorating with jugs of water and stacks of canned goods would be great.
We didn’t have a lot of time, but we didn’t exactly skimp out on the theme. In addition to the movie projector we rented incredibly cheaply through Loanables, Hubby made a papier-mache globe which we smashed all to hell. Candy, dinosaurs, and pirates came out. It was an amazing time, and I can’t wait for the world to actually end.