Hi ya’ll! Happy Halloween! Today’s post is brought to you by Dolly Parton! And I’m just thrilled to be celebratin’ with ya’ll on All Hallow’s Eve. Don’t you get to spookified, I’m here to guide ya and keep the ghosts away!
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. And since it falls on a monday, I had a whole weekend to celebrate. For starters, I went to work for Jess on Saturday. I was a big hit with her team. They made the credit goal we needed so I agreed to sing for them. Popular requests were 9 to 5 and Jolene. Two of my favorites!
Saturday night was the typical celebrity party. You know, attend a live concert, well, at least I think they were…
The usual music celebrities were there. Michael Jackson, Prince, Amy Winehouse, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy, and my particular fave, ABBA.
After a full night of autograph signing, I was ready for a lazy day at home on the couch. The line-up included: Halloween, The Addams Family, Practical Magic, and The Walking Dead.
To end the night, some great reads that say Halloween!
Tiffany A White’s Ooooh Factor gave an eerie review for The Boo Factor of the scream favorite film Halloween.
Sara Grambusch made a Halloween monster mash-up that talked craft projects, party foods, and even wine and candy pairing in My Magical Halloween Puree.
Albert Berg gave away his book The Mulch Pile for FREE in honor of Neil Gaiman’s All Hallows Read. Be sure to get your copy of this spooky tale!
The Good Greatsby shared halloween stories from his creative children, The Fonz and Optimus Prime. Fonz has got a secret and he thinks you’d like to know what it is in Saturday Hallowiener.
Little Miss Vix shares her Top 10 Supernatural Favorites including books, film, and TV series. See if yours made the list or add to it!
If history is your thing, check out El Muerto: The Texas Headless Horseman by Catie Rhodes.
If you missed the final edition of Haunted Hawleyville by Pam Hawley, check out her last post about camping in the woods with her family, Visits from Jason and Freddy.
That’s all for this Halloween, folks! How did you celebrate this weekend? Hope you all have a fabulous All Hallows Eve!
10 Random Facts About Me
My too smart for her own good, amazingly lovely co-founder of the Life List Club, and friend, Marcia Richards, just tagged me in the hot blog game of the season: Tell us 10 random things about yourself! The rules are really complicated: I have to tell you 10 random things about myself. And then I select four people to tag and they have to do it too. I like this so much better than chain letters, so in the spirit of a favorite film, Twister, “Tell us, why you are the way are.”
10. I like to spend New Years alone. It’s a tradition long developed now where I gather up a stack of my favorite guilty pleasure films and stay up late watching the movies I want to watch. Last year, it was Anne of Green Gables, you can read an old post about it here. I also journal and look back at the past year and use the time to reflect on what things I want to accomplish in the next year. I love having this night to myself.
9. When I was little, I played by myself a lot, not out of choice, really, I’m just a lot younger than my siblings. So I got really good at speaking in different voices and having elaborate musicals, puppet shows, and plays with my stuffed animals. I practiced this talent by quoting movies, and reading aloud switching accents every page-which helps grow your vocabulary! In high school, our librarian noticed this talent and got me involved with Forensics, and not the CSI kind. It was speech really, but a whole lot more. My category was quickly decided as storytelling. I had to know 5 stories that dealt with specific topics and be able to tell them on cue by a judge. I did Irish legends of kings, kid’s pirate stories, lisping time machine inventors, gargly three-headed Greek sisters, and a whole rainforest of animals. Because I could do all the voices and was very animated, I brought home several first place trophies over the three years I was involved.
8. To coincide with my stories, I also learned by heart any number of musicals and performed these in dress on my neighbor’s porch to an audience of squirrels and sparrows. (I liked to pretend I was Sleeping Beauty and Snow White a lot.) I did entire song and dance numbers from Yankee Doodle Dandy, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Singing in the Rain, State Fair, Sound of Music, Kiss Me Kate, The King and I, and My Fair Lady. I loved it. And for those of you with kids who like to play dress up, my bag included: old nightgowns and slips (evening wear), poodle skirts (for twirling at parties), button up shirts with crazy prints on them (for playing school/work), and lots of costume jewelry and shoes.
7. When I learn how to make something, I go a little overboard. In third grade, we learned how to cross-stitch. My entire family and penpal received Christmas gifts that were cross-stitched bookmarks, magnets, and wall hangings. Then they all got friendship bracelets. A few years later the bead babies became popular, and my whole family got keychains. I had so many I started using them as diving toys in the pool for the kids I babysat years later. Next was knitting. I made so many scarves so quickly, I gave myself carpal tunnel, and had to wear a brace for several weeks. Let’s hope the next binge I go on is just my writing one.
6. The name of my first cabbage patch doll was Adele Patti, but I couldn’t pronounce or remember Adele, so I called her Patti. She was a premie and I loved the way she smelled like baby powder. Subsequently, the following Cabbage Patch Dolls that joined my family were Heather, Tay, Humphrey, Barney, Sara, Suzette, Keri Ann, and Sloane.
5. My place of zen has always been by the water. In high school I often walked down to the Rock River and read Wuthering Heights or wrote poetry. My Anais Nin/Sylvia Plath obsession created a boho-confessional style of writing that, though extreme and indulgent, was full of passion, and for that, I love the girl I once was. Now, I make my peace by the mighty Mississippi or far inside Myrick Marsh.
4. One of the most mesmerizing things I’ve ever done is hike the rainforests of Guadaloupe and swim under the Chutes du Carbet waterfall on this Caribbean French Island. I was 16 and had never left the country before. I was invited on a rare opportunity to go on a cruise with my best friend’s family and we stopped at several caribbean ports. Guadeloupe made the biggest impact on me with its thick rainforests, rich temples, and caribbean-french people.
3. You know the scene in Eat, Pray, Love where Elizabeth Gilbert (Julia Roberts in the film version) eats pasta to Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen by Amadeus Mozart? That was me on my trip to Italy, with every dish of pasta I ate. Orchestras played as I savored my mostaccoli.
2. A year later I went to Ireland, and I wanted to make sure I remembered more than just the food I ate, like in Italy. I remember sitting on the cliffs of the Aran Islands and journaling. I told myself to remember this moment. I stared at the water rolling below me and snapped a mental photograph. It’s been seven years, and I still vividly remember that day and how the water looked below me.
1. I have been every form of Jessi(e) imaginable. I started as the most common Jessie. Then I was convinced by my sister to spell it Jessy, and a year later changed it myself to Jessi, which I stayed with since second grade. Cousins and siblings would try out grander adjustments like Jessiki. But over the years, it’s become more and more evident that I am a Jess. I never fit the full on Jessica, too high maintenance for me, but Jess is just right. Jess is friendly, Jess swaps food with you at dinner, Jess loves coffee dates, Jess likes to blog. 🙂 Hence, it’s just Jess. And it’s nice to meet you all.
Thanks for coming to my Happiness Project social hour! I hereby tag these people to keep the game going:
Little Miss Vix Tiffany White Mark Petruska The Good Greatsby
Everyone can play along! What are some random facts about yourself that I might not know? I’d love to learn more about all of you!