Nora and I spent most of this afternoon purchasing, designing, re-designing, coloring, and then carving our new jack-o-lantern. The cat face was her idea. The rest of it is 100% collaboration (although I did all of the knife & exacto work).
Monthly archives for October, 2012
We have the great fortune of living just a minute or two away from the Houston Museum of Natural Science and its phenomenal new Hall of Paleontology. If you haven’t been down to visit us yet then, by all means, come soon and demand to be taken to this exhibit! You begin in the pre-Cambrian with the first evidence we have of eukaryotic cells and stroll easily through thousands of millions of years of evolution presented stunningly with mounted skeletons, statuary, artist renderings, instructional signs, actual living paleontologists who answer questions, and a stunning, jaw-dropping array of ancient life forms. These pictures do not begin to do it justice.
On, or slightly before, the first of every month, we head up to the landlord’s office to drop off our rent check. On the way there, though, we typically stop off at a great little park in Houston’s Heights neighborhood that we call “castle park”. This is not actually a city park which, perhaps, accounts for how amazingly great it is. It was raining a little bit, but we didn’t let that stop us!
This witch costume is a proper antique. Grandma made it for Nora’s mommy when she was a little girl (when mommy was a little girl, not Grandma, that might antedate textiles*). Anyway, it’s a beautiful little witch costume, and now Nora gets to wear it this year for halloween. She tells us she’s going to be the Wicked Witch of the East prior to the arrival of Dorothy and her inconvenient little flying farmhouse (actually, it’s the landing that is problematic, not the flying). This way, Nora (who is always thinking) gets to be a witch and gets to wear the ruby slippers and fancy socks.
We discussed how the slippers were silver in the book and only ruby in the movie. She considered this deeply and decided that she prefers ruby.
* I kid because I love.
Aunt Colleen left gorgeous, Michigan, Fall weather (and apple cider!), flew down to visit with Nora, meet Colin, and spend some time with us. She happened to arrive on our 14th wedding anniversary (also Nora’s 4 year and 10 monthaversary)! She and Nora planned a menu, went shopping, bought us flowers, made us a lovely dinner, and then helped us enjoy it. Thanks, Aunt Colleen!
p.s. Colleen, Nora has finally finished the chocolate milk.