Anyone who knows me knows that I have no artistic ability. But check out this pumpkin Ali and I concocted. She was the director. She found an example in a magazine and asked if "we" could make it.
"We" really means me, although she did help a little. If you don't see the magazine layout, you might be a tiny bit impressed.
We used other magazine art to make brides of Frankenstein, skeleton cupcakes and some other treats. We're getting better at them, but we're no where close to the magazine pictures. I think those people have special tools. Or talent, maybe.
We were lucky enough to convince Gary to come visit us for Fall Break and Halloween, and it really livened up the holiday.
He got into the spirit and was a great pirate/escort for a gaggle of trick-or-treaters. In true pirate form, he set a bad example for them, though, when he and his witchy friend, aka Lynn Sinex, fled the group before they'd tired of begging for candy. Witch and pirate claimed they were cold, but some of us noticed they made a detour to the bar on their way to the fire...
While everyone who either saw him again or met him for the first time thought he was a hoot, here was his best review:
"He was great! If I were single, I'd be on him like cheese on pizza."
But Gary beat a quick path out of town and is home safe in Maine this evening.
In other news of the love lorn, Alison is apparently having a relationship problem, though she appears to be oblivious to it.
Last week, her new friend Anna informed her that they were best friends. Ali quickly informed her that Jenna is her first best friend. If you ask her, though, Alex Ogden is her next best friend. Jenna will forever edge everyone out because they were friends long before either actually emerged from the womb.
But Saturday, Jenna was tricking her own neighborhood and Ali had Dominic (her friend from school who declares his love for her early, often and loudly, much to her dismay) and Alex.
Dominic was insisting -- in front of Alex -- that Alison declare her intentions. Dominic was confident that Alison liked him more than Alex.
Alison, frustrated with the situation, said, "Look. I like you both equally."
So Dominic's unrequited love went unqueched. But Alex got more than a little bit ticked off.
Alex and Alison have no romatic interest in each other. They've been buddies since preschool and had Karin and I known each other and Alex was a few months older, he might have given Jenna a run for her money. But they've never had a love connection.
Alex, in fact, is in love with another little girl and has been busy planning their wedding for a couple of years now. But given his long tenure attached to Ali's hip, he expected to come out ahead of "that clown," according to his mother.
Alison has a small clue, but not a real one. "I think Alex is mad at me, Mom," she said in the car when I picked her up after she was at his house for a couple hours today. "I think he's made that I didn't let him put a hole in the middle of the leaf pile."
"Well, I think he'll get over that," I said, only momentarily thinking about telling her what his real issue is.
"Yeah, probably," she said, pulling out a Diary of a Wimpy Kid book and settling in.
In other news, my meniscus is apparently what's ailing my right knee. It still hurts, but it seems to be getting better -- especially if I just sit around and don't walk much...:) If it's not better in two week, my doctor says we'll go down the route of Xray, MRI.
I'm hoping to avoid both of those things. Which means the keister isn't going to be shrinking anytime soon...:(
My friend, Jackie, is on the prowl trying to determine what kind of surgery and drugs she can talk me into. It's a good thing it's a virtual war. She'd be able to overpower me right now and drag me to the doctor...