Monday, October 29, 2007

Party, Party, Party

Friday was the school Halloween carnival.

I was a goth witch.
I had a minion.
The party was fun, especially the Hall of Horrors, wherein I was the Swamp Witch and made kids cry. But my favorite part of the evening was when I went outside to yell at all the kids who were too cool to be inside at the carnival. I adore yelling at other people's kids. I really do.

Saturday was all about The Spouse's 50th birthday party, which was a Rat Pack theme. The food was plates full of retro yumminess like Chex mix, relish tray (huzzah for baby gherkins), mixed nuts (which could also apply to the guests), and the things I took pictures of:

Cheese Ball with Triscuits

Stuffed Mushrooms

Devilled Ham Pinwheels (the Neighbor made these).
Pigs in a BlanketRumaki (the kind with water chestnuts because I'm not a fan of the chicken liver unless someone else has reduced it to a nice little pate with good mouth feel). Credit where credit is due, this was The Child's contribution.We had apple pie because The Spouse is not a huge fan of the cake and he does love him some apple pie.I made 3 pies. What a shame. There was 1 1/2 left over. Shame, shame. Or as I like to call it, "breakfast".
Because it was a Rat Pack-y theme, The Neighbor and I wore lacquered do's:
Sometimes I think we are just the cutest things on God's green earth.

Also, as history has long borne out, an upswept do is the perfect perch for a tiara.

There were gifts. Mostly single malt scotch, because when in doubt with The Spouse, that's the way to go. The key exception to this gift-giving theme came from The Boys, who are now The Spouse's favorite people in the world EVER. They gave him an iPod nano. He almost cried.

You know what stinks? Aside from the fact that he is now using possession of same to torture The Child? The stinkiest part of the stench is that I had been desperately casting about from some grand gesture, like the one he'd pulled off for my birthday, and I couldn't come up with anything. So when The Boys asked me if he'd like an iPod I should have said, "Oh, darn, I'm already giving him one. Get him some scotch" and stolen the idea but I am apparently not that devious as I only figured this out last night. Dammit.

I gave him scotch.

Anyway, a pleasant time was had by all. There was the requisite blowing out of candles

and midnight toasting

and now I'm just very thankful that we don't have to have 2 big back-to-back blow out celebrations for another 10 years.

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Anonymous Anonymous opined...

Oh but you two ARE the cutest thing on (deity of choice)s green goodness!
And that gothy witch get-up?
And The Child Minion?!
Fun fun fun!

October 29, 2007 10:22 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

I love yelling at kids too. I don't get a chance often. I did come close this weekend when Son and were playing mini golf and the group ahead of us got a ball stuck in the 19th hole, the hole where you can shoot for a free game. Then they almost got a club stuck reaching for it. I had to use my mom voice to get them to move along.

October 29, 2007 10:28 AM  
Blogger Anne opined...

Hey Hat, what's with the name change?

October 29, 2007 10:29 AM  
Blogger more cowbell opined...

Great pics- whoo-hoo! Loving the minion! Minion is a favorite word in our house for some reason. Must be the sick twistedness. Always a plus. Your tiara is divine.

And hey, if you feel the need to yell at other people's kids again, Teen Demon's room looks like Hurricane Helga - she could use a good yelling. Wear your witch costume.

October 29, 2007 10:29 AM  
Anonymous MN Fan opined...

you made kids cry?!?
man...all I can get out of these high school kids are whimpers and horrified stares. Geez...and you get a are the [witch] queen!
Oh yeah, and you ROCK that tiarra!!

October 29, 2007 10:34 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Clean up on Aisle 6.

Yeah, Anne, there's nothing more satisfying than putting on an extreme mom voice and glowering at the offspring of others. Especially because they generally jump to in a very satisfying way, not often experienced in my own home.

(And Hat's name change is Halloweeny temporary...go see her blog in full costume).

(ahem) TEEN DEMON! Get your sweet little ARSE in here RIGHT NOW and clean this mess or I'm calling Salvation Army and if you think I'm kidding you've got another thing coming, young lady. And furthermore, you're mother needs a foot massage and a cocktail. GET TO IT NOWWWWWW!

That felt good. Was there fear in her eyes? Was there? Was there?

October 29, 2007 10:36 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

MN Fan, yep. Only about half a dozen but since I was the first event in the Hall, it was pretty satisfying. (And probably a good thing because what awaited after me was genuinely scary. They couldn't have handled it. I was doing them a favor).

I do love my little tiara.

October 29, 2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger Suzanne opined...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to the Spouse! And wow, what a costume...had to explain to the children that the scary lady was their Aunt....haven't I seen that skirt somewhere before?

October 29, 2007 10:38 AM  
Anonymous MN Fan opined...

New spelling rule: there will now be TWO r's in tiara when ever someone rocks the tiarra! I don't make mistakes I change the world! waaaahahahahahaha!

October 29, 2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger Buck opined...

The lacquered hair-do . .

God! I love that!

Did I say how much I loved that?

October 29, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Suz, yes, the skirt she is dual purpose. Tell the kids Auntie loves them...bwahahaha!

MNF: "I don't make mistakes, I change the world"...that's my new motto!

Oh, Buck, I know how you Texans are with your big hair love. The bigger the hair, the closer to God.

October 29, 2007 11:19 AM  
Anonymous the neighbor opined...

I'm thinking we may want to consider big hair at Thanksgiving - just to make Buck feel more at home. And we both look so superfantastic with it....

xo nayb

October 29, 2007 11:35 AM  
Blogger Buck opined...

Nayb: I can "do" big hair. It's in my genes. (Lorraine wouldn't let me, though). Can I do your's when I come out there?

October 29, 2007 11:38 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

I dunno, Neighb. The superfantasticness is mitigated by the fact that I'm still combing it out. Plus, I don't think we should encourage Buck like that.

October 29, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Down boy, down!

October 29, 2007 11:40 AM  
Blogger Sling opined...

At first I thought,"Wow..The Goth witch and her minion are the cutest things ever!"..
Then I thought,"Damm..lorraine and the Nayb are the cutest things ever!"..
Then I thought,"I hope bats don't lay eggs in their hair"...
Happy half-Century to the Spouse!

October 29, 2007 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

hee hee

October 29, 2007 12:05 PM  
Blogger Citymouse opined...

Happy Birthday Spouse- sorry Im late!

October 29, 2007 1:05 PM  
Blogger Doralong opined...

Well y'all are superfantastic!!!! I suddenly feel the need overwhelming need to take out my tiara and scepter...

October 29, 2007 1:18 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Geez, Sling. Bat eggs in our hair. Hadn't thought of that. Eeewww.

Did you have a fun time on yours, Mouse? Hope so!

Well of course you should pull those out, Doralong. Wield them with power!

October 29, 2007 1:43 PM  
Blogger Buck opined...

Lorraine: I'll send pics of what I did to Miss Healthypant's hair a couple of weekends ago. It screamed Farah Fawcett. You can forward them to The Nayb.

October 29, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

I saw those pics, honey. And while I am into the whole retro thing, Farrah Fawcett wings are NOT what I consider retro.

October 29, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger Monica opined...

look at you livin' it up and making snacks!

October 29, 2007 3:00 PM  
Blogger Kimberly Ann opined...

Great costume and great birthday shindig. Everything looked really yummy, especially the pie. I'm with your Spouse on pies for birthdays.

October 29, 2007 3:06 PM  
Blogger Iwanski opined...

You guys rock. I know it's been said before, but I wanted to make sure it was understood.

October 29, 2007 4:16 PM  
Blogger Lex Lata opined...

Happy Birthday tidings all up in the Spouse's face!

October 29, 2007 5:03 PM  
Blogger more cowbell opined...

Lorraine: well, there was rolling of eyes ... does that count? I hate when they turn 18.

October 29, 2007 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Syd opined...

Let's see...

I can haz minion? plzkthnkx

Happy belated felicitations to ye spousal unit--looks like a fun time was had by all!

I didn't know you could make rumaki without using chicken livers--I think my mom might be spinning in her afterlife kitchen at the very thought...

Recipes, Lorraine. Recipes!

***sigh. I wish I had a minion...***

October 29, 2007 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Syd opined...

Re: the recipes...shame on me. I forgot to say "Please."

Please please please!

October 29, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Mon, "living it up and making snacks"...awesome. That needs to be a bumper sticker.

KA: We even had apple pie instead of cake at our wedding.

Iwanski: praise from Caesar...

Lex: I'll notify his face.

Cowbell: Tell her if she rolls her eyes at me again I'll knock her from here until next Tuesday. A Tuesday where there is no "Gilmore girls".

Syd: 'K, but only because you remembered to say "Please".

October 29, 2007 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Syd opined...

***sigh*** I can be kind of a pest at times--sorry...

Did I mention the tiara rocks? It's all sparkly! :)

October 30, 2007 12:09 AM  
Blogger Dariush Alavi opined...

Nice to see things are normal chez vous. I'll have to get back into my blog reading routines asap...

October 30, 2007 2:21 AM  
Blogger Citymouse opined...

auld bat/hat left me a comment and I am wondering, did spouse have eggs benedict for his birthday breakfast too?

October 30, 2007 5:57 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Good save, Syd!!!

Yes, Dariush, you certainly should. Goodness sakes. Where are your priorities, man? All this hobnobbing and travelling and working on actual work taking you away from your blog reading? Shame, shame. (bump)

Oh, Mouse, short answer: no. That Bat/Hat...just stirring it up again.

Long answer: Sunday morning he wakes up and wants coffee. I get him coffee. Then I was on the phone to Bat/Hat. He sends The Child out with the message that he wants bacon. I make him bacon. Then he sends her out with the message that he wants bennie. 'Course he's being all fake whiney and goofy about it and she's cracking up and I'm saying things like, "I gave you bacon; if you want bennies get some clothes on and go to brunch" and Bat/Hat was hearing all this and she found it most amusing.

Gee, that was hardly worth the now I'm craving eggs benedict.

October 30, 2007 6:26 AM  
Blogger booda baby opined...

I'm so glad you finally had enough of not being that actress because you play an excellent witch AND quite the Audrey Hepburn. This party would've been pretty damned good in Rome. Except for Gregory Peck not being part of the pack. Although he should've been with his alliterative name, don't you think? Okay, no. He never had the vibe.

Actually, I think it's very nice you gave the Spouse the scotch so someone else could have the spotlight of the glamour gift. Bask, bask away in your deep generosity, that's what I say.

October 30, 2007 7:59 AM  
Blogger TWISI opined...

Happy Birthday to the Spouse!

It looks like a great party, you can never go wrong with Pigs in a Blanket.

October 30, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger Lorraine opined...

Booda, "basking in my generosity"...yeah, that's what I'll do.

Twisi, ain't that just the truth. Love me some pigs in blankies.

October 30, 2007 8:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous opined...

I'm late to this party. Send Spouse my belated tidings; sorry I missed out.

Making other people's kids cry? Me = proud.

Tiara and up-do's on you and Neighbour? HOT.

Hey, is there any food left?

October 30, 2007 9:17 AM  

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