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Halloween Pub Crawl

Halloween. One of my all time favorite holidays. Every year the big question pops up: What am I going to BE?! Better yet, what are WE going to be? Think of a couples costume, THINK!

My initial plan of being Leeloo and Corben Dallas from Fifth Element was terminated when Ben realized he would have to wear an uncomfortably tight bright orange wife-beater. So I let him decide on costumes. We were going to be……

Carmen Sandiego and Waldo! A thieving villain and the always-smiling storybook character who are very hard to find. But low and behold, they were together in the same place this year. Romantically involved. Gasp.

And these were fairly simple costumes to make! They only required a few materials – white duct tape, yellow fabric and red yarn. No, I did not sew Carmen’s red coat myself. Luckily it’s something I already had, phew.

The tricky part about making a Waldo costume from scratch is finding a plain red or white long sleeved sweater that you can cover with duct tape stripes. Also Ben’s red beanie had to be entirely taped up and it needed to be topped off with a pom pom (cause a Waldo hat isn’t complete without one). Learn how to make a pom pom here!

It was our first Halloween in Seattle and neither of us are clubbers, so there was only thing to do. A Pub Crawl! Where you hop from pub to pub and try to make friends by impressing strangers with your unusual getup. There were way too many people who came up to us and shouted “I found you! Hahaha.” But I was relieved that so many of them recognized our characters (and that no one else was Carmen). Cause lemme tell ya, there were a lot of (single) Waldos.

But besides the $44 parking ticket at the end of the crawl, we had a lot of fun. The Seattle environment is definitely different than Logan, Utah (we walked out of a bar last night and saw Big Bird casually smoking a cigarette next to a pretend-pimp). We ended the night by watching Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark at the $3 theater. It’s really refreshing to see Katie Holmes again, back in the spotlight. I guess Tom decided it was okay to let her out of the cage :)

thrifty

Thrift shops. Amazing little stores that you find in the nook and cranny of almost any city. Ben and I (finally) went thrift-shop-exploring this Saturday with nothing specific in mind. Something we should’ve done four years ago but never got around to doing.

Now, thrift shops are great for two main reasons. You find unique and inexpensive things that someone either outgrew or just grew tired of. Sure, you’ll run into the occasional hole-in-a-sweater or scuffed up pair of boots, but over half of the items are in decent condition, waiting patiently to be used (and loved!) Most importantly, thrift shops directly benefit charitable community organizations, so you can actually feel good about your purchases. Somebody’s Attic, the first shop we went to, coordinates with community outreach programs such as Community Abuse Prevention Services Agency (CAPSA) and local churches to provide clothing and household goods to anyone in need.

As I walked up the stairs to the “attic”, I was greeted by an orphanage of household items – kitchenware, ceramic mugs, vinyl records, ribbon, paper, hand bags, belts, golf clubs and a TON of infant clothes. On the right, there was an area just for kids filled with books, stuffed animals and board games. And just look at what I found….the original CANDY LAND! Reminds me of Halloween 2008 :)

Found this guy buried under some dusty teddies. Doesn’t he remind you of that scene in The Sword in the Stone where Merlin gives the dragon/witch chicken pox? Of course I had to take him with me.

And when we were checking out, I peered into a glass window and spotted these two guys. The most adorable deer salt-and-pepper shakers, on bid (starting price $2!) So I crossed my fingers and put a $10 bid on them (kind of high but I want them dearly! Pun intended)

After visiting a used-book-store and the Art Gallery, we made a final stop at the D.I. where I purchased two well-known children’s books for only $0.50 each. I’ve been collecting children’s stories for the past year now in hopes of reading these classics to my own children one day. They have just the right amount of mustiness (I like to leaf through the pages while sticking my nose in it). AND they’re hard cover :)

FU

We went to the Borders closeout sale for the second time last night (a sad sight indeed). While most people nowadays get their books mailed to their doorstep or download them straight to their electronic devices, Borders is wheezing away….trying to empty their shelves one final time with measly 20% discounts. Boooo. I know that the change in consumer habits isn’t the only reason for them filing bankruptcy, but regardless it’s still a bitter end because I have such fond memories of that place. Yeah their books, coffee and CDs were overpriced but it was a cool atmosphere! “A great place to be…just not the best place to buy” is how Quora.com describes it.

I browsed the children’s section of course, flipping through all the classic books of my childhood. I found one that I haven’t seen or thought about in a looong time called The Lion and the Mouse! Does anyone remember that story? It’s up there along with Corduroy , Peach & Blue, Streganona, Caps for Sale, and The Rainbow Fish. Thinking of all these stories…it’s like opening a floodgate of feelings from 1995-1998. Clifford the Big Red Dog and Barenstain Bears have somewhat been replaced by Dora the Explorer, but I think parents will forever cherish the classics and hopefully pass it on to their own kids.

I also found this AWESOME book sitting amidst the calendars…

It’s a journal-type book that helps you cope through difficult days in a creative way. So if you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed and people at the post office are mean to you or your five bags of groceries suddenly break on the way to the car, here are some things you can do:

And my favorite…

Still on a funny note (Ben pointed this out)…look how sad the romance novel section is. Almost completely full! Probably because of covers like this.

And a book fail…

:)