Sunday, October 31, 2021

Stayed Home Last Night

As much as I like Halloween and wanted to be out, I was still apprehensive about going just yet. Eventually I decided not to. I had a bit of a FOMO (fear of missing out), but even more importantly, a fear of seeing unmasked and unvaccinated people. I was told the COVID booster takes two weeks to set in, and it's only been one week since I got the booster. I don't know why people thought it was safe to have celebrations. These same people cancelled such events last year. I'm now hoping that things will be better next year at this time.

As far as the work celebration went, we watched Hocus Pocus, which took nearly the whole time. Only one other person came in costume, but I barely got to see it, since we were watching the movie in the dark. Not very many came, and several left before the movie was over. 

Yesterday, I borrowed some DVDs for Halloween from the library, including the Peanuts Halloween special, which is no longer being shown on ABC. A friend asked if I got Casper, but I did not even think of that! 

Here is what I wore:

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Words For Wednesday

It's been a long time since I participated in this weekly meme. 

This week's prompts are common phrases, phrases with a link to food.  Feel free to mix and match - or to add ones of your own.
  1. He had a chip on his shoulder
  2. Best thing since sliced bread
  3. With a cherry on top
  4. She wants to have her cake and eat it too
  5. Everything but the kitchen sink
  6. Bringing home the bacon 

A Very Punny Halloween

While browsing costumes on Amazon, Bob found the King of Hearts Playing Card costume. It was just what he wanted. When it arrived days later, he tried it on and then got an idea. He wanted to get more out of the costume. So he looked for and found his old set of poker chips and hot-glued them to the shoulders of his King of Hearts costume. Chips on your shoulders, he thought.

Bob then wore the costume at work. His coworkers wondered about the poker chips. He in turn, was a bit clueless about some of the others' costumes.

"What's with the poker chips?" coworker Dan asked. 

"Chips on my shoulder," Bob said, pointing to the poker chips. "Get it? I though it would go well with my playing card." He then glanced at Dan's costume, a slice of bread made from cardboard. The center was appointed white, with brown paint on the edge for the bread crust. In the middle was a handwritten since that read  BEST THING SINCE. "Oh, I get yours now," Bob said. "The best thing since sliced bread?"

"You got it," Dan nodded.

Another worker, Tina, was wearing a bacon costume. She had an empty paper grocery bag that was sitting on her desk. "I'm 'Bringing home the bacon'," she said, picking up the grocery bag and holding it in front of her.

"Good one, Tina," said another worker, Kim. "I wish I could come up with something as funny as all of you have." Kim was wearing a grass skirt over her jeans, along with a tropical-print shirt and fake leis. Under the tropical shirt was an orange shirt with a fake prescription label printed on it. 

"What are you supposed to be?" Tina asked Kim.

"Tropical Depression," Kim answered, pointing to the fake prescription label.

"That's a punny one, too," Tina answered. "What do you mean?"

"Yours are all better than mine," Kim whined.

"Nah, yours is great, too," chimed in yet another worker, Joanne. "Look at me, I'm just a regular old witch."

"What else could you have done?" Kim asked. Joanne just shrugged. She then indicated the renaissance costume Megan, the secretary, was wearing. "And look at her," Joanne whispered. "Not so original either."

Tina looked at the others, "I guess you can all have your cake and eat it, too." 

"And if I had thought any better, I could have put a cherry on top of my costume," Bob said, laughing. 

"And we decorated everything but the kitchen sink," Joanne said, eyeing the decorations around the office.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Vaccine Booster and Flu Shot

Last Friday I got a vaccine booster. I was uncertain I would be able to get one  because of my age, but the pharmacists at Rite Aid, said it would be all right. 

I had gotten the Johnson and Johnson one-dose shot in April. I kept watching for news on boosters, and whether the different brands could be mixed. At Rite Aid, there was only a choice between Pfizer and Moderna and I chose Pfizer. I was a bit are at first, but the soreness had gone down. My mom, who had gotten the Pfizer in March, also got her booster the same day.

The same day my mom and I got the flu shot. We both got it for the first time a year ago when a pharmacist at Target persuaded us to do so. This time, however, it was at Rite Aid. This shot was a little less sore than the Pfizer shot. The shot were done in different arms.

Who else has has the Covid vaccine booster? 

To Go Out or Not...

I am still uncertain about going out to some places, like the movies. I was last at our local movie theater in November 2019 when Last Christmas came out. It has been reopened for some time now, but I have been hesitant about going. Not very many movies have been out that I have been eager to see, but now I kind of want to see the The Addams Family 2.  I just rewatched the first one on DVD from Netflix. And the local theater company is now putting its production of Beauty and the Beast, Jr., originally scheduled for the spring of 2020.  In February of 2020, they put on what was their last play before the Covid shutdown, California Suite, which I got to see. I'm still a little hesitant about going to things like this, though. Has anyone been out to movies recently? Have any plays been put on in your town recently?

Although we are having a Halloween celebration at work on Friday, I am also hesitant bout going to bars and such. The kinds of celebrations were cancelled last year, but some are returning this year. This is another thing I am hesitant about doing right now. Ad for as I know, no one is holding anything at their house. My writers lab leader has held a party at her house every year. I went to the one in 2019 (I started going to the group in 2018, but missed the one that year). I have not heard anything about on this year. Many people have said trick-or-treating should be OK the year, but very little, if anything, has been said about having parties, though some are advising against crowded parties (see in link above). This is going to take some deciding. 

And I don't anticipate getting many kids at home on Halloween night. Not just because of Covid, but also because even before the pandemic hit, very few trick-or-treaters came to our house. It seems to be something to expect no matter the circumstances. As a result, I never know how much candy to get. 

Friday, October 22, 2021

Color Coded Reading Challenge 2022

 I always look forward to this one

Color Coded Reading Challenge

Once again the categories will be more open--the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For "implies color" the image implying color should dominate the cover--for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter. Get ready for a rainbow of reading in 2022. 

General Rules:
~Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2022 and any book read after January 1 may count regardless of when you sign up. You may sign-up any time.

~Read nine books in the following categories:

1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue in the title/on the cover:

2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red in the title/on the cover: The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory (link)

3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow in the title/on the cover:

4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green in the title/on the cover:

5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown in the title/on the cover:

6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black in the title/on the cover:

7. A book with "White" or any shade of White in the title/on the cover: Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky (link)

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, etc):

9. A book with a word/image that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc):

Creativity Reading Challenge 2022

 And now my last one for next year:

This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life. 

Challenge Guidelines

  • Runs January 1 to December 31, 2022. 
  • I won't be creating different levels. Read as many books as you want.
  • Books may be nonfiction, memoir, how-to, self help, coffee table books, instructional, picture books, and even fictional books if they are about people who are creative.
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks or audiobooks
  • You may reread books. 
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges in which you are participating.
  • Sign below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.

Need ideas for reading? Here are some links to get started:

40 of the Best Books to Unlock Your Creativity

Fiction Books Involving Art

11 Essential Art History Books

10 Novels About Art You Won't Put Down

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Unabridged Reading Challenge 2022

 This is a new one to me. 

My books:

  1. Audiobook: Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky
  2. Novel in Verse: Glass--Ellen Hopkins

Epistolary Reading Challenge 2022

Another I will be bringing back next year.

The challenge will be to read books written in the form of letters, diaries, blogs, e-mails and such, either completely or partially written this way. 

  • Challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2022.  Books must be started on or after January 1 to count.  Re-reads will be allowed as long as they are read during the specified time period.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.  
  • Fiction (all genres and subgenres) and nonfiction that fit the challenge description may be read.
  • All book formats are allowed (paper, audio, electronic, graphic novels/manga, picture books). 
  • No levels.  I will let you choose how many books to read.
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter.
  • You do not need to post reviews, nor will there be any check-ins.
  • Sign up below in the comments. I will not be using linkys this year.

Need ideas for reading? Here are some links to get started:

My Books:

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Humor Reading Challenge 2022

 I will once again be offering this one.

Choose a level from below.  You may go up a level, but not down.

Cartoonist: 1-5 books
Humor Columnist: 6-10 books 
Comedy Writer:  11-15 books
Stand Up Comedian: More than 15 books 

Guidelines for the Challenge:
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022. Books must be started on or after January 1 to count. Re-reads are allowed as long as they are read during the specified time frame.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.
  • Any book (fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, graphic novels, poetry collections, plays, picture books) labeled as humor counts. As such, all book formats (paper, audio, electronic) may be read.
  • You do not need a blog to sign up. You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge. Or sign up on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc. 
  • There will be no checkins, nor do you need to post reviews.
  • Sign up below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.
Need ideas? Here are some links to get started:

Goodreads: Humor Books

Uncorked Reading Challenge 2022

 I got an email about this one last week and am now signing up. This is my second year doing this one.

JAN: The Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger












More Halloween Humor

 Some new ones this year:

And some I'm reposting from last year:

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Mental Health Reading Challenge 2022


This will be returning in 2022 for a fourth year. This is a topic very important to me.

General Rules:
  • Any book depicting mental health counts, whether fiction or non-fiction.
  • Challenge takes place from January 1 to December 31, 2022. All books must be read during that time to count.
  • All book formats (print, audio, e-books) are accepted.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating.
  • No levels, read as many books as you like.
  • Need ideas for books? Check this Goodreads page for several lists of books on the topic.
  • You do not need a blog to participate. You may sign up on Goodreads, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. 
  • Sign up below in the comments. I have decided not to use linkys this year.

Need reading ideas? Here are some links to get started:

My books 
  1. When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald
  2. Glass--Ellen Hopkins
  3. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Sherman Alexie

Monday, October 18, 2021

Memoir Reading Challenge 2022


It's back, once again using a checklist. Some categories have been changed, however. To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. All book formats count. 

Other Rules:

  • Books must be read on or after January 1, 2022 to count.
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2022.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating. 
  • Books must be labeled as memoirs to count. 
  • You do not need a blog to sign up.  You may keep tract of your progress on Goodreads, Amazon or other similar sites with a shelf dedicated to this challenge.  Or sign up on Youtube, Facebook, or Twitter. Sign up below in the comments.

If you need reading ideas, here are some links to get started:

Goodreads: Best Memoir/Autobiography

Goodreads: Memoirs by Women 

Amazon Best Seller Memoirs

B&N: 50 Essential Memoirs

Here are the categories:

  1. Mental Illness Memoir:  
  2. Other Illness Memoir:  
  3. Political Memoir:  
  4. Food Memoir: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
  5. Animal Memoir:  
  6. Music Memoir: 
  7. Travel Memoir: 
  8. Written by a person of color: 
  9. Written by a woman: 
  10. Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA: 
  11. Written by an actor or a comedian:
  12. Written by an author or journalist: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Sherman Alexie
  13. Written by any other celebrity
  14. Written by someone under 40:
  15. Written by someone over 40: 
  16. Written by someone from a country different from your own: 
  17.  One you find thought-provoking: 
  18.  Made into a movie: 
  19.  Graphic Novel memoir: 
  20.  Bestselling memoir
  21.  Humorous memoir: 
  22.  Fictional memoir: 
  23.  Won an Award: 
  24.  Published in 2022: 
  25.  Published in 2021 or earlier: 
  26.  Under 300 pages: 
  27.  Over 300 pages:
  28.  One you want to re-read:
  29.  On a favorite subject:
  30.  By a favorite celebrity:
  31.  Free choice: 
  32.  Free choice: 
  33.  Free choice:

Costume Decision

I was uncertain once again about dressing this Halloween, but found myself looking at Renaissance dresses. I'd even looked up how to do one myself. I found a navy blue graduation gown at Goodwill that i hoped to transform into a Renaissance-like dress, but just could not think of how I could do so. So I knew I'd have to buy one. 

I was considering going last Tuesday to the nearest Spirit or Party City to look for something. If I did not find anything Renaissance, I would hope to find something else I liked. But last Monday night before bed, I went onto Amazon and eventually ordered this costume:

Choosing a color was a little hard, as some colors were not available in some sizes. I went with the blue one seen above.

The costume was schedule to arrive last Saturday by 10PM. I'd been waiting all day for it to arrive, but by the time it got dark, I'd nearly forgotten it was supposed to come then. I tracked my package on Amazon, which said it had already arrived. I had not seen or heard any truck come by, so I checked to see if the package was on the porch. Sure enough there it was. I did not get around to trying it on until the following day and it fits perfectly.

Before I'd made this decision, I was considering redoing something else, as I had done last year, but was uncertain of this idea. Then I began looking a different sites for possible ideas. As a result of my searches, this one kept coming up on my Facebook feed, in an ad for Party City:

This looked like a fun one, too, so maybe another year.

Also before making this decision, I'd tried on a used Queen of Hearts dress at Goodwill, but it did not fit well. There's another possibility for another year.

On another note, on the costume racks at Goodwill, a lot of the usual stuff showed up such as the graduation robes and medical scrubs. I got a XXL scrub top to use at as a smock for painting. I also saw what appeared to be the leftover toddler Elvis costumes and Pugsley Addams costumes that were at the local Kmart before it shut down more than year ago. No one seemed to want these when they were new or even when they were 90% off (but who was thinking about Halloween in early February?) Now I wonder if anyone is buying them used.

The Elvis costumes for toddler at Kmart before
its closing in early 2020 that now appear to 
be at Goodwill.

As far as I have seen, none of this leftover
Halloween stuff from Kmart (above and below)
has turned up at Goodwill. No one seemed to want these lizard
 costumes when they were new either.

Also, the Northern California Renaissance Faire ends this weekend, but I'm pretty sure I won't be going. Even if I have the right outfit.