Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fashioning My Cyber Microcosm: The Life of A Bat

As a self proclaimed Halloween-aholic, it comes to the surprise of many that I actually have no plans for Halloween this year. I didn't even give much thought to a costume.
... Well... I didn't last year either, but anyway-- at this point I would have at least been looking forward to doing something.

Luckily, one of my husband's colleagues threw a pumpkin carving party over the weekend, and gave me a damn fine reason to celebrate the only special holiday I look forward to each year.
Sadly, I forgot to take my own camera along in the frenzy and excitement to get ready for the party... but my friend gave me permission to use some of the ones she took of the event.

It was just the occasion to wear my pretty eyeball dress to, but I spent the majority of my time baking bat cookies with my friend to put much thought into what to accessorize the dress with. Happily she came to my aid with a pair of bat wings, which was just enough for this batty gal to be happy with.

You might notice I am lacking my second pair of eyes, aka spectacles... that is because I finally took the dive into wearing contacts. This is the first time in what feels like forever, that I've seen without the weight of glasses on my face. I vaguely remember the same foreign feeling when I was first prescribed glasses at age 14... I never thought I'd get used to them on my face, and now I can't really remember what it was like never having them, even though it's only been 11 years!
Anyway, I like them despite that nagging little thought that perhaps I am forgetting something...
Now I have to pick which color I would like-- I narrowed the choice down to violet or honey colored yellow.

Either way, I would like to make my gaze as interesting as I'd like to believe I am...

Again, usually I have meticulous plans for what I would like to do during this joyous holiday...
Last year I carved a sugar skull onto my pumpkin. This year I decided to wing it, and came up with something along the traditional lines of jack o'lantern carving.

It reminded me more of Jack Skellington than I initially intended... we even had someone carve the pumpkin king himself onto their pumpkin.

I was far more impressed with another friend's pumpkin. It was surely the party favorite among the lot of carved goodness; hers was the headless horseman that sits right beside the Jack face. Up close, you would easily see why-- this does not do it enough justice!

The pumpkin that belongs to the friend I went with is the one that says 'boo' in its mouth, that I also find all kinds of cute. And of course, the Star Trek one is near to my heart, too-- though I don't really know who carved it... I myself was debating whether or not I should do something similar, but my love of Halloween far exceeds my love of the United Federation of Planets.

There was a surprising amount of Trek love in this party, besides the pumpkin. The friend who carved the headless horseman was wearing a Star Trek command shirt; she also gave me a deck of Voyager cards to gush over. Oh what joy to find two of my passions in one place!

And so to wrap up this exceedingly wordy post (feels a little more than usual), I and my fur babies bid thee a happy halloween! (even if in reality they hate dressing up!)


  1. I love the pumpkins! I have never carved one, but then we live in Australia. And I am clumsy and will probably cut off my fingers. Your fur babies look so cute, even if they do have expressions which suggest they might be planning revenge! I love those big black shiny bat wings! I want them! And your eyeball dress looks great!

    1. It is surprisingly easy to carve a pumpkin-- I too can be quite clumsy, and I haven't yet cut my finger. If you find a pumpkin carving kit, the knifes are usually designed with a hilt to prevent your finger from slipping onto the blade.

      Oh they hate the pumpkin costume... but I can't help but put it on them... they're so damn cute in it lol!

  2. I carved my first Jack o 'Lantern of the season last night. He is nowhere near that awesome; I have no artistic talent in the first place, but it was a teeny pumpkin and as such, was very tough! I'm hoping the slightly larger, white one I will carve tonight will be easier. Given that we have a new kitten, I'm using an LED candle in mine this year. I'm sure I lose Pagan points for that, but oh well.

    Also, I'm having the opposite issue re: glasses. I have to wear mine instead of my contacts! The air has been so dry in our new place that I'm all irritated and the doctor said to avoid them for at least a week. I got glasses at 13, but never got used to wearing them, even though my eyesight is really terrible. So it's been a huge adjustment. Good luck with your contacts, though. I always thought you looked really cute in your glasses, but contacts have their good points, too. Like not fogging up, falling off, or needing to be wiped a dozen times a day.

    1. Why thank you! I thought he was boring compared to the rest of the pumpkins.
      The larger ones are always the best to carve into-- I wish I had thought of something more elaborate for the size of mine... ah well.

      I thought I would have that issue with contacts, since it is considerably dry all year long here, hehe. So far (knock on wood) I haven't had too many issues.
      I guess I love my glasses, which is why it took me so long to try out contacts in the first place... but I needed a change to my physical appearance, and I'm just not ready for that change to be my hair LOL.

  3. Happy Halloween Madame Mari!
    I would love to go to a proper pumpkin carving party some time. Such lovely pumpkins y'all made, especially yours! And those bat wings are absolutely fabulous. I want.

    1. Thank you =D

      The party was far better than I expected, to be honest. I was thinking it was going to be just a few employees of the park, but a lot of rangers and their significant others came, too-- and a few of the interns. It was a decent turn out for an all adult carving party, hehe.

      I know, I wish I could keep the wings my friend lent me-- they're so awesome!

  4. Awesome bat wings, those are so cool! Also, your kitty is so cute as a pumpkin!

    1. Yeah, I am thinking I'll need to make a pair for myself. They were just so much fun =D
      Hehe, they hate dressing up... but I agree, they're super cute in their costumes!

  5. I love the little curl at the end of your pumpkin's mouth - nice touch! Makes it look really evil! :D

    1. Thanks!
      I was initially thinking about carving out the cheshire cat, but the face ended up being more traditional lol
      My friend mentioned that they eyes look vaguely like witch hats... I wish my cats didn't already ravish it lol.

  6. Wow, those pumpkins were amazingly carved! O_O And I just love the wings you were wearing :D.
    By the way, I think you look good without your glasses :) but you looked good in them too!


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