melaniesuzanne: (Happy Birthday!)
And you, Gentle Readers, get a face full of ME as your gift.

Last Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] pirategirleee and I hit Busch Gardens in Williamsburg for shenanigans and Howl-o-Scream. SHENANIGANS, I say! )

On Saturday, I attended a Halloween party. Some people seem to think I'm a villain at the moment. Well, if one is to be a villain, one should be a DISNEY VILLAIN. Enter... )

It was pretty freaking cool that most people didn't know that was me when I first swept in to the party. Heehee!

And then today was my actual birthday. I spent the day at a steampunk picnic in Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D.C. It was absolutely glorious day, weather-wise, and the company and nibblies were divine. The cemetery is full of mausoleums and statuary and gorgeous tombstones. Such a fantastic backdrop for gothy photos. I don't have any action shots yet (they're all on Courtney's phone), but here's a quick selfie I snapped before heading out.

steamy
Can you believe Court GAVE me that coat? Oh, I am a lucky, lucky woman.
melaniesuzanne: (Default)
Saturday was my fortieth birthday and it was a busy, busy. I slept in, of course, and after dismantling the cemetery in the yard, I jumped on my bike and rode west. My plan was to ride forty miles for my fortieth year. I fell short by three and a half miles, unfortunately. But! I made a quick grocery stop on the way home and rode with fully loaded grocery panniers for the last couple of miles. That's got to count for something.

I was pretty tired when I got home but I eventually rallied enough to make a Seven (minus one) Layer Dip for [livejournal.com profile] flonzy and [livejournal.com profile] azpapillion's party. I rushed through my shower and ironing of my costume and took my time applying the sugar skull makeup. It took a full hour and because I am a doofus, I forgot to take photos. Bah.

The party itself was a TON of fun. Nearly everyone was in costume and looked fantastic. Flonzy spent all day slow roasting ribs and the BBQ was to. die. for. The side dishes were yummy and the cake that [livejournal.com profile] carthew made for me received rave reviews for both looks and taste.

Cake! )

Sunday wasn't a good day. The pain that I'd been experiencing last week abated some on Saturday and came back with a vengeance Sunday morning. I woke up just after 3am and spent the next four hours crying on the sofa. It got so bad at 7am that I woke Scott -- who wasn't wearing his hearing aids and was on another floor -- with my sobbing. He bundled me up and took me to the ER where I got an antibiotic and a shot of dilaudid. I finally slept comfortably and he took a woozy me home. Mid-afternoon the pain was back and the prescribed percocet didn't touch it. We went back to the ER where another doctor ordered a CT which showed nothing physically wrong. I spent the rest of the day alternately wincing and crying. Good times.

Monday and Tuesday was the storm. I worked from home -- mostly because I wasn't going to drive on percocet -- and Scott was chased out of his office early afternoon on Monday. The power never flickered but the wind was pretty frightening. On Tuesday afternoon, I saw a neurologist who ran an EEG and a nerve test. Aside from a little carpal tunnel in my right wrist -- which I developed in my 20s -- the nerves seemed okay. He suggested I see an orthodontist to rule out my teeth causing the pain.

Wednesday was my day off. I set the ghosts back out in the yard and tree, added a few new elements, and carved pumpkins. Trick-or-treating started just after 6pm and wrapped up at 8:15pm. It was a really light night. Normally we have trick-or-treaters knocking on the door until almost 10pm. I was happy, though, to turn out the light at 9 and slip into PJs for a couple of hours before bed.

Today I'm back in the office and looking fabulous because this happened. )

And I love it!
melaniesuzanne: (skyclad by Coop)
Frankenstorm is on its way and the right side of my face hurts so badly that I only managed to cat nap with an ice pack on my face, two Tylenol PM, and four Advil. Good times. Other storm-related unhappiness is that I will dismantle and stow away the graveyard and ghosts lest they blow away and create hazards for other people. The one year that I decorate well in advance of Halloween... Ah well. The Halloween weather forecast has gone from dry and sunny to rainy and windy.

Poop.

Saw "Sinister" last night. I alternated between boredom and tension. At one point, I even pulled out my phone to check Fandango to see how long the movie was supposed to be. The jump scares were cheap, the characters were stupid, and the lighting was atrocious. I'm pretty sure that the lighting was supposed to be "atmospheric", but the darkness was annoying and distracting. I should have sneaked out of the auditorium and into "Paranormal Activity 4".

Happily, I am working a half day due to a mid-afternoon hair appointment and getting a jump start on my birthday weekend. Tomorrow is the big four-oh and I've got a lot of celebrating planned. Tonight, I'm heading over to [livejournal.com profile] carthew's house to play sous chef as she prepares my birthday cake. Tomorrow, I make the final tweaks to my costume for [livejournal.com profile] flonzy and [livejournal.com profile] azpapillion's Halloween/Birthday party. I may also jump on a bike and take a forty mile ride if my sinus stops hurting long enough for me to stop feeling like I'll pass out.

Oh, and Scott did get me the Lego Haunted House. It hasn't arrived yet, but he did order it. Yay!
melaniesuzanne: (Halloween: ghost candy by randomicons)
I didn't ride yesterday because I "worked" from home and loaded up on horror movies. Yes, the work laptop was open and I answered emails and IMs and even a phone call or two and I quickly whipped up a report on customer growth and port usage for Bossman, but I was much more focused on clearing the movies I've been recording during AMC's Fright Fest from the DVR so that I could fill it up with even more horror this weekend.

(Egad, I love October and Halloween so very much.)

Hubbyfink took me out for dinner at Don Pablo's because it's been way too long since I've had a margarita and faux Mexican food. I got carded! Heh. That hasn't happened in years. Of course, I wound up having to wear the Birthday Sombrero. Hubbyfink kindly snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook. He's so kind. In retaliation, I made him drive me to the Leesburg Spirit store so I could look for pom-poms. Apparently, "cheerleader" is not a popular costume this year because there were no pom-poms to be found. Happily, a web search shows that my local Party City has pom-poms and even has them in the colors I want.

This morning's commute was pretty darn cold. I'm so glad that Hubbyfink passed along the leg warmers that didn't fit because they worked like a charm under my yoga capris. I wore my Terry bolero over my t-shirt and under my jacket which kept my arms MUCH warmer this time out. The only thing I could have used was a hat, and the wool one that's been on back-order finally shipped today. Anyway, it was 38 degrees F when I left and, as a friend noted, I was making my own wind chill. She's not wrong. Flying down the Rte 28 overpass is less than fun at these temperatures. I think a balaclava is next on my shopping list.

Tonight will be spent visiting some local haunts with [livejournal.com profile] psalite and [livejournal.com profile] pirategirleee. We'll be going to two new-to-us haunts which I'm very excited about. I do hope, though, that the rain either holds off until we get back home.

Tomorrow will be spent procuring the above-mentioned pom-poms, prepping costume and makeup for friends' party, and watching the skies for snow. *record scratch* Yes, snow. We're right on the edge of the awful snowstorm that's supposed to hit the I-95 corridor. We'll see if the storm manifests this far south and west. I may, or may not, take the bike for a spin in the snow. ;)
melaniesuzanne: (Happy Birthday!)
It usually rains on my birthday but that's never dampened (ha ha) my spirit. I'm pretty sure I was born on a dark and stormy night. Okay, well, dark anyway since I made my debut at 12:08 am.

As noted elsenet, I went tried on all my slacks and jeans and discovered that the slacks I purchased the last time I lost weight now fit. Hooray! Plus, I found two $5 bills stashed in the pocket of a pair of jeans I haven't worn in several years. Not a bad way to start the day, me thinks.

The front yard looked so desolate this morning without the ghosts and tombstones. I took them in last night so they wouldn't blow away during the overnight storms. I'll put them back out tonight. Oh! Apparently our yard is the talk of the neighborhood. Hubbyfink attended the HOA annual meeting last night and several people, including board members, commented on how much they liked the decorations. That's a clear tick mark in the win column for us. Hee!

No big plans for tonight as I have a conference call and I don't want to put a wobble on my weigh-in tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night, however, there will be a little bit of queso and maybe even a margarita. Ai ai ai!

Rawr

Oct. 27th, 2009 11:46 pm
melaniesuzanne: (Gorey cat on book)
It took me six hours, but I can safely say that I now understand and am comfortable with PowerPoint 2007. I now have a sixteen slide presentation which glosses over the life and design, television, and charity work of Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.

What? We had to select a person in our field of study. LLB popped to the front of my mind.

In other news, Hubbyfink surprised me with the Xbox 360 game "Dead Space" (because I had forgotten that I'd asked for it) and cake. Yay!
melaniesuzanne: (Happy Birthday!)
Okay, so today is much less bleak than last night. When I cried to Hubbyfink, "Why did I think school was a good idea??", he calmly replied, "Because it is." And he's right. I need my complacent little world (and brain) to be challenged every now and again. Plus, the assignment's not as insurmountable as it seemed last night.

Today, I'm basking in the love and well-wishes of friends and family. There's a part of me that thinks it's silly to get wound up about a particular day and that nobody else should care. The majority of me, though, is simply thrilled to bits and giddy about the attention. Thank you. You all are the best. :)
melaniesuzanne: (Happy Birthday!)
It is a dark and stormy day, just like most of my birthdays from my youth. What else could someone named "dark" expect?

So. The weekend: Successful newcomers' meeting on Friday with lots of members and two newcomers in attendance. James joked that the 'fink and I should host all the meetings because they get a good turn-out. Flattering, but no. :)

I caught up on monster movies Saturday with viewings of both "Cloverfield" (the first 20 minutes or so are dreadful, but once the monster shows up the movie turns awesome) and "The Host" (I wasn't interested in the comedy bits, but the scary parts were nicely scary). I also caught a modern adaptation of Henry James' The Turn of the Screw called "In a Dark Place". Someone please tells Leelee Sobieski to get out of the acting biz. Please.

On Sunday I recolored my brassy blonde hair to a much more flattering light brown. Must be a slimming color because lots of folks are asking if I've lost weight. ;) Afterwards, I spent a couple of hours up to my elbows in stringy pumpkin guts. I now have two jack-o-lanterns (one scary and one happy, but cautiously eye-balling the scary guy) on my front steps. I was so happy to see them lit up when I got home from the baronial business meeting last night. Yay spookiness!

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