Friday, October 30, 2009

Halloweening

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I have always enjoyed certain parts of Halloween, but as a Christ follower, I've wrestled (and continue to wrestle) with why I am bothered by other parts of the day. I love the free candy and the experience of trick-or-treating (both as the receiver and as the giver), and I am a big fan of playing dress-up. I don't love the demonic or occultic or otherwise-creepy parts of Halloween and I'm not fond of the fact that the day is associated with fear and death, neither of which I celebrate and both of which Jesus conquered on the cross.

So, how will Hubbs & I spend the day tomorrow? I am going to school. I have work to do. He's coming with me. He has work to do...for me ;)

And when we're done, we'll head to an all-you-can-gorge sushi restaurant where the staff are completely costumed up, and the restaurant is covered from ceiling to floor with Halloween deco (webs, spiders, you name it - they've got it on their walls). We won't be dressed up, though I did toy with the idea of having Hubbs dress as Edward Cullen while I wore my most Bella outfit. He didn't bite (pun intended).

Anyway, we won't be trick or treating, 'cuz it's weird to do that as thirty-somethings with no kids. We also won't be doling out candy, since our building is mostly adult-inhabited and nobody trick-or-treats in high-rise condos.

I thought I'd do a little Halloween meme tonight, though, since I'm still feeling a bit sick (I called for a sub part-way through my day today; my cold and cough aren't getting worse but I'm not getting better either :S), and I've slept for most of the day so I'm awake at this late hour.

1. What is your favourite written work of horror fiction?
Does the
Haunted Mansion choose-your-own-adventure book count? I haven't really explored this particular genre of literature.

2. What is your favourite work of science fiction/fantasy?
Devil on my Back by Monica Hughes.

3. Who is your favourite monster?
Edward Cullen ;)

4. What is your favourite horror movie?

I don't watch scary movies.

5. What horror movie gives you the most chills?
See previous answer.

6. What character from any horror film would you most like to play?
Does Twilight count? Because I'd want to be Bella.

7. Freddy or Jason?
Who? ;)

8. What is your favourite Halloween treat?
It used to be Kit-Kats and rocket candies. Nowadays, I'm a fan of those yummy Pillsbury sugar cookies with the pumpkins on them (but they're not good for me so I did not buy any cookie dough this Halloween).

9. Ghosts or goblins?
I don't believe in either. But how about vegetarian vampires?

10. Friendly-faced jack-o’-lantern or scary one?
I like the intricately carved pumpkins with scenes on them. Those are usually friendly scenes.

11. What is your scariest encounter with the paranormal?
Demonic attacks.

12. Do you believe in ghosts? Why or why not?
Nope. Once you die, you enter into an eternity that is either Heaven/Paradise or Hell/Hades. Earth is not one of your choices.

13. Would you rather be a zombie, alien, or psycho?

I would rather be an alien in this world ;)

14. Favorite Halloween costume?
One day I'd like to dress up as Jasmine from Aladdin. So far I haven't had a favourite costume, mostly because I haven't ever bothered to invest a lot of money on a thoroughly-convincing costume. I did like my Little Red Riding Hood get-up though.

15. Best thing about Halloween?
The excited little faces that go trick-or-treating.

16. Person in your family who most likes Halloween (not counting yourself)?
I think it's my mother-in-law.

17. Are you superstitious?

Not at all.

18. Share an unusual Halloween story.
I don't have one.

19. What did you do for Halloween as a kid?
I dressed up and went trick-or-treating with my mom and my siblings. In hindsight, my costumes sucked and I hope that when I have kids, I will pick better costumes for them than vampires and princesses.

20. What’s the best Halloween party that you’ve attended?

I haven't actually attended that many, so it's hard to select a "best."

21. What is the worst treat to get when trick-or-treating?

Peanuts in the shell, raisins, and those nasty Halloween candies in the orange and white wrappers.

22. How many Halloween, Friday the 13th, or Nightmare on Elm Street movies combined do you have on dvd?

None. I think the scariest DVD I own is Planet of the Apes (though technically, that belongs to Hubbs).

23. Lamest costume you have worn on Halloween?
I'm pretty sure it was the princess dress, which was covered up during trick-or-treating by my very puffy winter coat. I think one year I didn't even dress up, and that's lame.

24. Have you ever had nightmares about a scary movie character chasing you?
Not that I can remember.

25. Strangest Halloween custom you’ve heard of?
The truth is, there is nothing stranger than the current practices of Halloween. To someone from another part of the world, try explaining the following:

- carving up a giant orange squash and putting it on your doorstep/porch with a candle in it

- dressing up like some ridiculous character that you aren't, complete with wigs and make-up

- knocking on strangers' doors and asking for food or candy


Have a safe Oct. 31st, everyone!






Sunday, October 25, 2009

Long Hours, Long Days = MIA for Long Periods of Time

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Story of my life, really. Now that I'm a bonafide full-time first grade educator, I pull an obscene number of hours every day. I don't mean a standard 9 hour day either, people. We're talking Mon-Fri, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (11 hours), plus every Saturday for somewhere between 3 and 8 hours. And you wondered why I haven't blogged! ;)

Hubbs has accused me of becoming a workaholic, and I can hardly blame him; the guy hardly gets to see me, save for a couple of hours in the evening when I'm already dead tired. Unfortunately for me, I am a perfectionist and there is a lot to do (even for slackers), though I'm told that this is entirely normal for any teacher the first year that they teach a grade, whether they have previous teaching experience or not. I'm also reassured on a weekly basis that things will get better....next year. This means that both Hubbs & I can look forward to 6-day work weeks for the foreseeable future, at least until June.

But before you think I'm a Bitter Betty about the situation, let me reassure you that there are many silver linings to this whole full-time work business. First of all, it's additional income, and at a time in our economy when so many are losing jobs or losing hours, I am beyond blessed to be working steadily.

Secondly, I love my job. I love the cute little faces that greet me every morning, and I love the hugs I get from students who spontaneously wrap themselves around my waist. I love the giggles, the stories, and the generally-positive energy that buzzes around my classroom. It is my calling and I enjoy what I do, and I recognize that not many people can say that about their professions or jobs.

Finally, I get to be released from the chores of housekeeping for the time being. You see, now that we're a DINK family, we can justify hiring a housekeeper to come in bi-weekly to do our floors and windows and bathrooms for us. What a luxury! Plus she's really thorough, so when I come home after our cleaner has come, I am always delighted by the lack of dust bunnies trolling behind my entertainment centre. Hubbs has also picked up some of the slack (dishes, laundry) since he's home during the day. I love being able to share these household duties with my man and not have to shoulder the burden all on my own.

So, all in all, it has been a refreshing change of pace for me. I am tired, yes, and I am also a bit too busy to commit to many other things, but the pay off of working in a place and with a group of people (both the kids and the grown-ups) that I love is such a blessing. I really can't complain. But I might be MIA for a while. Now you know why! :)