Friday, October 24, 2014

Daily Haiku - OCtober 24, 2014

Alice in wonder
Landing in dreams and looking
Glassy-eyed wakeful.


Finished Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. On to 1984!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween 2015

It's a mere eight days until Halloween and already I've got a carved pumpkin and made headway into this year's costume. I still need to make something with pumpkin in it, likely bread or ice cream, but I'd say I'm still off to an excellent start.

After last year's success with the last-minute Bob Ross costume I wanted to come up with another semi-obscure but still recognizable character. Sadly that didn't pan out but I think I've chosen a solid alternative. More than once I've been told I resemble Bill Hader so I decided I would try my hand at Stefon this year. Stefon is a character Bill played on SNL for about five years as part of the Weekend Update with Seth Meyers.

The costume itself isn't complex with only three elements to it--a wig, shirt, and rings. However, the shirt is very specific in it's style and hard to duplicate. The shirt is an Ed Hardy, which I haven't been able to find anywhere online. That's probably for the best as similar shirts run over $100 a pop. It's a long sleeved t-shirt (oxymoron?) where the arms are a different style from the body of the shirt.

Thankfully I found a normal Ed Hardy t-shirt in the right color on Ebay for about $15 and some solid red long sleeved shirts at a thrift store that I can wear underneath. I haven't decided if I'll try to manually modify the arms to match the style on Stefon's shirt or just leave it as is. We'll see.

The wig was ordered from Amazon this morning, so the only piece left to obtain are the rings for my fingers which I can find at one of those trendy, young people knicknack stores. And then it's on to watching clips from SNL to mimic the way Stefon talks. Oh, and I should probably find some Halloween parties to go to. :D

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Daily Haiku - October 23rd, 2014

Halloween beckons
The hunt for costumes begins
They'll call me Stefon.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

What I'm Reading - Classic American Lit

...and some English as well, for good measure.

In an attempt to kick-start my New Year Resolution to read 12 classic works of literature I stopped by my local library and picked up Fahrenheit 451, The Catcher in the Rye, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and 1984.

I tore through Fahrenheit 451, started 1984 but then switched over to Alice. Fahrenheit 451 was very well written with language that just seemed to flow and it's short length made for a nice, brief read. Alice has been very much the same, but with a much more lighthearted air to it. It's clearly geared towards children but it has been a lot of fun to read.

Catcher will be the last to get read and frankly, I'm not particularly looking forward to it. I vaguely recall reading it in high school and don't remember being particularly interested, but then again there wasn't much school related that got me jumping as a teenager. :D

Daily Haiku - Ocotber 19th, 2014

Fifth day, sans caffeine
Yawns erupt with no warning
Time to take a nap

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Friday, October 17, 2014

Daily Haiku - October 17th, 2014

Rising with the sun
Oven on and batter set
Baked goods namaste.


My friend Annie's birthday is tomorrow and I was too lazy to make them last night, so I got up early to make a double batch of the Spicy Ginger Brown Butter Blondies that everyone loves so much.