Ugh, where does the time go? How can it already be so close to the end of the best month of the year??
Despite being absolutely burned out from work, I did manage to accomplish a few things. The dream is always to accomplish more but alas, this little body needs some fucking rest. I need life to slow down for a hot minute so I can catch up.
Good morning my spooky followers! How goes your first week of October?
I’m going to be doing weekly general updates for the month. October is too much fun and full of spooky goodness to wait for an accumulation of things to chat about.
My dad is coming to town to help finish up work on the walk in closet we started 5 months ago. Building a whole room from scratch just before summer was not the wisest of plans, especially since it’s in the upstairs. We won’t be making that mistake twice. But this means I’ll be quiet for a tiny bit here.
Dracula is proving to be the one classic I’m actually going to enjoy.
Little Debbies makes a pumpkin spice Swiss roll and it’s the only Swiss roll worth a damn in this world.
Mr. Cupcakes & Machetes and I have watched four horror movies in the past week. (Monday was our 12 year dating anniversary and we watched 3 in one night.)
I think that’s a pretty successful start to my favorite month. Do any of you have any special plans for next week?
Ok, I kept my cool long enough. Usually, the first of September I’m celebrating and starting my usual season tradition of reading only horror and paranormal books. But this year I’ve made it until it was actually Autumn!
You’re probably over there thinking, “What’s so big about that?” Well for your information, when it comes to Autumn/Halloween, I ZERO self control. So I’m celebrating my minimal restraint. Don’t take that from me.
I’ve already bought my MONSTER pack cereal. Now, I don’t generally freak about cereal but it’s fucking BOOBERRY and FRANKENBERRY. (I mean, Count Chocula is there too but he’s inferior. Sorry Count.) I had Chider the other day. What’s that you ask? Apple cider + chai = LOVE. It’s a thing, find it, embrace it.
My pumpkin cravings have begun but as of yet, have not been satisfied.
This year, besides horror and paranormal novels, I’m adding grimdark fantasy. Bring on the darkness baby!
(Currently betareading a novel for a GR friend, but also having an extremely hard time deciding what book to read first.)
Hopefully, I’m going to get into some baking madness as well. It’s not Autumn unless I’ve made something with apples AND pumpkins.
This installment just lost it’s pizzazz for me. Which is unfortunate because I love Edgar Allen Poe and having a character cursed by the dark poet seemed like it would be a lot of fun. It also included one of my least favorite tropes; the love triangle.
It was a difficult decision to abandon this one since it wasn’t bad by any means, but it lost it’s flair and without that flair, well…there just wasn’t much there. I probably could have pushed through to the end since it’s a short book but when you’re not feeling it, what’s the point? I thought it through like this, “Do I really care what happens to any of the characters at the end?” The answer is no, except maybe for Rip but still not enough so to continue.
Ignited Moth and I have been in a book club going on 5 years strong. Each month one person hosts the event and presents 4-5 books that are voted on. We read the winner and meet once a month either out at a restaurant or at the host’s house with a potluck lunch/dinner. It definitely has expanded the types of books I read and let’s just face it, it’s oodles of fun. Book club girls know how to hang.
For the month of October, I was the host. The winning book was A Season With The Witch which I recently posted a review of. Most of the girls of book club are vegan so lunch was butternut squash soup, pumpkin spice muffins and peanut butter pumpkin dip with apples. Scrumptious.
Lunch was followed by a tour of the cemetery behind our house with a history talk presented by myself about both the town and legends of the witches buried here.
After book club, the day entailed Ignited Moth and I having a bestie’s day and slumber party. Shopping, book store browsing, carving jack-o-lanterns and watching Stranger Things 2.
Are you involved in a book club? How does your book club operate?
A Season with the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts.
3.5 out of 5 stars
The allure of Salem, Massachusetts is a large one if you’re someone who revels in Halloween and/or history. We all know the basic outlines of the Witch Trials but this book just proved to myself that I don’t know enough. Now, this isn’t the book to pick up if you’re looking to learn about the Witch Trials like myself, but it is the one to pick up if you’ve been wondering just how weird Salem gets around Halloween.
It was interesting to find out that Salem only really began putting an emphasis on Halloween a few decades ago. It sounds like a divided town. One where half the residents want to be known for arts and culture and the other half is proud of all the Halloween fun. One half thinks they are disgracing the legacy of the victims of the witch trials, while the other half thinks that they are honoring them.
The first half of the book is an examination of the city’s entire history, the second half gets more into the weird stuff. While I enjoy history, I didn’t exactly enjoy the manner in which the author recited the lore. I cannot pin point the exact reason that it bothered me but, I’ll go with mildly boring. The second half was more entertaining, hearing from real life residents.
LOTS of typos.
Overall, a decent travel book to inspire people to check out a legendary American city and have some spooky fun.
Ever since we bought our house in June, we’ve had nothing but vehicle problems. Both broke down the week that we signed the papers, then the week we were moving in I hit a deer. In August, we switched out one of the vehicles for another used vehicle. We had to replace the alternator pretty much immediately, then it lasted about another month before it sprouted a massive gas leak. The leak is going to cost more to fix than the vehicle is worth. So my lack of interaction on here in the last week is due to all that stress. (Although it seems that a lot of blogs have been a little quiet lately as well.)
Ultimately, we said fuck it all and traded in one car and signed a lease on a brand spanking new car. A lot of people think that leases are pointless since you’re throwing money at a car you don’t own. I used to think the same thing. However, for $70 more than what I was paying on TWO vehicles a month, we have a car we shouldn’t have to worry about for the next 3 years. The relief has been unbelievable. A massive weight off my shoulders.
Now it’s time to sit back and thoroughly enjoy the Halloween season. I’m hosting book club at my house for this month and have some pretty big plans. Next month, a little traveling around the state now that I have that ability again.
I’ve kind of ghosted all social media this last week, sorry. Guess I just had the anti-social bug. I’ve got the day off of work, it’s lightly raining while feeling exactly like autumn, so I’m catching up on all the things on my patio with my animals. Cursing loudly every time a goddamn squirrel shows up and Ozzy does his best to bust out a screen and take down his arch nemesis.
This past weekend we attending Sweet Endings at the Michigan Renaissance Festival in honor of our 11 year dating anniversary. (I know a lot of people stop counting that anniversary after they get married but, we put in a lot of damn years before getting married. I’m not about to stop counting that!) It was crazy packed, hard to walk and had to stand in line FOREVER for food or beer/mead. They also decided to make some GoT inspired pubs, Throne of Swords (where they had a fake iron throne you could sit on) and The Three Eyed Raven. It’s not like they need to make more money, but damn did adding those in rake in even MORE money.
October has arrived since my last post. Even though I started early in my celebrations, it’s time to hit that celebrating even harder! We’ve been doing a lot of Pokemon Go in the cemetery behind our house so look forward to a post with super cool tombstones sometime in the near future.
I’m currently reading a witch inspired book, I think witches are going to be my Halloween inspiration this year. There are several tombstones in the cemetery that are said to belong to witches and really, they’re just the epitome of Halloween.
I keep telling myself that I AM going to get ahead in blog posts so that I don’t have to sit down and think of something every other day. I can just copy and paste and be on my merry little way to work. IT’S NOT WORKING. Every time I sit down, I choose to read instead. (How dare I?!) It doesn’t help that I’ve finally started reading a horror genre for the seasonal occasion. I also started watching horror movies the other day. I’m going to be a Halloween sponge this year. Soak it all in baby.
First horror read of the year? Fire & Ash. It’s the final installment in my ALL-TIME favorite zombies series; the Rot & Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry. It’s been years since I left off with book number 3 but I’ve forgotten practically nothing since I loved it so much.
First horror movie of the year? Deep Blue Sea. BECAUSE. Yes, it’s cheesy but it acknowledges all the faulty things happening with the sharks instead of passing it off as normal shark behavior. (Example: swimming backwards.) It was followed up with Jaws and Jaws 2. Apparently, I was in a sharky kind of mood.
Well that gif just makes me want a snack.
What is one of your guilty pleasure horror movies?