Thursday was a little easier. I’d been planning on carving my pumpkin all week. It’s taken me several years, but I’ve finally learned not to carve two weeks, even one week, in advance. The desert just dries things out too quickly. We’ve totally had two carving sessions just because the first pumpkin turned into a caved-in wreckage within days.
So this year I said: no more! I will carve the day BEFORE Halloween and no sooner! Unfortunately, this does not mesh well with other people’s schedules (seeing as how it was mid-week), so I went without carving buddies. Still. It was something to look forward to, another slice of my favorite season.
And yes, even though it was contrived happiness (planning etc), it was still a bright point of my day. Work has been blah all week and the weather has been warming up instead of cooling down and I want to go on all the hikes but it’s dark by the time I get home… but I stuck my blade in that pumpkin and all of that melted away. Okay, maybe not quite melted, but definitely took a backseat.
Halloween! Now that it’s finally here (and past), the holiday feels bittersweet. On the one hand, Halloween is the culmination of fall everything with spookiness and sugar to boot. On the other hand, since it is the culmination for our culture – and not the halfway point as it should be – as soon as the day is over it’s Christmas-Christmas-Christmas from here until January. Don’t get me wrong – I like winter and snow and sleighbells and peppermint everything like a normal person – but Christmas is only the beginning of winter and the whole “happiest time of year” for two months straight makes me want to strangle santa.
Wait. This is a happiness post.
I was surprised by what made me happy today (Friday). I thought it would be the evening or some decorations or the jack-o-lanterns in the window. But what made me happiest was (finally) putting in the effort and dressing up for work.
I put a lot of effort into my costume and was pleased with the results. I learned how to apply most of the make-up from a friend and then practiced several times to get it just right. Well. Right enough.
There was more to the costume than just the makeup, but whatever. That part made me happiest. I even won 3rd place in the contest (behind a shark-nun in 1st and another nun in 2nd ;.;).
Anyway, in conclusion I don’t normally dress up for Halloween, but I’m really glad I did and I had a lot of fun and I want to do it next year. o.o What has happened.