Follow Friday: This Is Halloween

31 Oct

Happy Halloween! Have a great weekend!

What is a Follow Friday post? It’s a blog series I created a few years ago based on a Twitter meme.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Would you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!

JerryThomas  Eventually, we’ll all be dead on the inside on the outside, too.

rstevens   do the Germans have a word for the relief you feel when you are outbid on eBay?

morninggloria   Hoping this year I see some really great sexy penis Halloween costumes.

annetdonahue   The only true sex symbol is Prince’s.

annetdonahue   Lassie? What is it boy? What is it? Is it… about ethics in gaming journalism?

palinode  Marvel is making a Black Panther movie! Probably get Benedict Cumberbatch for that one too.

beanmoriarty  People who like to run: how?

tinynietzsche  Sleeping giant spiders eat eight humans a year, but you don’t see them whining about it

cloudypianos  Murder, She Cross-Stitched

redherringbear  State of Affairs? You mean California?

InfiniteChicken  Ability to make all blue things tan for a few microseconds #LameSuperpowers

InfiniteChicken  Invisible feet #LameSuperpowers

TrivWorks  Power to tweet the same thing twice Power to tweet the same thing twice #LameSuperpowers

InfiniteChicken  Ability to teleport Julio Lopez, 42, of Cuernavaca, anywhere you want him. #LameSuperpowers

InternetEh  This Friendsgiving will be Mexican food. We have dubbed it Cinco de Gracias.

kerihw  Writing tip: Your characters should always be in conflict maybe one always pushing custard pies into another one’s face.

madcaplaughs30  Your test results came back. Double negative. I’m so sorry.

Home_Halfway  “Kenny log-ins!” ~ Kenny Loggins every time he signs into a website

EmilyHenryWrite  When you’re grieving, you’re actually supposed to wear the same clothes you’re always supposed to wear: your flannel Christmas pjs.

libsnyds  can’t wait to talk to some kids at a career day someday so i can tell them that the most important thing is to have a snack drawer

GlancesNods  Pull my finger. #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

DrMaldoror  THANKS, OBAMA. #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

timeblimp  No Scrubs #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

DrMaldoror  I tampered in God’s domain. #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

baconlvr23   Update my check-in status on Facebook to ER. #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

Spatula8   Please see my drug allergies on my anklet. #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

dennis_raggs  I voted #UselessMedicalAlertBracelets

heymermaid  Life Hack: Literally every Benedict Cumberbatch role becomes 10x better if you imagine Indira Varma playing that role instead

MrsTomServo  Stumbled upon an Internet argument that ended in apologies & mutual respect, and maybe I didn’t survive that car crash?

BeTheBoy  How long do you think the line would be for a Punch Donald Trump Booth?

johnmoe  Needed to Google something about Duran Duran and typed both the Durans just so you know you’re following a smart guy.

gobmentcheese  Are you there God; it’s me Margaret Ann Estevez De Las Acosta Ortiz Del Toro Sanchez la Espinosa.

biorhythmist I try to eat one big meal throughout the day

SeanOfUT  My dance crew gave me a new name. They changed it from No CoordinaSean to InspiraSean since I inspire others to take proper dance lessons.

danforthfrance Promoted tweet for the Saturday Night Live MasterCard, I am reporting you as offensive.

shinyinfo  I eat at IHOP for their clever tweets! Def. not because they’re the only place open around here after 10 PM.

jillgengler  Getting emails to my 8 year old, encouraging him to learn to “crack cyphers.” This is the kid who gets the fridge and the freezer confused.

ImAmandaNelson  My kingdom for a creepy, drugged-out Lorde Christmas album


hellolanemoore “i think i look my sexiest when i’m getting ready for bed in the winter” –no one

markleggett  With her final breath, the last teenage survivor of the apocalypse whispers “We were wrong… Our parents were… actually very cool and funny…”

Molly_Kats  I’d pay someone an obscene amount of money to put my duvet cover on for me.

LaurelKS  More jam thumbprints. I could make these in my sleep. And I wish I would. Then I could have them for breakfast.

louisvirtel  Right now Taylor Swift is feeling like a bad-ass about releasing an album on a school night.

sarcasticvoice  “I don’t think gravy train is that important”–what I overheard my roommate saying/sign I should get my ears checked

adamrensch  weird how i can play piano but can’t make a tweet without s atupsid typo

libsnyds  VOTED MOST TOPICAL TWEET OF OCTOBER 2014: the pumpkin spice latte gave creepy rob lowe ebola

Rikidus  This year for Halloween I’m going 20 pounds heavier.

shot_of_cabo  The fault lies not in our stars, But in out manual RTs.

andrewmorrisey  I can’t believe I made it through today. Or any of the other days.

Nathanpehler  Don’t Answer the Phone, It’s Probably a Telemarketer #RejectedHorrorFilms

Slumber_Partay  Children of the Korn Concert #RejectedHorrorFilms

Nathanpehler  The Six Cents #RejectedHorrorFilms

timeblimp   That’s One Ruthless Pelican #RejectedHorrorFilms

HyenaEars  “we’re not so different, you and I” [talking to towel that is draped over the sofa]

cloudypianos  Someone called me from a private number at one in the morning. I think it was Tom Hardy.

usedwigs Just fixed my vacuum using a rake. I’m both proud and ashamed.

KarenKilgariff  “Homeless gondolier, civil war fife player, sad Annie Hall, The Crow’s anorexic brother, fedora dick” -how LA brunch waitresses remember you

EmilyHenryWrite  Considering Mary was, like, 13 when she gave birth, we’re really lucky Jesus wasn’t named Jeauxlenaydelynn.

BugginWord  Clean up on aisle me.

daemonic3  Oh, this tattoo? No, it’s not Chinese characters. It’s my name and order from my last Starbucks cup.

testicleas  They call me DJ Vu because I play every song twice.

jonnysun  my phone autocorected “im bored” to “im boring” and i was like, yeah

GrantTanaka kicking mom’s belly inside her womb: adorable

kicking mom’s belly outside her womb: felony

papasuncle  I don’t just love bread, I knead it.

JessObsess  I say, “I’m starving” a lot for someone who can live off their fat deposits for 3 months or more.

RailbirdJ I just an Amish man reading the newspaper while he was driving a buggy. We don’t need technology to be stupid.

Ash_ruda  If i had a dollar for every time i thought about you… I’d start thinking about you

amy_wood  “Um, I was promised spooktacular savings” – me to the drugstore cashier

MrsTomServo  Base your band name on popular web searches. Take it from us, The Windsor Knot Tutorials (formerly Do Black People Get Sunburns).

InternetEh  For some reason “sausaging” is a word in my phone and I don’t know why

Toaster_Pastry  While you were wasting time on Twitter I was busy taking a nap.

markleggett Today I intervened in a duck/duck fight, then I prevented a duck/cat fight. This is exactly what I thought my life would turn out to be.

BeTheBoy  If I hadn’t updated my phone I could use @slackmistress charger. I reached too far! This is just like those plays by that British guy.

SocialExtortion  Every time a burrito falls apart on me I’m like “same”

theleanover  The secret to my success? My galoshes are filled with New England clam chowder! (Success rate: 0%)

FrankTheDoorman  You can only get Ebola through the exchange of bodily fluids, so if you contract Ebola in a bowling alley, you have other issues to resolve.

morninggloria  CONGRATULATIONS! YOU HAVE WON THE INTERNET! (hands you your prize, the internet, which is a box of rats eating each other’s faces)

drewtoothpaste  City of Columbus did not approve my traveling Halloween attraction “Haunted Honda”. Who ran into it so much? Ghosts. They’re ghost dents

StanCarey  Verbing weirds language but adjectivising is where things get really suffixy.

kerihw  Went to Subway. Can’t handle it. Too many decisions to make. Do you want this, do you want that, mate I’m not even sure I wanted children.

donni  Work hard, play soft as shit due to exhaustion from working hard

biorhythmist  “Well there’s some things you should know: first off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It’s not free candy.”

Smug_Lemur  I’ve already run out of Halloween candy. That’s two days ahead of schedule. Well done, me.

1followernodad  My vision board is just the wrappers from 8 different kinds of artisanal sharp Vermont cheddar cheeses.

mitdasein  Figured out my Halloween costume. I just need a hospital gown that closes poorly in the back.

libsnyds  Can’t wait for Easter so I can make a topical Eggbola joke.

waferbaby Tried to book an “abdominable ultrasound” instead of an “abdominal ultrasound.”

ramenfuneral  do your ears hang low? do they wobble to and fro? are you a victim of medical malpractice? you may be entitled to compensation

sbellelauren  i’m awake! please respect my privacy during this very difficult time


Taaaake onnn beeees

[Take on bees]

Taaaake beeeees onnn

[Take on bees]

Ooouch I’m stuuuuung

Too many Beeeeees

heyguyscameron  ANOTHER first date ruined by an old lady pointing at me and screaming EL DIABLO

nice_mustard  before mcdonald’s i bet “don’t buy cheeseburgers from a clown” was a pretty hard and fast rule

CallMeDraper  Oxford Dictionary in the streets. Urban Dictionary in the sheets.


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Cheeseboy22  I’d actually love riding the It’s a Small World ride if the dolls sang Paradise City.

What is a Follow Friday post? It’s a blog series I created a few years ago based on a Twitter meme.  Learn more about it in my FAQ. See my nomination for a Shorty Award for Follow Friday here. You can read more Follow Friday goodness here. Would you like to be a guest photographer for Follow Friday? Email me!



Snapshot 10.29.14

29 Oct

— Last Tuesday I dropped Anthony off at the Amtrak station one village over. Almost four hours later he was in Bakersfield and getting ready for several days of classes and a certification test. Aside from one disastrous dinner train adventure taken with our friends the Waltons over ten years ago, we’d never ridden on a train before. I told Anthony that I hoped very much it was like the Hogwarts Express and that he could eat pumpkin pasties off a cart, look for someone’s escaped toad, and dodge some Dementors with the help of a werewolf. It was actually quite and uneventful trip and nothing like the crazy train I envisioned. His boss joined him a few days later and also attended classes, and on Friday they made the drive home together. They didn’t come home, however, but went straight back to the office, where he worked until late that night, and also all this weekend. We missed him a lot but he learned so much and it was a great opportunity. I’m not going to lie and say it didn’t suck, because it sucked royal balls, but the reason it was so awful is that I had caught what felt like the 20th cold of the season. But we made it, and what doesn’t kill me gives me antibodies.

–The week before all this was my birthday, and it was actually a great day. I was in a grumpy mood, and instead of trying to change it, I indulged it. When Anthony got home we went to one of my favorite thrift stores a few towns over (it’s a Hope Chest, if you are familiar with that chain) and out to my favorite Chinese place in Modesto. While we were ordering food the waitress took note of Isobel’s confident tone and turned to me and said, “Wow, she’s the boss!” You have no idea, lady! It was so nice to relax together as a family, and Elias is still really calm in restaurants. While thrifting I found some amazing melmac platters and three gorgeous beaded necklaces that I can’t stop wearing. My party was nice and laid back, which since I was feeling poorly, was all I could handle. Stef also needed a laid back party, so we only planned on delicious food, something to nice drink, and comfy seats for bullshitting. My friend Christi embroidered this #OMFN tea towel and gave us items of thrift store gore. We taught her well! Isobel kept asking me over and over what I wanted from her and I told her I wanted art, so she drew an amazing picture of her, myself, and Baby Elias. My birthday gift to myself, since we weren’t in the position to cross anything off my life list, was to spend every gift card I have since I am fantastic at hoarding them and not-so-great at spending them. I’m still working on it.

–Isobel did settle on a Halloween costume, and although I initially thought it impossible, but we are going to give it a try! Isobel asked me what I am going to be for Halloween, and I told her “tired.” That wasn’t okay with her, so I’ll probably go as Tired, With Wings.

–While Anthony was away on his work adventure I took the kids to a Halloween carnival at her school. We wanted to find her cousins but they never arrived. Happily, we ran into our friends Brandon and Noel’s daughter Spencer. They had a great time playing the games, taking photos, and making the crafts. Spencer was totally on Isobel’s wavelength because they both wanted to make crafts together all night. It was a lot of fun but by the end of the night we were exhausted and we passed out in front of the TV watching an Avengers cartoon.

–When librarian friends @lieberian and @shinyinfo were so enraged Isobel didn’t receive any candy from school for dressing up for nerd day (her costume was deemed “not nerdy enough” to deserve candy), that they sent us care package of crazy socks, LEGO-shaped candy, and Nerds candy. It totally made our day! Thanks, ladies!! You internet people are all right.

— When we visited our friends Dave and Stef recently, Isobel left me and baby Elias to chat it up with Stef while she hung out in Dave’s Workshop. He was tinkering with something when he popped his head into the living room and asked if he could make Isobel a wooden sword. He somehow threw it together in one afternoon of visiting and painted the whole thing and attached a pink D20 to the end of the pommel. It is fantastic and she loves it.

–I finally had my chance to help out in Isobel’s classroom and was lucky enough to be assigned the cooking station where I helped the kids make “bone sandwiches” using a cookie cutter. Part of my job involved asking the kids all sorts of questions involving things they’ve learned about bones. At one point I asked the kids to tell me what was attached to our skeleton that helped us move around. The kids all shouted out “muscles!” and afterwards one kid said to me, “Yes, and my friend has muscles, too.”

Follow Friday: Backyard Beekeeping. These tweets are on fire.

Snapshot 10.22.14. What to do when the plane goes down.

Little Big Collection: Vintage Egg Cups. Have I mentioned how much I love egg cups?

Follow Friday: Hello, Fellow Youths. I am an old.

Fashion Styles for Ghosts.

DIY Weeping Angel Tutorial. I love that Victoria used thrift store angels! Perfect.

Didn’t see this one coming, Steven Moffat.

Support the Discworld Project at LEGO! One of the best things about being a librarian is that I had access to a large collection of Terry Pratchett. Via @byshieldmaiden

Tonight I carved a pumpkin. Squeee!

Photo-realistic pancake apes! This is incredible. Via Stef

Excellent costume.

This dog is dressed as Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

This bicycle has a baguette in its drink holder. Genius.

DIY Wolverine Adamantium Skeleton. A super fun Halloween decoration.

Least popular American baby names according to early records. Some of these are hilarious, but I’d love to bring a few of them back. Dove is an excellent name! I’m betting it’s a few more months until the uber-hip start naming their kid Spurgeon.

This is what happens when you take a picture of a kitten going through a dollhouse. via @CatchTheBaby

Are You A Dog Person Or An Ant Person? Clickhole Quiz Time! Via @apelad

Swedish police officers help boy with homework after call. Why must Sweden be so cold and faraway? It sounds fantastic.

Good news for @RiffTrax fans: Two more primetime specials coming to @NatGeoChannel in December!Via @thecomicscomic

8 DIY Couple’s Costume Ideas. All of these are my favorite.

DIY Baby Costume Inspiration. Isobel is the cutest piece of sushi of all time.

DIY Pink Pirate Princess Costume. Pink! Pirate! Princess! This costume had a lot of pieces.

DIY Kiki’s Delivery Service Costume. My favorite ever.

DIY Toddler Bumble Bee Costume. BEE!


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