It’s been a busy week getting things ready for Halloween. We’re having a party on Saturday night and are expecting at least 20 people (which, frankly, scares me a little).
Tonight Paige and I are finally carving the 2 pumpkins that have been sitting on the table, tempting me with their smooth orange surfaces (the nice pumpkin) and creepy warts (the monster pumpkin). I’ll take pictures of our finished products, assuming there’s something worthy of commemoration.
As for party treats, we have a black plastic cauldron which will be filled with some bright green jello/z-up punch, cupcakes with orange frosting, and cookies coated in white chocolate in the shape of mummies. According to our recipe, they are called “Yummy Mummies” which is basically why we chose to make them. “Would you like a Yummy Mummy?” is just too fun to say.
Also less-yummy news, I’ve started reading the book “House of Leaves” by Mark Danielewski. Interesting story: I had been listening to the “Haunted” cd by Poe a lot recently. In a couple songs there is a mention of a “house of leaves”. I thought to myself, What the heck is this reference? So I wikipediaed it. I discovered this book. I also discovered that Poe is the author’s brother, which I thought was kinda cool. There are a lot of connections between Poe’s songs and this book, something worth looking into if you are a Poe fan. (The songs Haunted, Hello, Spanish Doll, and Angry Johnny have taken on new meanings.)
So I started reading the Wikipedia page on the book, and was immediately intrigued–by the storyline, the typography in the book itself, and, of course, by the secret codes. I got a copy and started it last night. Well, sort of. Paige and I read through one of the appendices: the Whalestoe Letters. It’s an awesome story all in itself–it’s a series of letters from a mother, who is in a mental institution, to her son.
Supposedly, this book is terrifying. The letters alone were definitely creepy, so I’ll have to let you know how the rest goes.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll get some pictures up after the party.