Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Most Difficult Decision

So that time of year is upon us when it is necessary for Rusty and me to make one of the most difficult decisions of the year... what will we be for Halloween?

As some of you may or may not know, I ventured out last year, and made our costumes. That's right - I said made. Along side with Chrissy, we strategized about what our Halloween costumes should be, and I must admit I think we made a fine choice, given the situation. Rusty and I went as Fred and Wilma Flintstone, while Chrissy and Jeff went as Betty and Barney Rubble. We even downloaded the theme song to prance around to... :)

We got the idea at a Halloween Costume store - you know the ones that are ridiculously overpriced? I told Rusty how easy it would be to make those costumes, and that we could save a lot of money. Little did I know...

You might be thinking to yourself, "Oh that's cute!" and I'll admit, it was. You might also be thinking to yourself, "That wouldn't be so hard to make." I'm here to correct you though. For those of you that might be creatively challenged (as I am when it comes to sewing), this is no easy feat.

Rusty's was the most involved - apparently they don't just sell orange material with black dots already on it. No! I had to buy solid orange, and then cut out like a gazillion black dots to sew on to this outfit. Mind you, I don't own a sewing machine. I actually brought it up to work the entire week of Halloween, just to sew the stupid things on, and I barely finished it in time for the party. Chrissy can attest to this because she was there one of the days. After we ate lunch, I pulled the costume out of my little bag and started sewing, and she said I looked like a little old lady that always has a knitting project in her purse.

I assumed mine would be the easiest - a simple, one shoulder white dress. Ha! A.) it was white, so it needed lining. B.) I don't remember Wilma wearing a potato sack of a dress, so it had to be somewhat form fitting. I didn't have a pattern for this, so short of being able to lay myself down and outline my body with chalk (where are the cops when you need them?) I had to take measurements at different points along my body in order to get the dress the right size.

I assumed sewing Rusty's black dots on would not take long, so I vowed to finish his before I did mine. That was a mistake... there were literally people at our party, and I was still sewing my dress. I finally finished and tried putting it on... and then the horror sank in. My little method of what we'll call "measuring" didn't work out so well. The dress was too tight to wear certain necessities with. Talk about uncomfortable...

Everyone laughed, thought the idea was cute, and no one could believe we (I) made the costumes. We took some pictures, had a few drinks and called it a night. The next day, I vowed I would never sew a costume again. Had I just spent the $20 dollars, I would not have dedicated my lunch for 5 days, I would have actually been there for the first part of our Halloween party, but I wouldn't have made the memories I did from working on the costumes with Chrissy, Rusty and Jeff.

So now the challenge is on for this year... what to do?? I guess you will just have to wait and see.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

North Texas Tailgating

Like previously mentioned, football season is in full swing, which means that tailgating is also in full swing. A lot of sun, a lot of food, a lot of people, and maybe a beer or two... :)
If you don't already know, North Texas isn't doing so hot this year... It's been a pretty dismal year, but that doesn't make the tailgating any less enjoyable. We always have a decent crowd, and a really good time, regardless of who comes out!!!

There are a few regulars we are missing this year (Liz, Jeremy, etc.) but we are off to a good start!! We have 3 games left - 2 of those are this month and encompass Family Day and Homecoming!! Saturday Oct 11th is Family Day, and Saturday Oct 25th is Homecoming. Both of these days always have really fun events and the larger than normal crowd, so if you aren't too busy, I highly encourage you to come out and enjoy the day, even if it is for a few hours.

Below are a few pictures from the first two games... ENJOY!!!


Three North Texas grads - my dad, Rusty then me!

Rusty and his football - he never leaves home without it...

The group huddle around the tailgates/grill. Isn't this what it is all about????

From when I was young, to now, I always have a way of coming between my parents. I guess since I didn't have siblings to pester, I took it out on them. :)