Written Thursday night, around three AM... I came to post it Friday, but the library closed at 3:30! OMG!
So, let's see...Friday. After I got off at the Steak House I went over to Parties Plus (thanks for the tip, Laiken!) and looked through their costumes. The only thing they had that I really really liked (well, that I would be comfortable wearing anyway...I soooo do not have the body to pull off a midriff-bearing costume!) was a flapper. I tried on four different ones, and the one that fit was purple. Yay! Had to dash to Taco Bell after that, and when I got off I went to Wal*Mart and got some stuff for it. (A necklace, fishnets, long gloves, a shawl since the dress was sleeveless--not only was I not entirely comfortable with having my arms be completely bare, but it was COLD!)
I had a lot of stuff--shoes, some jewelry, I borrowed a little purse from my mom.
Saturday I worked, whatever. Sunday I stayed home and slept in, like usual. Monday I had to work 8-3, which should have really really sucked, but I actually had a relatively good day. Wasn't on headset--just expedited for Rachel, and made some orders early on before we got too busy--and the weather was nice. When I came back from break, I only had about half an hour to go, and I got to be on line. I'd made some remarks earlier in the day about how "Well, I would know that if I was EVER on line" so when I came back Candise was all, "Take the headset," and I asked if I had to, and then she was like, "Well--Hey Steve! Can I just keep the headset and she can be on line unless we get backed up?" So yay! I even got to steam a little.
(What they don't realize, I think, is that I really do almost
know what I'm doing. I may get confused about, say, which bean scoop to use, but I really do know my ingredients on pretty much everything. I don't know the two Border Bowls and I get confused about the uncommon burritos, but I can't think of anything else off the top of my head that I couldn't rattle off the ingredients. But enough about work.)
I actually remembered my check, then went over to the Steak House to get my other check, forgetting that I couldn't get it until four. Go me. (Usually I get off at five anyway so this isn't an issue, lol.)
So I went to go fill gas (OMG, it was $2.11 that day!), and while I'm standing there someone pulls in behind me. My initial thought was "Oh, crap, it always takes me a minute to get everything together and pull away, and they're going to be annoyed at me..." so I looked up and kind of smiled apologetically at the car, looked down, then looked up again. It was Jacqui! Yay! She had been coming down the street and spotted me. Since she was on her way over to a pawn shop a few blocks down, we went over there to continue our conversation. (And I ended up spending, like, $35 on CD's and movies...but then, I got 6 DVD's and 3 CD's so I thought it was actually a pretty good deal. I may be going back there!) I'd never been in a pawn shop before and it was actually much cleaner and better-lit than I had thought it would be, lol. I told her about our plans (or lack thereof, really, no one really had a clue what we were all doing XD) and invited her, so that was cool.
Then I was off Tuesday, of course. I slept in (ahhh, sleep, thy name is love) and got to watch TV and veg in the morning. I didn't even leave the house until two-thirty.
I called Chris but he didn't want to be out in the weather, and I don't blame him. But it was okay--Jacqui decided that SHE wanted to go trick-or-treating, so I met up with her at school around 3:30, after picking up my dress. I got changed in the ASU bathroom (other women kept coming in and asking what we were, lol), then we popped into the library long enough for me to burn Jacqui a copy of Elephunk
by the Black-Eyed Peas (I'm out of CD's now...Nico, you were supposed to buy a box and trade for the DVD's I bought by mistake, remember?) and clean out my junk mail. Jacqui had been telling me about her treat bag, and I realized that I didn't have one, so we went to Wal-Mart to get one.
Ha. I didn't wear my glasses with the costume (I did my eyes, put them on, and was like, "Well, that totally kills the effect," and opted to just be blind all night), so every time we would drive, I would say stuff like, "Now, I am between the lines, right? Is that a stop sign? Let me know if any small children dart out in front of me!" XD I really can see well enough to drive, just...I can't read signs, lol. But I know all the local speed limits so I don't think it's an issue.
Some random dude at Wal-Mart stopped us and asked what we were supposed to be. I could see that in Jacqui's case, but I thought I was relatively obvious. *rolleyes* (She started out trying to be a flame, but something got lost in the interpretation and she really looked more like a clown...she wore anything she could find with flames on it, and it all totally clashed, lol, and she started out trying to paint flames on her face but ended up with smudges of flame colors. She was all, "I can't really draw," and I told her she should have come into town and let me paint her face for her. But too late, obviously.)
Anyway, we went back to Halloween stuff and I had my choice of a little black cauldron or a pumpkin, neither of which I really liked (and Jacqui said wouldn't be big enough anyway...which, in retrospect, turned out to be true), so we went over to gift bags and I found one that was all colors of metallic stripes. Tres
cool, and much bigger.
Then we decided that it wasn't quite dark enough to start trick-or-treating, and we were kind of hungry, so we went to Sonic and got some stuff to snack on, and by the time we finished it was dark, so we went back to the same gas station where she'd spotted me the day before, left my car, and decided to go up one side of Cardinal Street and come down the other. (There are a lot of apartment complexes on one side and a nice subdivision on the other.) That doesn't sound like much, but we were out there for about three-and-a-half hours!
The first woman that answered the door was like, "How old are you two?" but gave us candy anyway. Jacqui was like, "That's not a good sign," but she was the only person who said anything.
Nico called me and met up with us, but decided to go find out what everyone else was doing rather than join us (dude! It's FREE CANDY! *shakes head*). They all went to Pizza Hut, but Jacqui and I stayed out because A) we'd already eaten, and B) we'd just gotten started.
A lot of people liked my costume. Yay! Though one older man (pervert!) thought I was supposed to be a burlesque dancer! >_< Ah, well, he was giving away peanut butter cups, IIRC, so whatever.
Some ten-year-old went out of his way to give me (and NOT Jacqui) a candy bracelet--like, after giving us the regular amount of candy he was all, "Here, you should take this, too!" ^_^
Me: I told you my costume was prettier.
Jacqui: But I'm scaring people, and that's the point of the holiday!
Me: Yeah, but I got a candy bracelet and you didn't. He must think I'm hot.
Jacqui: Dude, he's TEN!
Me: Over no one, that's an improvement!
XD Fun stuff. There was one woman giving out GLOW STICKS. OMG. Like, she gave us each one and then candy, and I was wondering why she made sure that we each got a plastic-wrapped pixie stick with the candy, then Jacqui started playing with hers as we walked away and she was all, "Dude! It's a GLOW STICK!" So of course I scrambled for mine and we both put them on. And it was like the woman purposely color-coordinated us, because mine was purple and Jacqui's was yellow-orange. Oh, the bliss. ^_^
Saw my friend Liam from camp. He was going up to the door, and I was like, "Hey, Liam!" and he was like, "Aren't you a little old for this?"
"Dude, this is my HOUSE."
XD So now I know where Liam lives. (OMG, nice place!) And his mom was giving out good stuff, too. So that was funny.
(ETA: Actually, I saw him a few days later and he said it was the house of a friend of his. But whatever.)
So when me and Jacqui got back to my car we called Nico, no answer, so we drove up to Pizza Hut and no one was there, so we decided to run up to Taco Bell and then if no one was there we'd try calling again. Everyone WAS at Taco Bell, of course. Nico was sitting on the trunk of Briannah's car and when we pulled in he told us that everyone was headed for the haunted house out at ASU, so we just went on over there. Jacqui's car, Benji, was still there anyway. (Benji's name was Buck until Jacqui hit a deer. Now we joke that she's probably going to run over a dog. XD)
They had to stop for gas, but when they finally got there it was me, Jacqui, Nico, Rachel, Briannah, Lucas, and Jasie. (Who I still don't like, but we didn't really speak to each other so it was all cool. ^_^ Apparently now that she doesn't have to work with me she doesn't hate me...? Whatever.)
Other than Nico, no one really had a costume on. Rachel and Bri were kinda goth-y, but not really (Briannah was half in pink...?), Lucas admitted to not being in a costume at all, and I didn't even want to ask Jasie, who had her hair spray-painted purple and was in a green sweatsuit with Halloween socks. Silly people. I think I had the best costume, hands-down. Which made me happy, being the first-timer and all. (Though I have to give props to Nico for having more cleavage than me. Gah.)
They had a hayride to drive from the parking lot out to the haunted house, which was waaaaay out on the grounds, and Jacqui and Nico ended up being the last two to get on and face backwards. "Bringing up the queer!" Nico said. Lol.
The haunted house, while being relatively unimaginative (my opinion, and coming from someone who'd never actually gone through one before), made me scream. It didn't creep me out but it startled me often. Like, nothing I SAW scared me, but when you're walking in the dark and someone reaches out and grabs your ankle and you're not expecting it--yeah, I yelped. Best part: there was a long tunnel where we had to go in single file, bent over (well, except maybe for Jacqui, who's short, lol), and in the interest of not getting separated we kept a hand on the back of the person in front of us. Happened to be behind Lucas, mwahahaha. While he's proven to be fickle and I wouldn't date him, he's still hot. ^_^** Worst part: Bonked my head on roof of said tunnel three times. >_<
We were then going to go over to the carnival that's randomly set up in the abandoned parking lot across from Taco Bell for two weeks, but we got there only to find that they shut down at nine! I guess that may be all good and well for most of the two weeks, but on HALLOWEEN? How stupid ARE they?
We went back to Taco Bell, and Justin showed up, then put his costume on in the bathroom. He was Jason from those movies. You know, with the hockey mask. (Friday the 13th
? I think.) This is when I whipped out my camera, and when it went crazy. I thought it was the battery, but now that I think about it I think it was half the battery and half the cold. (Because it worked fine the next day!) My flash went nutso and my display wasn't working...gaaah. I got about half a roll of good snapshots, which I will share very soon. There's only one of me, and no good ones of Jacqui, but whatever.
After a little while, when we all kind of realized that there's absolutely nothing to do in Mountain Home on a Tuesday night, everyone kind of broke off. Nico went home, Jacqui and I went to Wal-Mart for a new camera battery. We ran into everyone else as we were going to check out, but we weren't sure where they were going. We waited for them at Taco Bell for a while, but I decided I wanted to get home before Mom went to sleep so she could get a few more pics of me, and they pulled in just as I was leaving. Go figure.
Got home okay, despite still not having my glasses on, lol. My camera went crazy again and ate a roll of film, but luckily there were NO pictures on it. Still, was irritated because I had no other pics of me and my costume ROCKED. The only film in the house was a roll of black-and-white, and I decided that I'd rather have B&W pics than NO pics. And, I mean, I was a FLAPPER, so it kind of fit. It's not like I was a super-futuristic alien or something, lol. Mom took those, so hopefully they come out okay.
(The other thing that sucks about that is they don't have the processor for those at Walgreens or Wal-Mart, so it's not eligible for one-hour photo. The pics of me will take two weeks, even though I already have the color ones! Gah!)
Anyway. On Wednesday, after the Steak House, I took the pics to Walgreens, then took my car over to my cousin's shop, and my mom picked me up. I wanted to come online, but nooooo. No such luck. We came straight home. That was the WEIRDEST sensation, having to sit at home and WAIT two hours for Lost! That never happens!
And then today was Thursday. Work was pretty okay, didn't have to be there until 11, and from 11:30 to 2 I was on line! Yay! Stuffing, not steaming, granted, but it was SO nice. ^_^ I had to take headset when Amy left at 2, but that wasn't so bad. It wasn't ALL day, which is what sucks. If there comes a day when I'm mostly on line and have to take headset to cover a break I probably won't mind so much.
Wigz told me she had the other problem, she was so sick of being on line, so I told her next time I'm on headset and she's on line, we'll just trade. ^_^ Hopefully.
Mom came to pick me up after work, in Dad's car, because now the van is on the blink. Oh joy. But just as we were getting ready to pull away, my cousin called me to tell me that A) my car was for sure ready and B) they didn't have to do as much to it as they'd thought, so it was going to cost less. I told him I certainly didn't have a problem with that! So the repairs that were going to cost around $250 only ended up costing $135! Whoohoo! *dorky dance of joy*
Got online, but was so far behind I couldn't post. Skipped DLBE, which will be first priority tomorrow (yes, even over LJ, other than posting this). Went to Walgreens and picked up the color pics, then went and got gas at Wal-Mart. (Yeah, I know I was dissing their gas and saying it made my car go nuts, but now I'm wondering if it wasn't the oil leak that my car was in the shop for. So I bought gas there this time and we shall see if my car goes nuts anytime soon. ETA: Not yet!) And, with the three-cent discount...I paid $2 even for gas! I'm not kidding! OMG. That ROCKED to no end. (And that means that *knocks on wood* there's a possibility of paying a price with a ONE at the beginning in the near future!)
And then I came home, and here I am writing this to you now...and it's 5:20. Granted, I slept from about 12:30 to three, but I think I'm going to go get a drink and then go to sleep. I have to be up at 9:30. Oh joy.
Aaaand now--the aforementioned pictures! (Ten, FYI.)
So yeah. I had fun. And to reiterate: More pics of me in my costume in about a week-and-a-half.