Well, so far this week I have weathered two storms . . . Frankenstorm Sandy and a tidal wave of children hopped up on sugar. These are the after effects of both . . .
The hurricane came and went with very little damage to yours truly, although watching the news and speaking to friends and family, we were the lucky ones. We never lost power for more than a few seconds or so, and did not experience any excessive damage to the house. That was, of course, because we had a brand new generator, had the bathtubs and huge pots in the kitchen filled with water, and all of our flashlights were in working condition. You’re welcome, Maryland.
Granted, my front window did decide to take this opportunity to start pissing rain water into my house, so I was on “dog towel” duty all day Monday and most of Tuesday, but that was minor in comparison to what we could have experienced.
Although, watching the news, I saw that the coastal areas of the East Coast got hit pretty hard, with some major flooding. This is the restaurant/bar my family and I frequent when we go down to Ocean City, MD every year:
Yeah, it’s not normally an island of it’s own. And then, of course, in our neighboring states of New Jersey and New York, there was quite a bit of flooding as well:
I understand people in those regions still are without electricity and phone service. I hope they get their services back and running as soon as possible.
One fun aside was some of the news footage of the storm. While watching flooding and people who have lost their homes and electricity is never fun . . . watching the idiot reporters try to report from out in the middle of a hurricane always makes my day. This guy couldn’t even stand up to talk to the reporters in the newsroom. Safe and dry reporters I might add:
I’m sad to report . . . I mean happy, happy to report he did not get blown away as he was still standing the next morning, reporting from the beach again. However, I feel this would have been an appropriate Darwin moment.
Once the storm had passed, we then had the onslaught of Halloween festivities, beginning with the costume parade at my son’s school. There were some interesting costumes there. Some of my favorites:
Hey look! It’s a (sing it with me now, peeps) One eyed, one horned, flying purple people eater . . .
Not sure what these guys were supposed to be. But I appreciate the all over body suit type costumes for ease of posting on my blog without worrying about showing kid faces!
My favorite part of this ostrich riding outfit was the jaunty fedora the kid is wearing.
If I had known someone was dressing as a laundry basket, I would have brought some of mine to sneak in there with her load!
The teachers dressed up, too. This was Cruella and her Dalmatians.
I think this was the principal. I was a bit too freaked out by this costume to ask, though.
This was my favorite costume that came to our house for trick or treating. I love the homemade creative ones.
My kids dressed as the obligatory Avenger superheroes, thus necessitating that their parents join in on that theme. Last year they were Things One and Two, so I got a striped hat and big red bow tie and went around as Suess. This year, they were Iron Man and Captain America, so I wore black and donned a red wig, ala Black Widow. I also made the hubs dress the part this year as well, much to his chagrin. All he had to do was wear khaki shorts and a green shirt, and I got him this knit hat with hulk hair and eyebrows on it. So, we were a family of superheroes.
Which lasted just long enough to take pictures of it, then my youngest took the mask and gloves off, got cold when we went outside, and ended up trick or treating in two sweatshirts, one so big (it was his dad’s) that it covered his entire body down to his feet. I just told everyone he was going as Sweatshirt Boy! His powers are legendary.
And yes, he was also eating a cupcake while we were trick or treating. He likes to get a nice sugar coating around his tummy before he hits the big stuff later in the night.
How did you fair in the storm? What did you (or your kids) go as for Halloween? What was the most creative costume you saw?