Stunt Zombie Blog Takeover Day 3

With Halloween fast approaching I’ve started thinking about what costume would best fit my mood and personality.  In years past I’ve tried to collaborate with Chris and jump on the couples costume train.  

There was the year we went as Clark Kent and Lois Lane 

and the year that we dressed up as Alice and the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland (our dog Kirby was the white rabbit!).

 

 

 

 

 Some of my favorite (and cheapest) costumes have come from the crap I had lying around my house.  Since I spent years working as a lifeguard I had all the makings for a drowned lifeguard (irony!)

Then there was the year that I dressed up as Cruella Devillle from 101 Dalmatians:

The funny thing about this costume is that I already owned the black dress, fishnet tights, red fish net gloves, costume jewelry, wig and pointy heels.  My mom had the “dalmatian” jacket so all I actually bought to pull this costume together were the fake cigarettes and cigarette holder.  

One year when money was tight I went as a cowgirl using the cowboy hat and boots I already owned with some stone washed jeans and a button down shirt:

 

As I mentioned in yesterdays post I fell prey to the “I can dress like a whore because it’s Halloween” craze for a few years, dressing as the St. Pauli Girl:

 

And an “Angel”:

 

 

(I kid you not, I was actually walking around in a slip I found at a thrift store!)  I’m sensing a theme in my costumes over the years, even when I wasn’t attempting to flaunt the “goods” as it were!

So, there you have it.  The progression of Chelsea’s Halloween Costumes over her many many years!  And yet, I still have no idea what I’m going to be this year!!!  Looking for ideas if anyone has any (please no Elvira suggestions!)  Tomorrow I promise to get back to Stunt Zombies original mission of reviewing actual Halloween items.  Cross my heart and hope to die!

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Stunt Zombie Blog Takeover Day 2

Okay, okay, so I missed a day.  I told you I’m not a particularly seasoned (or good) blogger!  On the upside my house is super clean!  One thing I am good at (since we’ve already ruled out blogging and photography) is taking the easy way out.  That’s why I’m going to post pictures of my Halloween costumes from my childhood.  What?  Chris did it!  When we (me and my sister) were kids, we never had store bought costumes.  My mom made nearly every Halloween costume we ever wore until we were too old to go Trick or Treating (wait, what age it that?).  My mother is very crafty and thinks outside the box.  Speaking of boxes, most of our costumes were made from cardboard boxes!  Some of the more notable pieces of work included a table top (my sisters head came through a hole in the center of a large box covered with a tablecloth, place settings and a roasted turkey hat), a cookie jar (complete with lid as a hat, my mom was also big on hats!)

and a giant red octopus with eyes cut out and covered with panty hose so I could see!  One thing I learned from this whole experience (aka my childhood) was that boxes make great costumes but are the worst for trick or treating!  We literally hit into everyone and everything in our way.  And forget holding out our pillowcases for candy.  My sisters hands couldn’t even reach out from underneath the “table” so folks started putting candy in the cups that were glued to the table top!  Some of our costumes spawned from convenience.  I took tap and jazz dance classes as a child.  Some of the costumes for our dance recitals were down right weird.  This is how I came to go out trick or treating as a black cat and a dinosaur!

Ah, the good old days!  As I grew older I realized that most of Halloween for adults involves women dressing up as sexy nurses, sexy cats, sexy wookies, etc.  And, sadly, I too partook in this tragic tradition.  But that is a story for another day, probably tomorrow!

So, what are your favorite costumes from childhood?  We already know stunt zombie really enjoyed his Super Man costume.  I think my favorite was the octopus (although I’m sorry to report that after combing through my stacks of photo albums I could not find a single shot of that awesomely red 8 legged sea creature!).  Would love to hear your thoughts on Halloween costumes.

Stunt Zombie Blog Takeover Day 1

Dear faithful Stunt Zombie Readers: 

        This blog is being taken over.  That’s right, you heard me.  I’m taking control of the blog (the ‘I’ being Chelsea of the awesome blog “Books, Booze and Bitchin” at wordpress).  Don’t worry though, this is not a hostile takeover.  Nor is it a cheesy ploy to draw readers to my page.  Stunt Zombie was called away on family business (yes, just like the mafia) and has graciously obliged to let me continue his 31 days to Halloween Countdown.  We’re amending the “31 days of posts” to “31 posts in 31 days”!  A subtle change but one that will allow us to catch up without readers crying foul.  

       I’d like to apologize in advance to Chris’ readers, as I am not a seasoned blogger.  I shall do my best so please go easy on me with the comments!  With no further delay, let’s get on with it already!


      My “first” post is going to be on ‘Brain Dead Zombies’.  You may remember that Chris made a post about this neat little guy about a week ago.  Back then he was just a wee little zombie, always teased by the bigger and more decomposed zombies on the playground.  Well sir, you better just watch out because he has indeed grown in his watery grave (see what I did there?!) and is now a man!  Mazel tov!  

I’d like to point out that the artwork on the cover of “The Monster Book of Zombies” has the exact stance as the Brain Dead Zombie.  Ya know, Chris has such an affinity for naming his toys I’m gonna go ahead and name our zombie.  He kind of looks like a Fred to me.  Plus I don’t know anyone named Fred so I can’t personally offend anyone who has my phone number or direct contact with me!  Oh, I’d like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that I’m really bad at taking pictures.  Like, really super bad!  This has been pointed out to me on numerous occasions so I’ll just throw that apology out there again in the hopes that you won’t hold these posts against Chris!  

So, as you can see, Fred has indeed grown quite a bit in a week.  I really wish that he could stand on his own but if you look closely at the photo you can see he’s being propped up by the camera’s tripod.  While the dye on his clothing has stayed in tact there has been some loss in overall appearance.  I suppose growing to 600% of your original size will do that to you.

As we can see from this photo (besides the blatantly obvious fact that I need photography classes) is that Fred got beat up on the playground prior to his sudden growth spurt and now has a black eye and some missing teeth.  Tsk tsk Fred, what would your mother say…if you hadn’t already eaten her brains.

Now Fred, just because Dr. Rodney Rathbone, Vampyre, Zombie Evil Kenevil and random chauffeur picked on you when you were small, that doesn’t give you the right to beat up on them. There was a claim in the original post that went something like “Charge him up after he finishes growing, and you can probably use him to read.”  Well folks, I don’t think you could read by the light of Fred but he does put off enough radiance to potentially keep you from stubbing your toe in a blackout.

That’s all the time we have tonight readers.  I hope you enjoyed my first guest blog and have not deleted your link to Stunt Zombie whilest putting a block on further attempts to read future posts!  If all goes as planned I’ll be back tomorrow with another in the continuing saga of “31 posts in 31 days, Countdown to Halloween 2013!”

Ahoy!

Not so hostile takeover!

A few days ago my bo-friend was called away on family matters (no, not the popular 90’s television show.  That would be weird!)  In his absence I have staged a blog takeover and am posting to Chris’ page to keep up with his “31 posts in 31 days: Countdown to Halloween 2013”.  Since I don’t actually post on my own page every day this is gonna be a bit of a challenge!  In an attempt to keep up with my own “followers” I will be cheating and posting the same topic on both pages, don’t judge me!  It’s a lot of work keeping up with 2 blogs, running a home, caring for 3 pets and working a full time job!  So, the next few days will be a break from the normal book club posts and a tribute to that oh so sacred holiday…Halloween!

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Ta ta ta ta ta ta touch me!

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Since we are fast approaching Halloween I thought it would be the perfect time to showcase the photos and memories from our first (and so far only) book club outing from last year.  We went to see a live performance of ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ in Onancock, VA (yes, it’s a real town!).   Wait, let me back up a bit.

Weeks before the performance a friend of mine and fellow book club member mentioned that her sister was playing “Janet” (slut) in a live performance of the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’.  Now, for those of you who actually live in or around civilization you probably have access to this show every Friday night at the cheap movie theater.  For us country folk I was shocked to find that people even knew what the RHPS was!  I mean, it’s not a new show or anything but I live in a…how shall I put this…”conservative” area.  Think one step above the town in “Footloose”.  Folks don’t generally get super pumped about transvestites and aliens in my neck of the woods.  But honestly, how can you not get excited over this?

Tim Curry

 

Nothing sexier than Tim Curry in a corset and garter (and I’m only half joking, seriously, his legs make me think naughty thoughts!).

But I digress.  So at this point I’m left with a bit of a dilemma.  I really really really want to go see the Rocky Horror Picture Show but I know there’s no way I’ll be able to find like minded people to go with me.  But wait!  Hold the phone.  I have just such a group of crazy, over the top and fun loving gals in mind to invite.  So I sound the alarm, raise the bat signal and alert my fellow Books Booze & Bitchin’ ladies of the upcoming performance.  With a hearty acknowledgement they all agree that this would be a great show for our high class club to attend.

As plans begin to fall into place we agree on a time to meet, place to pre-game and coordinate outfits, because we obviously can’t show up to the RHPS sans costume!  As a small group of us carpooled from the south I can only imagine the thoughts going through the heads of passerby’s on the roadways.  We looked like women dressed as men dressed as women and it was nowhere near Halloween (July 13th, 2012).  Here’s a taste of what I’m talking about:

Drinks before Shannon and Kara Shannon

 

So we make our way to the restaurant across from the theater, park our behinds outside (so we can be seen, hey we didn’t get dressed up for nothing!) and order a round of whatever the hell that blue thing is!  We started thinking that we were the only 3 people to go all out for this thing.  Tourists walking by were literally crossing to the opposite side of the street when they saw us!  I saw one gentleman grab his daughter and usher her away from the “crazy ladies”.  But as it got closer to show time we started to see, little by little, a very colorful crew trickle in.  There were more feather boas, excessive eye makeup and fishnet tights than have ever been seen on the streets of this small town.  And shocker of all shockers, a flash mob performed in the middle of the street!  A limo pulled up in front of the theater and a small group of women started dancing to the “Time Warp” (again!).  As the song progressed more and more individuals from the crowd started to join in until it was a full on mob!  How awesome is that.

As we entered the theater we were given concession coupons for drinks and a brown paper bag full of props for the show.  If you haven’t been to see the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” you should really Google it and check out the craziness that ensues inside a theater!  Inside our baggies there were bags of rice, water guns, playing cards and a flash light among other things.  I won’t go into the actual performance other than to say that it was fantastic and we laughed our asses off.  Of course my girls sat front and center once inside and I was able to snap some quick pics.

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After the show we went to the local Irish Pub for Mini Meatloaves (get it!) and some liquid libations.  There was even an impromptu sing-a-long with the cast!  We had a great time and it was nice to get out with the gals outside of book club.

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At this point we were pretty well lit and feeling no pain!  To me it seemed only fitting that our next book club meeting we would be discussing “50 Shades of Gray”, which was a gathering you will not want to miss reading about!  So far I’m sticking to my 1 blog post a week challenge so you should see this review in the next 7 days!  Oh the antici…………..pation!

As always…Eat, Drink, and Be Yourself!

A sugar coma awaits you!

On June 22nd, 2012 my trooper book club got together to “review” ‘Sugar Queen‘ by Sarah Addison Allen.   While the book was ultimately a cute read that we all enjoyed, the best part was all the theming I could pull from the book.  The main character, Josey Cirrini, has an unhealthy addiction to sweets spawned from her need to escape her real life as caregiver her aging debutant-esque ‘s’mother.  As an outlet, Josie has created an escape in the form of a hidden crawl space in her bedroom closet.  There she devours both romance novels and coma inducing amounts of sugar.  And here begins the real fun for Books Booze n’ Bitchin’.  To start, the chapters are titled with names of candy (everlasting gobstoppers, sweetarts, sugar daddys, lemon drops, rock candy, snowcaps, you get the idea) !  How fun is that!  So, of course, I created a candy bar complete with ice cream scoops to dole out goodies.  The candies were separated into pink and yellow buckets and my guests could created their own take home baggies (or just spoon the contents directly into their mouths)!

No Books, booze n’ bitchin’ book club meeting would be complete without a signature drink so I made ‘lemon drop’ wine with a recipe provided by Melanie Jo Moore and Better Homes and Gardens:

Lemon Rosemary Wine

Ingredients

2 C water

2 C sugar

8 lemons

8 sprigs of rosemary

3 bottles of pinot grigio (or other dry white wine)

Juice the lemons, reserving the peels for the next step.  Combine water and sugar with the lemon peels and rosemary sprigs and bring to a boil.  Once the sugar has dissolved, cool mixture, and then strain.  In a punch bowl or drink dispenser pour the chilled wine, the lemon juice from all eight lemons, half of the syrup, ice, and slices of lemon.

As with all simple syrups, the longer you let the peel and rosemary steep the stronger the flavor will be.

Recipe from Better Homes & Gardens, June 2012

In the book, Josie starts an unexpected friendship with Chloe Finley, a young woman who makes the best grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches south of the Mason Dixon line.  Chloe has one of the coolest (in my mind anyway) “powers” I’ve ever read about.  When she has a problem or emotional hurdle in her life, the appropriate book magically appears to her.  Wouldn’t that be awesome?  In homage to Chloe we had a build-your-own grilled cheese station, complete with multiple bread, cheese and fixin’s options.  Round it out with a George Foreman grill and you’ve got yourself a good night and a fantastic grilled cheese sandwich!

We all really enjoyed the book as a quick and satisfying read.  The booze and bitchin was also quick and satisfying!

For our next book club meeting the ladies mutinied against the traditional book selection and had a vote for reading ’50 Shades of Grey’ by E L James.  But before we could meet we had our very first book club outing, bitchin’ on the road!  We went to see a live production of the ‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ in downtown Onancock, VA.  Oh the pictures you are about to see!  Stay tuned for a visual assault that you will not easily erase from your memory.

As I have been an uber slacker about blogging I decided to follow the example of my bf Chris and try to post more often.  He’s going to post a blog a day for the entire month of October so I will be posting every…week!  At least once!  I promise!  No really!  I’m not kidding!  Check back oftenish to keep me honest.

And as always, eat, drink and be yourself!

P.S. wine count for this meeting was 7 bottles…one for each of us!

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Thank you thank you thank you Meldawg!  I swear, that lady has a mind like a steel trap (although I never understood that saying.  Aren’t steel traps full of holes?)  You can ask that woman what happened three years ago Tuesday at 8PM and she’ll know where she was, what she was drinking and who she was drinking with!  My mind, however, gets foggier and foggier as time goes by.  I blame television and Facebook!  But I digress.  My memory has been thoroughly jogged on my last blog “Putting it off won’t make it go away”. While I still didn’t love (or finish) ‘Dark Watch’ by Clive Cussler, I do remember the book club meeting.

I’m sure you’ve all been dying to know just what we ate and what the theme was.  Wait no more.  We all wore red, white and blue beads, played with “water” guns and threw styro-foam planes around the dining room!  And what amazing “meal” did the hostess with the mostest (me) make?

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Cool, right?  Oh so American, hot dogs, hamburgers, flag plates, yummy berry flag cake, wine coolers, America F*@k yeah!  The ladies brought some great sides including amazing pasta salad and salsa/cheese spread.  Okay, so the book was a bit of a bust but at least the food was well worth it.  When life gives you lemons, make lemonade (or lemon martinis, whatever)!  Stay tuned for my next post on ‘Sugar Queen’ (still have a cavity from this one!)

Until next time…

Eat, drink and be yourself!