Monday, October 30, 2017

October Catch Up Post

Yeah, more promises made, more promises broken. It seem like every time I have aspirations of doing a ton of posts, life somehow gets in the way. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because some of that time was spent going out and about doing fun, seasonal activities. So, sit back and enjoy yet another catching up post!

Anniversary in Charlottesville

This year marked mine and Chelsea's second year being married. We're trying to make it a tradition to go on a trip for each one, even if it is just a short distance away. This time, we chose Charlottesville, a city about an hour west of Richmond. It's been in the news a bit lately, but thankfully there wasn't a single cowardly Nazi to be seen anywhere.

The Tax Collector (Jameson Caskmates and Founder's Oatmeal Stout) at The Whiskey Jar.

A cuppa Joe and a slice of pecan pie at The Pie Chest

Bloody Mary and Mimosa at Beer Run

The Showalter Burger at Jack Brown's Beer and Burger Joint. 

What initially attracted us to Charlottesville were all the food and drink choices in the area. I think you could spend a week there, and still not eat and drink at all the restaurants on the downtown mall area. We certainly tried our best though. My favorite meal was probably at Jack Brown's, when I got the Showalter burger. After getting peanut butter on a burger during our trip to Buffalo a couple of months ago, my preconceived notions on what could go on a burger were being challenged. So, when I saw a burger that replaced the bun with a glazed donut, I had to give it a try. And as crazy as it sounds, it was absolutely delicious. Just looking at the pictures makes me want to jump in the car and make the 3 hour drive again.

We also took a tour of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's historic home. Sadly, we weren't allowed to take photos in the house, but it was an interesting look at Jefferson's life. There was a large focus on slaves and their life on the plantation. It was eye opening, and really helped reinforce the already obvious notion that slavery is very, very, bad.

Pumpkins and movie time in Pocomoke

The weekend after we got bak from Charlottesville, we made the short trip up to Pocomoke City, MD to pick some apples, grab some pumpkins, and go catch The Addams Family on the bigger screen. We got to M&C Vessey Farm a little late to actually pick the apples, so we settled for just picking out a basket full instead. We also grabbed a couple pumpkins, a couple jars of syrup (pecan and apple cider), salad dressing, and a half gallon of apple cider. Hey, when you don't know the next time you'll be back, you try and stock up.

The next stop on our Pocomoke journey was the Mar-Va theater to see The Addams Family. This has been one of my favorite movies for ages. It's one of those movies that I never get tired of watching.  Raul Julia's Gomez is one of my favorite performances ever, and he's at a level of cool we should all strive for. I didn't get a chance to see The Addams Family on the big screen when it first came out, so it nice to get a second chance at it.

Halloween Mood Table!

What's a mood table you ask? It's a table filled with seasonal ephemera, including everything from toys to scary movies and books, to candies. Whatever gets you in the spirit of the holiday is fair game. I got the idea from Dinosaur Dracula years ago, and I've been trying to make it a yearly tradition. This year is possibly my favorite. Everything just seemed to come together so well. Sure, it's a random assortment of stuff, but it's a bunch of random things that complement each other.

Halloween Specials!

This may get me ejected from all my social circles, but I'm not a huge fan of the Charlie Brown specials, Great Pumpkin included. But, I still watch it, more out of tradition out of anything else. This year also saw the introduction of two new specials: Michael Jackson's Halloween Special, and David S. Pumpkin's Halloween Special. Right off the bat, I can tell you that I thought the MJ special was awful. It honestly didn't feel like it had anything to do with Halloween, and the holiday seemed to be shoe horned in. It also didn't help that the animation was absolutely horrible. Maybe I've been spoiled by Dreamworks and Pixar's offerings, but it looked like it was produced 10 or 15 years ago. I wouldn't be surprised to find out it was written by Michael himself, since it reminded me of Moonwalker quite a bit.

The David S. Pumpkins special was based on the SNL skit from last year. The premise is probably a little thin for a full half hour special, but it was still a lot of fun. They really embraced the absurdity of the character, and I honestly wouldn't be surprised to see Mr. Pumpkins start showing up in specials for other holidays.

Mystery Oreo cookies!

I've actually considered slowing down on my junk food intake. I'm not getting any younger, and it seems like it's starting to take more time to get the weight off after a binge. Of course, every time I think about cutting back, Nabisco releases another Oreo flavor. This time, you have to guess what flavor it is, then go to a website and enter your answer for a chance to win a bunch of money. I thought they smelled a lot like Froot Loops, but tasted more like Fruity Pebbles. I wasn't that big of a fan, honestly. The flavor didn't really mix well with the chocolate cookies, and the creme just had an odd consistency. This was one pack I was glad to finally finish.

Halloween Care Package!

Earlier this month, one of my Twitter friends mailed out care packages to a bunch of us. They were full of activity books, coloring books, crayons, stickers, finger puppets, and a couple of pins. I still haven't had the chance to dive into everything yet, which is probably why I wasn't really feeling Halloween-y this year. Still, it shows that there are some amazing, generous people out there in the world, and it gives me a bit of hope for humanity. Thanks again Edie!

Hocus Pocus at North Street Playhouse!

Just this past weekend, The Book Bin, a local bookstore, sponsored a free showing of Hocus Pocus at a local live theatre. They had all sorts of activities, like Movie Bingo and face painting, but what got me in the door were the signature drinks. There were four to choose from, and you could go with an adult or virgin version. I only tried three of them, mainly because the Poison Punch sounded way too sweet. Out of the three I had, I'd have to put the Witches Brew at the top. I'm always a sucker for warm apple cider, and the orange molasses and bourbon really meshed well. Next was the "I Put a Spell On You". Again, this was a combo of flavors that really worked well with each other. The cranberry was pretty strong, with just a hint of spice from the ginger syrup. The Sanderson Sisters wasn't bad, but it just didn't work for me. I got an initial shot of pumpkin with my first sip, but after that, it was mainly orange juice and bourbon. It's entirely possible it just wasn't mixed well, so I might try to give this one a shot at home when I get the chance.

During the intermission, there was a costume contest. My favorite entry out of them all was Barf, from Spaceballs. His costume was spot on, and he even had the same attitude and mannerisms of my favorite half man/half dog.

It's my birthday!

Yesterday I turned yet another day older. It was cold, and raining, and just the perfect day to sit around and do nothing. Except my wife was performing with the orchestra, so I only had most of the morning to do nothing. Chelsea fixed me a delicious breakfast, along with that yummy Bloody Mary, proving yet again that alcohol is healthy when mixed with tomato juice. Then I opened up my gifts, which included the new Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, and Volume 1 of the IDW Ghostbusters series. I also received what is now my favorite coffee mug, made by a local artisan. Later on, Chelsea made me a double decker cheesecake pecan pie. It's probably the closest you can get to having Heaven on a fork. Luckily, some friends came over last night to help me eat it. Otherwise, I would have had to tackle the whole thing by myself.

So, that's my October in a nut shell. Tomorrow night my friends and I will hand out candy, closing out yet another spooky season. I hope you all have a fun a safe holiday!

Happy Halloween!


  1. Looks like a lot of fun ,Chris.Easy on those sweets ,bro ;)

  2. Oh man, it's hard to cut back. There's just so much good stuff out now!


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