Friday Thoughts

So I’ve been thinking . . . are you going as a sexy kitten, sexy nurse, or a sexy mushroom for Halloween?

So I’ve been thinking . . . are you going as a sexy kitten, sexy nurse, or a sexy mushroom for Halloween?

Yep, you read that right—a sexy mushroom. Not exactly what comes to mind when I think of “sexy.” In fact, if it comes down to vegetables, a mushroom is probably the least sexiest of them all.

It’s Halloween people! What happened to the fun costumes? The scary costumes? The clever costumes? I used to love seeing kids running around in their creative and cute costumes. Now I just see drunk idiots in stumbling around in their “sexy” costumes.

Women’s costumes are always some version of “sexy-something.” All you need to do is add the word “sexy” in front of a noun and that is what some 20-something is for Halloween: sexy kitten, sexy maid, sexy witch, sexy jellyfish. Oh you think I’m kidding. There really is a sexy jellyfish costume out there. 

Is this what the choices for women come down to? Maybe I’ll stay in this year and just be sexy old me on the couch, snuggled up with some popcorn, candy, and a good movie. For the rest of you, happy trick-or-treating. Easy on the treating!

And another thing (or two or five) . . .

I’ve been reading . . . Upstream by Mary Oliver, a book of her essays. I finished two books: Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger and We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson.

Raven Girl is a bizarre fairy tale about a postman who falls in love with a raven and then they have a daughter together who looks human but is a raven on the inside. But it’s Audrey Niffenegger, come on, what else would you expect? It’s a modern take on a fairy tale, complete with illustrations done by Niffenegger. I love her work (Her Fearful Symmetry is one of my favorites), but I was disappointed with this story. For me, it fell flat at the end. It just kind of ends, quickly, as if she was writing and then realized she was late for an appointment and had to end the story.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle was weirdly good. Not great but I liked it, mainly because of the point the story makes. It’s almost plotless, so if you are looking for a thriller with a riveting plot, this is NOT that book. It’s a thriller but not in the classic sense. It’s a thriller in the sense that the story reveals the horror of mass hysteria. Yes the main character is a homicidal-paranoid murderer but are the town people who cast judgment any better? They think they are. But their fear drives them to stop being civilized and do awful things. And this book beautifully illustrates the dangers of mob mentality.

I’ve been watching . . . the Cubs, the Cubs, the Cubs. Are you going to watch the World Series? I don’t know if I am because I seriously don’t know if I can take it. And I’m not the only fan who feels this way.

I’ve been listening to . . . Glen Phillips. Still savoring his latest album, along with some of his earlier work.


Happy Halloween, You Sexy Kitten You! Have a wonderful weekend.


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