Halloween 2011

Halloween has always been a special holiday for Dan and I, since we met working at a haunted house back in 2001 (That’s right – 10 years ago!). While I’ve never been a huge fan of dressing up, I do enjoy all the decorations, music, parties, and candy that come with the holiday.

This year, we were invited to a few different events, so we’ve been celebrating the holiday since mid-October. Last weekend, we went to a house party hosted by an old friend of mine. It was fun catching up with people I haven’t seen in years, and reconnecting with old friends now that we’re back in the area.

Batman and Robin

Batman & Robin

This past Thursday, our local movie theater was replaying the original Ghostbusters movie. The event was hosted by a die-hard Ghostbusters fan who was dressed up in the uniform, complete with an official proton pack replica. Before the show, he was raffling off prizes, and I won a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man stress toy.

Marshmallow Man

(photo from 16bit.com)

Yesterday, we were supposed to go to another Halloween party at a local barbecue restaurant, but Mother Nature had other plans. We got hit with a freak snow storm that dropped almost a foot of snow in less than 12 hours and knocked out the electricity. So instead of partying with coworkers, we spent the night huddled around candles in the dark with a few close friends. We watched Dawn of the Dead with whatever battery power was left on the laptop, and then went to bed right as the power came back on.

Snow Storm

With so many people snowed in at our house, this morning was a little bit like the morning after a sleepover. Everybody woke up much earlier than they normally would, and Dan made pancakes and eggs for everyone. So this weekend wasn’t a total loss. It actually wound up being a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Nothing beats cuddling up with your loved ones on a cold, wintery morning.

Holidays and Snow Storms

First and foremost, I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas, and got everything they wanted. I know I did! What I wanted most this year was to spend the holidays with my loved ones, and I’m thankful that I was able to do so.

Dan and I exchanged gifts on Thursday night so that we wouldn’t have to drag as much stuff with us to my sister’s house for Christmas. I got Dan a life-size, 48-inch Klingon Bat’Leth war sword. I know, I know… I’m enabling his geekiness. But what can I say? I married a nerd. His gift for me wasn’t much better. I had requested the Lego Harry Potter video game, and Dan delivered. Our gift for the house was a shower radio with a fog free mirror. Love it!

Klingon Bat'LethLego Harry PotterSharper Image Shower Radio

On Friday (Christmas Eve), we got up bright and early to head to Port Authority. We were rushing around, afraid of being late, only to find out once we got there that buses were running on a holiday schedule – rather than on the advertised regular weekday schedule. This meant that we had an extra hour to kill before boarding, all the while surrounded by people whining and complaining about the schedule mix up. When we finally did get on the bus, the trip to Jersey was quick and traffic-free.

Getting to spend a couple of days with my family at my sister’s house provided Dan and I with a very much needed mini-vacation. There was good food, lots of laughing and catching up, and plenty of thoughtful gifts exchanged. We played Apples to Apples and Boxers or Briefs, and watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Christmas 2010

Despite all of the fun we were having, Dan and I had to say goodbye to everyone after Christmas dinner and head back to Brooklyn in an attempt to beat the snow storm that was supposed to hit the east coast. We’re lucky we left when we did, because this is what happened on Sunday:

Blizzard 2010

Things have been pretty crazy here in the city since the blizzard started Sunday afternoon. By Monday morning, the whole city was practically shut down. Subways weren’t running, none of the streets in our neighborhood were clear, and most of the nearby businesses were closed due to inclement weather. I don’t know if you can tell from the last picture, but the snow was taller than Pickles! Even though it’s been more than 24 hours since the snow stopped, the city remains at a standstill. I had to call out of work this morning because there were no subways running and no cabs to be found.

It looks like things are finally starting to clear up and I’m hopeful that I can get to work tomorrow morning. New Year’s Eve is supposed to be nice, which gives me something to look forward to. I love this time of year, but I definitely don’t enjoy the unpredicable weather that comes with it.

How did you spend your Christmas weekend? Did you get or give any fabulous gifts? Were you affected by this east coast storm? Let me know by leaving a comment.