I did hear from Bookdragon, so we’re in the process of getting her cookbook to her. And the proud mama couldn’t help but brag on her son’s Halloween costume: Boy Scout of the Living Dead. “Not that many 12 yr olds could do this themselves with latex, fake blood and their older sister’s makeup kit,” she wrote before giving me proactive :-) permission to post.
So here it is! It’s suitably, err, effective, so I’m putting it below the fold. (Horror susceptibles – you’ve been warned!)
If any other proud parents (of kids of any species!) wants to brag on their kids’ costume, post the link in the comments, and…
Daoud bin Daoud
That’s gory cool!
Ivan Ivanovich Renko
How’s the volunteering going folks? One week left. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to feel that I didn’t do everything I could to prevent catastrophe for our nation.
SIGN UP NOW. We can all spare a week of our effort. If you’ve already signed up for a phone bank or to canvass, sign up for another shift. It’s just one week.
One of my kids was a piece of potato bread one halloween – we basically got some foam and sandwiched him between the two bread-shaped pieces. Good times. He was also a road cone one halloween. Same idea.
West of the Rockies (been a while)
Excellent work… Suggests he is creative, patient and meticulous, wonderful attributes in a kid that age.
@West of the Rockies (been a while): agree!
@Central Planning: Such a cute idea! (And vegan!) I’m getting an image of your family as foodies…
I am proud. He loves theatre, and while he’s drawn to being on a stage, I think he’s got a good shot at working behind the camera with what he’s worked out on character special effects all on his own. Okay, he’s gotten a lot of ideas from youtube how-tos, but I count self-education as picking it up on his own.
He’s also learning to be a pretty good cook (also mostly self-taught. I can bake and make a few things, but a real home chef I am NOT) and he will have a blast with that cookbook. He’s already called dibs on it when it arrives.
Wow, that’s really good! Future FaceOff participant?
Kids have such great imaginations. He could teach Tim Burton a thing or two.
Speaking of zombies, it looks like Donna Brazile has raised every single Berniebro from the dead.
I’ll be picking up an 88 yo woman in a few hours to take her to early voting. Voters to the polls – make it easy for them, folks! Spirited older voters are a pleasure to be with!
I’ve been putting in 6-7 hours a day poll-watching (am leaving for today’s shift in about 10 minutes, in fact). Before early voting started, I did phone banking for Hillary and local candidates. I really applaud you for your regular reminders, as well as the volunteer work you’re doing.
We can do this, folks!
Excellent makeup job!!
Kids got talent.
As my assistant said just now:
I posted this lil dude earlier but it’s worth a gander if you have not seen it.
@bookdragon: you should be proud! well the guy in the video (the cookbook author) uses a lot of makeup, too. :-)
@Hillary Rettig: He’s a bit of a foodie. Loves watching Master Chef and one of his gifts last Hanukkah was “Cooking for Nerds”.
I have to credit his dad though, who is the real cook in the family. His aunt was a gourmet chef and he can make anything. I learned to cook mostly because when I gave up meat and had to make meals myself. After we got married, hubby, who is not vegetarian, nevertheless learned all my recipes and in nearly every instance improved on them.
@raven: I saw that when you posted it earlier! What a hoot!
he’s not a friend/relative, is he?
@raven: That’s so cute. What a great idea.
@BR: You know, I volunteered for Obama during his first election. That was the first time I volunteered for anyone. I have spent more time volunteering for Clinton even though I am not as enthusiastic about her.
I took my wee one (16 mo) trick or treating last night and saw that the nice couple we just moved in next to were watching Rachel Maddow…we started chatting about politics and agreed it was nice to ‘discover’ fellow liberals in the neighborhood, and agreed politics is not something either of us would have brought up without knowing we’d agree first. After the election, we all still have to be neighbors, and I don’t think I can waive at a person who openly defends his or her vote for Trump.
At least I have commiseration cohorts next door if this thing if Hillary’s numbers keep going south.
@Hillary Rettig: No, the son of one of the finest carpenters and furniture builders here. I’m way too old for a child of that age.
the Conster, la Citoyenne
When she wins, she will have beaten back the monstrous Trump, Putin, the FBI and the entire mainstream media’s full bore attempt to sabotage her. That deserves a lot of respect, AND enthusiasm.
@T S: That is one advantage if=of living in the People’s Republic of Athens! Nothing but Hill and Barksdale signs here but 10 miles down the road. . . .
polls look insane today. McGinty up 12 points over Toomey? Huh, that doesn’t sound right, neither do the ones showing dems slipping so much. I am going to have to take a vacation from the interwebs.
@the Conster, la Citoyenne:
She will get no respect from the media, and any enthusiasm was not for her, it was to prevent Trump from getting the presidency. They will still harp on about how she would have lost to anyone else, and how she is the most unpopular person in the history of the world ever elected.
dumb kid took his eye off the ball.
@hovercraft: Way to have such a defeatist attitude. I applaud you…..not.
That is an outlier, both for Hillary and McGinty
It looks like she’s ahead, but not by that much. Hillary is up about 6 in PA.
Tilda Swinton's Bald Cap
CNN boss everyone:
@hovercraft: And then she’ll go on to win all of those most important person and most popular female person in the world polls for eons.
Have you been watching the coverage of Obama and Clinton for the last 8 years?
Sorry for not blowing smoke up your ass, but it’s better to be prepared for the media bending backwards to justify the GOP’s endless investigations into President Clinton. Rose colored glasses don’t go well with my complexion.
@bookdragon: Great makeup job! Hope you live somewhere that has live theater. The more exposure, the better. Growing up in 1950s Kansas City, there was not much but I loved anything I got to see live.
Tonight we’re going to a recital of songs by Richard Rodgers, daughter Mary and grandson Adam Guettel.
@srv: I disagree with the BernieBro meme, but have to admit that was one smooooth segue
@hovercraft: Are you tired of these people calling us pantswetters because we aren’t smiling through this horror pretending everything is okay? Look, to those lashing out at us for our ‘negativity,’ I’m sorry that acknowledging the reality is making you uncomfortable such that you feel the need to lash out, but we are all dealing with this in our own way. Is it constructive? Well, per se, it’s neither harmful nor helpful to the campaign*–it’s just how we deal. Similarly, how YOU deal with the fear of impending cataclysm by pretending it isn’t happening and dumping on us debbie downers isn’t really helping anything either, so I don’t understand your defensiveness. Pessimistic realism is how we deal. If you deal by delusional confidence that everything gonna be alright, go ahead, but try to be a little nicer to people on your side (allegedly).
*Actually, it’s possible negativity would help turn out more than being assured of victory, but I don’t have the data to prove it so I won’t get into THAT argument.
@bystander: Thanks. Yes, we live SE PA so there’s opportunities and NYC is not too far by Amtrak.
The summer camps he’s gone to have been heavy on theatre too. He’s trying out for a role in the jr high musical and had a hard time fitting all his stage experience on their application form.
A friend of mine had two kids come by her house dressed as those inflatable/collapsible figures in front of car dealerships. She said they were fully committed – did an entire production of wind billowing through their costumes and collapsing at the waist only to immediately rise and flail. She said they almost forgot their candy they were so focused on the production.
I can’t post a picture because they’re not my kids, by my 11-year-old niece in Florida went as a zombie doctor. (Not a doctor for zombies, a zombie who is also a doctor.) Her older sister was Wonder Woman.
FWIW, Lin-Manuel Miranda says that his family was only able to take them to see Broadway plays a few times while he was growing up, but his parents listened to a TON of cast albums and that’s how he learned to write Broadway songs.
I’m trying to get my niece in IL to do more theater, but there’s a little family resistance and she prefers dancing (because she’s a little insecure about her speaking skills).
Wow, well done!
@Hillary Rettig: Foodies? Probably.
This past weekend I was lamenting the fact we didn’t have good recipes for our black garlic. The two oldest took it upon themselves to make a dry rub and 3 different marinades for 4 strip steaks. Each one was delicious except for the dry rub – a little too much salt – but you could definitely get the flavor of the black garlic.
And to be clear: I’m looking for recipes where the black garlic is a part of the recipe, not part of a sauce/garnish for something else.
The Fat Kate Middleton
@raven: I also watched the video after that – was that your home (and you)? Impressive!