Another week… and Halloween loomed ever closer. Before I knew it… it both came and went…. sneaking up on me like some sort of ninja…. My busy life tried like crazy to crowd it out, but nevertheless I managed to get a chance for some holiday fun and frolicking. Although it was a near thing…..
As always… when it’s “Diary” time… you just know you’re going to have to “Read On” if ya wanna know more…..
Work. Sure it pays the bills…. keeps a roof over our heads and food on the table, but sheeeesh!! Does it always seem to have to be so darn all absorbing of one’s personal time? Apparently… it does.
This has turned out to be perhaps the worst showing your Favorite Catgirl has had, review wise, for a Halloween month here at the Litterbox since I first got going. The greatest obstacle lately has been trying to keep the kitchen staffed at the restaurant. We normally shift some people each year within the first month or so of the colleges both starting their fall semesters, the part time people just filling a few shifts here or there. This year, that coincided with the loss of one of our key full time people (and the last of those in the kitchen who was there when I started all those years ago…) making for a more hectic time than usual. I’ve gone through three people trying to replace him… and the result has been brutal for me time-wise between doing my normal manger duties as well as interviewing new cooks, and filling time in the kitchen itself. Add to that my own “real world” personal stuff and it hasn’t left a lot of time to spend watching films and reviewing them in a timely fashion I’m sad to say. 😦
On the plus side… Halloween has given me a chance to get playful with Carolyn and loosen up her usually more “grown-up” persona in a very fun and flirty way. Not that she’s ordinarily stuffy or boring… but of the two of us, she’s definitely the more “mature and responsible”. I’ve always been blessed with knowing how much fun she can be when she feels comfortable with a situation. Lil’ ol’ me is always such a terrible, terrible influence on her…. always pushing to convince her to get back in touch with her inner child. Halloween is one of the times I always succeed in doing just that.
The three of us… Sam, Carolyn, and I… did manage our Halloween “Girls Night Out”, but it wasn’t as big a deal as last year. Especially given that I had to work both Halloween itself during the day, as well as early the next morning and Carolyn and Sam both had early days on Tuesday as well. Bummer…. 😦
Still… our costumes were pretty nice, even Sam manged to throw together a pretty sexy video game inspired ninja girl look from some things she picked up at Walmart. I never did manage to find a Chinese sun hat to complete my look, but the most unexpected troublesome thing about this year’s choice turned out to be the thing that originally inspired me in the first place. My sword…..
Yep. In the delirious inspiration of the moment, and as I planned the whole thing for the last few weeks, it completely escaped my mind that with this costume choice I’d be carrying around a very real, very sharp, and incredibly deadly weapon from bar to bar as we made the rounds that evening. Now there’s a frightening idea…. somewhat paranoid lil’ me… armed and perhaps a wee bit tipsy in close proximity to hundreds of other possibly intoxicated and unruly people for an evening. Now there’s an episode of “A 1000 Ways To Die”…. So at the last moment we decided that I’d just have to leave that little item at the apartment. Dang!!
It’s probably just as well… as there was no way for me to comfortably carry my sword except to clutch the scabbard in my hand…. at all times. That probably would only have resulted in me leaving or losing it somewhere as we barhopped, something that would have bummed me out something terrible. Sigh…. at least I wasn’t as cold that evening in my costume as either Carolyn or Sam. I don’t know who ever dreamed up the wardrobe choices for video game fighting girls… but I’m suspecting it was probably some horny computer geek and not somebody who actually wore the costumes in question themselves. It gets waaaay cold here in my neck of the woods in late October… and poor Carolyn needed her winter long coat to huddle in as we went between nightspots looking for fun. (That did result in her welcoming some cuddle time in Sam’s car on the way home though, so I’m selfishly rather pleased with that…. Hehehe!!)
Our costumes were well received overall, but since we weren’t planning on being around till midnight, there was no chance of us winning any of the contests either. Most people recognized Carolyn as Cammy immediately but I guess there were far less Wuxia movie fans in the local area colleges than I thought, as most people actually had no idea who I was supposed to be. The closest one guy came was thinking I might be Zhang Ziyi from “Crouching Tiger” (even with the white hair…. go figure…). Most we encountered thought I was one of the fighters from “Mortal Kombat”…. D’oh!! Eventually an exchange student from Hong Kong got it right… and that got him a well deserved kiss from this otherwise unrecognized Wuxia Heroine.
After that… we broke up the evening and went home so we could get some well needed sleep before getting back to our usual day-to-day routine before midnight came around and we all turned into pumpkins with the fading away of the spooky Halloween magic that never seems to stay as long as I always hope it will.
Anyway, it’s a new month. I’ve got the new full time cook all hired (if she just plain works out that is… Hey… 4th times the charm, right?). So with any luck I’ll see about doing some more new stuff soon. Just keep your fingers crossed and your prayers coming my way! “Meow, meow…. for now!”