Today’s post is a part of the Weekend Coffee Share, graciously hosted by Part Time Monster every weekend. A time for us to come together, share a cup of coffee (or our beverage of choice) to share some of what is going on in our lives. It’s a lovely check-in!
If we were having coffee I’d tell you about the scavenger hunt I did this week for Nerd In The Brain! As part of the Go Play Challenge, (It’s not too late to join the fun! Check it out!) I set out to find ten specific things — and really had fun with how they all came together. So…. I’d want to tell you the story.
- a skeleton with a top hat
- a ghost
- decomposition (There are lots of types of decomp in the world. You don’t need to take a picture of roadkill or anything…but I’m totally okay with it if you do.) 🙂
- a black bird
- a rat wearing at least one item of clothing
- a tombstone
- a dinosaur skeleton
- a masked man or woman
- a sugar skull
- a jack o lantern face carved into cheese (We did this…it was stupidly fun.) 🙂
A Skeleton With a Top Hat.
This was the easiest to find for me, and the first that reminded me one of the awesome things about living at my Mom’s house:
Me: “Mom, where are the Halloween Decorations? I need to put a top-hat on a Skeleton.”
Mom: (not batting an eye) “I think they’re in the living room.”
I spent the week wondering why I hadn’t found a ghost yet. Maybe because the Halloween decorations haven’t been put up yet most places.
Finally on Friday I had an epiphany! My boss had decorated a bulletin board in one part of our office – I hadn’t been bringing my lunch this week so I hadn’t been back to the room with the bulletin board in it.
“Wait!” I thought, “I bet she put some sort of Halloween decorations on it!”
And, lo and behold, there were ghosts to be found!
I thought a long time on this, kept my eyes out — but finally figured to take the simple route out… I present you with Banana Peel and Coffee Grounds Waiting To Be Taken to the Compost.
A Black Bird
This will be simple, I said. This is going to be a piece of cake, I thought. Every day I see tons of crows around the city. Surely I would be able to catch a picture without any trouble.
So, of course, the only ones that I could see were flying very high. It wasn’t until Friday, as I picked up some final pieces I needed, that I spotted one – hanging out in the store perched atop a net. Thank you, Portland, for always putting a bird on things.
A Rat Wearing at Least One Item of Clothing
The first one I tracked down was actually the last one that I got a picture of. A friend of mine was happy to provide me with a rat wearing clothing! We weren’t able to get together until Friday night, so we went out, got drinks, caught up (quite a lot has happened in the time since we got together last!) and got a picture.
I do have to share what I had thought about doing for this, though.. I was seriously tempted to buy a rat skeleton – put a top-hat on it, and get the picture… so tempted…
I actually found a number of tombstones! The first were done by an awesome artist I met in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Martha Hull does some very awesome artwork – I really enjoyed her stuff. She had picture books, and prints, and other awesome things like that — including a “Be Right Back” Tombstone!
But then I found another tombstone that was even more fun. Grabbing some Ice Cream at Ben and Jerry’s, and a drizzly fall day, I spotted a tombstone decoration in the store!
A Dinosaur Skeleton
This one made me smile. I was having a very hard time figuring out where to find one without going to a toy/hobby shop, or a picture in a book. Then, another idea…
Me: “Hey… Mom… do you have a dinosaur skeleton?”
Mom: *Eyes light up* “Wait just one minute!” *runs upstairs for a few minutes*
When she returned she pulled out two dinosaur skeleton models. Wooden models that were acquired who-knows-when and recently rediscovered during some re-arranging and cleaning. So I gleefully took the models to my room and put one together!
A Masked Man or Woman
Yeah, easy one – I just happen to have a mask hanging out in my room that I got while I was at a conference in New Orleans!
A Sugar Skull
I would have loved to get an authentic sugar-skull, but couldn’t quite figure where I’d find one, and it seems a bit early in the season. I thought about taking a more creative way out — maybe pouring some sugar on a piece of dark paper and making it into a skull shape — or perhaps arranging a bunch of sugar packets into a skull! But then I realized I have access to the ever-awesome Moonstruck Chocolates, who always have great Chocolates this time of year…
A Jack-O-Lantern Face carved into cheese
I… kinda… sorta… thought I’d try this on string-cheese (it did NOT work…but I didn’t injure myself either so I call that a win). So instead I tackled the remains of a block of Cheddar I had.
I had so much fun with this! I’ve been having fun with the entire challenge!
This week I also got to have a few guest-posts. On Monday I was over at Part-Time Monster talking about the Giant’s Wife in Into The Woods, and on Thursday I was again at Part-Time Monster, exploring Portland’s Shanghai Tunnels with Corina. I’ll be back to Part-Time Monster later this month with another Halloween-themed post!
I also have been planning some things for my blog! The details are still in the works, and more will be announced next week, but I am going to be hosting a bit of a Halloween Party here on my blog! I love this holiday and am enjoying the chance to get into the spirit!