Archive for October, 2011

halloween costumes

Last weekend I photographed a family in Half Moon Bay and on the way down I stopped at the Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival. It took forever to get thru all the “pumpkin” traffic but was well worth it. I've never seen so many pumpkins in my life! There were Halloween themed activities going on too, like haunted houses, a spooky spider display, pumpkin carving contests, hay rides, face painting and costume contests. I only stayed for a little bit because I had to get to my photo shoot. but it made me think about Halloween costumes. Honestly, I never dress up, but once I wore devils ears and a tail to teach my spinning class. I love seeing other people wear costumes and have come up with some ideas for this year. My favorite for a couple is to dress up as Prince William and Princess Kate. Prince William would be dressed in a bright, red, Irish guard uniform with a blue tunic. The costume would be adorable for a little tot, especially if he doesn't have much hair. Princess Kate could wear a white wedding dress with lace overlay, tiara and veil, with satin white shoes. Although no candy eating would be tolerated in the costume, for it would be too messy and not proper. The “Little Royals” could have their 'Mum' walk behind with a double stroller spray painted in gold leaf, with red velvet seats, which would be their carriage. It be really cool if the kids said “trick or treat” with a British accent. This 'get up' could work well for a teenage boyfriend and girlfriend too. They could make the costume more exciting by going with a “ZOMBIE” look. Another idea for the whole family is everyone could dress up as iPod GENERATIONS. Grandpa could be the “Classic”, Mom an “iTouch”, the boy could be be a silver “Nano” and the little girl could be a hot, pink “Shuffle” cuz they're so little and cute. The Dad could be the “Genius” aka Steve Jobs dressed in a black mock turtleneck, 501 blue jeans, sneakers and round eye glasses. He would have two Ipods, a Shuffle in his little jean, front pocket and a Nano hanging out of his back pocket ( like a comb). Other celebrities I thought of being are, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. But who would want to wear an itchy blue wig, white shiny boots, with five inch heels or a a “meat dress”? I would LOVE to dress up as Natalie Portman from the movie, Black Swan, but then I wouldn't be able to eat any candy on Halloween or really any food at all for weeks! I should stay focused on costume ideas for other people though, because I'm not dressing up. My idea for bad boys, like Arnold Schwartzenegger would be a business suite with big muscles popping out, accompanied by a woman dressed up as a maid. Another “winning” costume could be dressing up as Charlie Sheen. I actually think Don Drapper from the TV show Mad Men, would be a better option than Charlie. All the 'bad boy' would need is a dark gray suit, thin tie and belt, a drink in hand (can be apple juice in a sippy cup if it's a little boy) and lots of pomade hair gel. Someone might mistake the Don Drapper costume as Mitt Romney (probably not Don's way cuter) but only if he had a bible instead of a drink and is accompanied by a cult. Speaking of groups, you could get a gang of people to act dysfunctional, disorganized and to disagree on everything and dress up in identical, mediocre business suits and they could go in costume as the members of Congress. But they probably wouldn't get much candy, definitely not any Reese's Peanut Butter Cups! Speaking of candy, a crafty kid could construct a candy vending machine costume, and put all my (I mean the kids) candy in the machine compartment and not have to carry that silly plastic, pumpkin bucket while trick or treating. I think babies look the cutest in Halloween costumes. If I were a Mom, I'd dress my baby up as some type of food like a piece of shrimp, pea pod, peanut, or California sushi roll. Or a cup cake, ice cream cone or Tootsie roll. I also like babies dressed up as ladybugs, little lambs, piglets, lions or spring chickens with alot of feathers. I heard that a popular costume this year for a Mom and baby duo, is to be a character from Angry Birds. I'm embarrassed to say I don't know what Angry Birds is but hear it's an addicting game people play on a cell phone and the angry birds try to shoot cute pigs. Speaking of animals, I hear its trendy to dress up your pet, especially if you have a dog and definitely if you have two boy dogs and they are gay. The first idea that comes to mind is a small sized, United States Military uniform for one dog and a color coordinated, mini striped, sailor uniform for the other. Lastly for recycling conscious kids, borrowing friends costumes from last year is smart thinking. It's better for the environment, cheaper and it's ok if little Lucas wants to borrow his best friend Grace's, ballerina outfit with a pink tutu. Happy Halloween! %%anc%%


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going to temple with my Dad

Going to Temple Beth El with my Dad for the high holy days is always an experience. This year my Mom met my Dad there. My Dad likes to sit in front, but my My Mom likes to sit in back and since my Dad always runs late, they sit in back. They know everyone at the service and everyone knows them. They see Susie and Norman Pappas, who they known since college, and Susie whispers to my Dad “I knew you and Janice would get back together.” My Dad smiles and replies, “Oh Susie, that’s a good one.” See my parents aren’t married or back together, they just act like they are. (They are kitchen designers and have a business together) The first topic of conversation between my parents is about the architecture and design of the building. My Dad looks up and says “stunning, just stunning” and my Mom adds “Yamasaki also designed the original Twin Towers in NY.” It does not matter who is with my Dad at Temple, in no time he is talking. He sees a client and starts talking about her amazing art collection. He asks my Mom if she is making his favorite chocolate chip banana bread for dessert? He sees someone he went to elementary school with and comments on how old she looks and how there’s no reason to look old. My Dad starts digging into his pocket for a mint, offers one to my Mom and continues talking about how much he loves the music and cantor. He says “today the cantor is good but last night at the Kol Nidre service (which they also attended together) she was fabulous!” Then he comments on the flowers, “the flowers look good, but not as good as last year and the flowers that I arrange, look much better. My Mom agrees with my Dad about the flowers. After the service they both call me and tell me about the service. My Mom reports that the only time my Dad stopped talking was when he fell asleep or when he couldn’t get his candy wrapper opened. “Your Father couldn’t open his candy wrapper and during the silent “mediation” (I meant to write meditation) he’s fiddling around, making all this noise and everyone is looking at us!” A minute later my Dad calls and said “I thought your Mother looked great and the sermon was particularly interesting this year, it was on bullying.” They both tell me that after the service my Dad turns to my Mom and says “Jan, oh I mean (my Mom lectured my Dad about calling her Jan, she prefers Janice which my Dad thinks is funny because he’s been calling her Jan for almost 35 years) Janice I think its time for a nice, little snack, don’t some doughnuts, cider and a nice Kosher hot dog sound good to you.” My Mom replies “Gary it’s Yom Kippur!’ They both laugh and my Dad says “You know I can’t fast all day without a snack!” They leave temple together and drive separately to meet each other, at the Franklin Cider Mill, for a snack.

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