My first major accomplishment in October was watching ‘Robin Hood: Men in Tights’ with my roommate. Alisha had a Netflix account, so occasionally she convinced me to watch a movie with her, and every single time it was a really weird one. What this says about my taste in movies is neither here nor there. What it says in her taste in roommates is that she is weird. Obviously. I think it’s important to watch all the movies that I’ve quoted all my life. Unfortunately with random quotes firmly entrenched in my vernacular, I often forget that I don’t know the source. So far I’ve tracked down three major sources of quotes that I stole off my brothers, but there are so many sayings that we share I don’t know if I’ll ever find all of them. I also learned that the Tomahawk Chop is not unique to Kamiakin. It was in the movie, and a few other sources from what I’ve heard. I respect Kamiakin cheerleaders even less now. I didn’t know it was possible, but there you go.
I also spent time playing Heroes of Might and Magic with the boy whose hand I shook in September. Playing videogames with someone non-family is very different. Less violent. Less likely to end in tears. Not necessarily better.
October is also the candy month. Not eating sweet things in October is practically blaspheme, so obviously I had to bake a lot. I made brownies and cakes and other various delicacies during the middle of the month, practicing decorating skills and experimenting with spices. My roommates started to like me more after I let them eat my baking. Witchcraft on my part, I assure you.
I also had a great time in my honors writing class. Though we were reading Shakespeare, which is super old, the discussions were relevant and stimulating, covering psychology and choices of leaders. I enjoyed /talking/ about Shakespeare far more than I ever enjoyed reading it. I still hold that plays are not meant to be read. That much dialog is exhausting. People shouldn’t talk so much.
One of my favorite assignments was the “Essence” project. We had to make a presentation capturing the essence of Macbeth without words. To do this, we used eggs. How did this work you may ask? Well I shall tell you! First, I soaked an egg in vinegar that had quite a bit of red food dye. This destroyed the shell and turned the egg a nasty looking veiny red. When we presented it, we hid the destroyed egg inside a cauldron and made a show of lowering a clean good egg into the pot, then pouring red vinegar over it. When we pulled out the nasty jellified egg out in its place, the effect was quite satisfying. We then laid the vinegar egg in a pile of baking soda and allowed the vinegar to turn the clean white mass into a burbling red mess. Finally, we took some napkins labeled ‘MacDuff’ and cleaned the whole thing up. It’s all very symbolic, I’ll let you sort out the meanings for yourself.
My favorite non-school activity was, of course, Halloween. Because of my childish love of dress-up, Halloween has become my favorite holiday after opportunities for the game became paucity. I had been planning my costume for quite some time, I didn’t have extra money for a very cool costume, so I reused my Queen Elizabeth dress to be the Red Queen from Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland. Then two girls in my ward overheard me quoting A Very Potter Musical and invited me to dress up with them for the Freshmen Dance. It was the day after the Quark Halloween Party, so I decided to have two costumes! Obviously, this was the only solution. Since they had already taken the two best characters (Draco and Hermione) I decided to be Ginny. Yes, I find her annoying, but at least she has some songs, so I could sing as I died of embarrassment. Since both characters I was playing have freakishly red hair, I did the only sensible thing. I dyed my hair fire engine red.
I had less fun than I would have wished at the Quark Halloween Social, because my broadcasting class required me to film a story and I decided to do double duty and film the social. This was when I decided that I really don’t like broadcasting. For one thing, I hate being behind the camera, I was meant to be part of the action! Or at least, not creepily staring at the action! More on that later.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLxIKcRKRdo (watch at your own risk)
The next night was the Dance, and it was pretty great, even if I didn’t dance with very many sexy men. I did get killed twice by a really hot Draco and Blaize. (not from AVPM) They kept sending terrible spells at me, but I was rescued by Hades from Disney’s Hercules. He said I wasn’t meant to die yet, so he and Jareth from the Labyrinth brought me back to life.
The best pick up line of the dance? From a Dementor: Are you a criminal? Cause I’d like to kiss you!
October was definitely… interesting.