Halloween 2018

This morning, I helped out at the RMU football game. It was student government day, so every student, who swiped their freedom card and received a ticket, could vote for their organization of their choice. The organization with the most votes would win $500. The band, who belongs to the KKY organization, didn’t swipe in, but wanted to vote for their organization. The student worker that I work with, Jordan, she is a member of Sigma Kappa and wanted her organization to win. I actually am not sure, who won, but KKY did  get the most votes, but not sure if they count since the band didn’t swipe in.

After I got home from the football game, I went home and grabbed my acrylic dip powder set, and went to my parents. I did my mom’s nails. Then I went home to do some homework, until it was time to go to Leanne and Dan’s. I couldn’t wait to get all dressed up.

After I got my witch costume on, I put my make up on, and ended up dropping the eye lash glue cap down the drain. Drew had to take off the p-trap and get the cap out. I was a little off that night. I was starting to get a headache as well. I was a little hormonal, but I just had a day of being on the go and no time to catch up.

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When we arrived, to Leanne and Dan’s, we knocked but then walked into the house. No one was in the living room. We walked inside the living room and I yelled, “Hello?” Maci came down the stairs dressed as a mermaid. She gave me a big hug she looked so cute.
44946624_10156822124644712_6338108845302218752_nShe is getting so big. I miss her being so little. I could tell that she is kind of a little uninterested in hanging out with me anymore. I am not around enough. It breaks my heart a little. I don’t live close to her anymore, so I don’t get to see her as often as before. Leanne hangs out with other moms, who have children that are friends with Maci. One of the mom’s was there and Maci was playing more with her and not really siting with me, and being around me like she used to. I will always be her Daniel, but she is growing up now.

I walked over to the stairs and shouted up to Leanne and said Happy Halloween! She said, “Hey broad.” she was up getting ready. Drew went down to see Dan and the rest of the boys. I went upstairs to say hi to Leanne before making my way down to the basement. Leanne was still getting ready with her friend. Eventually, I made my way down to the basement to join Drew and the guys. At one point, Nikki and Paul came in and Paul was dressed up as the mad hater and Nikki was dressed up as Alice and Wonderland. It was good to see them. I haven’t seen them in a while.

Andrew and I didn’t stay long. We left around 10:30pm. I was tired from having an early day that day. I needed to go home and go to bed. I had some homework to do tomorrow. Halloween was different this year

Halloween 2018 Movie Review

Let me first start by saying that I am in love with the Halloween franchise. My dad let me watch my first horror movie with him at the age of 6 or 7. It was a father/daughter thing for him and I. We share the love of horror movies.  since I first saw Halloween II (the original from the early 80s) when I was probably in about 4th grade or even 5th grade? My friend Amber had the VHS. She brought it over one night, when she slept over. I remember being so scared. She and I watched all the movies several times in our friendship and I started collecting them on DVD.

I am a huge fan of the original Halloween the 1978 version. It is the original Halloween. The special effects were cheesy, the acting was mediocre, and Michael Myers was so bad ass and creepy. Halloween II picks up where Halloween 1 left off. This time Laurie is in the hospital and eventually escapes Michael and he goes up in burning flames at the end of the movie. This is the movie where she finds out that she is Michael Myer’s sister.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch, there is no Michael Myers, so I never bothered with it and haven’t bothered to watch it.

Halloween 4 and 5: No Laurie, but she had a daughter who is being taken care of by a foster family, who has an older daughter, named Rachel. Jamie knows who her mother is, but not what happened to her, or why she is having nightmares of the boogeyman.  Eventually she is confronted by the boogeyman, and Rachel eventually figures out that the boogeyman is Jamie’s uncle. At the end, Jamie touches Michael’s hand, and ends up getting infected with the murderous desire to kill. Jamie kills her foster mother.
Halloween 5 Jamie suffered PTSD and is now unable to speak and is deaf from the gun shot wounds that were fired at Michael, or by touching him. She needs to use sign language to communicate. She lives in an orphanage. Rachel goes to see her every so often, but Rachel is eventually killed off and so are her friends. Jamie lives on at the end of the movie, but then we don’t hear from her again.

Halloween: The curse of Michael Myers. This was the scariest of them all. When Amber and I watched it we couldn’t fall asleep that night. Laurie Strode’s relatives live in the Myer’s House, which is across the street from a now grown up Tommy Doyle, who is played by Paul Rudd. Tommy Doyle was the little boy Jamie was babysitting in the first Halloween. He is determined to be ready for when Michael Myers returns to Haddonfield. Tommy Doyle and Kara strode team up to defeat Michael Myers.  The actor who plays Dr. Sam Loomis passed away after this movie was made.

Halloween H20: It has been 20 years since the first Halloween took place. Laurie Strode is back, but she changed her name to Keri Tate and is a teach at a prep school. She still is shaken up by the events that took place 20 years ago. She has a son, Josh Hartnett. His son has a girlfriend, Michelle Williams. Michael comes back on Halloween night to kill his sister. Laurie manages to survive along with her son and his girlfriend Molly. Laurie chops his head off with an axe.

Halloween Resurrection: Laurie is in psychiatric facility for killing the wrong man! On the roof of the facility Laurie and Michael battle it out, but he stabs her and she falls off the roof the building into the bushes. There is a reality show being tapped at the Myers’ house,  A Dangertainment production. College students are recruited to stay the night in the Myers’ house and be wear little cameras that will broadcast live to the viewers. Busta Rhymes makes it out alive, so does Rachel with the help of Decker her online boyfriend.

Rob Zombie made two Halloween films and gave the back story as Michael as a childhood, and it was gruesome and good. He did a create job I think of giving the Halloween fans a good artistic take on the Halloween franchise. Michael was more of  bad ass, and still iconic.

Halloween 2018: I have been waiting so long for this movie to come out. I read some things like don’t expect it to follow the previous movies, it’s an artistic take. This will take place 40 years after the first movie, and etc. Michael was older and grey, but still frightening. Laurie Strode suffers PTSD and has become a shut-in and lives in an house that is built for a zombie plan; cameras, and high tech security, and even a bomb shelter type basement equipped for survival. The movie was gruesome and full of gore. I didn’t like the story line. I was expecting more. I  thought the best part was the murders and the blood, and of course seeing Michael Myers. However, I did not appreciate how they portrayed Laurie. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I just didn’t care for this film and how they went about it. For me, the Halloween franchise deserves better and deserves more.

I am still a fan of Michael Myers and the Halloween movies, but I will stick the original, the older films, and Rob Zombie’s version.

Halloween Party

This morning, I woke up and got ready to go to Crafton. I had a nail appointment at Bella’s Nails in Noblestown. I was meeting my mom at my parents’ house then we would drive to the Nail salon together. She was getting her nails done too.

When I arrived into Crafton, I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and got my mom two pumpkin coffees and my dad a chocolate donut. When I got to my parents, my dad was so happy and surprised with his donut. I said hi to my dogs, and then we were on our way to the nail salon.

When we arrived, I sat in Anna’s chair, and my mom sat next to me. Anna was going to do my nails first, then my mom’s. While I was soaking my feet for my pedicure, she was going to finish up my mom. It took a little over 2 hours to be completely done. My mom and I tried the SNS dip powder nails. It is this powder that they dip your nails in, and it supposedly it has nutrients in it, and makes your nails grow. I wasn’t sure about that, but I am excited to see how long it lasts. I love having my nails and toes done. It has been so long since my last pedicure. My nails and toes are a dark purple, almost like a plum. Fall means dark colors!

After our nail appointment, my nail trip costs me $90.00, not including a tip. I know this is a special occasion. My mom and I met my dad at Hanlon’s in the shopping center and we had breakfast. Then it was back to my parents. I wanted to try on the white tights that I had for my costume tonight. I  knew my mom would give me her honest opinion on whether or not they fit properly. Thankfully, when I tried them on they fit. I was ready for tonight. I couldn’t wait.

When I got back to Moon, Drew just got home. He asked how my nail appointment went and if I had fun? I told him it was so relaxing. I showed him my nails and my toes I think he liked them. I threw some laundry in and hung out, until it was time get ready. I was feeling semi nauseous. I was hoping I would be in tip top shape for tonight.

When it was time to get ready, I took my time and did my make up. I did my stitches on my face and on my neck, like Sally has them in the movie. I was being Sally from the Nightmare before Christmas. Drew was being Jack. The two main characters in the movie. Once we we were ready, we left the house and went to Giant Eagle to pick up my cupcake cake. Drew had it made in a particular shape. He wanted to surprise me with it.  I couldn’t wait to see it.  Once we picked up the cake, it was decorated in the shape of a pumpkin. It was orange with black writing. I loved it! We also picked up an energy drink, and gum.

Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, sittingOnce we arrived in Aliquippa at the Cafe, it was about 6pm. We wanted to get there early and have some time before our guests arrived. My parents were next to arrive, my dad had the best costume! He was a pirate. My mom was dressed as a witch. I am so glad they  dressed up. My in-laws did not dress up.

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Once they arrived, we ordered food. I had a grilled cheese and fries. Andrew had a burger and fries, so did my dad. My mom had a gyro. I think my father-in-law just had wings and spinach dip.
After dinner, Anthony and Dylan showed up. Dylan brought me a card, and inside the card was a $25 Starbucks gift card. My in-laws, got me two cards. One funny one, and one cute one. In side, the funny card was a $15 dollar Starbucks gift card. I felt so blessed. I knew where I was stopping on Monday! The bar sang Happy Birthday to me, and then I blew out my candles.
When it was time to leave, Drew and I were so tired. I was ready for bed. We got home around 10pm.

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Anthony and Dylan came by our house for a bit, but they didn’t get a chance to eat, since they showed up so late. I was about to wait for them to eat at the restaurant. I was so tired. Anthony was in a mood too.  When they finally left, Andrew and I got ready and went to bed. I had a feeling I was going to be so lazy tomorrow.

Gym & Birthday Dinner

At noon, we went to the gym and got a good work out in, after my cardio, I did some weights with Drew, then I went home and showered. I got ready to go to my parents. When Drew got home, he got a shower, got dressed, then we were out the door to my parents. I was so happy to see my dogs. I put a little Halloween tutu on Paris. She didn’t like it too much.

Image may contain: Danielle Hornyak, smiling, indoorWhen we arrived to my parents it was 3:30pm. I snuggled my pups and kissed them. I missed them when I am not there. Drew and I started on the beer, then his parents arrived shortly after we did. My mom put some snacks out, so of course I filled up on those before dinner. She made my favorite dinner ever, which is Meatball Stroganoff. She also made a pork tenderloin. It was so good.

After dinner, we sang happy birthday and I opened my gifts. The first ones I opened were Anniversary. We got another 5-piece setting to my Kate Spade wedding china pattern from his parents, then my mom and dad gave us money. I thought that was so nice of them.

 

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When I opened my birthday gifts, I got 3 Alex and Ani bracelets from my mother-in-law and father-in-law, as well as a another 5-piece setting to my Kate Spade wedding china pattern. My parents got me the iwatch 3. I love it! I was so surprised. They told me, that they weren’t sure if it was going to come in, in time, or not.

So earlier that day, my dad had to go out to the Apple Store in South Hills and get it. They only had one left. They canceled the order with Best Buy, since they got this one instead. I was so happy it was there. It is so pretty I can’t stop looking at it! It was so easy to set up too.
Shortly after cake and dinner, it finally set it in a little bit. On Tuesday, I am going to be 30! It is so crazy to me. Around 8pm, we got ready to leave. His parents were going to leave too. My mom packed up the left over dinner and gave it to us to take home. I was glad that we were able to do this, this weekend.

Summer Course Meeting & Goofy Golfing

This morning, we had the summer course schedulers meeting. I was still trying to consume some caffeine. During the meeting, we figured out who is going to teach what, and what classes we are going to offer. It was the easiest meeting thus far!
After the meeting ended, the work day seemed like it took forever to end. When I met up with Drew to catch the bus, he seemed a little tired. I wasn’t sure if we should go Haunted Mini Golf or not. Yesterday, he had that big Demo and it really took a lot out of him. I know he was stressed about it and he was working so hard.

When we got back to Moon, we hung out for a bit, then got ready to go to Hopewell. We go Haunted Mini Golfing at the Windmill every year. Each year, I get my annual Michael Myers picture. All the horror movie figures are hand painted onto the fence that surrounds the mini golf grounds. Well this year, they must have put Michael together unevenly he as lopsided, but I still got my Michael picture.

When we were on the last 6 holes, they finally turned on the spooky music, and a guy with a chainsaw was walking around revving up the chainsaw. Drew and I joked that times must be tough here at the Windmill this year. In the past, we would tie this event in with an Aliquippa weekend. I would drive down, and then we would go mini golfing, then to the Cafe with his parents for dinner, then go back and spend the night at this parents house. This year it is a little different, we are still meeting his parents for dinner at the Cafe, but they don’t life in Alquippa anymore.

After goofy golfing, (Andrew won by 2) we must up with his parents at the Cafe. I had a pretty busy week, so I was going to treat myself to a couple pumpkin beers with the brown sugar rim on the glass. I knew Andrew had a rough week, but he had to drive.  We always have a good time there at the cafe. I talked to the owner for a bit about my birthday party. He said, he would reserve a table for me that night and that we would be taken care of. When we got home, I was a bit woozy from the beer and couldn’t wait to go to bed.

Oakland & Kennywood Fright Nights

This morning, I woke up around 9am. The dogs didn’t get me up any earlier, which I was happy about. I got them outside, fed them breakfast, then got a shower. When I got out of the shower, Cassie was awake. I asked her what we should do today? I had to stop at my house, either before we go to Oakland, or after Oakland. She said, that it would probably be easier to go before we go to Oakland. I agreed.
After she got ready, we packed up my car, then drove to Moon township. I was so happy to be back there tonight. She helped me bring the stuff in to the house, and put the beer and left over pizza in the fridge. I changed my top and my shoes and then we were out the door again to go to Oakland.
When we got to Oakland, I took her to the 36th floor of the cathedral. She loved the view and took some pictures, then we took the elevator down to the 7th floor and met Drew at his cube. He was going to meet us in Hogwarts, which is the common area of the cathedral.
Once he met up with us, we walked to Primanti’s. Cassie said, that she really liked this campus and thought it was so big, bigger than University of Kentucky. When we walked in to Primanti’s, we went upstairs to the second floor and sat at an empty table. They were pretty busy. The same waiter that waited on Drew and I the last time, waited on us again. The food was awesome and Cassie liked the sandwich, even with the coleslaw on it.
After we left Primanti’s, we said bye to Drew. I needed some coffee. I stopped at Dunkin and got a large coffee for the road. I showed her Heinz Chapel, and told her about the history of the building. I seemed to have forgotten some of it. I used to have to memorize this narrative about the building when I was a docent over the summer, but I forgot some key parts about the chapel.
When we left the chapel, I took her to my building and showed her the home plate from when the building was Forbes field. She took a picture of it. Then, we left Oakland, and drove to Downtown. I took her the same route as the bus, when it takes us into town to go home.
Then I drove her to Station Square, and through southside, so she could see all the bars and where people go to drink on the weekends. Southside holds so many good and bad memories for me. I drove her to the waterfront and I stopped at Target to get motrin and some water. I was starting to have a headache. I needed to be ready to go for tonight. We were meeting Anthony, Dylan, and Drew at Fright Nights tonight.
Around 4:30pm, we left Homestead to go to Kennywood. We hung out in the parking lot, until Anthony and Dylan showed up. Then we all stood in line. She was so excited! As soon as they let us in, we walked into the tunnel that leads us to the park and sure enough there were two actors waiting there to scare us. I jumped a little and they all laughed.

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While we were waiting for Drew, we rode a couple rides. One was a smaller coaster and the other was a spinning ride. We walked through two haunted houses. We still had so much more to do. Drew met with us, while we were in line for the vampire haunted house. The one vampire at the end creeped me out. He said, “blondie is mine!” When we exited the house, Cassie and I were the last ones.  Anthony, Dylan, and Drew were waiting for us outside the haunted house.
After I kissed Drew, Anthony and I registered for the skycoaster and we bought our tickets. Our time was 7:30pm. They said they could get us suited up now. I was so excited! When we got suited up, Anthony said, “I have been dying to do this with you.” I said, “Well if we can’t date, then we should fly!” He laughed. They got us locked in the apparatus, and then we were laying on our stomachs lifted up off the ground. They gave Anthony instructions what to do, and how to pull the cord. I was so nervous. I knew he would pull the right cord.
When they started lifting us up, we heard the chain lock in place. I was so excited and so ready to fly! Drew, Dylan, and Cassie were standing on the bridge taking a video and watching us, go higher and higher. Anthony and I waved to them and we locked arms until the first swing then we could release them and spread out. I was so excited. I hadn’t done this since I was a preteen.
Once we were at the top, the chain locked and the loud speaker said, “Alright flyers, three, two, one, FLY!” He pulled the cord and down we went. We swung back and forth, and it was so cool to see the entire park, the smoke, the lights, the creepier music. It was the coolest thing in the world. While, I was up there swinging, I felt like I just dropped and let go of all my worries. It was so cool!
After awhile, we had to grab the loop and come down. I was bummed. I could have stayed up there for a little while longer. Once we were unstrapped and on our way to meet up with Dylan, Drew, and Cassie. They gave us hugs and Drew kissed me. He said, “You did it bub!” I said, ” I loved it!” We did the alien haunted house next, then got in line for a Dark Shadows Haunted house, which was alright, then we did an escape the room, and we were so close to solving the puzzle. no one solved it yet. I had never done an escape the room before, after the escape the room, we went into the haunt and it was a voodoo theme. Then we rode the Phantom, Anthony and I rode together. Dylan rode by himself. Cassie and Drew sat this one out. Drew couldn’t fit and Cassie was scared.

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After the phantom, we rode one last ride and I shouldn’t have got on this ride. It was called the Black Widow. Drew and Cassie sat this one out. The ride was a spinning ride, and lifted you in the air and spun you around and around. When I got off the ride, Dylan had to help me out of the seat. I felt so queasy. I never used to get that way, but I guess I am getting older. No more spinning rides I said. I was ready to go home after that.
When we got in the car, I drove home to Moon and I was slowly sipping water. Drew got home right before us. I was so icky. Cassie had a great time, and I am glad that she did and that I got sick towards the end. I wanted her to have fun.

Lawrencville; Dive, Blue Moon, Scarehouse

This morning we took our time getting ready, then we went to Home Depot to get the order finalized for our sliding glass door, then we went to Eat n Park to meet my parents there. When we arrived to Eat n Park, I greeted my parents, then my mom whispered in my ear, just so you know, “Amber’s mom and Zach are here.” I looked up and saw them at a booth by themselves. I had this awkward look on my face for a second. I approached the table and Zach got up and gave me a hug. He asked how I was doing? I said, “I am well. You?” he said, he was doing good. I said, “hi” to Amber’s mom. We chatted small chat for a bit, then Andrew came up behind me. I reintroduced Andrew to Zach and Amber’s mom.
Then I went back to the booth with my parents, and thought it was so random that they were there together. I ate lunch and relaxed with my parents. When Zach was leaving, he came back to the table and said goodbye to us before he left. When we left, Celeste, my mom’s childhood friend and her family were seated at a booth by the entrance. We stopped and talked to them for awhile. I said, “Wow I am seeing everyone here today!”
When we finally left Eat n Park, we said goodbye and thank you to my parents, then went to Bed Bath and Beyond to pick up the soap dish that matches our bathroom set. It was $16.00. I forgot I had a 20% coupon at home, but they didn’t bother to honor it, oh well. When we got home, we did some laundry cleaned up, and watched the ending of the Pitt game. Then Anthony was on his way over around 5:00pm.
When Anthony came over, we all got into Drew’s car, and then drove Downtown to kill some time. We didn’t have to be at Scarehouse until 9:00pm. When we arrived in Market Square, there was this urban festival going on. They had vendors there selling food, and handmade crafts, a DJ was playing music. It was alright. Drew had to use the restroom, so Anthony and I played this big game of Jenga, while we waited for Andrew. Well I lost and the bricks came down, so we started walking towards Starbucks, that is where Andrew was. He was walking towards us.
When we left Market Square, we drove to Lawrenceville, and we parked in the same parking lot, where we park when we got to the Blue Moon. We went to eat at Dive and it was this little hipster type bar. The food was awesome! We had never been there before.

After dinner we went to the Blue Moon for a drink. This was going to be Andrew’s first time at a gay bar. I was excited and nervous for him. It was still early yet, so I was hoping it was going to be very low key. There were only a few people in the bar, which was nice. I wasn’t sure what Andrew was thinking. We took a seat at the bar. Andrew was in the middle, Anthony on the one side of him and me on the other side of him.
Our Bartender was a drag queen, who was not done up in Drag.  She did look familiar. Her name was Cindy Crotchford. I have seen her perform before here. We chatted off an on for a bit. I had two beers, and I was so full. One gay guy approached us and said, it is hard to tell, who is straight and who is gay in here sometimes. I said, “Well my husband and I are straight. We are allies.” We held up our wedding bands. Drew was laughing a little. He said, “Yea I am gay, but I got one of those too.” He held up his wedding band. I said, “Well congratulations.” He said, “Well we have been partnered for 20 years, but he is at home and we have an open relationship.” I said, “Oh okay. Well that wouldn’t work for us, but it is whatever works for you.” He smiled and turned and walked away. I looked to Anthony and he looked at me and shrugged his shoulders and I said, “I am sorry, if that was awkward for him.” Anthony said, “Whatever there is a lot of that here.”
Before we left, I had to use the bathroom. Drew put his hand in mine and said, “Come back to me bub.” I laughed. I said, “I will.” When I returned, Andrew said will you come with me to use the bathroom? I laughed even more. I stood outside the bathroom door with him. When he was finished, we went back to the bar with Anthony. Drew whispered, “What is prep?” Anthony and I explained what it is and Drew was like, “Oh okay.”
When we left the Blue Moon, I said to Drew, “I am so proud of you!” He said, “thank you, but I bet if I went at a busy time it would be too much.” Anthony and I smiled at each other. When we arrived at the Zoo parking lot, to be bused over to Scarehouse the lot seemed pretty dead. There was one actor there trying to scare people. He had flashing lights on his gloves and zombie make up. It didn’t look scary at all. I thought oh this is going to suck.
When we got on the bus, and got to Scarehouse we waited in line for a what seemed like forever.  There was this serial killer bunny going around dancing. It was dumb. When we got inside, there was no story line, just rules and regulations. The walk-through wasn’t scary at all. The only part that scared me was the clowns. This clown, who was so freaking tall, he had contacts in to make his eyes even creepier.  I almost cried. I can’t. I hate clowns. Clowns are my biggest fear.
When we walked out of the Haunted House, I was totally disappointed. There were some crew outside promoting the basement. They said, if you want to do the basement, then we can take you down right now, there is no line. I said, “How much is it?” They said, “25 dollars a person.” I asked, “What exactly  goes on down there? I have read so much on it, and it was really negative.” They said, “No nothing goes on down there that is all that bad, but you only go on in two at a time. Some walk-through are completely dark. They can touch you and wiggle around you. It is a very up close experience and more intense. It is solely dedicated to you and your experience.” We all are thinking of doing it at one point, but not that night. We were so disappointed with Scarehouse and thought Hundred Acres Manor was the best so far. Thankfully, the tickets for Scarehouse were half off. Once we got home, we said goodbye to Anthony, then we went inside and went to bed.