Monday, October 22, 2007

Pumpkin Pandemonium

Halloween is finally close enough that we decided to go out over the weekend and get our pumpkins for carving. We went to a nearby nursery that always has lots of fun activities for the kids (for those who know the area Green Valley Nursery.) It was a gorgeous day for it!
Of course, lots of people get one family pumpkin for carving and maybe a smaller one or two for the wee ones in the family. That would be just way too simple for our family, so we each pick out our own big pumpkin. Wayne didn't really feel up to pumpkin carving challenge at the moment so he decided he would just be WiseGuy's assistant later on and helped him pick out a rather small pumpkin (our intention was just for WiseGuy to paint and/or use marker on the thing.) SmartyPants picked out a fairly medium sized pumpkin and i picked out a monster of a thing (it weighed in at 20lbs up at the register!)

When we made it home (after a hayride, going through a corn maze and riding up to Skyline Orchard to pick up some fresh apple cider) we started prepping our work area on the table in the backyard. WiseGuy has no patience...and while we prepped he hopped on his scooter and took off. Thanks for the help, dude! SmartyPants couldn't stand to wait, either, clamoring to get her hands on the carving tools. Unfortunately, we only had one set of carving tools (save for the two pumpkin scrapers i just happened to have.) i didn't think it would be TOO much of a problem since WiseGuy was supposed to be painting his, but, since my family can never do things the EASY way that wasn't going to happen. WiseGuy wanted nothing to do with the carving session and Wayne decided that he wanted to carve WiseGuy's pumpkin. i reminded Wayne of the size of this dwarf pumpkin and he shrugged it off and chose a pirate ship pattern out of the carving pattern book. SmartyPants chose a ghost holding a candelabra and i chose a Jekyll and Hyde type of 2 faced thing.
We gutted our pumpkins, saving the seeds to make baked pumpkin seeds later. The carving didn't seem to take as long this year as it has in the the years passed. Even for SmartyPants...and this was only her second year doing the actual carving! i was thoroughly impressed with Wayne's pirate ship....he didn't kick butt job considering the size of his workspace. Mine didn't turn out too shabby, either.
i have yet to bake those pumpkin seeds. They are laying on a cookie sheet drying. Maybe later today....yeah....maybe later.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

He's The Man! Shut Yo Mouth!

i've not been writing anything of substance here lately. i'm one exhausted lady lately. So i've been counting on the different memes to give me some content. Here's the latest to run across my path!

1. Who is your man?

2. How long have you been together?
for just about 14 years

3. How long did you date?
we never did officially 'date'

4. How old is your man?

5. Who eats more?
While we can both put away the food, Wayne eats more than me because he has more machine to fuel ;)

6. Who said “I love you” first?
i did

7. Who is taller?
At 6'3" Wayne tends to be taller than most...not ALL, but most

8. Who sings better?
Definitely me!

9. Who is smarter?
Neither - we each have areas where we excel more than the other which make us a very good compliment for one another

10. Whose temper is worse?
i would have to say least, mine is quicker, which can be considered worse

11. Who does the laundry?
we both do...although i despise it almost as much as doing the dishes

12. Who takes out the trash?
He does.

13. Who sleeps on the right hand side of the bed?
He does.

14. Who pays the bills?
we both have specific bills that we each pay

15. Who is better with the computer?
We both have our strengths and weaknesses here, too. He'll tell you HE'S better....and i'll tell you he's AWESOME with the computer, but i'm pretty good, myself. He's good with hardware, i'm good with, again, a good compliment for one another, i think

16. Who mows the lawn.
The lawn boy *grin* (ah, the joys of living with my parents)

17. Who cooks dinner?
Most times Wayne, but at the moment, he and my mom share the cooking duties

18. Who drives when you are together?
Mostly Wayne...but, like Aimee, i use the 'seat setting' argument to get behind the wheel on family outings.

19. Who pays when you go out?
depends on who got paid most recently

20. Who is most stubborn?
hrm...guess i'll have to say me on this one, too....but he's pretty darned headstrong!

21. Who is the first to admit when they are wrong?
That's something we both hate doing, but will do eventually in any argument. i've said it more times than i can count and so has he.

22. Whose parents do you see the most?
Mine now because we live with them. A few months ago, it would've been HIS parents that we saw most....we have all since moved from to PA and them to Alaska

23. Who kissed who first?
He kissed me while we were looking at pictures from his winter break trip to Abu Dahbi

24. Who asked who out?
We never did that part of it. We just...kinda...were together.

25. Who proposed?
i don't know that anyone proposed, really....there wasn't some big 'get down on one knee' moment...we just sorta started talking about a wedding.

26. Who is more sensitive?
Me without a doubt

27. Who has more friends?
we have a lot of mutual friends....

28. Who has more siblings?
we both have one blood sibling, i, however, have step siblings and he does not

29. Who wears the pants in the family?
We used to have an answer for that but these days we know that we both need to have input in most decisions.