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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Hallowe'en

It is required that we dress up in costume for Hallowe'en at work (because my officemates have an almost unhealthy fascination with the holiday). So I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood this year:


And of course I had the wolf in my picnic basket. I made the hooded cloak myself, which is not as easy as it looks, but probably not as difficult as I made it. I also decapitated a wolf hand puppet and glued it inside the lid of my (C)Ross Dress For Less picnic basket.


Our office crew in costume. The one dressed as Austin Powers kept saying things like, "Schagadelic body, baby, yeah!", "Oh, behave!", and "That's messing up my ju-ju!" I couldn't keep from cracking up!



After work, I went down to the Fort Union area where Mr. E was officiating a pagan wedding ceremony.


E made the druid robes himself. Isn't he a crafty sort? This is the second pagan ceremony I've watched him perform, and it's actually very lovely. It involves the wedding parties taking on symbolic sacrifices in the form of eating apples, drinking wine, and being sprinkled with mistletoe, and it culminates in the binding of the couple's hands with three differently colored chords. I don't know what the symbolism of the sacrifices is, because I'm not pagan myself, and E doesn't like to talk about his beliefs because he thinks I'd mock him (when in reality, I respect his beliefs and think that the connection with nature and the idea of oneness that is the core of paganism is a very lovely notion).


But differing beliefs and questions of respect aside, we do make a handsome couple, don't we?

Happy Hallowe'en!

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7 comments:

Trovan said...

Sweet costumes. I have a Jedi costume my wife and I made a few years back, but I didn't bother to dust if off this year. I was boring.

It's 'mojo', not ju-ju.

I've seen a few ceremonies of Macumba, a pagan religion in Brazil that is partially derived from Catholicism, and partially from African voodoo and stuff.

sovknight said...

GRRR! Navigating away from this page in any way deletes the comments I so carefully crafted! Soooo annoying.

In short: I like your costume a lot. I think that's a very creative take.

I didn't dress up this year. I had a paragraph as to why, but I don't want to re-type it all.

That bottom picture is a little dark, but otherwise stupendously fabulous. You guys are very photogenic.

B.R. said...

What a literary interpretation this costume is! It has been a while since my synoptic connections contained Angela Carter-related info, but this image triggered it. Carter's a fantastically brilliant British author who 'interpreted' conventional fairly tales with a modernist/gendered spin. In one of her stories, 'Tiger's Bride,' she observes: "My father lost me to The Beast at cards." If you haven't experienced her, do. Anyway, the image your costume captured for me is of a Carter figure. Thanks. I will now have to add her to the list of titles I need to revisit. I work at times on 'clothing as text' and this is quite a rich text you 'wrote.'

Ben Sloan said...

Great costume, if for no other reason than its wearability. I feel sorry for the dude in the gorilla costume.

Did someone really come dressed up as a jew?

You two do look quite balanced, almost like brother and sister. Are you sure you aren't brother and sister?

Sra said...

Trov: I know it's mojo in the first movie, but I think he says juju in the second. In any case, juju is what my officemate was saying :)

Sov: Next time you decide to navigate away from a form, either (a) copy your comment to your clipboard or (b) open whatever else you're navigating to in a new tab. Silly pants. Thanks about the last photo. It's dark because it was twilight and I never use my flash because I think it ruins photos.

B.R.: Thanks for the praise of my costume! I've seen your clothing as text theme on your blog, and I understand it in the sense that what we wear communicates something. But maybe you mean more than that. It's an interesting concept in any case. I will definitely check out Angela Carter -- thanks for the recommendation!

Ben: I felt sorry for the gorilla too. Most of the time he didn't wear his head, though. Kids really loved him. Put anyone in a giant hairy suit and kids will flock to them. Yeah, that's my female office manager as a jewish rabbi. Then she ordered the pork sandwich at lunch (and on Shabbat eve, no less!). It was pretty funny. About that brother and sister thing, we have this theory that people hook up with other people who look like them (probably narcissism at work). Ian and I do share common physical traits, we've both noticed. So do Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, I've recently noticed. Lots of other examples of that. Sometimes people look like their dogs too, I think for the same reason.

Sra said...

Trov: I know it's mojo in the first movie, but I think he says juju in the second. In any case, juju is what my officemate was saying :)

Sov: Next time you decide to navigate away from a form, either (a) copy your comment to your clipboard or (b) open whatever else you're navigating to in a new tab. Silly pants. Thanks about the last photo. It's dark because it was twilight and I never use my flash because I think it ruins photos.

B.R.: Thanks for the praise of my costume! I've seen your clothing as text theme on your blog, and I understand it in the sense that what we wear communicates something. But maybe you mean more than that. It's an interesting concept in any case. I will definitely check out Angela Carter -- thanks for the recommendation!

Ben: I felt sorry for the gorilla too. Most of the time he didn't wear his head, though. Kids really loved him. Put anyone in a giant hairy suit and kids will flock to them. Yeah, that's my female office manager as a jewish rabbi. Then she ordered the pork sandwich at lunch (and on Shabbat eve, no less!). It was pretty funny. About that brother and sister thing, we have this theory that people hook up with other people who look like them (probably narcissism at work). Ian and I do share common physical traits, we've both noticed. So do Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, I've recently noticed. Lots of other examples of that. Sometimes people look like their dogs too, I think for the same reason.

sovknight said...

GRRR! Navigating away from this page in any way deletes the comments I so carefully crafted! Soooo annoying.

In short: I like your costume a lot. I think that's a very creative take.

I didn't dress up this year. I had a paragraph as to why, but I don't want to re-type it all.

That bottom picture is a little dark, but otherwise stupendously fabulous. You guys are very photogenic.

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