Wednesday, October 1, 2008

'Tis the Season

So I totally didn't need to read this story about a woman who drank down her morning coffee only to find a BAT in the coffee filter after she was done. Thanks AP, but DAMN. I can promise you, without even exaggerating, that I will NEVER again empty the coffee filter without first peeking for bats. EVER. (And perhaps even more obviously: I will also never again drink my coffee without first checking for bats. EVER.)

ACK! ACK! ACK! (SHIVER!)

I wonder just how dead I would die, if I were to find a BAT in my coffee filter.

Which leads me to another coffee related mystery- how does the coffee pot heat water so fast? If I put water on the stove or in the microwave, it takes at least a few minutes to start bubbling and/or steaming. But you punch the "on" button on the coffee pot and *POOF* out spouts steaming how liquid. I do not understand.

(I just got a mental picture of a bat in my coffee filter, and me punching the "on" button, and the bat making that AWFUL screechy bat noise as he gets scalded to death, and me not knowing where the noise was coming from, but then I peak into the filter JUST TO BE SURE and the bat lurches out, right next to my face. BREATHE. BREATHE. BREATHE. ... yeah, I'm pretty sure I'd be DEAD dead, and not just dead.)

Over at Milk and Cookies they are talking about baby Halloween costumes, which got me thinking about our costume situation here. My girls are going as Mary, Laura, and Carrie Ingalls. YES they are. This is fitting since we are a tiny bit obsessed with LHOTP, and we live close to the town of Mankato- THE real Mankato that is mentioned on the show and in the books. (So if you need to stock up on peppermint sticks or bolts of calico, let me know. I will hook you up.) (Joke credit: Neighbor Kris, who unfortunately doesn't have a blog) (that I know of).

So anyway, my mom made their dresses and my BFF gave them prairie bonnets.... but I don't know what to do about shoes for them.... I'm pretty sure Marin's pink crocs or Joan and Kate's modern sneakers will pretty much kill the whole costume. Any ideas?

14 comments:

d e v a n said...

little brown boots?

EW on the bat. *gag*

clueless but hopeful mama said...

Cannot discuss bats in coffee filters. Oh my. *GAG*

I was Laura for Halloween in the third grade. I wore brown mary janes but I second the idea of little brown boots. Lace up.

Kristin.... said...

OMG my oldest daughter would DIE and go to heaven if she could be Laura. We are reading those books. She LOVES them.

Brown lace up boots. Definitely.

I must see pictures of them in costumes. How demanding of me, huh?

LoriD said...

I always wonder that about coffee makers - how do they heat the water so fast?

Maybe you could go to a thrift store and see if there are any beaten-up shoes in their sizes.

Marie Green said...

Yes... but where does one find little brown/black LACE-UP boots? The only little girl's boots I've seen in brown have pink flowers on them and a zipper up the side...

Anonymous said...

Brown Mary Janes would be adorable. Here are two cute pairs that can be used for Halloween, as well as being perfectly nice school shoes:

http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=6468&pid=578184
http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=6468&pid=578186&scid=578186022

Swistle said...

I like the idea of brown boots, but that would be expensive and hard to find. I think instead I'd do maryjanes or t-straps.

Which girl will be Laura and which will be Mary, and how are you deciding?

Erin said...

Definitely little brown boots.

You are funny about that bat. I read that story too. Being, you know, a state wildlife biologist, it was ALL THE TALK that day. Gross indeed.

Tina Davis said...

I think brown or black maryjanes would be great. I don't know where you would find the boots.

Bats are also something that I just don't want to talk about!!!!

I'm so excited to see a pic of your girls in their costumes:)

Astarte said...

How the hell did a bat get into a coffee filter in the first place?!?!!? I mean, WHAT?! How big is her freakin' coffee maker???!!

BFF said...

What is it with you and bats? On the shoe front, the brown mary janes or boots would be awesome. FYI, we play Laura, Mary and Carrie now non-stop thanks to your girls. Perhaps I need to beg your mom to make our girl a costume too...... Otherwise the current favs are pooh bear or a pumpkin....

Kelsey said...

Please promise Halloween pictures - what a great idea! I don't think Harper is quite old enough for those books yet (she'll be 4 in Nov.) but I am chomping at the bit to share them with her.

My friend's sister found a bat in her washing machine!

Kristin C. said...

This bat post has just made me snort and laugh like a mad woman out loud. Bats and coffee filters and screeching bat coffee maker death. My favorite post in a while.

Also, I was going to recommend a little loafer or something, but the lace up boots or mary janes are a great idea! And don't forget about the goodwill for these types of finds.

KNJ said...

that mental picture? the scalded, screeching bat flying out of the coffee filter into your face? you dead dead? HYSTERICAL!!! except I really don't want you dead-dead, but yeah, I SO will be seeing that all day tomorrow!