Well it’s been a while since I have written anything and I feel remiss in my blogging duties. If only I could be as prolific as Cameron, alas, I don’t have any Pumpkin Regattas to attend or Canadian political commentary to share. I apologise, but hope my dear readers don’t mind too much.
Since I returned to Wellington I have been filling my time transcribing interviews that I conducted in Laos, which thus far has been a time consuming, tedious task. And I am less than half way through. But I am making progress and slowly plodding my way through this PhD. In addition to spending hours listening to audio interviews and trying to avoid repetitive strain injury to the 3 fingers I used to type, I am working on a few projects around the house. So far, the big one is my Halloween costume.
Coming up with a Halloween costume idea was the trickiest part for me this year. Several years ago I spent literally MONTHS and hundreds of dollars on a Marie Antoinette costume, only to return from a holiday (in France of course) on Tuesday October 30th, missing all the Halloween parties that had happened the weekend before. At around 5:30 pm on Halloween I rang up all my closest pals and insisted the come over to my house immediately for a Halloween party with a costume, and if they didn’t have one, I would put something together from the contents of my wardrobe. It ended up being a French maid, and voyageur, among other costumes. That impromptu Halloween party was one of the funniest of my life, and involved Trick or Treating at 2 am, receiving only a cough drop and a condom. I have not worn the Marie Antoinette costume since.
However, this year my principle constraint was price – I didn’t want to spend ANY money on my costume. In the end I think I will end up spending $15, which I used to buy silvery sequin fabric that I intend to make a jacket out of. However unlikely, I have convinced myself that I may wear that jacket again on another occasion, and therefore, is a worthwhile investment. I also made a hobby horse which I may give away to a small child after Halloween as I probably will have no use for it ever again.
It’s hard to get motivated for Halloween when you don’t have any events to attend. Which is why I was delighted to hear about Wellington’s Halloween Critical Mass ride, when I saw a flyer at Opportunity for Animals last weekend. I have only been on critical mass rides about 3 times, and 2 of those were Halloween rides. So I suppose it’s some kind of tradition for me to participate in Critical Mass once a year, in October. I have also been invited to a party at a friend’s house.
Once I had identified the occasion, the ideas began to flow. Before I had any specific engagement in mind, I considered being a zombie Amy Winehouse, vampire bunny rabbit, or Alice in Wonderland. Unfortunately, the problem with being a woman and wanting to dress up for Halloween is that you’re supposed to be “sexy”. The following image is a pretty accurate interpretation of this type of thought:
I’ve always secretly wanted to dress up as a giant burrito or something equally un-sexy. I considered wearing a burqua this year… except that I would have had to go out and buy 3 meters of black cotton and was basically too cheap to do so. So, after recalling a Halloween critical mass ride years ago in Montreal, I had the idea to decorate my bike like a horse, and make myself a circus performer costume. After spending all day yesterday making myself a pink ballerina-y type dress, I realised I already had the perfect yellow silk circus girl dress hanging in my closet, and a pair of blue and white stripped bloomers! So, All that is missing is the jacket, which I will hopefully finish up the next day or 2. I will post photos of the completed project… which hopefully won’t be too sexy.