Ahhhh, October. One misconception about the Northern U.S. is that the temperature is always cooler. While in comparison to the egg-frying on the sidewalk California summers of my youth, that perception holds true for the most part. However, Minnesota and Wisconsin are damp states full of ponds, lakes and rivers. Our summers get incredibly steamy. Not as much as the Southern US, but in comparison to our brutal winters the temperature change is quite drastic. I look forward to October each year when the Northern wind pushes out some of the humidity and provides us with lovely fall days. It’s the month of 2 of my favorite occurrences, my wedding anniversary and Halloween.
As usual, October has been a busy time for us in an enjoyable way. I think we get a little squirrely before the snow sets in, our last hurrah before the long dark winter. I haven’t had an opportunity to prepare an in-depth post, but instead have listed a few of the things we have been up to and a few more things that are in the works. More in-depth posts will follow later this week.
What we’ve been playing:
We have been playing Lobotomy, a good choice for October. I previously wrote about my first impressions. Tonight night at game club, we will be playing a second time and I should be able to provide a more robust review.
Our local game store is having a demo for kids and families of the No Thank You, Evil role playing game for kids. As a dutiful godmother, I will be taking my friend’s children. I’m looking forward to it, these kids play D&D with their dad and I can’t wait to see them create their own characters and play a lighter RPG.
What we’ve been doing:
We decorated our local game store for Halloween with tea lights, spider and skull light strands, tinsel garland, skeleton garland, spider webs complete with sacs of victim bones, weaponry and spooky portraits. Of course, I was having so much fun that I forgot to take pictures, they are forthcoming. It may seem odd that we decorated a shop we do not own or work at, but in a small town it’s not uncommon for everyone to “pitch in”, plus I love decorating for Halloween.
What we’ve been reading:
I have been listening to the Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Although the story is not horrifying or scary, Lynch’s writing style is very transporting.
Locke Lamora is the leader of a gang of thieves called the Gentlemen Bastards, and takes place in a city that is somewhat like a fantasy Venice. Often these Bastards employ costumes and elaborate schemes to dupe their victims. There is something about the other-wordly tenor and masked work in the dark that feels like Halloween to me. There’s magicians and alchemy, cutthroats and spies, creepy creatures, strange poisons and all of the other little details that make Lynch’s world vibrant. Noone is as they seem, and no other night of the year is that more true that on Halloween!
What I’ve been watching
While I love suspense and action films/t.v., I am very particular about the horror that I watch. I like fantasy horror, but really dislike horror that involves humans being terrible to other humans. The whole Saw genre is not for me.
I do really like zombie movies though. I think it has to do with intent; Zombies aren’t attacking for the purpose of pleasure, they are attacking out of a base survival drive. I finally caught up with the Walking Dead on Netflix, and now am watching the fear of the Walking Dead on Hulu. I watched the majority of the first episode last night, and it looks interesting. There was a lot more drama than zombies, but that’s how the Walking Dead started too.
Tomorrow night Jacque and I will be heading to Minneapolis to see the My Favorite Murder podcast live. Jacque is not a huge true crime fan, but I love these irreverent and hilarious ladies. They walk a fine line between empathy and comedy, and it is not for everyone (looking at you, mom – you wouldn’t like it).
Well, that’s what has been going on here. I will be back soon with pics and more info!