As of last week Princess Nagger was still looking forward to being Princess Zelda for Halloween. Up until yesterday she and I have been brainstorming about how I’ll be making the costume, and how there were only 20 days to get it done. Until yesterday. We went into the Halloween aisle at Wal*Mart looking for a better Zelda-type sword vs. the foam one she already has. We were successful in that regard, but then we made the mistake of going down the costume aisle. Princess Nagger decided she wanted to be this instead:
When we got home, she tried it on – lame cannot even begin to describe this atrocity. The mask is pretty cool, the costume itself is OK for el-cheapo thin material, but the picture makes you think that the wings are all that…and they’re not. Not only are the wings the lamest thing about this costume, but they’re thin material barely connected to a heavy large-gauge wire. There are little pockets in the back of the costume to place the ends of the wire in, but the material is so flimsy and the wire so heavy, that they sag way below the shoulders and look nothing like the picture. At all. Major fail. Especially since Princess Nagger was most looking forward to sporting wings.
The costume is going back faster than you can say ‘lame dragon’. But Princess Nagger now has it in her head she wants to be a dragon – any dragon – instead of Zelda. Doing a search online for dragon costumes, there aren’t many good ones out there, so we’re back to square one. No way I’m making a dragon costume. I’d much rather convince her to go back to being Princess Zelda, since I already had that costume made in my head, so making it in reality won’t be a problem. If she won’t revert to her original plan, I’m hoping at least I can convince her to dress as a girl, like Astrid, who totally trains dragons:
Maybe she can carry a toy dragon around to show that she trained it. I’ll keep you posted on what the final selection is.
We’ve been inundated with stink bugs lately. I hate them. They’re annoying, and they really do stink. Of course they don’t expel their stink until you kill them, you know, like vacuum them up like we’ve been doing. Our poor Kirby will never be the same. We didn’t have them out in Washington State, so it’s something new for me. Apparently they’re attracted to fruity scents. We’re all fruity, so that must be the problem.
Random conversation with Princess Nagger:
PN: “Mama, do you know why I’m smart?”
Me: “Because you were born that way?”
PN: “No! Because I’m dorky!!”
Yesterday was a long day – we went down to visit my FIL who looks every minute of his 88 years (as opposed to just a month ago, where he didn’t look a day over 78). We started organizing his belongings in his little apartment at the retirement home – it was very surreal being there without his boisterous personality filling the room. We’ll be going back down on Wednesday while Princess Nagger is in school to try to clear out as much stuff as possible so we can turn the apartment back over to the retirement community since my FIL will most likely never leave the Care Center he’s at right now on that same property.
He was in good spirits yesterday and was really happy to see the Princess Nagger. She reverted back to her shy side and kept clinging to me the whole time we were visiting. He tires easily, though, so we kept our visit short then came back later in the afternoon after we walked over to his apartment and took care of some stuff for him. Even though we’ve been expecting this time to come (one of the reasons we moved out here from the West Coast 13 years ago), it still is difficult to fathom that the time is truly nearing. Especially since he’s been on death’s door more than once before, and always bounced back. He won’t be ‘bouncing back’ this time. I’ll be a bit scarce during this time, but will be doing some major catchup as time permits.
After we got back from Maryland yesterday, the hubby headed off to work (even though it was after 5:00 when we got home, since the technical college has night classes, as Program Director he tends to stay late on Mondays anyway) and to finish off the sad day on a high note, Princess Nagger and I went to dinner and saw The Legend of the Guardians (in 3D of course). Loved it! She wasn’t even scared during the fight scenes, and said it was the best movie ever. Now she’ll probably be pretending to be an owl for a week or so. I found a Ga’Hoole costume online:
But she declined because she thought it was lame with the stuffed owl head sitting on top of your head instead of being a mask of some sort. So we’ll keep looking. Wish us luck!
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