Because we have about 829,462,591 things going on in the next few days, I thought that I would be smart and go out and get pumpkins today for the kids. So while they were all at school, I ran to the grocery store. I had noticed yesterday that they had some pretty good-sized ones there, and they were $4 each regardless of size - so I figured that I'd get some big-ish ones.
Picture this. I got to the store, and they had the pumpkins outside of the front doors, in two of those gigantic cardboard bins. I started poking around, and noticed a huge one just under the top layer. So I rearranged them and pulled it out and put it into the cart. Then I found another one the same way. I rearranged some more, and got that one.
Then I saw it. I saw the mother of all grocery store pumpkins, at the very bottom of the bin.
I went for it.
Seriously, I felt like I was dumpster diving. I was headfirst into the bin, trying desperately to get a hold of it to pull it out, but I was just too short (damned genetics, anyway) to get it. The 873-year old grocery cart guy tried to help, but he was useless, so he got one of the younger guys who looked at me with the "lady, do you have to have THAT pumpkin" look. I shot him the death look back, and he helped me to get it out of the bin. After I loaded 6 pumpkins into 2 carts (only 3 were huge) and paid for them, I headed off to do everything else that I needed to do.
After all of the kids got home from school, we inhaled some pizza and then started The Great Pumpkin Massacre. It only took about 5 hours from start to finish, included a few meltdowns and a spilled mop bucket of nasty water (dammit I knew I should have dumped that before we started), but it resulted in 6 pretty cool looking jack-o-lanterns.
Where are the pictures, you ask? Well, Blogger seems to be having issues tonight, and it won't let me upload a single picture. It's just telling me that there's some sort of internal error. I really don't feel like fighting with it, so if you want to see the pictures, just CLICK HERE. Hopefully that works. If it doesn't, just go to my facebook page and look for the photo album called "The Great Pumpkin Massacre".
I'll deal with the blogger issues tomorrow. If I have time. I still have to finish making a Halloween costume for a truck. Yes, for a truck. You read that right. You'll see that on Saturday, if I make it that long.