more halloween photos

Here are some more photos from Friday night. They're really cool. Lots of grotesque Courtney Love. I'd also forgotten about Richie Tenenbaum.

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WEEKEND RECAP

FRIDAY

After some last minute shopping for bits and bobs for Dom and Faye’s costume, the Troika finally had all the components we needed for our costumes. At this point, it’s no secret. Dom was to be John Constantine and Faye and I were to be our very appropriate alter egos, Patsy and Edina. I got ready, sprayed Dom’s hair with some “blonde” hairspray and then left for Faye’s to help her with her hair. On the way, I picked up Sherrard and totally freaked out his neighbor as I waited for him. In retrospect, she probably had no idea that I was in a costume. Sherrard descended the stairs in his wonderful Spaceman costume and we started for Faye’s. But Sherrard was in need of sustenance (space travel can really make a boy hungry), so he went to Pagliagi’s and I continued to Faye’s. She was already quite transformed by the time I got there. These were definitely our most accurate costumes to date and we’re pretty proud of them. We got into character by watching some AbFab and drinking a bottle of Cook’s. Sherrard helped us down the stuff. Around 8:00, Dom brought the car, and we headed downstairs to meet him. Borgia was already down there, dressed as a pretty lady, and he seemed to be soliciting my boyfriend. Cute. He really looked pretty good. Like a Bruce McCulloch in drag. And he said I could have his dress. I’m holding him to it. Dom was now fully dressed and looked fantastic. We ALL looked fantastic. And we were ready to party.

Sure, we arrived to Brugos’ Scareoke party a little unfashionably early, but who cares! Elyse and Gene were already there taking full advantage of the karaoke machine before the crowds happened, and I intended to do the same. Elyse was an adorable World War I fighter pilot. She actually looked very comfortable in her outfit. Brugos was a horrifying Courtney Love. Dom didn’t get any pictures, but hopefully Faye did, because you haven’t lived till you’ve seen Courtney Love with a hairy chest. Gene was a rocker dude. And rock, he did.

Throughout the night, we also met two Droogs, Duff Man, a cupcake, Dracula, Axel Rose, Angus Young and Freddie Mercury. The costumes were really amazing. I that we know so many people who are willing to go all out on Halloweeen. Faye and I, ever true to character, continued to pound the Cook’s and also snuck into the backyard for a quick spliff. Before we got too hammered, we sang our song, “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” by Starship. I also got in some Firehouse and some Johnny Hates Jazz. The karaoke was very popular and the lines got a bit long so I’m definitely glad we got there early. The time went by pretty quickly. Before we knew it, it was 1:00, and poor, sober Dom was ready to vamoose. I didn’t want to leave, but once I got into the car, it was evident that I probably shouldn’t have stayed for much longer.

SATURDAY

Of course I was hungover. But not in a nausea/headache kind of way. I was just exhausted. So I decided not to move for most of the day, opting instead to watch terrible movies on TV (American Psycho, Queen of the Damned) and just veg. Sherrard stopped by briefly and I convinced him to come with us to West Seattle for Gevin’s party before going to the UPS Ex-pats party. I was supposed to call him at 8. At 3 I went down for a nap and didn’t wake up until 5:30. Then I called Faye and we were both so brain dead, that we couldn’t make any plans. Dom made some executive decisions involving Thai food and he called Faye back. I finally took a shower, we ordered the food, and I went to the grocery store for more Cook’s(!) Faye showed up and later Borgia (this time dressed as a lecherous Girl Scout leader). While we waited (an hour) for our food to arrive, we watched an AWESOMELY bad movie on TV called “Santa’s Slay” about Santa being evil. It didn’t really make a lot of sense, plot wise, but it had Emilie de Ravin in it and it was hilarious. Especially the overdubbing of the swearing.
Anyway, after a Thai food orgy, we were no less ready to party. All of us old persons were tired from the night before. But party on, we must. So Sherrard came over and Faye, Dom and I got ready again. We left around 9:00 and headed to West Seattle. Once again, we were one of the first folks to arrive. Gevin wasn’t even in his costume yet. Oh well. We marveled at the fabulous decorations and their awesome skull mural. Their house is like a museum of cool. Faye and I didn’t know anyone besides the folks we came with though, and Gevin was busy running around, so we kinda alienated ourselves to the couch for a little while. Their friends are really nice though. People actually came up to us and introduced themselves. Wow! Eventually, more people we knew arrived, like Kayobi (looking very Pirates of Penzance) and Jeff and his girlfriend (who were rockers. And his g/f was the spitting image of Lita Ford. She had no idea who Lita Ford was). Alesia also arrived and told me that I looked good enough to rape. Yikes. She also apparently hit on Dom. I doubt she’ll remember any of that.
Around 11:00, Gevin’s band played in the basement. They were really good! They played some covers and some original stuff and just generally rocked.
We decided to head back to the hill after that. Dom dropped us of at the Ex-pats and went home. We squeezed our way into the house, but it was wall-to-wall people and very uncomfortable. We hung out long enough to see Ahe’s Barbie costume (which was very good) and then Faye and I retreated to the basement to get some air. Since there wasn’t actually anyone else IN the basement, and we really didn’t want to squeeze ourselves back into the kitchen, we decided we should call it a night. Friday has just taken it all out of us. I guess next time someone asks me how I can attend 3 parties in one weekend, the answer is “I can’t.”

SUNDAY

I wasn’t at all hung over, but I was still pretty wrecked. I think I was still recovering from Friday. Jesus. Anyway, I had big plans for getting chores done but it didn’t really happen. Dom and I made it to the grocery store and then I got distracted by baking cookies, and “I Love the 80’s 3D”. Oh well. I also continued to watch “Queer as Folk” which is really addictive. The last episode I watched ended on quite the downer which is maybe why I had horrible stress nightmares all night.

Regardless of the fact that I am no longer able to “bounce back” from a rough night, it was a very fun weekend and very successful, costume wise, for everybody! I love my friends!

Dom’s pictures are here!

Hopefully Faye will upload hers soon cos she’s got more of Saturday and some definite gems from Friday. If anyone else has pictures, I’d love to see them!

Also, check out Dom’s new MySpace picture. I know we are nerds.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

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Thank you

1. REAL FIRST NAME:
Jessica

2. WHAT IS THE MOST PHYSICAL PAIN YOU HAVE EVER BEEN IN?
Migraine

3. DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE GUM WITH YOU?
Most of the time

4. WHAT KIND OF MOUTHWASH DO YOU PREFER?
None. It burns.

5. ARE YOU GAY, STRAIGHT, OR BI?
I have the odd girl on girl fantasy but, I definitely prefer the dudes. By the way, I just started watching Queer as Folk and I'm addicted. It's basically the PERFECT porn for girls who like dudes because it's porn that is all men and has a good story.

6. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE A GOOD KISSER?
I don't suck.

7. WOULD YOU SEVER YOUR OWN PINKY FINGER WITH A KNIFE FOR 10 MILLION DOLLARS?
Yes.

8. DO YOU THINK MIDGETS ARE CREEPY?
No way.

9. DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HIGHER BEING?
Not really.

10. IF YOU ARE A SMOKER, WHAT IS YOUR BRAND?
Stogie.

11. WHAT IS YOUR DRUG OF CHOICE?
Alcohol.

12. BIG TRUCKS, LUXURY CARS, MOTOR CYCLES, OR FAST CARS?
Public transportation or vespas.

13. WHAT KIND OF SUNGLASSES DO YOU WEAR?
The kind you can buy at the drug store for less than $15.

15. DOES YOUR LOCAL WATER TASTE GOOD?
Not at all. Though it might just be the rusty pipes in my apartment.

16. WHAT KIND OF PC DO YOU HAVE?
I don't remember. It was a hand-me-down and I was just happy to receive it.

17. WHAT IS/WAS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH?
I am quite fond of the West Coast Roasted Veggie sandwiches from Organic-To-Go.

18. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD?
Cereal or a good fry up.

19. WHAT IS THE OLDEST ITEM IN YOUR HOUSE?
Probably Dom's antique radio. After that, my VHS copy of The Empire Strikes Back.

20. HOW MANY CD'S DO YOU HAVE?
500 or thereabouts.

21. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN SO DRUNK YOU WET THE BED?
Not yet.

22. IF YOU COULD HAVE SEX WITH ANY ONE PERSON [ED: EXCLUDING SPOUSES], WHO WOULD IT BE?
It's hard to say because I don't actually KNOW any of my celebrity crushes, and if I got to know them, I might not want them anymore. But something tells me Jarvis Cocker would be all about the pleasing of the nether-regions.

23. HAVE YOU EVER UNDERGONE SURGERY?
Many times. And they are well documented and all medically necessary to some degree.

24. WHEN YOU STUB YOUR TOE OR BUMP YOUR HEAD, WHAT DO YOU USUALLY SAY?
Fuck! I don't suppose we're very imaginative when we injure ourselves.

25. DO YOU ENJOY MAKING PEOPLE FEEL STUPID?
Not at all.

26. WHO IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE PERSON AT WORK/SCHOOL?
This is also well documented.

27. WHAT BRAND IS YOUR CELL PHONE?
T-Mobile

28. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN CAUGHT MASTURBATING?
No.

29. HAVE YOU EVER CAUGHT ANYONE MASTURBATING
Yes.

30. WHEN IS THE LAST TIME YOU PUKED?
About 6 months ago, I think.

31. HOW OLD ARE YOU?
Old enough to know better.

32. WOULD YOU RATHER SKY DIVE OR BUNGEE JUMP?
Sky Dive.

33. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ARRESTED?
No.

34. HOW OFTEN DO YOU SHAVE?
depends on the time of year and the likelihood of anyone finding out

35. DO YOU THINK THE MIDGET QUESTION (8.) WAS OVER THE LINE?
Uh…no?

36. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BEER?
Blackthorns Cider, and, if you don't count cider, Moretti.

38. ARE YOU RACIST?
Not that I know of.

39. DO YOU THINK FARTS ARE FUNNY?
Generally.

40. LIBERAL, CONSERVATIVE, OR NEITHER?
Generally liberal. But I'm not a fan of extremists in either direction.

44. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART OF YOUR BODY?
Eyes or boobs.

45. ARE YOU STILL THINKING ABOUT THE MIDGET QUESTION?
Dude, get over it.

46. IF AN ENTIRE STATE IN AMERICA WERE TO VANISH, WHICH DO YOU THINK WOULD NOT LIKELY BE MISSED?
FLORIDA!

47. HAVE YOU EVER FLUSHED A DECEASED PET DOWN THE TOILET?
No. I have given every pet a proper burial.

48. WHO ARE BETTER DRIVERS, MEN OR WOMEN?
That's retarded.

49. ARE YOU SEXIST?
I try not to be but I definitely get along better with men than women.

50. WHAT DO YOU THINK THE DUMBEST SPORT IS?
Hunting.

51. DO YOU FORWARD CHAIN EMAILS THAT CLAIM TO BE GOOD/BAD LUCK?
Absolutely not.

52. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING THIS VERY SECOND?
How much time is left on my lunchbreak?

53. DO YOU SLOW DOWN AT CAR ACCIDENTS ATTEMPTING TO CATCH A GLIMPSE?
Since I'm never driving, I have the luxury of rubbernecking without consequences.

54. WHAT SHOULD YOU BE DOING OTHER THAN CHECKING YOUR LJ?
Reading a book?

55. HAVE YOU EVER HAD JURY DUTY?
I was called when I was overseas but, being abroad, I was exempt.

56. DO YOU KNOW YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OFF THE TOP OF YOUR HEAD?
Yes.

58. ERA OYU DYXLESIC?
Cute.

59. DID YOU ENJOY THIS SURVEY MORE THAN THE AVERAGE “TIRED” ONES THAT HAVE BEEN GOING AROUND FOREVER?
I've had better.

60. IF YOU COULD SLEEP WITH ANY MILF….
Do Pam Grier, Jennifer Tilly or Angela Basset have kids?

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WEEKEND RECAP

FRIDAY

Faye, Kayobi, Ahe and I watched Hellraiser for October’s Good Movie Friday. Kayobi brought a party tray and Faye make crack chip cookies. Is there any better movie to watch whilst stuffing your face with goodies? I think not. Hellraiser is actually quite a cool movie. Some of the special effects don’t necessarily stand the test of time, but there are a great many that do. You have to love a horror film from the old school of effects, before people got lazy and just used CG for everything. Some assistant effects person had to painstakingly dress bits of latex to look like flesh and hang them on hundreds of hooks. What an awesome job!

After the movie, I do believe we called it an early night. As the days get shorter, I have to resist the urge to hibernate.

SATURDAY

With so many awesomely bad movies on television, how does one bring oneself to leave the house? I began the day by watching “Sybil” (the 70’s TV movie about a woman with multiple personalities) on Lifetime. After that, I had to choose between Superman 3, The Other Sister and Young Guns. The Other Sister might possibly be the most offensive depiction of the mentally challenge ever committed to film. It’s just so WRONG. So wrong, it almost feels right. “I love you more than big band music and cookie making.” “Strange things are happening all over my body.” “I feel like we should be doing something more than kissing.” “I had to make all the decisions because you were DRINKING!” (The last line having been uttered by the NON-mentally challenged Diane Keaton. Hard to tell the difference, really.)
Anyway, when I finally WAS able to tear myself away, I met Faye and we went to Value Village to get a few more items with which to complete her Halloween costume.

Then we caught the bus down to the Dragonfish just in time for the start of their delectable happy hour where we gorged ourselves on vegetarian Asian Fusion and Lemongrass Lime Rikis. We were joined midway by Ben and later by Sherrard. This was all part of the plan, you see…the plan to have just the perfect buzz going when we saw DOOM.

DOOM!! Oh, Andrzej Bartkowiak, you have taken an unnecessary concept for a film and make it delightfully watch-able. Not in a Uwe Boll: why do they let this guy make movies kind of way, but more in a Jr. Verhoeven: This guy isn’t much for plot, but damn he knows how to kill things kind of way. Sure, the obvious parallels to our current U.S. government (as seen through the eyes of a European) were a bit heavy-handed, and it was rather distracting to hear so many otherwise talented English/Kiwi actors poorly attempt an American accent, but it wasn’t ABOUT that. It was about killing science experiments gone-wrong. And that was done well. Even the 10 minutes of first-person perspective were entertaining.
We left the theatre on a high that could only be sustained by more drinking. We went to the Six Arms because Andrew was with us and the boy was functioning on no sleep. So he intended to have one drink somewhere close to his car and then take off. Hopefully he got home OK.

At the Six Arms, I decided to finally try their very expensive ($5.75) home-brewed hard cider. You know what? Bleh. It certainly wasn’t superior to the $4 Strongbow and CERTAINLY not to the $3 Blackthorns. Screw you, hoity toity cider. No matter. Now I know. And knowing is half the battle.

The other half is leaving the Six Arms at 11 to go back to Faye’s house and listen to cheesy music, stopping first at QFC for reinforcements. I purchased a bottle of wine, as recommended to me by a spooky owl. I think it was the right decision, though the emus were making a pretty good case of their own.

At this point it was just Faye, Sherrard and me left. We put on a CD I made Faye which is full of songs that I want her to sing at the karaoke Halloween party next weekend. These songs (like The Carpenters, Spandau Ballet and Starship) are perfect for late night drinking and remising. And remise we did. Before long, Faye brought out the photo album and the Tickle Me Emo CD. Did you know that the three of us have known each other for nigh on 6 years? And Faye and I for longer. How we have changed since then. And yet, not at all. At our core, we’re still the same people. We’re just a little bit wiser. Not a LOT wiser, mind you. Just a little.

After all that memory lane shit, there was naught to do but start watching Alone in the Dark. It was then that I checked the time: 3am! We were fading and needed sleep. Sherrard and I got our shit together and left around 3:30 and he was gentlemanly enough to walk me home. I really like walking home (in the company of another) in the wee hours. It’s so quiet and peaceful in our neck of Capital Hill then.

I fumbled my way into bed in the dark and hopefully didn’t wake Dom too abruptly.

SUNDAY

I wasn’t hung over, as I expected to be. However, I was feeling pretty hermity. This is yet another side effect to the changing weather. Since Dom was absent on account of another 48-hour film challenge, I used the opportunity that an empty apartment affords, to stay holed up and not talk to anyone. Fantastic. I briefly excursioned to the grocery store to get some baking supplies and spent the day making cookies and scones and watching the telly. I also, inspired by the previous night’s events, looked through my old photo albums to find pictured to upload for today’s entry. Here is what I found:

1) Jessica and Sherrard during their brief stint as a couple. Look at our rosy cheeks. Look at Sherrard’s hair! Look at MY hair, for that matter. I kept it short and black for years. And Christ, I’m wearing YELLOW.
2) Faye with a microphone in the Posse House basement singing an improvised song about our ill-advised friend Jeff and tryst with one Red Jeans Katie.
3) Young Jacob sporting a nerdy t-shirt and a sprightly expression. You won’t catch him like that anymore. Well…occasionally the sprightly expression…Also, check out the obligatory stolen traffic cone.
4) Slightly older Jacob in more adult clothing, but still a boyish haircut, and Erin (who still looks the same) at El Toro! Oh, El Toro…before you were consumed by flames, you were worth the long, dangerous drive to Tacoma for karaoke.
5) Another one of a Jacob of yesteryear. This is Halloween 2000. Check out his shiny shirt. He used have a closet full of shiny shirts that he would wear on special occasions. I don’t think he has a single one anymore.
6) Young Daniel and Baxter. Back then he was known as DJ. I’d never met him before that night. Before this picture was taken, he hit on me. I resisted. After this picture was taken, he passed out in my bed. Needless to say, we later dated. Having dated is inconsequential (if not beneficial…and certainly anecdotal) to our current friendship.
7) Faye and I used to live together. For a few years, actually. In our last apartment on Queen Anne, we happily prepared for the Buffy episode wherein Anya and Xander were to be married. We made cupcakes and everything. Faye’s got flowers. Look at our happy, optimistic faces. Those of you who are familiar with the show know what happened next.
8)
This picture of me was taken shortly after the above-mentioned Buffy episode concluded. Nerds? Why, yes. But weren’t we cute?
9) This picture of Dom was taken by Faye at our first joint birthday party, shortly after we started dating and shortly before I started feeding him.

NEXT WEEKENDHalloween parties galore!

Also,

Happy Friday.

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Hard Like Steel QGS6

ParentsTV.org released a list of the top 10 best and worst shows for family viewing. In other words: the top 10 lamest and 10 most interesting shows on TV. They couldn't even find TEN shows for Jesus. Too bad, Jesus.

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WEEKEND RECAP

FRIDAY

After work, I caught the bus to the U to meet Dom and off we went to Woodinville to attend the wedding of his former co-worker. It was a mercifully short ceremony and we were entertained by the pleasant company of one Ms. Rountree. Lovely. Dinner was AMAZING and the drinks particularly potent. I only had two, however, on account of me being on antibiotics. They also had one of those wonderful Wonka-esque chocolate fountains flowing. So of course, I ate way too much. After dancing to YMCA and watching a photo-slideshow (at the behest of the bride’s mother), Dom and I took our leave.

SATURDAY

Dom and I had to take Tobe to the vet in the morning. He has some scabs around his head and one on his tummy so we wanted to get them checked out. The vet said that it could be either fleas (one could have hitched a ride into the house on me or Dom) or a food allergy. She said that cats can be allergic to certain proteins and since Dom and I pretty much give the cats fish exclusively, it seems likely. So he’s being treated for both and Marilyn is now being treated for fleas as well, just in case. Tobe has to take an antibiotic twice a day for 7 days. He loooooves that. Tobe is really turning out to be a special needs cat. Poor little guy.

After we dropped Tobe off, I had to run to the store to buy a pumpkin and an appetizer to bring to Kayobi’s pumpkin carving party. It was just for girls, so Dom dropped me off. I attempted a design that I downloaded from the internet which is supposed to be Otis Firefly’s head. It turned out decent, but only when there’s a candle inside. I will upload pictures soon. (Probably along with all the pictures from the upcoming Halloween Party Weekend!)

After Kayobi’s thing, Dom and I had to go BACK to the store to get food for krk’s birthday BBQ. Around this time, my cold started to kick my ass. I thought perhaps I could rest for a minute when I got home and feel ok, but it didn’t turn out that way at all. Once I sat down on the couch, I was unable to move. So, unfortunately, Dom had to go to krk’s party without me. Sorry, krk!

I did, however, have a lovely evening by myself doped up on Nyquil. I watched “Superstar” (which I LOVE, in spite of it being an SNL movie based on a rather weak character. It’s just so fucked up. And Harlan Williams is amazing in it.) and a bunch of “Strangers With Candy” episodes which are even more hilarious and surreal when medicated. I passed out at 10 and have no idea when Dom got home.

SUNDAY

Sherrard, Dom, Dusty and I set out for a day hike on Tiger Mountain. This was my first hike in a very long time and so, compounded with my general gimpyness, we opted for a fairly flat trail. We started to climb the Tiger Mountain 3 trail, which, in elevation, is similar to that of Denny Way. I am perfectly capable of climbing Denny Way on foot. Of course, Denny Way is concrete, and Tiger Mountain 3 is mud, leaves, rocks and roots. It is decidedly more difficult. Sorry, guys. I love nature, but I’m just not that extreme. We walked all around “Tradition Lake” and took “The Bus Trail” past an old, rusty overturned hippie bus. It was entirely riddled with bullet holes and really cool (albeit dangerous) to stomp around in. We ate lunch by the lake and then Sherrard and I smoked half a doob down by the marsh. Good times.

We returned to Seattle around 2:30. I had the sudden urge to visit Uwajimaya, so after we were dropped off, Dom and I got in his car and drove to the I.D. We stocked up on delicious packaged Asian foods and returned home to eat them.

As we ate, I caved and watched the two “Lost” episodes that Dom has TiVo’d. They were…ok. Not as shitty as previous episodes. But that’s only because they didn’t feature Kate or Jack. A guest starring role by D.J. Qualls (for once not acting slightly retarded) helped. I love that guy.

Then Dom and I watched the first two Eccleston Doctor Who episodes (because I caved and finally bought them from Amazon.co.uk) and enjoyed them immensely before retiring for the evening.

Not a very wild weekend, but busy nonetheless. I’m still feeling fluey so who knows what I’ll be able to do next weekend. I need to rest up for Halloween. One thing is for sure…There will be a matinee of DOOM in there somewhere.