Thursday Things

1. Hello, my name is Bethany, and I am a vocal Halloween hater.


It’s purely from a costume standpoint. I DESPISE costumes. I was discussing this some people last week and they were just baffled by my costume aversion. I don’t really have a good reason for why I don’t like them other than that they make me wildly uncomfortable, whether they’re made from clothes I own or bought specifically for the occasion. It’s not just a Halloween thing, either. Theme Day was my least favorite part about being a camp counselor. Of the 22 theme days I’ve worked, I think I dressed up for…two of them. Maybe three. And Homecoming/Spirit Week in high school? Don’t even get me started.

I generally try to actively avoid Halloween in any way possible. This was a breeze in college, because I was always involved in a major event that takes place on the first Saturday in November. I honestly don’t remember what I not-did for Halloween at all last year, though I imagine having, you know, approximately zero friends in Chicago at the time made all that pretty easy, too. This year I conveniently scheduled a video gait analysis for this afternoon so I’m, “busy, so sorry!” (Not at all sorry).

Although I will say that this year I’m very saddened that the holiday is all but past, as this means the next time I go to PT there probably will no longer be a bowl of candy sitting out (GOOD candy, too: Butterfingers, Reese’s, M&Ms, etc.), which pretty much means there’s no reason to go to PT at all anymore.

2. Once upon five months ago, I watched in awe/horror as four separate couples I knew and am Facebook friends with all got engaged in the same weekend. Then I wrote a ranty post about the culture of young marriage in West Michigan. I figured this was kind of a one-time thing, though. I mean, really, what is the statistical likelihood of four separate couples I’m Facebook friends with all getting engaged in the same weekend again?

Welp, it happened again.

I mean, if it were Valentine’s Day, or Christmas, or New Year’s Eve, or heck, even April Fools (in which case I’d imagine they were all jokes), it would make sense. But Mother’s Day weekend? The weekend before Halloween? What is it about these occasions that makes a wide variety of people all think, “Yes, this would be the best time to get engaged.”? I just don’t understand.

3. I’m never really sure what label to assign myself in terms of hair color. I’m certainly not blonde, and I’m not  brunette, but I don’t really feel like my hair is red enough to call myself a redhead. But since my hair tends to fall on the redder end of the red/brunette spectrum, I feel like I count as a kindaish-redhead, which was enough for me to read the BuzzFeed article about why it’s great to be a redhead, which led me to discovering this:

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OMG. There is a Redhead Day in the HOMELAND!! (aka The Netherlands. I may or may not have accidentally typed “The Nederlands” first. Oops). I’m not officially Dutch in the citizenship sense, and I’m only half Dutch in the actual genetic sense, but in the ethnic heritage sense I am 95% Nederlander, dank u wel (with the remaining 5% being Danish due to being raised on aebelskivers for Saturday breakfast. Nomz). Attending this is now on my bucket list.

4. And the winner of the KIND giveaway is…

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Congrats! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly 🙂

Halloween: yay or nay?
Did everyone you know get engaged this weekend? Or is this just a phenomenon in my social circle…?

8 thoughts on “Thursday Things

  1. I HATE COSTUMES TOO! I thought I was the only one. I just feel awkward. I mean, sure, I’ll celebrate halloween but I would rather not dress up. Hence why tonight when I go out for once all semester with my friends, I plan on wearing a “costume” that involves sneakers, leggings, and a t-shirt. I get really into the holiday spirit if you can’t tell. I used to love halloween so I could organize all the candy after I got it from the houses. I don’t even like about 80% of what they hand out (I’m very picky about my candy, like everything else in my life) and I would bargain with my brother so I could keep all my favorites and he would take the stuff I didn’t like. I was a mean older sister. Anyways, halloween blows. And I’m dreading the day all my friends start getting engaged and here I am single as always. I haven’t even had a legitimate boyfriend yet and I’m 21 years old. I think I’d rather be 5 years old again where I liked dressing up for halloween and boys had cooties. The good old days.

    • Yay fellow Halloween haters! Haha. To be honest, it wasn’t even that great for me as a kid. I grew up in the boonies, so we went trick or treating at, mmm, usually four houses. Five, if you count the trek to Grandma and Grandpa’s after we finished trick or treating in the “neighborhood.” My mother, however, loved this situation, because it meant she could buy three bags of her favorite candy “just in case” we got trick or treaters (the only other kids in my “neighborhood” were my next door neighbors. There were two of them. Needless to say, we didn’t get trick or treaters) and then she could keep the candy for herself/our lunchboxes. Hahaha.

      Feel ya, sister. 23 and I haven’t had a legitimate boyfriend, either. Nor a non-legitimate boyfriend. Or any boyfriend at all. HOORAY LIFE. Hahahaha.

  2. I like being creative with costumes but I absolutely dreaded Halloween in college. Fortunately, most of my friends were on the same page and we always had fun costumes – Clue characters, Alice in Wonderland, etc. but the super revealing costumes — not a fan.

    A bunch of people I know got engaged over the last few weeks too. I actually logged in to Facebook two weekends ago and 3 (!!) people had gotten engaged. Random timing but no more random than Father’s Day weekend which was the last big push of engagements of people I know.

    • Yeah, super revealing costumes are weird. Not to mention one billion percent impractical in the Midwest. I do really appreciate the creativity of others when it comes to make costumes, but man, just not my thing at alllllllllll.

      It’s so fascinating to me when it all happens at once! I mean, one engagement per month, or even once every three weeks or so: fine. That makes sense. But when they all happen at the same time?! I don’t understand how it happens!

  3. You hate Halloween. This hurts. It is my favorite holiday. Maybe it is just because I love candy that much. I mean I have to say I am changing this because as i get older it loses its spark so now I am partial to Thanksgiving.

  4. Sometimes there is too.much.pressure to have an AWESOME costume and that I don’t like. But if I happen to have one for whatever reason? Yeah, I’ll wear it. After I get over the awkwardness of walking around outdoors in whatever ridiculous get-up I’ve put together.

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