Unexpected Bounty.

Weird thing about last week, Thursday felt like Friday and Friday felt like a holiday. No one wanted to work on Friday and, shamefully, I admit to being part of that group. All I wanted to do was walk around and look at my co-workers’ festive creativity. Even our legal department went all out, they decorated AND dressed up like Indians — our head counsel being the chief… ha!
Legal Department…

When it got down to the deadline for voting, people were shuffling by my cubicle one right after the other. I was more than willing to give them a tour of my goodies, “Here is my wraith…” and press the button that made it eerily sing. “Here is Boney Barney, on a leash… leash law, you know.” They would nod, and I would press the button that made him talk. Then I would show them my eyeball ball, let them bounce it. Offer them some candy out of my skull cup, and add, “Don’t mind the rat, I don’t think he’s been able to get the wrappers off…” I would point out my pile of pumpkins, and then have them read the Batz Bar sign, ending with “We serve Boos, not Booze.” And then wave my hands about and say expressively, “BOOOOOO!” And as they walked around the corner I would say in a high-pitched voice that carried, “Vote for me!!”
A goofy video I made of my cubicle…

And I won. By two votes. I think it was the interactive tour. Apparently my win upset someone’s 6 or 7 year winning streak. Oopsie.

Cutest moment of the day? Several co-workers brought their spouses and their kids in to see the decorations. The one guy had two little boys and they gathered around Boney Barney and were petting and talking to him like he was a real doggie. For about 10 minutes! Awwww.

When I got home, I opened the back sliding door. The air was so crisp and fresh — fall-like — it beckoned me to go outside and watch the sunset. It was then that I noticed several tomatoes were ripe, and no birds had pecked through their dark orange-red skins. Then I noticed two bell peppers were ready. Thrilled, I checked my blueberry plant and pulled a handful off. By that time, my hands were so overflowing with harvested produce that Tony had to open the door for me so I could come back inside!

It rained this morning, around 6am, pounding down on the roof. I thought for sure I would be swimming in the rain, and later driving in the rain, but when I went swimming around 9am, the streets were all wet, but the clouds were beating a hasty retreat, and the sun was out for the day.

But really, I just love that I won the Halloween Decorating Contest!

I’m fairly certain that if there’d been a costume contest, I would have won that, too, based on the looks of amazement I was given when they realized I was Barbie Doll for the day. Plus, it’s the one day a year I can wear leather pants to work and get away with it.

Happy Halloween!

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20 responses to “Unexpected Bounty.

  1. I love the costume! Leather pants… whooohoooo!

    And extra moola, that rocks!

    • Toward the end of the day, it was getting pretty hot inside those pants, so I took my houndstooth jacket off. One of the guys raised his eyebrows and said, “Wow, you went from Barbie this morning to Biker chick this afternoon!” hehehe

  2. stacey

    love all the decorations! does this mean your house is looking a little bare this year? or do you have enough to go around?

    we went to my husband’s work for trick or treating on friday. the sound guys do this great spooky hallway that is darkened and has lots of sound effects and little lights. very cool.

    the barbie doll costume was perfect too πŸ™‚

    • Oh, no, our house is not barren. I borrowed the wraith (or whatever that thing is) for the day for the “WOW” effect… but all that other stuff is my normal work decorations. πŸ™‚

      I envy your husband’s place of employment… maybe someday the timing will be right and I can squeak in their door and work there too! πŸ™‚

  3. Caryl

    congradulations! I didn’t realize there was a cash prize and you beat the incumbent competition! I had wondered if you were going to do Barbie, but waited to ask. So glad you have a job where you can have fun with Halloween again in addition to home. Thanks for the phone call.
    Love you,

    • It’s funny, the most popular question re: the Barbie outfit is, “Do you buy her clothes to match yours or the other way around?” It’s always been the popular question… My answer is that we have several coordinating items of clothing, the creepy part is that I haunt the Barbie aisle. hehe

  4. Cat

    Congratulations! What a cubicle! I was so excited when I saw you made a video of it (I’m such a dork)!!!

    Looks like your office likes to get in on the decoration action, too. Very fun!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS, my dear Jammie! You Deserved it! You got so much happening in your Cubicle….BRAVA! And A Happy Halloween to you and Tony.

    To answer your question….Nobody comes to the door here anymore. I think parents take their kids tu The Flats, where there are lots of Houses and the Streets are Well Lit! It’s fine with me. I don’t have to buy a lot of candy anymore that I end up eating myself… LOL!

    • THANK YOU!! πŸ™‚

      It’s so sad, I think, that the little ones have found other places to go. We got 6 trick-or-treaters this year.. So sad. I was just curious about whether people actually made it up that steep hill of yours with the lure of candy. Guess not. πŸ™‚

  6. I think there’s a new Halloween decorating streak about to begin!

    You look great in your costume, as always. Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  7. tony

    Good job sweetie!!! Sweetie won monies to spend on herself, nanananananana
    I am glad you had fun decorating, I had fun help you out with ideas, hehehehehe. love you soso much and Happy Birthday today(Novermber 1st) XXOXOXXOOX
    :mrgreen:

    • You are a great decorating guide, sweetie! Things you said were good ideas, and definitely something I wouldn’t have thought of myself. I think the eerie wraith was the topper!

  8. py

    A belated Happy Birthday!
    Congratulations for winning the contest!

  9. grrrace

    yay! you won! πŸ˜€

    dude, i would never decorate my cube… waaaay too much work! hehe. πŸ˜› i’m lazy…

    the boney barney’s scary. hehe. also, you are the cutest barbie ever. πŸ˜€

    • Yay — I know! hehe

      Dude, I was standing on my desk and rolling my chair around, one hand on the wall the other flailing in the air putting up the cobwebs. Umm, now that I think about it, I don’t think you *could* have decorated like I did to win — I’m so much taller, I had an unfair advantage… ha!!

      Awww, sniffle, I love that I can be Barbie. People were taking pictures to take home to show their daughters… so they said. Either that or they’re pervs with a blog somewhere. Let’s think positive here, right? hehe

  10. Congratulations on the win!! But you know that you will have to up it next year, the tradition is for you to win for the next, what, six years?

    • I know… I’ll either have to top the win, or not decorate at all, right? Dude, the person whose winning streak I ended? She’s been snubbing me… which I find hilarious. I mean, what, are we in grade school?