@Liz the Lemur I cannot get into Aldi. I have tried! The selection is just so limited, and I have heard other people rave about it, and I feel like maybe I'm just not Aldi-ing right!
@Erica I wouldn't say "behemoth", but it's a pretty big bag! And it seems like I've heard the Smarties/Rockets thing somewhere before. So what kind of candy are your Smarties?
I got a bag of assorted Reeses, Almond Joy, etc for $8.89, Skittles for like $5? I think? And Smarties for $3 NOT because I'm cheap but because I genuinely like Smarties! This is our first Halloween at the new house, and I have no idea how many trick-or-treaters we'll get. Our neighborhood definitely skews geriatric, but there are also some apartment complexes just down the street with younger families. So I didn't want to be stuck with a bunch of crappy candy in the event nobody shows up.
Oh man, pumpkin carving. Every year I say I'm going to do it, and every year I decide it's impractical to get as drunk as I need to be to tolerate the sheer tediousness and mess of it all. Godspeed! My 1 Thing is to organize my damn laundry/closet/clothes piles after work. I had a minor meltdown this morning because I had to look in 4 different rooms just to assemble the most basic ensemble of jeans, t-shirt and hoodie.
They have one of these in the Dallas area, and I have been so intrigued but also terrified (yes, "SEX CLUB!" is definitely one of my assumptions; I feel ya, Yuval Silk). It sounds like it's overall more wholesome than I would have figured though. I would probably need a beverage or two beforehand to get over all my nekkid-in-front-of-strangers hangups.
Oh man, the one-way rental fees are a RACKET. And I don't understand why! Obviously, people in Point B need rental vehicles as well, otherwise the rental drop-off place would not exist! I have strong feelings about this! I'm so glad you were able to get a discounted hookup of sorts.
I am ashamed to admit it, but I recall hearing this same complaint from my parents on various Halloweens. The ridiculous thing is, we were NOT upper class by any stretch of the imagination, so I'm not really sure what their objection was. The neighborhood I grew up in was solidly lower-middle to middle class, so I'm not even sure how they could tell if the trick-or-treaters in question were "outsiders". They would also grouse any time a child who appeared to be a day over the age of 12 showed up at the door. Are they supposed to be out earning money for their own damn candy, or.....? My parents were not fun people, is my point.
My husband and I had our first "real" date in Vegas (it's a long story) and also eloped to Vegas two years after that, so I have a soft spot for the place. Having said that though, he and I are not "Vegas people" by any means. In fact, we haven't been back in the 5+ years since we moved out of SoCal (aka, driving distance to Vegas). For me, the appeal was always the vacation-y "this isn't real" feeling that I'm sure also draws a lot of people to cruises and all-inclusive resorts. I would always rather take a "real" vacation that involves some sort of culture and change of perspective, but there's something to be said for staying up all night and recovering with a fruity beverage poolside, for relatively little money (we aren't big gamblers, so, we were always able to do Vegas on the cheap.)
Chalk this up to me being a rube who has never lived east of the Mississippi, but I am ASTOUNDED by the fact that your landlord controls the temperature for the entire building. I take it this is common? At least for NYC? How many units are we talking about? What would happen if you turned it on yourself, being that it’s IN your apartment and all? Anarchy in the streets??? Even when I have lived places where the utilities were included in the monthly rent, I still had autonomy over my own thermostat, and so did my neighbors.
Does the Kentucky house remind anyone else of the promo poster for "The Cabin in the Woods"???