Category: scary

The recent wildfires in Southern California must be a smoker’s paradise.  They are the only people who I think would be enjoying the abundance of smoke and ash everywhere.  I certainly don’t!

The Sylmar fire has moved farther up the 14 freeway towards us, and has completely engulfed the east side of the hillside.  It was like driving thru a barren wasteland this morning on my way to work.  And I was actually able to GET to work today since they decided to open the freeways again.

On Saturday, Jeff and I were planning on going into Hollywood to meet up with some friends.  As I leisurely got up that morning, I glanced out the window and saw quite a bit of smoke and fire coming from the hillside.  Hmmm…..that’s pretty close.  We decided to just continue on with our plans and head out to Hollywood.  We left a little early because we figured they may be diverting traffic.

Boy was that an understatement!!!  They had closed off all freeway and side street access out of Santa Clarita.  LOVELY!!!  That’s part of the problem with Santa Clarita….one way in and one way out.  Which is just fine if you don’t need to leave the valley, but we were doing our darnest to try.  Jeff was determined to get out of there though, so we were going to go the long way via the 126 (ie. WAY THE HECK OUT OF THE WAY!!!).  As we sat in stopped traffic forever, I kept telling Jeff that maybe we should do this another day.  He was determined.  All I could think about was my lovely french onion dip sitting in the backseat that was going bad as we sat there figuring out what to do.

We decided to swing thru a drive thru (mmmm…..Jimmy Dean’s!!) to grab some lunch, and thankfully we had Chatty Cathy as our server.  She informed us that all the freeways were shut down, and the 126 that we were planning on taking had an overturned big rig on it.  That was all the encouragement Jeff needed to turn the car around.  So we ate lunch in the car and headed back home.  Thankfully we could still get home.  We can see flames from our livingroom window, so it’s a little unnerving.

We ended up just spending the weekend at home relaxing.  We did have date night on Saturday.  We went out to see Role Models (hysterical!!!) and to dinner.  Then we went home for some more Buzz action on the PS3.  It turned out to be a really nice day.  Jeff and I tend to make everything an adventure and have fun no matter what we’re doing (even sitting in traffic!!!)  Thanks for the fun honey!!

I was so excited to tell you all about my car repairs and my day in heaven aka Costco, that I forgot to tell you all about our trip to the Spooky House on Saturday. 


We went a little early because we were hoping to get in before the crowds got there.  Because we are cheap, we bought just the regular ticket and didn’t upgrade to the VIP line.  Hey, I’m a VIP in my own mind, why do I need to purchase a ticket for that???  Besides there weren’t too many people ahead of us in line….

Well, we ended up waiting outside in line for about an hour.  Mind you, there was probably, oh, 25 people ahead of us, but it still took them an hour to get us to the front of the line.  Sheesh!!!  Jeff was convinced this was a marketing ploy to make people who were passing by think this was the happening place, and make them stop too.  We were stuck outside with a crazy DJ from a local Latino station blasting music at us.  We were having a good laugh though because in line right behind us were an old couple (ie. in their 70’s) with some of their younger friends (probably in their 30’s).  Jeff said that will be us when we get old.  Hopefully I’ll still have my teeth.  Surprisingly grandma was tapping her toe to the rap music that the DJ was playing.  Cracked me up!!!

One highlight of being stuck out there so long was that we got to see all the newcomers get scared from the monsters.  I, according to Jeff, don’t get scared enough so now we watch all the other people getting scared.  Just as fun, in my opinion.   These monsters were chasing screaming girls thru the parking lot all night.  It was pretty funny!!  Jeff stuck his foot in his mouth and said “You know, the monsters only chase the pretty girls”.  I gave him an evil look and said “Well you better tell them to start chasing me, ’cause I’m the prettiest girl here.  Right???  Right????”  He looked at me and said “You know that’s not what I meant”.  Yeah, uh huh.  So you were walking home tonight, right?????  I’m working on TACT with him!!  🙂

Another highlight to being stuck outside was when the DJ played Michael Jackson’s Thriller.  I have seen “13 Going on 30” so I was inclined to put my dance moves to the test.  A monster in a werewolf costume beat me to it, though, and was doing the whole dance right there for our viewing pleasure.  It was so funny to see a werewolf dancing like that!!!  I SOOOO wanted to jump the line and walk over to him, hands on my knees like they do in the video and join in.  Jeff was able to restrain me though.  If I had my camera, he probably would have let me go right ahead so I could embarass myself.  He enjoys that!!!  (Hence the poor video of me doing kareoke in Vegas.  Note to self… not let Jeff video tape me singing when I’ve had a few tasty beverages!!!)

Alas, we finally got into the house.  Before you go in, they pose you next to a wall with hanging corpses and take your picture.  Then they take a second picture, but right as they do, they blast this air canon behind you, blowing your hair everywhere and getting a startled expression on your face.  I remembered this but I didn’t tell Jeff.  The pictures were pretty funny because my hair was everywhere and Jeff had this look of “WTF?” on his face.  We didn’t end up buying them though, because they wanted an arm and a leg for them.  HAHAHAH!!!  Maybe that’s how they decorate the house.  With the arms and legs.  Ahh, stupid Halloween humor…….moving on!!

Going thru the house, Jeff kept trying to get me to walk in front to try to have the monsters scare me.  I just smiled and waved at them.  I’m sure that’s REALLY the reaction they were going for.  The last room was actually a hearse that you had to climb thru and there was a wooden slide at the front end of the car to slide out of the house.  There was this crazy guy in there bouncing the car around and screaming at us.  Which made us start to wonder……..maybe some of these people are not paid actors but just some crazy people who wandered onto the lot and started trying to scare people.  That thought was a little more scary!!!

Then my honey took me out to dinner.  We decided to go to Red Lobster because he was having a seafood craving, and I can always go for some crab legs.  We assumed that we would be in for a nice quiet dinner, but our dining neighbors decided that would not be the case.  We were seated next to a table of 3, an obvious couple and another girl, who surprisingly looked a lot like Mrs. Kitty’s big sis from our sorority.  Apparently they were there to drink away their worries and they already had a head start by the time we sat down.  The third-wheel girl was so drunk and so LOUD, complaining about her ex-husband, her child, her miscarriages, her new boyfriend and why he won’t marry her now, even though they’ve only been together a few months.  I felt like grabbing a mirror and telling her “This is why he won’t commit to you!!  You’re crazy!!!!”  Again, Jeff was able to restrain me, and we just sat listening to their whole conversation.  it was very educational!!!

I would just like to take this moment and ask you all if we go out to drink and I start carrying on like this chick, I give you full permission to slap the crap out of me!!!

Do you ever have those days where you just feel like screaming at the top of your lungs, while pummeling your fists into the co-worker closest physically to you??  You just want to gouge out their eyes with sharp objects (I’m eyeing by letter opener as I type) while screaming at the top of your lungs “DON’T YOU PEOPLE UNDERSTAND ANYTHING???  AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN DO ANYTHING RIGHT????.  ‘Cause that’s how my day is going so far!!!

Oh, it’s just me???  *crickets chirping*  Well, then leave a comment and tell me about how your day MUST be going better than mine!!!

On Saturday Jeff and I went to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.  We spent the day there at Citywalk.  I decided to get into the Halloween mood and dress up a little.  See exhibit A:

And exhibit B:

I do love my fun socks!!!  Although I feel like I look like the Wicked Witch of the East!

We went to IMAX and saw Eagle Eye.  I really liked it, though it was a little creepy to think of how dependant we are on computers and cell phones, and what can happen when they have too much control.  (WordPress……you’re my friend, right????  Right?!?!?!?  Phew!!  Ok, moving on…..) 

Then we were trying to figure out where to eat for dinner.  We saw Saddle Ranch.  Jeff asked if I’d been there before.  Well, I’ve never eaten there…….  🙂  Last time I was there, I rode the bull, which totally cracked me up.  Sorry no photos of that!!!  They pretty much make you sign your life away that you won’t sue if you die, and neither will your family.  HAHAHAH!!!  Well, I skipped the bull this time and we just ate dinner.  It was really yummy!!  And Jeff got a little eye candy as well.

Then it was on to the park.  It was really fun but a little scary.  It takes a good monster to scare me, otherwise I just say “Hey what’s up!”  I’m sure they saw this young-looking chick with pigtails and thought I’d be an easy target.  Not so much!!!  I think my days of working at MM and Fright Fest helped.  But Freddy did scare me….

It was a fun but tiring day.  Luckily Jeff found a nice place for us to stay that had some vacancy.

Hey wait a minute…….

So October is Jeff’s favorite month out of the year.  Why, you ask?  Well let me tell you.  He LOVES Halloween.  Personally I think it’s because he gets some sick pleasure out of dragging me to haunted houses and making me watch horror movies all month.  Before I met him I had never seen a horror flick, and in the 3 1/2 years we’ve been together, he’s been making up for lost time.  He also loves to walk behind me in haunted mazes so anyone who jumps out will scare the crap out of me first.  Thanks!!

So far we have our Arkham event planned, which I do actually enjoy.  I’m the only girl geek there but it’s still fun.  Mandy Thompson kicks butt!!!  🙂  And we also have tickets for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.  We’re really hoping that the Simpson’s ride will be open that evening.  (At least I’ll have a small reprive from the scary-ness!!) 

So if you know of any other haunted mazes or places, let us know.  I’m sure Jeff will love to take me and scare the crap out of me.

(This is my idea of a good Halloween!!!  LOL!!!)