Sister Adventures: This is Halloween!

In a delightful continuation of a very sister filled October, Spazzmataz came to Springfield for a visit this weekend!  We had a good amount of exciting activities planned, so we got right to it when she arrived Friday afternoon.

Our first evening together involved the running of some necessary errands.  We got our 5k race packets, some tasty dinner, some Halloween candy, and most necessarily of all, some doughnuts.  Spazz decided we needed a dozen.  I did not disagree.


We spent the rest of the evening at home, avoiding the rain and watching a movie off our list called Funny Games.  More on that in another post.

We were up early on the day of Halloween for a most exciting run.  The Halloween Hustle was held to benefit Harmony House, which is an incredible Springfield organization that everyone should learn about and support.  It had a super sweet 3D theme (visible on shirts pictured below).  It was also our first run in the rain, but we did okay.  We succeeded in our primary goal of not falling while running over wet leaves.


I felt like I did horrible during the run.  I just never properly caught my breath.  So I was pleased to discover I did about the same as our last run.  I know I should be working on progressing, but with how poorly I felt I did, I was excited at the lack of regressing.  Spazzmataz and I finished about at the same time, with her finishing .6 seconds earlier.  That time was just speedy enough for her to win a most excellent second place medal!  She got the same place at last year’s Wizard Waddle Halloween run.  Go consistency.


We spent the rest of the day preparing for our most lovely evening.  This lead to some excellent animal cuteness about the house.  Pause for a kitten interlude.


Spazzmataz and I dressed up as witches to hand out Halloween candy to the many trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood.  Originally, the idea was that Gremlin/Winry would be our black cat, but she was not pleased by the experience and was properly returned indoors.


Candy went surprisingly quickly in the neighborhood.  It turns out two Sam’s Club bags are not enough.  We saw some awesome and adorable costumes though.  One family (group of friends?) had made almost a hayride out of the experience.  They sat chairs in the bed of their truck and the attached trailer.  They’d park at a corner and a group of about 20 parents and children would pile out and go to the houses in the area.  It was amazingly coordinated.

Afterwards we had another scary movie to watch for our list.  Spazzmataz set about to making a most scrumptious autumn soup that fit my vegetarian needs while I made us a comfy pillow pallet.  I think we were both very successful in our endeavors.

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Artemis got a pillow pallet, too.


After dinner we huddled in our blankets while watching the nonsense that is Scream.  We had the fire on, some tasty doughnuts, and Scrubs to keep us company afterwards.

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All together, it ended up being a most excellent holiday.  Now, for snow days.

– The Sisters Ravens


Wreck N’ Write

Dearest Captain Spazzmataz,

I thoroughly enjoyed your Halloween post.  Tanner as a wee little garden gnome is, quite possibly, one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen.  I just can’t get over the beard.  Do you remember trick or treating with Winter when she was a little and a bumblebee?  Going around with her then was a lot of fun, so I imagine you also had a lovely Halloween.

My Halloween was also pretty fun.  Booboo and I dressed as Wayne and Garth from Wayne’s World, respectively.  We passed out candy at the homebase until 8ish, when we went to Ebbet’s to see some of our friends play music.  We didn’t stay too long because Corbin and Lauren were coming to the house to watch creepy movies.  We ended up backing out of the creepy factor and watched the Adam’s Family and James and the Giant Peach.  We talked over the majority of both, but it was a lot of fun.  Corbin and Lauren are always such good hosts; they cook all this food and have fun things to do.  I wanted to also be a good host, so I went way overboard and bought way too much junk food to compensate for my lack of cooking skills.  Snacks for days.

NaNoWriMo is, in fact, the abbreviation for National Novel Writing Month.  You can look up the website at, but to explain, it’s titled as “a month of literary abandon.”  The goal is to write a 50,000 word book in just a month.  Which is crazy.  You have to write 1700 words a day just take make it in time for the very last day of November.  I figure even if I don’t make it, the experience will be good for me.  I always get caught up in editing and psych myself out when I’m writing.  This isn’t so much about quality as it is about quantity with editing later.  This would at least give me something to work with.  After just two days, I’m on page 13 of the book reboot.

I am also excited about my visit.  Did you look at the pins?  Don’t forget to ask pops about pillows, blankets, and all that good stuff.  You’ll have to make sure I write while I’m in town.  Is there anything important we need to do beside hang out with Nonna and nom some Cheeburger Cheeburger?

I started over on the running program this week.  It’s been really awesome, actually.  I’m only on week one, so of course, that’s the easiest week.  But I remember how I felt doing week one way back at the beginning of this year when we started running, and the progress makes me really happy.  Now that it’s cold, I’m feeling a weird ankle pain thing when I run, though.  I’ll have to figure that one out.  Maybe Whitney can help.

For the wreckage!

I actually wrecked outside of the house today.  After he got off work, I met Sparhawk at Steak N’ Shake for a nice dinner time.  I decided that would be the sight of my glorious destruction of paper.

This week’s post card recipient will be Sparhawk’s younger brother, Josh.  Josh works with cars and is a very stereotypical boy.  I figured he wouldn’t mind a little mess, so I’m sending him this sucker.


Since this post card is all about making a mess, I decided to immediately use it as coaster for my sweaty water glass.


As time went on, Sparhawk got really involved in making the mess, smearing a little bit of every part of our dinner on the card.  You can’t quite see the mess in the picture below, but you sure can smell it.


I’m thinking I’m going to write some sort of message across the table cloth before I send this off.  So it might not be 100% finished.

Following the food theme, I chose this page for wreckage:


I originally started out just listing everything I saw, but Sparhawk wanted to get fancy with the phrasing.  Eventually it evolved into this masterpiece:


It might not be my prettiest wreckage, but it was a lot of fun.  I see Sparhawk a lot, so it also gave us something new and interesting to do while dining together.

I really liked your tye-dye idea.  It worked so well!  As an update, I sent Sparhawk’s momma that chain card, if you remember.  Well I got an update on it this weekend!  The card went from Rolla to a place called Cottage Grove, Minnesota, and now it’s going all the way to England.  I’m hoping people continue to send me updates on its progress.  I find it really exciting.

That’s all for me!  I hope you have a wonderful week at school, and I’m excited to see you at the end of it!  I’ll leave you with some sweater puppy pictures.  Because adorable.  You’re welcome.

– Super Koala

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P.S. Your post will be number 100!


Wrecking Late (with permission)

Dearest Super Koala,

I would gladly help you with your book, but what the heck is NaNoWriMo? I don’t even know how to pronounce it! Anyway, this week has been pretty fun. After coming home on Sunday, Shannalan called me up and asked if I would like to carve pumpkins! Actually, she called and asked if I was home, and when I said yes she demanded that we carve pumpkins, but I didn’t mind. Even though it was the first time I have ever done it, I wanted to make one that was really cool, so I looked on the wonderful world of google and decided to make an owl sitting on a tree branch. I accidentally cut out the wrong part of the pumpkin, but it still looks cool, so I am going with it.


Shannon made a Mike Wazowski inspired one eyed pumpkin, and Travis made a Jack Skellington face.


I think they all turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. Nothing special happened on Monday, just a regular B day. Tuesday I had my guitar lessons and signed up for solo and ensemble. I am going to do a solo and a saxophone quintet. If Wind Symphony gets 100% participation rate at solo and ensemble, then we won’t have any rehearsals during ANP next semester! That would be the best ever. Wednesday was the band banquet. It is really upsetting that I had to sign so many senior books. I am going to have zero friends next year. I took up an entire page in Shannon’s book. Thursday I had saxophone lessons and lots of homework which was another reason why I asked for a Friday date. Friday was fun. I dressed very Halloween themed to school, and then we went out to Aaron’s house for trick-or-treating with the kids. We just went up and down their street, but it was really cute to see Tanner waddle up to the doors. I took the sister bag, the second reason I asked for the Friday date, and I was so glad I had it. Before we got there, Mom insisted that we got something for the kids, so instead of buying them more candy, we stopped an Shnucks and got them cookies. We got the ones from the glass case, and the smallest container they had was a white paper bag. When we got to the checkout I realized that because I had by bag, with markers in it, I could decorate the bags. I wrote Happy Halloween on them and drew a pumpkin. It turned out really cute. Tanner was dressed as a garden gnome and Ady was Super Girl.

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After we got inside, Heater showed up with Jaden, Winter, and one of her friends, so then I took them around the neighborhood too. It was so cold, and my face was pretty well frozen by the time we got inside. Winter and her friend were dressed as babies and Jaden was the Scream. I am surprised he dressed as that because he was afraid of some of the decorations. When we turned around to head back Jaden asked if I would carry his bag, but I told him if he couldn’t carry it then he had enough candy. He carried it the rest of the way. That was the extent of my week; now on to the wrecking!

For my wreckage this week I decided to get a little messy.


I bundled up and waltzed right into the backyard to get some dirt. Here is how my master piece turned out.


This next one was pretty fun.


It didn’t get as dirty as I thought it would, but it is all about the journey.

face down on the ground

face down on the ground

kicking it in the dirt

kicking it in the dirt

kicking it in the grass

kicking it in the grass

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My book doesn’t close anymore.


For my first postcard, the messy theme continues. Mess is even in the title.


It took me a long time to figure out what to do with this page, but I finally figured it out. Tye-dye!

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before water

after water

after water

I guess it was a little on the clean side, but based on the wetness of the card, I don’t think I am going to be able to send it.

For my second postcard, I used this one.


I started by scraping into it with a stick, but that didn’t work to well. Then I went inside and got my exacto knife and reenforced the scrapes. I realized that when sending my postcards, your original one fell behind my desk, so I still have it. Whops. I will mail it tomorrow along with my carving to make up for it.


That is all for this week! I can’t wait for your post and your very fastly approaching visit!

– C.S.