UGH! Woke up at 6.40am, which is the exact time my alarm goes off in England. Hideous!
Had to do lots of errands with Vile today. Got to drive around in Kati’s Cabrio and just hang out with him while he raced about attempting to deal with a huge list of things in preparation for Halloween.
Got to see all the really exciting sights in Atlanta! Must have visited most of the art and craft stores, went to the farmer’s market, tattoo parlour, comicbook shop, Target (ooooh!! an escalator for shopping trolleys! wow!) etc etc!
Bill even took me on a special trip to visit a real genuine American Mall! *squeal!* We shared a Pepsi and he dragged me into the Apple Store at the Lenox Mall. (very nice btw, had to drag him back out again though) While we were wandering through in Mall dazed state this guy came up trying to sell one of those spidery head massage products. Pestered Bill til he agreed to try it out, at which point Bill almost jumped out of his skin when it got placed on his head. We ran away quickly and escaped.
Dropped by the tattoo parlour and Bill introduced me to a few of the guys. They were chilling out eating but looked like they were all hyped over Halloween and busy making giant scary creatures or something.
Had quesadilla for lunch at yet another strip mall type place. Got totally confused when I was asked if I wanted chips with it. Said no, as I was expecting him to be talking about chips, not tortillas.
After lunch the sun had come out and it was a really nice day, put the top down on the car. yay! Went to source some pumpkins for the pumpkin carving party that evening. Found a couple of stalls set up on the side of the road. Most odd.
Bill went all intense picking out pumpkins, it’s a serious business it seems. So cute! Matched his hair too. Awwww.
Picked up some alcohol from the Farmer’s Market, that’s an odd place. Stalls upon stalls selling produce from all over the world. The ceiling is festooned with flags of every nation.
Back at the house we watched Detroit Rock City and hung for a bit until it was time to go out to a Pumpkin Carving Party.
At which point tiredness totally hit and I was somewhat useless. Had fun attempting to carve my first pumpkin though, wasn’t really sure what I was doing and made a nice mess. Tried to do a scary evil owl pumpkin but was running out of time so Bill ended up helping my finish it. Kati did a Hello Kitty pumpkin.
All the pumpkins were then lit and assembled outside and judging took place. Mine made it through a fair few rounds before it succumbed and got put out. Not too bad. Screamed lots in support of Bill’s, okay I was bias but it was fab, and he ended up crowned Pumpkin King. Yay! Good job too, he’s so competitive, would probably have been unbearable and would have grouched all year if he’d lost. Very sweet though.
Perked up a bit when we got back to the house.
Oh and Kati made me a great cheese toasty because I hadn’t been able to eat anything at the party. I barely recognised what any of the food was and a lot seemed nutty, or I didn’t know and had to play safe. It had never occurred to me how accustomed you get to being able to recognise the food you eat! You’d have thought party food in England wouldn’t be that much different to the States, wrong! It might still be cake and nibbles but I had no idea what it was.
Stayed up late with Bill and watched Scrapheap Challenge after Kati retired to bed. Watched the dogs romp too.