Sunday Evening Reading

The costume creation was a success…until we arrived at the party in the middle of a rainstorm (ah Ireland).  The costumes held up in the rain, although I am going to fix a few things on Isaac’s costume before Round 2: School Halloween Day.  I have pictures of Liesl and Isaac. – basically running from car to car in “Trunk or Treat”.   All of the pictures of Patrick also have other kids in them, and I don’t want to post them online without permission from other parents.  We have two more Halloween events, so I’m sure I’ll get more pictures between now and then.

While I recover from my weekend of costume building and a Halloween candy-induced coma, some Sunday reading for you.


Oh, how I love McSweeney’s for a snarky dose of satire.

Lists like this one make the rounds every holiday season, but it is a great reminder that some of the best gifts aren’t toys.

Expat Life:

Nine Expats You’ll Meet Abroad.  I know several of these people, and a few more hit a little too close to home!

The Literary United States map.  I found this map fascinating!


We are making this tonight to go with our sliders, because Ireland has no shortage of potatoes…

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

x Rheagan

Halloween Costume Purgatory

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of posts this week.  Tonight, Brad and I have been in Halloween costume purgatory.  The annual expat Halloween party is tomorrow, and we hadn’t started finished the kids’ costumes.  This year, I made the mistake of asking the kids, “What would you like to be for Halloween?”  rather than suggesting some cheap/easy to find costumes.

  • Isaac requested Dusty from Planes. Super. That should be easy to find on this island.
  • Liesl requested Rosie from Thomas the Tank Engine. “Because purple is my favorite color!”
  • Patrick wanted to be a fire truck.  Never mind that perfectly good fireMAN costume we already have.  Oh no…if his siblings were going as something original, so was he.

So, Brad and I spent most of the evening cutting, painting, and sewing.

There was the cutting of the panels

The drying of the panels.

The realization that the paint was not drying, and thus an effort to speed it along.

The cutting, trimming, and raiding the Halloween candy stash.

And the carnage at the end.


We’re not done yet, but the paint has to dry overnight.  Next year, all the kids are going as ghosts.

Goodnight all, xRheagan