Something Spooky Finale, Or: Happy Halloween!

Day 25: “Shadows and Spirits” at the Capitol

Ghost hunter Sabrina and I took a tour of the State Capitol, led by “spirits” and lit the way it was 100 years ago (which is to say: dimly). The tour guide/ghosts were great, and I learned some things (it was put on by the Minnesota Historical Society). I tried to take a picture of a sign that said “Please Do Not Lean On The Historical Table,” but was forbidden.

Spooky State Capitol

This was also forbidden, but I’m a rebel.

Day 26: “Caves and Graves” Tour around St. Paul

I’ve already mentioned that I love the Wabasha Street Caves. Gangsters AND ghosts? I’m on board. This tour started at the caves, where we were all released to ghost hunt through a couple of unfinished caves.

Wabasha Street Cave Candle

Then we loaded up on a bus and drove around St. Paul, learning some great macabre history of the town, like the story of William Williams (the last man executed in Minnesota) and Louis Arbogast (the oldest unsolved murder in St. Paul).

My interests are vast.

Day 27: St. Paul BOOs Crawl

This was essentially Halloween for the 20-something set, since who wants to bar-hop on a Wednesday? (Answer: lots of people, just not me) After doing slightly terrible things to Dorothy and Toto for Zombie Pub Crawl this year, I kind of made it up to them by doing this:

Desaturated Dorothy

Dorothy…before the rainbow.

Props to my friend/makeup artist Kelly for making us look like living photoshops.

Day 28: Pumpkin Lantern

Since I’m better with power tools than I am with knives, I decided to break out the drill and three bits and make my itty-bitty pumpkin into a luminary.

Pumpkin Luminary

I made a huge mess, and I can barely fit a tea light in there, but I like my tiny, dotty pumpkin.

Day 29: Treehouse of Horror

My dad recently gifted me with an antenna (and a new TV) so that he has something to look at when he comes to visit. I’m still getting used to having channels for the first time in over 4 years, but it came in handy while switching back and forth between SuperStorm Sandy coverage (consider donating to the Red Cross, blood or money!) and a rerun of a Simpsons episode.

Day 30: Facepainting at the YWCA

Am I an expert facepainter? Heavens no. But can I draw a ghost, a pumpkin, or something that vaguely resembles a cat onto squirmy, sugared up children who do not have immediate access to mirrors? Heck yes I can! And I can do it while dressed like a fairy princess.

Unfortunately, I can also forget I’m dressed like a fairy princess and accidentally wear a tutu into a deli, but that’s my challenge.

Day 31: HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Today I dressed up as a princess again at work.  My mother makes tutus for toddlers, and “felt bad” she never made one for me as a toddler. So she made one for me now. Logic! This tutu is amazing. It pairs perfectly with my silver heels, which are impossible to walk in, so I’ve been hobbling around, leaving a trail of glitter in my totally graceful wake. Not a single person asked me to take my toy back to the caaaaahpet, but I did win a costume  contest.

Now I’m in costume number 4 for the month – some sort of generic witch devil, aka “everything black and red in my closet and a headband from Walgreens” – reminiscing about Halloween ’91 (as we Minnesotans like to do), and waiting impatiently for trick-or-treaters to arrive. I hope everyone has enjoyed October as much as I have!

BOOOOOooooooOOOOOOO!

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Best Things of the Week!

I’m not feeling super great today, so this will be both a short post and a way to cheer myself up.

1. I’m Certifiable!

A few weeks ago, I took a class at Dakota County Technical College; this week, I found out I passed — I am now a Certified Master of Social Media.

Social Media images

Internet, you just got owned.

Does this mean I know everything there is to know about social media? Obviously not. But I do have a good knowledge base and a good idea of how to keep up on this world. (’90s Rachel still can’t believe this is her life, by the way)

2. Lazy Saturday – my life isn’t all pedicures and shoe shopping

Look, sometimes a girl just wants to kick back with an old friend, grab some beer and some delivery Chinese, and play some SuperNintendo.

SNES control

As a Master of Social Media it's important to keep up on new technology.

3. Boooooo!

My love of ghost tours is already established.  I fell in love with the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul during a tour last year.  The speakeasy/gangster history gets me (Tommy gun marks in the fireplace!), and it’s on the list of most haunted places in Minnesota.

front of the caves

My fellow ghost-hunting enthusiast Sabrina flew in for a visit this weekend and we decided to visit the Caves for the monthly “All Souls” Tour.  It was almost more fun – and creepier – than last time.  I absolutely recommend this place and can’t wait to go on the other tour offerings.  Particularly the gangster tour.

John Dillinger and Rachel

John Dillinger, you can be my ghost boyfriend.