My son, Jack, has more reason than others to celebrate Halloween. He was born on Halloween, 31st October 2002. When he was a baby, I used to call him “Jack O-Lantern” or “My ‘Lil Pumpkin Man”. The funny thing is, we don’t really celebrate Halloween. Jack always wants a party, and I always say “No”, as invariably, his special day being what it is, any party on that day would carry the expectation of having a Halloween theme. Plus all the trimmings. Which means more money spent. When he’s 18 he can throw his own Halloween-theme parties.
So, we try to have as normal a day as possible. Last year we bought Halloween decorations and a pumpkin. This year I’m proud to say I spent ZERO dollars on Halloween stuff. Instead, here’s what Geoff and I bought for Jack, for his 11th birthday:
A PS3 with Grand Theft Auto 5 and six other games. (Geoff wanted GTA5 on it as the music is by his beloved Tangerine Dream).
An Apple Mac Mini. We already had an Apple-compatible monitor, mouse and keyboard, as we have an old Mac G5. Jack had broken the screen of his laptop (last year’s present) 2 weeks after he got it, so now with the Mac Mini, we were back in business. It was a simple matter of hooking the Mac Mini to the peripherals, and off you go. Nevermind that I had to hunt high and low at Dick Smith and JBHiFi before I found the correct Male-Male DVI Adapter to link up the Mac Mini to the monitor, that’s another story ;-)!.
Lots of Lego! He wanted a Minecraft Lego set, so I sent off for it online. I also bought him some boxed sets of Lego. Some he can have today, some I’m holding back for Christmas.
A book “Beautiful Lego”, from Amazon. I sneaked a peek. There are some really talented folk out there creating the most amazing objects from Lego.
Treatwise, I made Jack his favourite chocolate cake. We call it “South Park Cake” as it’s made using Kilkenny. Get it? 😀 On Saturday, I’m treating him and his best friend Cooper to the movie Thor at the cinema. Cooper will be coming over on Saturday for lunch and play, then the movie and then some dinner and a sleepover til Sunday after breakfast. So that will be Jack’s real birthday party. For his birthday lunch at home with Cooper, I’m making some Mummy Hotdogs (frankfurters with slit arms and legs, wrapped in puff pastry then baked, to look like mummies), Bloody Fingers (crumbed chicken fingers dipped in ketchup), and Mummy Mini Pizzas (mini pizzas with ketchup eyes and mouth, draped with cheese strips). Some red raspberry-apple cordial will provide more bloody colour to the festivities.
For today, though, the 31st October itself, Jack’s school is holding its annual Michael Jackson “Thriller” dance. The students dress up as the undead and dance en-masse in the school field. They love it. I bought Jack 2 t-shirts, the one he’s wearing today for Thriller says “I’ve been bit!” and the text is covered in blood. The other one is white with blood-spattered words on it saying “Zombie Hunter”, and Jack will wear that on Saturday for his party. Any food stains on the white will only add to the authenticity of the situation lol.
And I created this image for Jack to be used for a t-shirt design, but he’s delighted enough to have it as his desktop image on his new Mac Mini.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY BEAUTIFUL SON, JACK! LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK! ♥♥♥
HAPPY HALLOWEEN 2013!
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