Not So Scary

It’s Halloween!!!

Today is Halloween. It is also called Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Eve, or All Saints’ Eve. Halloween is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31st. This day is the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows’ Day, a period of time dedicated to remembering the dead, including saints (hallows), martyrs, and all the faithful departed believers. According to many scholars, All Hallows’ Eve is a Christian feast initially influenced by Celtic harvest festivals. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating or carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted house attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films. Tonight I went trick-or-treating, of course!

This year, I thought I’d move away from last year’s scary costume to one that is fun and quirky.  At my dance studio, we were allowed to dress in our costumes for class all week.  A couple of girls forgot to wear theirs, so we got clothes from the lost and found box (it’s pretty big) and made them crazy costumes…. And for some strange reason, everybody kept asking me for gum. LOL! My costume is a Gumball Machine. They were all desperate for a treat from me. A couple of girls even wanted to open my costume up and get the gum.  Ha Ha.  They are really foam balls.  My mom bought my costume from Chasing Fireflies.  Check out my pictures below and look, I even dressed up Ziggy.  He’s Count Zigula!

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Ziggy Dressing Up

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The “Tails” of Ziggy, the Dog

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Tonight I want to talk about my dog, Ziggy.  He’s a shih-tzu.  His “birthday” is October 15, another reason why October is a big month around here.  Back during the spring of 2011, my brother was ending his first year of middle school.  He was going to the same school I go to now.  Well, he got in trouble all during sixth grade.  My parents were so fed up with him getting phone calls home and being in detention, so my mom made a deal with him.  If he didn’t get in trouble for the rest of the year, she told him she’d buy him a pet.  He decided that he wanted a turtle.  My mom had a box turtle as a pet when she was younger.  She said that her Uncle Elmo (yes, Elmo, short for Elmer) found him in the dessert when he was moving from Las Vegas.  His name was Herbie and he lived for an unusually long time – like ten years or something!  So, my brother, Jacob, wanted a turtle too.  First, he had to make it through the rest of the school year without getting into any more trouble.  Well, lo and behold, he did it!  So, my mom set out to get him a turtle.  She and my dad went to the pet store and all they had were aquatic turtles.  They went to another pet store and then another and no land/box turtles – only aquatic ones.  We would have had to have an aquarium-like environment for them with a rock of some kind so they could come out of the water periodically and lamps for sunning themselves.  That’s not what we wanted, so we finally went to a reptile place.  When we got there, we still didn’t see the turtles that we wanted.  So, we asked the store’s owner.  She freaked out.  She told us that in our state that it was illegal to own a box turtle and that if we were caught with one, we could face fines or go to jail!  Illegal?  Jail?  She was basically foaming at the mouth.  I know she was passionate about reptiles, but jeez lady, calm down!  We didn’t know.  And what’s so funny about the state I live in is that we see box turtles on the road all the time, we just never stopped to pick one up and keep it as a pet.  But, the alligators she was selling were legal?  Really?!

Well, that was a bust.  No turtle for Jacob.  So, then I had a plan.  I told Jacob to go to mom and tell her that instead of a turtle, he wanted a dog.  I started researching dogs.  I spent all summer looking up different breeds of dogs and writing down facts about them.  Which ones are child friendly?  Which ones don’t shed?  This went on all summer long.  Still, by fall we didn’t have a dog.  Well, in October, I was looking through the newspaper.  I saw that our town’s botanical garden was having a big grand re-opening downtown over the weekend with all kinds of activities for families.  I also saw that they were having a pet adoption fair.  I asked my parents if we could go.  I didn’t tell them about the pet adoption fair, though.  Well, on Saturday, October 15th, we went downtown.  We went through the greenhouse and botanical gardens, walked through the park, watched a performance or two, ate lots of food, and right before we were about to leave, I pointed in the direction of the dog park.  My mom asked me why I wanted to go to a dog park because we didn’t even have a dog.  I told her that I just wanted to see other people’s dogs.  She said okay and so off we went.

When we got there, much to her and my dad’s surprise, there was a pet adoption fair going on.  Wow!  What a coincidence!  It was still going on, but about to close up.  There were about a dozen dogs left that hadn’t been adopted.  All kinds of dogs in cages all lined up along the sidewalk.  I felt sorry for them and wished we could take them all home, but my mom wasn’t having that.  They were all so friendly and wild and running around and moving about in their cages and barking.  One of them had just had surgery to have a tumor removed.  It was cute and white and fluffy, with the exception that half of its fur on its side had been shaved off.  My mom looked at the dogs one by one moving up and down the cages.  She said that we tricked her.  My dad was just rolling his eyes and sighing.  He really didn’t want a dog.  My mom didn’t either, but she likes for us to be happy and she did promise Jacob a pet.  She passed along all the cages, went back to a few of them to pet the dogs through the cages and finally stopped at one.  There was a little white and brown dog inside.  It was a shih-tzu and through all the noise of the barking dogs, it was sleeping in the warm 70 degree October sun.  My mom said, “Hey, I like this one.  It’s sleeping.  Maybe it won’t be any trouble.”  The lady took him out of his cage and put a leash on him and gave him to my brother and said, “Go, take him for a walk.”  We all did.  My dad kept saying, “No.”  My mom was still deciding.  The lady called over to us to tell us that we didn’t have much time and that she was about to close up.  Jacob announced, “We’re taking him.  We’re not leaving here without him!”  I said, “I agree.”  After a little bit of paperwork and $150 later (my dad likes to remind us of that), we walked out of there with Ziggy.  He was about 2 or 3 years old when we adopted him three years ago.  Every year we celebrate his birthday.  He is so quiet and subdued, just like my mom had hoped for.  Good job mom, picking the little dog sleeping in the cage!  So, I am going to add a new section to my blog called, The “Tails” of Ziggy, the Dog.  I’ll keep you updated on all things Ziggy, so stay tuned……………………………….

OOTD/Pink Out Day/My Birthday/Tutu Tuesday

Hey Everybody,

It’s me, Ainsley. Today was a busy day, but it was a really fun day too.  First of all, it’s my birthday. I’m officially twelve years old. I celebrated my birthday earlier in the week with my family, but today I got lots of birthday wishes from my friends at school.  The girls at my lunch table sang happy birthday to me and I brought a red velvet cake bundtlet with cream cheese icing from Nothing Bundt Cakes to share with everybody.

It was also Pink Out Day at school today.  Everybody was supposed to wear pink in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer is a terrible disease and a form of cancer that affects women the most.   According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.  The National Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor, Janelle Hail.  She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 34.  At the time of her diagnosis, there was little information about the disease, and she was forced to make a decision about her health with few options.  After her treatment, Janelle made a commitment to help women around the world by educating them about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.  NBCF’s mission is to help women by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services.  There is currently no known cure for breast cancer, and its early diagnosis is critical to survival.  That’s why NBCF works with hospitals to provide free mammograms to women in all 50 states.

Well, a big group of us girls (and some boys too) wore pink tutus to school to honor breast cancer.  We all looked super cute.  So, my Outfit of the Day (OOTD) today is a pink turtleneck underneath a charcoal colored birthday shirt (This is my birthday shirt) and a pink tutu.  The pink tutu was pretty short so I layered it over a longer black tutu.  I also wore black legging and sparkly black combat boots.  Oh yeah, check out the pink ribbon in my hair too.  My mom braided it into my braids.  Finally, my outfit qualifies me for Tutu Tuesday! Take a look at what I wore below…….

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Happy Birthday to Me!

 

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Happy birthday to me!  Happy birthday to me!  Today I celebrated my 12th birthday at home with my family.  Today isn’t actually my birthday.  It isn’t until Tuesday, but we celebrated today because my brother and I both have activities after school on Tuesday.  I have dance and he has band, which doesn’t leave us enough time to have a birthday dinner at home on my real birthday, celebrating ME!!!  I got to pick what I wanted for dinner, so I chose pork spare ribs, mashed potatoes, and sautéed cabbage and it was delicious.  I had a white – white chocolate cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  I got an I-phone 5s as an early birthday present a couple of weeks ago.  Today, my big sister bought me some Ugg boots with a bow on the back.  My parents got me an Arch Genie to help me stretch my feet to prepare for pointe shoes in ballet, as well as dance booties to keep my feet warm in the dance studio.  My brother gave me a big ol’ bag of gum and candy. And I also got a stuffed cow that I put in my mom’s Amazon cart back in the summer.  It is so cute!  Finally, my grandmas both gave me money.  My birthday was awesome!  I am looking forward to life this year as a twelve year old and anticipating all the great things ahead!  And of course, I’ll be sharing it all with you on my blog, so stay tuned…………………..

Been Bullied? There’s help available.

In honor of Bullying Prevention Month,  I wanted to share with you another website that I found that will help you if you are:

  • a kid who is being bullied,
  • a kid who is a witness to the bullying of somebody else and you don’t know what you can do to help them, or
  • a parent or teacher who needs training or resources to help you identify signs that somebody is being bullied, target bullying behavior, or need help addressing bullying behavior.

This website is called The Bully Project at www.thebullyproject.com and it was inspired by the film, Bully.  Bully is actually a documentary.  According to the website, over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year.  Bullying is the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation.  If you don’t know what you can do to help, visit this website and together we can all put an end to bullying forever.