As you approach the briefing room seems rather dimly lit and what lighting there is seems to be flickering. You peer in to find a decor that appears to have been recreated out of leftover Hogwarts props from the Harry Potter movies.
A short individual dressed apparently as ‘Big Helmet’ from the movie Space Balls points in your direction and says”YOU! Find a seat were almost ready to start! Don’t complain about the Candy Corn Trick or Treat gift on each spot on the benches either. You have no idea how much Schwartz it took to keep it out of the hands and mouth of a hopped up on sugar Dragon.”
He heads for the stairs to ascend to the podium and trips over something. He stops and 2 CyberLethals dressed as security bots from the 1979 Disney movie ‘The Black Hole” help Lethal remove his big helmet.
Begorrah! Not only is that thing hot, stuffy and heavy, you can’t see a bloody thing out of it! I’m bloody well telling Rick Moranis I want me gold back for it! Things a bloody death trap.
In case ye’ve not made the intellectual leap Friday is Halloween. While this might not be me usual normal big deal issue, I’ve tried to special it up a bit in keeping with our décor this week.
What was that in the back? What do you do with your candy corn if your not insane enough to eat it? Well I’ve it on good authority that the dust bin in the corner over there is actually Impish in his office Halloween costume ,so you might as well toss it inside. Yes I agree quite realistic looking. What gave him away? The puddle of Dragon drool growing under it and his conspicuous absence from the room.
Now if you’ll excuse me I’m sure I have a deadline looming for one class or another.
So I went to confession on Saturday evening before Mass and started with the usual.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been 4 weeks since my last confession.
Last night, I beat the living s..t out of an Obama supporter.”
The Priest responds, “My son, I’m here to forgive your sins, not to discuss your community service.”
Its been years since Impish was that lucky!
How to Turn a Cute & Innocent Teddy Bear into a Man-Eating Grizzly Zombie for Halloween
The Top 5 Zombie Pick-Up Lines
- “The first time I saw you, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. Guess I was half right.”
- “Ya know, brains aren’t the only thing I’m good at eating…”
- “I used to have sex all the time, but things have fallen off.”
- “I’m Keith Richards, nice to meet you.”
And the Number One Zombie Pick-Up Line…
- “Nice piece of ass you’ve got there; whose is it?
Frankenstein wasn’t very compliant.
He was mad and annoyed and defiant.
But he happened to pass Anger management class__
And turned into The Jolly Green Giant.
A monster that took many dips
In Loch Ness grew so wide in the hips.
It was her sea food diet: She would see food, then try it.
She especially liked fish and ships.
A witch burnt her butt on a candle.
She was angry. It was such a scandal.
She jumped on her broom And zoomed to her doom.
Went too fast, so she flew off the handle!
An innocent fellow named Tim
Met a zombie quite horrid and grim.
Tim patted its head Before it had fed.
I wonder what happened to him.
A ghost and a witch with a broom
And a ghoul and a bat in a room
Stayed up very late So that they could debate
About who should be frightened of whom!
Speaking of Diamen she sent Impish and I this photo of her Halloween costume. She was apparently shooting for being a cousin of Daisy Mae from Dogpatch…one Diaman Mae from Pumpkinpatch.
Strangely both Impish and I now have a hankering for pumpkin pie!
Double Trouble [Harry Potter Film]
I’m not sure if there is a trick involved but I found this next video a heck of a treat
A MUST SEE TAP DANCE DUEL BY US SEMINARIANS!!
Video of priests’ dance-off goes viral
American priests studying in Rome light up the stage with dance
A video of two priests engaged in a hearty dance-off has gone viral.
The Rev. David Rider, 29, of Hyde Park, New York, and the Rev. John Gibson, 28, of Milwaukee, are American priests studying in Rome. They first shot to Internet fame when they were filmed dancing in April during a fundraiser at the North American College.
Rider’s specialty is tap, while Gibson’s is Irish dance.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for baking dish
One 12-ounce bag egg noodles (or 4 cups)
1 pound tuna in oil, drained and flaked
10 ounces frozen peas, thawed
1 1/2 cups shredded Irish Cheddar
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon whole dried thyme
Freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups chicken stock or broth
2 cups heavy cream
3 cups panko breadcrumbs (Japanese)
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the casserole: Preheat the oven to 375degrees F. Butter a 13- by 9-inch ovenproof dish or lasagna dish and set aside.
Cook the egg noodles in salted boiling water according to package directions for al dente, about 8 minutes. Drain and immediately place the noodles in a large bowl filled with ice water to stop the cooking. Once cooled, drain and then pour the pasta into a large bowl with the tuna, peas and both cheeses. Toss to combine.
In a large pan with straight sides, add the 2 tablespoons butter, the olive oil, onions and thyme. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper and cook on medium heat until the onions are tender and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and cook gently until tender and darkened, about 5 minutes more. Add the Worcestershire sauce and horseradish, and then sprinkle the flour over the entire pan. Stir to help the flour soak into the vegetables and cook a minute more to lose the flour taste. Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chicken stock. Cook until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, and then slowly stir in the heavy cream. Simmer until the cream is thickened slightly, about 4 minutes more. Taste and season with salt if needed. Pour the mushroom sauce over the prepared noodles in the large bowl and quickly stir to combine. Immediately pour into the prepared dish.
For the topping: In a small bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and olive oil. Season with a sprinkle of salt and a grind or two of pepper. Stir until the crumbs soak up the oil evenly. Sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of the dish and place, uncovered, in the oven until the sides are bubbly and the top is golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let it rest 5 minutes before serving.
TOFFEE POKE CAKE
1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size), plus box ingredients
1 jar (17 oz.) butterscotch-caramel ice cream topping
1 carton (12 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed
3 Heath candy bars (1.4 ounces each), chopped
Prepare and bake cake according to package directions, using a greased 13×9-in. Baking pan.
Cool on a wire rack.
Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes in cake.
Pour 3/4 cup caramel topping into holes.
Spoon remaining caramel over cake.
Top with whipped topping.; sprinkle with candy.
Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Yield: 15 servings.
No-Bake Peanut Butter-Chocolate Bars
Total Time: 4 hr. 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive: 4 hr.
Yield: 12 bars
24 chocolate wafer cookies
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
4 ounces semisweet chocolate morsels, melted
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup creamy all-natural peanut butter
1/2 cup 2-percent Greek yogurt
2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/4 cup chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
For the crust: Line an 8-inch square pan with foil so it overhangs on two sides and lightly coat with cooking spray. Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground. Add the melted butter and process again until the crumbs are coated with the butter; add the melted chocolate and process until the mixture is the texture of very wet sand. Using an offset spatula, press the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan, cover and refrigerate while preparing the filling. Clean out the food processor bowl.
For the filling and topping: Add the cream cheese, peanut butter, yogurt and sugar to the bowl of the food processor and process until smooth and combined. Pour the mixture over the crust and smooth with a spatula. Top with the peanuts and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Cover and refrigerate until set slightly looser than cream cheese, about 4 hours up to overnight.
Run a knife around the edges of the mixture to loosen, use the foil handles to lift it out, cut into 12 bars and serve chilled.
Here’s another little scare for the likes o ya wee mortals! After Halloween there are only 54 shopping days till Christmas! <giggling> Oh Begorrah! I never get tired of the panicked screams that come after that announcement!
This Halloween costume costs $1.6 million
Million Dollar Morphsuit is encrusted head to toe with 70,000 diamonds
Author: By Kathryn Vasel CNNMoney
Availability: Made to order in 4-6 weeks
Size: Bespoke Custom Fit
For when the Tuxedo Morphsuit just isn’t smart enough Morph into a million, literally. If you like bling, shiny things and have £1million lying around the one and only Million Pound Morph is the morphsuit for you.
- 1 Million Facebook fans can’t be wrong.
- We started this, we’re the original and we are the best.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) – What does a million-dollar Halloween costume look like? Hint: It gives new meaning to the phrase “dripping with diamonds.”
The Million Dollar Morphsuit is encrusted head to toe with 70,000 diamonds. While the costume is currently locked away in a vault in London, it can be purchased by anyone willing to shell out £1 million ($1.6 million).
The price tag might be scary, but the costume is pretty glamorous.
The company used its signature “morphsuit” as the base — a skin-tight spandex suit that covers the entire body, including the head — and bedazzled the silver suit in diamonds of various carats.
The costume is “a bit heavy” and can be hard to see out of given all the bling, said Gregor Lawson, co-founder of MorphCostumes. “It’s probably not the most comfortable of our offerings, but if you roll the head part down, you can still be covered 90% in diamonds.”
For those not willing to shell out six figures on a costume, the company has other options in its high-end “WTF” line.
Overkill, The Giant Zombie-Killing Robot costume promises to turn the wearer into “a living legend” and sells for $25,000. The robot-looking costume has laser effects, legs with stilts, a one-piece torso with LED lighting, controllable finger sheaths and a giant headpiece. It’s also equipped with a fan.
The custom-fit Invisible Cowboy Premium Costume costs $2,500 and has a head that can move in all directions.
While these costumes take Halloween spending to the next level, Americans will be celebrating the holiday in record numbers this year. The National Retail Federation reported more than two-thirds of Americans will buy a costume and spend a total of $2.8 billion on their outfits this year.
Of course, MorphCostumes has more affordable options. The company has more than 300 costumes with an average price of $30-$45.
Lawson said the typical customer is generally male, between 16-24 years old and loves the anonymity that a morphsuit can offer.
“It’s like having X-ray vision, you can see out, but they can’t see in. They are completely encased and people say, ‘oh my god that’s the coolest thing I’ve seen.'”
No, I don’t actually have one…yet. Pay attention Santa!
Daylight Saving Time: Keep it year round
By Scott C. Yates October 24, 2014 — Updated 1302 GMT (2102 HKT)
(CNN) — On Sunday, November 2, it will again be the end of Daylight Saving Time. Many of us will be muttering to ourselves as we wander around resetting all of our various clocks — on the thermostat, clock radio and stove, among other places.
Sure, you’ll get an extra hour of sleep by turning back the clock by an hour in the fall. But if you have a regular day job, you’ll be commuting home in the dark instead of in daylight come the following day.
Why do we do this every fall? And why do we dial forward the clock by an hour every spring?
Daylight Saving Time has been around for a good part of 20th century, but there’s no really good reason why we should continue with the status quo.
The U.S. government started moving into and out of “Daylight Saving Time” during World War I to copy the Germans, who said they were doing it to save fuel. When the war ended, the U.S. government wisely repealed the law since it proved unpopular.
During WWII, it came back — again with the notion that it would somehow conserve resources. After the second war, the U.S. converted factories from making bombs to making cars and consumer products. The GIs came home. But Daylight Saving Time just stuck around.
Numerous polls show that people want to stay in Daylight Saving Time year round, or at least just stick with either Standard or Daylight time and stop switching clocks around. Two states, Arizona and Hawaii, already keep their clocks the same all year long.
We may have reached a tipping point to end the clock-changing madness.
First, the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report in 2008 that examined the impact of extended Daylight Saving Time. A four-week extension would save approximately 0.5% of electricity per day for the country. Put in perspective, it’s enough energy to power 100,000 households for a year.
The second strong case for staying in Daylight Saving Time year round is that we can save lives. A recent study shows the switching of clocks in the spring causes a 25% jump in heart attacks in the few days following the switch, confirming earlier research that point out the shift in time can disrupt the quality of sleep and biological rhythms.
Taking away an hour of sleep and jolting you awake in the predawn darkness is simply bad for your health, especially if you are elderly or have a heart condition, researchers noted.
So here’s the question: If you have a chance to save lives and save electricity, would you do it?
Sure you would, right? But you haven’t, and neither have I. Why? Maybe because we’re all a little too sleep deprived and discombobulated to do something after all that clock-changing.
Last year, a member of the Missouri legislature proposed moving the state to permanent Daylight Saving Time if 19 other states would join its effort. The state House voted to approve the measure, HB340, but it didn’t go anywhere in the Senate.
The idea is smart and worth revisiting. The hard part is how to get this more traction. Here’s an alternative proposal: Legislatures pass a bill whereby if at least 31 other states pass similar bills, their state will then switch to permanent Daylight Saving Time. With Arizona and Hawaii already in, that adds up to two-thirds, or 33, states. Thirty-three is the number of states needed to pass a constitutional amendment, and while this is not a constitutional issue, it seems like a good standard to meet.