It seems as though all I've done for the past month is play dress up. I last left you with the spooky proof of my undead-ness. Somehow I revived myself just in time to accompany my favorite little cowboy to two Halloween parties. Em and I joined the ranks of the cow pokes to chaperone Gavin the Kid. He's quick with the lariat, and relentless in his temper. I think he had a blast gathering candy from strangers (though he didn't eat any of it).
Later on in the night, I switch my cowboy hat for elf ears, and Charles and I went out on the town. We went to a costume party at a club nearby. We were the first ones on the dance floor, and I preceded to rock out. Within half an hour, the floor was so crowded we couldn't move. It was fun nonetheless.
Next up, (the morning after Halloween), we celebrated Samhain, the Celtic New Year by attending the wonderful bagpipe-filled festival nearby. I was in heaven as the pipers piped. I can't explain how much I love that sound. Also, I found a wicked nifty hair thing. :)
Dia de los Muertos coincides with both of the aforementioned holidays. In fact, the modern versions of all three are sort of piled into one holiday for me. Their origins are based on the same ideas, only modern commercialism has infiltrated them. However, Tucson is the best place ever for sifting through the corruption and learning to appreciate the meaning behind it all. I did my own little altar for Dia de los Muertos, and then we joined up with the All Soul's Procession. My pictures don't do it justice, so you should all read about it and see the pictures at allsoulsprocession.org. It attracted thousands of people. It was amazing. The finale was the burning of the huge community urn and a performance by Flam Chen.
All told, I had a wonderful time. Next up, I'll be cooking for Thanksgiving and then heading out to San Diego for a little vacation.
PS- I'm thankful for all of you. :)