Halloweekend

This weekend was filled with rollercoasters, spooky theme parks and some Halloween festivities.

But none of those things were nearly as frightening as another thing I experienced. More on that later.

First, here’s a demonstration of what I was dealing with pretty much throughout the entire week…Suffice it to say that I was ready for the weekend.

To add to my excitement the first thing on my to-do list (weekend version) was meet up with Natalie for a mid-day frozen yogurt outing!

We meet up downtown to soak up the sunny weather by walking along the main street. After a while of chatting, we built of a bit of an appetite, so we stopped in on 3 Spoons, Lawrence’s best (and only) frozen yogurt place.

The moment I saw that the shop was offering a pumpkin pie flavor, I was sold. The only problem was that I didn’t know what fruit would pair well with pumpkin. Not wanting to take any chances, I just played it safe…

Consumed: Pumpkin pie and dark chocolate flavored frozen yogurt. Topped with a few Reese’s and Halloween Oreo crumbles.

Oh well. For being low on fruit, this was still way high on deliciousness.

I had to swing back into the newsroom for a little bit of wrap-up work. By that time, for no particular reason, I was feeling really achy and had an inescapable headache. Still, Dan and I had plans to go to  Worlds of Fun, which was temporarily taken over for “Halloween Haunt,” so I wanted to persevere.

On the way to Dan’s, I swung by Subway to pick up a couple of $5 footlongs for an on-the-go dinner.

Poor college girl’s trick: Whenever I go out to eat, I do a mental calculation of how much it would cost me to prepare the same meal from scratch. Usually, I can make the meal at home for a lot less. But, as in the case of Subway, it actually costs less for me to eat out than to buy all the individual ingredients.

Anyway, Dan and I packed in a car with a few other guys from his hall and hit the road for Kansas City, eating the sandwiches en route (Dan ate all of his, I saved half of mine for lunch the next day).

I was actually feeling a bit worse by the time we made it to the park (which I made clear to Dan), but went along on a few of the rides.

We didn’t end up leaving until just after midnight, but the night wasn’t even scheduled to end there: Our driver was set on going by Waffle House, aka “the sketchiest restaurant in the midwest.”

With a combination of exhaustion and sickness, I think I was on the far side of consciousness by that point. But, I didn’t want to be left in the car (edit: I didn’t want to be left in the cold car) so I ventured inside Waffle House.

I definitely wasn’t in the mood for cross-contaminated hashbrowns, so I decided to skip the meal and just enjoy the show…

Basically, among the waitresses, the cook and the drunken patrons, I couldn’t tell who was most upset. After a very heated yelling match between the waitresses and one table of men, the cops were even called to escort the men off the premises.

I wanted to leave, and not just because I wanted to sleep. There was a moment that I was honestly afraid for my life.

The good news is that Dan said he had the best omelet he’s had in two years. I think the other guys were similarly absorbed in their food.

Against all odds, I did indeed make it home safe and sound.

The next day, I slept more than any person really has a right to. But, when I woke up that afternoon (yes, afternoon), I felt extremely refreshed.

And that was a good thing, because there was another big night to prepare for: Halloween festivities!

For months, I’d heard from Dan that he was most certainly going to get his money’s worth of a banana suit he bought last year. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to be a monkey or apple, but I was stumped on what else would go with a banana.

Then, it came to me: Chiquita Banana!We met up with Rebecca and Cameron (who are engaged!) to go over to a party at another scholarship hall.

The party was themed “Heaven and Hell,” so we divided our time between socializing in Heaven (upstairs) and dancing in Hell (downstairs).

Later on, everyone gathered outside for a costume contest, which gave me a good view of all the best costumes of the night.

Personally, I was a fan of the panda in the left corner. The party officially ended at 11 o’clock, but we left a little early to go to another friend’s party. We didn’t stay there too late, so I ended up getting to sleep at a reasonable-for-Halloween time.

That meant that not only did I get up in time for church, but I was able to swing by Dan’s to make us a batch of pancakes!

Easy Pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C whole-wheat flour
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 flax egg (alternatively, one whole egg)
  • 1 C soy milk (alternatively, skim milk)
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 1/4 C add-ins (I used chocolate chips!)

Directions:

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mix together flours, cinnamon and baking powder.
  • In another bowl, beat together flax egg, milk and vanilla.
  • Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture. Mix in add-ins and then allow batter to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat skillet to medium-high. Grease pan and pour on 1/4 C batter. Cook until pancakes until bubbling on one side and then flip and finish cooking on the other side.

It wasn’t the “trick or treat” kind of Halloween of my childhood, but I’ll take some good pancakes over butterfingers any day! Plus, pancakes in the comfort of my home sure beat a potentially deadly experience at Waffle House.

Questions: Is Waffle House or IHOP more sketchy in your area? What did you do to celebrate Halloween?

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4 responses to “Halloweekend

  • bonne_santé

    We don’t have either down under, but we DO have plenty of shady kebab joints that are often the scenes of late-night testosterone-fueled craziness. What’s the correlation between greasy food and violence? Ha.
    I also love your hourly to-do-list breakdown. Thought I was the only one!

  • Lucy Glover

    You were the only one in the group with any good sense. You made two great life defining decisions. The first was not to eat anything at the Waffle House. The second was wanting to get out of there! Dan had us rolling with laughter with this story. We have never been in a calm Waffle House but this was more than usual as the police had to be called. What a funny memory.

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