Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Adventures in Halloween Town

Since Pat and Catherine left for Vegas, I haven't been getting out much (not that I get out much anyway). It's difficult to have adventures when you don't leave the house, and cabin fever sucks, so yesterday, Kendra and I braved the outside world and went downtown. As sick as I was of my basement, it was kind of a stupid idea to go out. As a precursor to this story, I probably should have mentioned that I forgot to give my long-acting insulin the night before last.

For those of you who aren't in the Diabeetus Club, long-acting insulin is given (usually) once a day and its effectiveness peaks several hours after being given. The long-acting I'm on actually doesn't peak; it just provides a constant base. Short-acting or fast-acting insulin peaks much quicker. It only takes about 15 minutes to peak and is given before eating. Forgetting my long-acting means there's no insulin in my system while I'm sleeping, so my bloodsugar rises unchecked. When I woke up, my bloodsugar was 20.1 (it should be between 4 and 7) and I felt quite like dying. That meant I could look forward to a day of widely fluctuating bloodsugars. Fun.

I kept a close eye on my bloodsugar during our time in the mall (no seizures!), but it eventually dropped down to 3.4 (that means food time). It took a good 20-30 minutes to actually get back to the food court (it's about a 30 second walk). The mall was filled with familiar faces and people who love "chatting". After conquering the Jungle of Social Niceties, we ate pretty quickly and left the mall behind. That's where the adventure really began.

There's a new store in town, nicknamed The Halloween Store. I think its actual name is "Monster Blowout". That's not really important. What is important is that Kendra wanted to buy a costume and Halloween is soon-ish. We hadn't actually planned to stop in there, but as Kendra was driving me home we passed Mike who was walking past the store in question. As I was frantically waving at him (he didn't notice -- probably should have rolled the window down) Kendra realized that's where she wanted to go and made a borderline illegal turn into the parking lot.

It was actually a pretty fun excursion. I'd only been there once before, but they had a fair collection and Jordan and I bought our costumes there (I'm going as Alice in Wonderland and he's going as Toad from Mario Bros -- that's right; he's going 8-bit). Kendra's a really good sport and I'm annoying as hell, so she tried on about 20 costumes, including the Queen of Hearts, Batgirl, Supergirl, a femme Musketeer, Cinderella, and Snow White. I thought she looked fantastic in just about everything, but it came down to two costumes: Supergirl or Marilyn Monroe. Obviously, I voted for Supergirl (and if the costume hadn't been so damn warm, I'd have gotten it myself). But the temperature wasn't the only downside to the Supergirl outfit. It was really short, and that might have been problematic. Flashing children is generally frowned upon, after all.

As you may have guessed, she chose the Marilyn costume. It was a good choice, despite my infatuation with superheroines. (WHAT?! "Superheroes" is in Firefox's dictionary, but "superheroines" isn't? Bullshit! It is now!) She really did look beautiful in the dress. Now I just can't wait to see her in full costume.

Well, guys, I apologize for this less than world-shattering update. I felt I should keep you guys in the loop, but right now my life is boring as hell. I promise to get to work on some shenanigans or hijinks.

Oh, I almost forgot: I found a wicked scarf for $1.80! Originally $18.50! I was very excited. It's cute. God, I'm girly.

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