Sarabear and I embarked on a girls-only adventure yesterday that I have fondly come to think of as 'Operation: Cheer the Fuck Up'. I daresay we were successful, so here is the recipe for cheering the fuck up, if you ever feel you need it:
Drink Market Spice Tea to get warm with a good pal. Put on thick fuzzy socks, pack a camera. Get attacked at the front door with puppy kisses from your sweetheart; this is the best way to leave home.
Head somewhere with great vegetarian food; this will make you will feel artificially healthy while you're scarfing down a grilled cheese-and-avocado sandwich the size of your face. Drink something warm. Sit by a cute boy or girl and make eye contact; try convincing your friend to go and talk with them. Make a giggly scene.
Stock up on overpriced, unnecessary supplies at Whole Foods, like chocolate chip cookies. Follow a woman around the store who looks like Princess Leia. Leave. Make sure you have the right attitude.
Drive into the bowels of
Get slightly lost. Call significant other too many times for help. Drive past a business called 'The H Store', and wonder what could possibly be inside; hope for 'hermaphrodite' or 'heresy', because purchasing 'heresy' would be pretty dope.
Arrive at the U-Pick pumpkin patch. Marvel at the pumpkins: orange! red! yellow! pink! blue! Marvel at the children: each one more adorable and whiny than the last. Marvel at the stench: it's like a rotting compost, an elephant pit, and a Honeybucket all rolled into one. Watch your shoes: the ground is like walking on soft stool. No joke. Sometimes leaping is involved.
Take a thousand pictures. Pose in the pumpkin patch. Mention how a pumpkin patch is a lot like a graveyard, a graveyard for pumpkins that are awaiting execution. Take a picture of a family picking out a victim together; they won't get away with this. Wander around aimlessly. Take more pictures. Hear yourself, adults, and children say I WANT A WHITE ONE over and over again, and snicker every time; ask yourself how many times an adoption agency has heard this phrase. Much like an adoption agency, though, the white pumpkins are pricey, and not very pure. Except this one:
Buy small, funky-shaped gourds for your loved ones. Wave at the people on the hay ride. Push annoying children out of your path. Pay for your bounty and walk past the dead green bean maze; wonder aloud why someone would take the trouble to make a green bean maze, much less walk through it after all the plants have died.
Enjoy the setting sun--but feel the autumn chill. Wish for a plate of homemade cookies to be waiting in the car. Walk back to the car and search for cookies in vain. Take a few goofy Myspace-type pictures. Roll out. As you're leaving, make sure two bizarre, goat-related things happen on your way home.
Sara: "Is that a goat up on a pedestal?"
Driving behind a car on the freeway:
Sara: "There is a fucking GOAT in the back of that car."
It's good to have friends and Fall and pumpkins and goats upon pedestals; I couldn't bear a life without them. For more pumpkin pics, check out the Photo Blog.
[RADWORDS]: PUMPKINS, WHITE BABIES, HERMAPHRODITES, GOATS, PRINCESS LEIA