I’m a 5-Year-Old Trapped in a 25-Year-Old’s Body

For the past few weeks, I’ve been begging my friends to partake in fun fall activities with me.  Literally.  BEGGING.  Apple picking.  Hayrides.  Haunted houses.  ANYTHING.

Hi.  I’m five.

Needless to say, you can only imagine my excitement at the bar on Friday night when I heard Bull mention that he had plans to carve pumpkins the next day.  You heard me.  PUMPKIN.  CARVING.  If you’re thinking “I bet she screamed out loud and then immediately invited herself to join him” you’d be entirely accurate.

(I also texted him immediately to confirm that he wouldn’t forget about me the next morning.  That’s how serious I am about pumpkin carving.)
(Please note that this was also the first time I have ever called Bull “Alex” and, looking back, it makes me uncomfortable.)

There are a few components that every successful pumpkin carving party must have and, since I’m feeling generous, I’m going to share them with you.

1.  Whiskey.  And lots of it.
2.  Halloween cups, adorned with fall garnishes.
3.  Cinnamon sugar rims.
4.  Pumpkin beer.
Starting to notice a theme?

There are also a few things that should be avoided at all costs to ensure that your pumpkin carving party does not land you in the hospital and/or in jail.

1.  Avoid carving your pumpkin on the balcony ledge if you are on the 21st floor of a New York City apartment building.
1.5.  Especially when it’s pretty much the windiest day of the year.
2.  Avoid using extremely sharp knives, especially when copious amounts of alcohol are involved.  (Yes, that is blood.)
I don’t want to brag, but we absolutely killed it.*

*Not ourselves or someone else, miraculously.
The “fall fun” didn’t end there.  On Sunday, we decided we wanted to go on an adventure… TO THE LIBERTY SCIENCE CENTER.

Again.  I’m five.

Back story:  When we were kids, our field trip to the Liberty Science Center was always the COOLEST part of the school year.  Hickey seems to recall that they let us spend the night there, but I think that she is either A) mistaken or B) should probably report her little “sleepover” to the police.
For those of you who may not know, the Liberty Science Center is an interactive science museum and learning center located in Jersey City, New Jersey.

I think it’s mainly geared towards kids considering the exhibit of the month is BOB THE BUILDER, but I feel like we fit right in.

(Some of us more than others.)
The “main attraction” at the LSC is the TOUCH TUNNEL.  (I thought calling it the “LSC” would make it sound less nerdy, but I was definitely wrong.)   The touch tunnel is a maze that you crawl through on your hands and knees in complete darkness.
Um, how the Hell did I ever do this as a child? I’m 25 and this is still scary as sh!t.
IMG_8403I’m just going to go ahead and skim over the part where we almost got kicked out for taking pictures.  Whoops.
Other highlights of the LSC included a room full of BUGS, a graffiti wall, a video booth where we learned how to speak Spanish, and a giant nose that SNEEZED on DiNardo when he went to pick it.  LEARNING IS FUN.

All in all, a great weekend spent with great friends doing great things.  (I should be a professional writer.)

How was your weekend?  What’s your favorite “fall” activity?  What should I be for Halloween?

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15. October 2013 by Alyssa
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Comments (5)

  1. Your pumpkin carving skills are amazing! Mine usually have the triangle eyes and rectangle mouth…
    My favorite fall activity is apple picking and then baking all things apple!

  2. My favorite part about pumpkin carving is roasting the seeds after. So delicious. I did a corn maze yesterday with a few friends, and it was ridiculously fun! Consuming everything and anything pumpkin flavoured is by far my favorite fall activity though. 🙂

  3. we are both easily amused by the same things, i feel like we’re BFF’s that have yet to meet. and obviously 5 times cooler than those people who are too “mature” for such things. obviously.

  4. Oh my gosh I made my roommates go to the apple orchard with me last Friday and I’m not exaggerating when I say it may have been the best day of my life. We are having a pumpkin carving party this weekend and I’m not sure why I didn’t think of drinking Fireball out of a trick or treat bucket but needless to say it is being added to the list.

    On a separate note, I remember going thorough the touch tunnel thing when I was a little kid and being scared shitless. I hate everything about that. Okay I’ll end my ramble now.

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