You guys, I am Stressing. Out.
I haven’t bought pumpkins yet.
I know! But the humidity this year has been crazy, and even with the dehumidifier in the basement going nonstop, it’s just not enough to dry things out sufficiently for me to be confident that the pumpkins will be safe indoors… which means I’ve got to wait, which means I’ve got to worry that I won’t get good ones, which means that roughly nine times a day I’m going to Husband and having this conversation
ME: We need to get pumpkins.
HIM: They’ll rot. It’s too humid.
ME: But Halloween is in two weeks!
HIM: Right, but we’ll have rotten pumpkins before then if we buy them now.
ME: Okay, but… we need to buy pumpkins!
HIM: Not today.
I get the sense that I’m not easy to live with right now.
I also get the sense that he’s maybe putting off the pumpkin buying trip for other reasons. Look what happened last year:
HIM: Okay, I think we’ve got enough.
ME: Yeah, but they’re mostly tall-ish. I need some round ones.
ME: I have patterns that need round ones and I don’t want all my pumpkins to be vertical!
HIM: Okay…. (dives back in to pumpkins)
ME: Ooh, this one’s kind of round-ish…
HIM: (looks up with a glimmer of hope in his weary eyes)
ME: (pointing) There’s one! On the bottom of that pile.
HIM: You’re killing me. (starts shifting pumpkins around, digging toward my prize)
ME: Am not.
HIM: You are. You’re killing me with MURDER.
Yes, I take the pumpkin carving very seriously. Husband will tell you that I take all the things Very Seriously, but the pumpkins are a big deal because… well, frankly, it’s because people ooh and aah over them and tell me they’re amazing and I’m not too proud to admit that I thrive on external validation. I need it, I crave it… have I mentioned that I love your comments and shares? Because I do, and you should do that more often 😉
And this is why I’ve got three new books of pumpkin patterns this year. I’ve been collecting these for years, and I scan them so they’re preserved forever (which is not, by the way, a sign of obsession. I’ve checked.)
ME: Hey, honey? What’cha doin?
HIM: Coming to talk to you. Because I’m bored.
ME: Cool! Wanna help me scan in my new pumpkin patterns?
HIM: But I am bored. Wanna do something?
ME: (sighs, goes back to lovely new patterns)
I promise, we do have things in common. I just can’t remember what they are right now.