Monday, October 13, 2008

Origin of Halloween

Hey All!

With fall fast approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to get back into the swing of things with a little talk about Halloween. I'm an Anthropology major, I can't help myself. I posted pictures to trick you into reading!

Most of us know that Halloween is originally derived from 'All Hallows Eve'. However, before this there was the Celtic 'Samhain'. It was a celebration for an agricultural society at the end of the harvest, the last hurrah before settling down for a harsh and cold winter. The ancestors of those who died during the year were given one last recognition, along with other spirits (both good and bad) were given offerings such as sweets. Bonfires and carved turnips with candles inside them guarded the outskirts of the town, keeping the more destructive spirits away.

Christianity later came into the picture (most likely in the 8th century with Pope Gregory III), and the two cultures blended together. Samhain became Eve of All Saints (or all hallows) and became a day to entertain the supernatural world in hopes that it wouldn't interfere with the next day, when Christian souls would enter into heaven.

Today children dress up as the spirits of Samhain in what Anthropologist call "rites of reversal"—ceremonial situations that allow for reversal of appropriate behaviors. Rites of reversal often take place during transition periods, where there is less activity. It's a lot harder for a villiage to support a giant festival or party when you should be out taking care of the crops or cattle.

Witches- Witches appear in almost all cultures, but the european witch is an emblem of Halloween. The witch is an agent of the devil, and therefore subversive to society and often embodies a society's taboos and fears. The witch's strange cone shaped hat came from the inquisition's use of cone hats that were worn by heretics.

The broom first appears as a witch's vehicle in the mid-15th century. It is a woman's domestic item, and the great majority of witches were women. But it has been shown that a broom handle was used as an applicator of an atropine-laced hallucinogenic ointment, the so-called "flying ointment," a popular distraction from the dismal life in late medieval European cities, and this might explain its association with European witches.

So I hope you enjoyed my little post on Halloween. I think Halloween allows us to explore and face our fears, which makes it so interesting to humans.

Until Later,


Friday, November 30, 2007

Drinking In Public

It's been a while, hasn't it? Every once and a while I've been wanting to start posting again. A milestone like your 21st birthday gives the perfect excuse to start up again.

I was lucky enough to celebrate two birthdays. One with James visiting and my friends from Rochester the day after Thanksgiving.
The second with my friends from Buffalo on my real birth date.

Both were absolutely wonderful.

Early Birthday consisted of James waking up around 10 (no early black friday shopping for us!). We ended up shopping a little, and I finished my chirstmas shopping for my family. That night we went to a Japanese place, Arigato Restaurant. It was lots of fun. They cooked on a hibachi grill in front of us, made a little 'volcano' from onion rings stacked up on each other. We were also tossed little 'rice balls' (little clumps of the rice that was being cooked) that we had to catch in our mouths. The first one tossed to me (I was so close!) bounced off my teeth. The second rice ball fell down my shirt. Eeek!

After a delicious dinner, I was given a geshia wig and a shawl made from some oriental-looking fabric and I got my picture taken with my friends. The wig was pretty itchy, but everyone seemed to get a kick out of it.

We headed back to my house and we opened presents and all the rest of the traditional birthday things. I got some really beautiful gifts, like lots of girly bath things, a beautiful hand (and blue ribbon winning) shawl, and a mix CD (mix CD doesn't have the same ring to it as mix tape does). I also got a very beautiful blue topaz necklace from James that looks like this-

Isn't it pretty? James picked it out himself too, which makes it extra special. I apologize for the lack of detail in the picture, I snapped that with my webcam. Maybe some day I'll get a digital camera to take beautiful pictures with. Anyway, I promise it's even more beautiful in person.

It was really wonderful to see my friends from Rochester again, and it really reminded me how lucky of a girl I am. Having James there was wonderful as well, and he did everything to make my birthday the best yet. He succeeded with flying colors.

My next birthday (my real birthday) was a little less eventful, but still lots of fun. After getting comment-bombed on my facebook account (thanks for all the birthday wishes, everyone!) I went out to Applebees with some friends. My first legal drink? A Perfect Margarita! A big part of the appeal was that it came with the drink mixer, so I ended up having essentially three drinks. It was delicious! Next time I'm at applebees and I have the financial funds, I'm certainly ordering it again.

About 20 minutes into my drink, my friend Keith made a joke which made me start to giggle. In turn, he yelled out- "It looks like we have a giggler!", which in turn only made me giggle more.

After dinner, we decided to stop by Wegmans (a wonderful grocery store for those who are not familiar with the new york-pennsylvania area) to pick up some more booze (specifically baileys). While driving there, I called James for the last few minutes of my 21st birthday. You can of course read all about that conversation here. Of course, keep in mind he just brought up my phone call to distract from the fact he wore out his car battery. ;)

We got to Wegmans, and wandered around the store (I was very giddy, and spent most of the time bouncing around and giggling). We got to the beer section only to realize- Wegmans doesn't have a liquor license. We decided to call it a night and save going to a liquor store for another day.

We came back to the suite, and my friend/suitemate Becky had made me a cake. It was devils food cake with strawberry frosting. She even had me pick out my own candles, I picked out some candles shaped like stars. It was wonderful, and tasted delicious! Here is a quite blurry picture of the beautiful cake.

No amount of sharpening is going to make the picture clearer, but you get the idea. While eating the cake, I broke the plastic fork I was using. That only brought on more giggles. However breaking the fork was in no way connected to my inebriated state because the very next day when helping myself to the very slice you see here, my plastic fork broke again.

I had a wonderful night, and I quickly fell asleep.

The post is not as picture heavy as I really wanted it to be, but I'm working on adding more pictures. Keep checking and there will be additional pictures of my birthday and possibly a post about me and James' trip to Niagara Falls.

Until Later,

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Ando and Hiro = Bert and Ernie?

Comparing Ernie's rubber ducky to the Kensei sword might be a stretch but I think we're on to something...
Hmmm... And Bert's love of Oatmeal? Apparently shared with Ando.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

James was right

I am cameron.

Dr. Allison Cameron
40% Eccentricity, 35% Confidence, 75% Kindness
Congratulations, you're Dr. Allison Cameron! You're without a doubt a big sweetheart, though your caring nature can sometimes make life more difficult than it has to be for you. You aren't the most confident person, but you're growing in this regard, and will probably be very sure of yourself in time. You're the loving and beautiful person many people wish they could be, and you are very strong in your moral beliefs, so be proud.

My test tracked 3 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 99% on Eccentricity

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Wednesday, August 02, 2006


This question still bothers me:

Math: Invented or discovered?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sonord Midmid

YOUR MOVIE STAR NAME (grandfather/grandmother on your father's side, your favorite sweet/lolly):
Ginny Dark Chocolate

YOUR FLY GIRL/GUY NAME (first initial of first name followed by "izzle", first two or three letters of your last name followed by "dizzle"):
Sizzle Podizzle

YOUR DETECTIVE NAME (favorite color, favorite animal):
Green Dog

YOUR STAR WARS NAME (first 3 letters of your name- last 3 letters of mother's maiden name, first 3 letters of your pet's name repeated twice):
Sonord Midmid

YOUR SUPERHERO NAME ("The", your favorite color, the automobile you drive):
The Green Silhouette

Sunday, June 25, 2006


Tomorrow I will wake up bright and early, don khakis, a dark green lanyard along with matching polo shirt to spend 9 hours in a large building with paintball guns, inflatable innertubes and football helmets.

No, its not my version of Calvinball, I've finally been employed.

Yes, It's true, I've finally gotten a job. I start tomorrow as a cashier for Dick's Sporting Goods.

Given the many (∞) places I applied to it's so great to finally have a job this summer.

So if you're in the area and have a sudden urge to buy sporting goods, stop on by.

Until Later,


Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Which Biological Molecule Are You?

You are glucose. People feed off of you. You are sweet, caring, and a source of energy for everyone around you. You can inspire others with your creativity and depth, and you can keep people alive when in times of famine. People love you...or at least the way you taste.
Take this quiz!


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Until Later,


Sunday, May 21, 2006

10 Things I Hate About Commandments

I saw this linked on The Divine Ms. Em's blog, and thought it was hillarious. Click immediately and watch.

and in case you are interested in seeing "Must Love Jaws", here you go.

You're welcome.

Until Later,


Thursday, May 18, 2006

novocaine in the morning

So I went to the dentist today for a filling. In comes the novocaine and now I can't feel half my face.

I guess I wasn't fully aware of how much the right side of my face isn't working. As I walked out and tried not to drool as I paid the receptionist, a dental hygienist walked by, smiled at me, I smiled back. She just laughed and walked by. When I got back to the car, I looked in the rear view mirror and found out that this is the smile I gave her:

Nice, Huh? Whats even creepier is that even the muscles around my right eye are hard to move because of the novocaine as well, so one eye gives this- "MUST KILL" kind of look. Really, this is as much as I can smile.

How will anyone know when I'm happy?

If this isn't a warning against botox, I don't know what is. It's not nice to not be able to move/feel your face. So don't inject toxins into it, people.

It's actually kind of reminiscent of an Elvis grin. See the freakish resemblance?


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Now hopefully my face can stop feeling funky now.

Until Later,