100 ATRO #91: Staying in on a holiday that everyone else goes out

If you didn’t already know, ATRO stands for Awesome Things Rip-Off because I totally ripped off the idea from this guy.

And you might have noticed I very sneakily changed my Awesome Things list from 1000 to 100.  Since I only post these once a week (if that much), it would take me FOREVER to do 1000.

I live in a town where Halloween is a very big deal.  There are four costume stores within a three block radius of our apartment.  Last year there were a million parties going on at once and the streets were packed.

So what do I plan on doing this Sunday?  Nada, nothing, zilch.

There’s something peaceful about staying in on a day that almost everyone else is out.  One New Year’s Eve, I had no plans.  While the idea of being alone on such a hyped-up party day was daunting at first, I ended up having a really nice time solo.   Before things got too crazy in the city, I went around taking pictures, then hoofed it to Koreantown where I picked up my favorite black bean noodles and sweet and sour beef.  Then I went home, stuffed my face, and watched TV while the rest of the world got drunk and stupid.

Part of that peaceful feeling is freeing yourself of the pressure to have the BEST TIME EVER on a loaded holiday.  Last year I got pretty stressed out looking for a decent costume for a party MB and I were going to.  I had gained a little weight and didn’t feel confident to just go slutty.  I had to think of an actual costume!

While my Amelia Earhart get-up turned out pretty good, I was still relieved to leave the very loud party we were at as well as escape from the madness of the San Francisco streets.  We got home in time to see the end of the Ghost Hunters marathon.

This year I’ll be watching the whole thing.

1 comment

  1. I’m with you on that one, unless I’ve got children with me that need to go trick or treating I like to just stay home. Unfortunately I have the pressure of having a costume for work, I’m tearing the house apart right now trying to find one of my wigs, except I can’t.
    How much you wanna bet I’ll find it on Monday?