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Mary, our dog, is the only other female in the house. Chris and the boys play with her, cradle her Schnauzer snout in their hands so they can make eye contact as they speak sweetly to her, and provide appropriate human/dog affection. They...touch her. I don't do any of these things. But, Mary adores me. Pines for me. Will do anything to please me. Like allow me to dress her in costumes.

She was Uhura for Halloween.

Mary was a little disappointed that she didn't fill out her Starship Enterprise uniform as well as the original Uhura. My friend and Mary's seamstress, Julie B., said next year we can fix that. Falsies. Mary smiled.

The boys are great about participating in what has become a family tradition—a Halloween costume theme that includes Mary as the token female character.

The older boys chose to change out of their Captain Kirk and Spock costumes for trick-or-treating. But Redmond enjoyed being Scotty. Might have something to do with the Taser.

Duke was an elf. We're not sure what Parke was. He wore a mask from his Theater class and a black robe. We called him "creepy guy".


Chris walked around the neighborhood with our boys and I stayed home to man the door. We had close to 200 trick-or-treaters. One group of little girls who I didn't recognize lingered for a bit. I commented on their costumes and asked if they were having fun. Finally one of the girls asked, "Are you the lady who wrote that book about Mormons?" She looked like she was eight-years-old.

"Yes," I said. "That's why I'm giving out full-size candy bars."

Reader Comments (10)

You're famous!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterschmutzie

I don't know about that, Schmutzie. But, made me chuckle that the little girls had heard about "the lady" who wrote "the book". I'd love to be a fly on the wall in their house. :)

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChrisy

We're glad you're repping for all the non-Mormons, Chrisy. You do us proud!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterV-Grrrl @ Compost Studios

I LOVED the foursome in their Trek costumes.... Honestly, there must be somewhere you can publish that pic. And I love the idea of Mary, even though I've never officially met her. I think we're kindred spirits.... What has happened to Parke????!!!!!! When did he double in size?? Dule, too (of course he was Spock..!). Actually each boy's Trek character fits them perfectly! Miss you book lady... xo

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam

OMG, such a great family portrait. THIS should be your holiday greeting card! Thanks!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCathy C.

Hysterical! 200 full size candy bars? Are you serious? What you should have done is wrap them in personalized book marketing materials! That would have been awesome. Or weird? Regardless, love your response.

And the boys! Adorable! Poor Mary - but she seems to be such a trooper!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchristy

Next year, do Evanescence. Mary would make a mighty fine Amy Lee.

Go, Mormons!

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

The little arms on Mary's costume are killing me dead. Adorable.

November 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

I should have thought you needed to do the big candy bars for being the neighbor who calls the cops about the kids in the park! Oh. My. God. Your book made me laugh out loud! So funny and so sweet. And I am glad I got a color nook, because that bird on the cover is freaking adorable. I hope somebody warned Redmond about beaming down to any planets in that Red Shirt. Bad!



November 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterunmitigated me

200 trick-or-treaters! Wow!

Poor poor Mary!

November 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Fi

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