Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Winner of the BOTB - more of Ziggy and Deftones

Good morning y'all.  I am so grateful for the participation I had in last week's battle of the bands.  The battle was between the Deftones and Ziggy Marley doing cover song of Drive originally by The Cars.  The  winner is the Deftones with score 11 to 5.   I didn't vote , I normally never do on my battles but I really like the Deftones.   So I am happy with the outcome.  Ziggy Marley does some great songs though and I like his touch he adds to songs.

I really like his Love is my religion

One of my favorite Deftones song is old from 2003 but I just really connect to it.
Its called Minerva: This version is the acoustic I found on youtube.


Now to get in Christmas spirit- I don't think I've mentioned Christmas at all on my blog.  I'm not feeling it but i'm trying. I decorated a little bit but nothing like I normally do.  I didn't even put up my Grinch table that I've done for years and it gives me Joy but I just cant. Especially now that Christmas is this week.    Oh well.  One of my favorite Christmas songs is Drummer Boy with Bing Crosby and David Bowie.  I came across the parody of Will Ferrell being David Bowie and John C Reilly as Bing.  They actually sound really good and its so funny at the same time.   Have yall seen this?
 
If I don't blog again this week which is most likely the case- Merry Christmas everyone and God Bless you and the New Year!!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

BOTB - Drive

Good morning y'all! Happy Tuesday to all of you.  It's that time again for the Battle of the Bands. I've missed the last 3 but I'm back today!! As always I feel the need to always start with my disclaimer , I have no doubt that my battle hasn't already been done .
OK so the song I'm using today is Drive originally sung by The Cars. This single came off the album Heartbeat City in 1984.  The whole album is awesome.
Here's the original :
The Battle begins with a band called the Deftones.
I think I may have posted them before a while ago but not in a battle. They're a band from California back in the late 80's. Their music is more alternative metal.  The lead singer is Chino and I like his voice.
Here is their version :

The next is the reggae version sung by Ziggy Marley. If you've ever seen the movie 50 First Dates, then you might have heard this song towards the end of movie.
It's a different sound but I like it a lot!
So here's this one:

So the Battle is between Deftones or Ziggy. Which one do you like best?

Go check out the others and vote on their battles.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

My newest favorite song of the week

If we're friends on Facebook that you already know what I'm posting.  Are you familiar with the band Disturbed? They're most popular song is Down with the Sickness and that was a long time ago. Well they released their new album in August of this year. One of the tracks is a cover of Simon and Garfunkels song Sound of Silence. Y'all I can't get enough of this song!!! It's so dark,haunting ,chilling, powerful but still respectful to the original.
I love it and hope y'all enjoy it too.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Meeting me in 3's

Hey there,
My friend Laura at We Really Got This (www.wereallygotthis.com) posted on her blog a fun idea. Its getting to know each other in Three’s.
What the heck.  I welcome any idea on posts since my brain is not cooperating with me lately.

THREE NAMES I GO BY
1.       HolliAnn
2.       Holli-girl
3.       My bestie calls me Hollikins. Lol

THREE PLACES I’VE LIVED
1.       California
2.       Florida
3.       Texas

THREE PLACES I HAVE WORKED
1.       Wal-mart( my first job in high school)
2.       Harley Davidson ( my fave job ever)
3.       Hooters ( all through college and 2 years after)

THREE THINGS I LOVE TO WATCH
1.       Waves or water ripples ( I zone out when I’m at bodies of water)
2.       Todd playing drums at church
3.       Jax and Lila playing

THREE PLACES I HAVE BEEN
1.       Canada ( all over from Vancouver to Quebec)
2.       Mexico ( Tijuana, Juarez, and Playa De Carmen)
3.       New York City

THREE THINGS I LOVE TO EAT
1.       Mexican Food ( seriously I could eat tacos everyday)
2.       Cheese
3.       French fries

THREE THINGS I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO
1.       Having the week after Christmas off from work
2.       Hopefully getting Mom in from Montana during February
3.       My head and heart to be evened out

You can reply in comments with your lists or you can do your own post but let me know so I can visit.

Speaking of visiting, I have just down right sucked at visiting any of your blogs . I have stopped by a few sporadically here and there but not like I used to.  I have also read many but didn’t have energy to comment.  Sorry.  

Monday, December 7, 2015

Another one gone

So if you were a fan of the band Stone Temple Pilots (STP) , Velvet Revolver, or recently the Wildabouts, then you've heard that the lead singer Scott Weiland died just a few days ago on December 3.   Scott had just recently turned 48 in October.  He's only 5 months older than me.  Unfortunately he had such a tumultuous past and struggles with drugs that his death came as no surprise.  When I first read the news, I think either on Facebook or Twitter, surprise or shock was not the word but just huge sadness.  His wife swears that he had been clean and sober and that's not what killed him.  He died from cardiac arrest.  I read that his brother actually died a few years ago at age of 40 due to heart attack.  Whether he had taken drugs the night of his death or not, ultimately its what weakened his heart and still caused the damage. 
STP was in my constant collection in the 90's and early 2000's then he left the band and joined Velvet Revolver . I LOVED Velvet Revolver.  I played their CD's nonstop and knew every song from beginning to end.   Scott was with VR from 2003 to 2008.  He went back to STP for a few more years when he left in 2013 ( got fired) and started the Wildabouts.  He even did a Christmas CD a few years ago and I bought it on iTunes. Its not the best but its not the worst. haha!
Stone Temple Pilots has huge hits like Creep, Plush, Sex type Thing, Vasoline, Interstate Love Song,and  Big Empty.  I guarantee you know the songs even if you're not familiar with the titles. 
Scott was married 3 times and his last wife had only been with him the last 4 years.  He has 2 kids.
He was crazy talented and I saw many interviews he did over the years and he idolized David Bowie. Scott liked David's fashion and his creativity.
I know this sounds crazy but I have felt pretty sad about his passing.  I guess it would be different if he was the lead singer of a band that I wasn't very familiar with.  I just happened to really follow the works of Scott Weiland and loved his voice.   The good news is that he is no longer dealing with his demons anymore. He died in his sleep on his tour bus in Minnesota.  A pretty peaceful way to do if you ask me. Just sucks that he wasn't with his family. 
Here are a few of my favorites. Its hard to choose from so many though.
This is Fall to Pieces with Velvet Revolver.  His songs he wrote was from his many times in rehab and getting clean.  Lots of his struggles are in his songs.  You can totally tell that Slash is the lead guitarist in this band.  Duff is also in the band and he and Slash were both in Guns n Roses.
 
Here's a song called Sour Girl. The actress Sarah Michelle Gellar from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the official video but I couldn't find it.
This is Plush
 
 
So.  In other news, i'm trying to get in spirit and decorate the house for Christmas.  I am barely skimming the surface from what I do for Halloween and what I did for Christmas last year.  I'm into it but then i'm not.  I just do a little every night after work.   Have a great week!!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

There's a light

Good news, I have an appointment next week with a counselor. I have never in my life seeked professional counseling before. I'm actually looking forward to it though. It will be nice to have someone to talk to that is removed from friends and family. They don't have license to prescribe medication but as mentioned before, I'm OK with that. Maybe I just need to cry my eyes out and spill all things on my heart and in head and that will be enough. We shall see. 
Here are some motivation quotes I grabbed from Pinterest. I really liked them all and it does help to read them.  

Loved that one!! 


Have a great day y'all!  

Monday, November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving this and that

Hey y'all! So did you survive Thanksgiving with your family? Mine was good for the most part. We spent the day with Todd's family and we had good day. That evening we were on our way to my Dads when Todd decided to start a huge fight with me.  So rest of the day was ruined but at least there were some good hours beforehand.  The bottom line is he's losing his patience with me. He says I've changed and he wants the old me back. I miss the old me too.  I called the Dr's from the list given to me and they told me to call back this week. Because of the holidays , most of them were closed most of the week.  So wish me luck I get an appointment scheduled.  I'm still crying every single day but it's quick and not all day. Yay for waterproof mascara!!
My brother-inlaw married his girlfriend last Monday. It was super sweet and I love her so much! Happy to have her in our family.  Friday night after thanksgiving, we went to see Blue October in concert. I bought the tickets in July and I was so excited.  The weather has been absolutely terrible this whole past week. It's rained every single day nonstop.  We have a lot of flooding around the area. The rain didnt slow down attendance to the concert at all. It was sold out and 3000 attended.   I had never seen them live but they're one of my favorite bands. 
Then early Saturday morning, I drove back to East Texas to spend the day with Nanny.  She looks so good y'all! Her face is healing and besides the small bandage on her nose, you'd never know she face planted into concrete 2 weeks prior.  She still having some pain in her arms but nothing like it was.  So she's improving there.  The only thing left besides her arms healing is getting her dentures fixed.  This alone has given me great stress.  Do any of y'all have that family member that you'd just rather avoid? 
After the accident, my uncle made an appointment for Nanny to get in last week and she would have her new ones the next day.  That is if she arrives for her appointment on time.  Nanny doesn't drive and never has and my uncle traveled out of state to visit my cousin Lauren. Unfortunately, my unreliable aunt ( who's never been on time a day in her life) was supposed to take Nanny to the appointment.  Yep, my selfish narcissistic self- centered aunt was almost 2 hours late. This meant that Nanny didn't get to have her new dentures. I'm getting so angry just thinking about it!!!  My stupid aunt caused Nanny to go over a week without teeth. Now you try to get thru Thanksgiving without teeth. Not only that but I know good n well, my aunt would have NEVER stand for not having her teeth a day but it's OK to make her mother go without.   It was just heart breaking to see my Nanny go without.  It was pouring rain, so she never left the house. I went and picked up 3 containers of soup for her to have from a local restaurant.  It made me heart and soul heal to spend the day with her.  I'm going again during Christmas.  Her next appointment is for tomorrow.  I hope my uncle takes her or makes arrangements not to trust my aunt again. 
So that's it for the last week.  
Paula had a gold Christmas tree and a basket of ornaments. All the guests signed an ornament and hung on the tree.  Cute idea! 

Thanksgiving selfie with Todd and my step kids.  Alli spent the night with us on Wednesday and we had a good time. Took her to get her cartilage pierced again on top of her ear. 

Blue October

We put up out tree last night but didn't decorate it yet. That will be this week. 
Again, thank you for all of you that stopped by and left well wishes on my blog.  Y'all are amazing and I'm so very blessed for every one of you!

One of my favorite songs from Blue October.  An old one but i love it.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Just a little Unwell

I made the first step.  I called our company EAP line.  I get 6 free counseling sessions once i can find a counselor in my area that can take new patients. They are not licensed to prescribe happy pills which is OK. I"m not sure if i am ready to be on Zoloft or any other happy pill just yet.  I used to wake up happy naturally.  I'm hoping it comes back.  If not, i am all about trying something that will help.   So  i'm close but havent got any help yet.
Update on Nanny, the last few days she felt worse and her face looks really bad.  Mostly its still the pain in her arms and hands. They still hurt to touch them and she cant pull up her blanket when she's sitting in her chair.  If it doesnt get better, my uncle is taking her to a neurologist to check for severe nerve damage.  She's in better spirits as of yesterday and one hand hurts a smidgen less than it has.
I still cry everyday.  I havent replayed the scenario over and over like before but it still happens.

Tuesday they tore up my guest bedroom and hallway to fix the hot water pipe that had hole in it.  My head is finally not vibrating from all the jackhammering that went on.  So loud and they shook the whole house.  Now someone has to come and replace the hardwoods and a chunk of drywall they cut out from the wall.  Once they do that, i can move all my stuff back into the bedroom.  I had to empty that room completely and so i have a clothes, dresser, nightstand, and a million other things you can cram into a spare room all spread out in our den, master bedroom and the other guest room.  I cant put up Christmas next weekend until i can get house in order.  Ugh!!!


My brother n law and sister n law are finally getting married this Monday.  I've called her sister-n-law forever so now it will be official.  I am driving to their house in Ft Worth tonight to help with last minute decorations for the ceremony.  That makes me happy to have something joyful to look forward to.

This song says it all for me right now and yall know that Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas are one of my all time faves ever!
 Unwell


Friends,  Your comments from my last post meant everything to me.  They made me cry but they were tears of gratitude and blessings.  Hey,i'm going to cry anyways so why not over sweet friends.
Believe me when i tell you that your kindness, caring and support really are getting me through my days.  I read them over and over and i wonder how did i get so lucky that God crossed our paths.
Thank you!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Turning my head off

You guys, this post is going to be depressing. Just letting you know now.  I had a horrifying weekend and i cant seem to shake it. My mind plays the worst scene over and over and over and i cant turn my head off. I want to be able to delete scenes from my memory like we can delete bad photos from our phone.  My anxiety and stress are off the charts and Todd is calling our insurance today to looking into someone to talk to.  What happened to me? I used to be so incredibly strong. I could handle death and sadness and hard parts of life like a strong ship.  Now i feel like i am weak. I cry at the drop of a hat and i have very little patience around the house and have been short with Todd.

I drove out to Quitman to spend the day with my 88 year old grandma "Nanny". I try to go see her once a month no matter what.  Its a 2 hour drive door to door one way.  It was a beautiful day and we started off going to our favorite tea room and having breakfast.  Our goal was to find her a new rug for her living room.  Nanny loves going to garage sales and we stopped at 3 of them and bought soem fun stuff for both of us.  We stopped to get something to drink and we were heading to a store that she likes to go to. It was changing names and having a new Grand Opening and she had lots of coupons. We love going there together.   The shopping strip was in an L shape and on the opposite corner of the big store (Bealls now Stage), there was a boutique that we had never been into.  We went in and i bought a new t-shirt.  As we walked out, i said i would run to the car and throw my shirt in and meet her at the other store. I knew that i would be quick and would actually go meet her and walk with her.  There was a lady in the parking lot and as i turned around i saw her gasp and point and i turned i saw Nanny laying flat on her stomach on the concrete sidewalk.  Its this next moment that plays in slow motion over and over. I took off running and yelled to a lady to please call 911.  She had just done that as i was yelling.  Nanny is on blood thinners. This means there is enormous amounts of blood that you cant imagine.  Her nose was bleeding very fast and heavy and her mouth and her cheek was bleeding.  It was pooling in her mouth and under her in puddles. I couldnt tell if the injuries were internal. There was so much blood.  We told her to lay still and let the paramedics move her.  She was not unconscious but she was in shock. She could talk to me but barely.
A young man kept staring and i yelled at him to get me a towel.  Its funny now because he said Yes thats what i was going to do but he was motionless.  I was shaking all over. My mouth was shaking and my hands were shaking. I was doing the silent cry where my body was just shaking violently but not a sound out of my mouth.  Another lady had come to sit on ground with us.  She saw me crying and she put up her hand and said firmly- calm down ! Jesus has this!   (You gotta love small town Texas).  What seemed like forever the ambulance finally showed up.  The call to 911 was painful. They asked what seems like 100 questions. I know they were doing their job but its like they werent listening to us.  They told us to pinch the bridge of her nose to keep it from bleeding. Thats exactly where her glasses tore a chunk off her nose. I shook my head and mouthed to the lady holding the phone- I'm not going to do that!  The lady agreed and we told 911 yep we're doing it.  The paramedics turned her over and helped her sit up. Then they stood her up and belted her onto the stretcher bed. It was when they belted her that i lost it.  The rags and towels laid on the sidewalk soaked in blood.  The 2 ladies grabbed me and they started praying.  I heard some of the prayers but i didnt take my eyes off Nanny for one second.  The ladies were angels and i am so appreciative of them staying with me and praying with me and using their phone to 911.   As the ambulance closed the doors, the one lady said she will continue praying for us and she said i'm so glad she's going to be OK and her voice broke. She was strong for me but i think she was also holding her breath too and was so worried.  I dont know if i thanked her. I hope i did.   I followed the ambulance to the hospital and called Todd.  I was hysterical.  I just had to talk to someone. He offered to come and get me because he was worried about me driving.  I was OK running on adrenaline.
The hospital took Xrays and a Cat scan and they saw nothing broken.  She had bit through her lip in 2 places, tore her nose and her cheek.  Her palms were bruised and she had a tear on top of her hand. They bandaged her up and released her a few hours later. I took her home but she said her arms and hands hurt very very bad.  They hurt to the touch when i reached to hold her hand.  I got her home and called my uncle who lived nearby.  He is Nanny's guardian and protector. She moved out there to be closer to him ( he's the favorite-lol).  She could tell that her dentures on the top were split in half. Sure enough they came out in 2 places. He bought some super glue and had them fixed within an hour.  Enough to hold her until she could get new ones.  I finally left once Uncle James was there. She wouldnt let me spend the night and she wouldnt go home with him. She just wanted to sit in her recliner and rest.
I had nightmares all night and yesterday morning at 6:30 i replayed the image of Nanny laying face down in blood and i sobbed uncontrollably.  I skipped church because my eyes were swollen almost shut and i was still crying.  Then my mom called to tell me that Nanny was in so much pain she called Uncle James and said i need to go back to the hospital.  Yall- she NEVER willingly wants to go to hospital.  Never.  That tells me how uncomfortable she was and in pain.  Uncle James took her to a different hospital into Tyler and they saw some bone chips around her neck. She has a pinched nerve that is causing the pain in arms and hands.   She's home again from hospital.   I should have never left her! I should have said stay right here while i run my shirt to car. She has a bad foot that she has to be very careful of steps, etc.  The sidewalk just went at a sudden slope and she went down.  You could see how it sloped because her foot was still there on the ground.  She was finally feeling so good because she had been sick for a while.  I know i'm going on and on but Nanny is my love. She is our rock and matriarch of the family. She raised me off and on my whole life. I literally mean this when i say i wouldnt be where i am today without her.  I am equally close to her as i am my mom. They both raised me.  Nanny is precious and full of love.  She is now in so much pain and her face is bloody and swollen and it kills me.
To top things off , i have not mentioned on my blog lately because it was too hard. My dad is having problems with his new lungs and has been in and out of the hospital several times.  I cant talk about it right now.  I just cant.   Our hot water heater pipe busted under the house and i'm currently working from home today so i can pack and move what i can out of my office/guest bedroom.  They are going to jackhammer and go through the concrete and hard floors tomorrow.  That alone is giving me great anxiety.  The floors are over 150 degrees in that room and guest bathroom. It burns our feet if we go barefooted.  
So if you are even still here reading this whole post- i am sorry i am the biggest Eeyore Debbie Downer you can imagine.  If you know me than you know thats not me.  I want to be happy. I want to smile and love life and enjoy every precious moment God gave me.  I am blessed but super depressed.
My friends mean the world to me and have been so supportive.  I went to the Chris Cornell concert the weekend of Halloween.  It was amazing!!  He normally doesnt have anyone open up for him on his solo tour but he hand picked this young lady.  She was incredible.  She just came out on stage and belted out her heart acoustically.  I bought the CD and its on replay over and over.  Her real name is Christina or something like that but she sings under name Hemming.   I wanted to share this song with yall. I love it and its what is getting me through my hours and days.

Some of my friends have seen me cry
Some of my friends can tell when I am lying
And some of my friends don't know how hard I have tried
To make my amends to make up for lost time
Some of my friends make fun of my jokes
And some of my friends will spend their whole lives broke
Some of my friends live on the edge of their seats
As soon as they get somewhere they can't wait to leave
Some of my friends taught me how to be strong
And some of my friends don't know how to be alone
Some of my friends I may have just met
But they could turn into people that I never forget
Some of my friends yeah they drink too much
And some of my friends don't know who they want to love
Some of my friends keep on breaking my heart
Because some of my friends don't see how beautiful they are
Yeah and some of my friends are just wasting away
And some of my friends are gonna be famous one day
Some of my friends they’re gonna leave this town
Theyr’e gonna keep on running and never settle down
Some of my friends will never know who I am
Some of my friends were given more than one chance
Some of my friends put me up on a throne
The second I fall they run and leave me alone
Some of my friends will never know what home is
Some of my friends are gonna be married with kids
And some of my friends I'll never see again
But thank God they were there when I needed them.

Please pray for Nanny and for my peace of mind.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

I'm a loser, Baby!!

Yall!! My head is swimming.  The last 3 weeks have been a whirlwind that i just am trying to get my bearings.  To add to that, i've had a migraine for over a week.  It takes all i have to get through my day at work and i'm training classes so that takes more energy. When i get home i am a vegetable.  I still have my Holliween decorations all over the house and Thanksgiving is in 3 weeks.
Anyway i have so much to catch you up on my weeks and also i've been sucky on replying to your blogs.  Sorry.  I want to blog more and i will someday but my headache needs to go away.  Maybe that will be tomorrow or maybe next week.  I miss yall and i mean it!



                                            Head swimming round and round

Friday, October 30, 2015

Halloween - my favorite day!

Hey y'all! I am a big dork and failed to take any pictures of my own decorations from my party.  I was just so busy decorating until the very end and then had to get ready before he guests came. My inlaws took some and I'm waiting for them to get back from out of town to forward them to me.  I have a very busy weekend ahead!
Tonight we are going to the Freakers Ball concert hosted by a radio station here in Dallas KEGL 97.1.  There are lots of bands playing and it starts at 5.  We will be missing the early bands because I don't get off work until 4:30 and with traffic in Friday rush hour in the rain, let's just say we will be late.  The bands I'm looking forward to are Theory of a Deadman, Pop Evil, The Cult and Marilyn Manson. We are mostly going to see the Cult!!  I love them! 
Tomorrow morning we drop off the dogs for dog camp and then we head to San Antonio. Todd's family is visiting from California and Ohio . We're just staying the one night then coming home Sunday. 
Sunday night we have the Chris Cornell concert.  Can't wait to see that show! It's getting rave reviews as his solo act. He mentioned recently that since he's been doing his solo act this year, he's been able to write more material for the band Sound garden. I hope so! 
Whatcha got planned for this weekend? 
Stay safe and have fun! 
Happy happy Halloween!! 
Oh and I'll be a day late on the battle of the bands because as mentioned, I'll be driving back from San Antonio and won't have my laptop.  

My favorites!!!  I am still a kid when it comes to these specials.  It's almost "Charlie Brown season." Love the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas movies. :) Remember the TV specials?: Did anyone else watch this last night ? I saw that and the Addams Famili movies. I've watched Hocus Pocus 3 times but still haven't seen Practical magic. Nightmare before Christmas and Beetle Juice this year.  I am behind!
This is the only one of those damn "Keep Calm" things I liked :):

Curated by Suburban Fandom, NYC Tri-State Fan Events: http://yonkersfun.com/category/fandom/:

Yes it can!:

I love this!  Wish I had this as a sign...to put out at Halloween!:

I don't care how old I am, when Hocus Pocus is on t.v. you shut your mouth and pay attention! | Halloween Ecard | someecards.com:
Practical Magic - Alice Hoffman (novel):

from Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman....Movie=Awesome/Favorite of all time!!  Book=Disappointment :( Still love the quote tho!!:

what's this ? from Nightmare before Christmas

 midnight margaritas from Practical Magic

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Listing Hop October 26

Good morning y'all!! I was reading a few blogs this morning and saw that many of them were participating in the list hop. Bish Denham over at Random Thoughts sponsored this Listing Hop. Stephen T. McCarthy invited folks to specifically list their 25 Favorite Movies.

My list is a compilation of 25 of my favorite movies.  They are ones that I watch over and over.  They are in no specific order at all and they may not actually be very popular movies but I just love them for various reasons.  

1. Raising Arizona
2. Wizard of Oz
3. Lost Boys
Lost boys.jpg
4. Shawshank Redemption
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Green Mile
7. La Bamba
8. Nightmare before Christmas
9. Birdcage
10. Mask
Mask (1985) Poster
11. Knights Tale
12. Top Gun
13. Forrest Gump
14. LadyHawke
15. Breakfast Club
16. Princess Bride 
17. Shining 
18. One flew over the cuckoos nest 
19. Tombstone
 I'm your huckleberry. -  I'm your huckleberry.  Doc Holliday
20. Rocky Horror Picture Show 
21. Dead Poets Society
22. To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird Movie Poster
23. Lovely Bones 
24. Legends of the Fall
25. Office Space
Office Space - Special Edition with Flair (Widescreen Edition)

Have a great day yall!!! 

Monday, October 26, 2015

HOLLIween 2015

Well now we have our 4th annual Holliween party under our belts. It was this past Saturday and I was ready!! I've been decorating for a month. Todd said it was my best year for decorations.  I have a theme for decorations and a different theme for costumes.  This years decorating theme was Ravens. I have dozens of Raven decorations everywhere. I also bought quite a few LED signs.  My decorations will be part 2. 
We have chili with all the fixings every year ( Fritos, cheese, sour cream, onions), we had queso and dips and chips and Todd cooked a brisket and chopped it up for BBQ sandwiches. They were heavenly! I made sangria again like last year and it was delicious. We didn't do a beer keg this year instead we bought cases of beer with different types. 
We had lots of fancy cheeses and salamis and crackers. No one went hungry that's for sure! 
The theme for costumes this year was to dress from an era. It's funny because last year was the first year I had a theme for costumes and it was the biggest turnout for people dressing up.  I think if we narrow things down, people like that better. Now you'll always have people go against the grain and dress up that's nothing to do with theme but we don't care. Halloween is supposed to be fun and no pressure. A night to be whatever you want to be.  
Todd and i dressed up from the Greek/ Roman time period.  I bought our costumes and accessories from EBay.   I normally always make my own costume but I just have so much going on I didn't feel bad that I cheated.  
We had about half the people show up this year than last year but we had many that were sick. The bug is going around here in Dallas pretty strong.  We also were having torrential rain storms and flooding and I just don't think people liked getting out in it.  Luckily, it stopped raining that evening and it didn't rain all night.  
We had a total of 27 people and it was a nice group of friends.  I'm so happy for those who came.  I have only the picture that I took and a few that some have sent me.  So here ya go: 


It was so much fun and we announced at the party what next years theme is: MASQUERADE.  I have no idea how to decorate the house but I have a year to figure it out.  
Have a great Monday y'all!!