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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

Happy Day Before Halloween, people!  Don’t forget to stock up on candy for trick or treaters, and oh yeah, please don’t copy any of these horrifying Peanuts Halloween costumes the Today show trotted out to remind us the true meaning of terror!  I mean…

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I seriously have this photo saved as “nightmare fuel” on my desktop.

If you’re some sort of masochist who wants to see ALL of the horrific Peanuts themed costumes, here, you sick bastard.

Need a palate cleanser after that?  Of course you do.  Here, look at this beautiful wolf, checking out a research camera in his habitat.

Also, here’s a fun story about a guy meeting his doppleganger, who was sitting in his seat on a plane.

Getting back on the Halloween related links though, here’s Popular Science nerding out on Halloween candy and what exactly is in it.  (The deconstructed Snickers still looks delicious to me, btw.)

Also, Buzzfeed has an article about what it’s like to be a Halloween costume model.

And finally, here’s the latest from Josh Sundquist, an awesome guy who lost his left leg to cancer as a child and who is now a motivational speaker and basically King of Halloween Costumes.

Happy Halloween weekend, all!  Try not to eat all of your candy before the trick or treaters arrive!  (I am going to buy candy I don’t really like to prevent that from happening to me.  Sorry kids, who will be getting Jolly Ranchers, World’s Worst Candy.)

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Cute of the Week: Black Cats for Halloween

I kind of am in denial about how fast this year is going, especially now that I only have 13 weeks and change left before becoming a mom for the first time (PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE…okay, calm down.)  But anyway, I must accept the passage of time and, delightfully, in this case, the passage of time has led us to Halloween!  Which I love!  So, two weeks ago we celebrated pets who are better at Halloween than me (easy feat) and this week I would like to give a special shout out to black cats.  Long associated with Halloween (and bad luck) they’ve gotten a bad rap in the past.  Hell, even in present day people apparently don’t find black cats as desirable because they don’t look good in selfies?  (SIDE NOTE: WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT OUR SOCIETY AND HOW IT’S TERRIBLE.)

Ugh, anyway, let’s show black cats some love!  Now, I should mention, before we get into the Halloween themed pics, that have a personal stake in changing increasing the black cat love in the world because I have my very own black cat, Calamity Jane.  She loves, nay, INSISTS upon snuggles, is a notorious popcorn thief, and, as I tell her nearly every day, could totally be a plus size cat model:

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I mean, look at that beautiful fur!  That sultry, green eyed gaze!  She’s a beaut.  But anyway, my continued adoration for my own black cat aside, let’s get to some Halloweeny black cats!  I think the thing I love the most about these photos is that they reflect the special sense of betrayal and anger that only cats express when forced into costume.  In fact, you’ll never see a photo of either of my cats in costume because they would murder me in my sleep if I tortured them in that way.  (I have tried and failed to dress both of my cats up.)  But here are some cats whose humans were able to make it happen long enough for a photo (aaaaand probably paid the ultimate price sometime later that day.)  Enjoy!

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“I’m sizing up your weaknesses and preparing my attack as we speak.”

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“How did this…happen?”

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“Really? You think you’ll get away with this? MWAHAHAHAHAHA-” *pauses to cough up hairball* “Anyway, point is, I’ll kill you.”

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“This humiliation will not stand. I have already summoned my cat army. You will not see the dawn.”

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Okay, I’ve made joke “cat thought” captions for all of the other photos, but I genuinely think this cat is about to kill the person taking the photo.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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Hello, dear readers!  Today is a fun day in Mean Maureenland – it’s my birthday AND, as of today, I officially have 100 days left until Baby Mean arrives.  (Of course, babies rarely arrive on their exact due dates, but is important for me to mark these milestones because pregnancy lasts approximately INFINITY DAYS and I need to feel like I’m making progress.)  So, huzzah!  Huzzah to me for staying alive another year, and huzzah to baby Mean for growing like a champ and getting closer and closer to joining us in the Land Outside My Womb (which is also the title of an absolutely horrible children’s book I just came up with.)

ANYWAY, weekend!  In honor of my birthday and Halloween, I’m gonna do a fall themed round up today.  Perhaps you are celebrating Halloween a bit early with some parties?  Perhaps you are going out for a hike wherever you are, enjoying the brisk fall weather and crisp, fallen leaves?  Or, you know, if you live in LA like me, you are going to be expending most of your energy denying the fact that is going to be 90 god damned degrees in my neighborhood tomorrow.  BUT WHATEVER, I’M STILL GOING TO PRETEND IT’S FUN FALL TIME.

For example, I’m going to order some of these adorable literary themed tights to wear and ward off the chill in the air!

And maybe I’ll make a version of these cute spider chocolate chip cookies!

Or drink these delicious looking fall themed mocktails!

Maybe I’ll channel my inner Martha Stewart (okay, fine, more like my inner Pinterest fail) and carve or decorate a pumpkin!

And you know what?  Fuck you, unseasonably warm weather, I’M MAKING SOME GOD DAMNED PUMPKIN SOUP.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend, whatever the weather, and that I can tone down my hostility toward mother nature enough to enjoy my own weekend!  See you Monday!

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Cute of the Week: Pets Who Are Better at Halloween Than I Am

Guys, I have a confession: I am pretty terrible at Halloween.  I have no shortage of excellent ideas, but I have a major shortage of Ability to Put Said Ideas Into Concrete Plans/Order Things Like Wigs, In Advance.  I was Carrie for, oh, I don’t know, three years running?  (Because once you have a bloody prom dress and tiara just available in your closet, I mean, you’re not NOT going to wear it.)   One year I just wore jeans, a black tank top and cat ears.  (I MEAN, JESUS.)  And this year?  Sigh.  Since being pregnant, I have made half hearted jokes about going as Donald Bump, but I don’t really want to frighten anyone (including myself) that much.  I also figured my bump could work well for an Ursula costume, body type wise, but here we are on October 14th and I still have not ordered a wig or have any idea how to make tentacles.  So, I’m guessing I will dress up this year as a 35 year old pregnant woman who has poor costume planning skills?

But!  Do you know who DOESN’T have a lack of costume planning skills?  The owners of these adorable pets.  Let’s celebrate them and their amazing owners, who definitely have their costume related shit together more than me.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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Oh good lord, guys.  I am embarrassed to admit how tired I have gotten and I’m only just about to start my 24th week of pregnancy.  :/  So um… only about 16 weeks and 1 day left!  S-I-G-H.  In related news, I have a newfound appreciation for the toughness of every woman who has ever been pregnant, especially those who work much more physical and demanding jobs than me!  But enough about my complaints – as for this weekend?  I just want to meld with my couch and relax.  I have been collecting some interesting or fun things I want to read during my couch blobbin’ – perhaps they may appeal to you too!

First, before I forget, an article about how our digital dependency is eroding human memory.  Or something.  I’ll probably have to read this again.

If you like adorable squirrel pics, this is definitely for you.  (If you think they look like rats but with cuter tails, avoid!)

Also, Halloween is practically upon us!  Here are some feminist costume ideas if you’re looking for some last minute options.  (My faves are 17 and 20!)

Oh, and speaking of the source of my complaints at the top of the blog, if you want an educational GIF (yes, that is a thing that exists!) about what happens to your internal organs during pregnancy, check it!  I keep watching this on a loop and crying out, “but no, my poor intestines/bladder/everything!”

And in maybe the most exciting news, flights to Europe for less than $100 are coming soon!  Well, kinda soon!  2017!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  May it be filled with planning cheap trips to Europe and Halloween costume planning!  Or whatever!

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