the secret lives of prothros.

October 30, 2009

yankee swap!

Filed under: Uncategorized — prothro @ 9:43 am

So last night the girls and I did a little old fashion clothes swap. It’s something we’ve talked about for months but last night we finally did it. We all brought clothes that had gone stale in our closets over the last year, and offered them up to each other for an extended borrow. That’s the great things about exchanging with friends, even if you want to keep that shirt that just so may be able to fit you again/come in style/you will at least wear it once since you bought it, you’re lending on an extended borrow. They get to enjoy it until you want it back. It was great and I really hit the jackpot. I left with about 11 new things, including two cute new dresses and some items I probably never would have thought to try on my own.

All girls should do this! Even if you happen be a shortie and your friends are six inches taller than you, which is the case with me. Shirts can almost always be traded.

This also gets me in the mood for a little book giveaway. So here is the deal:


1) Anyone can enter to win this book. Anyone.

2) To enter, answer this question in the comments section: What was your most memorable Halloween costume?

3) Submit your answers by midnight on Monday and I will randomly select a winner.

And here is what you win:

The Man who was Thursday by: G. K. Chesterton

It is an allegorical suspense novel and a pretty quick read at 182 pages.  Plus, I love G.K. Chesterton!

We won’t get into much of the plot so that it will be a surprise but I will share these two praises about the book.

“The Man Who was Thursday is not quite a political bad dream, nor a metaphysical thriller, nor a cosmic joke, in the form of a spy novel, but it has something of all three…it remains the most thrilling book I have ever read” -Kingsley Adams

“A powerful picture of the loneliness and bewilderment which each of us encounters in his single-handed struggle with the universe” -C. S. Lewis

That’s right C.S. Lewis likes it. Booya.

I will post the winner on Monday.

The winner will also receive a batch of Mint Chocolate cookies to enjoy with the book. There were the most popular cookie exchange cookies I made and who doesn’t want cookies?




  1. That’s a tough question, as I have MANY memorable costumes. But right now the one that is on the forefront of my mind grapes would be the Halloween that I dressed up as a ninja. It was a cool October 31st and my mom decided that I needed to wear a jacket. Needless to say this was distressing me as ninjas clearly do not wear big puffy coats. So she helped me put it under the costume… so I was a fat ninja. I was not a happy 4th grader. On the bright side: CANDY

    Comment by Brad — October 30, 2009 @ 9:48 am

  2. My most memorable costume was when I dressed up as Queen Ester and it was really cold in Scotland so I had to wear a white turtle neck underneath my dress. On top of that I was toothless and also decided to wear re lip stick. Needless to say the pictures are priceless.

    Comment by Jessica — October 30, 2009 @ 9:51 am

  3. I wasn’t allowed to celebrate Halloween, because it’s the devil’s holiday. So I would sneak over to my friend, Sarah Coker’s house each year. She would always have some crazy/awesome costume, because she’s creative like that (she worked at Conan O’Brian. I like to tell people). Once at her house, she would dress me up in her old clothes and I would illegally trick or treat as a hobo.

    I am Kenneth.

    Comment by LJ — October 30, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  4. PS – I want that book. & Sarah’s costume is, once again, amazing this year. Photos on her facebook today! 🙂

    Comment by LJ — October 30, 2009 @ 11:41 am

  5. I once dressed up as Lucy and my friend was Ethel. It was pretty great we had wigs and really fun 50’s dresses. We won the costume contest at our church youth group that year.

    Comment by Hayley — October 30, 2009 @ 2:04 pm

  6. Oh most memorable might just be Toadstool from Mario Brothers at the AFC Halloween party at the Rollerskating Rink!

    Comment by joy — October 30, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  7. my absolute most memorable was when I was a ninja turtle! I had a cardboard shell my uncle helped me make and a sweet cardboard sword that could beat the pants off those crappy swords ppl bought at walmart. I was so stinking happy, except for the fact that I only had one sword and I was Leonardo.

    Comment by Beardo — October 30, 2009 @ 2:23 pm

  8. My most memorable costume was when I was 10. I requested that my mother help me letter a sign to wear with a Victorian style dress…it was to read: “Votes for Women!”
    That’s right…I was a suffragette at 10. It is no wonder I was ridiculed in class… 🙂

    Comment by Meg — October 31, 2009 @ 5:57 pm

  9. I always had fun costumes, but I think one of my favorites was when I was Pocahontas (I just had to Google that to spell it, though – sad!)

    Comment by ashley — November 1, 2009 @ 11:36 am

  10. Freshman year I dressed up as chicken noodle soup with a soda on the side. It made for a night of one monotonous dance move.

    Comment by katelyn — November 1, 2009 @ 8:25 pm

  11. Cheerleader

    Comment by Will — November 2, 2009 @ 10:46 am

  12. Probably when I dressed up as Walker, Texas Ranger.

    Comment by Laura — November 2, 2009 @ 10:47 am

  13. That is a great book! I really enjoyed it when I read it about a year ago.

    Comment by Jesse — November 2, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

  14. I usally recycled whatever dance class costume I had worn for the big production that year. I believe this includes such things and cheetahs, aliens, and the other one, come to think of it, I’m still not sure what I was. All I know was that it was checkered and we danced to Beat on Down the Road. Maybe a combo of a hitchiker and a taxi driver?
    And my dad really likes blacking out teeth so I went as a bum once. or twice. or alot more than that.

    Comment by Travis and Lindsey — November 3, 2009 @ 12:41 pm

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