I learned during my first year in Texas that this far south, pumpkin carving does not happen a few weeks before Halloween like it does up north. That year my pumpkin turned an interesting shade of green and, I swear, melted into a pile of goop.
You don’t have to tell me twice.This year I think I got it right. I waited until Monday, a mere 3 days before Halloween, to even buy a pumpkin.
This had the added benefit of a 50% discount. Who knew! Perhaps I should have guessed by the sheer number of pumpkins left at the grocery store. They’re gonna be in trouble with all those come Friday.
I had a vision for my pumpkin from the start. I debated downloading an elaborate template to make something to really wow people. But to be honest, I wasn’t feeling that ambitious. So I settled for an easier and yet way more obvious option: Texas.
I think I made a wise choice in printing out a template. I could picture the deformed blob that would have resulted without it. I also needed some entertainment along the way, so I watched an interesting TED talk about the Higgs boson while imparting my state pride to this unsuspecting gourd. If you haven’t discovered TED talks yet, fix that.
A simple outline was the way to go. This guy was done in no time. I made sure to give it a test drive to see how it turned out. I’d call this a success!