22 Nov

I normally don’t toot my own horn, but I’m going for it anyway.  I’ve been known to carve a few pumpkins and this year, I went over the top and carved Rob Ford, Toronto’s current mayor.   It won this year’s United Way Pumpkin Carving Contest and my third first-place win since it began 4 years ago.  Meet Mr. Rob F@#d.  It took me 3 hours to carve his fat jowls and double chin.  It was a bit of a struggle to shape the eyebrows and lips without carving right through the pumpkin (which is a common way to carve a Jack o’lantern).  I find that the method of carving just enough to thin-out the “meat” of the pumpkin is not only easier, but safer!  Since I started this method, I haven’t stabbed, sliced or bled all over my pumpkins *fingers crossed.  Though the blood would be a cool effect!

This year marks many “Firsts” for P and I as a couple.  Our first thanksgiving dinner with his family was great fun and I can’t say enough how gracious and welcoming his family has been to me.  I carved them a pumpkin named One-eyed Wally.  I found a small white pumpkin at the farmer’s market and had to get it!  I love how the natural veins are green which makes for great tooth decay.  It adds a little spookiness to his googly expression.  He stared at us all throughout dinner.

This one here was my winner from 3 years ago for United Way: Peter-Peter Office Supplies-Eater. 


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