Usually I bake something to bring in on holidays, like Halloween and Valentine's Day. I was considering skipping that this year, but then on Tuesday one of the teachers came up to me and said "I'm really looking forward to what you'll bring tomorrow."
So, I caved. Instead of playing Warcraft <gasp!> I spent the evening making tart-sized pecan pies.
I also had to research and find songs for my music history class, which has gotten up to the 1950s.
Then I had to prepare my costume. Last year I went as a pirate, so I felt it only fitting that this year I be a ninja. The costume is, again, basically my Hiei costume with a long-sleeved undershirt, a couple pieces of black fabric for the mask and hood, and some toy ninja weapons I picked up at the local department store. Really, the only tricky part was figuring out where to attach the tie to hold the forehead part of the hood on.
So this morning I lugged everything (pecan tarts, laptop, costume) to school. Everyone got a kick out of the costume, both teachers and students. There was, however, one student who decided to get smart and say, "Hey, you're breaking the dress code!"
Yes. And if you make a fuss, you don't get your candy. Mwah ha ha!
The only problem I had is that the mask was inconvenient. I had to pull it down to talk in class, and it made breathing difficult. I just about died carrying my laptop up five flights of stairs with the mask on. (I wonder how actual ninjas did it. Didn't they have to breathe?)
I wore the costume while biking home, because it was fun to hear the middle schoolers cry out in surprise when they noticed me along the way.