Happy Halloween, everybody!

Oh wow, where did October go? I’ll have to read a last-minute Bradbury short story collection!
And I admit being a bit envious of everyone who is someplace where they have a chance to celebrate Halloween – or Guy Fawkes Day next Friday (maybe especially that). I’m not doing anything specific, since Halloween is not really celebrated in Austria. There are a couple of costume parties at some bars, but they’re not my kind of party. So I guess I’ll spend tonight watching monster movies (once again), and maybe even The Nightmare Before Christmas (to which I know all the lines).
Tomorrow will be the start of NaNoWriMo and Vegan MoFo (Vegan Month of Food). I’m trying to participate in both, so be prepared for lots more food-related posts. Again, this is not a form of proselytization or me asking for endless debates about any “right” way to eat and live – it’s about the healthy and animal-friendly alternatives out there, and about discovering new things to eat.
So I’ll be back tomorrow (and as often as I can during Vegan MoFo) with fresh pics and recipes.
In the meantime, happy Halloween everybody! (Cookie) monsters are always welcome here. Vampires (of the non-sparkling kind) will receive special invitations. And not to forget: Shoggoths unite!

Today’s highlights: Crows and squid

Today on my way to work I noticed a crow that was trying to crack a walnut by repeatedly dropping it from a high branch, always swooping down in a dangerous-looking nose-dive to check on the state of the nut. Not a bad method, but maybe doing this in a different place would be more efficient: I was reminded of the time I watched some of the resident crows in Innsbruck’s Hofgarten placing some walnuts in the middle of the nearest street, then retreating to safety and waiting for passing cars to crack the nuts for them. (And I just learned that Japanese and Californian crows are doing this as well.) I guess Styrian crows could learn a lot from them.

I’m already looking forward to tonight, when I’ll finally get to see the ING giant squid special. (Just look at those pictures!!) :D