Candy Temptation

With the holidays behind us, after what was an indulgent few weeks of “being off Keto” and eating like a teenager… Liz and I have gotten back to a Keto-based lifestyle.

We’re still not back to being uber attentive (we’re not counting/measuring fat and protein, for example)… but we’re back to avoiding starches, have stopped ordering out, and are cooking Keto-friendly recipes.

I don’t have too much of a sweet tooth, but during the holidays… I definitely had more cookies and things than I’m accustomed to. And from time to time, I have the thought that “A cookie would be nice, right about now.”

And that’s usually when I remember that we still have candy in the house. From Halloween.

Our old Halloween Plinko board is still hanging around in the front room, on the first floor. And there, at the bottom, are the “example” pieces of candy (behind a small strip of Plexiglass).

Side note: this was a super fun, albeit super stressful, project for me and Liz. If you’re curious to see it in action, check out this blog post from last Halloween. If you’re curious to see more about the build process, start here.

It’s a nice looking project, if I do say so myself. And it just feels too nice to tuck away in some dirty part of the house. Fun bit of trivia: the original inspiration for this Plinko board was from Stranger Things (specifically, the Rainbow Room depictions in Season 3).

By the time we got done with the build though, the Plinko board was starting to look pretty slick on its own. We ended up not going with a Strenger Things theme, and just went with the board itself. To us, the Plinko board look went from hospital gown to tuxedo kinda suddenly, there at the end.

Right now, we don’t have a great place to store this guy. The second floor is in a very “under construction” state. The basement, while much cleaner, is still probably not a great storage location.

For now, we’ve just punted and kept it in this room. This would be the Halloween equivalent of still having your Christmas tree up, long past the holiday itself. Who knows, if we procrastinate long enough, it’ll be Halloween soon enough again.

Taking bets on how long the candy’s going to last.

Halloween in Hyde Park, 2022: Plinko Board
Big Basement Reorg, Day 3

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