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*takes a deep breath*

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WHERE IS THE NEXT EPISODE, I NEED IT.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Ack. After all yhe time i spent hand sewing the habit shirt, i sewed the neck gussests and collar on inside out. Plus one cuff is much too loose, its actually too short (probably) and the collar is chokingly tight. Sigh. Guess im leaving that one at home.

I packed my suitcase with all of my 18th c stuff and the 1840s gown and tea gown, corset amd stays, 1 pair of shoes and a couple little extras. Its only 27 lbs but it also doesn't fit anything else. Not my sewing kit, my regular clothes, shower kit, nothing.

Lord... Just too much to do. Slow down brain!
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Hello friend humans! I went to my first bookish/writing convention weekend before last, and it was super fun! I livetweeted a lot of it, but y'all know how I feel about yelling in bullet point lists, right?

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IN CONCLUSION I had a really good time and might go back for the November one (I think they called it Sledge-Lit and I am just uggggggh). Might see if [twitter.com profile] captainraz or [twitter.com profile] splend want to come with me. It was just... Really heartening? Being in a building where everyone wanted to be there and talk about writing and publishing and having been published and it was just... So lovely. So fun! It was looking up and going "Wow, my genres are full of amazing, smart people who write good books," and this not being questioned. *clutches face*

Can we panic NOW?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:35 pm
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I'm sitting here mostly paralysed with indecision. Now that I don't know what to do with my Saturday plans, I can't make a plan at the moment. The reason I wouldn't bring Jareth is because I need an hour or so to do the makeup, plus a bunch of jewels are still falling off and I haven't had/made opportunity to fix that. So now what?? I still want to keep my packing light. So that means bringing more 18th c. stuff, since all of my other Victorian needs a bustle and I don't want to bring it. But all of the 18th c. stuff was fitted over my other stays. I don't have extra shifts (unless I bring the Regency one). I planned the white dress as day wear so it has no trimming. I really DO NOT have time to make something else. Maybe the best option would be to bring the Regency gown and vest as I think it would be relatively easy to manipulate my hair into a 'do for that, but the dress has light uneven staining that won't come out. Plus extra undergarments. So... what do?

I got the skant mostly together, and all it needs right now is hems. Of course while I was sewing it, my machine started acting up and now it's making a terrible clunking noise. it does not fit especially well, even after letting out as many seams as I could. I'm not sure how to adjust the fit for my belly, and I definitely don't have time to do so right now.

I need to move forward, NOW, and I wish I knew what steps to take!

ETA: One of my companions is only bringing two costumes and spending the rest of the time in civvies, and I'm starting to think that's a good idea. Of course I still have so much hand work to do (the rest of the habit shirt and the bits for the white gown) that makes it especially appealing.

Mini "emergency"?

Jul. 23rd, 2017 04:42 pm
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My partner in crime has decided to muggle it up at coco so now im wondering if i want to bring Jareth at all D: but then ig i do my white gown as the evening option, what do i wear during the day?

One more cat on the couch

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:23 pm
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This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

(Full details in locked posts -- if you didn't see them, and would like to be on a filter that includes stuff like cat drama, feel free to comment.)

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that's what I'm going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn't around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow -- even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren't enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.



Petting for a sweet boy.



I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.

Thank god for sick leaves

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:41 pm
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Day 2 of feeling like a disease-ridden lump x__x

Yesterday was the cough to end all coughs and a feverish, aching body. Today the cough has transitioned into a cold (with the occasional cough) and my back is one giant hurt (probably from sleeping so much yesterday).

Someone end my suffering ;__;

Updated to-do list

Jul. 20th, 2017 08:38 pm
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Or, as I like to think of it, it's the perfect time to panic!

White gown:
  • piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length. the length got tweaked just a bit.
  • trim and stitch up CF And waist
  • sleeve ruffles
  • hem petticoat
  • future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
  • cap
  • neckerchief (in progress)
  • loops and ties to bustle up the skirt


Skant:
  • trace the pattern (in progress; the cat likes to try to "help")
  • make a mockup? Won't have time!
  • need fabric and braid
  • convince nicole to make me a badge
  • sew!


Habit shirt:
  • collar
  • ruffle
  • button/holes


Once most of that is done:
  • rehem curtainalong petticoat Not happening.
  • hem curtainalong gown Also not happening.
  • add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
  • make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)


Still so much to do...

Also so many things I just won't get to :( I won't have a pool party outfit ready unless its very last-minute. I won't have a social outfit if I don't get the skant done. I still don't know what I'm wearing on Friday (maybe victorian... I have some things sort of done already), I really should have a petticoat ready for the habit class, and then I thought yesterday that maybe I should bring some Regency stuff? I don't want to pack different eras for every day! (oh i could bring the Game of Thrones outfits, those are nice and also - already done)

I'm also looking at my timing. Like, tonight and tomorrow I have for sewing, Saturday-day I'm going to see my gramma, saturday night I could do stuff but I might be too tired, Sunday is the DO ALL THE THINGS day... laundry, probably jewel-gluing, it's the planned day for K-days... Monday might be the laundry and gluing day instead. Tuesday I will pick up my cat-sitter and get some groceries for them, and of course pack. At some point I need to clean my apartment.

Maybe I shouldn't have written this list lol. I felt more in control before I did.
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Just saw an article saying that the lead singer of Linkin Park has died, that can't be right. That's a part of my teenage years in human form, that can't be right.

White dress is done!

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:54 pm
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All i need is sleeve fluffage :D its all hemmed and ready amd holy shit i cant believe i made this beautiful thing thats decorating Josephine.

Tomorrow I'll start on the accessories!
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Linguistics links:

Nothing new under the sun: "in tibullus 1.8 (a poem about his boyfriend Marathus) has this line about “pugnantibus linguis” (literally battling tongues) which means that the idea of tongues battling for dominance in homoerotic fiction has been going on since at least the 1st century bce"

From Seaspeak to Singlish: cool English dialects and English-based creoles.

Hawaiian pidgin has a great all-purpose noun -- it's "you-know-what", "whatchamacallit", "so-and-so", and "the thing" all at once.

Cat links:

Before there were laptops, cats were happy to sit on our portable typewriters.

"I was right there in case he got upset — I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever."

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Jul. 18th, 2017 07:28 pm
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One crucial task i forgot was the need to bind the stays... Especially since i went and bought tape for the straps. (i dont haaaaaaave to right? Just secure the ends of the channels?

Gown got hemmed last night, and i think ill do the petticoat tonight. Then maybe the CF and try yo make a decision about the sleeve. What the heck is a round cuff, anyway.
anxietyyyyy )

I better get back to it. Its not gonna hem itself!
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I probably have more to say about this one, but I have forgotten most of it I'm afraid. (Lex managed to distract me by watching Doctor Who afterwards while I was trying to do a transcription, so my brain has glitched and rebooted to "Wow, that Missy lady is pretty and I have no idea what's going on but she threw the Master up against a wall and now I might ship it."

IN NON-SHIPPING NEWS: THIS THING.

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Yeah, I have no ships here yet, just anti-ships. Maybe I'm not well.
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Hello my darlings! Lex is showing me Fate/Apocrypha as it comes out, because the Fate franchise is that rare beast: a fandom that we both like.

I am very cautiously excited, because this could be great. I am going to see about rough reaction shots as we go, you may well end up tracking me going through pits of despair as the characters I love die and the characters I was hoping for a gruesome death for get to live past the ending. (I am still not over Fate/Zero or Unlimited Bladeworks, it turns out.) WE SHALL SEE. But yes, this is all written after the fact, so nothing will be in the correct order, I'm afraid, just as I think of it.

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Me: It is going to be 25 degrees later and I'll be in work, better wear a cute dress so that I don't cook!
Dress: *is cute, also has straps*
Me: Eh, my body hair is showing but I don't care.
Me: *remembers that I work with baby boomers who would 100% go "Susan, I don't mean to be rude, but..." about it*
Me: ... Okay, fine, but I draw the line at shaving my legs.

The beeb says t's going to hit highs of TWENTY NINE degrees tomorrow, and the building I work in a) was built 113 years ago, and b) had the ceilings lowered to add more floor upstairs and trap more heat. So EITHER, I wash this dress as soon as I get home and pray that it dries quickly enough that I can wear it tomorrow, or just wear a skirt and t-shirt, take an extra shirt to swap into when I get out of work so I'm not utterly revolting when I get to the pub for Pathfinder. Only downside is that that skirt is a lot heavier so I might end up more warm and sweaty.

... Or, do a combo of the two; wear the skirt, let my dress dry at work, get changed after. Boom, planning.

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Jul. 17th, 2017 03:21 pm
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I sort of took yesterday off from sewing. I was going to my mum's to play board games so i sat down to watch youtube videos to refresh my memory on how to play them, and then thought that i really should sew while i watched. Two hours later i had the second sleeve attached to my habit shirt. When i got home i did hems and the shoulder inserts. All i have left is the collar and a ruffle and button/holes.

So there is... 9 nights before i leave. One of those is gaming and one is probably kdays. I have to spend at least one regluing jewels to Jareth, and one packing. So 5 days, most likely. I wrote my to-do list down and it probably looks more intimidating than it is D:

White gown:
-piece in the front bit that's missing, then hem. I think i will leave the length.
-trim and stitch up CF And waist
-sleeve ruffles
-hem petticoat
-future: add a ruffle to petticoat, some sort of neckline decoration? None of the extants i looked at had any
-cap
-neckerchief
-loops and ties to bustle up the skirt

Skant:
-trace the pattern
-make a mockup?
-need fabric and braid
-convince nicole to make me a badge
-sew!

Habit shirt:
-collar
-ruffle
-button/holes

Once most of that is done:
-rehem curtainalong petticoat
-hem curtainalong gown
-add ruffle to white taffeta petticoat
-make a white underpetticoat (the blue one doesnt show through at least)

So I finished FFXV! Quick thoughts:

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:59 pm
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FUCK CHAPTER THIRTEEN TO THE DEEPEST PITS OF HELL, my god.

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Basically, there's like a five chapter chunk between chapters nine and fourteen that is terrible and the anti-fun, but chapter fifteen is trying to convince me that I did like the game really...
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So I finished the game! I am still turning the ending over in my head, but here is initial thoughtsI think - and please believe me when I say that I never thought I'd hear myself say this about anything - that it needed to crib more from FFXIII.

HEAR ME OUT, OKAY.

(Cutting for spoilers RIGHT through the game and Chapter 13 Verse 2 and also for "Nah, mate, I can totally fix this, my uncle's a mechanic game designer.")

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Number One Lady Detectives

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:16 am
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Down to my last 48 images on Photobucket. Have a rescued picspam.

It's Mma Precious Ramotswe and Mma Grace Makutsi, the heroines of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Hugging. Seriously, it's just screencaps of this one great time they hugged.

Precious and Grace

That's Mma Ramotswe on the left. She's the detective. Very smart, very good with emotions, lots of tragic backstory. IIRC she's feeling the tragic backstory pretty hard in this moment.

And Mma Makutsi on the right. Very serious secretary/manager, first in her class, doesn't much approve of Feelings. The fact that she's having some is a big deal.

Doubles as an art reference for anyone looking to draw a hug. )

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