Yes!

Jun. 26th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Just attached the second sleeve! I can't decide if I want to get the bodice basically done and then start in on the skirt, or leave it as-is and just switch things up by working on the skirt for a bit.

With my new-ish habit of breaking sewing projects into small chunks (rather than going "okay, I'm going to spend [amount of time] working on this, now what do I need next?" or "let's just sew until I'm tired"), I seem to be able to write and sew on the same day, which is interesting.

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Jun. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Today is our 24th anniversary. Scott took the day off so we could hang out together. We went into Ypsilanti to do some Ingress and got lunch at a diner called The Bomber.

Cordelia spent most of the afternoon with one of her friends downtown. She kept calling us and asking us to suggest things to do. I couldn't come up with anything she liked. They'd already gotten ice cream and didn't want any other type of food. They didn't want to window shop. They didn't want to actually shop. They didn't want to visit any museums. Pokemon Go and Ingress are too out of style to even be considered even if they had either on their phones.

Yesterday, Scott got the lawn mowed and cleaned out one of the two Time Capsule drives. The big problem we've got is that his hard drive is over a terabyte of family photos and videos. We may need to dedicate one of the drives to his machine and use the other for me and Cordelia, but that will require that Scott actually pay attention to what the program is doing and be willing to address the matter rapidly if one drive or the other stops working.

We watched two library DVDs last night and then returned them today (long, long waitlists). Both were amusing in different ways, and we even got Cordelia to join us in watching one of them.

Scott bewilders me by watching TV episodes on his laptop while he's also watching his brother playing games with active voices (and explosions). I think he flips back and forth in terms of the visuals. When I'm in the same room with him, I keep trying to follow what's going on just by listening, and... Yeah. Not working.

I used the c-PAP for a chunk of last night and didn't have any sneezing or runny nose today. Hopefully, that's done. I'm not sure how much the Ativan is actually helping and how much is just that I've got more time for sleeping to make up for the poor quality. I'm having trouble, when on my side, with getting adequate head support without dislodging the nasal pillows. I very much doubt that a different mask would help given that it seems to be the shape of my face changing depending on which bit the pillow is pressing against.

And now we're trying to come up with dinner ideas...

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Jun. 26th, 2017 05:29 pm
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weight stuff )

I went to Torrid yesterday (so glad I have a local store!) and bought clothes and I might have plurged a little and materialism yay! )

This weekend was a complete bust, writing-wise. :( We had home repairs and stuff to do and I just didn't have the time. I'm going to try to get something written/posted tonight but we'll see. I'm going to do writing sprints and see how it goes. ;3; If anyone's interested in doing writing sprints with me, hit me up on discord: nanners#7965

Forever Knight Season 4.

Jun. 25th, 2017 11:27 pm
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I've finally figured out exactly how I want to end my virtual fourth season and, by extension, how I think the series should have ended.

Now that I know for certain the direction I'm going with it, I'll be officially beginning Season 4 next month. Episodes will "premiere" every fortnight on the AO3.

I look forward to seeing what my fellow fans think of it. :)

Big work day

Jun. 25th, 2017 09:03 pm
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Set in one sleeve! Hmm, I should take a picture of the other one with the piping basted on to show how I do it for the blog post. (I don't know if that's the way people normally do it or not, but it's working better for me with a sleeve that's not supposed to be gathered/pleated into the armscye - I always end up making the sleeve to fit and making the armscye a little small and needing to cut into it, so.) It's looking real good.

Question, though. So, this is a Waugh pattern and therefore there is no construction information. I've noticed that most fan-fronts have the gathered panels sewn down on the outer edge to the lining, but occasionally they're just kind of open. People who've done fan-fronts, is there a fit reason for these options? I'd rather sew it down because otherwise I will be thinking about and messing with it constantly, but I'm a little worried that it might hang weird or something. I don't know, I tend to overthink this stuff.

(Finished Thick as Thieves. Will have to reread it before I take it back to the library. I prefer court settings to travel stories, but have to admit that the travel-story-format really works here. <3 <3 <3)
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Read more... )

argh, I just realized, I'm away next week, I won't be able to watch the final until next Tuesday.

oh god this show, stop making me emotionally invested, *I have been let down too many times* to be emotionally invested in Doctor Who.

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Jun. 25th, 2017 11:26 am
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I used the c-PAP for three and a half hours last night. Right now, I'm sniffling and sneezing. I fear the two are connected. I washed the reservoir and nasal pillows pretty thoroughly on Friday. I didn't want to try to wash out the hose, but I think I'm going to have to because this makes three occasions when I've had severe allergies starting the morning after using the c-PAP.

I finished two fics yesterday. Well, one is certainly done, barring a thorough proofread. It's gen, so that's not nearly as hard to arrange as it might otherwise be. The other needs a second opinion if I can find someone willing given the moderately obscure fandom and the explicit and potentially squicky content. I've got a couple of people I can ask, but I was a little too fried last night to do it.

We went out for frozen lemonade at Sweetwaters last night. Sweetwaters gives coupons to the middle schools to hand out to every child who gets at least three A's on their final report card, and the school put the coupons in the envelopes with the report cards. Cordelia got hers and got a cinnamon roll. I got a frozen lemonade and a chocolate croissant. Scott got a ginger tea.

We finished that up a little after 8:00, and as we were just across the street from Plum Market, we went over there for the half price bakery goods.

It's been very cool, in the low 70s, so Scott opened a lot of our windows early yesterday afternoon. They stayed open all night and are still open. I don't think this relates to my sneezing because that didn't start until the windows had been open for about twenty hours.

Cordelia has been doing movie marathons. She's currently got about a dozen DVDs from the library. Of course, mostly what she's been doing is listening to her Hamilton CDs over and over (those were a gift from Scott's brother and his family). We listened to a little of that in the car last night, on the way to and from Sweetwaters. I still can't say that it does anything for me, but I'm glad Cordelia has something she's really passionate about.

Both of our Time Capsule storage drives are insisting that they're too full to allow backups. The program is supposed to delete old backups as needed in order to keep making current backups, and we have backups going back at least two years. At this point, anything from 2015 can absolutely go. One of the drives has a terabyte of storage, and the other has three. We have no idea what's going on to make them say they only have a few megabytes of space left. Scott thinks that wiping them is probably going to be necessary. We'll start with just one in case we need the backups on the other before we have clean backups on the first. Scott keeps saying that he needs a lot of time to do this and then getting cranky with me when I mention that it needs to be done (and later today he will be more cranky because I didn't make him do it while he had time).

Maybe he can figure out how to get Cordelia's laptop to backup via Time Machine, too. We've never managed that, and at this point, she's actually got stuff she'd be devastated to lose. It wasn't so important when she was seven.

writing goals :'(

Jun. 24th, 2017 07:38 pm
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At the beginning of June, I made a goal of finishing three bingo cards/prompt tables. Guys, why did I do that??? Family visits + unexpectedly strong feelings about anniversaries this month = not writing nearly as much as I'd expected to. I mean, I've certainly written more than normal and managed to publish three fics this month! But that's not enough for my goals.

So new goal for the rest of this month: finish up my [community profile] fffc June special card. Hopefully if I try to make my fics more bite sized I'll actually manage to finish. ;3;

I don't know what I want to do for next month. Camp NaNo is a thing but I don't know if I really want to participate this year. At least not in any official capacity, haha. Maybe I'll do the same thing as I did this month and just shoot for blacking out a card. I have enough of them!

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:42 pm
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Cordelia is now saying that she doesn't want to go to camp in August because she doesn't think she can handle a week without me. She also says that she's sure all of the other kids will be awful people and that there will be so many people present that there's no hope of her managing to spend any time with the people she actually knows.

She's been wanting lots of hugs and cuddling and reassurance that I'll always be there for her. She's also afraid any time she lets herself stop and think (mostly in the evenings). Her days have been pretty full, but she comes home and tells me that, even though she had fun, she missed me horribly. I think she's got some sort of worry that, if she's not checking up on me regularly, I'll just vanish.

I finally listened to the voicemail Cordelia's psychiatrist left. She says that the Celexa ought to stay at a steady level for twenty four hours on a single dose and that this may mean the dose is too low. Cordelia is afraid of upping the dose because she's connected her tiredness to the medication. I need to call the doctor back on Monday to discuss it.

Cordelia has more or less mastered swallowing small pills. Last night, she asked what I take for cramps, and I gave her a naproxen. It took her two swallows to get it down, but she did, and she was astonished to discover that it did help.

Her report card came today. It's all A's with an A+ in gym and an A- in algebra. Cordelia's of the opinion that they can't have counted the algebra final in that grade because she thinks that would have taken her down to B+ or even B range. I can't tell from PowerSchool whether or not she's right. It doesn't actually matter. B grades are good, too, and that particular class has been nasty for all the students due to the teacher not being very good.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 01:24 pm
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I wrote a lot yesterday, a bit more than 2300 words. I find that amazing given that I spent most of the day in a groggy haze, trying to figure out whether or not I had a window for napping.

Scott had to work 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. today. We got a call from the shift supervisor about half an hour after Scott went to bed. The guy wanted to make sure Scott knew he had to come in. He kept stumbling over what he was saying and talking in circles. I'm pretty sure that he had a script in mind for the call and that I blew it up by saying that Scott was in bed and couldn't come to the phone. Scott identified the caller simply based on my description of the guy's confusion.

I ended up staying up a bit later than I meant to because the writing was working well. For some reason, just the thought of needing to go to bed makes me able to produce words and plot and all of that. I think I slept a solid eight hours once I did go to bed, so there's that. I kind of want to go back to bed, though.

Scott has Monday scheduled off because it's our anniversary. I have a couple of minor errands that will be much easier if someone gives me a ride, so we'll deal with those. The rest of the day is ours. Cordelia is now saying that Scott and I should celebrate however we want, including without her, because it's our day. (She said something on the order of "I wasn't involved in your wedding.") This is a change from years past. I don't know that we'll leave her at home, but it's nice that, if we did, she'd be okay with it.

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Jun. 24th, 2017 11:18 am
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I should have put, under my "positive" column yesterday, about buying strawberries - I'd been walking to Stewart's for milk, and I saw this Amish woman holding a wooden tray with two quarts of strawberries on the sidewalk. (This is a small residential street, not the sort of place the Amish usually set up stationary booths.) I was thinking, "I hope she's selling those, I'd really like to buy them ... but it'd be super awkward if she actually just looks like she's going door-to-door, maybe she's just delivering some strawberries that someone else ordered, I don't know ..." But she greeted me and sold them to me for $3 each! I carefully put them in my tote bag, and they still did squish and leak a bit into the hip of my dress, but it seems to have washed out. So I've been having strawberries and cream (not clotted) for dessert lately, and yesterday Sue happened by an Amish stand when she was returning lightbulbs to the hardware store, and bought me another quart! So much strawberry.

OTOH, would you like to be depressed? Someone unpicked a mantua to turn it into some kind of hideous, shapeless sleeveless fancy dress.

Friending Meme!

Jun. 24th, 2017 09:01 am

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Jun. 24th, 2017 05:13 am
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http://auexchange.dreamwidth.org/

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Jun. 24th, 2017 05:12 am

So ...

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:27 am
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Negatives:

- Normally, I feel kind of down on Tuesdays: first day of the work week, not where I want to be, etc. etc. so I just give myself more leeway to doodle around at work that day and get down to things later, but this week it's just continued all the way through. The change to our open and working hours is really bumming me out - since we're only going to be open until 6pm on Fridays instead of 8, the Friday evening "extra shift" no longer counts as a thing, and each week one of us will work Monday (while closed) and the other Saturday (while open), so there will be no more alternating 3- and 2-day weekends, which means that any time we switch Mondays/Saturdays, one person gets Saturday-Monday off and one person only gets Sunday off. It's not objectively a huge deal, but one of the very few good things about working here was the flexibility and the long weekends. Most frustrating, because I can't even deal with it by going, "well, I'm going to get a different job and open a new chapter of my life!" since I'm already trying that.

- We had a special events committee meeting and I could barely function in it because all I could think about was how deeply I resented board members for coming up with ideas for me to follow up on or criticizing what we're doing because they don't spend enough time with us to realize some problems aren't our fault (e.g. whining that we don't send out enough press releases, when the issue is that not every news outlet we send them to publishes them; complaining that some of our presenters are sucky/barely relevant, when it's not like we have people queuing up to present and I know approximately 10 people in this county). Or signing up to work one shift (or not sign up to work any) at an event where I'm working 5-15 hours of unpaid overtime.

Okay, but on the positive side!

+ I put in for Koa, CoK, and Thick as Thieves at the library on the same day, hoping they would come in the proper order for me to finish the reread first but knowing they wouldn't, and they didn't, and so now I'm reading TaT! It's sooooo gooooood, Eagle of the Ninth meets The Goblin Emperor!

+ I just confessed that lately the board is making me completely nuts, like they've gotten less tolerable or something, and Sue agreed and said that maybe that's why she's been sleeping poorly and feeling not-great, so we're totally on the same page as far as that goes and I'm not a horrible, bitter person.

+ So maybe I couldn't have the green dress on display in the house - the Cranford dress, despite being massively bigger than the form, looks quite good in situ and somehow matches the room well despite being, um, brown-on-brown.

+ I didn't write very much over the past two days, but what I did write I'm pretty happy with. Needs editing, obviously, but this draft is turning out so much better than the first ... I'm going to have to do a compare/contrast thing here one of these days.

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Jun. 23rd, 2017 12:09 pm
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I slept better last night than I did the night before, and the sneezing and such seem to be gone. I will likely keep taking the various allergy medications for a few days in case what I'm seeing is them working rather than the trigger being gone. I'm still pretty tired, so I will likely try to nap later on. Cordelia and I don't have anything planned today, so I think it will be feasible.

I'm debating Camp NaNo. The main thing against it is that it doesn't tend to motivate me to write more or more often. The social aspect only works for me if I know the people I'm interacting with. Then again, signing up costs me nothing (except a lot of emails from the website).

I realized yesterday that the first two pages of a side project I was working on didn't belong in the story at all. They were necessary world building/scene setting for me but would probably bore readers. I can work in a lot of the details that matter later in the story and in small chunks.

Does anyone know anything about the folks running [personal profile] captiveaudience? The maintainers on the AO3 collection are [archiveofourown.org profile] nonx and [archiveofourown.org profile] CaramelShadows. The former looks like a sock, and I don't recognize the latter. The exchange theme, captivity with either Stockholm Syndrome or Lima Syndrome, sounds like something I'd have fun with, but I suspect it's not likely to be a large exchange. At the moment, it looks more appealing than Fic Corner simply because there's nothing in the Fic Corner tagset that I'd be really enthusiastic about writing. There are a number of things I could write and/or request, but I don't know if I'd enjoy writing any of them.

I suspect that part of the problem is that the things I'd be comfortable offering to write are all kind of old and not necessarily the sorts of things that people think of first when signing up for exchanges. There are often specific requests that are things I'd be comfortable writing, but without the specifics, I don't dare offer because there's a lot of those canons that I don't feel I know well enough or have time/access to review properly. The things I can generally offer always have way more offers than requests.

PSA

Jun. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm
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I'm still tired from yesterday, but a head's up (via a genealogy news feed I follow) in case it's of any use to other people:

Find My Past (one of the big online genealogy sites for the UK) are allowing free access to their main UK collections till 26th June. (No strings attached for this one, not even fake-orders to get it; only registering if you haven't already.)

Some more details & instructions on the site's blog: https://blog.findmypast.com/free-british-irish-records-2445715211.html


*skuttles off to collapse somewhere again*

this is not a fandom post, sorry

Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:57 am
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Thanks to everyone who commented on the last post.

I'm okay! I actually ended up spending most of the day alone, watching SVU and playing on Pinterest. Mom and my sister went to places but I really resent my sister inviting herself over like she did (and she knew it) so I elected to be alone.

weight and health )

Let's see. I'll get back to fandom soon.

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:34 pm
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Hey, John Green finished his book, and it's coming out in October.

As I follow Vlogbrothers, I've seen his struggles about finishing it, to the point where he wondered if he'd ever write a book again. But he finally overcame it with a lot of distancing himself from social media.

If John Green can overcome his mental illnesses and issues with social media to finish his book(s), then so can I!
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