May 22nd, 2009

Roy

Oh geez

Happy Birthday Livejournal. Here's to 10 years of angst!

That means next year, I'll be able to celebrate 10 years of this nonsensical journal. I should lock all my earliest posts, because seriously. It's just embarassing. I've changed a lot in 10 years. I can't say it's been for bad or for good, but I am a different person.

I'm growing and pushing forward in the way I think is best, whether it actually is or not. I would like to think I've matured a little bit, learned a little more about patience, acceptance, and the world around me. I'd also like to think I'm not as much of an idiot as I was when I was just getting out of highschool and starting college. (graduated HS '98, started college the following fall, started dating Matt in '99, started LJ in 2000, missed early adopter by about 2 months, graduated college in 2003& got married the same year)

But hey! If maturity = the weight I gained between college and now... I'm so full of maturity it's awesome. :/ Yeah, I have a long way to go yet.

Check back with me in about a week or so, and I should be able to say I've hit the 20 lb lost marker. I don't want to plan farther ahead than the next 5 pounds, so I can stay motivated. So, I just go in 5 lb increments. 30 will be a big number, though, and I'll tell you why when I get there, eventually... I hope.

I finished Ursula LeGuin's "The Other Wind" today. This means I'm totally out of Earthsea books. I would be ok with it if she never wrote another. Not becasue they are bad. I love them, and I think they are fantastic. I just couldn't bear the next one, because I'm certain it would happen many years from the one I just finished. I think many characters I love would be dead from old age, and I don't think I'd be able to handle that :X

I think that's one of the reasons I couldn't stay interested in the Xanth series. After "A Spell for Chameleon," the following books picked up with say, the son of the main character, or his son, etc. You want to go back to those books in a world you love with characters you love, but things change. People change, and even in fictional worlds, people get old and die. That's one of the things that makes them good, but it's also difficult to keep reading. Maybe I'm just a total book dork, but when an author kills off a character I'm really attached to, I do cry. Except in the last Harry Potter. I didn't cry at all there, but nothing I could say about the last Harry Potter book would be nice or good.

Anyway.. I forgot where I was going with all of that, but it's dinner time, I'm hungry, and I'm going to go teach myself how to make a greek cucumber salad.
Roy

Costume crap!

I decided that if I'm going to spend a lot of time away from the house next week, I need to work with all my toxic chemicals now. I'm still completely stumped with my Mayuri beard& horn, though. I came up with a few ideas, but they're less than optimal. Maybe I can carve them out of styrofoam, seal them, and then cover them in fabric. I know that method will work, but it's time consuming. It'll take half a week to get them where I know they won't fall apart if hit, dented, etc. If I bring a brush and some mod podge, I guess I could work on it away from home, though.

I remembered that I have an awesome black& green velvet beret from one of my first scarbys. It always sits on my Stitch plus (of Lilo& Stitch), and I decided to wear it this weekend. The problem is.. it's green and black. My top is red and gold.. my shirt is white.. and I guess I'm wearing black pants and hideous white running shoes??

So... I spent the night hand-sewing gold trim around the band of the beret. That will help it match with the top. I'm also gluing together some red, yellow, and black feathers. Hopefully, the yellow will help draw the gold/yellow tones upward and also help it match a little bit. The red definitely will. The black.. I probably didn't need those, BUT HEY! They look really cool. I'm using a lot of the yellow and black feathers I have left over from the Yu~ki costume, as well as my last yellow-dyed pheasant feather. When everything dries, I'll trim the quills so the whole shape comes to a point.

I also took a pendant I bought a few years ago and threaded some gold tassles through the pendant hook. Upside-down, the gold tassels will hang from it, and it'll be a great hat decoration. I'll be able to stitch it to the hat with the feathers in-between and I'll have an awesome.. thing.. to match with.. things. And I'll be great in it's thing-ness. I hope.

If I feel SUPER EXTRA MOTIVATED tomorrow when Matt is asleep, I will sew some green shoe-covers so I don't feel so dumb in white& pink nike runners. Somehow I don't think I'll get that far, though.

I did have some pretty comfortable shoes that I glued some brown suede to for my Chacha costume, to make ghetto rennie moccasins, but I think maybe I threw them out. I used them for multiple costumes, not to mention how much I wore them in highschool.. omg.

You have no idea how great those shoes were. They had a uranium-orange inside with purple suede on the outside. They were fantastic! By the time I glued the brown to them, they had long outlived their awesomeness as purple suede shoes, though. And by the time I wore them for our Damekko doubutsu group, they were falling apart. They'd probably be ok for renfest, but I'm pretty sure I don't even have them anymore.

Can you tell how I'm all about historical accuracy? -..-
I'm probably just going to be wearing black slacks with my top! haha~!
A skirt would totally hide my shoes, and I have a skirt, but I don't think a skirt will work with the top I bought. I don't know. Maybe I'll try a bunch of stuff on together tonight and see if I can find somthing I can live with.

My ghetto-ness shall prevail!

Oh yeah.. aside from the putzing around I've done today, I haven't gotten shit done for that Mayuri costume, and I really wanted to make a small creepy plush doll of his bankai. Maybe I can organize materials and make it happen.. I don't know...