Ray got a cat
Ray went back to Austin
I was sick
I did lots of costuming stuff
I purged the house of Ray's junk food
I hit the -70lbs lost benchmark
We got Nugget an automatic feeder. It's the SuperFeeder suggested by KT, and it works great
(I still don't get to sleep past 7AM because Nugget is dumb and can't figure out that I no longer have any influence on her feeding schedule)
I've been abusing twitter a lot lately. LJ just seems so dead. Even the spammy cosplay community has been quieter lately. I am sad to see LJ dying this slow, painful death, but I honestly don't regret paying the 150 bucks a few years ago for permanent account status. I don't use the million icons I could, but I have used scrapbook, and I think that price was a small price to pay for all that I've gotten out of LJ over the past 10+ years. (probably close to 15 now? It's crazy!)
That being said...
When I want to talk diet stuff, I usually post it in my diet blog on another website. I like the community over there, and I never feel like I'm being a pain in the ass when I need to work things out in my head. The dieting thing hasn't been going so great, but it's still going. Now that Ray's back home in Austin, I hope that things will pick up. For those of you playing the home game, the original goal was to lose 100 lbs in one year. I didn't. I did, however, lose like 68lbs in one year. That's ok. I'm not really keeping track of the weeks and months anymore. It's a pain in the butt. I know I'm getting close to the end of the first month of year 2. It really would have been helpful if I started this on the first of a month, but noooo. So, I was just counting 4 week increments. But yeah, I probably won't keep track of the time so much anymore.
To be within healthy BMI ranges, I could stand to lose another 35lbs. It seems like a ton, but at the same time not too bad, considering what I accomplished last year. I was thinking it would take perhaps 6 months, but it'll probably take longer since I'm not really going at the clip I was before the fall junk food season kicked off. I'm still going to work at it, but it's been much more difficult for me to feel motivated. I'm not really motivated anymore, and it kind of bums me out. I was so gung ho about it last year! This year, I'm like "yeah, I did some stuff. It wasn't enough. I still have so much more stuff to do. I am tired of doing the stuffs." Mostly, I'm getting tired of working out, I think. And tracking food. Wait, that's everything!
So, I'll continue to work out these issues on my diet blog and leave this one clear.
Unfortunately, that means I don't usually have a lot to post over here, and that also contributes to the slow death of LJ. >..<
I'll admit.. I've been feeling kind of lonely lately. I haven't really been leaving the house much, and that's probably part of it. I've been working on this Kefka costume pretty hardcore. I mean, I kind of feel like I'm slacking because I only do a little bit every day, but I am working on it consistently! I got even more done when I was sick. I took a day or two off from working on it because I am kind of dreading doing the second boot. It's less technically complex than the first one, but I think I'm just tired of boots. Maybe I should work on finishing the shirt. I still need to put a collar facing on it, and put some sort of arm bands on the sleeves. I think I'm going to try poofing the sleeves up a little with some bukram inserts or something. It needs a little oomph. Not a ton. Just enough to keep the sleeves up.
So yeah.. the twitters. I've been posting costume photos there pretty consistently because it's more convenient than LJ. It's a little more of a pain to deal with scrapbook and HTML and all that nonsense, when I can just point, click& post on the twitters. I think my twit name is @Pomatojuice ... but those of you that know my real name can just find me through there, because I put my real name on my account. I tend to tweet a lot from the exercise bike, because I don't want to be there anymore and I get bored while biking :P I chased away my workout partner, so I do it all alones now T..T
But yeah.. Kefka.. still so much to do! I should work on that other boot today. The con nightmares have already started, and I had a dream two nights ago that A-kon was like, tomorrow. My costumes were all at the point of completeness that they are now, and I was totally freaking the hell out. In reality, I have like 8 weeks still. I can finish Kefka in 8 weeks! I hope!
A-kon costume schedule:
Some Bleach Costume. Maybe Yumichika, maybe Kirio Hikifune. I haven't decided. It'll probably end up being Yumichika, but I really would like to wear Hikifune again. Maybe both??
Sat: Kefka, Scarmiglione
Ok, so I really don't know what I'm doing for A-kon yet. I feel like I should figure it all out AFTER I finish Kefka. I never thought I'd ever make a Kefka costume, so I'm still feeling kind of nervous about how it will all look. It doesn't really matter how well I make it if I just look awful in it -..- So, I'm going to try really hard to make sure I get the makeup down and do a good job with the wig. I will maybe do a makeup test next week. Not sure.
I'm also going to try to get Ray's roommate to come back up and help me out. I helped him make his Sabin costume in one weekend. I'm hoping he can help me with my Scarmiglione. He still needs to finish his Rubicante, but I helped him figure out a cloak pattern, get it cut out, and make a rough hat form. I honestly have no idea how this hat is going to turn out. It was my first time working with buckram, and I didn't do a very good job :X It would have helped if I had a hat block or something better than a wig head, but I worked with what I had. He said he'd work on it on his own at home. I hope so! I don't think I'm going to have time to finish it for him. I gave him some options on the cloak. I think he's going to try burning cutouts on the outside, and have the purple peeking through be the lining. We'll see how it goes. My original idea was applique with heat N'Bond, but he got all excited when I told him about Makoto's use of a soldering iron to shape fabric.
I will try to update a little more often. In the meantime, if you are interested in the costume photos, please check out my twitter! When I am feeling less lazy, I'll upload something to LJ. In the meantime, I really need to hit the bike and get my workout done. I really don't want to, but I'm going to do it anyway.