mercy_angel_09: (Cuba Hetalia)
Apparently last night Cartoon Network did a one time relaunch of their Toonami block, which was awesome, but I crashed before I could watch any of it. Of course most of what they were showing I own on DVD (Gundam Wing, Outlaw Star) so I can watch them whenever I want. But the nostalgia goggles were on last night, and in that respect that was pretty cool.

I briefly toyed with the idea of doing an April's Fools Day prank on my friends and family on Facebook, and then realized the potential backlash could be reality shattering, so I decided not to. Because jokingly announcing that you're pregnant on Facebook has potential world ending consequences and I don't want to say, "Seriously, look at the date," every time my phone rings. If I didn't think I'd get killed by my family, I might actually seriously consider it just to screw with my friends, but even I'm not that cruel.

In other news, I'm doing laundry, the wind is blowing, I need to call my dad to check in (he sent an email this morning about his potential cancer treatment which is some sort of non-radioactive type that's being pioneered at the University of Florida, which means a temporary move to Jacksonville for the duration of his treatment) and then I contemplate my navel because I have no idea what else I should do today.

And before I forget, here's the dress I made for my uncle's party this summer:

It's a dress! )

I'm pleased with how it turned out. The skirt isn't perfect, but my sewing machine's tension was being fussy again so the gathering on the waist wasn't as nice as it could have been. However I managed to install a zipper that doesn't look completely shitty, and overall the fit is perfect. And the best part is that I know I'll be the only one at the party wearing that dress. No off the rack for me, thank you. :D

Hmm, other than that, nothing exciting here. If it weren't blowing so bad I might attempt to dig out my kite and go to the park, but the wind is too much (as usual) so no kite flying for me. Boo.
mercy_angel_09: (Shigure High School Girls!)
So. For those of you who don't follow me on Twitter, here are the photos of my completed Steampunk costume:

The Back
The Front
The Side

Huzzah, I'm done. I still need order my shoes, which is probably what I'm doing tomorrow.
mercy_angel_09: (Shigure High School Girls!)
Since I'm going to sit down in earnest today and start sewing like a mad woman, background noise is a must. With only the lining and interfacing sewn together, I still have quite a bit of work to do. Since it's been a while since I've watched Fruits Basket, I'm going to put that in while I work. It makes for great background noise, and since I've seen it enough times that I don't need to actually watch it. Other than sewing, I really only need to poke at the dishes, make the beds (both master and guest bedrooms), and run to the bank since I got paid yesterday.

I think I'm going to finally order my shoes today, but I'm debating if I get the sevens or the eights. I suppose with the eights I can wear socks over my tights to pad around my feet or easily put inserts in that won't crowd my feet...I think the eights win. I could theoretically wear the sevens - my Doc Martens are sevens and they are by far the most comfortable shoes I own. At any rate, I'm planning on ordering my shoes from Clockwork Couture, since they have by far the most reasonable price on the shoes I want and since they're based of out California, the shipping isn't atrocious. What I'm looking forward to is telling my husband that I put another $50-$60 on the credit card. XD No doubt he'll just sigh and roll his eyes.

Anyway, I should get going. Steamcon is in mid October, but in mid-October I hope to be mostly done with the dress I'll be making for my husband's company Christmas party - though part of me kind of wants to do it off the rack this year. And while I do have a whole two months to get this dress sewn, I'd prefer to get it done sooner rather than later, as I am horrible about procrastinating.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
I headed over to my parents house at 5:30 last night as we were starting at six. That would give me enough time to get my costume on (you try driving in a full crinoline - it ain't happening) and help with the last minute stuff before the first people started arriving.

After moving cars around, we got everything squared away and I took up my post out back, collecting the donations from the visitors as they left. After a while, my sister and I switched places, and I took over candy duty and she collected donations. Several of my friends stopped by, also bringing donations, everyone oohing and ahhing over the decorations. We closed up shop at about nine thirty (which is when everyone cleared out), all in all getting 475 food times for the local food bank. We're running the same hours today, and while we were originally only going to do the food drive yesterday, all media covering this stated that it was Saturday and Sunday. If we get donations today we'll certainly accept them, and we'll see what we get tonight. The 475 we got yesterday was certainly more than we thought we would get, so whatever we get tonight is icing on the cake.

As far as my costume goes, I've got my hair started. I've pulled it into a ponytail, and then divided that into several smaller bits which I've moussed, twisted, and then coiled. My goal is to make a poofy pony that will then be sprayed down with the temporary black hair dye. Once that's all in and dry, I'll wrap the pink ribbon around the ponytail holder and tie it up. I'm hoping to get at least a few pictures - I'll post them so you can see. Though hopefully the best photos will be taken at Sakura-Con next year.

I suppose I should start thinking about dinner, since I technically have to finish hair and make-up before heading over to my parents' house and I need to eat because I refuse to eat nothing but candy tonight. We've got leftovers in the fridge (thank goodness) so it's just a matter of finding what appeals to me.

Most importantly, though, I've finished my party dress, aside from minor fit adjustments and some finishing. I'm relieved, because that means that I can quickly get Lydia sewn tomorrow and still get a good start on NaNo. I wasn't sure if I was actually going to get my dress done in time, but thankfully the minor stuff can be done in an hour a few days before the actual party. That means that tomorrow morning, after Lydia is sewn, I can clear off the dining room table and reclaim my writing space. I don't think I'll do anything special for the NaNo kick off - I'll probably make a pot of tea, maybe get some cookies or biscotti, and just sit and write and see what I get out of day one.
mercy_angel_09: (luna and artimis)
So, with my parents all over the local (and even non-local, is some cases) news, I'm expecting some chaos tonight. Probably not helped by the fact that when I used the Captain Mal's Wisdom app on Facebook yesterday, my dear Captain said, "It never goes smooth. How come it never goes smooth?"

I really hope that it's just a fluke and not a prophecy for tonight. :/

Anyway, I really should be eating a light lunch (because dinner will be early because of what time I have to get over to my parents' house to help out tonight) but I'm not really hungry, coupled with the fact that I have no idea what I even want to eat. At any rate, I'm probably going to spend the rest of the afternoon doing some tidying up around the apartment because I'm going to invite my parents over to watch the Seahawks game tomorrow because they won't be able to really watch it tomorrow. Not that their house lacks TVs, but I just figured I'd extend the invite to come watch it in HD at my place because their usual TV (the behemoth that lives in the corner of the living room) is currently covered by Halloween decorations.

All things considered, what I should do is have a quick bite to eat, followed by doing a little cleaning (mostly picking up odds and ends from around the apartment and dusting), and then sitting down and working on the slip stitching on my dress.

Speaking of my dress, it's more or less fully constructed, with the final bit being to slip stitch the bodice lining to the rest of the dress. I finished hemming it yesterday, so aside from the slip stitching and making a few tacks to get it properly fitted (and maybe a little clean up on some of the edges and folds), I'm practically done. Because Lydia is a series of straight lines along with the spider webbing being drawn on by hand, she'll take me all of an afternoon to complete.

Of course, I also need to start thinking about NaNo - which will probably be all kinds of fantastic, as the first couple of days will be combined with sewing in some way, which may mean my first couple of days aren't very productive. It also means that the first couple of days will be spent writing on the couch when I'd rather be writing at the dining room table. Ah well, not much I can do about that until I get everything cleared off the table and that won't happen until Lydia is done. So.

High time I find some food so I can get on with the rest of what I should be doing. Even if I don't get all of the cleaning done today, I really should get as much done as possible so I don't stress myself out trying to get everything done before tomorrow's football game.
mercy_angel_09: (Renge)
So I got the zipper installed yesterday. Today I attached the back to the main part of the dress - though I may still rip it out and try again in an attempt to get it to fit better. Or it may come down to a series of tacks because aside from being a little loose around the shoulders, the rest of the dress fits fine. The zipper isn't pretty, but it runs down the side and will be under my arm most of the night. Also, if anyone gives me any grief, I can at least retort that I made my dress instead of buying off the rack. All this leaves is hemming and slip stitching. I may start the slip stitching tonight, or else I'll hem it tomorrow and and start up with the slip stitching when I'm done with that.

Whatever, I'm down to the two final things to do before I get going on Lydia, and aside from making a few cuts and a couple of straight lines, will take me probably all of an hour to finish. Yeah - I'm pretty excited about that.

I haven't made any more progress on NaNo - though part of that is because I'm sort of at a road block. Obviously some of the characters are based on real people, with flaws taken Up To Eleven for the Rule of Funny. However, I don't think that the remaining character building should be too much harder.

Anyway, I'm feeling a bit burnt out from all of this sewing, so I'm going to indulge in some fanfiction and tea.
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
I had forgotten about how much I love Last Exile. When I finished Saiyuki RELOAD I browsed my collection to find something else to put in. I decided that it was high time for Last Exile, though that was mostly fueled by, "The show was done in 16:9. I have a 16:9 TV. The Blu-Ray player automatically up converts anything it plays to look something akin to hi-def. So that means..." *cue wide-eyed fangirl stare* "Dude, it's gonna look AWESOME."

And I was right. Last Exile in standard def is pretty freakin' amazing, but in hi-def (or up converted to high def) it's STUNNING. Breathtakingly beautiful. I plowed through all 26 episodes of the course of a few days, watching two or three DVDs in a day. The thing about Last Exile is either you love it or you hate it. The pace is on the slow side. Rather than hitting you with non-stop action or plot twists, it goes along at a more subtle pace, allowing for character development at a more natural momentum. Personally, I loved that it went a bit slower than traditional action/adventure stories. I loved the the artwork by Range Murata. I loved the music by Dolce Triade (I have both soundtracks on CD - the official US releases - if that's any testament to just how much I love it). I loved the English voice cast. I loved everything about it, so naturally I bought the DVDs.

Now that it's done I feel a little sad, and will have to pick out something else to watch. Maybe I start up Outlaw Star again, and go with something faster paced and bit raunchier.

In other news, I spent most of the afternoon fighting with the zipper, and finally managed to install it ten minutes ago. It's not pretty but it's in, meaning that tomorrow I'll finish the lining, attach the back and possibly hem it. I always save the slip stitching for last, mostly because I find it's relaxing to finish a project by sitting on the couch watching movies while I absentmindedly poke my finger numerous times. (Hopefully that is now a thing of a past because I now own a thimble. It's purple.) My major goal is to get this done before November, I've done sewing and NaNo at the same time, and while it's possible, I really don't like spreading myself thin like that.

Speaking of NaNo, I'm still working on characters. I'm going to try and pound out a few more this evening, just so that I have a completed cast list. Last year I was still working on the cast list as I started writing and I really disliked wasting time I could have spent writing on minor character profiles.
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
First off, a meme from [livejournal.com profile] randomdiversion:

Yup, I'm a girly-girl. )

And now for actual updates. So tonight I'll fuss more with my hair, including pulling out the curling iron and styling product to see if I can fake a Georgian hairstyle. And that's Georgian as in the time period. Like, American revolution era. So. We'll give things the old college try tonight and then I can wash out all of the product tomorrow morning. Woohoo!

Today I really want to try and get that damn zipper installed, which may or may not involve calling my mother and having her come over to give me a hand. I may even just hem the dress today just to say that I accomplished something even if I don't get the zipper in. So expect my Twitter feed to be clogged with much swearing at the general direction of my dress and sewing machine. I have to custom install the zipper, especially since it's too long so I have to shorten it, which is something I've never done before and have no experience with. (Can you tell that I'm really not excited by this? Because I'm totally not.)

At least when it comes to NaNo I now have the main three characters, the other celebrities and four of the pro dancers. That leaves six more pro dancers, three judges and two hosts. I don't think I'm going to put a lot of work into background characters - I'll probably make a list of names and occupations, such as the band leader, director, director of photography, etc., who are part of the show but not really active in Trisha's world.

I suppose I should have lunch and then get back to working on the dress. I'll put the next volume of Last Exile in and listen to that as I continue working.
mercy_angel_09: (Renge)
I'm raging a bit about something inconsequential, so we'll get to that in a bit.

Today was probably not my best day - I didn't want to exercise this morning. However, I did spend twenty minutes dancing around the apartment to Katy Perry and Ke$ha (my shame, I know) to the point where I'm pretty sure that if anyone had seen me, they would have thought I was having some sort of fit. Hee. So I got my heart rate up and worked my core and butt/hips/thighs, proof that I don't have to do Wii Fit Plus every morning.

Once I got that out of the way and showered, I made cookies because I had been putting them off and I don't think that my husband wanted a candy bar. So the lucky S.O.B. got fresh baked cookies before heading back to work. Once I finished baking, I had various errands to run.

Most importantly I needed my wedding band and engagement ring inspected (as per the warranty's rules), on top of desperately needing them cleaned. Since I decided to have a nice, long cleaning done, I wandered around the mall, where I picked up some scented oil from Bath and Body Works as well as checking out Barnes and Noble. Lucky me, I managed to get in and out of B&N without actually buying anything. :)

From there I stopped off at Rite-Aid to get some hair styling supplies because I have to not only get my hair done up for my husband's company Christmas party (never mind that the dress is sitting half done on the dummy at the moment, waiting for the zipper, the finishing on the bodice and a hemming) but I need to do a faux Georgian hairstyle for Saturday. I bought some flat pins, a couple of those circular tooth combs, some flat roller clips (which can be used for things like pin curls) and some small hair elastics. With the right amount of styling products and dirty hair, I should be able to come up with something.

Cue insane rage as I try to figure something out and because my hair is clean it won't hold anything, plus I'm not about to put in a ton of product to try and get something to actually work. Admittedly, I'll have to try it tomorrow night with my dirty hair and see if it holds a bit better (and I can put in a shit ton of product that will be washed out the next morning). If it's still not cooperating, I may have to have [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka give me a hand Saturday afternoon. Or my mother. I may just go with whomever isn't busy. Anyway.

My hair isn't cooperating (it's super straight and relatively fine, which is weird because all things considered my hair is on the thick side) and it's starting to piss me off. Hence the mad rage. Also I have to figure out how one shortens a zipper and then install said zipper onto a dress without utterly fucking everything up. At times like these I wish I still lived at home and my mother could deal with them. >_<* Yes, being a grown up sucks sometimes.

I suppose I really should try and figure out what exactly is for dinner tonight. I honestly have no idea what is actually do-able, other than leftover split pea soup from last night, though given the weather that works just fine for me.
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
So.

My dress is starting to give me a bit of a headache. I'm really not looking forward to the zipper installation, so I may be calling my mother this weekend to have her help me. However, I did get the lining stitched together, and the skirt lining and actual skirt and now sewn together. I'll save sewing the bodice to the skirt for tomorrow, because once I do that, I have to install the zipper, and well. You know.

Since Saiyuki RELOAD is done (the anime, I mean, since the finale is running right now), I've gone back to read the manga. I got through the first four volumes of Saiyuki last night, and I'll probably get through the rest of it once the anime is done before quickly fixing up dinner (French toast bread pudding) and then heading for my baby brother's final football game. Tonight I'll probably continue on to what I have of the RELOAD manga, but I have no idea how many volumes I get through, and there's also the fact that I'll probably do more character building for this year's NaNo.

Nano is a going a bit slow at the moment - I keep getting a couple of characters done each night, until I decide that I don't like how they're currently sketched out so I completely re-do them, not making it much further in my work. What I really need to do is make sure that I complete a certain number of character sketches each night, so that when November finally rolls around, I actually have a full cast to work with. I know that I didn't get that established last year, and I really hated wasting time I that could have been writing with character building.

Anyway, time to get moving again. No point in being idle all day.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
Though, my guess is a lot of you on LJ aren't set up the way that I am. Our county does the bulk of our voting via absentee ballots, so everyone in our county votes by mail. EVERYBODY. This means that if you're on top of things, you can vote by mid October and be done. Today I sat down with the voter's pamphlet and my ballot and read through various measures and initiatives and filled out the ballot as I went. Now I just need to run over to the local branch of the auditor's office and drop off the ballot in the drop box out front. I refuse to pay forty-something cents to vote. Would it kill the county to pay for the postage? (Probably, now that I think about it.)

I should probably sew some more, but part of me kind of doesn't want to. I don't know if that's procrastination due to fear of the upcoming zipper installation or a general lack of interest, but either way I look at it, I'm really not all that enthusiastic to finish this dress. Which is weird if you know anything about me and my sewing. The minute I get going, I can't stop until I'm done. I will sit and sew for hours on end finishing a project and for some reason, with this particular project, I'm more than happy to put things off. Which is very unlike me.

Maybe I'll just run out and put some gas into my car, drop of my ballot (in that order, maybe), and then run to Jo-Ann's to take advantage of the 50% off coupons I have to get the fabric for my Sunako cosplay. She's wearing a pimped out dress, which I will sort of be recreating with this pattern. As you can imagine, there is a LOT of fabric involved in this dress, and while it won't be nearly as floofy as the illustration, there will still be plenty of poof and floof to it, especially since I'll be wearing a crinoline under it. And because of the type of fabric I'll be using for the dress is on the expensive side (it's a fairly heavy weight satin), I need to take advantage of the the fact that the coupons will take half off. So yes, it'll be kind of pricey, but less so than having to pay full price for all of the fabric. It's going to be a soft blue and ivory, with minimal lace embellishments. I want the dress to be elegant in its simplicity, and there aren't a lot of lace embellishments on the dress to begin with (mainly on the sleeves).

Needless to say, this project will probably be spending quite a bit of time on the back burner before I officially get around to making it, though having a dress maker's dummy will help quite a bit.

I suppose I should get going. I'm not going to accomplish much by just sitting on my butt.
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
So, I slept a solid twelve hours last night. I sort of dozed during the day, but I never actually got around to napping. At shortly after nine last night I stumbled into bed and slept like a rock. I didn't wake up until almost nine thirty his morning. The sleep was much needed, and I woke up feeling pretty good.

Today has been kind of lame. I sewed the panels of the skirt lining together, but that was as far as I got, as today's project has been transferring the music from my laptop to the HTPC. I also need to back up my other files onto CDs and whatnot - mostly because my screen has been questionable at best as of late and the time may be rapidly approaching for a new laptop. I don't think spilling milk on it helped it any. >_<*

Between copying files, I've also watched two discs of Saiyuki RELOAD, and we've reached the point in the series where things have taken a more serious turn (of course, despite all outward appearances, Saiyuki is actually pretty serious). There have been, of course, scenes of gratuitous fanservice up until this point - the bath house episode comes to mind, which is also one of the first looks at Hakkai's scar - but despite the silliness, there's always a serious undercurrent.

There hasn't been much progress in sewing, mostly because I just haven't felt like it today. ^^ Perhaps I'll get more done this evening, before my shows start up. Until then, I may just continue to load files onto my flash drive to be moved onto the HTPC. I'm really dreading the zipper installation, so I may be calling my mother this weekend to give me a hand with it. *guh* All in all, the rest of the dress should be fairly simple and straight forward. After all, it's about half way constructed now. I'll just finish sewing the lining together before I have to change thread colors, and then finish up the rest of the construction.

Well, once my shows start tonight, perhaps I'll go through my photos and weed out the blurry/illegible ones and start loading those onto the flash drive and from here on out I'll just load photos onto the HTPC. After all, if I'm going to be showing them to large groups of people, it's easier to do it on the TV rather than my laptop.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I forgot how fantastically puntastic ADV's dub of Saiyuki is. Geneon's dub of RELOAD is much closer to the original script, and in some cases the casting seems a bit...off. Not that I don't like the cast - I actually quite approve of a lot of their other roles - they're just not the ADV cast who took their characters and put their own life into them. At any rate, got through the first two discs of RELOAD today. My husband sat and watched them, much to my surprise. Anime as a general rule isn't his thing, so I rather enjoy it when he sits down and watches my shows with me. :)

As to the dress, the bodice is half way constructed and I officially started on the skirt. Of course, as I was making marks on the fabric for construction purposes, the pencil lead broke and I couldn't find my sharpener. After turning the guest room inside out I decided that I would just have to go and buy another. Since I was going out, I found a black dress for Lydia, spray in black hair dye for Lydia and Sheena, red and black eyeshadow for Wrath (the black eye shadow will also serve as eyebrow coloring for Sheena and Lydia), and false eye-lashes. Mostly so my eyelashes show up in photos for Sheena and Lydia, but I'll probably end up wearing them for the Christmas party. If I have them, might as well use them. ^_^

When I got home I decided that I would put the newly acquired pencil sharpener in the all purpose art drawer in a set of storage containers that live in the guest room closet. Which is when I found the missing sharpener sitting right next to my jewelry box.

Head, meet wall.

But I've decided that this isn't totally for bust. I'm going to put the spare sharpener into my sewing basked so I can always sharpen my fabric pencils when need-be.

Anyway, I should figure out what I want for dinner tonight. Part of me is feeling really lazy and thinking that leftovers are in order.
mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
So I plowed through the first fifty episodes of the Gensomaden Saiyuki, finishing a few minutes ago. I've moved on to The Big Damn Movie, which is the swan song of ADV's dub and comes directly after Gensomaden Saiyuki and before Saiyuki RELOAD. Needless to say, there's a hilarious commentary with the English cast and plenty of funny stories (like Greg Ayers - Goku - ripping his pants during a recording session) and waxing poetic about their last effort on the series, after they lost the bid for RELOAD. I'm not watching with the commentary this go 'round (maybe tomorrow, pending how things go), but since it's been a while, I may just watch it to watch it before starting dinner and call it quits on the sewing for today (but more on that later).

Saiyuki: Requiem For The One Not Chosen, or Saiyuki: Requiem as most of the fandom calls it, is 90 minutes of chaos in the Saiyuki verse. I say "chaos" because there's action, humor, batshit crazy antagonist, and more infamously, Gojyo's shower scene. I think it's one of the few times I've ever seen [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka want to lick the TV. The time we watched it on my parents' TV (a 61 inch behemoth) she nearly started petting the screen. I'm wondering just how good it'll look on my slightly smaller but hi-def TV. So maybe I get a Big Damn Nosebleed from watching the Big Damn Movie.

Anyway, the bodice is now more or less constructed. I've been pinning and gathering fabric for the rouching, which is taking more time than I anticipated. Of course it probably doesn't help that I've been fighting the fabric. Crepe back satin is lovely, but boy is it a pain the ass to work with.

And ho-shit shower scene. @_@ 'Scuse me while mai brain asplodes due to teh fanservice.

...And now I'm back. The crepe back satin is causing some minor issues, but hopefully in a few more days I'll have the hang of it. I can't say that I'm excited about doing the pleats on the skirt (I have this nagging feeling that I'm going to spend quite a bit of time fighting with those...) but hopefully it won't be because the fabric is still pissing me off.

I think I'm going to enjoy the rest of the movie before I have to start in on dinner. Sans the celery because my husband doesn't like it and I didn't feel like running to the store to pick some up.

...God, I forgot how cracked this movie is at times. ^^;
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
So. Today I watched more of Saiyuki pausing occasionally to check in on the rescue operation of the Chilean miners. I'm happy and relieved that all of the miners have been rescued and that for all intents and purposes, they are doing well as can be expected.

While this was going on, I was sewing the underlining to the main fabric of the dress. Tomorrow I'll start the actual construction on the bodice and if all goes well, quite possibly the skirt. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to get done - the rouching on the bodice might take a bit more time than I'm anticipating, so we'll see. I may only get the bodice done tomorrow, leaving me to do the skirt on Friday. I probably won't work on it over the weekend only because I've already got plans and I'd also like to be able to watch the football game without worrying about trying to get my sewing done.

And also, at some point this week, I need to get Lydia sewn. I may try and get that done between the bodice and the skirt. It shouldn't take too long to get the poncho sewn, and then I'll just use my fabric markers to draw on the spider web design. I had thought about getting my husband a Beetlejuice costume to match me, but I've realized that trying to get him dress up for any occasion is like pulling teeth. I've decided that it's not worth it to fight him on it, so he won't be dressing up. Further more, I have to try and figure out if I'll be matching my parent's house, as they want to run the haunted house for two nights, using it as a food drive - first night for sure, and possibly the second night as well. If that's the case, I may use the Duchess and do up my hair in a semi-period style and help out on the first night. But the second night will be in Sheena. I didn't spend two weeks getting that costume just the way I wanted it (though I need to starch the crap out of the bow to get it to proper stiffness) not to wear it for Halloween.

At any rate, I should probably get going to bed. I hope I can get an early-ish start tomorrow morning. Not that I want to set a speed record on this dress (which usually leads to shoddy construction), but I'd like to get it done in the least amount of time possible.

And with that, g'night y'all.
mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
All of my fabric is cut out, including the fabric for Lydia's cape. Once the table is back in its original form (taking the leaf out) I'll start sewing. In the mean time, I'm going to sit and enjoy some Saiyuki. I'm currently on the second episode of the second season of the first run (read: not RELOAD), and once this DVD is done, I'll probably play some Animal Crossing while sitting on the heating pad, hopefully getting some of the tension out of my back.

I think the only gripe I have about sewing is that while cutting out fabric, my back almost always ends up extremely tense. I'm sure that this is because of my height vs the height of the table that I'm using to cut my fabric. I spend a good chunk of time bent over pinning and cutting, and until I get a bigger living space and a room officially dedicated to sewing, I won't have room for a taller table. My only lament, and not really something that can be fixed any time soon.

Anyway, since I've decided to re-watch Saiyuki, I've forgotten how funny/awesome the series is. Of course the second season is all filler (some of it was eventually retconned into Saiyuki Gaiden) because it overtook the manga, but at least the story was approved by the manga-ka and she also did the character designs for Homura, Shien and Zenon. Perhaps I'll get around to re-reading Saiyuki Gaiden because I read most of it in one push, and then didn't read it again until it had been finished and I had picked up from where I had left off, only vaguely remembering certain things about the story. I'm fairly sure Minekura put Homura, Shien and Zenon in some of the background panels of Gaiden, but I find that I can't recall exactly. So, clearly it's time to re-read that particular arc.

I suppose I should set about to getting all of my sewing stuff squared away, but I think that I should get the table back to it's regular size. The dining room really isn't big enough to accommodate the arrangement as it stands now. I guess I'm stuck until my husband gets home - getting the table back to its original position is a two person job.
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
So the fabric for the dress is now cut out, leaving just the lining and underlining for tomorrow. Hopefully that won't take me too terribly long and if I'm lucky, I might even be able to start sewing tomorrow. However, if I don't get the chance, I'll just start sewing on Wednesday. Once the dress is finished I'll move on to Lydia's cape. I've decided that I need to find a black tunic of some kind to wear under the cape. I also need to order the Beetlejuice costume and mask for my husband. As I've said before, I have enough on my plate without making that particular costume, so I'm going for lazy and will be buying it. I've looked on various costume websites and I can possibly get both the costume and the mask for less than 50 bucks. Works for me.

In other news, I'm seeing a lot of buzz about the Supernatural animation. I don't actually watch the show, but I'm familiar with Studio Madhouse's work, as well as with a good chunk of the cast. Also, Raven, I'm going to screw with your head a bit and inform you that Sam's Japanese voice actor is the same guy who does Dr. Franken Stein in Soul Eater. You're welcome. Have fun trying to shake that image from your brain while listening to Sam talk. The main cast (Sam, Dean, Mary and John) is pretty solid, and I'm sure they'll round out the secondary and tertiary characters with some other fairly well known names. Well, well known if you watch copious amounts of anime. (Like me. Hi, guilty as charged. Just look at my icon for cryin' out loud.)

Third, I have no idea what to do for dinner. The plausible options are still way too frozen to be cooked, leading me to believe that I should just settle for "whatever" I can find. We've got a few options, but they're not really all that appetizing right now. Hmmm.

Finally, there's this:



Yes, that is Grover. Yes, he is parodying the Old Spice Guy. Yes, it is awesome, why do you ask.
mercy_angel_09: (luna and artimis)
My cleaning for the day is done (save making the bed, and that's only because the sheets aren't dry yet). I just need to clean off the table and get going on cutting out my dress. Something I'm sure my back is going to love. (At times like these, I miss the ping-pong table.) I figure that the sooner I get it done, the longer I have to work on NaNo.

The husband is currently watching his car shows, leaving me some time to just sit and blog for a bit before I get going on the sewing. I have no idea if [livejournal.com profile] travellyr is going to continue with the cleaning today, but I offered to help her out (because I've been a cleaning fiend as of late) if she wanted. Seriously. Feed me and I'll organize the tupperware. Anyway I'm expecting things to be quiet today simply because I don't have football on. I suppose I could run some of the excess dried herbs over to my mother, but that would take all of a couple of minutes, again leaving me with a lot of spare time. My poor husband is going a little stir-crazy, but I honestly have no idea what else I want to do today. It's as good as any day to start the dress, and because I've done a lot of cleaning over the past week, the apartment is in pretty good shape.

It's not that I'm bored with plenty of things I could be doing, it's more that I'm bored because I've done everything that had to be done. I suppose I could press my husband's shirts, or I could just tell him that I'm neither his maid nor his mother and he can finish his own damn laundry.

Nnnnnnnnggggh. I suppose that this is what I get for being productive over the week. I'm bored on the weekends. >_<*
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I exercised for fifteen minutes today. Which is better than the zero I was thinking about when I got up. (This is what I get for going through my hard-drive to weed out unnecessary files until one am.) After spending a couple of days not losing any weight, I've started a slow crawl towards my goal. So either I was eating a shit-ton of junk over the last couple of weeks, or my body has decided that it's going to plateau early. I shouldn't hit my plateau for another month, thank you very much! As it stands, it'll probably be another month before I really start seeing results, though I have noticed that my pants are feeling a little loose.

The oven is now all clean, thanks to nearly five hours at nearly 900 degree heat. There's a little bit of ash at the bottom that I need to wipe up, but that should take all of two minutes. I also still need to do all of the usual cleaning, but aside from that, things are pretty laid back today. I'm planning on going and buying my fabric today so I can start on the Christmas party dress next week. I'm serious when I say that I will not be sewing during NaNo. I got the pattern cut out while the oven was doing it's thing (and watching discs two and three of Saiyuki), so now all I need is the fabric.

Now that it's fall here, I've started the tedious switch out. The bulk of my tee shirts have been moved into storage while the long sleeved shirts have moved into the bedroom dresser. I've long since moved all of my capris into storage and the bulk of my jeans are also now in the dresser. I'll probably move the lighter fabric pants as well, and just keep the jeans for the winter. Any idiot to says that living in a desert doesn't get cold has obviously never been to a desert in the middle of winter. We get cold. Really cold. Most of the time without snow.

Anyway, I should get going, even if my body is telling me to flop on the couch and stay there the rest of the day. Memo to self, go to bed directly after the season finale of Haven tonight.

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