Done!

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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The beach pajamas are done! I even secured the threads on the ends of the darts. I should probably whip the seam allowances, but eh.

On to more little things! Except for wanting another spring corset (with different straps), everything now is small.
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1. Package that got stolen is still missing. Vendor says I should appeal to my bank for a refund. Doing that tomorrow.

2. Got off the phone with a distant cousin I've never talked to before. My sister did a 23andMe test and all the family tree folks are coming out of the (heh) woodwork because I have 20 years worth of my research up online and they wanna see it. It was lovely but unexpected.

3. Guy who hired me for the job in PHX is now not going to be my boss at all. He and another dude have switched positions (dictated from much further up the chain) so I'm walking into a job where I don't even know the dude I'm going to be working for. Yay? The team is apparently excited to meet me and get started so that's something.

6 nights left.

Rare meme-ry

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Tell me about the episode (or book chapter) that never appeared in one of your fandoms but should have.


SGA: More of Ronon's backstory. Yes, we got the fall of Sateda but I want to see what it looked like 10 years before that. They clearly had a rich culture. Basically I wanted more of the real Pegasus Galaxy. In fact, how about a season 2 that didn't immediately go back to Earth.

MCU: Captain America 3 - one that wasn't dominated by the faux ideology problems of Stark v. Rogers. Alternatively, how about a Black Widow heist movie? Or a Wasp movie set in the 70s.

Outlander: [No, can't do it. It would need for the source material to have something even remotely resembling real world economics and morality and the books just don't do that.]

Blaaaa...

Jul. 18th, 2017 09:01 pm
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I wasted the entire night trying to get the turban for the beaded dress to work. To make myself feel better (or something) I tried wrapping the shawl that I've used as a turban before and wrapped it cutely in about a minute. I think trying to to it in voile or voile and silk was the issue. Oh well.

So I decided to go turbanless (I don't want the faux sequined shawl for this) and actually tried to do my hair. I never practice hair. But I found out that my tiny curling iron will curl my hair from straight, which is good. I may or may not wrap the strip of fabric I hemmed for the bird dress around my head. We will see.

The plan had been to make the pants for the beach pajamas. And fix the straps. I moved them a tiny bit after checking them and didn't check them again. Never a good plan!

But it's earlyish. I still may do something...

All kinds of stuff gone

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:07 pm
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Sold off two gigantic boxes of books (yay). Got a box from Lands End stolen - it was downstairs when I left with my giant boxes of books but wasn't when I came back 45 minutes later. I live in a gated apartment building which means someone in the building took it. I've left a note but I don't have much hope I get my stuff.

Damnit.

Update: Lands End said to dispute it with my bank (which is already closed for the day). Ugh.

MCU stuff

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:31 pm
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In fandom news can I say thank goodness S. Stan came out and said he was not in Black Panther? I swear I heard a chorus of angels fly out of tumblr. I mean, I like my Standard Issue White Dude as much as the next person but he doesn't need nor should he be in that movie. Defrost his flat butt six months later for Infinity War. I am so not into the casual racism that's only going to ramp up like crazy over the next year. Ugh.

And home again!

Jul. 17th, 2017 04:22 pm
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The Jane Austen Festival was wonderful. As usual, no recap, but it was so nice to see so many people! And Game of Thrones! And amazing food (vegetarian bahn mi and won ton soup, a whole vegetarian Chinese restaurant, and Ethiopian in addition to very yummy hummus filled picnics)! And I finished the bodice for the beach pajamas! Also, I still have a Snorlax in the Locust Grove gym :)

The trip home continued my streak of good travel luck--not only was [personal profile] jennil at the airport (it was so nice to have more time to catch up! It's been so long!) my flight got in half an hour early!

I've even unpacked and fixed the handle on my suitcase--the screw in the handle came out. It was easy--unzip the lining, find the missing bolt, and screw it back in. I also tightened the other screws since they weren't sticking out of the backs of the bolts.

Anyway, I'm very much in the mood to sew, but I think I only have machine sewing. But I might make the beach pajamas belt by hand to avoid turning a tube. I hate turning tubes more than just about anything sewing wise...

Another day closer

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:45 pm
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No packing at all today.

Watched the Woman in Gold. Lovely film with Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, Daniel Bruhl, Tatiana Maslany and a host of others. I'd read the article about the Klimt paintings and the movie about a year ago when the movie was getting ready to come out. It's a quiet piece that only dips into a chase sequence once (and that felt like something that the studio made them put in because it doesn't match the rest of the film at all??). Helen was Helen and I was quite pleasantly surprised by Ryan Reynolds. I think because we see him so often in over the top stuff its easy to forget there is a quite talented actor in there.

I'm enjoying the quiet while I've got it and enjoying the companionship of my cats while I can still live with them.

A familiar dress!

Jul. 16th, 2017 08:52 pm
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I decided to wear my red embroidered Regency this weekend. It was good to wear an old dress!

And the spring stays are my favorite ever. I didn't have to pin the dress down!

A short post because it's almost time for Game of Thrones. Aaaaaaa....

Today

Jul. 15th, 2017 07:55 pm
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Got rid of some stuff (put it on the curb, gone in less than 10 minutes). Went shopping on 4th Street which has a lot of small local shops. I only got stuff from the local stationary/calligraphy store but I did get some pizza from Bette's Oceanview Diner and looked around in the two really beautiful Japanese stores. I was tempted by some of their stuff but I don't know what the new apartment really is going to be like yet so I'm holding off. Ducked into Sur Le Table for a hot second - only thing I know I need for the new kitchen they don't have. So overall it was really good for my wallet as well as what I can take with me to Phoenix.

Watched Moana for the first time. Lovely animation. Found myself skipping through bits of it and I'd already seen, thanks to Tumblr the big moment. It was moving? It's just that the beats were so predictable that I knew exactly how much I could skip forward on Netflix and still hit them.

In the midst of re-watching The West Wing except I've hit season 4 and it kinda goes to crap there. Debating switching over to due South. Been a long time since that one.

I'm a horrible picture taker...

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:54 pm
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But here's a picture of my bird dress and a picture of the Jane Austen Festival!

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tumblr

Jul. 15th, 2017 06:08 pm
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My tumblr url is hotpresscopper in case you were looking for fannish content with a side of activism, meta, and writer resources.

So far...

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:54 pm
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I've been wearing the corset with springs for about an hour now, and so far so good. I think it's going to work! It's rather odd not having something around my stomach--this is a first in Regency costume :)

Another day, another project

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:08 pm
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It's funny what moving does to you and what you are suddenly willing to let go of. Today I tore up some carpet and put down tile where the litter box sits (old cats, ahem). It looks good and hopefully will be easier for B to maintain than the carpet was.

Another few boxes packed and I'm debating what can wait for my second car trip now and what needs to come with me. Blah.

Tomorrow...

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:38 pm
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The Jane Austen Festival starts tomorrow! After an eventless trip, no delays, no unplanned shuttle buses, I'm ready. And Aubry and I have a fully stocked room of food too, of course. And went to a vegetarian restaurant.

Well, except for ironing. Ironing is definitely not ready...

Going, going, going...

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:45 pm
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I finished the suffragette embroidery. All that's left is the waist closure (marked) and basting it to the bodice.

The beach pajamas are also well underway. I have a tiny bit--the neckband to be exact--more before the bodice is just handwork. Amazingly, the pattern fit straight from the envelope. I just lengthened the hem a tiny bit. Hopefully I'll get to that in a bit :)

12 sleeps to PHX

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:12 pm
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I feel incredibly mixed about this move. Yes, the job looks to be awesome. I know a person in town. The money, frankly, looks to be amazing. And I'm having a case of the 'I don't wannas'. I've been wanting to leave Berkeley and haven't found a decent job here but it still doesn't feel like I had a choice in the matter. And B and the cats are staying here. It's like the world's most awkward divorce/family breakup.

I go through days being okay and then it hits again. It's not helped by the fact that moving here was traumatic and moving to Seattle wasn't really by choice either. Monkey brain ain't so happy.

Another box packed. Got chocolate mini-donuts in lieu of cake for something sweet for my birthday. Got rid of a few more things. It'll be better when I'm moved, right?

Sculpture Milwaukee

Jul. 12th, 2017 01:31 pm
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Tuesday afternoon, we went downtown to look at the collection of outdoor sculptures arranged along Wisconsin Avenue as part of the new Scupture Milwaukee event. Planned to be an annual thing, the exhibit has 22 sculptures from around the world installed along the city’s main street, from its east end (near the De Suvero “Sunrise” installation) west to N. 6th St.

We were fortunate to encounter some of the Downtown Guides who had just taken part in a kickoff event for the exhibition, who were able to give us a map and guide, as some of the pieces are set back from the street, and it’s possible to miss some of the smaller ones.
The pieces represent a wide variety of styles. Most are quite large, appropriate for outdoor settings.

Perhaps our favorite was one of the most spectacular pieces, “S2” by Santiago Calatrava, architect of the famous Milwaukee Art Museum wing. This dynamic piece is made up of interlocking metal sections, held together with tensioned cables. It reminds one of both a buzz-saw and a hurricane map, and looks striking and dangerous.

There’s also “Vortex” by Saint Clare Cemin, an inverted stainless steel tornado reaching for the sky; “Rose #2 (Icon Red)” by Will Ryman; “Immigrant Family,” by Tom Otterness, a charmingly cartoony grouping although ten feet tall in bronze; “Reina Mariana” by Manolo Valdes; and “Big Piney” by Deborah Butterfield, a very effective depiction of a horse as done in found branches (then also cast in bronze).

This was a very interesting exhibit, and gave us a good walk through our city on a lovely day. We hope this proves successful and indeed annual.

Museum of Wisconsin Art

Jul. 12th, 2017 01:30 pm
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On Tuesday, July 11th, we drove to West Bend to see the Museum of Wisconsin Art. The Museum itself is a striking new wedge-shaped building near downtown, which incorporates studio and meeting spaces, as well as a modestly –sized gallery area.

We were drawn particularly by The Roddis Collection: American Style and Spirit. This exhibit consists of women’s clothing dating from the Civil war to the late 20th century, all of which belonged to one family and was preserved in the attic in a home in Marshfield, Wisconsin, in 1972. The garments include both Paris designer-bespoke fashions, and home-sewn designs, as well as items from exclusive American stores. The preservation, particularly of the oldest clothes, is amazing, and makes them truly museum-quality pieces.

Along with this, there is a display of contemporary clothing by Wisconsin designers, some of whom are “Project Runway” veterans. As might be expected, most of these are more art pieces than clothes (such as the bristly coat made out of zip ties, (“Breed Coat” by Alex Ulichny), but some of them Georgie would cheerfully worn to appropriate occasions, such as the elegant “Cotton Candy in the Rain,” by Peach Carr, and the “Kaleidoscope” dress by Lynne Dixon-Speller.

Continuing the clothing theme, there was also a room displaying vintage children’s clothes by Wisconsin based designer Florence Eiseman, which we found very interesting and showing a very handsome but practical aesthetic.

Despicable Me 3

Jul. 12th, 2017 01:28 pm
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Early Sunday, we enjoyably killed some time by going to see Despicable Me 3.

In this outing, Gru (Steve Carell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) are both working for the Anti-Villain League, trying to take down ‘80’s themed supervillain Balthasar Bratt (Trey Parker). Bratt had a TV show in which he played “Evill Bratt” (yes, spelled that way) in the 1980’s which was canceled when he hit puberty and wasn’t cute any longer. Now he’s taking it out on society and general and Hollywood in particular by committing crimes base on his old show. Bratt continues to evade capture, although Gru has foiled his theft attempts. This isn’t good enough for the new AVL director Valerie da Vinci, who gives Gru and Lucy the sack.

Things are rather dark for Gru: with no job, he’s resisting the call of villainy, which causes the Minions to abandon him. Then, he finds that he has a long-lost twin brother, Dru (also voiced by Carell).

Dru is well-off, having inherited a pig-farming business from the father Gru had thought dead. Dear Old Dad, it turns out, was also a villain, and Dru wants Gru to teach him the ropes so he can carry on the family tradition.

This is of course a troubling prospect for Gru, although it does give him a chance to strike back at Bratt. Meanwhile, Lucy is working on being a Mom to the girls, with mixed results. How all this works out is of course very funny, and a visual delight with all the over-the-top gadgets. The 80’s references are fun to catch.

A must-see if you have been following the series.

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