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Did you know? [May. 6th, 2010|06:14 pm]
Did you know that all it takes to trace a number that comes up as "unavailable" is one simple phone call to my service provider? All they need is the time and date of the call to hand me a name and number.

Did you also know that you can press charges for harassment about repeated calls? All _that_ takes is one call to the police.

Sometimes all it takes is 30 seconds of googling to make you feel a lot better about something :D
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Writer's Block: A rose by any other name ... [Jan. 21st, 2010|04:40 pm]

How did you choose your LiveJournal username? Is there an interesting story behind it?

Right before I got talked into getting an lj by my old friends, I had gone to this giant music festival in the middle of no where with another group of friends. On the way there they played this one band for me who I fell in love with. They were this like tribal world hippie kinda stuff that just really vibed with me right then. I spent a large part of that week watching drum circles, dancing barefoot, and stalking the band, lol. I was convinced by the time I came home that I was join some commune or something. Ya know, as soon as I finished college. -_- So I wanted something
In addition to that I had also been on a princess kick for some reason (which was hard cause I hate pink and it was difficult to find things that weren't both). I had tried some other name and it was already taken, so I ended up with this combination. And now I'm stuck with it, or else I have to refriend everyone and that would be a pain. It could be worse... you haven't seen my AIM name >_<
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Wow I don't update this thing ever, do I? [Jan. 4th, 2010|11:37 pm]
I realized today that I haven't made a real update since before we moved into the new house *headpalm* I'll try to make this brief and still hit the main points.
We got moved in (thank to Gus, Celestine, and Steven) the day after Thanksgiving. At that point, there was still a lot of work to be done, so we mostly lived out of boxes. I managed to get the kitchen and dining room put together decently quick and within he first week we got the family room carpeted and thus moved/unpacked all that. Since then I've been mostly working upstairs, trying to get everything up there painted. All that's left now is the room and closet doors which should get done this week. We still have no carpet up here because that is waiting for the handy 1st time home buyer's stimulus check (which takes _forever_). That is one of the few downsides to having bought an enormous house; carpeting costs a lot for this much floor.
Thanks to the constant (but fun!) interruptions of the holidays and other such things, the house working slowed significantly for a few weeks, but I did manage to get some stuff done. The library is now mostly finished. There are now _6_ matching shelves all assembled and filled with fanatically organized books. Mind you, those 6 still don't fit the gaming books, 3 boxes of comics, or the graphic novels, lol. We're nerds and it's awesome. Also, this last weekend, I completely stripped and redid the 1/2 bath. The idiots had wallpapered over another of layer of wallpaper that they had attempted to strip off. This meant I was dealing with everything from 2 full layers to gouges in the wall board and everything imaginable in between. It took a ton of spackle, lots of sanding, and an entire day to smooth everything out, but you can't even tell what a mess it was now! At this point I'm now working on painting doors and trim downstairs which is gonna take up this entire week I expect.
I non-house stuff, I've been a lot more social lately than normal and I'm oddly not feeling the urge to slink away and hide for a few weeks afterwords. I used to be with people all the time in Ohio and I think my enjoyment of that is possibly finally coming back. You know, now that I've moved even farther from everyone I know, lol.
I'm also now hardcore looking for a job. This had unfortunate timing what with the holidays since no one that can hire was anywhere to be found, nor was my career service guy from school. I've applied for 2 jobs (technically 5, since there was 2 locations for 1 and 3 for the other!) and feel like either of them would be do-able and would have a good chance at my getting them. Hell, I wouldn't even mind taking them both since the one is part time and they wouldn't conflict ever, but that's wishful thinking since neither has called back yet, lol. Pastry chefs just aren't in high demand right now with this economy. We cost a lot and nasty frozen desserts shipped in from some company don't. I've always said I'd work retail before I work hot food. I stick to that. I'm also trying to not panic cause it's really only been 1 day since people were back in office after the holidays. I just feel back and like I'm this big bum now cause I just hang around our house all day. Charles tells me it's ok cause I spend all day working on the house and still cook him dinner when he gets home, lol.
So there ya go, a real update. Look for another in a few months when I remember again -_- ha.
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WTF LJ? [Dec. 7th, 2009|10:50 am]
Ok, so 2 things:

1. Has everyone else been having the annoyance that I have with lj lately? Whenever I go to read comments on someone's post or leave my own, a video ad pops up in the middle of my screen and it darkens the post/comments behind it and it won't let me turn it off until a required amount of time has passed. I find this to be like the greatest offense with advertising EVER. No, I don't have a paid account, but this seems too far. I don't mind the ads along the side of every damn page there is, but when you are actually getting in the way of my using the damn thing and slowing down (significantly so, my computer is a '00 and it hates loading things like that) what I am trying to do online, it makes me think "Eh, I guess I don't really care about replying to this post enough to sit here and let it lag my computer and have it play obnoxious Best Buy ads at me" FAIL.

2. Are there any of you on here that I am friends with that still don't have a facebook account? Or let me rephrase that: Are there any of you on here that actually post content on here that does not get reposted over onto facebook? I know a lot of you have been doing the thing where you have it feed your post here over onto fb, which is awesome. I am really kinda over livejournal, and this ad thing may just push me over the edge. That just means that I have to get used to the idea of posting actual blog like entries over on fb myself. Considering how rarely I do that now that I can micro blog there though... Eh, mostly I'm just thinking out loud here. I dunno if I would actually completely leave lj no matter how much I would like to since I know there's a few of you diehards on here that wouldn't want to post anything bigger on fb since you friend like 5 million people on there ;)
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Brief house update [Nov. 11th, 2009|11:06 pm]
Bought my fridge today. Found out it was an unadvertised 10% off. Score. Sadly, they were out of black, so it's being delivered Monday. Will have to continue to live off snacks and no real food while working until then. Tuesday I will take all kinds of things with me :)
Finally finished the family room and kitchen. Like completely. All the painting, even the trim, is done and everything is cleaned. Woo.
Tomorrow I will start on the upstairs. The plan is to get all the carpet ripped up and paint all the ceilings up there. Time to figure out my tricky new ladder so I can set it up on the stairs to reach the super high ceiling there. Kinda scary.
After that, my goal is to knock out one bedroom per every 2 days. In theory that would mean in a week and a half I should be getting carpet! This genius plan will of course be thwarted by finding random WTF's. I already know one... one of the bedroom doors is missing it's strike plate door jamb. That will be interesting to replace ;p.
Going to crash now. Can't believe I'm up this late anyways.
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*is a tired home owner* :D [Nov. 2nd, 2009|09:08 pm]
I've updated on fb and twitter, but realized I never posted here about the fact that we got our house on Friday!
It was a pain in the ass getting it, but it is so worth it. I realized today that our new house is bigger than either of our parent's homes and it made me happy. I don't know how much of the details I ever posted about it, but the house has 4 bedroom and 2 1/2 bathrooms with a really big yard in front and back on a quiet little cul-de-sac in the burbs. I am thrilled with it.

Now the big job begins though. The house is rather dirty. There's nothing that's not easily cleaned with a little elbow grease, but it's just me working on it alone cause Charles is at work all day. I started on Friday as soon as I had the keys in my hand and managed to get a bunch done. We both spent the weekend working on it, and I was back at it again today. We were originally thinking that we were going to have a full 2 months to work on it, but instead we have less than 5 weeks. This is thanks to the apt complex letting us only give 30 days notice instead of 60, which is awesome, cause that's less $ we have to pay for a place we don't need. I'm happy about the saving money, but I'm gonna wear myself into the ground getting this place ready so fast. I don't want to move our stuff in until everything has been scrubbed, repainted, and recarpeted.

So far I have gotten most of the downstairs done. The kitchen, 1/2 bath, living room, dining room, and hallway have all been cleaned. All that's left for those rooms is spackling, wall washing, priming, and painting. The family room is the reason I haven't gotten to that yet. I thought that was gonna be the easy room since the carpeting is getting ripped out and I don't care, which means I just had to wash the walls and windows. Except the people who lived in our house before are idiots. It turns out 2 of the walls in there are paint _over_ wallpaper >:(  I peeled up all the paint and discovered the back of the paper stayed put. I spent today wetting and first scraping then scrubbing with a paint stripping pad to get it off. I got about halfway. So frustrating. I should finish that tomorrow. The upstairs shouldn't be so bad and it's no where near as dirty. I'm hoping to be painting this weekend :D
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Twitter and Facebook make me forget to update LJ [Aug. 23rd, 2009|01:17 am]
So since the last time I posted, I haven't made a ton of progress on anything Dragon*Con related. That's cause I was busy bein' in a movie. It wasn't a big deal, I was just a random extra which means I'll mostly just be a fuzzy blob in the background, but that's ok. I mostly did it cause, well, they were paying me! :) The long and short of it is that I was there somewhere between 12-16 hours a day, I got injured pretty badly thanks to some other extra who wasn't paying attention, and it took me 2 days of sleep after wrap to feel normal again. My leg is finally almost healed and my cold is getting better, so it's time to kick things into high gear again.
And that basically means that I'm just about to freak out. I have so many other peoples costumes that I'm working on that I haven't had a chance to 1. practice for the 2 shows 2. really think through my panel or the costume contest 3. work on my own costumes 4. exercise so I actually fit in my costumes :(  I can't even imagine if I had a permanent steady job how anything would have gotten done. That does not bode well for next year. I think next year I may have to call a moratorium on commissions for costumes. Like for everyone not me. Otherwise I don't see how I could pull this off ever again (unless somehow I become rich and never need to work again. ha).
Luckily I'm seeing light at the end of the tunnel on everyone else's stuff. The only things not done are Zig's Graverobber coat and Meg's 2 dresses and all 3 of those are close. Meg tried stuff on and all I have left is to hem stuff, add in zippers, velcro, and hooks and eyes on both of those. Ziggy's coat is all stitched together as of tonight and just needs her to try it on before I can hem it and add the giant fur lapels of doom. Ah, and then it's on to all the stuff I'm actually doing as staff, lol.
Why is there less than 2 weeks to D*C? WHY?
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Updates on stuff [Jul. 30th, 2009|12:49 pm]

I'm starting to get really burnt out on the costumes. Something about that final all-night push to get both Zydrate guns finished seemed to be the straw that broke my back, lol. Well that and the complete despair that Monday sent me into.
 I had my heart set on pulling off a really hard costume. I wanted to do evil Willow from the future from Buffy Season 8 comics. I wanted to wear it on Sat. I mean how perfect, I would get to wear it in front of Georges and Scott, kinda like a tribute to their hard work, I would get to wear it to the costuming panel and contest, and then I could have a floofy dress to wear to the shindig (hey, even evil chicks party, right?) I was really pumped. Except Monday I went to my eye dr. and she refused to prescribe the black-out contacts that I could afford because she "wasn't familiar with the brand and didn't feel comfortable prescribing them." The only option she gave me for something close to them was the Wild Eyes brand, which are twice the price and don't cover enough with black :( I'm not paying like $150 for somehting I'm not even happy with. I thought I'd just do the costume without them, and get a pair for next year, so I headed to Joann's. I found _everything_ I needed in the exact colors. It was perfect... except that there was only 2 yards of the wine colored fabric that I needed like 9 yards of. And that's all that exists cause it's been discontinued in that color. There was nothing else that looked good, and only the discontinued one matches the crazy lace I needed too. So I gave up. This was gonna be an expensive costume and there's no way I'm paying that much money if I won't be happy because all I'll be able to see is that it's the wrong color :( So now I'm back to only having 2 costumes. Boo!
 I think we're supposed to wear our track staff shits on Friday anyways, so that will make me feel better about not having a costume then, but I'm still irritated that Monday I won't have a costume. I might have to wear something from one of the shows. Which sucks.
 In mildly related news, my diet is seemingly going very well! I have been exercising almost every day, sometimes more than once and I've been super conscious of everything I eat and drink. Last night I had a dream about being the size I used to and I woke up kinda like "It is totally worth eating crappy food and being gross and sweaty for an hour every day!" Even better, I have measurable results already and it hasn't even been 2 weeks! I don't own a scale and I never take measurements cause I don't think either is a good reflection of... well, pretty much anything. Instead I go by how my clothes fit. In this instance, specifically by how my leather Vampire Willow pants fit. When I bought them I couldn't get them anywhere close to being pulled up and I thought the zipper was going to rip out it was so far from moving, lol. This morning I tried them on again. The crotch of the pants is only like an inch below where it should be, and I can zip the zipper up about and inch and a half! And I've still got like 5 weeks to go! Woo! And even better, these pants are a size 6, most of my clothes is a size 8. Most of the stuff I fit in comfortabley lately is a size 12 :( Today I might have to go try on stuff from my "this doesn't fit over my ass" pile and see if I can wear it again! :)

New finished stuff:

  • Both Zydrate guns! Pics are up on facebook if you wanna see them. They're in my cosplay album. They are made of win :)
  • Found both red and silver tinsel at the dollar store. Didn't buy it cause I wanted to make sure I had the right colors. Going back for it today! Yay, magics to swirl in the air!
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Costuming/Con update [Jul. 24th, 2009|02:51 pm]


  • BHPS Pink Willow outfit
  • BHPS Purple Willow outfit- fixed!
  • Dr. H. Penny Freeze Ray outfit
  • Dr. H. Penny My Eyes outfit
  • Dr. H. Penny Penny's Song outfit
  • Dr. H Penny Caring Hands outfit- (decided not to rip up the jeans... cheapskateyness won over accuracy, lol)
  • Dr. H. Penny Everyone's a Hero outfit
  • Fluffy Willow
  • Vamp Willow (except the bottom hem since the pants don't fit quite yet so I don't know where to hem the shirt...)
Not finished
  • Meg's BHPS Princess Dawn dress- can't finish til she comes back, but just needs hems and velcro
  • Meg's Repo! Shilo dress- Not even started yet. That is this weekend's project
  • Ziggy's Repo! GraveRobber coat- Waiting for the fabric to show up in the mail. Also waiting on a fur sample.
  • Possible costume for me that I'm looking into that isn't even planned, let alone started
Props I need to make/find/remember to take
  • Ziggy and Terry's Zydrate gun- waiting on the plastic test tubes to show up... want them now! I could finish them today!
  • Make bloody plastic shrapnel for Dr. H Penny costume to stick to my stomach
  • Sparkly streamers for magic in BHPS?
  • Dr. H- Laundry basket and laundry, clipboard and papers, frozen yogurt containers and sporks
The good news is I will have no problem finishing almost all of this up next week. Charles will be out of state from this sat. to next sun. and I will be sitting around with nothing to distract me.
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I think I need new icons, cause there isn't one to represent panic! [Jul. 17th, 2009|12:09 am]
For some reason it was yesterday that the panic about D*C hit me. I was expecting it to hit this weekend while practicing for the shows. Instead it waited until after I got all the stuff I needed to work on Meg's costumes and I got ordered the main fabric I needed for Ziggy's. It's always the pressure of knowing that other people are relying on me that makes me start to panic and start staying up late to work on stuff.
I've actually got a lot done in the last few days though. I have as much as possible done on Meg's Dawn princess dress for BHPS. The thing I forgot to take into account is that aside from getting the top itself made, I also have to get it attached to the skirt _before_ I can put in the giant velcro strip that will allow us to have her "magically" change costume on stage. That requires having her here because I really don't want to try to estimate that based on measurements. And since I didn't finish it until this afternoon and she is gonna be out of state for 2 weeks, that goes on hiatus. But hey, I'm just happy that in roughly one day of really slow sewing (aka: watching tv while working) I managed to bang that sucker out despite the stupid sheer fabric. Ha.
I also finished up pink fluffy WIllow. I wanted to put it all on tonight and get Charles to take a pic, but it turns out that the tights I bought are awful and I will need to drop some actual money because the cheap ones I got are awful. Any idea where I can find white _women's_ tights? Neither Walmart nor Target had any except the awful super sheer ones that are the most horribly sized things I ever seen. I was so close to being done.
I also have figured out how I'm making the 2 Zydrate guns I'm doing. They're going to be _very_ different styles and I'm looking forward to playing with them.
Tomorrow I have the option of working on my vamp Willow top or Meg's Shiloh dress. It will really depend on what mood I wake up in. I can't work on Zig's stuff yet cause I hafta wait for stuff to come in the mail. Boo.
I'm really doubting getting to make other costumes for myself at this point, but we'll see. So long as everyone else's stuff is done and I have practiced both my roles enough and figured out the other staff stuff I have to do.... right...
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