Definitely the Brunswick!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:28 pm
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So, I pulled out the Brunswick, tried it on (sort of, no corset or anything) and remembered the super tight sleeves. Hmph. So, instead of doing the sensible thing and getting something else out, I spent I think about three hours redoing the sleeves. It was fairly easy, just fiddly. Strangely, the upper sleeve was much easier than the lower sleeves, which are just basted in. Those had practically no seam allowance which made it weird. The sleeves all have lapped seams now instead of the original types they had. It's much easier to sew a lapped seam on a set sleeve and a sleeve with almost no seam allowance.

Then I packed and noticed it was three and I hadn't really eaten anything and *thud*

Costume College!

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:11 pm
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I think I have a lineup for Costume College! Took me long enough...

Thursday--Beach pajamas, 100% done

Friday Day--Suffragette day dress. Technically 100%, but I want a new hat and new sash, neither of which are mandatory. I have my daisy votes for women ribbon, red, white, and blue one, original button, and a reproduction banner. I really want to make the hat though because I came up with the pattern myself and really want to see how it goes together.

Friday night--Suffragette evening dress. 100%. I'm worried about forgetting to pack the tattoo. After last year forgetting all my jewelry...

Saturday day--Checked Brunswick. I just moved the neck button on my cotton habit shirt that I made about a zillion years ago. I tried on that and the linen shirt I made to go with it in 2013. Not only did the older one fit better, which is a little embarrassing, none of the ruffles were torn off. And the neck button needed to be moved on the linen one too, so easy choice.

Saturday night--Beaded Regency. Another technically 100% because it's done and wearable, but I want the pink springed corset which is almost done.

Sunday day--1790s bird dress. Yes, I just wore it, but I love the construction and birds.

And nicely, these aren't, except for the Brunswick, large costumes. So I'm hoping through strategic packing to have room for large amounts of stash. I've also decided to bring thing things I want to sell. I may be nice, but I'm not giving away 7 yards of silk brocade I'll never use. Either way, I'm freeing up lots of space. Now, time, is another thing! But my leftover stash is pretty much sorted, so it'll just be determining what's free and what's not...

Spring corset number two...

Jul. 21st, 2017 10:32 pm
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I was so happy with the first springed corset, I decided I needed another one, if time worked out. Although I fit the straps on the green one under the beaded dress, I didn't trust them to stay--they did need to be pinned under the bird dress which has a higher neckline.

So now I have a pale pink one started. The springs are in. It has a flat section at the center back and the straps on either side of that. It'll be interesting to see how it works!

I think I can finish tomorrow...

Quote of the Day

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:55 pm
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“My life may be a shit show right now, but I have friends that love me enough to help shovel me out.

I’m glad M has got friends to support him through this.

Welcome to my World

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:47 am
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This is my journal. It's where I dump my brain. I tell myself that even if I do love comments and comment conversations, I'm not writing for an audience, I'm mostly writing for myself. But I am aware that people read what I put out there, so I also try to provide backstory and context so that other people can follow along and this isn't just some random brain dribblings, well, at least not all the time... I write about my life and adventures, but I also just quote random things that I want to remember, or articles that gave me Thinky Thoughts™.

Very well then I contradict myself; I am large, I contain multitudes.

So when people that I don't "know" subscribe to me, I always wonder, have you actually read my journal? Or did you just click on one of the interests listed in my profile and decide to add me? Do you have any idea what you’re getting into?

You have? Well, OK then. Welcome to my world.

How to be a better friend

Jul. 21st, 2017 08:12 am
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Most of my main circle of friends are people that I’ve met in the fifteen years since I left The Wasband. My closest circle is, not surprisingly, my Guild mates. But I also have a lot of friends that I’ve met through renn faire and reenactments.

But what makes me think that I’m not too horrible a friend is that I’m fairly lucky in that I am still in touch (at least Facebook friends) with:
• My oldest friend in the world (who I met when I was five)
• One of the girls that I went to Montessori school with and have known since first grade
• Another friend from Montessori that I’ve known since second grade (who hunted me down on Facebook)
• The girl who became my second best friend when her family moved to our neighborhood when we were in fifth grade (I think?)
• The girl from France who lived in Lexington for two years when we were in fourth and fifth grade (who also hunted me down on Facebook)

I’ve also got a handful of friends from High School (which was a LONG time ago) on my Facebook friends list. And a couple of good friends from college. And I’ve got two ex-boyfriends on my FB list (I’m not great at being able to maintain a relationship with my exes, it’s often too painful).

But, you can never have too many friends, and keeping friends requires some effort. (Note to Self - put in some effort this weekend.) So I wanted to hold onto this advice on How to be better at staying in touch with friends and being a good friend: a step-by-step guide.

A post in several Tweets )

Captain Awkward

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:31 am
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Every now and then I run across something on the internet that just strikes a nerve. Sometimes it’s someone saying something that I’ve been trying to articulate. Sometimes it’s something that clarifies something I’ve been trying to figure out for myself. Sometimes it’s something that give me Thinky Thoughts™.

And sometimes it’s just someone validating my experience.

Back in 2007, when I was hanging around with Dawn, she took a nutty on me when I didn’t attend a party that had gone from “come over and hang out and watch movies” but swiftly escalated to “Dawn is going to set Julie up with her ex-roommate and they will live happily ever after” after she’d found out we’d stumbled across each other in an online dating site.

At the time I was suffering from a bout of major Depression. I was in therapy and taking meds, but hadn’t quite figured out all my own symptoms and reactions yet, and didn’t yet know how to articulate my own needs. I’d had a rough week at work (more conflict with Bossy Lady and computer problems), it was February (always a rough month for me due to cold and dark), and that weekend what I really needed was to hide out at home in the blanket fort by myself and do some self-care. I definitely did not have the spoons to perform "perfectly normal human" in public, let alone the level of vivaciousness required try to impress a potential suitor, especially not in front of an audience. But Dawn was so invested in playing matchmaker that she was hugely offended when I didn’t show up and refused to answer the phone when she called to yell at me about it.

So you can probably imagine how I felt when I read a recent Captain Awkward post where the Captain stated

The matchmaker’s ego and investment in the outcome < the interest and wishes of the matchmakees.

Oh. Hells. Yes.

Done!

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:42 pm
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I tried on the suffragette evening dress and decided against basting the skirt and bodice together. It seemed like it would work unbasted, but I pinned it anyway. Then the pins came out a little wonky, and I decided it would be fine.

I needed another tuck in the petticoat. After doing the first five nicely, I did the world's sloppiest tuck above the ruffle. I'm sure it's not the first petticoat to have a giant sloppy tuck.

Then I tried the suffragette day skirt on over the petticoat to see if it would work, and figured I may as well mark the new closures, so those are done. I moved the snap, but just added extra bars instead of moving them.

So, I think everything that has to be done is done. I still want a new hat, but...
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Random stuff I find on the Internet. Today while I was working on Content Models, I was reading a page on our intranet and came across a name I didn’t recognize. So I checked the employee directory, and they were listed as an ex-employee. Since I didn’t know if they were actually a technical writer (and it was hard to tell from the page I was reading, they could have been quality assurance or some other department), I checked LinkedIn. Yep, they were a TW, and then a manager. But I had to snort when I saw this in her profile:

Some of the work I did in this position that I am most proud of involves the Release Note process. I created a proactive process for writing Release Notes during software development, rather than just before a software release. In this way, the information presented in them was more accurate and timely, and the time of the engineers and writers was used much more productively. This process is still in place today.

Um, you haven’t worked here in six years, and there have been major changes in the past two years from what everyone has told me. I’m pretty sure your process is NOT still in place six years later. *eyeroll*

More Vocabulary Lessons

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:06 pm
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I am learning new words right and left this week.

Today it was a discussion of coffee on the department IRC chat (the folks at HQ often take “coffee walks” downtown to stretch their legs and caffeinate off-campus). Someone mentioned that they had “coffee” set as an alert word on IRC. Then my manager suggested they join the #fika channel.

“There’s a fika channel?” They asked incredulously.

“Oh yes, and you probably want to join it.” My manager replied.

At which point I headed off to the Googles to see what sort of coffee/snacky/break thing a fika was.

Before and After!

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:20 pm
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Before and after--no tucks and tucks!

I hate making tucks, but as I was doing it, I just reminded myself that adding tucks to a petticoat is much faster than making a new petticoat. And they're pretty!

I think this is short enough to wear with the suffragette evening dress now. And it should be a good length for the day skirt too, so I can pack less. The petticoat and a corset cover is much better for packing than a petticoat and a princess slip! And my new goal is to pack as little as possible so I can take as much extra stash fabric as possible...

Now, closures on the suffragette evening skirt...

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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Today was a Hump Day worthy of the name.

I had trouble dragging myself out of bed. And when I got up, I had zero desire to go to work. Or do anything else for that matter. I was seriously considering taking a mental health day, but managed to log in to see if I had any meetings or not and there were a couple of things in my inbox that needed my attention that I’d rather deal with at the office. One of these days I’ll get a proper home office, but for now, the convenience of working on my big monitor is enough to get my arse into the office on days like today.

I dragged myself into the office, then fought with myself to try to stay focused all day. I replied to a couple of e-mails from both my product development team and the technical writing team, so that was good. My brain didn’t really want to play along and be productive today, so I’m glad that if I only managed to accomplish a few things, they were publicly visible things. I ended up skipping out just a little bit early (like a half an hour early) because I knew that I wasn’t going to get anything else done that was useful. And I didn’t feel like seat warming when I could be home on the couch.

Ugh, I hope I wake up on the right side of the bed tomorrow.

Quote of the Day – Fear

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:50 pm
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Fear is what happens when you’re doing something important.

If you are doing work that isn’t scary, it isn’t improving you or the world.

Source

Moody Me

Jul. 19th, 2017 09:00 am
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My mood this morning can pretty much be summed up by "I don't wanna. But I gotta. Dammit."

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...
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That time when your German speaking software architect teaches you a new Latin phrase while you're performing a group edit to help your Brazilian developer revise the abstract he's writing to submit a paper to a conference.

pluralis majestatis

(And that's not me being snarky, that's the link Heiko put into chat when we complained that we didn't know what he was talking about.)

News from the Old Company

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:06 pm
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I was in LinkedIn for some other reason,and I thought to check in on my favorite HR Lady Tammi. She fled The Place back in February. Good. I knew she wanted to get out way back last year when they gave me the boot.

I am a sad Druid today

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:01 pm
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I’ve lived at Frogholm for fourteen and a half years now.

For the past fifteen springs, for a glorious two weeks or so, I’ve enjoyed watching the cherry tree down the street burst into a huge puff of delicate pink. And then, two weeks later the petals fall into a pink carpeting around its roots. It’s on the corner of one of the condo complexes, surrounded by flowering plants. Because it’s been growing all by itself, with no other trees or bushes around to crowd or shade it, it has managed to develop into a lovely round crown of leaves.

I keep telling myself that I need to pull over and take a couple of photos some Spring, because it’s just so damned glorious when it is in full bloom.

But now it’s too late.

I literally yelped on the drive home Friday when I saw that my favorite tree was missing. I have no idea why they cut it down, it was by all appearances a healthy tree. As far as I know there’s no construction planned, because that corner looks like it’s part of the condo complex.

So I have a sad, my favorite tree is no more.

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...

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