For Boe and I:
2 of these.
2 of these.
2 pair of these...one of which would need to be lined due to Boe's wool issues.
2 of these.
Also for Boe for combat.
For me x2.
A couple of these.
A couple of these.
One of these.
Everything here. Although I'll probably be the one making all of it.
Several of these.
One pair of these.
A couple of these.
One of these.
A pair of these.
A pair of these.
One of these.
One of these.
More as I think on it.
For Boe and I:
Let's face it: Is it possible to have brand-new stick built construction anywhere else in the entire flipping United States for less than $90,000? Yeah, didn't think so. Besides, it is just the architecture that Boe and I really like and he fell in love with the place as soon as he walked in the door.
This house (and its companion house at 2412 Gay St.) have sat empty for the past 4 years; they were originally closer to $130,000 but then the housing market went to crap and basically everyone lost interest in buying real estate. So the nonprofit group that owns these properties is making down payment assistance available as well as very favorable lending terms through a partnership with the Urban League.
So we've applied to be considered for the house at 2416 Gay. We'll see if they approve us; the worst they can say is "no".
I'd kind of like to completely start over when we move. Our current furnishings are hand me downs (which aren't our style but were free) or furniture so cheaply made that it's pretty much broken-down already (looking at you, dining room set and living room set). I'd like to get furniture that reflects us, rather than my mom or various relatives or what we could afford via layaway at Big Lots.
One of then things that is definitely on the lsit of things to get is a robotic floor cleaner. I am such a lazy person and we have 5 animals currently in the house...so it doesn't matter how many times I sweep, there are always hair "tumbleweeds" around. And the floor always feels gritty. We don't have carpet downstairs; vinyl in the kitchen -- which is starting to peel away in front of the kitchen sink, might I add, as a result of a rotting subfloor due to a plumbing leak the was never fixed -- and oak floors in the living room and front parlor/craft room.
More later, I think.
5 more to go...
Also, I've had a hankering to try just a weensie bit harder to not look like Exhausta McHaglike. So I picked up some lip gloss. I dunno...we'll see. Lord knows since I single-handedly keep Chapstick in business it's just as easy to smear on some lip gloss instead. Maybe eventually I'll get to the point of wearing makeup again on a regular basis. I know, I know, it only takes a few minutes, etc., etc., I'll look a lot better with makeup on, more self-confidence blah blah blah. As a fat chick, I feel more secure feeling invisible. But wanting to feel invisible and yet wishing I wasn't makes for a heavy makeup addiction, even if I never wear the stuff. One might argue that the makeup addiction is worse for never wearing the stuff. So like I said, it's easiest to start off with lip gloss and see if I can get the hang of that.
Can you tell I've forgotten to take my crazy pills on a regular basis this week?
Which reminds me...brb, dosing myself.
It's probably bad form to reward myself for taking my antidepressant by scooping myself a large bowl of ice cream, but I haven't had dinner yet and dairy is one of the four food groups or whatever stupid chart the USDA is using these days. So screw it.
I know part of the problem is what time of year it is: Pennsic season. As usual, I won't be going this year, nor will I be able to go next year (since I'll still be in year-round school). Pennsic 2014 (er, I think that's, what, Pennsic 44? 45?) will be the earliest I will be able to go, which makes me all sorts of sad. It's hard to explain WHY it makes me so sad, except maybe for this post I made back in the day. It's just...promises, you know? And the prospect of meeting some of you on my f-list (assuming I could work up the courage to stop by and say hello -- being just an okay costumer means that some of you all are like rock stars to me...like expect me to get a little starry-eyed and maybe even choke up a little bit if I ever meet you) even if it is intimidating!
Yes, yes, I know Pennsic will still be there, but adopting from foster care means there are enormous levels of governmental interference in our lives for an unknown and unpredictable length of time, and I'd like to go to Pennsic before having to negotiate crossing state lines with a foster child, and all the headaches that come with dealing with a bureaucracy. I'll be 36 in 2014. And considering my late 30s is (IMO) getting Too Old for first-time motherhood (especially if we are blessed with smaller children), that means we are very limited to how many more years we can put off Pennsic without also hanging up our chances to become parents.
I could do it within 4 years of getting my ASN (always assuming that The Powers That Be don't change up educational requirements for NPs sometime in the next, oh, six years or so). It's do-able. It's...very do-able.
In other news, my sister Mel is driving up from Florida on a quick visit to drop my neice off with my parents for a portion of the summer. Let's see if Bitz can learn to share Lennie this season. Unfortunately, Mel is driving up on the weekend with the highest volume of cake sales for the year...Graduation Weekend for FWCS. I tried to find a replacement (there's a coworker who doesn't normally work weekends), but apparently the only family that matters is the one this cow-irker has, not anyone else's. Even after I explained that I haven't seen my sister in a couple of years. I was delighted, let me tell you. >:-/ So I'm going to have to call off one of the busiest sales days of the year and leave my coworker H screwed with no help. H and I talked it over and we mutually decided that if I have to call off to see my sister, then Sunday would be the better day. So that's the game plan. At least 1 coworker is understanding.
Uh, other than that, school is going well. One instructor has publicly stated on numerous occasions that she doesn't give A's ever...well guess what lady, you're going to have to change that stance. *cracks knuckles*
I keep motivating myself by looking at real estate listings and home builders' websites. Also looking at vehicles, since my poor Lumina will probably last me until I'm out of school (I hope!) but not much longer than that. I'm kinda leaning in this direction, since that allows for some flexibility as far as cargo and stuff goes but is more fuel-efficient than an SUV or truck. Or I'd like a Prius. I'd like 40-odd mpg, you know?
It's an illness, I tell you.
School has started out well, although at the moment I'm rather bored, as a lot of it is common-sensical stuff, especially in my Fundamentals of Nursing course...People really need to be told not to post specifics or pictures about their patients on Facebook?! I mean, really now. That's one of those "duh" things. Medical Terminology is another of those classes I can probably sleep through safely, since languages are extraordinarily easy for me, but several of my classmates anticipate having difficulty and have asked me to tutor them, so it's safer for me to pay attention in class. Just in case. And Patient Interaction is just a Communications class dolled up as "Pay attention to what your patients are saying and don't be a dick to them." So yeah. I know things will get a lot more interesting later on in the quarter, but man, the first few weeks are always a bit of a snoozefest.
In other news, there is no other news. More of the same, I guess.
Each of the families (Dad and Bitz, Mom, Melanie et al., and Brett et al.) is going to get a little basket of household goodies, consisting of:
1. Set of 6 napkins, folded and displayed with...
2. Wire-wrapped and beaded napkin rings
3. Set of 4 knitted cotton dishcloths
4. Set of 3 knitted and felted woolen hot pads/trivets
5. Packages of German roasted pecans and almonds
6. Homemade dog biscuits for the families with dogs
7. Catnip-filled fleece toys for the families with cats
The whole shebang should cost me less than $50. For 4 families, that's pretty damned good.
I also have a scarf knitted in seed stitch for Mom (her favorite stitch), a pair of really cute earrings for Lennie (the super awesome niece of amazingness), a cross-stitch of a cat that looks just like her cat Mittens for Lennie, and a pair of earrings for Melanie.
I was able to score Melanie's earrings for free through Swagbucks , the yarn for Mom's scarf was a gift, and I can use my employee discount for everything else except for the wool yarn I need for the hot pads. That I'll have to get from Michael's or Joann's, although Michael's will be easier for me as far as convenience goes.
Our girl Melmel (who just got her first tattoo this week!) is getting a new phone, courtesy of a contract extension that we'll be signing. I'm also going to go through my collection of romance novels and send some to her, as she has recently become a fan and by God I am glad she's getting over her Twilight obsession.
And now for the only Christmas splurge this year -- I have a Garmin GPS on layaway for Boe...shhhhh, don't tell him!
touch up the fake tombstones, some really adorable skeleton lights, a couple of cute little skull lawn stakes, and a large ghoul-in-a-hanging-cage to add to our fake tombstones, cemetery fencing, giant spiderweb, seven or eight giant spiders, blacklights, and orange mini lights.
I'll try to get pictures tomorrow, when I get home from school...it's a bit dark at the moment.
So to recap:
Random Gamer Guy is gone...but not before stealing a pack of Magic: The Gathering cards Boe had picked up that Friday. I don't care too much, except Boe is unhappy, and that makes me unhappy.
Boe's temp job is finished up, and now we wait to hear from the agency for another assignment.
I might have tied one on last Friday to celebrate Random Gamer Guy's departure; the hangover served to remind me that I am not as young as I once was, and that my liver hates me.
Boe and I held a little backyard barbecue on Saturday. Everything was delicious and (as is par the course for me) since I bought too much food, we'll be eating burgers and hot dogs the rest of the week. But they are delicious, and that's the important part.
My college's financial aid office is screwing around with me, and I don't like it. My account has been flagged for verification Every. Single. Year. and this year was no exception. I turned in copies of my tax return on July 18, and my account is STILL "pending, under review." This means that they have not released my financial aid to the bookstore so I can get my books. Because school starts in a week, I'm sure all of the used copies of the textbooks have been sold, so I'll either need to rent textbooks (which is what I'm considering) or buy brand new ones. I am tempted to go to the financial aid office tomorrow and break some heads.
And the only paperwork I'm waiting on to complete my nursing program applications (yes, two: one for the LPN program and one for the RN program) is my highschool transcripts. I called my alma mater a week ago Tuesday to request 2 sets of official transcripts. The said they'd be in the mail that same day. I should have recieved them by Wednesday. They are still not here. I am tempted to go down there and break some heads too.
I am so excited at the prospect of being able to work on sewing projects!
Here's what I had planned to get done today:
Clean the bathroom (Yes, with RGG in the house I use medical-grade latex gloves, no worries, darlings!)
Get 5 loads of laundry done
Clean the bedroom
Here's what I actually accomplished:
Threw 1 load of clothes into the washer (in my defense, the cats had soaked some articles of clothing in that particular load, so I had to run it twice with a bunch of white vinegar to get the smell completely out)
Whined about not being able to go to Pennsic
Figured out Pennsic tentage for NEXT year (it has crossed my mind that I am either the poster child for the adage "Hope springs eternal" or for the one that goes "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result." Not sure which one applies, I'll let y'all come to your own conclusions.)
Watched The Steve Wilkos Show -- OK, I admit it, I like the trainwreckiness of trash talk shows.
Aaaaaaaaand that's about it.
Boe found one -- count 'em, one -- air conditioning unit (and stood guard over it) at our local Do It Best hardware store, where I promptly dispatched myself and my debit card. It seems the unit had been on hold for someone for 5 days, but was never picked up. As an added bonus, the manager took an extra forty bucks off of the retail price since it was a discontinued model. Score!
When Boe had called me to report success on The Quest For Air Conditioning, I was stepping out of a tepid shower with three very angry cats joining me in the bathroom. See, all three of the cats were panting and had rapid breathing when I came home, which are signs of heat exhaustion. So I was a bad Mommy for their own good and took one cat at a time into the tepid shower with me, 15 minutes per cat. Now, you might think that this isa recipe for Disembowelment By Cat Claws, but one thing that I've learned about cats is that they have an innate sense of fairness. That's why my arms get turned into mincemeat when I try to bathe them, but they don't claw me when I have them in the shower with me, even though there is substantially more flesh to tear into when doing so. Sure, they struggled a bit, but nothing involving claws or teeth. I think they think that if they have to get wet, it is only Right and Proper that I get soaked too.
Anyway, I'm pretty sure we managed to buy the last available air conditioner in a three county area. We've moved the animals into the bedroom, complete with litter box, food, and water, and our bedroom is finally beginning to cool down. I might actually get to sleep tonight.
I was feeling kinda down about being totally broke, so I went online a couple of nights ago and ordered us new phones from Verizon...my choice was the LG Cosmo Touch, which were offered on Verizon's website for free. Yay! It's a really nice phone with everything that I wanted on it, but since it's not a smartphone, it doesn't require the 30-bucks-a-month data package. I'm pretty pleased with it. Boe was totally surprised, too!
As soon as I finish Bluetoothing my pictures from my old phone (LG ENV2, if anyone cares) to the new one, I'm going to bed. Tomorrow, er, today is the first day of six in a row to work.
In other news, I've signed up at a couple of paid/reward points sites. One is Inbox Dollars, and one is Swagbucks. Swagbucks is the reward point one, and I'd like to earn enough points to get gift cards for family for Christmas. Then I don't have to stress so hard at the end of the year to stretch our meager budget for presents. Shoot, if I earn enough points (I'm already at 447 for 1 week of messing around), I might just "buy" myself an Amazon.com gift card and purchase gifts that way.
A cat statue to put on Fagan's grave (it's been almost a year since he passed, after all, I think it's about time!)
An invisible dog fence for Miss Maggie...I let her out yesterday to potty, and 30 seconds later I get a phone call from our neighbors across the street. Maggie had decided to run out into traffic in order to visit them. *sigh*
Roundup herbicide -- we're killing off the lawn and starting over
Weed and feed
2 large planters
A small planter
A hanging planter
I have spent the afternoon planting to my heart's content. Boe has been spraying herbicide on everything in our yard (I did make sure to cover the lilac bush and the sole remaining rose bush before he started in on the herbicide), and we've been burning handfuls of leaves mixed in with a little bit of firewood. That way we don't get nailed for burning leaves in city limits. A handful at a time is enough to tell anyone who asks that we're using it as tinder. Not nearly as smoky, either.
Let me see. Since I last posted, I have had about $8000 slip through my fingers, what with getting Boe a car, insurance, catching up on the utilities and mortgage, sending some money to my mom for safekeeping, paying for CNA classes, and getting new (much-needed!) glasses.
My sole splurge has been purchasing this and this. They should be the last patterns I'll ever need to buy for SCA/Adria stuff. So it was a worthwhile investment rather than a momentary pleasure. I've been reading the instructions and the documentation and dreaming in my few off-hours, and I am really kind of hoping that this is my niche.
Boe's teacher's license will be in within a week. My sister's giving me leads to jobs for Boe in Tampa Florida, where she lives. My sister is lonely down there, she can be very shy and the only family down there are her in-laws. So it would be pretty cool indeed if we wound up moving to Florida.
Boe did not get the job in Vermont, or so we're assuming since we never heard back from that school.
Time for math class, gotta go.
So there's a possibility of a steampunk-themed masquerade ball in the upcoming months. I'm attending if it takes place, mostly cuz Boe's in charge of putting the whole shebang together. Well, I don't have anything in my costume closet (yes, I have a costume closet) that dates after 1600 with the exception of a quickie chemise a la reine. Not gonna cut it for something steampunk-y.
I did a bit of research and can't quite wrap my head around the general aethetics of steampunk. I mean, all I'd wind up doing is slavishly copying someone else's brilliant idea and doing it rather poorly. (Lookin' at you, jenthompson ...your steampunk outfit is just about the coolest I've seen Out There in the ether.) So yeah, I don't think I can pull off steampunk. However, I CAN pull off Victorian. Screw it, if'n I'm gonna be working at this projected ball (because believe me, Boe's a great "big picture" guy, but I'm the "nitpicky details" half), I'm going to dress as I wish. Straight up natural-form Victorian it is.
For those on my flist who have done late Victorian costuming, what's your take on Truly Victorian patterns? I'd like to use the Dinner Bodice (TV 422) with the Fantail Skirt (TV 225) in electric blue silk taffeta, with pleated navy blue velveteen sleeve cuffs and skirt hem trim. A small amount of metallic gold trim stitched in the ditch of the pleating. Navy blue velveteen covered buttons on the bodice. Late Victorian Corset (TV 110) and Combination Underwear (TV 105) to go underneath it all.
Tell me what you think, flist! This is my first foray into something that ISN't medieval or Renaissance, and I am TERRIFIED, OMG.
If the steampunk masquerade ball thing doesn't happen, then I'll still have a perfectly good outfit to wear to, say, Costume Con or Costume College.
Please note that my cell phone camera is the only one I have, and there's some weird lighting effect towards the center of each photo. This means the best color saturation is at the edges of the fabric. Dunno why, I don't get it either. I'mma see what I can do about setting up a PayPal account to make payment easier on folks.
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ALLERGY SUFFERERS: I share my home with 3 cats and a dog.
( Here we go! )
This means October 1 is R-Day. Resume Day. In which we (I include myself on this because Boe really is rather helpless/hopeless when writing coherent and grammatically-correct letters of introduction) apply to every single teaching posting in the 35 other states that have instant!reciprocity with Indiana teaching licenses. Yes, this will take all day. No, I don't care.
My sister and niece are traveling to Columbus OH to pick up Mom's old car (a 2004 Toyota Corolla -- Mom bought a new one that she's already promised me when she gets tired of it!), so I am traveling to Mom's on Saturday. I need to bring some rose of Sharon cuttings and Mel's camping gear. Sunday is dedicated to Pre Move Purging. I'm going to be putting a lot of stuff on Craigslist in the hopes of acquiring more $$$. I will also offer about 3/4 of my fabric and craft stash for sale -- lucky friends list, you'll get first pick! This may include my SuperAwesome 100% wool damask and/or my PrettyShiny 100% silk brocade. I've faced the fact that I will never stop being too afraid to cut into these fabrics and I would love to see then get a new home where they will get some use.
I get my student loan excess funding September 13. This is good because our license plates expire September 14. I double-checked the amount of my refund, and had sadly overestimated the amount I'd be getting back. So, no fabric purchases for me. Or X-chairs from Smoke and Fire. Or tablecloths from Historic Enterprises. This makes me sad. But I am in Survival Financial mode, and frankly keeping a roof over my head and the lights/heat on trumps ANYTHING else.
Other than that, I picked up some sort of intestinal bug on Saturday, and things are just now settling down. That was...unpleasant, and I hope that I don't wind up going through *that* experience again any time soon -- never would be preferred.
1. No Apple. Sorry, I find them difficult to work with.
2. Must take a Micro SD memory card (I have a 2 GB card filled with music to transfer already)
3. Must have 4 GB memory or better.
4. Must cost less than $150.00.
5. Must be durable.