Aug. 4th, 2017 08:38 am
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I don't even know who I am anymore, guys. I'm participating in a blogging challenge, I'm enjoying it, and I already have blog posts scheduled out for a whole week. WHO AM I!?

Go to My Blog tag "CoBloWriMo" to see more!


Jul. 27th, 2017 08:51 am
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Have fun at Costume College, y'all! POST LOTS OF PICTURES!
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My weird but efficient and effective hip exercise is working, I think. I think I didn't mention it in my last post, but I've had fairly persistent SI joint pain* for years, on my left side. I have had less pain, or at least less awareness of pain vs. awareness of the pain site, in the past few days, than in a long time. It's not like it was super crippling or anything, but I guess I got used to a certain level of discomfort and now that it's different/less I'm aware of the spot that WAS painful but ISN'T now. It's weird!

I did my exercise before and after running last night as directed and noticed also that I was SUPER wiped afterwards. To be fair, it was also quite warm and humid yesterday--the dogs were very worn out as well. But I wonder if part of my fatigue is that my body is getting used to a slightly different conformation than normal. Anything's possible I suppose.
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Not only did I update my actual blog at, I knocked out another blog post and scheduled it for next Monday! I'm going to keep trying to get ahead because I have a T.O.N. to post about and the only way to get it done is just to do it.

This week's post here:

Man, this shit is so old school here...typing in HTML by default? What is this, Dreamwidth, 2000?

Also for more regular updates go see my FB page for my blog, Katie Lovely, Sarcastic Seamstress. I used to be "the Swearing Seamstress" but I can't bring myself to cuss online where it will live forever and haunt me the same way I cuss in real life, so sarcasm is a safer bet.
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I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has bought something from me in the past couple of weeks. Thanks to you guys, I'm about halfway there on a round-trip ticket!

This week, I've been listing stuff up on my Etsy, so if you'd like to help out or (like me) enjoy buying fabric, go take a look! :D

I've got some lace and trim to list, still, and a couple more lengths of fabric as well. Stay tuned!
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Okay, guys. I'm so nervous about writing this that I'm all shaky, but here we go.

I said a little about Rich in my last entry, and about how sweet it was that he'd looked up how to take Jackson to the UK just-in-case things got serious. Well, they're getting serious. Of course, the thing is...we've never met. We've talked over IM and video chatted on Skype, but we've never been in the same room together.

But it's serious enough that the next thing that needs to be done is that I need to go to England. (We've discussed; the best option is for me to go, even though I know a lot of people are saying 'screw that! make him come here!') I'm already arranging my time off requests, but the next thing is to buy a ticket. Right now, I can't afford that.

I'm not going to ask for donations, because if things don't work out long-term essentially I'd be asking for people to pay me to go on a week-long vacation to England to do nothing but hang out with some friends. However, I have a few historical garments I'd be happy to sell at a fair price, and a LOT of fabric I can put up for grabs, too. I'm going to start here because you guys are my besties, but in the next week this'll all go up on Etsy:

This one didn't go in the last round, so I'm asking $120 OBO. Silk chiffon/charmeuse/dupioni, hand & machine sewing, non-ick synthetic lace, two pieces. Closes with zippers and skirt hooks/bars. Worn once.

More under the cut. )
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Okay LJ...I'm turning to you for help.

My friend Julie is a photographer who up until now has been dedicated to film cameras. Over New Years, I visited her and we had pretty much the following conversation:

Julie: *looking at college classes for digital photography* I should really consider getting into digital photography, but I don't want to learn all this stuff--"digital file management," or "using histograms for color correction." I don't want to have to know all that! I just want to take pictures!
Katie: *petting cat* I'd learn it.
Katie: No, I mean...I really would. I love stuff like that--messing around with pictures and doing computer stuff...I'd do it.
Julie: And I could just stand by your elbow and say "make that more blue" and you could do it! And not know how you did it, it would just happen!
Katie: Yes, exactly! I have no interest in taking photos...just making them look neat. I like this plan.
Julie:Me too!
Julie: No, I mean...I REALLY like this plan!

So. Now we're emailing back and forth at length about what we'd need to actually make this work. This is where your advice is needed! )
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You guys! This is way later than the Christmas List meme usually starts...everyone quick go post yours!

Also, if you've already done it, comment and point me at it so I can take a look-see. :}

Step One

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list.

And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out; it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish and it might come true. Give and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

Don't forget to include a shipping address.

List away! )
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I finally sat down and made a list of places from which I like to order fabric. It's not an exhaustive list of anywhere I've ever ordered anything, but it's some of the top hits.

List over here at my blog!

Now...everyone go buy some fabric! Share the love! *rolls around in yardage*

Uno mas

Feb. 4th, 2011 12:51 am
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Why no, this is not a new project. Actually, it's quite an old one...and now it's for sale on my Etsy. There's absolutely nothing wrong with these stays...except that they don't fit me. I made them, and they were beautiful...and they weren't what I wanted, so I made another pair. As such, however, they're basically brand new. I put them on literally long enough to decide I didn't really love them, and then took them off again, and they've been staring at me mournfully ever since. It is time for them to go to a good home.

Say what?

Jan. 31st, 2011 09:01 pm
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Katie's listing stuff on Etsy! Tell everyone...and also, help me get rid of fabric I'll never use!
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So as far as I can tell, "carbonara" means "creamy eggy thing with salty meat and other stuff." And it's smeared all over hot pasta.

Well. Sign me up! I decided that this would be my next stop on the Campaign for Not Sucking (and not eating out all the time.)

I modified the recipe a little... )

...Holy crap that's good.

Also, the rats really enjoyed eating a few of my creamy-eggy-covered noodles and licking my fingers after I was done.
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So part of teaching myself to cook has been branching out from strictly chicken and pasta dishes. Today, I took a run at peanut butter fudge. The recipe is courtesy of Bev Lewis, an old friend. It's just a quick fudge recipe; no fancy chemistry or equipment involved.

Recipe herein contained! )

The hardest part will be waiting for it to set up before eating it!
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I am teaching myself to not suck at cooking. Mostly because I've gained six pounds this summer (BAH!) and I'm tired of spending a significant chunk of my income on eating out. Therefore: The Campaign for Not Sucking, Part Deux.

So far I have conquered tortellini in tomato cream sauce and chicken with rice. Tonight, things got a little more complicated. Chicken-Parmesan Bundles )
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Good morning. My name is Katie, and I am a Mexican.

Maybe I should disambiguate. Culturally speaking, I'm "American." Ethnically, though, I am half Mexican. My father was born in southern Mexico and was adopted when he was eight days old by a missionary couple from the US. As such, he was raised in a predominantly "American" home with English as his first language. He also as a child learned a native Mayan dialect, since his parents were working with a particular language group in the area on some translation work. When he was ten or eleven, he learned Spanish while playing futbol (soccer, if you must) with the neighborhood kids. To this day, he is trilingual, able to communicate fluently in English, Spanish, and Chamula with no trace of an accent. I should also mention that my father is brilliant.

My mom, she's from Michigan. She's pretty much as white as they come, ethnically, but she is also brilliant, and reached a fairly impressive level of fluency in Spanish in college. She didn't use it for a while so she's no longer as fluent as she was, but she understands it perfectly well.

When people find out that I speak Spanish, and that I am half Mexican, they assume I have spoken it all my life. This is not the case, however; I was a stubborn child and my dad was a pushover, so we only spoke English in the home until I was a sophomore in high school. I took to learning Spanish like a duck to water, and eventually went on to earn a BA in Spanish. I consider myself fluent and literate; my degree is essentially an English degree, with all the reading of novels and literary analysis and writing of theses...just, in Spanish.

So that's the background, just so you understand where I'm coming from. Essentially, half my family is bilingual. The other half understands and knows enough to get around if necessary. And for the record, I prefer to buy my groceries from a self-checkout lane in Spanish. As in, I do it that way on purpose.

Enter Facebook. Lately there's been something going around on peoples' "like" lists, complaining about having to select a number to interact with an English-language menu when on the phone. Essentially, "WE'RE IN AMERICA* TALK IN ENGLISH." The one in question talks about the phone, but the root issue is that they're uncomfortable with the idea that English is just one option among others because there are many people in the US who do not speak English fluently enough to feel confident using it to conduct business. Things like this used to not bother me. Now?

Stop being an asshole. I am a native English speaker and as such, I actually comprehend how difficult English can be. There are no real rules--they call them rules, but there are more exceptions than anything, and some things just don't make sense at all. I didn't even begin to comprehend English grammar until I learned Spanish. The Spanish grammatical structure is elegant and simple, with very few exceptions to each rule, and the language is much more innately grammatically correct than anything in English. And the sad truth is that most native English speakers never learn to use their language to its full potential. Stop and listen sometime. "Don't aks me my bidness." "Nuculer reactor." "Contact the county you were born in." "Where are you at?" "I ain't going." "I seen it already."

No. "Do not ask me about my business." "NucLEAR reactor." "Contact the county in which you were born." "Where are you?" "I am not going." "I'VE seen it already." These are all examples of things that I have heard misused in a solely English-speaking environment in the last week. Don't even get me started on the written communications.

So. If someone can barely speak his or her own language, how do you think s/he would do if suddenly transplanted to a foreign country with a completely different culture and told to learn the language--sink or swim. And I also wonder how offended s/he would be if the natives treated them like crap while they were trying to learn and scorned and mocked them for their imperfect language skills. I just wonder.

For the most part, it's people who can speak only English who tend to complain a. Really? Really--tell me; how many other languages have you learned? What's that? None?'s a shame, really; I found my second language much easier to learn than my first--which made no sense when I was learning it--and remember, I essentially learned it as an adult. So you know what? Let me know when you've learned a second language. Even better, learn a third. Then you'll really have a leg to stand on. See, other languages are so much more elegant than English, and so much easier to learn...and you haven't even done that yet, so stop bitching.

There are many people on my friends list who speak multiple languages; I can't tell you how much I respect that. And most of them, they don't even live in the US. On the flipside, most of the US citizens I know haven't even bothered to try learning another language beyond "s'il vous plait" and "dónde está el baño." Or, you know, "Where the bathroom at, man?"

*It's the UNITED. STATES. Canada, Mexico, and the ALL of South and Central America can rightfully lay claim to the name "America." It's just that the US is arrogant enough to do so on a regular basis, as if it's the only country in two continents that actually matters.
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So this afternoon, it felt like I was having a catastrophically bad day. Within two hours, I had seemingly screwed up my entire case load (three hundred and five people, if you must know) and somebody wouldn't leave me alone about calling the doctor because I have some extremely undesirable symptoms involving my GI tract going on right now. In short, it sucked.

However, there's nothing like a little perspective to really focus you. That's why, tonight, I am celebrating. I'm celebrating being alive. )


Aug. 6th, 2010 05:06 pm
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My rats of choice have been reserved--BVR Pegasus and Cygnus, brothers from a litter named for various constellations. [ profile] dandytailor already asked if he and [ profile] superiorcap can be the ratties' godparents, and proposed to re-name them Napoleon and Wellington. I said yes to the godparents idea and we'll-see to the names. Other pair-names in the running include Peter/Neil, Jack/Stephen, Watson/Holmes, Cesar/Brutus, Tybalt/Mercutio, Merry/Pippin (although...our last guinea pig was Pippin, so...), Rush/Oliver, aaaand onward.

As a side note, the music video for Lady Gaga's Bad Romance freaks me out. It reminds me of the creepy child-eating eyeballs-in-hands creature from Pan's Labyrinth, which is just wrong.
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Now with furniture!

I managed to move all my furniture back into the room all-by-myself, which is no mean feat when you consider the couch was in my bedroom to begin with. I also managed to do so without mangling either myself or any of the woodwork, so yay! I did accidentally trap myself in the bedroom for a few minutes while getting the couch out, and had to crawl up and over the back (while it was on its side, which was slightly more difficult than if it had been on its feet), but nothing fell, nobody got hurt, and the couch is now where it belongs.

The printed curtain fabric has been ordered, and the FedEx tracking number tells me it should be here tomorrow. I'm planning on ordering a crap-ton of voile from Exclusive Silks for the sheers, since it's significantly cheaper than any of the decorator sheers available. That, however, is going to wait a bit, since the printed stuff wasn't cheap. But it'll be worth it! I feel like I'm on vacation someplace kind of fancy, sitting in there with the nice, clean white walls. Squee!
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Here's a quick and dirty photoshop "sketch" of what I want to do with the newly-painted front room. The windows, anyway.

The pink is a drapery print from Fabric Guru, with white sheer underneath. I think it'll be nice and cheerful with the white walls, and all my furniture is medium-to-dark, plus the dark floors. Of course, all this will be over a hundred dollars in fabric it may not happen right away. Or at least, not everything. But I like having a plan!


Jul. 28th, 2010 06:18 pm
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So, my landlord has spent the last few days painting the front room of my apartment. Today, I got a call that it was finished. (I've been staying with my parents to be out of the way, and to avoid paint fumes.)



I am unreasonably excited about decorating now.

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