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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 alone...so it may not happen right away. Or at least, not everything. But I like having a plan!


Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:49 am
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I had the best idea ever last night. I was at Hobby Lobby to get frames for a couple pictures, and decided to peruse the Christmas section. There were some really nice garlands, but I managed to only walk out with a couple strings of lights. As I was looking, though, I nearly tripped over a candle-holder. In my defense, it was five and a half feet tall wrought iron...and it was shaped like a lamp-post.

To which my first response was, "NARNIA THEMED CHRISTMAS PARTY!?!"

Oh man, that would be so cool. Someone needs to do that; I would totally go! The nerdy ten-year-old inside me is all full of squee.

Edit: ...Maybe I need to do that. I'm sure there's some way to creatively decorate my apartment...right?


Oct. 1st, 2009 09:53 pm
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Everybody, this is a public service announcement. I had a really horrible day. It was the kind of day where, when I left the office, I considered it a miracle that I'd gotten through the day without getting yelled at, lambasted, written up, or otherwise raked over the coals. I've been having mood swings, and I think my current "doctor" is messing with my head. My grandpa is having cataract surgery, and if I'd had a cat, it would have barfed on my rug. That kind of day.

I was going to post about how horrible my day was and emotional whiplash and all sorts of over-thinking emo nonsense. Then I sat down to My Life is Average. It pretty much made my day. It's basically a collection of everyday stuff that random people found amusing, awesome, or otherwise remarkable. 99% of it at least made me smirk a little, and some of it sparked an actual shout of delighted laughter. Well worth a look!


Sep. 10th, 2009 05:47 pm
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It seems that LJ Archive is working for me again. I know I saw some scattered dismay over errors a few weeks ago, so just throwin' that out there!
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So that's what I get for letting Tyler use my computer. *sigh* Although I will admit that I'm less shocked that he took advantage of a situation to hijack my journal, and more surprised at the brilliance of tagging the entry with the appropriate LJ tag. Well played, Mister Putman.

Also, I'd never seen a full tux before he unbagged his in the hotel room about five minutes ago.


Jul. 23rd, 2009 11:25 pm
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I can't turn my brain off; if I could, I would, occasionally. Stop thinking about things and just...whatever. But I can't. So I just let myself overthink and keep a journal to help me articulate the non-stop hamster wheel inside my head.


I do have alternative offerings for those of you who are tired of listening to me run in circles inside my own head.

They're called "Mapaches" in Spanish.
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Very rarely do I have the kind of morning where I sit back and say, "Well. This is so fantastic that I'm not going to be able to top it, so I might as well quit and go home now." But that's what happened this morning. I logged into my email to find a notification from Facebook that Mike had posted on my wall. He spent last night building a website for one of his classes, during which I was "on call" if he had any questions. He never did call, and apparently figured everything out. So this morning he Facebook'd me a link. Here's his website.

That in and of itself made my morning. I mean...right? Go take a look; and yes, that's the paper that I typed for him last week. But then I logged in to Facebook to post a congratulatory message on his wall, only to be confronted with this )

I just...I really don't think anything is going to be able to top the both of those things combined for entertainment value. Like, both within a half hour? Not going to be able to beat that.


Apr. 6th, 2009 03:04 pm
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Yeah, okay, so compared to the CRAZY PEOPLE that all my coworkers have been interviewing today? My customers really are angels. Just wow.
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Someone asked me why I like dressing up so much.

I...really don't have a good answer for that. So help me out, costumey people. Why do you wear costumes?


Oct. 11th, 2008 01:43 pm
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You guys, I am so happy right now. Holly found Dave the Barbarian on Toon Disney. OMG!


Jul. 10th, 2008 12:27 am
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Okay, guys, I'm sorry I haven't had time to reply individually to everyone's congratulations and well-wishes on the new job. The reason? The new job. And the old one.

See, I had to give my two weeks' notice at Hobby Lobby at roughly the same time I started training at the new place, so for the past week I've been doing morning training and closing shifts at the HobLob. That means I'm fourteen hours out of the house and when I get back home I pretty much just collapse. Not a lot of free time.

Anyway, I really do appreciate y'all's support, both while I was interviewing and after I accepted the offer. Everyone here and at work has been really great about all this and I really appreciate it.

On Sunday, my family and I went to RenFaire. I put pictures up on my Flickr account, as well as two new pages for the corsets I made (for Holly and Sarah, the two sisters o' mine) on my actual website.

Also on Flickr are photos of the storm damage to my backyard. As of today, the ash tree (the 80+ foot monstrosity) is just a stump, most of the beech tree (that the ash fell on) is shaved away, and the Ottawa Co. park people have removed a giant tangle of dead pine and sassafras trees that were leaning against the back of the beech tree. We're hoping the beech has enough foliage left to survive, even though it's not as pretty as it used to be.

On the bright side, now we can plant some poplar trees. Mom's been wanting them the whole nine years we've been here. Also, miraculously enough, there was absolutely no damage to the shed.

Holy crap.

Jul. 4th, 2008 10:47 pm
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So since I last posted (in roughly this order):
  • We had a really big storm. It's probably the worst one I remember having here in the nine years we've been living in this house. It uprooted an ~80 foot ash tree in our backyard and pushed it down onto the beech tree next to it. God between us and evil, it fell sideways instead of directly on the house.
  • The storm was really bad. We lost power that afternoon, a Wednesday, and only just got power back at about 10 on Friday. The original prediction was that we wouldn't have power until tomorrow at 11, so that's good.
  • My dad recently switched all our services over to Comcast instead of having a separate phone line and cable/internet, so after the first twelve hours of no electricity, we lost the phone as well. I'm the only one in the house with a decent cell phone plan, so my phone has been the only phone we've had for three days.
  • [livejournal.com profile] lachwen called me on Wednesday night--"I'm at home all alone and I couldn't go to work because there was a live power line on my car and my neighbor's tree caught on fire!" So I went over and used her electricity (which was still on, oddly enough) to sew a corset for my sister Sarah.
  • Ross, the company that wanted to employ me, checked my references, couldn't get a hold of Jeff from MSHP, and asked me for another reference.
  • I got and accepted an official job offer! I'm starting training 8:30 Monday morning. The 16th will be my last day at Hobby Lobby (eek!) and I start full time at Ross on Thursday the 17th. It's a real, honest-to-God, grown-up, wear-a-suit-to-work job. In my field. Wow.

Lots going on. Oh, and my parents discovered that someone stole two bicycles from in front of our house last night, which sucked, speculating that it was fallout from the neighborhood's power being out--no lights or security systems or anything. I'm also just finishing up a pair of stays for Holly to wear to Faire on Sunday. My hand needed a break before I finish up the tabs, so I'm going to go to Meijer. I need to look at purses since my little haversack that Mike made me isn't really office-appropriate.

Holy crap.

Apr. 25th, 2008 07:09 pm
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Okay, in order to fully understand me, here, you have to understand one thing: I am an IDIOT with small electronics. I'm pretty good with computers, but usually only because we have a cautiously suspicious relationship with each other. Other appliances? Forget it. If I want to watch a DVD on the TV set, I hand the remote to Holly. "Here, could you set that up for me?" When I bought my cell phone, I ordered it online and it was shipped to my house, where Holly opened the packaging and set it up for me before bringing it to Mackinaw City for me. I break office equipment simply by walking into the room. And game systems? FORGET IT. It took me half an hour (with Tyler's help) to figure out the Wii when we visited Kate a few weeks back.

That explanation aside, we got new cable TV yesterday. It's...well, I think it's digital cable. I don't really know, because once again--MORON at small electronics. There's a brand-new box sitting on top of the TV now, and that's how you change the channels. That's all I know, except for the fact that now we get a hell of a lot more channels than I've ever had before in my life. We have TOON DISNEY. TOON! DISNEY!

One problem, though. I am terrified of the remote control. It's a monster; literally, it's the length of my forearm. And there are all sorts of buttons that have labels that MAKE NO SENSE. I mean...gah? I had to have Holly turn the TV on for me before she left for her play this evening and show me how to navigate the channels because otherwise I'd be home alone with no clue how to even make the TV turn on, much less change the channel. *FLAIL* TOO MANY CHOICES. TAKE ME BACK TO RUSSIA!
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Sometimes when I tell myself, "you should be sewing" or "you should be painting," I sit and think instead.

I think one of my favorite things is the use of, "Hey, you," as a greeting. Said in the right tone between friends, it can be incredibly endearing and affectionate.

Of course, tone has everything to do with it. "Hey! You!" shouted across a room isn't nearly as charming, obviously.
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Walker, Texas Ranger is on USA?


Awesome story-quiz-thing. I laughed. )
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Last Wednesday, I got in a car accident. Today, I cut my thumb open at work.

Gross! Story and large picture beneath. )

I even worked the rest of my shift after the fact, though I did take a nap once I got home.

Edited 1:25 a.m.: I can't decide what's more annoying. The way my arm hurts from holding my hand above my heart, or the way my thumb throbs when I give up and let my arm hang for more than thirty seconds. Maybe I should just go to bed. Again.


Jan. 22nd, 2008 05:04 pm
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So...Heath Ledger is dead?
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It's a well-known fact around here that I do not do plants. I killed a jade plant...three times. That's supposed to be nigh unto impossible. And I've done it thrice. Oops.

However, I grew up with a very specific set of plants in my yard. I miss them. All through my childhood, I had a dogwood tree right outside my bedroom window, with bright pink-fuchsia blossoms, and several spirea, or "bridal veil" bushes that made perfect little "secret forts," because of the high-arcing branches and thick cascades of tiny white blossoms.

Ever since we moved in, my mom has been talking about getting a couple spirea shrubs or maybe a dogwood tree. It's been almost ten years now, and we still do not have either.

So I bought two brightly-glazed gorgeous ceramic pots at work today. They're on the large side for pots (very heavy), though not as big as what we're calling "urns" this year. I found a really affordable nursery that sells online; I'm ordering some shrubbery. They'll live in pots for a while because they ship small, and obviously I can't plant them right now, as it is currently twenty-three degrees out and there are six inches of snow on the ground.

I might be asking for trouble, but I have a lot of enthusiasm for the plan right now. And it's kind of like the French regimental in that a gauntlet has been thrown. Several poor souls at work foolishly told me I couldn't do it--so now it's simply got to happen. And it has to happen right, which means that I am not allowed to end up with dead plants this time.
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Why this counts as a potential disaster )

(She's nodding at me as I type this, so I'm assuming what I'm saying is pretty accurate.) On the other hand, if anyone falls in love with that color and wants to buy it for the price of six yards of blue silk taffeta, we could negotiate.

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