Thursday, October 18, 2007

Just another post

Stress is definitely getting the better of me. I had two articles due for Costume Maker Magazine by the today and I barely got them in yesterday with an hour to spare. I wrote three articles for the upcoming issue (due out in Nov!) hopefully all will be used. I haven’t gotten an e-mail back from the girl I submit it to so the last two I submitted may have been nixed. The first I wrote was easy enough, the second was not much harder, but the last one I wrote was a real pain. And I’m not talking I hate the topic pain, it was a I don’t know where to go with it, its such a broad topic that I can’t hope to touch on all of it in one article but I can sum it all up in one sentence hard, if that makes any sense. Anyway, it’s done now, I’ll post as to what’s finally put in the magazine.

Yes people that is my playstaton right now. See I got this bright idea that I was going to paint my playstation red. Not just a dull red but a shiny metallic red. So I had the fiancée take the playstation apart so I could paint it, mind you I can only do one piece at a time cause I still want to be able to play. It still works in this form, it just looks really really really pathetic.

Lets see for Nariko I have this done so far:

Circlet- needs on small piece, then another coat of gold and sealent

Hairsticks- need lighter swirls painted on then done

Top- in pattern needs cut out, sewn, and painted

Skirt- in same condition as the top

Bloomers- still need to be found

Leg warmers- still need to be cut out, sewn, and painted

Tabi socks- in the same condition as the bloomers

Sandels- painted, need one more coat and sealent

Cape- needs fabric and to be made

Sword- probably won’t get done

Saw 3:10 to Yuma today. I enjoy westerns so I enjoyed this, most of the time I was watching the horses as the story isn’t really hard to keep up with. It was still enjoyable though, a definite change of pace from the constant action I’m used to seeing. Anyway, I have a book to write and one to read. ^_^

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Just another post

Well as I've decided what I am going to for Halloween I've also got my con schedule ready. This year since I have some from previous cons I can cut back on the constant making of costumes and only premier one per con, which means I am going to be working on other peoples costumes. I believe I'll have to do most of my finacee's (he's doing his own props tg) but I may also have to be doing my brothers. So looks like I'm not going to get a real break from the sewing machine.
On the upside I the plan is to hit about six cons, all starting with AnimeSTL which is in March and one a month till the big blow out of Otakon in Aug. I dunno if I will be able to attend the con in June though because a friend of mine is going to be married and of course its the same weekend.
I've also picked up a sorta part time job in writing for a cosplay magazine. I won't be paid but at the same time I will have some of my work out there which looks great on a resume. I'll post more on it as I know more.
Lets see as of right now here's how the costumes are looking:
Halloween- Nariko: still in need of a sword, fabric, leather and paint. But I already have paint for the fabric, wonderflex for the belt, and a pattern
AnimeSTL- Howl: since I was going to do this costume and ran out of time I have the supplies I just need to make the jacket and work on the wig and tweak a few little things
Mireille- I need to dye her shirt and make the skirt, polish the shoes I'm wearing and decide what wig looks best for her not to mention that now that I have some time before I'm going to be in it that I decided that I'm going to make her purse too so I have to do all of that
The rest of my costumes I may have little pieces here and there done but I still have the bulk of them to do. oh joy
As for the Akabane costume, its down to a hat and a trench (thankfully he already had a black tie and all).

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Been awhile...

Yes Yes I know its been awhile since I last posted but I haven't had the time or energy to sit down and type. Well I have been typing just not any blogging. Lets see, I just got back from the Smoky Mountains for those of you who didn't know. Mark and I spent a week there, it was absolutely gorgeous and we had a great time. It was nice to go and see some of the attractions because when Mum and I were there last we either were hiking or looking for things to do indoors because of the rain. This time I got to go go-karting and actually walk around in Gatlinburg and see the shops not just drive by. I have a shit load of pictures uploaded into Facebook already and have at least another two or three albums worth on my hard drive yet. Here's one, another, and another. I'll post links when I get the rest resized and uploaded.
I'm not really liking Mum being home she's nit-picking cause she's mad at me. So I wish I remembered when she left for Hawaii, yea she's leaving for Hawaii and no I'm not going. She Grandma and one of Grandma's friends are going. Its a small cruise ship that island hops, I offered my camera but I don't think she's going to take me up on it. Oh well I suppose that means that I just need to go on my own and take my own pics.
I said that I have been typing, I've been working on my Yu-Yu Hakusho fan fic. Gotten a few pages done, its starting to take shape. I think that my original idea is going to have to be saved for another fic though. This just seems to be running in a different direction.
Here's a sample:

“And you must be Ms. Alexia Craig?” The dark haired American spun.


“Mr. Kuraza told me that Dr. Shijo had asked to speak with you alone. I was hoping I’d meet you before I got back to my office, I’m Mr. Takamiya with Student Affairs.”

“Oh. Hi.”

“Well this is your room key, you have a double, shared with,” he glanced down at his clipboard, “Ms. Anna de Fleur of France.” Alex mentally groaned. The two had arrived in Tokyo about the same time and had been shuttled to the University at the same time. She didn’t like her. She was too cute, too perky, too obsessed with her looks to be an archaeologist. This wasn’t Tomb Raider, it wasn’t Indiana Jones or Sahara. It wasn’t glamorous. It was dirty, it was usually in in-hospitable conditions, you slept in bug infested beds and drank dirty water, for Christ’s sake you got dirt under your fingernails! That’s why it was called fieldwork and not paperwork! How Anna had made the team Alex wasn’t sure. But she hoped that the girly-girl persona was just put on because if not she was going to be in for a rude awakening. “Room 308, your in dorm B” she took the keys. “The dining hall is open from seven in the morning to about eight on weeknights and seven on weekends. You’ll need this pass for meals, and this pass to get into class till your student ID is made.” He handed the laminated cards to her. “Lets see, student lounge is on the second floor, no overnight guests, no consumption of alcohol on school grounds -- sorry I know your over the age but we have some students that aren’t, lets see, dorm doors lock at nine you’ll need this key to get in after hours.” he handed a plastic card that reminded her of a hotel key. ”Here is the information on other student activities and such, my card is stapled to the front in case you have any questions. I handed the packet that had the campus map to Ms. de Fleur, but you’ve already been in the Archaeology Lab, we’ll do a tour tomorrow for anyone who wants it, otherwise any questions?”


“Oh yes, that’s right you do have a vehicle pass.” He fished around in the stack of papers in his arms. “Here it is, for a motorcycle, preferred parking. On your campus map those parking lots are the ones in yellow.”

“Thank you.”

“If that’s all…”

“I believe so”

“Have a good night and welcome again!” he quickly started on down the hall. Alex adjusted the new load of papers in her arms and started up the sidewalk to her new abode.

I have decided what I'm going to be for Halloween. And this year it is *cue drum roll* Nariko from Heavenly Sword. For those of you unfamiliar with Heavenly Sword its a soon to be released (Sept. 12) PS3 game. Here's the official site and a couple of pics to give you the idea. The hard part for me is deciding if the detail on her "kimono" is purple or green. In the original concept art it looks purple in the nice promo pics it looks green but in the gameplay it looks purple again!

Friday, June 1, 2007

A long post

So today starts a long couple of weeks. Mark is now aboard his cruise ship and headed to Jamaica and I won’t really get to talk to him till he’s back. Doesn’t help that we live far enough apart that even when he’s home its not really feasible see each other during the week because he has to be up so early. I know I’m welcome to visit but I’m not going to be the cause of him being super tired or anything so looks like we’ll be seeing each other on the few three day weekends that he gets. He keeps apologizing for not being around, which is on my nerves. I know he feels bad about being “gone” but there is nothing that we can do to change it, and its not like it’s either of our faults. I can understand feeling bad about it because I kinda feel bad that my schedule is so fucked up that I have to all but beg for days off, so anything spontaneous is out of the question, but it’s not either of our faults so he has no reason to apologize, much less like five times every night.

Looks like the 16th will be a very busy day for me. A friend of mine is getting married (btw does anyone know if we can bring guests?) as well as the Tool concert. Currently I’m redoing the dress I bought for the wedding. It has a white ribbon around the waist and I think I’m going to do red, it also had some tooling around the hem and well that had to go. She kinda told us impromptu, but whatever if she’s happy. Bachelorette party is this sat, we have no idea what to do for her cause some of the other girls aren’t old enough to drink so that puts some major limits on what sorts of trouble we can get into, not that those of us who are old enough can’t take her out later (and apparently I’m the person to take everyone, cause I have two 21st b-day parties to do -_-“ I should start a service) See? This was from the last b-day I did. LJ was wasted before the night was over, and I left after number 19 when I got Katie to promise to get two more in her.

Course I had promised that I would do one shot with her, and since she likes fruity it was a Scooby Snack I bought for us. Malibu coconut rum, Midori melon liqueur, crème de bananas, pineapple juice, and whipped cream. I don’t recall ours having whipped cream but it was very good with or without.

Work was blah, it was slow, very slow to be exact. I think I did nothing of value all day. Which suited me fine cause I was tired, just didn’t want to drag myself out of bed, sleep was far more important. One of our managers found out that he will be moving to another store as of next week, he’s known for awhile that they were going to move him but they had never said where to, so Taryn and I decided that we needed to throw him a party, management is okay with that so I think Wed morning before she goes in we were going to go get decorations, along with decorations for sat. We have to come up with a couple of gag gifts so we’re racking our brains.

I think for my Harry Potter costumes I’m going to wear my blonde Howl wig. I never got around to cutting it so its still long, then if I get some grey contacts I will look like a female Malfoy. The idea dawned on me earlier and I was like meh why not? Otherwise it’ll be awhile before that wig sees any use, and a couple of people have told me that I make a pretty good blonde. That same weekend Taryn and I are supposed to go see Rocky Horror so I’ll probably be in my black wig so looks like I’m going to be everything but me in July.

As many of you know two of my cats had kittens. These are of the younger ones. Maybe fourteen days old, probably not that. They are soooo cute, and so tiny that they fit in the palm of my hand! I’m keeping the black one, or at least I plan on it. The others, well I’m hoping MB will take one, and the rest… dunno they disappear when they grow up anyway so…. The pics were taken with my phone so don’t gripe about the quality…

And since I’m on the photo kick, here is my cousin attempting to ether on a tire. Needless to say it was a complete and total failure and they ended up having to put a tube in it…

And out of boredom….

1.) Do you talk in your sleep?
Not usually, though I have a couple of times.

2.) Red Jello or Blue Jello?
Dunno, I don’t eat much Jello

3.) Whats the song thats getting on your nerves right now?
none that I can think of

4.) Current Crush?
not crushing, we’re past that

5.) What's your favorite color?

6.) Window seat or aisle seat?

7.) Ever met anyone famous?

8.) Do you feel that you've had a truly successful life?
I’m not that old!

9.) Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it?
Twirl usually

10.) Dr. Phil or Oprah Winfrey?

11) Basketball or Football?

12.) How long do your showers last?
Until I’m out of hot water

13.) Do you know how to drive?
Yea, love to drive

14.) Do you want any piercings?
No I think 3 is plenty

15.) Are you self-conscious?
Can be

16.) Have you ever given money to a bum?

17.) Can you jog 5k without stopping?
Dunno I don’t run

18). Where do you wish you were?

19. Have you ever ridden in an ambulance?
Don’t think so

20. Can you tango?
Yes I love to dance

21.) Last gift you received?
couple three tee shirts

22.) Last sport you played?

23.) Things you spend a lot of money on?
gas, psp

24.) Last gift you gave?

25.)Do you have a bank account?

26) Favorite FAST food restaurant?
Don’t like fast food

27) Most hated food(s)

28) Can you sing?
not really

29) Last person you called
Taryn or Mark

And just to brag, I just got an 85 in Guitar Hero 2, Sweet Child of Mine on hard. Booyah!

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Lots to say..

Lets see where should I begin?  Wed night was Guitar Hero night with the boys.  Ended up just being a few of us but it was still a lot of fun, and apparently I'm pretty damn good at it.  I mean I usually play on hard/medium depending on the song (I will own you sweet child of mine! Just you wait!!!) and one of the guys plays exclusively on hard and the other that was able to make it was like me and played on a combo but I get a higher percentage *gloating*.  He even admitted I'm better!  Anyway, we'll all need to do that again.  And according to RedOctane they're making a Guitar Hero 80's edition due out this summer and of course 3 is due out this fall.  *hint hint some of us have birthdays in the fall....* 

Last night went out and saw Pirates 3.  The place was packed!!! I mean I got there about twenty minutes early cause I had to save like five seats and the only place that their were more then about three together were in the very front section *ickyness* but anyway the movie was fantastic.  I loved the Jack going insane parts.  Hell I could spend all night saying I liked this part and that, its hard to pick a fav!  I really liked the marriage though, I want one as cool as that if I don't elope.  And I wonder if they're going to make a forth?  They kinda left you hanging as to what happens to Elizabeth or even Davy Jones... I'm going to see it again with Mark probably Sunday. 

Holy shit its almost one in the morning, I'd better be heading to bed so I can get up and go back to work *can you hear how happy I am?* I'll post more later when I have time!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007


I'm no good at the archery thing *sarcasm*

Number three

Go on laugh it up, I start a blog and miss my third post. I have a good reason though, normally I would call this person a friend, currently I'm not quite sure if I want to call them that, so we'll say acquaintance for ease of reference, has done something very, how to put this lightly, stupid? See she was once dating a guy that in all honesty I never really liked, but never really disliked. He simply isn't the kind of person that I associate myself with. But she was happy and as her friend I supported her. Then came the fighting and the drama. He lied, she took him back. I told her then that he wasn't worth it. Finally he had done something else and they broke up. I was happy for her, it was a big step in the right direction. She could do lots better. Then he became a lil drama queen and talked about her at work. This went on for sometime. She was unhappy, and rather mad at him. I was itching for a chance to hand this guy his ass. Finally he backed off some, then she tells me that she's 'casually dating' him again. I was irked. I didn't understand. Why would you go back to someone that not only had hurt you in the first place, but one that all of your friends had said were bad for you? I mean, I'm going to be honest with anyone if they ask my opinion. But whatever, if getting hurt again is what's going to teach her that if someone is worth having they won't make you cry, that they won't hurt you, then I figured she would have to learn it the hard way because apparently I had wasted my breath. Now comes the part that really has been bothering me. Its not that she's now officially dating him again, that is an element, yes. Its the way I found out. See in high school my friends and I were honest with each other because we respected each other. I many times had to tell friends something that was either uncomfortable for me or for them or for both of us. I didn't do it because I enjoyed it, I did it because I respected them enough that I wanted them to hear it from me and not from someone else second hand. I mean theirs few things worse then someone knowing more details about one of your closest friends then you. Especially when they've had the opportunity to tell you and neglected it. I know its not easy to do, but I respected them more for having the guts to tell me, then letting me find out from a third party. Now see that's not what happened with her. She knew I'd disapprove, so she neglected to mention anything to me. I found out from my brother, who barely knows her, that she was dating him. And he found out from facebook! It would be one thing if he had seen her earlier in the evening and I hadn't spoken with her. But I had and he hadn't! I feel insulted. I mean she may as well have come up and slapped me in the face. Yes I wouldn't have liked what she told me, I still think she's going to get her heart broken and I don't want to see that, but I would have had more respect for her for standing up and doing it. Now I doubt everything she's said. What other details has she neglected to mention because she didn't want to upset me? I feel like I'm being childish and a drama queen but it doesn't change that her actions make me feel like I've been slapped.

And then theirs the whole she's dating him again. I told her the last time they broke up that he isn't worth it. I mean if he really cares for you, he's not going to fuck up that first chance. And if he does then he's not worth it. I suppose I'm spoiled in some ways, I watched my mother go through a divorce and I saw what an effect it had, not only on her but on everyone. I personally never want to live though it again, so I would never date someone who was okay with seeing me hurt. Then I was also stupid enough to get into an off an on relationship when I was a year or so younger then what she is now. I remember what its like, but unlike her I never have needed a relationship to determine my self worth. I don't have to be dating someone to enjoy life. I'm comfortable and content with my own company. Now granted I do enjoy and miss the presence of the person I'm dating now, but remember I'm a few years older and looking for things in a relationship she isn't. See in my eyes the only possible reason that she is going back to him is because she's dependent on him. Maybe she thinks she can't do any better, I dunno.
Then she says that she doesn't really trust him, but hopes she will more day by day. I'm sorry that's not how a relationship works. I trust Mark completely. I have no doubts, that not only what he says is genuine but that his actions are too. I've never been in a relationship where I didn't trust them, admittedly to different degrees but I still did otherwise why would you be exclusive to a person that wasn't reciprocating?
"Please. You are not talking about love- mutual regard, admiration, respect, thoughtfulness, openness, acceptance, honesty, etc.- you are talking about desperate dependency, a sad attachment of familiarity. Familiarity can be a deadly trap. The convenience, the routine, the time invested, the daily structure, provide an intense pull. Combine that with a fear of the unknown both in the world and in yourself and you have a recipe for quicksand. You're not going anywhere. What motivates moving on? For some, the pain of where they are just gets too great. For others, it is the glimmer of hope and the attractiveness of new possibilities, provided by role models and books like this."- Ten Stupid Things Women Do To Mess Up Their Lives, Dr. Laura Schlessinger

Part of me wants to let her read that book, it would do her a world of good. I know I have no place to tell her who to date, but I do have a say in how she treats me, and at the moment if she thinks that 'protecting' me from what she is doing is how to keep my friendship, then she is wrong. I'll take an uncomfortable conversation long before I'll take being protected. Besides with all the ways we have to communicate anymore, its not like you have to say things face to face, a text message, an offline message, e-mail. She had no reason to try to hide that from me. So yea I'm still mad, I'm not fuming, but I'm certainly not happy.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Oi interesting day. I had to work from noon to five which really wasn't that bad, I mean the managers left me alone so it could have been a lot worse. I could have done without the constant ringing of the phone but their wasn't a whole shit load of returns the way it usually is on Wednesday. I'm ready to kill my dog, for those of you who haven't had the pleasure of meeting Ace...

Yea that's him looking so cute and innocent, he's not. Tonight I took he and Rex out on a walk on the farm, nothing new. But I was about 3/4 of the way home and I had to go though a fence so I stopped and realized that Ace hadn't caught up with Rex and I. I waited. Nothing. I called. Nothing. I started backtracking and calling. Nothing. By this point I've been yelling for the dog for probably twenty minutes and I'm getting horse, the sun's setting, its getting rather cold and I'm pissed to put it very mildly. I spent probably a good half an hour yelling for that damn dog and nothing. Notta. Zip. Zilch. I'm to the point where I pretty much told him that he could just sleep out in the woods and I was going home. So I hike my ass up Mt. Olympus and lo and behold moron is laying that the top of the hill and looking at me like 'where the fuck you been pokey?' To add to that he reaks. I don't mean like wow stinky dog, I mean he didn't just get skunked he'd mated with one or something he's horrible!!! I mean my eyes were watering when he just walked by me! And you could taste it, that's probably the worst cause its like it won't go away, it just lingers. Stupid dog, as many times as he's been skunked you'd think that he'd realized that playing with the lil black and white critter means stink... Apparently he hasn't made that connection. Tomorrow I get to mow the lawn (can you sense the excitement?) I hate that job. I'm probably going to get a sinus infection. The one thing I'm allergic to and I get the job. Yay me. Speaking of jobs though, I haven't heard back from anything yet but hey its only a couple of days after I turned in an app. *crosses fingers* I want out of that store so bad. And as those of you who are serial readers know, I'm a notorious quiz thief so he's my latest stolen piece:


Name: Tal, Kat, Red I answer to about anything.
Birth date: 09-20
Birth place: KY
Current Location: home
Favorite Color: I’ve been on a red binge lately but I have a lot of favorites, love black though.
Hair Color: Red. Very bright red.
Righty or Lefty: Right
Zodiac Sign: Virgo

Your heritage: Irish (very obvious), Scottish, some German and a lil Native American.
What shoes did you wear today: Heels and tennies
Your weakness: Howling of a coyote. Gives me the chills.
Your fears: Lycans.
Your perfect pizza: Super thick crust and only cheese.
Goal you'd like to achieve: Travel around the world and somehow get paid for it.

Your most overused phrase: ‘no comment’, or 'this should be on guitar hero' maybe.
Your thoughts first waking up: I hate you alarm!
Your best physical feature: I get told different things, I dunno… eyes?
Your bedtime: Sometime in the early hours of the morning.
Your most missed memory: Hanging out with some of my buds in HS.

Pepsi or Coke: Pepsi if I have to choose… RC please!
McDonald's or Burger King: Burger King
Adidas or Nike: Adidas or Puma.
Lipton Tea or Nestea: Don’t care.
Chocolate or vanilla: Chocolate usually, depends though I like vanilla ice cream.
Cappuccino or coffee: Coffee

Smoke: no way in hell.
Cuss: yea, nasty habit
Have a crush(es): Meh, I think we’re past that stage.
Liked high school: Hated the people.
Believe in yourself: Self inflating ego.
Get motion sickness: Nope, like a rock.
Think you're a health freak: I’m beginning to get that way…
Get along with your parents: Yea, its rare we have a real fight.
Like thunderstorms: *nod*

Drank alcohol: Am right now…
Gone on a date: yep
Gone to the mall: Unfortunately… I needed games damn it!
Been on stage: Not that I recall…
Eaten sushi: I don’t do fish.
Been dumped: Not this month.
Gone skating: wanted to.
Gone skinny dipping: nope.
Dyed your hair: Never.

Played a game that required removal of clothing: probably and don’t remember it.
Gotten beaten up: No, you hit me your getting your ass handed to you.
Changed who you were to fit in: Ha no way.

Age you hope to be married: Whenever its right, age is nothing but a number.
Numbers of Children: none.
Describe your dream wedding: Can we elope and just throw a party?

Best eye color?: I love blue eyes but I don’t care.
Best hair color?: I have this thing for blonde's but again theirs more to a person.
Short or long hair: Whatever.
Best first date location: idk.
Style: fun, intelligent, witty, smart alek.

Number of people I can trust: I can county them on one hand.
Number of CD's I own: I unno, fifty? I d/l everything now.
Number of piercings: 3.
Number of tattoos: none, save the sharpie ones I randomly give myself.
Number of times been on TV: A few times.
Number of times my name has appeared in the Newspaper?: Never bothered to look.
Number of scars on my body: A ton, damn you dirt bike!
Number of things in my past that I regret: Nothing.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

First and foremost

The first post with a new blog, how... unexciting? This makes number three for those of you just tuning in, and looks like I'll have to get you up to speed. Don't read with any expectations and you may learn something, provided I actually say something worth learning. Usually I won't, once and awhile I just feel the need to be profound. The whole point of starting this thing is to get me back into writing, as I am out of class for the summer and don't want to loose any skills I may have gained during the last semester. My goal is to update once a day, so we'll see how long I can keep it up before life gets to hectic. And that's all you need to know now.
Currently I'm watching Casino Royale... makes time number three I think. Still love that opening song, problem is it gets stuck in my head. Makes for a good ringtone though.
I'm hunting for a new job my current one is ... well our management needs some major help. I've worked my ass off for the past six months and have had two Saturdays (not even Sundays!) off the entire time. Then they threw a fit when I asked off for one of them even though someone else was also scheduled to work the same day. After that little stunt and a few that they've thrown on my fellow employees I'm turning in my application other places. I'm kinda hoping for a call back from one of the local bars, I think bartending would be a lot of fun and well I could make a lot better money doing that then selling makeup. So cross your fingers for me.
You know, with Mark gone basically all summer and Taryn spending all of her time working (And when are we going to play racquetball hmm missy?!) I've come up with a few ways to keep myself busy this summer. I need to call and see if its offered but I want to get back into ballet, I loved and hated it as a kid but I think it would be good for me. Then I also ran off with Mark's Fender so I'll see what I can do about learning how to play guitar. I'm owning at Guitar Hero so maybe some of it can transfer over. ... I dunno what else to say at the moment, so I'll shut up... until later!