sabine: (Be more than what you seem)
I'm a couple days late on this. I blame a child who only wants to eat well at night and plays all day. Also, there's too much good college football on TV.

In the last decade I:
  • Finished college
  • Started a doctorate, but finished with a master's
  • Fell in and out of love
  • Visited new countries
  • Worked as a science teacher, science researcher, and as IT tech
  • Figured out my ideal job, but haven't yet been able to get it
  • Lived in two states and at several addresses
  • Adopted the sweetest and laziest greyhound of all. Dingbat dog.
  • Got a cell phone
  • Watched far too much football
  • Finally became friends with my little sister
  • Made some good decisions and some really bad ones, and learned from them both
  • Gained weight, lost it, gained it, lost it, and gained it again
  • Had my hair as short as it's ever been, as long as it's ever been, and many different colors of red
  • Gave up on contact lenses


I learned:
  • That antidepressants work much better when you take the entire daily dose every day
  • What a pain scale score of 10 really means
  • How to throw pottery
  • That dance class is the highlight of my week
  • How to apologize and repair friendships
  • Correct posture
  • How to sew clothes, garb, and quilts
  • That sushi is delicious
  • How to have friendships that last a decade
  • That my daughter's smile is the absolute best thing ever and mostly makes up for the 9 months of physical awfulness it took to get her
  • How to game and how to run them
  • That I shouldn't be allowed into JoAnn's, Hobby Lobby, Lush, or a used bookstore by myself
  • How to tell when my mental state is bad enough that I need to check myself into the psych ward
  • That marriage is a series of compromises and that being married to your best friend is awesome
  • How to ask for and accept help when I need it and that there are certain people who will always be there for me no matter what
  • That maybe I'm not such a bad person as I tend to think I am
  • That health insurance is worth its weight in gold


I bought:
  • A wedding dress
  • Plane tickets
  • Boat tickets
  • An old car and a new car
  • A house
  • Baby clothes
  • More books than I know what to do with
  • Far too much cloth, yarn, and cross-stitch stuff


I celebrated:
  • My friends' weddings
  • New babies
  • My own wedding
  • My sister's wedding, even though I couldn't be there
  • The beginning of the decade on the banks of the Thames with friends and the end on my couch with my husband.
  • Birthdays including being able to legally drink, rent a car for less, and the big 3-0
  • Many holidays with friends and family


There were some really crappy times and some amazing ones. I'm looking forward to the 10s to see what happens next!
sabine: (Gleeful evil genius)
  1. Banana-pecan pancakes make for a delicious breakfast. I was attacked by frozen bananas last night and this is one way of using them up. Mmm...pancakes...

  2. All the pieces for Emi's first beladi dress are cut out and stacked in the order of sewing. I just have to set up my sewing machine and find my needles. She's going to be SO COMPLETELY ADORABLE at the hafla on the 17th.

  3. My muppet belt is coming along nicely. There are four different yarns on it now and I have a couple more to finish filling it out. I need to dig out some black fabric to use as backing, since the belt base is already stretching too much to wear, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I'm considering using a brocade or something instead of just plain black to give it a different look, but that depends heavily on what I can find in my fabric stash.

  4. If I smile at Emi, she will smile back.

  5. It's FALL! It's cool outside, the leaves are turning, I have football on TV, and pumpkins and apples are both in season. This is my favorite time of year by far. I love Halloween, I love the food, I love the way this part of the year feels. It never lasts long enough, but I'm very glad to be back in autumn again.
sabine: (pooch and percival snoozing)
Last Monday started out as pretty much every other Monday this year has gone. I grumble when my alarm goes off, let the dog out, fix some cereal, feed the dog, and sit in front of my light box while reading Facebook, Twitter, or webcomics. True, it was Peanut's due date, but since she hadn't made so much as a peep of wanting to escape, I updated Facebook that I wasn't expecting to have the child.

I went to take a shower and noticed quite a lot of bloody show. I was immediately concerned, but since they'd told me to both expect it and that it could be several days yet before true labor, I tried to not worry. That resolve lasted about as long as it takes to wash my hair. I decided to call Triage to get their opinion, just to make sure.

They said to come in, just in case.
This got really long and somewhat descriptive. FYI )
sabine: (MirrorMask)
I am about halfway through Pendragon. It's an RPG system designed to let you play a Knight of the Round Table. It looks like fun, though I don't know if I'd rather run or play. Either way, I think I'd need to finish reading the game mechanics and then do some background reading on Arthur.

I'm also about halfway through Zoe's Tale, the most recent novel in the Old Man's War universe by John Scalzi. I've been reading his blog for a while and heard good things about his writing. I'm not usually a fan of sci-fi genre, but these books totally pulled me in. I have devoured them and am sad that soon I will be out of story.

Though yesterday dawned cold and dreary, I was happy. This meant that the farmers' market wasn't terribly crowded, even though we showed up later than I would have liked. We got some of the best asparagus ever, a ton of rhubarb, a huge bag of salad, and some other veggies and cheese. I love eating breakfast there - I usually get an almond scone, some cheese, and a pastry. It's all delicious and makes me happy. The mostly empty pan of rhubarb-apple cobbler and the nearly full pan of rhubarb coffee cake also make me happy. I love cooking!

My sewing room/study is now completely packed. I have put away all my sewing implements and the couple of in-progress projects. I finished up one final project that took care of a decent amount of upholstery fabric, as well as the old t-shirts, fabric scraps, and old pillows that we had stashed around the upstairs. There are now two big, slightly lumpy, and not very pretty pillows waiting to be transported to the new house. Seeing my room emptied out makes me a little sad, but also accomplished. Also, I don't need to buy more fabric for a long, long time. Seriously. I was finding fabric that I'd completely forgotten about and can't remember why I bought it.

Downwood also got me back into Puzzle Pirates. Since all of my skills are beyond rusty, I started a new character. I can now be found as either Jessilyn or Sabinei on Cobalt. It's a fun way to kill time and since my back is in a constant state of hurt, it limits the number of hours I can lose.
sabine: (Be more than what you seem)
As far as letting Downwood know that I love him, today is just an ordinary day. Granted, we're planning on making a fairly complicated and delicious dinner to celebrate, but there's not a whole lot about the calendar date that forces us to remind each other how lucky we are to have found each other and the love that we live every day. Yeah, things are a little rough right now, but we're still far stronger by far when we're together than not.

Also, it's Half Price Chocolate Day Eve! Thankfully, the alien sprog is starting to let me eat sweet things again, so I'm going to clean up at Walgreen's before tomorrow's Day O' Social Stuff.

Winterthing

Dec. 8th, 2008 10:23 am
sabine: (push-up bra)
All the weather stations are saying that we're about to get dumped on. Downwood doesn't know if he'll be physically able to get to work tomorrow and I don't know if I'm going to be mentally willing to do anything other than hibernate for a month or so. My lightbox is seriously helping with this year's SAD, as is shaping up my diet and regularly going to the gym. I'm in a better mental place than I could be, which is good considering that I have Too Much To Do on my Hogswatch gifts.

Maybe I'm being overly ambitious. This is not an unlikely possibility. I have a couple of sewing projects to work on, as well as a glue/paint/paper project that I've only barely started. I'm at 22% completion on my annual cookie binge and I think I can get another batch completely done and two doughs in the "chill overnight" stage tonight. I'm not as far behind as I could be, but the overachiever voice in my brain says that I should be panicking more.

Feh.

My new car continues to be made of win. I drove out to Des Moines on Friday to visit my sister and to go to the Nada Silent Night show. It was truly rocking, we had seats dead center in the second row, and did our part to jack up the prices in the silent auction. It was a sold out show with the entrance price being a ticket and a toy for Toys for Tots. All the proceeds from the auction went to Habitat for Humanity, too. We had an absolute blast!

Also, I brought home a bottle of Templeton Rye. You should all be jealous. Smoothest whiskey ever. If you go to the Media tab, you can listen to the song that the Nadas wrote about this amazing, wonderful beverage and its history.

Okay. Enough procrastinating. I'm going to finish my tea and find something to keep me busy until I can leave to go to the gym. Goal for tonight - week 3 day 1 of the Couch to 5k program. I don't know whether my legs will want to fall off or my lungs try to stage a break for it. Either way, I'm pretty sure I can handle it.
sabine: (Om nom nom)
In no particular order...

I am thankful for my husband. He is steady when I need it and silly the rest of the time. He watches football with me and doesn't look at me funny when I start cursing out my team and mocking the other team. Even when I'm crabby and stressed, he still treats me like I'm precious and amazing. He deals with my crazy daily and still loves me anyway.

I'm thankful for my dog. She has very little brain, but she's very cute and sort of loyal - if you have bacon or turkey, she'll be your best friend until it's gone. She's also a cuddlebug and makes me smile every day.

I am very thankful for my family. Looking around, I am struck by how lucky I am with my family. We are supportive, loving, and occasionally drunken. I know that part of our harmony comes from not living in very close vicinity, but we're still close. Tomorrow my dad and brother are coming up for the weekend, so I may not be thankful for family by Sunday night, but them's the breaks.

I am thankful that I have a job that I can tolerate. It has good insurance and good pay so that I can do the things I love outside of work. I am very thankful that Downwood has a job that he totally adores.

I'm thankful for my new car! We bought a new Subaru Outback on Monday and I'm in love with it! It handles like a dream and has enough room for all our stuff and maybe even another greyhound.

I am thankful for our friends. They're the family that we chose and the family that we're building here. I am fortunate to know so many creative, talented, crazy, and wonderful people. I'm not very good at keeping up with people who I don't see on a daily/weekly basis, but I still consider y'all friends. Also, you give me a good reason to go nuts with making cookies. Watch this space for details.

I'm very, very thankful that I could keep listing out the things that I'm thankful for until it's time to either go to work or call in sick (picked up a cold from someone in the last couple days). This list could go on for pages and pages. Just knowing that I couldn't possibly count all of my blessings makes me even more thankful for them.
sabine: (Wizard's Staff)
8 - Hours that I'll log today, despite having pretty much nothing to do. Waiting for the moving cart thing to get here for my stuff is killing me, not that there'd really be much for me to do in my new office besides wait for class to start on Wednesday.

4 - Books that I finished over the weekend. I bought and devoured Backup and Welcome to the Jungle by Jim Butcher and Chalice by Robin McKinley. I tore through another of the So you want to be a wizard... series by Diane Duane, which is turning out to be quite a nice YA series.

2 - Last cups of pumpkin puree turned into cake yesterday. It was still warm from the oven while I was making stuffed peppers for dinner. I may have had just a couple small pieces while I was cooking. Luckily, Downwood took most of the rest of it to work with him this morning.

24 or 1 - Reasons that I'm disappointed in my Badgers. Damn last minute field goals.

3 - The number of songs that I can play drums on Rock Band before the front of my shin starts cramping. Obviously, dance class doesn't do much to strengthen that muscle specifically. My legs in general, however, are becoming more well-defined and awesome by the day.

Eleventy billion - Pieces of leftover candy consumed. Maybe I'll give up sugar for a year or two.

18 - Hours until I'll be at the voting place. I'm excited and nervous and scared that my country will decide that we don't need a smart, articulate, educated, and classy President. I'm worried that the various women's health initiatives, same-sex marriage, and other things that are trying to bring us into a more progressive, tolerant, and fair society are going to get squashed by pettiness, bigotry, and fear of change.

7 - Years old my dog is! She's now officially middle-aged for a greyhound. She's been with us for almost three years and has brought a lot of joy into our lives...except at 6:45 in the morning on a Sunday when she starts nosing my face to try to get me up to go for a walk.

4 - Reasons I should write down something that's been echoing in my head, but I can't find motivation to do so. Bleah. Hopefully, with the lessening of stress at work, the atrophied parts of my brain will get new blood flow and recover.

19 - Days until our pre-Thanksgiving dinner. If you're in Mad-town and want to RSVP, let me know. We'll supply turkey and some stuff and are asking for sides to pass. The goal is for something low-key, relaxed, and delicious.

1 - Week until I turn 29 for the first, last, and only time. To my knowledge, nothing is planned. I know the envelope on the hall table has one of my presents in it, but I'm not sure what game Downwood's playing with me. I don't know if this is a distraction and something else is getting hidden under my nose or what. Very frustrating.
sabine: (Stark)
There was candy and donuts and new Dresden books and chinese food today. I got paid so I can order my birthday presents from Sock Dreams and replace my pretty-much-empty Mary Kay stuff. There's college football on TV tomorrow, though I don't have a whole lot of hope that my teams will win.

Also, Downwood would like to point out that I made a very sexy witch tonight, which made me happy considering it was thrown together in about 15 seconds from things in my closet. The Victorian fuck-me boots were what really tied the whole thing together.

...I think I need to go figure out what got spilled that has the dog licking the living room floor and maybe clean it up. Knowing her, it could be pumpkin, peas, chips, cookies, or styrofoam peanuts. She is not what we could call a picky eater.

mmm...

Oct. 14th, 2008 10:09 pm
sabine: (GM icon)
Hooray for fall! I can make soup and apple stuff and not feel bad for heating up the house! I've eaten more bread in the last 24 hours than in the previous week thanks to a batch of pumpkin butter that I made from pumpkins Downwood and I picked up on Sunday, roasted, and pureed.

The pumpkin seeds were toasted and crunched last night during the football game. I got home from work at 8:51. Downwood brought me dinner at work and then volunteered to take the list and do the weekly grocery run by himself. He got home at 9:02. And then we ate pumpkin butter and seeds and watched football and enjoyed life.

And tonight only one homicidal mob got incited. I was honestly expecting a slightly higher body count/more general destruction, but I've found that if I mentally prepare myself for the world imploding, it makes for a more relaxed game when only minor acts of terror get carried out.

Tomorrow there will be whiskey-glazed carrots, potatoes, grill, and a new episode of Bones. We're also supposed to be done with this Indian summer crap and into blustery fall. I call this a good thing, since I have all sorts of pretty sweaters to wear.
sabine: (Dance)
Today was a whole lot of awesome with some win sprinkled on top for good measure.

And my vacation/dance retreat/recharge-a-thon isn't yet over. I LOVE my life!!!
sabine: (Handbasket)
First! I have all of this year's Nadas Rock The State Fair shows on mp3. Also, my computer has pretty good speakers. This makes me a very, very happy Sabine.

Second! My psychiatrist is having me go in for some lab work. There is no bad side to this. Either my thyroid is just fine or we have a good explanation for a lot of the physical weirdness of the last year. I like both outcomes, so I'm pretty stoked about this.

Third! We stopped by the comic store before dinner and not only was the Watchmen collection easy to find, there was also a Fables that I haven't read yet! Woot!

Fourth! Today is the fourth anniversary of the day that Downwood and I started being a "couple". There's nothing at all wrong with this.

So what's good and awesome in your life lately?



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Now playing: The Nadas - Alaska
http://foxytunes.com/artist/the+nadas/track/alaska

back home

Aug. 9th, 2008 04:52 pm
sabine: (Gleeful evil genius)
I have:
- Laundry sorted, ready to go in the wash
- A couple new Nadas shirts, including the 2008 State Fair exclusive design.
- A code to download all their shows, including the two that will be performed tonight.
- Some new Iowa yummies, including my Very Favorite Wine Ever
- A greyhound who shows she missed us by pulling back all the covers on our bed so she could snuggle in our sheets.
- A really cool mother and sister.
- Sore feet from yesterday's trek around the Fair.
- A new appreciation for Shrimp On A Stick.
- Some sewing that I really should get right on.
- Books I want to read.
- A game I should prep for.
- A party menu to plan groceries for.
- A slightly upset tum from a not-so-good lunch on our way home.
- Not gone through my flist yet, so if something happened, drop me a comment.
- Somewhat recharged my mental batteries and feel more whole than I have in a long, long time.

whew

Aug. 3rd, 2008 06:08 pm
sabine: (pooch and percival snoozing)
I think I may die. All major muscle groups hurt, but my abs and thighs are complaining the loudest. My knees and the tops of my feet are solid masses of bruise. I drained three large water bottles, a big bottle of Gatorade, and another one of Vitamin Water. I had salt lines on the inside and outside of my bra and on the inside and outside of the tank top I was wearing.

And this wasn't even a strenuous workshop by Yousry's standards.

But I learned a fabulous choreography, found a hidden stash of confidence and poise, bought more shinies than I'd planned on, and have some new CDs to absorb. All in all, the money and sweat that I paid for this weekend were TOTALLY WORTH IT.

I think I can say that I'm a dancer. I still have a long way to go before I'll be a good dancer, but I think that I finally have proven that I can keep up, pay my dues, and belong to this group.

This? This is a really awesome feeling.

I'm going to eat some french fries for the salt and carbs, then collapse on the couch. I finished Midnight Never Comes today, which was good except for how it felt like she left out seven or eight chapters of plot development.
sabine: (Dance)
Hey, Mad-town peeps! There are two shows coming up that I'm looking for a group, though if I can't find a group, I'll just drag Downwood.

The first is a belly dance show coming up on August 2. Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7. I've heard a couple names of performers and I'm super excited. Kate and Val have witnessed the spectacle that is me at a belly dance show, but since they both said they'd go again it must not have been too scary. It's only $10, so consider coming out.

The second is Great Big Sea playing at the Majestic on September 11. I have no idea about time or cost, but I don't particularly care. I'm all sorts of bouncy thinking about this!

Email, call, or IM me if either of these sounds like fun. I already have my tickets for the dance show, but I can buy more in advance at class either Mondays or Thursdays until then. I don't have tickets or details about Great Big Sea, but I'm looking to get both soon.
sabine: (genius makes me horny!)
In the middle of a day full of idiocies both large and small, I am forced to remind myself of things that are good.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
I woke up earlier than normal this morning so that I could watch Act 1 before work. Unsurprisingly, I love it. Neil Patrick Harris is a struggling mad scientist and Nathan Fillion is Captain Hammer, Corporate Tool. It's a little laggy to watch at work (not that we're supposed to be streaming radio, much less video), but it makes me smile.

Yes, I'm cheering for the so-called "evil" side. I know it's Captain Tightpants, but NPH in goggles and lab gloves makes for better daydreams. Acts 2 and 3 might change my fangirling, but so far I'm hoping that Dr Horrible clobbers Captain Hammer in a fantastic dance number at the end.


Hellboy II
Yes, there were characterization problems. But you know what I say to that? I DON'T CARE THERE WERE EVIL FAIRIES AND TROLL MARKET AND EEEEEEEEEE!

Ahem.

I liked this movie. It was totally over the top for cheesy comic book violence and the plot was a little lacking in places, but I adored it. Why? The visual WHOA of del Toro's mind made real. The Troll Market and the interactions with the other denizens of ScaryLand gave the dark fairy tale side of my brain food for months. It was just as pretty as Pan's Labyrinth, but had more of the supernatural in it.

And as I mentioned to Downwood: "If you don't think that the _________ is showing up in the Chronicles game, you have another thing coming."


The Five Love Languages
This is a relationship book by Gary Chapman. The premise is that there are 5 general ways that people try to show others that they care: nice words, buying gifts, quality time, physical touch, and acts of service. The advice part of the book is how to speak your spouse's language so that they hear that you love them, even if it's something that you don't think sounds important.

This works. This SO works. I read the book, then handed a couple chapters to Downwood. He still doesn't understand why I jump him and tell him he's made me totally happy when he surprises me by mopping the kitchen floor without being asked. To me, that shouts LOVE, but he doesn't hear it that way. In the last two weeks, we've gotten so much better at speaking the other's language. It's amazing.


D&D 4th Edition
For the first time, I felt like a badass at first level.

Let that sink in for a moment. I wasn't afraid that a house cat was going to kill the entire party. We were able to use cool abilities often in combat. We played for 7 hours straight and it only felt like a fraction of the time - super engaging and fast-paced.

I was trying out the new Warlord class and totally fell in love with it. It's convenient to be able to command an ally to take an extra attack ("Hit him again! Harder!"). It's awesome to have a daily attack that does triple damage and gives everyone around you a +3 to hit. This is not to say that the other classes don't have sweet features - unlimited eldritch blasts and double-attacks were cool - but I really like the way the warlord fits in.

And it's always cool when the bad guys get orders to attack the halfling first instead of the half-dragon because the halfling is causing more problems. Though, that could have also been due to the Immobilized Club and a limited number of things to throw. You can never have too many throwing axes. I'm just sayin'.

Downwood's been working on the brick dungeon and learning the rules. Hopefully, there will be an ongoing dungeon crawl in the near future. "Who built this dungeon, why did they put traps everywhere, and who the heck let in the critters? Who cares - we're still getting paid!"


Dancing
I hurt. Last night was technique review on undulations, so we did about a thousand of them. It was So Much FUN! I tried to watch myself a little objectively (have no idea how successful I was), but I can see that I've come a very long way in the last year. Things that I had to practice over and over are now easy.

I need to start doing daily shimmy drills if I want to get better. I'm not sure what moves I need to hammer into my alligator brain - maybe X-step and overwalk, since those are still awkward - but I can do all the hipwork patterns and play zils accurately the whole time, so that's a VAST improvement over where I was in September.

My legs are still attached, though they've been threatening to fall off every Tuesday and Friday since the middle of June. Lately, my abs have started to get in on the complaints. I look at this as a good thing.
sabine: (push-up bra)
  1. We had the best going-away luncheon ever today: we went to Chuck-E Cheese and played Skee Ball and had bad pizza! It was awesome! We even collected enough tickets (1483 of them) to get our fleeing coworker a Chuck-E Cheese backpack. I adore my coworkers.

  2. Dance class is still two nights a week! No, I have no free time. Yes, my legs feel like they're going to fall off. Yes, I'm totally loving this! I haven't had a lot of outside of class practicing, but I'm working really hard on perfecting technique in class.

  3. I'm having a very good hair day.

  4. I'm also having a very good rack day. Just sayin'.

  5. I get to play D&D 4th ed this weekend! I'm looking at a halfling warlord, but I may choose something else at the last minute. I'm just way too amused by the concept to want to give it up right away.

  6. Now that I have figured out which character (Peach) and which bike (Star Scooter) work best with my playing style, I'm starting to collect my 100cc medals on Mario Kart Wii. And as we learned last night, if you curse the game vehemently enough, it lets you win the next Grand Prix. This is good to know.

  7. Blueberries are on sale at the grocery store, so I'm planning on overdosing on them in the next couple days. If I turn up with purple skin, you'll know why.

  8. This morning I made my Intelligence check and put my grocery list on my dashboard. When I got into the car tonight, I was reminded and got my fruit and milk. Maybe this is what it feels like to be organized.

  9. Sort of like #1, this may have been the best quote of the day:
    Background: Coworker 1 sent out an email with a picture of the Wuzzles and had a small contest to see who knew the name. In our meeting this afternoon, she passed out congratulations to those who answered correctly.
    Coworker 2 - Wuzzles? What the heck are those?
    C3 - From the 80s, remember? The Wuzzles!
    C2 - Not ringing a bell.
    C3 - Man, what rock were you living under?
    C4 - Fraggle Rock?
    Meeting dissolves into laughter.



sabine: (DDR Gir)
My main project manager at my favorite customer said nice things about me today. He said that I'm invaluable, a tremendous asset, always willing to help, proactive, and he doesn't know what he'd do without me on their team.

He didn't tell this to me.

He told this to the division manager that my division reports to. He told this to the head of the implementation. He told this to the second in command of the entire Evil Empire!

Excuse me. I must go back to my happy dance now.
sabine: (Humbug Penguin)
Since today at work sucked worse than an amateur crackwhore convention sponsored by Polident, I decided to make a short list of things that are good that have nothing to do with compiling lists of everything I've written or troubleshot for the customer I've had the most to do with.

  1. I am strong! Last summer, on the advice of Miss Mona, I bought a copy of Suhaila's Stretch and Tone DVD. It arrived, I tried it, and then I promptly fell over. The pattern of putting in the DVD and promptly falling over continued for several months, at which point I got bored of it and started doing more drills and practicing technique.

    I put in the DVD on Friday, did every exercise almost perfectly - my spine doesn't "flutter" like hers - and thought afterwards, "Hm. That wasn't so bad. I could probably do it again, but my quads would be solid KNOTS OF PAIN for the entire weekend."

    Dude. It's still challenging to do it all perfectly, but it's all doable! All of it! I don't have to stop in the middle of the lunge series due to the OMG!OW! factor. Hooray!!

  2. In response to Lush raising their prices on my favorite things by upwards of 25% (rat bastards), I've been seeking other products that do nice things for me. With my PayPal O' Survey Answering Rewards, I decided to try a couple of Villainess's Smooches to see how they treat my super dry skin.

    I won't be purchasing the Paradise Misplaced scent again. While it gives me the Bathing In Lotion experience that this winter has forced me into and smells like coconut goodness, I really wanted something with more scratchy to it. Thus, I will DEFINITELY be purchasing the Dulces en Fuego again (assuming it comes back in stock eventually). It's a sugar scrub that smells spicy and heats up when you scrub with it! This is AWESOME! And it's moisturizing! Double AWESOME!!

  3. Sometimes, after a bad day, a romance novel makes everything better. A romance novel with Actual Plot and Character Development not only makes things Better but pushes them toward Good. [livejournal.com profile] miladygrey's recommendation post made me want to hunt down the book. I found it at Frugal Muse, but of course it's available through Amazon.

  4. When you dump frozen blueberries into a bowl with oatmeal and a drizzle of honey and then drown the whole thing with boiling water, the blueberries plump up, burst a little, and turn the entire bowl a lovely shade of delicious purple. Mmmmm.

  5. Even when life sucks, a half hour spent browsing Renaissance garb sites with an eye toward ideas and new construction techniques will make me happy. Especially when I can read about the floofiest pink dress ever - with collapsible panniers and pool noodles!

    No, I'm not planning on making anything remotely like that for faire this year. My feelings on pink are well known. Maybe lavender, though, and switch out some of the lace ruffles for ribbon ruffles. Hm. It bears thinking on.

    Notes to Self: This is how you want to make the undergarment for the German dress. This is how you'll make the outside, probably. And this is what you should do with that pretty red brocade.
sabine: (Hamlet)
  • I still do not have the plague. A list of plague-prevention items has been assembled and will be purchased tomorrow before heading to Iowa to spend the holiday with my already ill relatives.

  • I was given the You Rock! award at work today. It is a rock that has "You rock" written on it in Sharpie. It is given to the most recent Amazingly Awesome Team Member who has done wonderful things for either individuals or the group as a whole. This made me giddy. I love positive feedback!

  • All Hogswatch presents have been purchased. Most have been wrapped. Some have been delivered with varying degrees of squee.

  • The Czar and his lovely wife sent us Totally Outstanding gifts that are...wow. Well played, Victaar, well played.

  • All cookie tins that are going through the USPS (with one exception) were delivered unto the hands of the helpful Guy Behind The Counter. I was first in line this morning and it was wonderfully non-stressful and efficient. Yay efficient!

  • Every muscle in my torso is tired and wants to go lie down. Silly torso. This just means I need to do many, many more undulations and practice the evil x-step.

  • The Great Light Box Experiment worked wonders for me at the end of November. My psychiatrist recommended that I try it out because we share the opinion that anything I can do to improve my mental health that doesn't involve higher doses or more kinds of meds? That's something VERY worth doing. So when the days started getting shorter, I blasted my retinas with 10k lumens every morning for a week.

    Then I gave the light box back. And promptly sank into a depressive state where I've been lingering since the 4th.

    My meds, workouts, and mood maintenance training have been keeping me going. I now have in my purse a script to get a light box of my very own and have my insurance cover most of it. Actually, I'm going to get one even if Unity says that they don't want to pay for it. Screw them, I want to feel normal again!

  • I have a five-day weekend, then a four-day weekend, then three weeks of work, then an ENTIRE week off!!!! I'm so excited! I'll get a chance to sleep, not be stressed, and work on the minis that Downwood gave me for Winterthing.

  • I have the most awesome husband who ever husbanded anything. Made of win and awesome. And our furkid is pretty adorable, too.

  • Overall, life is pretty good. I'm looking forward to January. This was a good year and I'm excited to see where things are going to go next.

  • Also, Sweeney Todd comes out tomorrow! YAY!

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