Aug. 28th, 2015 07:38 pm
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Fabric links. Patterns for Pirates (P4P) released a leggings pattern for women. For free. The Facebook group has been inundated with extremely cute leggings. If I had an unlimited budget, here are some fabrics I would by for me, Emi, and probably Alex. For all sorts of projects. Just window shopping.

Mermaid scales - http://www.spandexpro.com/mermaidfishscale/small-mermaid-5
Red paisley - http://www.spandexpro.com/paisley-print/paisley-print
Blue paisley- http://www.spandexpro.com/paisley-print/paisley-print-3
Peacock green - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2081332
Peacock purple - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/3485349
Gaming - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/606206
Pac Man ghosts - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/582187
Rainbow invaders - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/2114620
Star Treck insignia - http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1303158
Splatter paint (Emi loves this one) - http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/13059
Stained glass (another Emi pick) - http://spandexworld.com/c3/catalog/product/12072
Several cute prints here (can't direct link, dammit) - http://www.printknitsstudio.com/category_8/PRINT-KNITS.htm
Retro doodle - http://stormysocheekyfabric.bigcartel.com/product/retro-doodle
Robots! - http://stormysocheekyfabric.bigcartel.com/product/blue-robots
Turtles! - http://stormysocheekyfabric.bigcartel.com/product/turtles
Vader sugar skulls - http://knitorious-fabric.myshopify.com/collections/in-stock/products/vader-skulls-blue
Saccharine sweet unicorns (Emi chose it) - http://knitorious-fabric.myshopify.com/collections/in-stock/products/pre-order-uni
Blue Tentacles - http://knitorious-fabric.myshopify.com/collections/in-stock/products/pre-order-kraken-blue
Red Tentacles - http://knitorious-fabric.myshopify.com/collections/in-stock/products/red-kraken-legs-limited-retail-print
Rainbow Galaxy - http://knitorious-fabric.myshopify.com/collections/in-stock/products/pre-order-rainbow-galaxy
This site has good solids - https://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p180749_38172-dark-blue-activewear
Blue scrolls - https://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p180005_38277-teal-greenblue-scroll-swimwear
Blue and lace - https://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/p115088_34106-blue-florallace-swimwear
Foxen! - http://www.girlcharlee.com/fox-family-on-cobalt-blue-cotton-jersey-blend-knit-fabric/girl-charlee-p-10866.html
Reindeer (Emi choice) - http://www.girlcharlee.com/classic-blue-bittersweet-red-triangle-stag-on-white-cotton-jersey-blend-knit-fabric/girl-charlee-p-12197.html?cPath=192
Many pretty shiny colors - http://stylishfabric.com/swimwear-fabrics/blue-blue-fog-foil-tricot-knit-fabric-for-swimwear-activewear-dancewear-and-sportswear.html
Polka dots


Apr. 9th, 2015 02:47 pm
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My eyelid is twitching again. Past experience tells me that this is due to a toxic buildup of stress. This is actually unsurprising.

I'm on the phone, listening to confusion and frustration about ICD-10. I would rather be home with a book and tea or taping together and tracing patterns. This doesn't really seem like a hard choice.

I bought a bunch of candy on Half-Price Chocolate Day (Monday). My desk drawer is now a dangerous and magical place.

The manatees tell me it's okay to say "No" when asked if I'm okay. http://calmingmanatee.com/9 This is an important message.

I spent my fabric budget for the month. I got sparkly snowflakes and a couple different blues (not sure what will match best) for some Elsa clothes for Emi. I got flowers for another Moneta dress. I got crazy strips for another Ina maxi skirt. It means I won't buy a KnitFix, but that's okay.

I had a really delicious lunch. I love our werk cafeteria most days.

My nails may not make it to Saturday. This makes me sad, as they're pretty cool right now. It's the Literary wraps http://espionagecosmetics.com/nailed-it/literary.html with a gold glitter topcoat. Also, my thumbs are summoning a chthonic ancient deity. We all win. Or lose.

And now it's time to jump on yet another call where I may or may not get yelled at. Luckily, the manatees are backing me up. http://calmingmanatee.com/22
sabine: (Computer Geek)

I'm just going to leave this here. For...reference.
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I bought this song on iTunes just so I could add it to my "Songs to Make Me Smile" playlist. So far, I like all the songs I've heard by this group, but this is my favorite. It just...yeah.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/UM-1ETeSdXg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I've been listening to good music this morning and have only had to deal with annoying email, not annoying phone calls.

I embraced the glitter lotion this morning and donned a sequined shirt. This makes me feel better about life.

...I want to see local dancer R.T. do her choreography to this version of "Burn". With a Flame-o-phone, natch.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/LZY9_Xr5XPA" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

I just about have my packets ready to go to the people who volunteered to participate in my craft-it-forward challenge. This means I can extend it to more recipients! Yay!

Also, I GOT THE PART! I'm going to be one of the roving cast members for Big Werk Conference of Doom in the fall. I'm both excited and exhausted by the prospect.

Small victories. Yes.
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New nail wraps of ZOMG!Glitter fantasticness!



Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:36 am
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My jerkbrain says I should never have worn that dress. How unflattering! How bright! How sausage casing! Really, what was I thinking?!

My dancer brain says I should maybe relax my shoulders more, but I'm obviously having fun, relaxed, and am dancing for the audience, not the camera. I'm smiling and happy and not at all showing how freaked out I was to be playing zils in front of my teacher and not doing as good of a job as I wanted. Especially the picture where I'm dancing for my daughter - you can't see her in the frame but I remember exactly where she was and the look on her face and now I can see the look on my face. Wow. Such connection. So pink. Such smiles.

I think I like my dancer brain better than my jerkbrain. That's unsurprising, really.

Me dancing for my daughter: https://www.flickr.com/photos/btricomi/13604791543/
Me smiling at RH and her table: https://www.flickr.com/photos/btricomi/13605135134/
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I will counter [livejournal.com profile] auryn31 's video of WTF Isis Wing Sand Insanity with Animals Twerking.


You're welcome

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I didn't have enough coffee this morning. I thought I'd have enough, but then forgot my travel cup at the hotel. Woe is me. This is after I had to call and complain about them sending me the wrong food for breakfast, so maybe I'll see if PB&J toast has the same wakeup properties as caffeine. I doubt it, but it might be something interesting to find out.

There are a lot of people here who have only ever heard my voice on the phone or over an email. I'm doing my very best to give them a good first impression of me as a Real Person. I like being a Real Person. I with I was more caffeinated, but I'll go with rhinestones and arm sling.

It's a good thing I've had a little training on how to teach. Those summers teaching high school students science are paying off today in this moment. Luckily, I've already answered all these questions many times before for other people, so I can sound like I know what I'm talking about.

The internet is slow. I'm VPNed to Remote Desktop, which should make me feel like I"m living in the future, but all I can think is how frustrated I am that it's slow. Argh.

Ooh! New smut campaign on IndieGoGo. I love their books, since there's actual plot to go along with the smut. This makes me happy. Go! Give them funds! http://igg.me/p/throne-of-the-depths/x/1374969

Water does not have the same wake-up properties as coffee or tea. Why didn't I pack tea for my trip? This is not a good situation for a caffeine junkie like me. Maybe it's a sign that I should be dialing back on the caffeine. Maybe.

I miss dance. I want my arm to heal, but I also want to dance. I want it to heal so I can use it and I need to use it in dance, but I have all these ideas and my body is slowly falling out of dance shape. I want to veil to Lama Bada for SitG, but if I can't use my arm to work on the choreo, should I just drop out? I don't want to push it and end up hurting myself more, but dance is one of the things that keeps me going on a daily basis and I haven't had it in my life lately. This is not good. Not good at all. Worse than not having tea.

I was asked last night if maybe I need a Zulily and Totsy intervention. I know I impulse purchase too much, but the reason these last boxes were huge is because I was buying storage. I got Ox a toybox for his big boy room. I got some storage bins for blankets and stuffies in the living room, and I got some bins for my dance stuff and hats. I know I have too much stuff, but the excitement of getting mail and having one thing to look forward to is a habit I picked up that first year of grad school when everything went all to hell. I haven't been able to shake it.

Going to stop. Need to return to positivity before customer people come back to the room and I have to interact and be Super Sabine again. They love me, they tell their co-workers that they love me. Now I need to make sure that I can return their love with awesomeness of my own.

I miss my kids. Lots.


Nov. 24th, 2009 07:51 pm
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This is MADE OF WIN!!


Jul. 30th, 2009 08:59 pm
sabine: (Om nom nom)
These things are perfect. No. Really. Perfect.


If you have the ingredients, make them right now. If you have a 24-hr grocery store handy, go get the ingredients and make them right now. If you have to wait until tomorrow to go to the store, be there when they open. Then come home and make these.

Holy Spaghetti Monster, are they ever delicious.

I recommend using unsweetened, freshly whipped cream, but ice cream would also be delicious.

no words

Jun. 1st, 2009 11:20 am
sabine: (Jen)
By now pretty much everyone's heard of Dr Tiller's murder. Killed as he was going to church by someone who thinks that Jesus think it's okay to kill adults because they provide a needed medical service.

Yes, needed.

Late-term abortion is not happy fun time. There are cases where it's medically necessary to either save the life of the mother or in cases where the fetus is developing so abnormally that completing the pregnancy isn't an option.

So far, I've been lucky. I should be meeting Peanut face-to-face 10 weeks from today. There are still many things that could go wrong, but many, many other things have gone perfectly fine.

I may have made a tactical and hormonal error by reading an account of a woman who needed a late-term abortion while sitting at my desk at work. Luckily, I have a box of Kleenex and a door I can close. Peanut was doing the macarena the whole time I was reading, so I'm a little emotional right now.

Link lifted from [livejournal.com profile] ursulav.
sabine: (Stitch)
Every weekday morning I get up, take the dog for a walk, then sit with my computer and my light box for 20 minutes while having a bowl of Cheerios. Then it's a shower and head to work. I do this same thing every day because patterns make me happy.

In light of that, this made me laugh.
sabine: (Squirrel)
Link the First
How to Not Screw Up Scallops - I was craving scallops, so I stopped at the fresh fish store on my way home from work and bought some. I used this technique and served them with some pasta tossed with olive oil, sugar snap peas, and garlic. They were perfect! Even Downwood, who will eat feeeeeeesh fry but still claims to dislike seafood, thought they were very tasty.

Link the Second
I admit it, I jumped on the dreamwidth bandwagon. Just in case LJ goes kaput, I got myself an account over there. I haven't started posting or anything yet, but I got my username.
sabine: (Rawk!)
It is no secret that my favorite band is The Nadas. I love their music, spend probably too much money on their merchandise, and can have a bad mood completely turned around by listening to some of their songs. They consistently make me happy in the same way that good coffee, chocolate, or fiction does.

Their record label is Authentic Records. They have mostly Iowa-based artists, which means that people outside of college towns in the midwest probably haven't heard of them. To help remedy this and get exposure for their bands, they (the label) have been releasing songs for free. Each week, you can "purchase" the Weekly Ear Snack. It's generally one song, free for the week, and still available for $0.99 after that.

This week's track is one that completely made my day a few weeks ago. I'd been hoping that they would release it as a downloadable track for Almanac subscribers, but they have decided to let everyone share in the joy.

Here's where you can order the techno remix of "Long Goodbye" for free. It's only good for this week. It's a happy, bouncy, groovy song about a breakup. It shouldn't work as well as it does. I love it. I'm a very happy Sabine today!


Mar. 5th, 2009 08:47 pm
sabine: (Books)
Yesterday's mail delivered unto me a package from Amazon. It contained two very good books and my very own copy of Dr Horrible on DVD.

Yes, I'm a mad science fangirl. Deal.

The books are very different in theme and style, but both are truly remarkable. I think there are a few people on my flist who like pirates and maybe some others who like urban fantasy where the city is the major protagonist. I would also wager that a Venn diagram of those two groups of people would have significant overlap, unlike Wearing Pants and True Happiness.

The first book, Fast Ships, Black Sails is an anthology of pirate stories. I believe, in my heart of hearts, that a future me built a time machine for the sole purpose of going back a couple of years to put this book in motion and give the editors stern instructions on what they should include. There are sky pirates, ship pirates, space pirates, and computer pirates. There are people hunting pirates and people trying to become pirates. There's walking the plank, rum, danger, and treasure.

I checked this one out from the library. After reading the first three stories, I hopped online to order myself a copy. This book has catapulted itself into my piratey heart. I really, really enjoyed it and was sad when I finished. But not so sad that I didn't go back and re-read my favorite story ("Pirate Solutions" by Katherine Sparrow) right away.

I'm trying very hard to savor the second book and not just devour it in a frenzy of fiction goodness. The book is Palimpsest by Catherynne Valente (aka [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna). This is urban fantasy where the main character is a "fantasy" city. You can't get to Palimpsest unless you've slept with someone who's been there. You can't get to any other parts of the city unless you sleep with someone else.

It's an intoxicating read. For the continuing presence of sex in the narrative, this is not a romance. It's mentioned, even described, but it's a vehicle by which the human characters are able to find their way around a city where they seem to be meant to be.

Like The Orphan's Tales duology, this book is lush with words. Valente paints pictures with her prose - prose that's almost poetry, but not quite. The sights, sounds, and tastes are vivid and linger after I've shut the book. It's a seductive world where dreams end up being more real than waking.

Go, find copies of these books. If you like pirates, get the first one. If you like Gaiman and fantasy, get the second. If you're me, get them both and treasure them closely. These are remarkable and wonderful books.

om nom nom

Feb. 9th, 2009 02:24 pm
sabine: (Cute)

This made me smile. This is a very, very good thing.
sabine: (Dance)
Music saved yesterday. By mid-afternoon, I was IMing Downwood saying that life was full of suck and misery and, by the way, I feel like I'm relapsing into depression again. He was sympathetic, but unable to provide any reassurance that worked. Even dance class sounded like it would be too much work and not worth going. This was what really brought it home to me that something wasn't quite right.

Despondent, I checked my Twitter feed and saw that The Nadas had released the first song for their Almanac project. They also casually mentioned that it would be available for free for this week only as the Ear Snack at Authentic Records.

Of course, I ordered it - what kind of fangirl do you take me for? Then, because it sounded good, I threw in The Ghosts Inside These Halls. This made me feel a little better. After listening to "Hammer Down" and grooving, I thought it would be a good lead-in for some "Enter Sandman". Halfway through, I remembered the choreography that I started working on last Halloween. Let's just say that I'm glad that my office mate got her own office last month.

In the car on the way to dance, I listened to The Damnwells - the second best band you've never heard of (The Nadas are still better, imho). I first heard them when The Nadas covered one of their songs. I fell a little in love with their singer at the IA State Fair and then a lot when he LOOKED STRAIGHT INTO MY EYES ALONE while he was singing at Nada Silent Night. Rawr. Of course, then he moved to the girl next to me, but we HAD A MOMENT!

Er. Right.

And dance class was full of good music and movement and friendship and stuff. Also, Google 411 is an awesome thing to have bookmarked on your phone when you're craving take-out Chinese and you don't want to have to wait once you get there. Just saying.

I listened to a belly dance mix CD on my way home, including my most favorite relaxation dance song ever ("Beautiful Friend" on this CD).

When I got home, I found my very own copy of [livejournal.com profile] cadhla's new album sitting on my computer!! Red Roses and Dead Things is a hilarious and creepy CD of wonderfulness. My copy is signed and numbered 102 out of the 300 pre-orders, so that rocks. I brought it to work with me and am still glad that I don't have an office mate.

After all the good music of yesterday afternoon and evening, I went to bed feeling like it had been a pretty good day. Today still has some of the bad of yesterday creeping in, but it's gotten squashed by "Oh, Michelle" and "What a Woman's For". Tomorrow's challenge will be seeing if I can manage to go bridesmaid's dress shopping with my little sister without feeling like the world's about to end.
sabine: (Be more than what you seem)
Just in case, I set up an IJ. http://sabinei.insanejournal.com/ I hope to not have to make the switch, but it's good to get it set up in case.


Dec. 17th, 2008 09:28 pm
sabine: (Must touch shiny!)
The crafter in me is shouting, jumping up and down, and is busy making plans. For, lo, these are REALLY FREAKING COOL!
sabine: (Mostly apples)
I'm neither dead, incarcerated, nor sick - just haven't been able to remember what I want to post about when I'm actually at the computer. Work is not so much "busy" as it is "boring". I finally got my first customer issue to troubleshoot, but I do not yet have logins to their system.

With my free time, I started working with two new (to me) sites. I joined Good Reads and put in as many books as I can remember reading. I haven't yet taken my laptop up to my library to start putting in every book I own, but if I'm ever truly bored, I might. The hyperlink there should take you to my shelf. It's a pretty cool site and is fairly easy to navigate.

I've also joined Spark People and have been tracking my meals and fitness for the last week (dreadpiratejen, if you're on that site). I think this is what I've needed to actually get on the ball and lose some of the weight that's bothering me. Yes, I know that people looking at me don't see me the way that I see myself. Yes, I know that I'm hyper-critical, but I'm honestly much, much better than I used to be. There are three things that I want - more endurance for dance, more strength for dance, and to look a little better when I dance.

Notice a trend there?

I don't want to go back to how I looked in high school. Yes, I've put on 60+ pounds since then, but I also have things like a fabulous rack, hips, and muscle that I didn't have back then. I'm not carrying all that much extra fat, but I'd like to get rid of what I have so that I can fit into the waistbands of some of my nice clothes.

To help with this, I downloaded the instructions for the Couch to 5k program. Tonight will be the end of week one, and it's very, very obvious to me that I haven't done any sort of serious running for about 2.5 years. Yikes. I would not do well in a zombie apocalypse right now. In two months, maybe.

So, that's pretty much the internal state of things. Externally, I went on a psychotic cleaning rampage two weekends ago and turned the downstairs from "post-college messy" to "actual adults live here". I threw out a TON of clutter and got everything else put where it belongs. This past weekend, we hosted a pre-Thanksgiving dinner for our friend-family group and had a blast! Also, YUM!

I may have more news later concerning the purchase of a new toy, but I don't want to say anything yet. Overall, I'm feeling much more positive and relaxed about life in general than I have in a very long time. This is an extremely good thing.


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