it’s so hard to get back to the real world after something like a con. T___T been trying to catch up on sleep and also keep getting distracted by pictures and other things from the con that are popping up. T___T.
as sad as it is to say… sometimes reading people’s posts on drama and their family (or seeing the thought patterns and actions first hand) makes me really grateful that as dysfunctional as my own family is, at least i do not have parent(s) with anxiety and/or a tendency for histronics and drama.
Halloween would be the perfect cover to rob someone/commit a crime. Everyone’s in masks, people open their door to strangers, and anything bloody or gory or strange that happens would just be chalked up to a very realistic show for Halloween.
I think I’m either going to do the Asian thing and never open my door in the future for trick-o-treaters (we never really did anyway since we didn’t have that many kids in my old neighborhood and none do it here either) and/or just put a bowl of candy outside with a sign saying “Take one” and leave it at that.
yikes, almost skipped this episode on accident! didn’t realize they would have 2 episodes during the weekend i was gone! apparently there was a special for 中秋節. but anyway.
whaaattt?! ok, 大格 was pretty good, but i thought 霄雲 was better.. her voice was so overwhelmingly powerful, i’m just pretty surprised by this result. it was pretty close until the last row… i thought for sure she’d make it 😦
hohoho! this is actually a good match up – both of these girls are kinda the same rock n’ roll vibe. curious to see how this turns out. whoa. 貝貝 has quite a voice on her when she’s not screaming her lungs out @__@. i really hope she wins. i wonder if she’s gonna enter the screaming mode later, or if it is gonna be all sweet tones this time. WHATTTTT?!?!?! omg!!! ok i kinda suspected this result when they kept showing the judges saying they liked 貝貝 cuz i’ve noticed they’ve been doing this all along in the show with the cuts, but what the heck!?!?! it was really close though 25-26 >.< omg yeah he better save her! knew he was saving his “save” just in case he needed it for her!
for the guys – good showing from harlem’s guys to start out. i think i like his a little better, but hard to say. i guess i don’t feel that strongly. but WOW it was super close AGAIN! that’s crazy! oh man… 汪峰’s speech was really moving. T__T
wow. definitely 汪峰’s guy poured out his heart into that last performance. really moving. welp. looks like he’s gonna make it – yay! and of course, harlem still has a save left, so he might as well save her haha. ROFL “救我” were her only words?! hahahaha
whoa whoa what is this?! they have to compete after being saved?! i didn’t know only one of them could stay 0.o hm… i trying to figure out why i don’t really like 馬吟吟… she has a good voice, and even shares my name lol. is it b/c i don’t like something about her personality? not sure. i didn’t really like 貝貝 at first either, but i think of the two now, i feel like i like 貝貝 better… maybe because she seems more real/genuine to me…? hm. anyway, so i hope she can stay. oh my gosh, thank GOODNESS i was worried a bit with the 4th row of judges oh man. i’m so glad she won.
actually i’ve thought about this in passing a few times before, but randomly thought of it again today and thought i might as well post haha.
i don’t know whether it would be better to work off of an existing legend, or to create one’s own legend, so to speak. in terms of creating/writing etc. i love reading books that have a new take on old characters, for example. like for quite a while in middle/high school, i enjoyed reading arthurian legends from the perspective of morgan le fay (like mists of avalon series, or “i am morgan le fay” or “i am mordred” series, etc), and of course, the sevenwaters books are still a good favorite, as well as things like ella enchanted. and i’ve always wanted to do a retelling of mulan’s life. but i think it would also be really cool to be able to create an entirely new world/universe, including a map of lands, or even new languages, such as xanth (which i guess is only semi-new as it’s based on florida geography), or tolkien or final fantasy and games who have their own lore and magic.
but even those usually draw from older stories or concepts, like elves, vampires, the walking dead, and other mystical creatures. i guess it’s in human nature to just recycle things with their own spin. i think at this point, it would be rather hard to come up with something completely new. and i’ll bet establishing a whole new universe would take a lot of time. but it would be neat. maybe i’ll end up being like tolkien or marrillier… working on a bookverse for years and years before finally publishing around the time i’m retired… or in my case, since i probably will be about 40 by the time i START a real job, maybe it’ll be around the time when i just start being an established professor lol.
cuz it’s 1:30am, my head hurts, and i’m tried. hoping this lunchables will help wake me up but i doubt it. speaking of which, why the heck are your pepperoni slices so freaking big now lunchables?! they used to fit perfectly on the pizza, but now (as of i think at least a year ago), they are like super-sized, so there is no way more than 2 can fit on a pizza (and w/ 2 it’s already hanging off the edges >.<), much less the 3/pizza that they have allotted of pepperoni slices. makes no sense >.<
man. the arm sleeve things is one of the most frustrating things to figure out by far. it’s probably also cuz i’m crunched for time, but man, it looks terrible after about 3 hours of trying to figure it out and i don’t have the time to tear it apart to redo because there’s still the other one that i have to make. >.<
definitely skimping on stuff now, and not caring nearly as much when things don’t line up. which is not good but w/e. time’s awastin’!
things still need to do:
- finish up one sleeve, make the other sleeve and attach. (may finish the ends in the car tomorrow or something)
- sew up the back finally and attach skirting/bottom to the top half
- sew collar on
- make glove rolls (will probably bring the ends to hand sew in the car also)
- make back bow
- sew velcro for both bow attachments (probably do in car tomorrow)
- make a backing for the heart so it can attach to the front bow.
- sew snaps onto bottom to close it (though i may very well just say screw it to that since it stays on ok anyway… thought i guess i should probably do it at some point for propriety’s sake…
oh. and yeah i need to pack. so. freaking. tired.
hw done. dinner consumed/in the process of consuming. nothing else completed, except tested a mock-up of the shoulder rolls. it’s gonna be a longgg night. T___T
T-minus ~17 hours before needing to head out to the con (assuming no sleep…):
All accessories ready to go! (except 1 more bow and need to still figure out how to attach the heart to the other bow)
Collar, including bias tape, complete!
– I’m not actually that happy with it, and if I had time I’d probably redo it, as the bias tape ended up too close to the edge after seam allowance, and I would probably use double-sided bias tape instead next time because you can see through the top of the tape, so effectively it looks like there’s a dark stripe in the middle where the red of the collar is showing through >.< oh well. other than that though, i’m fairly pleased with how even my topstitching is ^.^
Also cosplay tip learned: when people say to pin something, PIN IT. and often, PIN MORE. it will save so much time, and much less re-do-ing/positioning. trust me.
- shoulder rolls, glove rolls, and hip roll attachments
- assembling all the pieces
- make the last bow and attach
Wait is that it?! no way. well each one will probably take a couple hours, but it actually seems doable maybe?!?!?! in the time left.
also need to pack at some point…
and do homework, due tonight. which since i’m at a stopping point, maybe i should do that now before it’s too late.
ok so of the things i posted yesterday, so far I have:
Sanded and re-painted all accessories that needed to be fixed. YAY! However, they still need mod-podging, which I’m going to wait until I do the bias tape stuff b/c apparently that also needs to be dipped in something to prevent fraying, and i figure mod podge should be able to double as that.. right? right.
also what i feared kinda came true – the blue is washing out pretty quick and leaving brown hair in its place. not good, as i’d hoped for purple >.<. as a side note, i have a lot more/longer hair than i thought. 0.o i think the dye helped fill out the ends some, so that’s nice.
also kind of sewed the bottom flaps, and just finished sewing elastic into the leg holes. still need to fold over the edge and topstitch over them, but shouldn’t take too long.
- sew on snaps to bottom flaps
- pin and sew skirting to bottom
- sew hip roll to top’s bottom edge.
- sew back closed, and tuck/hem edge of neck-hole
- sew hip roll, top, skirt, and bottom all together
- make shoulder rolls/gauzy piece. attach both to armholes
- make back ribbon (requires interfacing and more overcast hemming… T__T)
- Also need to make velcro thingies to put bows on. OH SHOOT I FORGOT TO BUY A PIN BACKING FOR THE HEART AHHH >.<!!!
- MAKE COLLAR – requires bias tape shenanigans which is going to take forever to figure out, on top of figuring out the shape itself. also need to figure out snaps.
- MAKE GLOVE ROLLS – this is the one thing i haven’t even attempted any mock-ups or even patterns for
At least i now have an option to leave Friday morning instead of Thursday night, which I think I’m going to take, as it gives me a few more hours.
Still need to finish hw before midnight tomorrow. yikes! >.<
merp. need to go to lab to add serum to cells on a timetable. lots of random intermittent screaming outside my window. i braved a peek and they seem to mostly be student age, and maybe they’re protesting or waiting for something. not sure if safe to go out. @__@ what do.
edit: apparently someone named taylor is coming to that lounge b/c there were lots of teenaged girls dressed in hippie-style clothing, with headbands that read “taylor” on it. i googled it and i think it’s some young guy who wears hippie headbands who’s signing stuff today. or something. @__@