About a month ago, Declan got a free admission for the circus from his school for donating to the Food Bank. I...did not want to go. I knew I would not really enjoy myself and that it would be very draining for me. And hey, look, I went, found most of it to be 'meh' and and now feeling like I've been kicked repeatedly by a mule.

Some of it, of course, was really good, but there was so much that was...there. And the prices of things? Yeesh. $5 for popcorn/cotton candy is a bit steep, and $10 for a pony ride is an obnoxious cash grab. They were also selling these light sabers swords that were essentially LED lights in plastic housing that flashed. There were so many in my peripheral vision that I could feel a headache coming on. And no, I didn't shell out $15 for Declan to bring one home. Two hours of other people's kids with them was plenty.

I was most impressed by the feats of strength and balance, but I would have to say that the contortionist was my favourite. A lot of the audience was unimpressed, but I have a better idea what it takes to be in a full bridge position and balancing on one foot than some. *shrugs*

And the seats? Too fucking narrow. It feels like my hips are bruised from the arm rests. Okay, yeah, I'm fat, but that was a fucking awful experience.

Declan did enjoy himself, so I guess that's the only thing that matters.

EDIT: I have a bruise, about the size of the armrest, on my right upper thigh/hip. My left side feels bruised, but nothing has come up. Note to self: avoid that place in future. The seats do not agree with you.
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Nov. 14th, 2008 10:25 am
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Going to see Nine Inch Nails tonight at Copps in Hamiltonia.

What an awesome way to end the week!

*bounce*

And a NIN funny with some naughty language.
I know a lot of you are jonesing to see the new version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and I found a notice for a benefit where the proceeds will go to the Sick Kids Foundation (and it is an advance screening).

Location: Ontario Place
Date: Tuesday July 12 2005
Time: 6 pm - Candy Carnival; 7:30 pm - Screening (Cinesphere)
Tickets: $80 (remember that it *is* a benefit)
(Price includes an Ontario Play-All-Day pass, parking, carnival, screening, food and non-alcoholic beverages)

For tickets go to www.sickkidsfoundation.ca and more information can be obtained at 416.813.6166 ext 2357.
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Mar. 26th, 2005 06:02 pm
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Rabbit Sabbath was fun. We brought two more to the ceremony last night, so that meant that it was me, [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych, [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot, [livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant, [livejournal.com profile] joncanuck, Robigus and Tabula Rasa. Tabula Rasa cried throughout the entire ceremony, including her baptism, but that was expected by [livejournal.com profile] hare_mengele and his lovely wife, so no worries there.

She was pretty freaked out, actually, so [livejournal.com profile] fuzzpsych spent the majority of the evening in another room keeping her calm. At least he got a piece of the Guinness Chocolate Cake that I made for the event.

I will post pictures of Tabula Rasa in her outfit when I get them. She was adorable. :)

And now onto the ranty bit...

Today, I was coming out of the local Tim Hortons with coffee and goodies when I noticed the old man who exited afer me go to his car. Now he was parked in the handicap space and I know that the asphalt gently slopes up towards the sidewalk leaving a very minimal (about 2 cm) lip between them. And old guy had to lean on the hood of his car so he could get to the driver's side door!

Okay, so correct me if I'm wrong, but if you need support (the arm of another person, a railing, etc) to go down a slope that a just-learned-to-walk toddler can manage, do you really think that you should be driving?

Blackwork

Mar. 21st, 2005 10:51 pm
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I've finished cutting the jacket pattern out of velvet. I'm reminded of purple fabric that, years ago, I made into a pair of very funky trousers for the Coyote Priest. After I had sewn them and given them as part of a Christmas gift, I found little purple fuzzballs for months afterwards. The black velvet is already doing the same, so now it will be black ones instead of purple. :P

Anyway, now that the pieces are cut, the first thing I did was embroider the TOB symbol onto the left side.



I used a technique called Blackwork, which is basically a running stitch. It's not as neat as it could be, but it's not bad for a first attempt at the style. My apologies on the picture. Between the scanner and the resizing, it's not very clear how it turned out. You'll just have to take my word on it.

This also means that over the next couple of nights, I will be attached to my sewing machine, finishing the Rabbit Sabbath outfit for Tabula Rasa.

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Mar. 14th, 2005 07:40 pm
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I can't tell if I'm amazing or just really lucky.

Two years ago at this time, I was working at LSC (I miss the books...) and feverishly trying to finish two sets of robes (one for [livejournal.com profile] hare_mengele and the other for his wife, who I'll call by one of her old nicknames, Sparkle) in time for Rabbit Sabbath. I didn't manage to complete the hook-and-eye detail on [livejournal.com profile] hare_mengele's coat, but for his wife, I finished without a hitch.

The dress I made for Sparkle was black taffeta (ye gods, why didn't anyone ever tell me that taffeta was so freaking easy to work with!) with belled sleeves lined with hot pink polyester (?) fabric. The dress came together beautifully. The lining fabric was a bitch to work with and even though I had lots left over, I was pretty certain that I would have it for years before doing anything with it.

Fast forward two years.

So now I'm working on a complete outfit for Tabula Rasa for Rabbit Sabbath. It will consist of black cotton pants, a tulle overskirt (black with sparkles) and a black cotton velvet jacket with rabbit ears. I'm lining the jacket in the same freaking hot pink stuff that I hated using two years ago!

Why, you ask? Well, it's in my remnants box. It's the only pink fabric in there. And, to be blunt, I'm broke. So I have to use what I have on hand for this. Even if it means using something that is already giving me a headache.

And as for being lucky or amazing, I couldn't tell you. I made the jacket pattern by tracing one of Tabula Rasa's sweaters onto kraft paper. As I was doing it, I was convinced that the sleeves would be all buggered up (I hate sleeves, and it takes me a long time to get them right). Turns out the sleeves fit perfectly (I did a quick pin to get an idea of sizing and if the pieces fit together...they do) in the armholes. But the proof will be when it's finally sewn together.
As I fed the baby, I wondered what I was going to dress her in for this year's Rabbit Sabbath. Then it hit me. I have some cotton velvet in my box of scraps, along with some black tulle with iridescent sparkles that I bought for a Hallowe'en costume that I started and abandonned. I would love to make a little dress, but I don't think she'll tolerate it, so I'm going with velvet pants and hoodie (complete with rabbit ears and the TOB symbol embroidered on probably the left side) with a tulle overskirt. Under the hoodie will be the infamous "They Shake Me!" tee provided by the wonderful Robigus. Now, if I could only get her to tolerate the Ramones sock hat, it would be perfect.
Well, I didn't get my birthday wish afterall. Damn. I've been looking forward to that drink for a long long time. Oh well. Not that I would have enjoyed the taste of alcohol yesterday, what with the cold and the aftertaste of Ricola and everything, but it would have been nice.

Otherwise, though, it was a good day yesterday. I ate WAY too much, thanks to my mom and [livejournal.com profile] clawfoot, and even got a huge boquet of yellow freesia from the Grays. I like getting flowers. It's also probably the only aspect of me that's really a girly girl.

Now I have half the money for that writer's conference in June (my mom is incredible, really. She even permanently loaned me her old sewing machine because mine is pooched), lots to read ("Shadowmarch" from my understanding and very patient husband and the first Lemony Snickett book from [livejournal.com profile] meowster) and gift certificates to squander delightfully on comics and a hair cut (from the exceedingly generous [livejournal.com profile] joncanuck and [livejournal.com profile] the_daily_rant who stuck them in a punishing card).

Friday night, I drank a little too much tea, but was in the company of friends, so having to get up at least six times to pee in the middle of the night was worth it. :) So thanks to all and sundry who made my very low-key "milestone" birthday worth celebrating, by making it all about me and not at all about the parasite.

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