snowystingray: (kdrama - the vineyard man)
Hello, livejournal! How is life going? I am trying to keep up with my resolution to be more communicative... which should involve posting at least once a week... so! Things!

-I know that in my last post I mentioned starting The Vineyard Man, and... uhhh... I already finished it? Like three days ago? BUT IT WAS SO GOOD. Okay, so I do love kdramas for all of their excessive cliches and overused tropes, but sometimes it is nice to take a break from genderswap/chaebols/etc. and just have a cute, simple, refreshing character piece. Also, it's basically just about a bunch of rednecks and old people so it made me homesick like whoa. But in a good way? I've adjusted to city life much more than I thought I would be able to, but b'awwww I miss living in the (sort of) country and getting stuck behind tractors on the way to work and eating fruit straight from the trees (my first year missing peak citrus season since I was in elementary school, boohoooooo). I even miss pulling weeds, and just having a patch of dirt to stick my hands into. Anyway, I am now more determined than ever to make a Korean countryside excursion as soon as it warms up a bit (so... like two months from now, fml. GO AWAY, WINTERRRR). ANYWAY. A++++ drama, would highly recommend even to those not fully indoctrinated into kdrama shenanigans (so far I think that makes only The Vineyard Man and Sungkyunkwan Scandal that I would place into that category. BUT GO FORTH AND WATCH!! I am determined to convert at least one person out of all y'all, gosh darn it).

-Okay, I guess this is just going to turn into a "b'awww homesick" post because, uhhh, other things that I am super mega missing right now -- MY SEWING MACHINE. Realistically speaking, I guess it doesn't make much sense to want one here because it's not like I have a ton of time to use it, but I just miss making stuff, and doing work that involves tangible production. Also, as usual, FFFFFFFFFF KOREA EVERY TIME I SEE THE WORDS "FREE SIZE" MY RAGE IS JUST INSTANT AND ALL-ENCOMPASSING, IT IS DOWNRIGHT PAVLOVIAN. Well, this has come about in kind of a round-about way, so let me back up for a moment.

Next month -- birthday month! Next month -- also Big Bang Big Show month! HMMMMM. Perhaps you can guess where this is headed. Yes, that's right, once again I am blowing my hard-earned money on a kpop concert, celebrating my continued journey into adulthood by rocking out like a tween girl. The timing is just too perfect, though! How could I say no? Anyway, last time I kind of wanted to dress the part but didn't really have time to pull anything together. This time I'm going with one of my friends from here in Daegu and we are both determined to come up with awesome outfits. I have already picked mine out! But, alas, NO SEWING MACHINE GODDAMMIT. Anyway, I have a super mega longing to go as the Alice in Wonderland girl from Seungri's new music video (whhhhyyyyyy is it that I'm always like, "lol Seungri you are so ridiculous/annoying/the little brother I want to punch in the mouth" and yet whenever his solos come out I'm like, "ummm just kidding this is totally my jam." STOP TROLLING ME, KPOP).



It'd be super easy to make, right? Mannnnn. Life sucks. So anyway, I was looking into maybe buying individual pieces... or, alternately, Teacher Friend and I were thinking about going as the black-and-white harlequin girls (with wigs??? Maybe???? ...Probably not). Doing some online window shopping for individual pieces, though, is like arrrrrrgggghhhhh WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE. I go through the measurements and it's like, hmmm, I guess the bust is okay... I guess the waist is okay... I guess the hips are -- wait -- the hips -- --- is that number for real -- WHY ARE THE HIPS SO MUCH SMALLER THAN THE BUST?? WHY IS EVERYTHING FREE SIZE WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY??????????

-Still working on Mockingjay. It's not quite gripping me in the way that Catching Fire did? I don't know, I'm only about a third of the way through, though.

-So... yeah... starting a new kdrama. Iljimae! It's like Korean Robin Hood! YESSSSSSS.
snowystingray: (flash gordon - cosmic love)
When did I become such a facebook whore? I used to keep such a strict LJ = fandom / FB = real life divide that basically ensured that I never used FB because... well, we all know my fandom >>>> RL priorities; but somehow I migrated all of my TV talk over there and I'm not sure how it happened. WILL BE REMEDIED SOON. Also, this possibly makes me a total bitch, but am I the only one who gets so annoyed when people make completely boring facebook updates? "____ went to work all day, then the grocery store to pick up paper towels, and now I'm going to bed. Tomorrow I'll stop by the post office." UMMM SORRY, NOBODY CARES. (Haha, this is probably how 95% of the people I'm friends with who don't watch Lost have probably felt about me for the past week or two, but... whatever. I demand to be entertained. How dare my friends expect that I be interested in their lives. Psssht! ...Yeah, all right, this does make me a total bitch.)

[livejournal.com profile] lalumena gave me some interview questions that I have been stalling on answering because they are just so hard-hitting! I am anguishing over choosing the perfect response for them! Girl, journo has made you positively ruthless.

Meme! )
snowystingray: (OM NOM NOM)
I AM PHYSICALLY/MENTALLY/SPIRITUALLY INCAPABLE OF GETTING ANYTHING DONE THIS EVENING. So instead I will spam you with my distractions:

-Kate/Sayid fans come out of the woodwork; BETHANY REJOICES.

-Completely random vids of amazingness )

-I have also been wasting my life making pointless gifs. This just in: JONAS ARMSTRONG MAKES THE MOST ADORABLE DOOFY FACES EVER. )

OKAY OKAY I'M SEWING NOW. I... I... I really am. (Or maybe I'm going to go watch more Ivanhoe. Hmm. I was kind of slow to warm up to it, but now that I'm a bit over halfway through I'm like OMG OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING?? [I, uh, yeah -- I basically have zero foreknowledge of this text. I didn't even know Robs was actually in it, hahaha HOW UNCULTURED AM I.] Also, ugh, I'm kind of annoyed that the DVD box TOTALLY LIED to me. It says "Runtime: 150 Minutes." So yesterday I put in the first disc over breakfast, watched about 30-40 minutes, went about my day. Before going to bed I was like, hmm, I guess I can finish out the disc -- assuming it's half of the 150 minutes, then I should have less than an hour to watch, right? And yet it went on... and on... and onnnnnn... and ONNNNNNN...! I was determined to at least finish out the disc, but I finally gave up and walked into the kitchen to find that it was 1:30AM or something ridiculous. So, yeah, IMDb says? 270 MINUTES. GO FIGURE. I started on the second disc today so I'd guess that I'm about 65% of the way through.)
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Do they give awards for sheer amount of random stuff browsed online? Because I think I must be subconsciously trying to win one. Of course, this can only mean one thing: LINKSPAM.

- Epic GoFugYourself post is EPICCCCC. This video completes my life:


- Sepinwall and I do not always find ourselves in agreement, but SO MUCH TRUTH RIGHT HERE regarding 3.05: Spoilery for Chuck vs. the First Class )

- [livejournal.com profile] foto_decadent is one of those places I check on once every year or something, because a lot of it is unremarkable but then there is always a smattering of AWESOME and I prefer to have it in concentrated form. THINGS OF WONDER:
-I've been searching for a new look for my hair, and I think this is totally it.
-Old but fabulous: Claudia Schiffer pin-ups.
-Sorry, I have no other words: LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVEEEEEE.
-Okay, I think a lot of this is too literal but, gosh, gorgeous vintage shoot.

- Why is etsy window shopping so addictive?:
-I'm so used to seeing poorly constructed macaroni-on-construction-paper level stuff on here that, HOLYYYY CRAP, THIS JUST BLEW MY MIND.
-This store sells basically the most superfluous accessories ever and yet now I crave an embroidered ribbon-and-lace collar. :/
-Chuck inspired gifts. Fabulous. I am seriously considering getting the hand grenade soap for my father's birthday.

- Trolling YouTube:
-I always manage to forget that there are a lot of people in RH fandom who are old school Xena fans, too. [livejournal.com profile] aoxelfrieda's channel is like candy to me right now. XENA/ARES VS. XENA/AUTOLYCUS TO "TWO PRINCES", okay? It doesn't get much better than that.
-Fantastic Ashes to Ashes fan trailer
-Whiiiiite Collar! (i.e. BOMER'S BEAUTIFUL FACE, I WILL NEVER BE OVER IT.)

- BEST LOST NEWS EVER. (NON-SPOILERY.)

- Okay, yes, I totally teared up at the De birthday post.

- And because I watched NCIS in the midst of writing this post: ahaaaa, OH TONY. I know sometimes I hate you, but... sometimes? I really, really don't. Those times include when you spend a plane ride making Twilight references and doing William Shatner impressions in the toilet. ♥

ETA: Forgot to post about this, possibly because it does not actually involve a link -- but, no doubt to spite me for writing that last post where I said House's awesome was beginning to wind down, I really enjoyed this week's episode. "That is why Wilson will never mate me." A+++++ Also, House at the computer, going into "work" mode? Please tell me somebody has .gif-ed that already.
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Now that I am finally catching up on the internet at large from the past few weeks, it's time for some linkspam!

I'm still trying to get through all of the greatness that came out of various Robin Hood-related gift exchanges. Not to toot my own organizational horn or anything, but the [livejournal.com profile] capslock_hood Secret Santa turned out AWESOME, even if the comments completely ate my inbox. LINK IN CASE YOU MISSED THE GREATNESS. (And actually, oh, I just realized -- there's still one gift missing, but hopefully we'll have it up soon enough.) My own contribution of a shameless Guy/Robin vid:

Guy/Robin - Shackled to Each Other from ForYourEdification on Vimeo.



Then [livejournal.com profile] an_lagat_glas wrote me some Mazabella (!!!! I KNOW!!) for [livejournal.com profile] isabella_giz: the red queen and the white

[livejournal.com profile] lalumena made made me a rockin' desktop for [livejournal.com profile] robinxisabella.

And then I got two completely fabulous gifts for [livejournal.com profile] gxm_secretsanta, which I guess you can't see if you aren't a member... but [livejournal.com profile] hulamoth very kindly reposted her fic: (This is Not a) Dinner Date. AU Guy/Marian collegefic. YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT.

A few vid recs embedded behind the cut: )

Now that I have some free time to catch up on sewing projects, I'm going back to my old habit of browsing etsy for some handmade inspiration -- and, as usual, I have happened upon some true horrors. WHAT, PRAY TELL, IS THIS? NO, REALLY, WHAAAAAT??!!?! It's like that episode of Daria where Jane wants to become The Lady and The Tiger by bleaching streaks into her hair. Looking at embroidery pieces always depresses me, though, because on the one hand I deeply appreciate the sheer number of long tedious hours that go into making these things, but on the other hand... sorry. Why on Earth would somebody pay $40 for this? I really really love this store, though, and wish I had $30 to drop on a pincushion. LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE THIS ONE IS.

I also picked up my final paycheck from Retail Job today, and it was quite a bit more than I anticipated because I forgot that I was getting paid for two weeks instead of just one. Whee! Unexpected money! (Or, alternately -- whee! I have no handle on my personal finances and forget when my pay periods are!)

ETA: HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN TO INCLUDE THIS??! The whole series is awesome, but, I mean, COME ON OF COURSE THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE:

snowystingray: (pretty in pink)
I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS DRESS THAT I THINK IT IS CAUSING ME TO REEVALUATE MY ENTIRE LIFE. IT MAKES ME WANT TO NOT SUCK AT SEWING. IT MAKES ME WANT TO WRITE AWESOME TELEVISION. IT MAKES ME WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON BECAUSE MAYBE THEN PEOPLE WILL GIVE ME GORGEOUS DRESSES TO WEAR.
snowystingray: (lost)
Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] sistergrimm36:

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions.
Don't cheat!


(I HATE NARROWING DOWN FAVORITES. This is too hard. I decided to leave off Merlin and Star Trek because I included them in the last meme I did, but it still hurts. And Psych! I thought of it too late!)

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
2. Lost
3. Chuck
4. Stargate (I was just going to do Atlantis, but I've been on an SG-1 kick lately so I'll go ahead and smoosh them together)
5. Robin Hood

The questions... Also, um spoilers for all of the shows listed. )
snowystingray: (ashes to ashes)
I was browsing fabrics the other day for a project I've been tossing around for a while, and I stumbled across this completely unrelated but completely awesome offering, and was reminded of how much I have been super secretly hankering to do an Ashes to Ashes costume. My thought process while looking at that swatch was almost identical to how I felt when watching the show: "Oh my GODDDD this is so insanely tacky and overboard, good lord. It's kind of entertaining, though, in a hilariously crack-y way. ... Actually, now that I've been staring at it for a while, I'm starting to appreciate some intricacies in the design. I mean, it's such a predictable binary relationship dynamic but then suddenly it all gets flipped around and signifies something different -- and yet the borders stay intact, and its only our understanding of them that changes. And the checkered motif is taken in its most basic appearance to signify order, predictability, and control but then it starts to melt away in places and suddenly it branches out to encompass all these different themes. Is it indeed a game board, something ostensibly for fun and diversion that somehow develops into a larger struggle over strategy, profiling one's opponent, formulating actions based on past encounters? Or is it the color-bled harlequin, like something out of a Picasso, both pitiable and sinister, hiding something from both the audience and from him/herself? OR IS IT ALL OF THEM? OR HAVE I SECRETLY DISCOVERED THE MEANING OF LIFE??? Or have I just been contemplating a ridiculous TV program/fabric swatch for far too long?"

Also, in case there was any remaining doubt that I severely overthink television programming, this Robin Hood discussion post the other day reminded me of this xkcd comic which in turn reminded me of my recent revelation that I am in fact immune to TV Tropes. It seems like every time it's linked anywhere there's a general chorus of "auuugh why'd you do that, now I'm going to waste hours poking around here" but somehow I have never once done that. (Disclaimer: I do realize that there are in fact billions of people who have never wasted a significant portion of time on TV Tropes. Considering, however, that I am a certifiable internet addict and have been known to pitter away entire evenings browsing the websites for American Girl TV movies... well, it's something of an anomaly.) I'm afraid the only conclusion I can reach is that TV Tropes is just too darn close to how my brain operates on an everyday basis for it to hold any real novelty/fascination for me. This discovery is equal parts AWESOME and TERRIFYING (okay, lies; it's about 10% the former and 90% the latter, but for the sake of preserving my delicate sense of self-worth let's pretend that it's 50/50). On the one hand, how cool and TV-hip does it make me to scroll through that Robin Hood page and realize that I recognize/have previously pondered basically every single reference/connection, up to and including the Zelda animated TV series? On the other hand -- how beyond lame and laden-with-pointless-knowledge does it make me to scroll through that Robin Hood page and realize that I recognize/have previously pondered basically every single reference/connection, up to and including the Zelda animated TV series? GUYS. SERIOUSLY. WHY DOES THAT ZELDA CARTOON EVEN EXIST AS A MENTAL REFERENCE FOR ME, IT'S BASICALLY THE WORST THING IN THE HISTORY OF EVER. And yet it is an ever-present fixture in my brain! Siiigh. Well, at least I've discovered a hidden benefit to devoting countless hours to TV -- at least it spared me wasting an afternoon on TV Tropes, right? (And incidentally, the scrollover text on that xkcd comic mentions Cracked which, in fact, I AM NOT IMMUNE TO, and so of course the moment I finished celebrating that MY BRAIN DEFEATED TV TROPES I went and wasted hours reading lists of New Personality Disorders Caused by the Internet or Most Badass Things Ever Done By a Jungle Cat.)
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- How was your morning? Mine involved maggots, possibly in punishment for oversleeping.

- [livejournal.com profile] capslock_hood rewatch today! SO. EXCITED. I put my own Robin Hood rewatch on hold so I could jump on board with the capschat, so I think it's only going to overlap with what I've been watching by one episode (1.07, but I honestly do not mind watch that one as often as possible). Come join if you can!

- I love [livejournal.com profile] bygonefashion.

- TV catch-up! Leverage just started back this season. Sometimes I feel like I'm watching this show for the wrong reasons -- I rarely connect with the victim plot of the week and tend to find them rather dull (I mean, I know the central conceit of the show is helping those who can't help themselves, but could we maybe have clients with even the teeniest amount of character agency?), and then I usually lose the con about halfway through -- but I just love the tone of the show and all of the hero characters so darn much. Like, honestly, I just want them to all sit around in that pub all day (random aside, but the Ashes to Ashes part of my brain is all like OMG IS IT SIGNIFICANT??? that Nate hangs out in a bar below street level and then lives in a rented room upstairs above it? How is this relevant to his psyche? Is he descending into his deepest primal urges every time he goes down and thinks about having a drink? Is the upstairs representative of his upper brain functions and the intricate planning of his cons and how he uses it to mask the ache of his recovering alcoholism? AM I POSSIBLY THINKING TOO MUCH ABOUT THIS??) and talk about, I don't know, the new episodes of Torchwood or the finer points of jumping out of a plane or something, and I would happily watch that for weeks on end. All of my favorite bits were just silly character moments -- Parker and the fingerquotes, Sophie's singing being not quite as good as her acting, the Eliot/Hardison exchange about Pakistan, Eliot busting through the wall with a chainsaw... oh, team! It's so nice to have everybody together again.

- I've also been keeping up with Royal Pains, which I don't actually think I've posted about since the first episode. Well. Hmmm. I think it underwent a growth period during the early episodes -- like Leverage, it does have a tendency to get rather heavy handed with it's moral righteousness (Royal Pains drinking game -- every time somebody complains vaguely about "the system," take a shot!) -- but it's matured quite nicely and I've been getting into the stories a lot more lately. I really enjoyed "No Man is an Island" (have I mentioned that the Evan/Hank dynamic is basically my favorite thing about the show? Because... it totally is), and then I thought this week's was good as well. Things that I find refreshing about the show:

1. I like that Hank is actually invested in his work now, instead of being the reluctant hero dragged around by Evan (see: the end of "No Man is an Island." GOOD CHOICE, HANK), and I like that it's progressed beyond the straightforward Robin Hood parallel -- i.e. he only treats rich people so he can take all their money and afford to treat those without resources. Rather, the show has established that he tries to find a way to help all of his patients, because there are problems in people's lives that aren't necessarily all about money, and if you think it's ridiculous to define people based purely on their income, then... maybe you shouldn't define people based purely on their income (which is more of what Jill tends to do)?

2. So relatedly, I like that there are a bunch of recurring characters and that we have a chance to see Hank develop a relationship with these people he's otherwise rather contemptuous of.

3. To go back to the Jill-Hank relationship, then -- well, hmmm. I'm still uncertain about her character. Aside from the fact that she is the least believable hospital administrator ever (like, okay, I know that TV needs hotter and younger professionals than exist in real life, but it borders on ridiculous; IMDb doesn't list an age for the actress, but she doesn't look more than 30), she's kind of, well... boring and one-sided? To return to the Robin Hood parallel (because, obviously, everything can be reduced to that) it seemed like the show was setting up Hank as Hood and then Jill as Marian, his sort of go-to girl on the inside... but now it feels like it's flipped, and suddenly Hank is the one who gets to live both sides of working high society but also helping the poor, and dealing with the emotional issues of each, while Jill is stuck in the Bobbin mentality of "all rich people suck, let's throw rocks at them. Also, being smug and morally superior is clearly the best way to get people to like me." Okay, this is probably sounding a lot meaner than I meant it to because I don't completely hate her character, but she still hasn't fully grown on me. I do really like how her relationship with Hank has been developing, though. While I'm not usually a fan of "OMG THESE TWO CHARACTERS JUST MET BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER. Like, look, they have matching cars and they look into each other soooouls and don't you just want them to get married and have beautiful babies? LOVE. PURE TRUE HOLY LOVE and they're hooking up, like, now," I get equally tired of, "OMG THESE TWO CHARACTERS JUST MET BUT THEY ARE TOTALLY PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER but they can never be together due to lame reasons that we are fabricating for drama, so enjoy the UST for the next five seasons but don't bank on anything." So I like that their romance has been rather straightforward -- they like each other, they have a lot in common, they each find the other attractive, neither has any other romantic obligations -- so they get together, like two normal, grown adults who want to have a normal, grown adult relationship, instead of mooning around about each other wangsting over "does he like like me or just like me??"

4. Not a praise, more of a nitpick -- dude. NEEDS MOAR DIVYA. She is so underused and, incidentally, so much more interesting than Jill (OMG the Robin Hood comparisons continue -- okay, so, Divya is like Djaq, right? Because she's snarky and good with medicine and just awesome in general. So then Evan is Allan, the loudmouth grifter... and now I can totally justify why I ship the two of them... Okay, I should stop before this parallel runs any deeper. Also, there is no Sheriff or Guy equivalent, which makes me sad).

Anyway, moving on to the last and most important point...

- HARRY POTTER. I actually made up a list of things I've been meaning to post about and accidentally put Harry Potter on it twice, ha. YES IT IS THAT IMPORTANT. Thoughts about the Half-Blood Prince film )

Oh, but quick vid flail -- so I've been going through all of my old Harry Potter links and such, and, okay, I'm willing to bet that you've already all seen it because 1) it's almost two years old and 2) IT'S KIND OF THE MOST AMAZING VID EVER, but even if it isn't new to you it certainly demands to be re-experienced: the first four Potter films to Snakes on a Plane. UGHHH HARRY POTTER WHY SO EPIC?
snowystingray: (ashes to ashes)
Spent the day trying to teach myself some embroidery. So far I have learned that 1) I think I need glasses and 2) I'm not very good at embroidery. :/

I'm also catching up on all the greatness currently coalescing at [livejournal.com profile] rh_drabblefest. God, I love this fandom.

In light of my current Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes phase, I've had the soundtracks for both on constant rotation for the last week or so. You might think it'd be possible to outlisten "Vienna," buuut you would be wrong. At any rate, I feel suddenly moved to compose a semi-tribute to television series that make excellent use of music. (There are some mild spoilers behind the cut, but I've marked what episode each is from in case you're not caught up, and then clips with overly spoilery preview frames are linked instead of embedded.)

The music is weaving... Haunting notes, pizzicato strings... )

And now I have officially spent way too much time on this! This is by no means comprehensive (if so we'd probably be here all week), so please do feel free to contribute your own picks in the comments.
snowystingray: (aladdin)
Oops, I forgot to post about House. Well, I really only have one main thought about it, but it needs to be shared.

Mild spoilers (speculation, really) for Mirror, Mirror )

Gosh, I might be the only one, but I have really really been enjoying this season of House. Like, really. I don't think I've been able to talk about it in anything other than complete capslock adoration.

The happy ending to my Halloween costume story that started a million years ago: I actually finished the whole thing! On time! Of course, our Halloween party ended up being the day after Halloween, which gave me some extra time to work on it, but I'm proud of myself nonetheless. Oh, and right after I made that post about how I gave up on buying feathers, I decided to go ahead and do it anyway, only with a slightly less expensive selection than I had initially considered. All told, I spent about $50 on the entire costume, which isn't too bad considering the excessive amounts of floofy accessories. Since I don't have a camera, I'll have to mooch photos off of other people before I can share pictures -- hopefully they aren't too embarrassing, haha.

I managed to talk everybody into watching The Lost Boys. And they liked it! They really liked it! Sorry, this is just a new experience for me, as most of my friends are unable to get past the oiled up saxophone player and I'm left going, "Seriously, am I the only one here who had a giant crush on Corey Feldman when I was five? ...Apparently."
snowystingray: (star trek)
It seems that the amount of homework I have is inversely proportional to how much I want to do it. One pointless assignment that is due in a week? I'll get right on it! Two midterms to study for next Tuesday and work to finish for a group meeting tomorrow morning? Ehhh... I'd rather waste time on YouTube. Sometimes my mental patterns are beyond my comprehension.

Progress on my Benjamina costume is slightly depressing; both my budget and a complete lack of resources at school are hemming me in. I'm actually extremely pleased with how the dress turned out, especially considering that it was my first real foray into the frightening world of hand drafting a pattern. I also got the most fantastic feather boa on eBay. I stupidly forgot to make arm bands before I left for school, but my parents are visiting the weekend before Halloween so I was just planning to ask them to bring some of my extra fabric up with them then. Even without a sewing machine, I figured it would be a small enough project for hand sewing to not be a complete nightmare (seriously. Honestly. Howwww did people ever get anything done before they had sewing machines? I do enjoy hand sewing as a relaxing activity every now and then, but more than an hour and my fingers start to cramp). Now, though, I am getting ready to order the feathers that I want, and my total is nearing $30... for fluffly purple ostrich feathers, seriously... can I really justify putting ridiculous stuff like this on my dad's credit card? Hm, you could say that this is possibly a sign that I should just get a job already and then waste my own money on whatever ridiculous stuff I want; for now I think I will simply opt in favour of Benjamina's less elaborate floral hairpiece. I also found the most perfect coins ever to use for her doubloon necklace, only to have them be out of stock. Typical! I have a plain pearl necklace that I will probably end up wearing instead. So anyway, I think it will turn out very nicely for a Halloween costume, even if it won't live up to my hopes of a perfect reproduction. I do plan on eventually finishing all of the extra trimmings at some point in time, but I don't think it will happen by the end of the month.

Oh, and a link shamelessly swiped from [livejournal.com profile] polingly: casting completed for the new Star Trek film. !!!!!
snowystingray: (aladdin)
Here I am thinking I'm just going to catch up on some online reruns of my favourite comic strip, and instead I am granted a wonderful boon from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The fashion industry is SERIOUS BUSINESS, y'all. My personal favourites are the female WWI flying ace and the Little Red-Haired Girl.
snowystingray: (shawn spencer)
In the past four hours or so since I sat down at my computer to do my homework, I have:

-watched an episode of Spaced on YouTube
-tried on my Benjamina costume to see if it shrunk at all in the wash
-spent an hour talking to my brother on the phone
-browsed through Star Trek galleries for slashly screencaps with which to make icons
-wished that Life on Mars was available on Region 1 DVD, or would be rerun on BBC America because I missed it the first time around
-watched another episode of Spaced
-played 33 games of FreeCell
-...added on only 49 words to my paper that is due tomorrow.

Dammit. Welcome back to college! Now it's time to take a break and read my cheesy Star Trek novel.
snowystingray: (star trek)
Let's recap my day:

-After checking my e-mail and eating breakfast, I watched an episode of Deep Space Nine.

-While working on my Benjamina costume, I sat in on an episode of Next Generation that my brother was watching.

-I watched an episode of Voyager over dinner.

-After dinner, we had a family viewing of The Undiscovered Country (sans Mom, who was watching Dirty Jobs).

I'm sensing a pattern here...
snowystingray: (katharine hepburn)
It's that time of year again! Yup, you've guessed it -- the end of July can only mean one thing.

It's time for me to pick a Halloween costume.

Okay, so I might be a teensy bit early for anybody who's not a psychotic housewife with nothing better to do than elaborately recreate princess gowns for all three of her darling baby girls to go trick-or-treating in, but being away at school presents a unique set of problems; namely, it's impossible for me to take all of my sewing stuff up with me. Last year I just fudged it by reusing my Elizabeth Swann costume from the midnight showing of DMC, but this year I would like to make something new. I've still got a bit over a month before I start back, which should give me plenty of time, even allowing for my penchant for procrastination. The biggest obstacle I have to overcome is actually choosing what to be.

Oh, the possibilities... )

So anyway, I would be really grateful for any input/suggestions/etc. to help me choose something. And you certainly aren't limited to my list so far in this post; I'd be happy to steal any other good ideas that are out there.
snowystingray: (the band wagon)
Of course, when one of my new years resolutions is to post more, it only follows that it should take me almost a week to make my first post of 2007. I am so bad at keeping up with resolutions, which is why I usually don't even bother making them. This year, the majority of mine are what I'll refer to as late-onset resolutions -- that is, I'm going to wait until after this school year is over to start working on them. My only goals for the next few months are to study and make good grades. I somehow miraculously managed to scrape through my first term with all As, but there were a lot of close calls that I'd rather not repeat. I am therefore embarking on this term with a one track mind dedicated wholly to making the most of my educational experience. I'm saving all of my other resolutions for the summer; I will work out more, get a job, make an awesomely sweet Miss Piggy as Benjamina Gunn costume for Halloween... you know, the usual stuff.
snowystingray: (trafalgar)
I finally finished my jacket for class. It is kind of snug and I messed up a bit on the button/button hole, but other than that I think it turned out quite well. Of course, considering the ridiculous amount of time that I put into it, I would have been disappointed if it had done anything else. I finished my Halloween costume, too, but that was a complete last minute deal. I was putting the finishing touches on it literally minutes before people came over.

The next thing I have to work on is a costume for the Pride and Prejudice tea party that we are having in my English class. It's in two weeks, but I don't have any school tomorrow so I will have an extra day to work on it. It doesn't have to be period or anything -- we get extra just for dressing nice -- so really I am just torturing myself with extra stuff for no reason. Not that it is torture or anything; I really like having something to work on! It just seems kind of silly that I will put all of this work into a costume for a book that I'm not even all that fond of. Of course, Regency = Napoleonic so I guess I could just reuse it for anything Hornblower/Aubrey and Maturin/etc. that I might plan on doing in the future. Now I'm getting too far ahead of myself. For now I will just focus on getting it done on time. If it looks nice, I'll probably share it with you guys. If not... uh... this converstaion never happened! *post self destructs*
snowystingray: (cogsworth)
My whole plan for the rest of the summer is askew. My mother told me that school was starting on a Thursday this year, and since she's a teacher and actually works at a school I figured that I could count on her information. However, as it turns out we do go back on a Wednesday as usual, so I've just lost a day of my Ultimate Plan to Finish Everything I Meant to Do Over the Summer Before School Starts. I suppose if I squish everything in very tightly my plan can still work, but it will be a tight fit. Things I still need to do before going back to school (less than a week!):

-Fix lab aprons for mother (which I should have done two months ago, oops)
-Finish black and gold lace blouse
-Go by Joanne's and exchange ribbon
-Do reviews for my next three math tests (ah, almost done with this class!)
-Decide what college(s) I'm going to apply to
-Go to orientation and pick up stuff for my brother (out of town until next week)
-Reread HBP
-Finish sewing sequins onto my Dark Mark T-shirt
-Make Roonil Wazlib T-shirt
-Don't be such a huge Harry Potter geek that I end up scaring other people away

That last one is so not going to happen, by the way... I think my geekiness has been scaring my classmates away all through high school anyway, so one more year of it shouldn't make much of a difference.
snowystingray: (emmy)
This morning [livejournal.com profile] bluesmarty13 and I went to the mall to shop for Rita, whose birthday party is this evening. I thought it would take me a long time to pick something out, but I found something at the first store we went to (some pajamas with owls on them; yeah, they are as weird as they sound, but I liked them). Of course, I ended up buying some stuff for myself. We went by Barnes and Noble and I bought "Commodore Hornblower" and "Villette." I have been working on the copy of "Villette" that I got from the library, but it has been difficult because it doesn't have any sort of notes or translations for the French sections, which I have to just skip over and come back to later when I can use an online translator. The copy I bought today does have translations, so I will be able to read it all through without stopping every other page and trying to guess what they are saying.

I really wanted to go by the fabric store to look at stuff for a possible version of this dress. However, my mother really wasn't up to it, and it would have been my third trip there in the past two weeks. Maybe next weekend...

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