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Sorry guys... my Macbook finally took a crap so I'm at the mercy of Matt's computer. And he's always on. So unless I'm at work or Apple decides to release the new Macbooks soon, I might be MIA for a long while :( Sadness. I'll try to keep up with all of your posts and whatnot with my comms. Always something...
booksavvy: (Firefly//Zoe & Wash)

Just a relatively quick sketch I did of an image that caught in my mind after I heard about Elisabeth Sladen's death. Of all the images that brought me to tears, it was of the faithful "tin dog" waiting for his mistress. Maybe for walkies...

Sometimes, you just need a good cry.

Goodbye Elisabeth. You were my favorite companion and I loved Sarah Jane enough to wear the Andy Pandy costume. ;) Someone at Chicago TARDIS asked me if you'd see it and said that you would have loved it and that means so much to me right now. I know to some, it's silly to be so sad about someone you've never met, but Lis was only 63. I lost my mom almost 2 years ago at 60. I just can't help but be moved by women I admire who are taken from us too soon.

Goodbye... Mistress...

Andy Pandy?

Mar. 8th, 2011 03:57 pm
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Did anyone take some non-horrible photos of me in the Sarah Jane Andy Pandy stripes of DOOM outfit? Send em my way or post em if you got em. Lots o' ems there...
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This cracked my shit up tonight...

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Happy TARDIS Day everyone!
So I've had this awesome package sitting in my room for days now. And I was so very good and waited to open it and it was like Christmas Day! Look at the wonderful goodies that [ profile] peety sent me!

A wonderful TARDIS Day card, complete with button (which I promptly added to my name badge lanyard at work!) that was in a Simpsonized Doctor Who envelope!

A little knitted purple space dog wearing a bow tie!!!! with a tag that says- "I’m surprised you haven’t got a little purple space dog, just to ram home what an intergalactic wag you are." ~Dream Lord to Eleven in Amy's Choice.
As you can see, my kitten Ulysses thoroughly approves of the Space Dog and keeps trying to lick him.

She also sent me my very own Spoiler Journal. This might have to be the prompting for a River Song cosplay in the near future. :)

And along with everything else, a disappearing TARDIS coffee mug, some yummy Jammie Dodgers (labeled "Still not ginger") and some Fox's creme ginger crunch biscuits (labeled "Ginger") and some PG Tips tea that I shall have to hide from the boyfriend... and it seems the kitten.

Thank you so much Paula! You made my day! :D Our little space dog will definitely be making a trip to Chicago TARDIS this weekend to visit with more crazy Whovians. Who might, or might not, try to lick him. Who knows? THANK YOU AGAIN!!

But mommy... why you take away Purple Dog friend? I can haz? :(
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As of October 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm, the Scarf of Doom is complete. To be fair, it's not the complete length, but that's due to the boyfriend actually wanting to be able to wear it and because he is by no means the height of Tom Baker.

It sounds so ridiculous, but I really didn't want to finish it. I've been working on this thing for 2 years and 12 days. So much has changed during the time I've been working on this thing. I can almost look at every few stripes and tell you what happened while I was working on it...

Ulysses was only my baby for a month here and Matt & I had only been a couple 5 months.

 Matthew and I had just gotten back from London

Found out my sister was pregnant & was working on Shower invites.

 I knitted this red stripe while sitting next to my mother's bed in the hospital the day before she died.

 Knitted during My first Chicago TARDIS con in the Lobby of the Westin Lombard :)

  Matt's 31th Birthday and during my last two months at IU.

  knitted while visiting Mom's grave alone for the first time.

It's so strange to finally be done with this thing. Matthew really loves it and says he'll wear it proudly (and lend it to me... even if it is for one of "those" (ie cosplay) things.

So. Here's to 2 years of hard work and sad times officially completed. Now to move on to all the other knitting projects sitting in my Ravelry queue ;)
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Argh!! I can't believe CCC is so close! I just wanted to post a quick, very crappy picture of my Firefly Zoe cosplay. I planned on doing the "wide leather belt" version that she wears in "The Train Job" (among other episodes, seen here at Serenify) because I couldn't find the leather vest/shirt nor did I think I could make it at this time.

I found a pair of dark brown pants (capris so that I would have less material to try to shove in a tall boot) and a red knit collared shirt at the Goodwill. I also found a pair of boots, but they don't fit my big fat calves, so they're the last ditch "if I can't find ANYTHING ELSE" option. I won't be able to tuck the pants in, but I took the picture with that look and I don't think it's tooooo bad.

As you might have noticed, though... there is no Wide Leather Belt. The one I ordered from ebay came on time, but it is a lot smaller than I thought and when I tried to stretch it to the desired size, the cheap leather pieces that were sewed into the elastic (think my Donna belt but with leather bits sew over the elastic to try to give it the illusion of leather) popped off and it looked horrible. I've decided that if I'm not totally happy with a costume piece, I'm not wearing it. I'm not going to look bad just for the sake of "authenticity."

So, I'm wearing my corset under the shirt to help with the non-Zoe extra midsection. I think it looks kinda hot, very hourglass Warrior Woman, no? LOL. I'm going to look around at Torrid or Lane Bryant for a plus-size belt, but if not, I'm going without it.

I'm worried thought that the mare's leg rifle toy I ordered isn't going to make it on time! I didn't notice the 2 to 2 1/2 week shipping. 2 weeks would be right before Saturday, but I'm worried it's not going to come. It looks pretty sweet. I'm going to have to do a quickie holster belt, since the one that comes with it will NEVER fit, but we'll do what we can.

Otherwise, I'm just in need of something to do with my hair. I really don't want to wear a wig, but I'm not sure how to get my hair curly, poofy like Zoe's... ideas anyone of my cosplay gods/goddesses? Then I just need to buy a length of cord for her necklace and I think we're good to go.
Whew! Is it Saturday yet?
booksavvy: (True Blood//Bill Scary Vampire! Lolz)
No really... I'm here. I just can't seem to find time to journal when I actually have something to say and then when I get around to it... I have zero time or nothing to say anymore. Me, speechless? I know, right? LOL

Love you all, off to workies! Happy vampire icon for the day! :)
booksavvy: (Doctor Who//Cosplay- DoctorDonna)
Donna Noble
Donna Noble
Take Which Doctor Who companion are you? (girls) today!
Created with Rum and Monkey's Personality Test Generator. 
You're Donna Noble!

Oi! Wotch it, Martian boy! The Doctor thinks he can spout all kinds of ridiculous technobabble and 'Last Time Lord Angst' at you just because he's from outer space, huh? Well, you're not having any of it! You've got a heart of gold and a will of iron, and you're a rather boggling combination of a romantic idealist and a staunch realist. But you never let logical paradoxes get to you; you prefer to shoehorn the universe into a little box of your own perception. More often than not, it fits... probably because the universe is too intimidated to argue!
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My first all Doctor Who convention was an utter blast! I had a great time with all my "old" friends and some new ones. It's way too busy at work right now to post a detailed update, so for now I will just share with you what is fast becoming the Donna Cosplay "tradition:" Captain Jack Harkness ([ profile] knitchick1979 ); loses his hat to Donna Noble who is very pleased with herself.

Hehe... Mine Jack. Mine! :)
booksavvy: (Books//Library Geek Yomiko Readman)
Guess who just finished her student teaching?!


Yesterday was my last day at Clear Creek Elementary. I'm going to miss the kids so much. I was so unsure of being an elementary librarian, but I absolutely loved it! I was so sure high school was for me that I'm really glad I had to do stints in both the elementary and high schools (poor middle school, they got left out again). The kids were just so eager to please and they just loved the library. I got so many hugs and waves and "HI MISS C!!!" and they were so great. They were so sad when I told them I was leaving and they were so confused. I had to promise I'd come back to visit next week for book fair. Most of the goodbyes went like this:

Kids: "Why are you leaving?"
Me: "Well, I have to back to the BIG SCHOOL (IU) to graduate so I can be a teacher."
Kids: "Wait, we thought you were a real teacher? You're good, you should be one."
Me: "I'm going to be and all of you helped me. That makes you really special."
Kids: "COOL!! Are you going to come back and be our librarian?"
Me: "You already have a librarian. So I'm going to have to find a new school where they need one."
Kids: "That's not fair, you should BOTH be our librarians."

LOL. That sums up almost every conversation I had with my students. Much different than my high school students.

Teen: "Wait. You're leaving? Why?"
Me: "Well, I have to do a stint at the elementary too."
Teen: "Ugh. Why? Do you want to? Do you not like high schoolers?"
Me: "I'm not sure if I want to do elementary or high school but this will help."
Teen: "You can't leave. You're too cool for little kids. They smell."
Me: "And they're sticky. But you were sticky once too."
Teen: "LOL. Yeah. Well, as long as you don't really want to leave us..."
Me: "I'll miss you guys so much! Who will get my sarcastic sense of humor and my Monty Python references during instruction?"
Teen: "Yeah... that's pretty cool. You're pretty cool for a librarian."

It was nice that the high school kids didn't want me to go. My supervisor said I had an awesome rapport with them and I think those kids of exchanges showed me that. I think they liked that I actually knew about manga (and liked it, not pretended to) and when they found out I *was* a cosplayer (I tried to downplay that I still do) and I'll be volunteering at the Anime Convention this year, they really opened up. These guys deal with so much more than we did. Half of them were trying to find apartments, a few had also lost their parents and were with grandparents, some were overachievers in band, drama and trying to get scholarships. They were rock stars!

So now, I have to finish my portfolio and my CPR training and apply for my license and then get my provisional license in Illinois and oh yeah... find a job! :)

It was a little bittersweet... my mom was so excited to see me finish. She kept saying "I can't wait until you come home!" and "I know you're going to do so well honey. I'm not worried about you at all." I just want to hear her say that again. I miss her so much... I can't believe I'm going to turn 30 this year and she won't be there.

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After my long trip home tonight (for my sister's baby shower), I settled in for the night and pulled up my Macbook Pro and finished the rest of the paper products for the shower. I created the invitations, the place cards, the favor tags, table numbers and even signage for the door (in case, heaven forbid, another event is going on!). Good old Adobe Illustrator. Maybe that's what started my nostalgia. You see, I've created many invitations and such for my family and friends since graduating with my BS in Graphic Design from ISU (Illinois State, for you Hoosiers, not Indiana) so I fired up the old Ruby iMac where I created them all in order to check some sizes of favor tags I'd done previously for my sisters wedding shower.

Poor old Ruby has seen better days. She'll sometimes refuse to power on. I've tried every Apple Forum support suggestion and nothing works long term. The only temporary fix (turning the whole thing upside down and then pressing power!) still only works occasionally. It's a sad thing; I love that computer. She was my first school purchase and my first Mac. The display isn't as crisp and is on it's last leg (with a green tint only a "mother" could love), she only runs 10.2, most the programs are old ::gasp:: bootlegs that require me to adjust the date in order to run, but I love her. That iMac is my college experience. The long nights staying up til 3am tweaking designs, helping to create "fan fiction" (if you can even call it that!) while in a Mountain Dew induced frenzy and freaking out when my second gen iPod (yup, 2001-04!) wasn't ejected before shutting down and causing a meltdown when she wouldn't start back up.

I've been putting her to sleep mode, since i dont know if she'll boot back up, and leave her on while I'm at school. I'm a grad student now, with a bright shiny Macbook Pro running legal copies, with 10.4 and an iPhone synced to it. But my fondest memories are connected to my Ruby. She's been to my first dorm, running OS 9; my first apartment, back and forth to school; to my first co-habitation and back home when it ended in tears; to my second dorm room, 4 hours away from the first and now she sits back in my room, fighting to the last. If I had the money, I'd spend the $500 or so to try to fix her... but I don't.
My first iMac...

So tonight, I woke her up and opened Illustrator 9 and started my trip down memory lane...

This has gone on for a bit, so I'll end it here with a promise to continue tomorrow. I'm typing on my iPhone and missing how fast I could type with my old Sidekick.. which is charging on my nightstand. But that's a trip for tomorrow!


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  • 00:41 "Up" was a great movie. It was hilarious and a bit of a tearjerker too!

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  • 22:34 Ugh. Should go to bed, working the reference desk early tomorrow. Betting tired self will be wide awake the moment my head hits pillow...

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  • 17:56 Harry Potter movie marathon and chili today. Woot!

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  • 02:06 Kitty found a spider, which I dustbusted but it escaped! It couldn't escape my Brawny paper towel, though! Pwn! Ick, I hate bugs.

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  • 00:06 Wow. New IU homepage is really poorly designed. Most designers know that majority of users don't bother to scroll. Fail.
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