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Look! It's an Update! Apr. 15th, 2018 @ 02:28 pm
Let's see....the big news is that we lost Sam this week......he was old, and Sunday he quit eating. Monday I called the vet, but he died before his appointment on Tuesday. It was in his sleep, in our bed with us. :sigh: At least it was easy.....

Then today a stray came home with us. :big sigh: Himself is TOTALLY against keeping her; she's a pit/pit cross, so I'm not sure a shelter is the right place for her. I have a call in for a pittie rescue group......:sigh: She seems sweet; a bit scared of the current pack, but not aggressive. She's had pups.......this is a tough one. She, Loki, and Tigger napped with me earlier; right now Chloe's up and she's wandering the house, trying to avoid Bree and Riley. Doesn't seem to know what a pet door is. :shrug: We'll see what happens.

I finished my top and have the Nancy dress laid out. I am going to have to do a bicep adjustment on the sleeve (a first! Usually Sew Over It patterns fit me right out of the box.), which is why I've stalled on it.

Shout out to the Cashmerette team! I purchased a Harrison Shirt Dress kit when they first released it (maybe a year/two years ago?), washed the fabric, printed the pattern....and stalled on the sizing. According to the pattern, I am a 14 C/D.....um. Right. I wear a 36F. I finally emailed them on Thursday.....and yes, I *am* a 14 C/D according to THEIR sizing. Or a 12 F/G. Depends on the shoulders, really. :gulp:

Don't get me wrong - I LOVE the thought that I am a 12 or 14! But.......everywhere else I am either a 16 or a solid 18 (depends on the ease). I am going to do a muslin before committing the "real" fabric.....but hopefully I'll have another shirt dress pattern I can use. (I LOVE the SOI Vintage Shirt Dress, but how many of the same dress does a girl need? :lol:) I also broke down and bought the Harrison Shirt pattern - I need a nice button-down shirt, and this one was designed for curves, so.......plus they offered a 20% off coupon. :rofl:

Think that brings me up to date.....

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So. Tired! Apr. 9th, 2018 @ 02:11 pm
But it's a good tired! Let's see if I can get y'all caught up.

1. Studio: Have recovered the couch in the Studio (this was a while back, but still - need to update!). It was a really....out there 60's brown/yellow/orange/brown plaid; now it's plain canvas. I also made a quilt and 4 or 5 throw pillows for it. MUCH nicer in there, now!

1a. We also got rid of "Big Ugly" - the old entertainment center I had in there. Now I have a double Billy and a single, in white. They....well. Big Ugly was 3' deep; the Billys are 15". So all the fleece is hanging out next to the loom. But! The Billy's have glass doors, and my yarn looks VERY NICE now. I can actually SEE what I have....which...well. I don't need any yarn for a while. I have enough in most weights to make almost anything. (Only 1 sweater's worth set aside; if I decide I NEED another sweater, we'll have to go shopping. But for hats/gloves/socks/scarves, I'm set.

2. Knitting: Have banged out 3 hats and a few pairs of socks. I've slowed down recently - I messed up my right elbow last month and can't do a lot without pain. :sigh: I have 2 pairs of socks on the needles, but they are stalled. No biggie - I'm sewing, instead!

3. Sewing: I joined Sew Over It's PDF club, and have taken advantage of it. I jumped on the new "Ultimate Culottes" - I have 3 pair, so far. Have plans for a few more - the goal is to get rid of my default sweat pants, and replace them with something a little more feminine. These fit the bill, at least for Spring/Summer/Fall. Have some Jeans patterns I need to work on, but right now I'm focused on Summery stuff. (It's been in the 80's...in MARCH and early APRIL. How hot is August gonna be????) Fabric Mart had a huge sale, and I scored some really nice Cotton Lawn. Already knocked out 1 SOI Vintage Shirt Dress; I have SOI's Nancy Dress (a Swing Dress) that I think will make a lovely tunic that I will tackle next. (SOI FITS me. I have to do very very little modification to their patterns, which is very very rare for me. SO NICE!)

4. Life, in general: Himself is.....better. He has developed an interest in modding Nerf blasters, thanks to the YouTube channel "Battle Universe". We've been having Family Nerf battles every Saturday evening....I am bruised, but it's fun. He still can't deal with crowds, so he stayed home yesterday while the rest of us went to Dallas Fan Expo.

FYI: IF you should decide you'd like to take your family to a Con (and have never been), might I suggest Sunday as your first visit? It's generally less crowded and a little bit cheaper. Most vendors (but not all!) are willing to slash prices so they don't have to move the stock back home. BUT.

If, say, there are more than 2 autographs you want to get, and they are BIG names, I highly recommend you spring for at least 1 Premium ticket (or VIP, but those prices are.....well. $$$$) We learned this with Mark Hamill - Sunday tickets, long lines, almost didn't get the autograph after HOURS of standing in line. For David Tennent, I did the Premium - we got 5 line jumps, so there was very little waiting.

This time......well. It was HUGE. Just some of the stars: Princess Bride Vizini, Wesley, and Humperdink; 2001 (the 2 main male characters); Back to the Future Biff, Doc Brown (Michael J. Fox and the girl had to cancel last minute, but STILL); Val Kilmer; Chuck Norris; Richard Dean Anderson; Inara from Firefly, Anthony Daniels (C3P0), Billy Dee Williams (LANDO CALRISSIAN, Oh My Goodness!!!!)...and the list honestly GOES ON (oh, Ben Afflack was there....he's a bit full of himself.). There were 9 autographs SG wanted, so -after a lot of waffling, to the point he missed the VIP pass - he went for a Premium. He decided on 4, total...and got the 3 "big" ones on Saturday. (He would have gotten some on Friday, but the guys he wanted didn't make it before he had to leave.) Sunday he got Inara's while Herself and I waited in line for the 2 SHE wanted - the English voice actors for a Japanese anime called "My Hero Acadamia". If you haven't discovered it yet....go. Go NOW. It's just started Season 3, and it's WONDERFUL. (Basically humans have evolved super hero powers, called "quirks". There are a few quirkless folks around - the main protagonist is a 14 year old quirkless boy named Midoriya. (Called "Deku"). The Number 1 Hero is All Might - and Herself LOVES them. Here, let me show you:

MHA Minis

When she found out Justin (Deku) and Chris (All Might) were going to be here, she pulled out the Sculpy and went to work. :lol: We took them with us yesterday so she could give them to the actors....who are both simply LOVELY people. Very, very, very nice and personable, and both of them were SO NICE to my out-of-her-element Aspie. :hugs: So nice, in fact, that she willingly got selfies with both:

MHA selfie - All Might

That, my friends, is Chris Sabat, voice of All Might (and Vagita from Dragonball Z). He is.....well, you can see. :lol: (She is bounding as Bonnie from FNAF. She crocheted the guitar. Yes, it's awesome. :lol:)

MHA selfie - Deku

This is Justin Briner, voice of Deku. VERY nice guy!

She is thrilled - SG bought her a print with the whole ensemble (Class 1A from the school), and both Chris and Justin signed it. If any of the other actors come thru, she'll get them to sign it, too. (Yes, *I* also have their autographs...because I really like the show, too.)

We came home with 2 new plushies for her (Oh My - 40" tall Bonnie and Chicka from FNAF. They barely fit in the car!!!), a Gjallorhorn prop from Destiny (it was a flash sale....for 75% off! Himself is looking into modding it to actually fire Nerf missiles. :lol:), a bunch of art work, and some custom-painted Nerf blasters. Oh! We also had a photo op with the Princess Bride trio - it was a hoot! It was a good day! But exhausting - today has been very laid-back.

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Sorry about the radio silence... Mar. 28th, 2018 @ 11:19 am
I had planned on updating at least weekly; then we got hit by a bobcat attack. In 2 weeks we lost 10 guieneas and at least 2 hens.

1 of them was Herself's pet - and the damn thing TOOK IT IN FRONT OF US. Then sauntered off like it had no care in the world. 2 days later it took another hen ("That's...OK.. I didn't like her anyway - she was MEAN.") Yes, yes she was - and she fought so much she left a trail of feathers for me to track it. :sigh:

I found where it was eating them...so I left it a present of tainted dog food. Haven't seen it in 2 weeks now.......:fingers crossed: (I am not a hunter. I am not good with a rifle. Handgun, yes - but I need to put in more range time with the rifle. The cat was too smart to get close enough for me to nab it with a pistol, so.....)(Also, there were NO domestic animals near it's "diner". I am not that cruel - I just wanted to take out the predator.)

:sigh: We just turned out the 16 pullets that have been in the house for far to long. We're still on high alert, but I think this predator is gone. I have 33 more day-old chicks coming April 19........:big sigh:

Anyway. Life is....moving along. We are putting in a garden (Himself's idea.) - moving 12 yards of dirt by hand has not been fun! :lol: I'm planning out my sewing - I need a few more things for Summer wear. Fabric Mart had a huge sale and I scored some Cotton Lawn - I see some Vintage Shirtwaist dresses in my future. :lol:

More later - I have laundry to do.

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It's been a while.... Mar. 11th, 2018 @ 09:48 am
things are going....well. Himself is doing better - his therapist is considering going to 2x/month instead of 4x. Last night we had a family Nerf war - HIS idea. It was fun! (FYI - Nerf darts HURT.)

Irish Fest was last weekend - it seemed to be not as busy as in years past. :shrug:

My baby is now *18*! How in the world did that happen????? :lol:

I've been busy. Yesterday I banged out 4 Nerf ammo pouches - they worked well. I have also made a new purse organizer, finished my Shirtdress, and am planning some culottes and a couple more dresses. AND working on a gender-swapped Han Solo outfit (probably not gonna be ready for Comic Con, but we'll see.) We have a new cushion set and placemat set for the kitchen table.....yeah, I've been trying to keep busy.

I've also been knitting. Socks, mostly.

I'm going to try to update more often.......things are sorta settled into a new normal.

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We are still alive! Jan. 29th, 2018 @ 01:45 pm
After contracting the plague December 25 (we are STILL coughing from that!), things are ticking along OK. Himself is doing.....better. Not a LOT, but hey - any improvement is good! Unfortunately, SG borked the insurance (when you wait until Jan. 1 to call the company to, y'know, see about plans for the current year.......) so we are in limbo and I can't get his meds filled. :BIG sigh: Anyway.

One of the things his therapist told him to do was set up "Mastery Tasks" - something that he can't do perfectly the first time, that he's interested in. He decided he wants to cook...so every Monday is His Night. We have had some AWESOME meals! Chicken potstickers with tzatziki sauce (OMG that was YUM!), fish, mac and cheese (that's on tonight menu, again, because it's just so good!)...and desserts. Oh, the desserts! Chocolate cream pie that is SO good! And a deep chocolate cake that.....oh, my. He wants to do another meal this week - some sort of French Toast. I baked a loaf of bread today for him to use for that. :lol: 2 weeks ago he made me lunch - Greek meatballs and salad, with Tzatziki sauce and flatbread. Yum! I'm trying to get around to making some Feta to go along with this....(the blueberry muffins last week were also good, and I don't like blueberries!)(And, I should mention that all of this is FROM SCRATCH. Yeah, the grocery budget is shot, but.....YUM!)

My Studio.....the roof blew off a few months ago. The builder doesn't stand by his work. We had a contractor come out Saturday; it was definitely NOT installed correctly to begin with. SG wants tin this time - I am OK with that. I'm just tired of the blue tarp of dismay. :lol: Nothing inside got wet, so that's a plus. I almost have it - dare I say it? - organized now. I need to slipcover the sleeper sofa and make some throw pillows, and use up a LOT of fabric (I have.....a lot of smaller amounts that won't fit in the table. Useful amounts, so I can't justify tossing....) SG bought me 4 alpaca fleeces off of CL (they are YUMMY!) for $30; that was fun trying to Tetris them in there. :lol:

I have a plan for this year - I am focusing on jeans/capris/shorts (same pattern, different lengths) and bras/panties. I need these - I have enough dresses and tops now, so I need to get with the program. My waist is 2.5" smaller now (how'd THAT happen????), but the dresses will still work. I'm sick of sweat pants, so I need to get sewing!

SG is sorta, kinda "over" working as an electrician. Sorta. Seems that one of his coworkers told him he was stupid to NOT use his IT experience (um - I've been saying that for over a year, now!) and that he should go do that again, as it pays better (yeah - he's making $15/hour now; contract IT jobs start out at $40/hour.). He was all amazed at the thought - go back to IT! Why didn't he think of that?! :bangs head:

Herself is scattered. She goes from jewelry to polyclay to resin crafting and can't settle. She wants to do cosplay, but I told her SHE has to do the sewing. I have plenty on my plate. To that end, SG went a little nuts on the last Great Courses sale - he bought "me" 2 sewing courses: "Fitting all by Yourself" and "Sewing 101". I've told Herself she needs to watch them with me.....so far, no good. I'm working on it. (He also bought me "Continental Knitting", because I need to switch up how I knit, and I can't get it by myself.)(Yes, we still have the streaming. :lol: I have almost finished "Law School for Everyone"; Himself and I are almost done with "English Grammar Bootcamp".....yeah, we like learning here.)

I think that brings us up to date now. I've been making more bath/beauty products - I think I've nailed my face cream and cold cream now, just need to tweak the body butter a bit. Then I need to work on a shampoo/conditioner. I'm trying to get away from all the unpronounceable chemicals here.

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» Quick film review and update...
1. We're OK. Himself is...well, a little better. Not a lot, but I'll take what I can get. He fired his therapist, and her boss took over; he wants to quit his social skills class. :sigh: We'll see.

2. I spent the last 3 weeks frantically sewing - I was impressed into the Imperial Navy's Tailor division, Southwest Fleet. 2 up and coming officers needed uniforms....:lol: Turned out, only 1 was willing to WEAR the kit to the theater today....oh, well. She got LOTS of attention, so it's good.

3. Movie....:sigh: I SO wanted to like it......I am disappointed. Look, I LIKE the prequels :gasp!:, so it's not like the bar is set very high.........this one? Left me disappointed. I can't really discuss WHY, without spoilers, so I'll just say that 1 scene is BS (you'll recognize it when you see it. Seriously - that's not how the Force works! :snicker:), some of the reveals were.....flat, and some of the situations are...well.........huh. Not sure where they're gonna go from here, let's just say.

I've been a fan since 1977, and this is the first time I left the theater feeling let-down. Again - I LIKE the prequels. They're not fantastic, but they're - honestly! - not as bad as rabid fans make them out to be. (Duel. of. the. Fates. Just sayin'.) This? I......feel like there's a lot of misdirect (and I am willing to be wrong), and.....well.....it just fell flat for me. :sigh:

*I* feel like this was meant to be the end of the Star Wars Saga; any other movies will just be in-universe (if that makes sense.) I don't MIND that, so much, but........ugh. NOT what I wanted to see. And...too much slap-stick. Star Wars is NOT a comedy; it felt forced. By too many characters.

Yes, I'll be buying the DVD, because Star Wars, but........unless the next movie does some explaining, this one won't be in the rotation much.

Ah, well - I'm willing to listen to you tell me why I'm wrong. I may not agree, but.......:sigh:

Anyway. I have to tidy my Studio this weekend - it looks like the Empire exploded in there. I have gray green wool *everywhere*. I have a SW-themed hat on the needles, as well as a sock. I'll try to update more often - but no promises. :lol:
The Porgs ARE cute, though.

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» We're still here!
Wow, it's been a month....let me fill you in on our doings:

No, wait - it's too much. Let me sum up:

1. Himself is.....well, Himself. He's started social skills training, and has had 1 meeting with the therapist assigned to him. That.....didn't go to well; he doesn't like her. She - get this! - has NEVER SEEN STAR WARS. This is an issue........:sigh: He starts with the medical side on it Tuesday.

2. Herself is OK. Stressed over her brother, of course. I'm trying to get her into the same program.

3. Me. Hanging in there. Over-booked, but it's for the kids, so I'm OK. I've made 10 batches of soap - so far. I finished my "Skywalker" socks (Mark Hamill breathed on them! :squee!: /fangirl ), started and finished a pair of Firefly-themed socks, and am halfway thru a pair of Shakespeare-themed ones. Why Shakespeare? Because....

3a. This weekend is Dallas Fan Days. Matt Smith (the 11th Doctor) was supposed to headline; Yawn. I was going, but not to see him - he and the Ponds RUINED Dr. Who for me. :shrug: However, he cancelled, and they brought in 10. David Tennant. Oh My GOSH! David-freaking-Tennant! Mr. Scottish Shakespearean actor!!!!!!!

3b. I ponied up extra $$$ to get a "Gold" pass for this con - after the Mark Hamill fiasco (HOURS in line!), I swore never-again. The Gold pass gets you in all 3 days (we only went 1x, so that was a waste), PLUS 5 line jumps. Meaning - NO long waits!

We got there yesterday at 9:30; the doors opened at 10. *I* could have gone on in, but wanted to wait with SG and Herself (we could honestly only afford 1 gold pass.) We went straight to the autograph floor, and found Tennant's line. Since we had a gold pass, we went straight to the front (along with about 50 of our newest best friends. :lol:) He was supposed to start signing at 10:30; at 10:20 he arrived to a loud, long, cheer and started signing.

By 10:40, we were done. He is a VERY lovely person - he was friendly, actually *looked* at each person in front of him, and made small talk with ALL of us. Herself made a "Tiny 10" for him - he was gobsmacked. Asked if it was Fimo (well, yes/no - it's actually Sculpey, but that's basically the same thing), then asked if it was really FOR him, to actually TAKE home (yup!), then said his kid(s) would LOVE it. :squee!: It was great! (and, honestly - worth every penny we paid!)

We spent a few more hours there, shopping and talking with folks. Himself stayed home (he was pre-alpha testing a game), but he had tentatively requested a light saber - IF I could find either Kylo Ren's or Vader's, and ONLY IF it wasn't "too expensive". "It's just going to, you know, sit on my shelf, so I don't want you to spend too much. I really don't want you to spend...anything...but.....I.....I wouldkindaliketohaveacoollightsaber. If that's OK....."

My baby (who never asks for anything, and refuses to let me spend money on him) actually ASKING for something? You KNOW Mama's going to do whatever she can to fulfill THAT wish, right? Right. He now has an Ultra Saber "Chosen One". :snerk: In a nickel-plated finish (because SG insisted, and paid for half of the saber, so....Sure!) He was totally thrilled when we got home - he actually LEFT his game to admire his new saber! (That's BIG. Really, really BIG.)

4. Slowly working on getting the house in order. The kitchen is DONE, the family room is almost done, the dining room is...well, done, but I need to get the donate pile out of there and to the donation center. The Game Room is a DISASTER, but that's not my problem - that is SG's room. He said HE was in charge of it....so *I* am leaving it alone.

5. I need to find a new calendar/schedule app. Preferably one I can have color-code appointments so I know at a glance WHO I am hauling someplace. Bonus points if it lets me also schedule chores. DOUBLE bonus points if it is "cross platform" - meaning I only need to buy it once, but can run it on my iPad, iPhone and, maybe, my MacBook. Off to the App Store I go!

Sorry it took a month.....but seriously, life is packed right now.

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» Quick Update thingy....
Himself is doing OK-ish. Pretty stable - we've had 4 evaluations in the past 2 weeks. We have discovered that he, too, is on the Spectrum. :sigh: He's classified as "2E" - twice exceptional. His IQ is off the charts, which is all anyone ever noticed.

I had wondered a bit, over the years, but - insert Mom guilt here - was able to dismiss my thoughts because, compared to Herself, he was "normal"-ish. :bangs head: I have profusely apologized, and will continue to.

Part of his depression stems from this, we think. Not all - but some. He's a little better, just knowing.

The other "big" thing....we had a "life skills" assessment this week. Now, both the therapist and I figured he'd ace it.....um, not so much. Seems my "little engineer" really IS - he can't see the whole for all the itty-bitty parts. He gets hung up on the pieces, and can't finish the process. So.....they'll be scheduling some help, there, too.

Also - we found out he has low processing speed. Which just adds to the pressure he puts on himself......:sob:

Anyway. We are now waiting on some call-backs so we can move forward.

Me? I'm hanging in. I managed to knit 1.5 socks during the assessments, and have sewn a couple of portfolios to keep both kids' medically-related stuff in. (I had Herself's in a plastic one, but it disintegrated while in the POD. I can't find a replacement ANYWHERE, so....sewing machine to the rescue! I have 6 more cut out, because they will be PERFECT to hold my various knitting patterns....)

I had a scuffle with Zoey yesterday, and she managed to tear something in my left elbow. I think it's just scar tissue......my arm is bad enough that I CAN NOT KNIT. :horrors!: It's bad enough that Herself *volunteered* to milk for me tonight.....:sigh:

Oh! One thing we did that has helped Himself a bit - he's been wanting to upgrade his gaming PC for a while, so we went ahead and did just that. Today I ran him to Fry's and picked up a new monitor, keyboard and mouse. It's helped his outlook a little bit (yes, I KNOW that buying stuff won't make him non-depressed, but it has helped his mind get out of the rut it was in. No, it's not a cure, but I will take every little bit of help I can get for him.) Herself will get his old PC - she only wants a few games that they can play together, so she doesn't need the latest and greatest. He's got a new game coming up (Dual Universe - it looks AWESOME) that his old PC was almost not up to running.....so he's now in a slightly better frame of mind.

And one more thing - my identity got stolen back in January. (Or March....I can't be sure.) Seems someone went to Sprint and bought "a few" iPhone 7's and disappeared. I spent a few hours at the Sheriff's office filing a report, just so I could put a fraud alert on my credit reports, and get Sprint off my back. :big sigh: I have a feeling Equifax is involved..........

L'shana Tova!

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» :sigh:
Friday evening we ended up at the ER with Himself. He had a major mental breakdown......he's been diagnosed with severe depression and social anxiety. I have to start making calls tomorrow - he needs professional help. :sob:

Anyway - I'll be away more than usual, I think. He's OK right now.....but he's pretty fragile.

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» It's Force Friday!
Hope y'all had a good one! We hit Disney (we were customer #2!) and Lego (didn't buy anything except a BB-8 keychain - I now have a pair of earrings!), then went to GameStop (picked up a few POP figures) and went grocery shopping. Where I bought SG a(nother) Propel drone; this one the X-Wing. Yes, I have one. No, it won't come out of the box - Mark Hamill signed it! :lol:

Decent day. :nods:

Came home to a dumpster and a crew removing the pile o'trash in front of the house, and a guy repairing the pool liner. :huzzah!:

Hope y'all's Shabbat is blessed!

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