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Life and Costuming Stuff

Everyone, thank you so much for your sympathy. I haven't had a chance to go back and comment individually yet, but thanks for being there and offering support and comfort. It means a lot to me.

I'm on a little bit of an internet diet because my laptop is out for repair. Its power jack has probably come unsoldered from the board, which means that charging it required some power cord origami to get the right amount of pressure in the right place to make the connection. Yesterday that stopped working, so to the repair shop it went! This particular issue is probably just a design flaw of that model. Ben had the same one and had the same issue. He tried to fix it himself, but his eyes are bad enough that doing such small-scale solder work is just too hard. Well, that and not really having all the tools and gadgets that would have made it much easier. During the second repair (yep, he went through it twice!) he shorted something on the board and effectively ruined it. He couldn't find the replacement board he needed so we ended up just getting him a new laptop. He needs a laptop for work and for his own sanity, but suddenly having to drop a boatload of money on it was not fun!

We've been slowly working on a cosmetic remodel of our kitchen. Ultimately it started a couple years ago when Ben surprised me by replacing the awful 70's era carpet with vinyl tiles. That made a huge difference both in looks and ease of cleaning, and for a long time that was good enough. Our landlord has made it pretty clear that he doesn't view this place as an investment property, so he's pretty resistant to putting money into it that isn't a necessary repair. Since that places the financial burden on us, I've been pretty resistant to making any big changes (like replacing the 50's flat door cabinets.) Instead, we decided to paint EVERYTHING in that room, cabinets included. We're a little over halfway done with it now and it's looking so much cleaner and fresher! Ben has the 'before' pics on his phone, and I promise I'll post them when we have 'after' pics to share.

Anyway, what I'm really getting at is that all my kitchen gadgets that lived on the counter or on the wall shelves had to go somewhere else for a while, and that ended up being my sewing room. I haven't had access to my cutting table for about a month now. That means I haven't got anything new to wear for the CoLoW evening party. My tentative plan was to make a simple and quick Game of Thrones dress from the Simplicity pattern, but that's out now. Even if I was able to clear my table today, the stress of last-minute sewing would suck all the enjoyment out of it. So my backup plan is...

Miss Muffet, 18th century style. Nursery rhymes count as literature, right? I've already got an 18th century dress and hat that will work well, so I'd just need a container of curds and whey (cottage cheese, no problem!) and a prop spider. I hope this isn't too goofy, because it's all I've thought of so far!

I've decided I'll just be daytripping to CoLoW this year. Last year I got a room and it was nice to have somewhere to store all my stuff and a place to just relax when I needed it, but it's hard to justify spending $100 on that. I'm not attending the Sunday brunch, and I think I've decided to skip the workshops that afternoon too. So a room is definitely an extravagance that's just not necessary. It's likely I won't be there Saturday until the 11am panel, since I'll be out late on Friday night. I'm helping my bar-owner friend collect cover charges at the door, and that usually runs until 2am. I'll be one tuckered gal by the end of the party on Saturday!

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Miss Muffet sounds adorable! What a great idea! I'm looking forward to hanging out with you this weekend.

I like Miss Muffett, too!

I'm not staying at the hotel this year either. After our trip to AZ, I couldn't rationalize the expense. I'm planning on being there most of Saturday, but I'll only be at the last two workshops on Sunday.

Miss Muffet sounds like a great plan! I hope you show pics when you are all done up! Adorable!

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