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Lots of people on my friends lists have been doing lists as posts and since I haven't actually posted since July I thought it might be the easiest way to catch you all up on the various things that have been happening.

1. This weekend was the Library of Congress National Bookfest. We manage character photo lines for the PBS characters. It's one of the few days I'm in DC and I don't see much more than the inside of a tent and lots of sweaty actors and equally sweaty costumes. 

2. It was hot. 93 degrees in September. Thank the gods for portables a/c units.

3. I have an agreement with a local reenactment store to create custom 18th century pieces for their customers. I need to touch base with them on this.

4. My sister and her daughter moved to Columbus for school. I've forgotten how much energy little kids have.

5.  We went to O-ren on Labor Day. Probably the only day we get to go this year. Jeff had people interested in custom work. Now if only they would contact him

6. Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog the full length musical production is postponed to December. We are now currently fundraising to the the theatre up and running to be able to put on the show.

7. This involves a cabaret-style show revue in October.

8. One of our cats most likely has cancer. We took her in for what we hoped was just a reoccurance of a bladder infection. We're waiting for a biopsy to confirm.
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What do you mean my birthday was last week?!

It's been a busy July, though there's not much to show for it.  Work ramped up in June and July to the point where I'm praying that costumes come in early or as a last resort telling  stations to charge shipping to us just to get the costumes in on time only to wash, dry and toss the back into the shipping truck. Thankfully, once August hits, the quantity dies down for a bit, though I have not yet had a costume not make it to the station on time which is better than last year for certain.

There have been a couple of opportunities that have cropped up in the "making things" world, once they decide to pan or not pan out I will probably mutter about them here.
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This may  not be completely coherent, and I apologize for that but it needs to be said.

What is the difference between these two sentences??


On Monday, the State of Ohio legally recognized the marriage of Jeff and Jessica.

Jeff and I got married on Monday.


The first sentence is what happened, the second is how people are conveying what happened. The problem is, Jeff and I have considered ourselves married for at least a year - closer to two. Only since the 2004 election does the State have to actually recognize this union as a binding contract, which gave us no options as to determining our own personal and private relationship with each other and having it affect the aspects of life that benefit from the legal marriage : insurances, medical decisions such as DNR and other serious issues.

This has caused people all over to congratulate us, Jeff's sister (SIL) to berate us for not inviting people to what we consider a private decision, and a general feeling of hypocrisy to permeate myself. I was already married, long before we decided to go to the court house. Why is this simple meeting with a judge any more significant than the five years I have been in a relationship with Jeff? Three of those years we have been committed to each other and while not exclusive - in the belief that we were spending the rest of our lives together, planning on raising children and healthy relationships with the people we love/ will love.

I hate the feeling that this was the only way to protect our own interests. That there is no option for us but marriage because we certainly don't trust family ( though mostly Jeff's) to understand our beliefs enough to respect them and protect them even when we disagree. And that, in the long run would have been a dangerous thing to trust to them. Jeff's health isn't fantastic, and accidents happen, we both wanted people we could trust in the corner should decisions like DNR's become required.

And another thing. You do not insult a person in the same argument when you are trying to convince them you are right and they are wrong. It will make your argument invalid for bringing your personal opinion of the person into the conversation. No amount of perseverance, playing nice or apologies will ever make me believe you again once I understand how you really think of me. I will be polite and respectful but your opinion no longer matters, if it ever did. You've become the bully, and I don't allow them into my life. Not anymore.
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Is it July yet??

*sigh* Not that July looks like it's turning out to be any less busy than June has become. My awesome group of friends decided sometime during the end of the year last year to put together a dance and music show for a local community theatre. The choreographer of the group has been working with the theatre almost since its inception and the director asked her to "create" a show. And Create we did, much to the surprise of the director. Nearly all of the music was written in house, and all of the choreography. The show goes up next Thursday  runs to Saturday and again the next week.  I dance in three of the pieces and am glad to, my body may be cranky with me because it is so out of shape but even in the last couple of weeks of four day a week practices I can tell it doesn't hurt as badly as it used to though I'm still dying  and out of breath by the end of the last piece.

In those weeks was Marcon, which was a lot of fun. I got to meet a lot of very awesome people, put faces to lj names, and a possible dress commission that I'll talk about in a minute.  I am still surprised, given how busy I've been that I managed to make the dress I posted the picture of. I'm not sure how I managed it, given I can barely get any writing done this week.

Now dress commission! Eee!! I've ordered swatches and am scaring my delivery guys at work by waiting for them but none have shown up yet. I have a contract to write up, which is most of what I need to do but need Jeff to active beta while I'm working on it. And since we don't get home until after 10 due to rehearsals most nights, and I haven't been able to work on it at work, the contract has been sitting there waiting for me to poke at it and make it cohesive. My deadline for the dress is the end of August, so I have some time, but I want to get everything hammered out quickly due to the excitement and am failing that because of the show schedule. Boo. The commission is fairly straight forward, it'll be finding the right colors and then the patterning that will be the difficult parts though not difficult in the scale of things I can do, just in the project.

In other news, the cats are still clingy, the apartment is a mess and with the messy break-up of Jeff's girlfriend last month he's not been sleeping well and neither have I.
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Just to the left is a faint double. This is just after the tornado sirens stopped tonight.

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DSC_0068, originally uploaded by Fold In Progress.

Here is the orange and pink fluffy dress that has been on the list for about a year. Done and finished.

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 I discovered today, after several month of sewing virtually nothing, that I can make a new accessory in under three hours. The blue and brown dress is (finally!) having it's debut at U-Ren this Saturday. I made it two years ago and have worn it to the Ohio Renaissance Festival once, if I recall correctly. Any way, the original stomacher for the gown doesn't fit the gap that is now required to fit correctly, so today I made a new one. It looks ok, I played with a cording techique that I've wanted to do for a while and it makes me want to play some more with the effect I can get with it. 


Making the stomacher was a good use of the time alone without being stressful and reminded me that yes, having time to myself means having the table and sewing machine to myself as well! 

Now to use that time to read Feed by Mira Grant and possibly scare myself silly. I haven't decided ( I'm about 120 pages in ) how scary the book actually is yet, but the world that is built is certainly one that has me rethinking things that I thought I would never reconsider...like which pets I would want around in the next 30 years.
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So, I've friended a bunch of people this week. Hi, there! You can friend me back if you like, or not - I won't be offended. I post so erratically, but read every day so whatever works for you is fine by me. 

Ummm, I had to run away to look at an event venue for work and I completely lost my train of thought and how I wanted this post to go. Sorry about that.

I really just wanted to say to the new people, so "Hi!" At some point I hope to be more coherent.
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We have too much stuff. And it's partly my fault. In the continued effort of organizing our apartment and trying to make a one bedroom flat store the same amount that the two bedroom townhouse with basement did, I concede that having the loveseat and the futon in the living room takes up too much space. The loveseat needs to go, it's a unitasker for all that it is comfortable and sits high. I complain that the futon is too low to move from, but mostly I'm lazy and need to be more flexible. We need the space that the futon currently lives in to have a place for the sewing machine, or at least for storage. Maybe move the desk that the TV is on over there and find something not as bulky for the tv and media equipment? Or is the desk too high to comfortably sew on? The serger could go on the typewriter shelf!! This bears more discussion with Jeff once he sees this.  Hmm, maybe the tv could go back on the little table and the treadle could become the side table ....or vice versa with the treadle as the tv stand....

We need to go through the fabric, cull and organize. Or at least ponder projects to use the fabric we have. I had the brief thought of using the box of samples in a quilt or something similar. ( This is your fault, [livejournal.com profile] skylark913 ! You and your invasive quilting habits!) It would knock out a bunch of them rather quickly. Boxes need to be aquired that fit the shelving and can hold quantities of fabric. The current underbed boxes we have don't fit well at all. And the cats will fur everything up if we don't box it up. All I can find on fabric storage is usually geared towards small quantities of fabric, quilters and the like or of unlimited space to store bulk fabric. We don't have the space for rolls of fabric, not and make it easily accessible. It'll take some playing and actual determination to do make things organized. It's been hard having the energy to work on it, but I'm going to try and change that.

In other organizing news, we got the bookshelves up in the living room, the kitchen shelves up and in there we also put up metal shelving, like what people usually put in their closets, in between the two cabinets we have. They overhang the sink and now our drying dishes can drip into the sink and not clutter up the countertop! It has been a delight to have that space back, although I don't know quite what to do with it yet.  The bookshelves still need some sorting, maybe a couple of shallower shelves for the paper backs.

It's looking like the budding relationship that was developing over the fall is a bust, at least for me. She's fallen hard for Jeff and out of interest with me. So much so, that she isn't even speaking to me. I'm apparently obnoxious and disliked, having been compared to a tv ( noisy, distracting and interfering) so much so that even trying to like me for Jeff's sake is not worth it. Talk about making a girl feel unloved. By the time I am willing to make any relationship work with her, she's given up and deemed it too hard. I guess we'll see how this works out eventually, Jeff still hopes something will work but he's also fallen pretty hard for her, even through the smoke and mirrors she puts up so that what we see of her is hid away so much even he is unsure of her feelings toward him.

In the workplace, I'll have been working here for a year on Friday. Which is awesome, I'm relatively secure in my position here and as long as this year continue better than last, I hope to continue working here for a long time. My review is tomorrow, I'm kinda excited and yet scared to see what the bosses are going to say. It's routine enough that I can prepare for the catastrophes that happen every once in a while, but not too stressful or boring. We're still planning on moving the office by April, but we haven't found a place yet that really fits. March is gearing up to be pretty busy, there are a couple of large events that happen all in the third weekend which will make logistics hilariously scary to deal with. Half of our office will be away and the world is bound to explode that weekend.
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From Jeff and this website

Best Occupational Category

You're an ORGANIZER

Keywords

Self-Control, Practical, Self-Contained, Orderly, Systematic, Precise, and Accurate

These conservative appearing, plotting-types enjoy organizing, data systems, accounting, detail, and accuracy. They often enjoy mathematics and data management activities such as accounting and investment management. Persistence and patience allows them to do detailed paperwork, operate office machines, write business reports, and make charts and graphs.

ORGANIZER CAREERS
Suggested careers are Administrator, Secretary, Printer, Paralegal, Building Inspector, Bank Cashier, Private Secretary, Statistician, Operations Manager, Financial Analyst, Bookkeeper, Medical Records Technician, Developer of Business or Computer Systems, Clerical Worker, Proofreader, Accountant, Administrative Assistant, Banker, Certified Public Accountant, Credit Manager, Store Salesperson, Actuary, Dental Assistant, Business Education Teacher, Food Service Manager, IRS Agent, Budget Analyst, and Underwriter.

ORGANIZER WORKPLACES
Your very careful, conscientious, conservative nature gives others the confidence to trust you with handling money and material possessions. Structured organizations that have well-ordered chains of command work best for you.

Suggested Organizer workplaces are large corporations, business offices, financial lending institutions, banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, and quality control and inspection departments.



2nd Best Occupational Category

You're a DOER

Keywords:

Emotionally Stable, Reliable, High Energy, Practical, Thrifty, and Persistent

These adventurous types prefer action-oriented, concrete problems rather than dealing with thought-provoking, ambiguous, abstract dilemmas. Fields of interest include mechanical, construction, and outdoor careers. They might also enjoy working with machines, tools, and equipment to repair or build something.

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I keep meaning to post. So here I am forcing myself to do so.

Last week was spent in Washington DC at the DC Auto Show. The company I work for is hired to run and manage Playland. We drove down on Monday, set-up Tuesday and then did office work during the mornings and had characters running about on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in the evenings. Saturday was slow because of the snow, but it was about a 12 hour day for us. Sunday was better, busier and we were done by 6 and completely loaded back up by 10:30.

You can see photos of the show and Playland at the official photographer's website. The hardest part of the whole week was being away from home for the whole week. 

It was rough, but worth the huge paycheck I received for it. That will go towards shelves and the continued organization of our apartment.


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I really need to get back in the habit of posting.

I can go back over the last couple of months in detail, but that would take the rest of my day.

In short, we are moved in to the correct apartment. A small chunk of stuff is still upstairs, mostly clothing and things that need to be trashed. Hopefully, this week will see all this moved too, once the drums find a more permanent place than in front of our dressers.

The holidays were stressful, but now they are over. Things are being forced back into routine, though we haven't yet managed to plan our meals. We have a close friend who may be more, once she figures herself out and, while I hate to say it - grows up a little bit more.

I have purchased almost everything I need (still need shoes!) for a new dress. 1950's party gown in pink and orange...it should be interesting since I have almost no skin color at the moment. The goal is to have it done for Marcon. I hope to make another post about it later this week.

My boss gave me a new harddrive this week for my computer and now I have access to previously blocked websites. It makes work so much more exciting! Well, until I exhaust my bookmarks and then have to get to being productive. But! Access! I have also been here for nearly a year! The last month was slow all around but next week is the DC Auto Show, which we are managing a very small part of, and it is essentially the kick-off of our busy season. So next week I'll be in DC, missing Madrigal for the first time ever.

And now I think I am mostly up to speed and can now update as it happens.

12/6/2009

Dec. 6th, 2009 08:44 pm
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rey I think steve should have one in his van for rpg
2009

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I haven't done a true update in quite sometime. This post is more thorough than I've been. I will try to be more open in the future, in hope that things are more clear and less on Jeff to interpret my feelings to others. This is somewhat in response to his post last week, but I hope to continue writing my thoughts down in order to be more precise.

I didn't realize quite how long this was, so here you go. )

Test post

Oct. 15th, 2009 10:52 pm
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Testing an email post to see if I can actually update this tomorrow at work
since they have blocked regular access. bleh
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Last week I went to the dentist after dealing with pain all weekend. She couldn't find anything wrong but strongly recommended a root canal on the front tooth. She prescribed a week's worth of penicillin, and a light does of Vicodin, did a bit of filing on the back of the front tooth to see if that would affect anything (it did, almost immediately I could feel the difference) and sent me on my way. My insurance won't cover any root canals or other oral surgery until I've been covered for a year, so even if it was clearly an abscessed tooth I would have to pay for it out of pocket.

The hydro-condone wasn't really doing a whole lot to keep the pain down, in addition to wanting a second opinion so I set up an appointment with an Internal Medicine doctor. I've been needing to do this since the insurance was approved so not too big a deal. I schedule the appointment for Thursday and wake up the morning of with about a third of my face swollen from the middle of my nose to the inner corner of my right eye and across that cheek. It makes me feel so much better that I was going to the doctor. I go, the doctor is nice and has personality, she asked questions and listened. She decided that it was a sinus infection, gave me a prescription for some stronger antibiotics and recommended Ibprofen for the swelling and pain. They also took a couple of x-rays of my face to make certain of the sinus infection.

So throughout the weekend things get better, the swelling goes down and I prove that the pain is manageable with ibprofen every hour or so. I'm currently finishing up the round of antibiotics and am not taking any pain meds. There is still a bit of swelling along the front of my mouth, which isn't noticeable from the outside but obvious from the inside as my lip and gum don't seam together. but have a little ledge where it's still swollen. The spot between my lip and nose is still sort of tender, and if I push enough on it, I'll get throbbing through my front tooth.

I get a call today from the doctor's office. They've looked at my x-rays and it seems my sinus look okay, but I have an impacted third molar. I only have one wisdom tooth (it seems my mouth is small enough that the others never developed) and of course it decides to impact.

So I have a fourth dentist appointment in five weeks tomorrow to see what can be done about it. I have a feeling this also will not be covered by my insurance.

Ouch

Aug. 28th, 2009 11:11 am
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The cold I've had since Monday presented itself with an entirely new symptom that just makes me want to pull my teeth out. Now, I'm used to having sensitive teeth; cavities and the following fillings along with the new crown have made my mouth very susceptible to pain from all things sweet, hot and cold. It's something I've learned to tolerate very well. This new pain, however, can make me want to cry as it starts. It starts as a dull ache that spreads out from my right incisor  and blooms along the cheekbone and jaw until I can feel it in my lower jaw. It's enough that I have to remember to breath throughout, and then it just dissipates faster than it took to build.

It's not actually my teeth, I know because after the pain stops my teeth don't hurt at all. I've been able to drink things that usually set off the sensitivity in my front tooth, and while my crown still aches a little it's not painful to chew on like before I had the dentist fix the bite.

Plus Psuedoephedrine does seem to kill it for about four hours. I took two at 7:15 when I woke up, and at 11 the pain started up again, to fade and have a second shock wave. Two more and we'll see where we are at 3 pm.

I'm giving it until Monday, if it doesn't stop then I'm headed to a doctor.
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Well, let's see the last actual post was on.....Aug 6th, wow. 

We're completely moved out of the old apartment. We even managed to turn in the keys a day early. The managing company ended up being a little pushier than we put up with, so we didn't clean the apartment quite as well as we should have. Oh well, it wasn't as if we were getting that security deposit back, what with Evander's loving care to the door frames. He isn't as bad as a teething puppy, but wow he can inflict some damage.

So, in the new intermediate apartment, where there is very little space for people and cats for all the boxes at the moment but as we get more settled I think we can manage to make it home for the month or so it takes to finish up the actual apartment. The last thing to be transferred over is the Gas account, which won't be shut off at the old place until tomorrow, and then won't be turned on at the new place until the 3rd. 

For all the moving, we've been pushing to be more social and so several good things have come out of it.. Trivia nights down at Claddaugh, Python nights at [Bad username or unknown identity:    ] 's , and hopefully more nights at the WIld Goose Creative. Jeff and I went to a concert there, a father who plays late fifties folk music, and his son who is the lead singer for Common Shiner . It was fantastic. The music was great, the father told stories in folk fashion and his son's music was very reminescent of Bare Naked Ladies with a little more soul. I'm sure it sounds very different with a full band behind him but  Morgan Foster did a set that made me wish we had recorded it.

But back to Wild Goose Creative, there seems to be a Stitch and Bitch every Tuesday, the girls said it was mostly knitters but would welcome any needlework so anyone want to join up for a Tuesday to stitch and hang out? It'll give me one more day to work on my pocket project, which lately is only getting worked on when we go to Jeff's parents for dinner. His mom has a floor stand that makes stitching so much easier.  I'm almost done with the greens, when you do a floral scene there are a lot of greens. I'll try to post a picture before too much longer.

September looks to be a full and interesting month. O-Ren starts back up, which means Jeff loses all Saturdays since his boss helps run a booth down there.  On the fifth, we're going to the New Boston Faire out in Springfield. It's one of the larger 18th century reenactments on the west side of Ohio that aren't almost in Michigan. We went two years ago and enjoyed it, so off to see it again.  No dressing up this year though, with the sewing machines packed up. The 19th is [livejournal.com profile] whisperwheel 's and [livejournal.com profile] knightvln 's wedding (crap, I need something to wear!). The 20th is the Ohio Steampunk's Invasion of O-Ren. September is also the busiest fall month at work, we already have most of the costumes that I work with booked and two major events that are going to need some major staffing and I may get to go to DC. We hash all that out next week, I believe. OSU starts back up late September and so does Guild which means we may lose a large chunk of our social group to dealing with newbies and schoolwork.  

Ok, that was more than I had planned on bringing up but it happens when you're procrastinating.

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