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This is mostly going to be spewing thoughts, as I am currently waiting for UPS and Fedex to show up with their deliveries.

Health Insurance - I've been dropped from my mom's health insurance because I graduated, it is only a matter of time before my dad's is gone too so it is time to do research and find something that works for me. My job is not full time and doesn't look to be becoming so in the near future. It is steady at about 32- 35 hours a week but I have a feeling it may drop back down to 25 in the winter when we don't have quite as much work. And while Jeff's insurance does allow for domestic partners, it would pull a hell of a lot of money out of his paycheck and it isn't the most useful insurance. I must admit to having been spoiled for health insurance, between the military and Mom being a nurse at Good Sam, we had pretty awesome insurance there for a while, at least as far as I could tell. I perused the eHealthInsurance website this morning and its little algorithm came up with 4 options for someone my age and ability to pay etc. So now  to figure out what I want and need for coverage. The monthly prices aren't bad, all under $100, copays are $25-35, deductibles are all $2500, but wow there is a lot I don't understand.


Penelope - I'm nearly finished with the new farthingale, having put the last of the boning channels and the ruffle on last night. All that needs to be done today is put in the boning. Next up - seeing how much of the skirt can be turned into sleeves and side panels, as well as seeing how well the bodice fits with the new stays. I have just over a motnh to finish this. Eep!

Marcon 45 - Since hearing that [livejournal.com profile] seanan  is the Filk GOH next year, I've decided to go to Marcon and this, of course, requires new costumes. The theme next year is zombies... and while I like the idea of zombies I don't want to dress up as one. So the thought then is mad scientist or doctor. White vinyl lab coat, green corset of yet to be determined design and some sort of pants. Skirts aren't very pratical in the lab while dealing with zombies, nor in the process of attacking/running away from them. Maybe some sort of pinstripe trouser. Jeff always asks about the character.... and I suck at character development  so I'm going to try and work on that. After all, people will expect personas if you are cosplaying.  I've also thought about being Rose Marshall, from Pretty Little Dead Girl, but I haven't been able to find a description for her so I'm not certain I could pull it off. I must delve some more before I decide. If not, a pretty 50's style dead girl will still work.

Marigold - This is what I wore to Faire this year. I like the pieces on their own, but they didn't quite create a whole outfit when together. I felt really out of place beside Sylvain so I need to make something that fits beter with Jeff's satyr .... I didn't realize this until I started writing this post so I don't really have ideas yet.... And more on that character development issue.

I think that's it for this post... there are other things to discuss but not right now

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Pictures of my latest two commissions are up at my Flicker site. Here for [livejournal.com profile] demonqueen666 's medieval madrigal gown, and here for the modernized corset.

There were challenges with both, though relatively minor. The woman who commissioned the corset is very straight through the torso and hip, so I played with seam placement and fabric choice to give an illusion of curve. It worked as well as it could, though I think adding a gathered skirt would increase the illusion around the hips.

I'm currently working on two projects for myself. One is a tailored jacket in striped blue wool with a shibori dyed silk lining. I need to do a bit of research first but hopefully it will be done in time to go with me to UNC for my interview and portfolio review at the end of March. The other is new faire garb which will be revealed in due course.

I wrote about getting a new job last week, right? Ok, so it was a one line post. I've been working for a week at the new place and it's going well so far. I'm the costume and shipping manager for a local character staffing and logisitics agency. I keep track of all the costumes in our fleet for our clients, process and schedule costume requests,  and make sure the costumes get to where they need to be when the customer wants them to get there.

So far I've dealt with mix-ups concerning dates of events,  requests that were verbal and therefore I had no record of the request - when the costume should have been there yesterday, and the inner workings of a company that only a few months ago had a fairly substantial turnover in its employees.

Right now I'm working about 30 hours a week, which is plenty of time to deal with paperwork, phone calls and things like laundry. But there is the good possibility that I'll get bumped up to full-time in a couple of months. Also, I get the opportunity to make even more money by helping out at events where our talent is needed! I'm doing one this Saturday at a local high school from 9 - 1, just enough time to make it worth it and still be able to work on other projects. 

<edit> OOh! It's apparently Pancake Day at the high school! Yum!

Pyr and I have been trying to be more social lately, a year off was plenty. So far we've been out and seen Coraline with a friend and to last night's Gaelic Storm concert at the Newport. Both were fabulous. Coraline was just on the edge of creepy kid's movie, the design was fabulous but the plot was on the level of an eight year old, very obvious and easy to follow. I'll need to read the book and see if it is as childish as the movie. I find it hard to believe it would be, having been written by Neil Gaiman. The Gaelic Storm concert was fantastic, they have such a great stage presence and I'm really glad they mix instrumentals in with the lyrical songs. They really show off the entire band's talent with the multitude of instruments they play. I wish they had opened up thebalcony so there was more seating, it would have made my back and legs less tired as well as being able to see a little better. For some reason, tall and stocky guys feel the need to stand in front of people who they could clearly see over.

Umm, let see what else is new? My application with SCAD is currently in review, I am working on my portfolio for UNC - it's harder because the format is completely different and I actually have to present it to a group so it needs to be very cohesive and easy for a bad presenter like me to show off. I'm also more nervous about UNC. From what I've seen of the program I think it will be a much better fit than Savannah, so I have to try that much harder to be accepted.
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I received the last of my w-2's today and excitedly opened up TurboTax to file. Thankfully, with an income under 10,000 and school tuition, the process is fairly painless and took about an hour and a half.  I get a lovely return of about 600 in all from the Feds and State, judging from the little timeline chart it should be in my hands by the end of next week.  A large chunk is going on my credit card, while the rest will sit in my bank account making it look prettier than it has been in a while. This may also be put towards the NC trip, depending on circumstances.

EDIT: I just finished up my FAFSA, I have no Expected Estimated Family Contribution!!! Yay for being an independent person....now to find money....

 I also received the last bits I needed for the current commission. Boning! Yay, and wow is a quarter of an inch tiny!. So what's left of this commission is to cut boning, put in eyelets/grommets (which ever are prettier), and bind the edges. It shouldn't take too long. 

I've been working on a new set of stays as well out of a very nice sari fabric that I bought at JoAnn's of all places. It's a very saturated pink  with gold floral brocade and an ombre to one edge. I need to take pictures. These will be shorter than my old stays, just slightly to allow for a little more hip movement. If I sat wrong the front edge would dig in at my pubic bone, not terribly comfortable.


Jan. 26th, 2009 05:38 pm
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Why is it the only place I've worked for doing alterations and repairs will only do a 'verification of employment' and not talk about my skills and what I can do to a potential employer!?!?!!

Why does the potential employer not call me when he gets the runaround at former job and tell me so?
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I am still alive, and not doing too badly either.

Classes have started up again as well as Guild. I'm taking what amounts to O-Chem lite (Chem 102), Twentieth Century Fashion, Why America is a Service-oriented country and how to keep it that way, and a Photoshop/flash class.

So far the only one that might cause me issues is the Photoshop as I've never worked with it. I have a paper due with a partner in the Service class in two weeks that is ten pages long. Chemistry isn't too bad and as long as I keep going to everything I should be alright. I actually enjoy Chem, reminds of the days I spent with dad at Wright State and BAC puttering through classes when I was little. The Fashion class is one I should pay attention in, as I don't know much about the last century in design or fashion. I might  actually learn to spot a certain design just by looking at it.

Guild looks like it will be turning out a fine st of freshmen this year, judging on how many we keep. The next couple of weeks will tell if the boys will stay or are too intimidated by twenty girls.

Looking for a job that is closer to campus/home. I don't have the time to drive half an hour and back to Davids after school, it's too much, especially when they are cutting hours anyway because it's starting to be the slow season.

Heroes last night= Fabulous and makes me excited/squee-worthy/anxious like I haven't been since Farscape. No kidding.
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Things for mom to bring on Wed, and reminder for me to email said list.

Window Fan- 43" wide and preferably the type that has two fans with options on in/out motion

Farscape videos and DVDs- need to find my Chiana again

Buttonholer -as there is a Singer person now close to where I am and they can show me how to work it on my machine which it SWEARS it can be used on, plus I've found several other people who've said the same thing.

Sewing Machine manual

Shelves or something if she found them....she hasn't said anything about them so I'm going to think she didn't

Other sewing machine if the Singer person can't fix my machine quickly...it runs but loses the needle thread on the run around the bobbin part and usually makes for a very irritating moment because it isn't terribly predictable. Will probably require a new part and ordering part as the machine is forty five years old. But I love it and would rather it work than give up on it.

Talk to her about Iggy....need to be able to set him up properly as he would be a wonderfully content iguana if we could do that. Requires $$. Slowly work up to tropical conditions in his cage once moved...first step- climbing room.

Measure said iguana cage...to design climbing things

Rent and bills....as I've not had any income in a month and a half and my next paycheck isn't until the end of the month...

Ok...now going back to working on garb as I want to wear it tomorrow for the Involvement fair.
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Let's see...not much really to say, but felt I should say something. Hate it when that happens. Room is hot and I can't really wait until it gets cold enough in here to actually use blankets...

Hopefully will have a job soon, people at Marketplace finally got back to me and said I could work a shift on Friday for someone...joy. Now if only I could remember where I put that damned shirt and hat, as it seems my nametag made it here with me.

School starts in a week...a wedding to attend the weekend following, Guild starts back up again with two relatively major events going on during Welcome Week, and keeping myself from going too crazy from everything going on but hopefully once all that is done then things will settle down again.
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yay for new keyboards!! It's a little thing and shaped differently enough that I'm still getting used to it.

Let's see....not much has changed since yesterday...but for a few glitches in things that really don't need to be mentioned.

Room is still a mess but now I can clean in the next couple of evenings with distractions that include Milliways and pretty dresses.

Need to drop off an app to Panera tomorrow and see if some of the shops on High are still hiring....getting tired of not making any money and still spending it.

Ummm...that's it I think...just letting people know that I am actually online now most of the time even if I may not actually be in front of the computer.

EDIT: I can't believe I didn't post this right after I talked to you pio...

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Okay, so I am moved in, have been since last Wednesday but am still having issues with my computer that involve a loose keyboard connection that I should hopefully have fixed by tomorrow afternoon. Room is still a mess and Oscar is ready to explore but I won't let him because selena and osucssndr haven't gotten their large things in yet and that would require doors to be wide open and he doesn't need to be tempted or forgotten in the midst.

Let's see....what else has happened. Applied for a job with Victoria Secrets today. Not sure if i'll get a call back or not. I'm not sure I want one really since the job comes with pros and cons. mostly involving the fact that it is in easton and gas prices are up and it would mean having to go from classes back to the house to pick up the car and then make my way to Easton...it would just be a lot of work and I'm not sure the money would be worth it. *shrug* will have to see.

Had dinner with Pyr's parents yesterday, which isn't an odd occurance itself, just that it was just me and not the both of us. Wasn't too bad...felt okay even without Pyr there.

Have discovered the best thing to go with my garb this year. A lovely Jacobean petal purse. Now all I have to do is embroider it and put it together and we'll be set. Of course, I've never done crewel work but I've embroidered at least so I'm not going too blindly into this project.

so, sooner or later and I'll get internet up in my room. Had it breifly today with the wireless but lacking a keyboard made things difficult. Am itching to play in Milliways a bit. Maybe not so much as I used to but at least a couple of hours every few days.
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So, the rain has prevented me from getting my bed and things here to Columbus...which means I've done very little today in the way of things. Well, I did some more job stuff, to little effect but oh well. Though, it does seems that the Marketplace wants me back this quarter so I'll have something to do while I'm looking for something better. I don't know if I'll even be able to get to actually move in today.
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Ok, been busy lately with lots of packing and moving, pyr's things and my own. The renhouse opens on Friday and I've been packing little things today and getting them ready to haul over there this weekend. Large things are going on Tuesday it looks like: bed, dresser, some rolling chairs, a bench and a few other things like pots and pans. Oh and a few lamps.

Let see...what else has happened...no one around campus is hiring until school starts, I have a reasonably free car, tuition is being completely covered by loans and scholarships this quarter and it looks like I can pay for books with what is left over.

I have a set of garb almost completely finished and getting a better idea of who I am supposed to be for this year's faire. I need a larger hoopskirt but what I have will work for middle class, yay. Also have found things today that will work for jewelry, very cool stuff.

Sorry I'm scatterbrained but I'm trying to get things down while I have a computer as I don't know when we'll have internet at the new house.


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