Monday, October 29, 2007

what have YOU been up to?

I painted the walls of my office this weekend. Sanded the touch-up patches, added a second coat of primer and put on the first coat of paint. The SP helped rough-in the corners but I let him off the hook and finished the rolling myself. It's a small room, after all.

The paint is very antique-looking, kind of an eggshell or cream that has yellowed with age. I think it'll look smashing with the golden-shellacked trim and some rich draperies. The SP said we'd go look at wood for my workbench this weekend. Yay!

We are both ALMOST caught up with our financial situation. I had some back taxes from the divorce; he had some other things to take care of, and while they are not yet completely gone, we've got them scared. All the sewing I did this summer and fall put a nice chunk of change in my pocket, all of which is going to Uncle Sam.

I did buy a couple of small things for myself, however. I got a ruffle-making foot for Vera Bernina, and I FINALLY found some vertically-striped nylons which I've only been searching for since, oh, 2002. They were kind of pricey, but I ordered two pair, one tan & one black, and they were worth every penny. They are gorgeous, smooth, sheer, excellent quality, and fit like a dream. I'm almost afraid to wear them, for fear of snags.

In further garment news, I completed my long tweed skirt and my tweed vest. They look very sharp. I put them on with my pocketwatch and perched a pair of old welding goggles on my head, and how Steampunk am I? The skirt's great, though. Very long, swingy and soft, not at all binding. Probably be very warm in the winter, too, if I put some tights and a petticoat under it.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

time flies

Wow, it's October. Like, halfway through October. How did that happen?

I've been sick this week. I think it was the let-down that comes when you get everything finished and finally slow down enough that the germs can catch up. I stayed home Monday and slept about 12 hours and felt better.

So what have I been doing? Well, I sewed a lot. I made three Harley Quinn costumes, as you know.... and I sold about 10 patterns, I'm not sure of the actual number. I found out that one skank who bought a pattern from me 2 years ago is now selling her own made-to-order Harley Quinn costumes in PVC. C'est la vie. If I wanted to work in PVC I'd be more annoyed than I am She does a pretty good job but my hoods look better.

The SP and I have been preparing lightly for a tai chi demo next weekend, during which we will wave our umbrellas and pretend to beat each other up. Sit is emceeing and I'm curious whether he'll make a joke about us being married. The demo is supposed to be in a grocery store parking lot, unless of course it keeps raining.

The advent of the cool weather has made me want to sew something for myself, so while I was home sick I cut out some lovely tweed from my stash to make a three- and possibly four-piece suit. I cut out the jacket, vest and pants, and probably have enough fabric left for a skirt but I may use another pattern for it. It feels very strange to be sewing something for myself. I haven't made myself any non-costume clothes in a very long time.

Let's see, what else?... I believe I mentioned sending "Sikeston" to Baen's Universe back in August. They got round to it rather quicker than I expected, but they turned it down. Said it "wasn't right" for the magazine. I'm not sure what that means, but I was not entirely surprised. Sikeston is a great story, I think, but over at Baen's they like things a bit lighter.

I haven't felt like writing for a while. I thought I might churn out something for Halloween, but it's been awfully busy at work and at home, both. I have no brain cells to spare for plot construction. Oh, that job I applied for? I interviewed with the supervisor and we both agreed I was overqualified for the position. It was pretty much entry-level and data entry. The sad part was, that starting salary was roughly what I'm making now, after seven years here. It's a small market for publishing around here, there's no competition so wages stay low. Of course from what I understand, nobody in publishing anywhere in the WORLD makes a decent living, so I'm in good company.

The good news is, what with me making up a resume and investigating elsewhere, my supervisor finally heard me complaining about how I was stagnated and wanted some new duties, preferably web-based. They are working on getting new people into the department, and when they succeed, I shall be taking on some new duties. Which means I shall be turning the screws for a raise, come April.

But that's a heavy topic, not fun. And I am too drowsy to dwell on heavy topics. It's pouring rain outside and very dark. I think I shall put up Halloween decorations. We're having trick-or-treaters in the office on the 26th and I'll probably dress up. I'm leaning toward a Fairweather-inspired Steampunkish ensemble. I should have enough costume bits to pull that off. Particularly if I finish my new skirt. The SP found a pair of old welding goggles that belonged to his dad, and I already have a pocketwatch, so I can accessorize effortlessly.