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Woo hoo! Oct. 2nd, 2005 @ 04:52 pm
Behind the cut for those who haven't seen Serenity yet:
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Feeling: pleasedpleased

Help! Oct. 2nd, 2005 @ 11:45 am
Hello all you early period garb experts out there!

I need your advice about this particular illumination - especially the leggings.
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Also, I don't know how to interpret the decorative elements on the leggings. It certainly looks like they've got straps crossed around them to keep them on, which I've read about before - but how do I interpret the detail around the knee? Here's a closeup of the area I'm talking about:
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Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
Feeling: confusedconfused

Botany I Sep. 15th, 2005 @ 02:30 pm
I had my first class yesterday evening, and while it looks to be a fairly challenging one, it also looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. It's Botany level I, and will consist mostly of lectures and contour drawings of plants. Fortunately my Bunny has been giving me quite the refresher on contour drawings this summer.

The teacher is really nice, very (ahem) down-to-earth. She has arranged for one of the other students to take notes and email them to me in order to give my elbow a nice rest so I can concentrate on the drawings, and she is going to arrange for me to take the final exam a day or two early, as it is scheduled for Winter Solstice and there is no way I'm spending Yule writing an exam, even one on botany.

Here's some way cool stuff I learned in class last night:

- clorophyll isn't green; it absorbs red and blue light and reflects green light, hence it only appears green, just like the sea only appears blue.
- even way clever biochemists don't actually understand the whole process of photosynthesis.
- there are two different ways that leaves change colours: in one way, all the clorophyll breaks down into tannin, revealing the other two pigments, carotene and carotenoid, which appear yellow or red - this his how birches work; in the other way, clorophyll breaks down on warm days into sugar, which is trapped in the leaf on cold nights and changed to the bright red pigment anthocynin - this is how maples work.
- in the tropical rainforests, there are carnivorous plants that grow pitchers large enough to decompose rodents and birds. These pitchers develop at the tip of a slender extension of the midrib (centre line) of the leaves of the plant. There's a pretty good picture of one here:http://www.omnisterra.com/botany/cp/pictures/nepenthe/pics/neog3.jpg.
Feeling: excitedexcited

Elbow News Sep. 15th, 2005 @ 02:15 pm
I went to see the orthopedic surgeon about my elbow yesterday morning; Bunz came with me. He had some very interesting things to say.

For starters, my GP shouldn't have sent me to see him in the first place. He apparently breached some major point of medical etiquette by sending me to a new surgeon instead of to the surgeon who operated on it orginally. He also shouldn't have sent me to have an MRI, to a consultation with a sports medicine doctor, etc - he should have left that to the surgeon in charge of the case. Now, of course, this is all just the opinion of this particular surgeon - but as he's really the Ottawa equivalent of what the English call a "Harley Street expert" I rather think it nails the last nail in my GP's coffin. buttongirl, could you email me the name of your doctor so I can try to make the switch?

He also said that the only mistake that was made at the Civic at the time of my original operation was in telling me that I would have a 100% recovery. He said that with any other joint, that would have been the case; but that with elbows, by the time the bone has healed (6 weeks on average) the joint has seized, and the patient ends up with only the range of motion that I have (I can bend my elbow from almost straight to about 90 degrees but no further - and it's my right elbow, as well). Since my pre-operative talk was given by an intern, he may have been unaware of the difference between elbows and other joints. I'm mad about that - but I no longer have to worry about being a victim of a surgical malpractice, and I no longer have to worry about needing further surgery, both of which are HUGE FUCKING RELIEFS.

He took a look at my x-rays, and agreed that I do have some bone growth, which is a result of my osteoarthritis. He debunked my GP's pronouncement that my arthritis was pronounced 2 to 3 times beyond the stage it should be, but said it was exactly where it should be. He agreed that I need pain management, but as he's not taking my case on, he couldn't prescribe anything. He said the pain in the joint and in my wrist were normal, but that he didn't know why I was getting deep tissue pain as well.

So that's where I stand. I don't need surgery, I might follow up on massage therapy if FC's benefits will cover it, and I need to find a new doctor who will help me with serious pain management (none of this Tylenol 3 and a pain journal crap). It's nice to be less confused.
Feeling: relievedrelieved

Huzzah! Sep. 8th, 2005 @ 12:17 pm
Commission #2! Courtesy of ambiviolent, and it looks to be a nice, chewy, challenging one. I'm going to spend the next couple of days finishing the setup of my studio and the adjacent guest room so I can be ready for fredsmith's visit this weekend and for consultations next week. Plus I've done an inventory of all the items I have leftover from the old days.

I'm not sure if I'm going to use Ebay to sell things - they seem to be a good venue for items under $50.00, but not such a good idea for large items like the ladies' houppelande I found 2/3rds finished in my fabric horde and which I intend to complete and sell. I'll probably try out Etsy.com at first and see how well it works, backed up with a "Mythmaker Custom Designs" livejournal with a gallery. I can do lots of online advertising - and I want to ask Cristabell if she'd mind if I did a single advertising post on the Caldrithig discussion group.

It took forever to get to sleep last night - my brain was full of ideas for things I could make to sell at Feast of the Hare. When I stopped selling things I was just getting into doll-making - I have an awesome idea for dolls that I think would sell like hotcakes to people in the SCA. I hope so, anyways!
Feeling: creativecreative
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» Current Events
On a purely selfish front, I just got my first commission - making fencing armour (heavy-duty clothing, no metal-working required, for all you mundane types) circa 1530 for one of my friends who attends the dance practices.

On a more global scale, for people who are looking to help out the folks in Louisiana, my favorite online fabric store, equilter.com, is as usual doing their best to help out. This doesn't surprise me at all as they usually donate part of all sales to a number of charities including Doctors Without Borders. For more info, go to http://equilter.com/cgi-bin/webc.cgi/katrina_charity.html.
» Small Victory
So last night I had a bit of an adventure - I may have been a little petty, but I certainly enjoyed it.

Tuesday nights are my date night with the superloverly Bunny, and we decided to invite Foxy along as well to hear GuyGrrl at the Lookout. They're a wonderful duo who do great cover songs, stuff from the 70's up until now, including what we have deemed a "better Alanis than Alanis." They play every Tuesday and I definitely recommend them.

We had also heard through the grapevine that it was my ex-lover Peter Pan's birthday and that he would be celebrating at Zaphod's, where he is one of the Tuesday night DJ's. So the three of us got extra dolled-up. I wore my corset, zip-up skirt (with my new tattoo showing), fishnets, etc. Bunny wore her new pin-stripe suit, a white linen shirt, a tie and a black fedora (she was so hot she almost didn't make it out the door). Foxy wore a little black dress and a hat that made her look like the mysterious dame in a 40's detective story.

We went to the Lookout and had a few drinks - one of the regulars was having his birthday and bought us a couple of rounds of shots. Then in the break between sets, we strolled over to Zaphod's, where we ran into Oninofro, and where I made a point of introducing Bunny and Foxy to Red Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and Peter Pan. It was awesome! We looked so great, and they looked so surprised, and really, things are going so well for me that it felt really good to go in there and show off a little. I'm really proud of myself for pulling it off and not having an anxiety attack or anything.

It was wierd seeing Peter Pan, though - I wish we were still friends.
» Some Clarification Seems to be Called For...
Last night while I was at the August Hare Ball (of which Cortejo took some loverly photos - darling, did you post them somewhere that all comers can see, or only on the Caldrithig Yahoo group?), the significant other of one of my dearest friends was surprised to discover that I had two girlfriends. This quite amazed me as it's been the case for over 6 months now. Anyways, I thought that perhaps it was time to outline the details, especially as there have been a few newcomers added to my lj in recent weeks.

I am thrilled to say that the fantabulous cortejo is my girlfriend, and has been since November 2004. I am equally thrilled to say that the luscious gingerbunz, sometimes known as Bunny, has also been my girlfriend since January 2005, and is now my second primary. I am head over heels in love with both of them and overjoyed to be finally out as a bisexual after years without female companionship.

My male primary is, of course, my darling husband finalcut999. We've been together through good and bad for over 7 years now, and married for just over 3 years (our anniversary is Midsummer Eve). He is the light of my universe (something that would surprise him given his continued campaign for the forces of darkness).

He and I live in the Glebe in the building sometimes known as Fool's Rest, which we share with our group poly family/nefarious cohort consisting of the aforementioned Bunny and her common-law partner jacomothefool, and the stunning foxyfiles, who dates Bunny, Jacomo and Final in turn and makes my life a whole darn lot easier to boot.

Not to mention the constant visits by Cortejo and her toddler/secret evil genius bent on world domination, the charming Miss Lydia Lynch, and the even more mysterious and charming j_v_lynch.

Plus the non-human members, Jack the Pumpkin King, Dominar Silent Bob, Monsieur Nopo and Huntress Tabitha Twitchit.

There. Any more questions?
» Clean Slate!
So today Bunny and I worked very hard to clear out and unpack my workroom and guest room, so that I now have, amongst other things, a workspace and my own computer with internet connection set up for the first time since moving into the new house. Yay!

This is particularly important since I have chosen to make a major change in my life. I have quit my government job and gone back to school. Right now I am enrolled part-time at Algonquin College in the Horticulture and Landscape Technician program - I will be taking Botany and Herbaceous Plants this fall.

The trick will be finding a way to make money to cover my share of rent, groceries and bills now that I will no longer be working my fancy-schmancy government job. I'm going to talk to temp agencies, but since I will need time to study for school, I don't really want to be working full-time in offices, or there won't have been much point in my quitting work in the first place.

I also intend to restart my business, Mythmaker Custom Designs. If anyone wants clothing made this fall, whether costumes for Hallowe'en, garb for Feast of the Hare, or mundane clothes for any purpose from a comfy shirt to a formal dress, please consider asking me to take on the job. I can also make soft furnishings, and even have enough experience now with my basement workshop to make some hard furnishings - chests, footstools, etc.

I will also be using this livejournal in the future to advertise clothing, fantasy dolls, and other items that I will have for sale, as well as looking into options such as Ebay, Etsy.com, flea markets and craft sales, etc.
» Banksy
This URL: http://www.banksy.co.uk will go towards solving a mystery for FC. Thanks to g42, who recently friended me out of nowhere, for the link.
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