this: $10 dollar boots!
and I fit into the smaller size of my Amy Pond Utah jeans! They are still snug, but another week or so of my exerciseand diet program and they'll be perfect! I wore them out today. I'll be returning the larger size tomorrow :) Go Me! I'm still hoping I can find a decent plaid shirt before the 23rd. I went to Forever 21 today but didn't find one I liked. Hopefully someone out there will decide to bring the perfect shirt to Goodwill by me soon :)
*note to self need Amy/Doctor Who icon...
I think I may start to dream in plaid. I cannot find anything close to Amy's red plaid shirt in season 6. I've checked ebay, etsy, two Goodwills, Ross, Marshells, Target, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, wal mart, LL Bean, Plato's Closet, my mom's closet :) nothing! (And that by no means is the whole list.) Searching has had some funny side effects, Every single banner ad on LJ is about plaid shirts :) So I thought I'd appeal to anyone who may be reading this:
Have you seen this plaid shirt? It's button down, with the plaid running sideways on the button strip, no pockets, quarter sleeves. If seen message me :) It was probably in retail stores in late 2009-2010 (some of the items Amy wears are still in stores so their is hope yet :)
On the up side though My Amy Pond "Angels" costume is almost done. I just need the brown head band and wig . I found a better skirt then the one I had been using prior at good will today. I'm not sure if I'm going to dye the skirt or not. It's nearly black on it's own but I won't mind it being darker.I've even gotten the nail polish (and those who know me know I'm not noramly a nail polish kind of person but this is what Pond costuming has done!) Sorry about my chubbyness of me in advance :
I have found that looking at Amy's costumes are addicting and I'm very tempted to do more of them (I only wish I was as tall! Clothing on a 5'6 person do look the same as on a 5'11 person, pity.) I'd love to own the new Noa Noa dress she's wearing in the forth episode (this coming season).
I will likely do Amy's (spoilers for first episode costume ) Utah outfit because I came across a pair of jeans that would work for it simply by chance, that and it's nice and simple! I figure why not, if I'm going to get the wig for the other costume. These are the jeans ( I was trying to show the zipper on the side) Not the right color shirt, I'm still trying to find one I like. These are a tad too tight on me at the waist, but that's ok I want that to be motivation to drop a few pounds.
( Picture under cut because it's for 6x01 DW )
The Watson sweater is coming along only 7.5 inches until the front is done, which I'm hoping I can do by the end of the week. I'd so like to bring this with me to Time Gate! Even if the jacket hasn't been altered by then. I am going to get the Roni wig that I posted about last time everyone seems to agree it's a good one. I've just about decided to go with a not quite right cane for Watson, I saw one at the store for around 15 dollars. The shape of the handle is right it's just the color isn't. still debating with myself on that.
I think I've found a good wig for John Watson. It's style-able and is a good price. I've seen from lots of people who've bought from the same company that there wigs are great for the money and look good. It'll have to be next pay check though because I bought myself a new pair of converse today which took up most of my mad money :)
I've also been seriously thing about doing an Amy Pond costume , but I'm still debating if I want to spend the money on a wig for her too. Although I found myself looking at a pair of jeans today that would work for one her new season 6 costumes making me think I'm more intreasted then I thought I was in cosplaying Amy. ( I know what many of you are thinking; "Do it! It's a girl costume you never have female costumes!) I would certienly wear it for Time Gate and probably for a Thursday or Monday at Dragon*con.
So far I haven't found a sweater for Sarah Jane yet I don't suppose any of you have anything like this hanging out in your closet?Or a pattern for culottes? Etsy has a few patterns but a similar sweater has been hard to find ( although doing a search for 70's sweaters has yielded some great ugly sweaters, let me tell you!). Sorry about the link I was going to put a picture here but LJ is being stupid (again). Still not sure if this is the costume I want to do, I like her Time Warrior outfit, and I like some of the outfits she wears in the new series (which would let me use my Sonic lipstick :) What do you lot think?
I find myself starting to think about costumes for Dragon*con this year (I know it's early days...) and thought I'd post about it here feel free to throw in your two cents worth.
King Baldwin is will be back, I'm not sure if I'll have time/money to do the outside robe, but I'll wear what I had last year for sure.
John Watson is also a for sure thing. I really need to get moving on it. I'm not too worried about finding jeans and altering the jacket, I do want to find the proper cane though. I may have to settle for one that is the same shape but not quite the right color. I have found a wig I think would work well for John here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?
Phantom will also be back, it is far too much fun to be the Phantom and strangely it's the only costume that people don't just want a picture of, they want to be in the picture with me... probably because they can show that one to co-workers:)
Now then the rest are in my unsure should I do them catagory
Sharaz Jek - this is the all black vinyl Doctor Who villain. The vinyl suit was so ripped up after last years parade I simply threw it away. I am debating on wither or not to replace it (either with the same type of suit or something closer to the original (real) costume). I'm on the fence about this as I love the character and as far as I know I am the only person to have done the costume ever. On the other side rebuilding it if I do a similar suit how long will it last? If I go for creating it in the same way the show did ( Leather biker jacket and leather pants) the extra pieces of the costume that I still have won't match (one of the reasons I did the full suit was being able to match fabrics) The costume is VERY hot, especialy for the parade but I love the uniqueness of it . hmm to be or not to be.
Sarah Jane Smith- If I didn't bring Sharaz Jek I'd likely bring Sarah back, although again I'd need to redo this one ( I was a good 20 pounds heavier the last time I did the costume) . I kinda want to have something for the parade with the Doctor Who group, although if I can get enough people to do Sherlock then I'll settle for just being behind them :) I'd probably do her Time Warrior/ Dinosaurs outfit again or perhaps her Genesis of the Daleks one. The advantage to Sarah Jane is once again everything can be from the thrift store. the down side to this is it's simple, it's been done and not nearly as much fun, unless we have a Harry running around again :)
Amy Pond- I may bring this one anyway just because it is SO comfortable. This is the famous outfit from the Weeping Angels episode you can see it here: http://www.seanpaune.com/2009/07/21/
I have everything except for the shoes and a wig. Which I plan on getting (the shoes anyway) Actually I confess to wearing the out fit during normal life, it really is super comfortable. The only issue with it is that there are so many Amy's running around, and I'd not even be a very good one so this would likely remain a after hours costume/ Monday morning costume. :)
Top Gear- I love Top Gear and I'd like to show my Top gear love. First question would be who to be. I'm thinking possibly of James or Richard. As much as I'd love to do the Stig, there are a few Stig's already and the correct helmet and jumpsuit are simply too expensive. Richard is my height exactly, and is in many ways my favorite though his clothing isn't as iconic. May on the other hand, though taller, does wear some iconic shirts (stripe jumpers or flowery shirts). I do have a very James May shirt already and any jeans i buy for Watson would be fine to use for this as well. This is one that's just in the early stage of "wouldn't that be fun". If anyone wants to do the other two boy's with me I'd think that would be epic. :)
Tintin- I've also thought of bringing Tintin back, it was a very comfortable costume and with the film coming out this year maybe more then three people would recognize it. am
Have have gotten in some fun things despite all that. I meant my friend Louis to discuss the panel on the Enigma we're doing for Time Gate which was lots of fun, he's got so many stories to tell. I got lots of hand made valentines from kids at the school I sub at a lot which was really sweet . We went to a Hockey game (mom gets season tickets for Christmas) the game we saw last week was g=fantastic, lots of fighting and our team was just plain awesome. It was also by a jersey for 5 bucks night so all three of us bought one, and enjoyed looking like geeks.
I've been missing my movie night/ knit night girls both the set from college and the set from after, I just know we'de be having an Oscar party this evening! Mom and I attempting a two girl version tonight :) I never got to see Black Swan which is a pity, I'll have to catch it on DVD. Nor did I get to see many of the other oscar nod's (not really into True Grit (I dislike westerns) nor 127 Hours 9although that did look like it was worth seeing). I did get to see the King's Speech though, which i thought was very well done and a such a nice change of pace from other films, my only dislike in the film was Spall as Churchhill. I find myself wishing once again that the Oscars had a Best Ensemble award.
Coming up this weekend Mom Scott and I are going to see Charlie Daniels which should be good fun. We're alos going to see Frankenstein in Macon, which should be great fun.
Lets see what else.. I've finally spent my christmas gift cards, mostly on DVD's: 3 seasons of Top Gear and because B&N had a great Brit DVD sale( 65% off and free shipping) I'm finishing off my As Time Goes by collection. I also got this years Top Gear calender, it makes me smile every time I see it. well worth the extra charge for the export.
I'm still working had on my Watson sweater, it's been slower going on this side because I seem to have over done it on the Christmas knitting this year so My right wrist doesn't want to comply all the time. But I'm still enjoying the project. I've also finished one sock in my time traveler yarn (it's self-striping to look like the Doctor's scarf) starting on the second one soon, and I'm teaching mom how to use DPN's.
Um I guess that's it for now.
I thought I should at least try to post something before the month was up, there are a few things I know I need to tell and a few that we want to tell. I think I'll start with the hardest first:
I will not be able to do my masters degree this year and the reason is that I won't have saved enough money to have the required amount for a visa (you have to have quite a bit to be granted one and I'd have enough by next January but not by September) So I'm having to put it on hold until 2012. needless to say I'm disappointed but I can't change reality (The Doctor wouldn't let me I asked) but I'm working to save the money so that I'll be more then well off in 2012.
Part of the reason for lack is that I had to buy a new car and now have car payments to make. The nice thing about delaying school another year is that I'll be nearly finished paying for it by that time and won't have to worry about a payment while abroad. Old Dobby (my Toyota Avalon) finally became un-drivable). I traded him in for a new car about two weeks ago. I confess to shedding quite a few tears as I drove him to the car dealers. We had some good times me and that car and I felt horribly guilty about trading him in for a nice shinier car. Like his name sake he was noble to the very end. My new (new to me) car is a Nissan Altima and I'm pretty firmly set on his name being Watson. (I did briefly think about calling it Hammond or Stig, but it's too big to be called Hammond and it's a grayish gold so not really stig colored.) I'm enjoying being able to ride around feeling like I can make it home again.
My mother and I have started back on watching our weight again, we both put on a bit over the holidays. edge_of_night had posted on her blog about a website she was using as a diary and it's great so far. It really helps keeping track of things and knowing just how much damage you are doing with each meal. We've (my mother and I) have only been on it for about two days but neither of us has cheated yet, which is wonderful considering we found a new cafe with very yummy looking cakes :)
Along with the diet and the new car new year type things I'm trying to have a really good clean out, I'm hoping to have a massive garage sale to raise funds for grad school. I also feel like I'm moving on with many things in my life (not all of them stated publicly here) and starting close doors and open new ones and I really want a clean start of it. I know I won't feel like I've done that unless I really go though and clean out everything. It's a slow process but I feel batter as I'm doing it. You know very "Start as you mean to go on.” sort of thing.
Anyway I guess that is it for now. night everyone.
So 2010 is nearing the end time to do that “looking back” thing one does around new years in order to establish just how much time you can claim you didn’t waste. Perhaps that’s a bit negative, maybe I should be saying the time that you got away with doing f*ck all… no that doesn’t quite work either, still moving on. In 2010 I got my first job as a substitute teacher and was then hired on long term so the first four months of the year where very busy. I managed to travel more than I ever have before, and found that what I had thought to be true is in fact true: I like to travel. First To Thomasville, to help clean my out my Grandmother’s house, , not fun but it was nice to see family. I went on a road trip Washington DC for three great days with my friend during spring break . I think it was my first trip since elementary school during an actual spring break. We went to a TSO concert while there. I went to Time Gate, a very small convention in Atlanta, which while not far, was fun. There I made, or rather was reacquainted with, a friend. During the summer I took my first trip to the west coast and spent a few days in San Francisco while my mother was there on business. (I also spent way more time in Wisconsin then I ever thought I would due to a tornado). There was Dragon*Con, but more on that later. I went to Boston for a cousins wedding and then a trip to Savannah to audition for SETC. Not too bad for only one year.
Hmmm… in the interest of keeping this not so boring and because I had to restart my computer and it lost quite a bit of this post I’m just going to list the other things, while periodically inserting smart ass comments.
Books: Richard Hammond’s Life on the edge, As you Do, and Or Is That Just Me, The World According to Clarkson by Jeremy Clarkson (My Top Gear Boys!), Helene Hanoff’s 84 Charing Cross Road and Q’s Legacy, Herge’s The Adventures of TinTin (yes all of them ) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (including A study in Scarlet and Sign of the Four) A Life in Secrets by Sarah Helm, Station X (BBC),(Thanks Louis!) and I’m sure multiple re-reads.
TV ;Top Gear, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures , QI, Have I got News For you, Law and Order UK, NCIS, Ghost Hunters International, PBS Brit Com’s Sherlock (OMG Epic WIN!) The Last Enemy, White Chapel, Tomorrow People ( hacked my DVD player to make it region free) and I’m sure there where many others…
Stage: Phantom of The Opera (last time). Beethoven’s Last night, Peter Pan, Two Music Concerts at the Ragamuffin
Movies (In Theater, if I did DVD’s as well the list would be epic): Avatar, Twilight New Moon, Harry Potter
Costumes: Sharaz Jek, TinTin, Phantom of the Opera, King Baldwin IV, Snape, renfest dress (didn’t make but fit back into (yay!)
Knitting: Dalek, windmill bag, baby hat, Wizard Hat, Scott’s 1941 hat, Cowl, present that can’t be named yet, started on Watson Sweater!
Music: William Joseph, Romeo et Juliette (new cast), Love Never Dies
And I think that is it really. As you can see lots of time wasted, in fact while writing this I should have been doing other things. I suppose I get points for stick-to –it-ness if nothing else. Here’s hoping that 2011 will be even more awesome (and for the love of all that is good let me find out what happens to Sherlock and Watson in the Swimming pool!)
My Christmas very nice and quiet . I had Christmas Eve off and spent it with my parents, mostly trying to finish knitting Scott's present ( a 1941 Navy watch cap) and listening to Radio 2 with mom while she cooked up a storm. We also watched Bridget Jones together , again with me trying very hard to finish knitting. We lost our telephone, internet, and cable during the evening so we watched a few Christmas films (national lampoon and A Christmas Carol) and had yummy ham sandwhiches together. It was very nice and cozy. I finished wrapping up presents and finished off my evening with Garfield's Christmas and The Vicar of Dibley. Christmas morning was lots fo fun, I knew what my big gift from mom would be, a new cell phone, but I did have few good surprises Like a yarn ball winder and a knitting needle set from Knit Picks. Scott got me a gift card to Amazon. Squee! After that we got dressed and Scott's mother, sister and her husband came over for dinner, which was awesome, mom went a little crazy with the food, but it was sooooo good. We also had fun with the crackers ( My Grandmother looked smashing in her paper hat, she and all of us wore them the whole meal) And while we where eating it began to snow. Which look really pretty but kept me from heading up to my "other family's" house. We all opened our gifts to each other and had desert ( Two cakes and a Trifle OMG it was good).
Today was largely a lazy day, Scott had to leave on a trip to Chicago, so that took up most of the time. Although Mom and I did get in a walk in the snow and watched the second Bridget Jones movie
I've started working on the front half of my Watson sweater on my new needles :)) I think mom is looking forward to this costume as much as I am, When we went to the mall she half dragged me into a medical supply store to see if they had reasonable cane for the costume, they did have one in the correct style but the wrong color, still it was fun to see her embrace the costume hunt like a fan girl :)
I'm still very excited about England, I've finally decided on the topics I'm going to write for on one of the essays I have to send in with admissions and my Aunt and Uncle have both volunteered to read them and give me feed back when I'm finished. (Both are Professors and do a lot of admissions reading for the PH.D program at the school ) I'm hoping with the house to myself during the day time this week I can get started on writing, I'd like to get my applications in by mid January.
I'm also excited although a bit sad that I'll likely be buying a new (used) car very soon, Dobby (yes my car has a name) has finally reached the end of the road and is no longer safe, or affordable to drive. This stinks a) because I do like the car and b) with me looking to be out of the country it takes a sizable chunk of change and will be sitting here for a year. But I really don't have a choice, leasing a car is too expensive. I've got my eye on a Kia that I like, I'll probably be going sometime next week to look at them.
And i think that's it for the news, I'm sure I'll be posting before or after the new year with resolutions that I'll break within the first 24 hours of the new year :)
I had also been working on creating a new Snape jacket, it was a quick sew and not as neat or as accurate as I would have liked it to be, but truly it was meant to be wore for these last two films and as a quick costume should i have need of one, despite it being out of a cheap material it came out nicely and looked well on me. I also had two firsts for me button holes and covering buttons. Again I'll try and post pictures later, I only have four USB ports and they are all on the back of my CPU which makes it a pain to get to them and unplug something just to upload a few things, I've actually thought about going back to an old style roll ball mouse just to free up one of the ports. I really want to get a new computer in the near future, but I won't allow myself to do that until I either pay off my credit card or a new job demands it.
I have of course been to see the new Harry Potter, which I thought was wonderful, and I think the best one they've come out with in terms of the overall finished product, I can't wait to see see it again. I went with my friends to see the midnight show and wore the Snape costume I mentioned above. If any one is interested I'll do a proper review of it, but if no one is then I'll not bore you with my thoughts.
I can't tell you how much I am looking forward to tomorrow, it is a guilt free day off. School in my county is out for the holidays so no one will be calling and I don't have to be at the store tomorrow. Yay! I'm hoping I can get some writing done with the time. I've been neglecting the story for far too long. After tomorrow my week becomes busy, I'm working until 11:30 pm on Tuesday and 1am or later on Weds. Thanksgiving I'll be at my aunts house in the mountains. Driving back down after eating there because I've got the AM shift for Black Friday I have to be at the store at 3:30am (means I leave my house at 3:00 ugh) although to be honest I'm glad I got the morning shift it goes quickly and you don't have to clean up after the madness.
Um I think that it, I hope my American Friends have a lovely Thanksgiving week and I'll be back posting very soon asking about my yearly winter card send out, since for once I'm getting into the Christmas mood early this year. Anyway TTFN
I've got to go to the dentist on Tuesday an old filling has gotten a cavity under neither it, yuck so I have to have a root canal. Shutter. The good thing is though is that my insurance covers a huge chunk of it.
I guess that's it, i just really felt I should blog about something, I felt the need to blog (I often do, I just don't always follow through) .
I feel like blogging today because really life has been pretty good. While I don't have many hours at the store I've been working more at the school, enough that I'm not having lots of guilt over not working enough. I am auditioning for SETC in the hopes of landing an acting job. My God have I missed acting and the theater., That rush or excitement. I miss it so much, I'm going to enjoy having another crack at it. I've picked a comic monologue that I'm tweeking to be a bit more me. I knew when I read it the first time that I was going to do it
And then of course there is Sherlock which has given me new things to hunt down and Squee over. I have seriously not had a new fandom crush like this in a while, I've forgotten how fun it is. Thank goodness for Ravelry where I have lots of other people to go crazy with. I mentioned before that I'm recreating Watson's sweater, which I plan to have finished before Timegate. (Watson is my new character crush, if you couldn't tell) I thought I'd show you how far I've gotten in three days:
What do you think? Pretty close? I'm working with someone else on the pattern we'll probably publish it on Rav after we are done and have written it up.She's knitting it in the round and I'm knitting it flat we are also both trying different yarn weights. It's been a lot of fun working on this with someone and not just trying it all by my lonesome. I'm also trying to hunt down other bits of his costume, it's strange having lots of time to do it in, I'm used to getting costumes together in a month not months :)
Anyone else here a Sherlock Fan?
( Pictures! )
But anyway with Little Snowy's arrival that marks everything off my list! Packing time has commenced! I seriously need a Tardis to pack everything in...
The cats have been very helpful in packing. oy.
and in continuing to rip off Y's list ;)
Brown plus fours
Snowy (please let him get here before Thursday!)
Bow tie (bow ties are cool!)
boots(same as Sharaz Jek)
belt (with hidden wallet (If I don't write it down I'll forget it)
Undercloths ( leggings t-shirt)
boots (same as Phantom)