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First: Catch Up [Blog Draft]


[BLOG DRAFT] 12/20/15

I’m dead. After a long blog break, I usually say “I’m not dead” but nah, I’m dead. I’m writing this from beyond the graaaaaaaaaave! OooOOOoOooOOooooohhhhhh scaaaaaryyyyyyyy!

1.) Halloween was nutso. Robin was easy–one of many Elsas out that night.

I’m the party star,  I’m popular, I’ve got my own car, I’m popular

It was our first experience with a wig and I have no idea where it is now. Probably completely torn up or at least unbraided somewhere.  All I had to worry about was make up.  Which is embarrassing, as I don’t wear myself.

Absolutely and painfully accurate.

On the plus side, I know how to use paint brushes and Robin is super laid back so it was easy.

She was a perfectly happy Asian-y Elsa.

Josh on the other hand…was a “challenge”.  That’s the nice way to say his whole costume was a pain in the fucking ass.  He wanted to be Kurosaki Ichigo, specifically in his (first) bankai state with hollow mask.  Easy, right?  RIGHT?

Yeah, no problem. Let me whip that right up.

Oy.  The jacket.  Lined with red and white and fitted and straight shouldered and HOW IN THE HELL IS IT EVEN CLOSED IN THE FRONT.  Hakama (pants)…NOT just ruffly pants.  And let’s talk about that mask.

No, let’s not.

But I love my kids and I did my best.  I FUCKING TRIED GODDAMMIT.

Serious Ichigo is Serious

I didn’t do too horribly.  But after working on the hakama for hours he decided he didn’t like it and just wanted to wear black sweats.  I couldn’t blame him, really, but I really wanted to cry.  Sometimes I need to remind myself that I’m doing things for others, it’s for others, not me.  Believe it or not, my kids’ happiness is important to me and the little things add up.  And no, I’m not going to get him straw sandals and tabi socks.  The face make up did come out pretty well considering the cheap make up we used.  I used this wonderful tutorial for a guide.

Amazingly, we met another Mom in the neighborhood who knew exactly who he was and even requested a picture. So glad to have met another anime nerd, and so close to home! [END DRAFT]


Daaaaaamn, I’m bad at this blogging thing.  Did you know (why would you, but I’m just making conversation here) that this is my 10th year blogging?  I’ve been blogging longer than my children have been ALIVE.  You’d think 10 years worth of blog posts would add up to something but you’d be horribly, horribly wrong.

So, let’s see…October had Halloween, November had Thanksgiving, December had Christmas, January had New Year’s, February had Chinese New Year’s and now you’re up to date!  See?  Like 5 months of information in two sentences, give or take.

Since I have very little to say at the moment, have a gif and be on your way:

I…I don’t know what to do with this information.



Sorry, watching Alex’s Day Off and she’s making steak.  Steak is pretty simple but it’s easy to mess up.  I’m of the school that if someone else makes it, even if it’s just a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, it’s better.

EDIT: I just noticed that Alex looks really…Stepford-y in her bio pic.

ANYWAY, Mother’s Day has come and gone and I had a pretty relaxing day.  I cooked a roast and would have eaten it all myself if it weren’t for those darn meddling kids (and husband).  I got a wonderful gift for myself for Mother’s Day:


and this.

Which when cracked out of the books, looked like this:


and all of this.

And this.

I am overwhelmed. In a great way.  I keep running things by the Mr.  “what about this? This?  THIS? Why not this? Why NOT this?”.  Don’t tell anyone, but the accountant has a good eye for design and color as long as it’s presented to him in a visual form.   He’s a good sounding board, and isn’t afraid to tell me when something isn’t right.  He might not know what it is that’s wrong but he at least knows when it’s not right.

Some of the paper backing was easily peeled off, the others I just cut off because the glue was so strong that I thought it would have changed the color of the fabric.  The paper on the back of the tapestry fabric is simply not coming off.  I’ve cut all the viable solids into 1.5″ postage stamp squares.  What I’ll do with all the squares, I’m not sure yet but am leaning towards 6″x6″ checkerboard style depending on how many squares I actually have.  The embossed stripes I’m not sure yet.  The tapestry fabric I have no idea.  It’s beautiful and pricey.  I’m thinking of just framing the nicer ones for my craft room (that is still not cleaned or painted, tick tock).  It was breaking my heart how some of the tapestry fabric was hacked out.  Especially since it was pretty expensive:

Retail is more expensive I know, but still.  CRINGE.

Did I mention I got all the fabric for $2 at Cheapos?  There were more books, but the fabric was very upholstery and very 80’s.

Okay, fine.  If they’re still there in a week, I’ll consider it.



I was going to post about a super awesome thing that happened but my auto-save saved over my actual save draft. So instead of a draft, I had a blank screen with one picture. FML.

Instead, I will show you this:

I will throw this at your knee.

It’s the top of the last pillow for the classroom.  I didn’t intend for an arrow, it just kind of happened.  I needed at least one girly pillow, right?

This just happened:

Best response EVER.

So, that’s all for now because I don’t feel like re-writing my awesome good fun times from Saturday.  Maybe later.