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Conversion to Jessica Rabbit --- 98% complete

Of course that last 2% is going to be challenging....it includes the manipulations to defy gravity. But other than telling Newton to bugger off because _these_ apples are staying up, I only have the hem, some clean up work around the top edge of the bust and the addition of glitter. (If I remake this again, I'm going to spend more time on the Internet finding heavily sequined fabric...hopefully for less than $40 per yard. But for now, satin, spray adhesive and very fine glitter looks like it's going to be a successful combination.)

So far I'm pretty pleased with how it's coming out. Plenty of curve, nice smooth leg slit, daringly low back and copious cleavage....

I think I want a second one in green... =D


(And Adnate deserves a thank you for helping me have a reason to take some break time from my obsessiveness this morning...and providing some extra motivation to get the exercise I needed.)

Progress...

Moved on from patterning the Halloween costume to cutting it out tonight. Not sure if it's just that the red fabric drapes differently from the muslin I was using for patterning, or if it stretches differently, but I've got a bit of adjustment work to do to get everything darted properly again.

I have also learned that dressing dummies are awesome tools....but I'm definitely not shaped quite like the one I'm using. Adjusting for having a different length torso has been interesting to say the least. And of course I continue to do the obsessive crafting thing, where once I get started I just can't stop.

But at least I'm making a good bit of progress and I'm pretty sure it's going to turn out pretty awesome once I've finally got it sorted. *crosses fingers*

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Strengths

We have our semi-annual team meetings approaching for my department and this time around one of the sessions we're doing is being lead by our VP of Org Dev and revolves around identifying our strengths as individuals and as a team.

To further this exercise, we've all been given a copy of a book called "StrengthsFinder 2.0" and directed to do the assessment that you get a code for with the book. The assessment is a set of paired statements that you are directed to select which more closely applies to yourself. You get 20 seconds per pairing, so obviously they want gut reaction.

I did the assessment yesterday morning, sent off the report to the event coordinator and then didn't really think about it until last night when I pulled it up to look at the strengths I was assessed as having.

Every one of them points to one conclusion - my strength is that I'm a nerd.

Collecting information, communicating information, fascination with ideas, exercising intellect, learning new things...


Granted, it's not like I didn't know these things. Of course, thanks to those very traits, I'm now curious enough to read what the book has to say about leveraging those elements. I'm also a bit nervous about how they're going to play into the team meetings - after all, none of those is exactly "driven", "organized" or "inclined to advancement"...

Oops...

Tonight's cooking lesson....I make _killer_ fajitas.

As in they could kill you with the spice/capsasin they put into the air in the kitchen.

D'oh....

No wrong way to have a body

One of the reasons I'm addicted to StumbleUpon is because I find such interesting things...

Like this blog entry about being a real woman, which makes a valid point.

I know I've spouted off the line she's complaining about at least once, and it's easy to have knee-jerk reactions without thinking about how they limit us almost as much as what we're reacting to.

Sure it's not Monday?

Good thing the weekend was pleasant...the week is not off to a banner start.

Less than fabulous sleep and then I left my cell phone at home this morning. D'oh!

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Recommendations?

Any one have recommendations for authors of readable, reasonably smutty romance novels - preferably something I can find used so I can get a whole stack of them?

No, I haven't adopted a magical construct in a human skull with the mentality of a 16-year old boy. (Nor do I need smut...if I want smut I'll write it myself.) They're for a co-worker in the hospital. We're creating a care package.

Inner Peace

Talking to my UK doppleganger this morning about a project we're working on and how we expect our emails to go from actual questions, to "could you answer the question below?" to just "Help." and an arrow pointing downwards depending on how crazed we get...and how much wine/vodka has been consumed at that point in the process.

She forwarded this (that she got from another co-worker) after we shared a laugh about how we'd know to suggest backing off the booze when the messages are just forwards or get particularly jumbled:

"Some doctor on tv this morning said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started. So I looked around my house to see the things I’ve started and hadn’t finished, then I finished off a bottle of Vodka, a boddle of Baileys, a bottle of wum, a pock of Prungles, ½ chesecke an a boc a choclez. Yu haf no idr how bludy fablus I feel now. Please sned dhis orn to dem yu fee ar in need ov iennr peas."

Spice it Up Please

A co-worker shared this with me...my only thought was that this sounds suspiciously like reactions to some of my cooking/food preferences:

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