Saturday, April 29, 2006
I think I could handle having a child who was addicted to drugs easier than one who wanted to be vegan. I could, however, handle a vegan better than a conservative.
I am considering going to see United 93, even though I have never watched or read anything about 9/11 since I finished watching 36 straight hours of CNN following the event. Curiosity is compelling, but the 30sec commerical alone makes me all choked up.
I went to a Filipino party this evening and realized the Philippine national dance is the Electric Slide.
At the same party, I realized I may just have to allow line dancing at my wedding. Limit 2.
What to do? Make one!
But I don't know how to sew or even operate a sewing machine. I have a Handy Stitch somewhere and the only thing I ever made with that was a bag to hold the Handy Stitch (which, for my coworker, is a never ending source of ridicule for me). I didn't take Home Ec in 7th grade. I took Tech Ed and made a crappy car and my teacher had halitosis. I took Home Ec in 8th grade and we cooked. Like I needed to learn to do that.
So, I asked my coworker to make me a fabulous laptop bag. Since I make her lots of jewelry, she was happy to teach me how to sew a few weekends ago while her husband was away at a big cancer meeting and she needed company. She taught me to knit months ago, too. We're crafty! That is a mildly nauseating thought. Well, arts and crafts fairs are nauseating. When I start looking forward to those things, someone punch me in the face.
Anyways, I picked out a pattern from McCalls and she showed me how to follow it and cut out pieces and how to customize stuff (because my laptop is wider than the pattern calls for). And she showed me how to use the sewing machine, which kind of intimidated me. However, I didn't do a stitch of sewing. I was too nervous anyway. I didn't want the bag to look like crap. But at least I understand where the thread goes around the machine now and how not to break the needle. Also, sewing it together proved to be a challenge because I chose a hell of a fabric to use. We went to JoAnn's and I chose canvas because it would be sturdy. In retrospect, I think I chose stuff that is supposed to be used for outdoor furniture and awnings. And once you put the lining and padding and the ouside fabric together, it's basically bulletproof.
We didn't finish it that weekend but she finished it up a couple of weeks later. It is everything I wanted. I am soooo pleased. It's bright and has lots of personality. And it is sooo ME. I love it. And if I ever get shot at, I have a shield.
Whoo! Look at that fabric. I could stop traffic!
Of course it's bright red inside. The laptop fits as snug as a bug in a rug. Width-wise anyways. The blue pocket gapes a bit, but the design called for it to be sewn to the lining at intervals for more pockets. However, I wanted a big pocket for paper notebooks. Perhaps we could add some velcro. The one downside about messing with the size of the bag is that it doesn't open flat. The zipper we bought was too short and we had to add a bit of fabric on the bottom so that the two zippers would meet at the top, and that prohibits open flatness. Still rocks though.
Here's the one bit I did do - awesome matching zipper pulls. Look at how those match the fabric! I have had those cylindrical beads for like a year! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to use them and they work so well!
Thursday, April 27, 2006
However, this is not the end. Faaaarrrrr from it. But at least now I'm more conscious of what I eat and know what I have to do to continue. Eating 6 times a day and buffering meals and curbing late night hunger with tons of veggies is a habit now. Exercise isn't a punishment; it actually makes you feel good! Imagine that. I still plan on eating out of a box, only this time it'll be Lean Cuisines, mostly. And a lot cheaper. You have no idea how happy I am to be able to eat something new that isn't a "cheat".
Here's the 1500 Calorie menu:
Something under 220 Calories + 1 cup fruit + 1 cup lowfat milk product
Multivitamin + yogurt + 1 cup fruit
Green salad with 2tbs dressing (60Cal/tbs)
Something under 300 Calories
1 cup fruit
Vegetables (i.e steamed or sauteed or roasted w/Pam)
Something under 300 Calories
Something under 170 Calories (e.g. jerky, baked Cheetos, tons of stuff in the cookie aisle) + 1 cup milk
Unlimited Extras (anything under 20 Calories/serving):
All non-starchy vegetables
All seasonings and broth
Sugar-free gum (has really been helping lately. I love Orbitz orange mint)
Limited three servings a day :
Anything 30 calories/serving
e.g. sugar free candy, cool whip (yay!), dressing, margarine, jelly (Polaner makes a good one with Splenda)
Sunday, April 23, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
So for your viewing pleasure, here is some jewelry that I've made in the recent past. Let me know if you want something (and if you want it made with gold filled or sterling silver wire or earring hooks, as opposed to cheap craft/base metal wire, I'll need some $$$. Labor's free, though!).
This is my Asian-y watch-style bracelet. The flower was made with gold seed beads and round red and green faceted beads all strung together with clear nylon fishing line. The clover thingies were made with gold filled wire and the rest of the bracelet is made of red satin cording, a.k.a rat tail. eewww.
Here's the matching necklace. I've been recently inspired by the book Beading Fantasies by Takako Samejima. I love the intricate and gorgeous stuff made with tiny little seed beads.
I love these earrings. They're ginko leaf/fan/art nouveau/deco inspired. They're made of gold filled wire and glass beads (clear seeds and gold bugles). I also got the instructions from the Beading Fantasies book, but I used bugle beads instead of seed beads. I also saw a pair shaped like these at a little store called Francesca's. A lot of costume jewelry is actually super simple to make by hand and I only buy something in a store if I can't make it myself. But it's true, I "borrow" ideas from stores.
These were made for a friend of mine. They're made of sterling silver 22gauge wire and round faceted green/blue fire polished glass beads.
This is a really fun bracelet on stretchy cord. It's fun to look at when you're bored at a seminar or waiting for someone. I got more of these flat square glass millefiori beads at the show and probably have enough to make 4 more.
I got the idea to make these from a necklace I saw in a hippy store in the mall. Except I like mine better because I used clear nylon string instead of black to join the shell pieces together. I wear this one a lot because of the neutral colors.
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Damn you, neighbor with the beige Dodge Intrepid. Damn you and your fake lei hanging from your rearview mirror.
I'm so irritable. I think I need to eat.
Monday, April 17, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
What the hell was the point of this post?
Oh yeah, I like trivia.
I also like food, if you haven't noticed.
So, I'd like Foodie Craze, a trivia board game about food. It'll probably be hard and ask questions like, "Who was Antonin Careme?" but it would still be fun!
P.S. I also like Connect Four and Hungry Hungry Hippos
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The gang sign was apparently ripped from this guy, whoever he may be. I saw it on Boing Boing.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
I could take some benadryl, but I don't want to make that into a habit. I've already taken it to sleep about 3 of the past 6 nights. It usually goes NO sleep, exhausted sleep, NO sleep, exhausted sleep. Or drugged sleep, groggy day, drugged sleep, groggy day. Boring blog entry either way.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Sunday, April 09, 2006
So I finally went to see Body Worlds with my free tickets. They expired today so I had to go. It was ok. I went with a med student who had already seen the exhibit, so neither of us were terribly thrilled. Overhearing the reactions of people were more interesting than the human specimens. The plasticized horse was also more interesting. I hear the artist/preservationist guy is working on plasticizing an elephant. That should be cool.
I also saw more penis than I really wanted to today. I guess that's pretty interesting.
P.S. The Mutter Museum of freakish medical oddities in Philadelphia is way more fun.
And you, dear reader, don't have to sign up to read this.
So if you have found this blog through MySpace or whatever, howdy to you. And if you're surprised that I never told you about the blog before this, well, you probably already know I like to keep things to myself. Ok, so the internet isn't the greatest place to be secretive, but hey, it worked this long.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
So a while back, my brother Edward worked on Off Mikes, a webcast thingy for ESPN, when he worked for Animax. A few days ago, that webcast was nominated for a Sports Emmy !!!
Sorry to scoop ya, bro, but I just had to post this. So proud!