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Jun. 4th, 2018 @ 02:58 pm The not-reading-tea
Current Mood: amusedamused
We were supposed to go the the reading airshow on Sunday, but the forecast was barely 60 and rainy and frankly a stern look at my bank account really kind of dissuaded me. Hard to feel excited about something when the main draw is shopping and your whole budget would be blown on the entry. So everyone kindly acquiesced to a tea at my local tea house instead.

I woke up on time, and took out the new style of rollers I had tried last night. They were very effective. I looked like weird Al.
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And that was really the best my hair looked all day. this whole vintage "brush out your wet set" thing? LIES. BLOODY LIES. I looked like I love Lucy had sex with a sheep, in the rain, and got struck by lightening. Needless to say I was quite grumpy with that and plopped a hat on it. I had PLANNED a headband. OH WELL. I'm gonna say that the brush out is a concept straight haired people who aren't frizz prone can do, and having hair that touches your butt prooooobably doesn't help either. Then I smeared make up on, and was halfway through the "FUCK NUTS WHERE'D I LOSE MY GIRDLE" panic when I realized Amanda needed picking up. Sent Rob off to fetch her from the train and was completely dressed in my FANTASTIC new flamingo skirt and world's least functional rain poncho in time for her to walk in the door looking like a million bucks. It was the perfect illustration of our friendship. really she's quite annoying that way.

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Shortly there after while we were admiring my newly collapsed steps Alice pulled in and we waited patiently for Adrienne...who was already at the tea house but we all somehow missed that memo. So just a few min late we tottled off to see if she might there..she was. Luckily I only live ten min away so we didn't leave them hanging tooooo long.

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I took exactly one photo at tea to taunt Amanda's boyfriend with. Aren't I on top of things? Meredith and Adrienne were already there so the three of us filled out the gathering. Lots of laughter and delicious food, I do love a tea there. although we've gone so many time it doesn't feel new or exciting anymore. I wish the alternative tea house in Lansdale was open on Sundays as it would be nice to mix it up at least a LITTLE.

After tea we walked to the antique mall next door. We didn't find QUITE as much fantastic stuff as last time, but Alice got a picnic basket and Adrienne got the world's most fun novelty glasses. I stole them shamelessly for a selfie.

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I told her if she didn't buy them we couldn't be friends anymore.

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playing around in the kitchen set up.

Then we said farewell to Meredith who had to drive home and prepare for being an adult today and working her real job and went back to my house for a few outside pictures and sewing day. Look I picked the one where Amanda's eyes are closed as I'm vindictive and I don't have chins in this one.

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Word of advice. Don't try to take cute photos with these nut jobs.

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May. 29th, 2018 @ 11:33 am funny moment at work
Current Mood: amusedamused
 On Sunday I was at work sitting with my FAVORITE kid R doing his respiratory treatments. He's frankly a medical miracle that he's alive. very complicated medical history but basically was born with most of his organs on the outside, just has a skin graft covering his heart so he has to wear a plastic shell that makes him look like a little pregnant lady. He's also autistic so his communication isn't perfect but he's SO smart and so eager and I love him to bits Anyway you have to sit with him during his respiratory treatments because otherwise he'll just unhook himself and wander away. So he and I sat there and played Angry birds and I thought of [personal profile] koshka_the_cat  and suddenly realized his roommate J's mom had left a book on tape running for J when she left..it was The Force Awakens. I chuckled to myself and thought of [personal profile] jenthompson  and how different my costuming life was from my real life and yet they intersect. :-) it was a nice little moment.
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May. 13th, 2018 @ 06:23 pm event write up
Current Mood: happyhappy
I did a blog post with details of my open robe, but I thought I'd try an old school event write up over here.

Carolyn and Taylor arrived on Friday night. They actually beat me here, as I was relieved by a nurse who is both always late and nervous about new patients so I had to go over new kid in detail. fun. When I walked in Carolyn was already sewing my open robe...O.O have I mentioned how AMAZINGLY kind they were? They completely finished said open robe. the word's thank you aren't even enough.

I crashed hard fairly early friday night. woke up early on Saturday to head to Wegman's for chicken salad for sammiches. Came home to Carolyn putting the last stitches in my open robe. cue me squealing. Then we all get dressed, packed picnic baskets, forgot things, remembered things and headed out the door.

I was worried about wet soggy grass and sitting on the lawn but I had internet stalked them and knew there was at least a brick patio. Turns out there's actually a patio with tables and chairs and they were incredibly welcoming. brought out table clothes and let us sprawl all over. We took a turn around the lawn, tried to see the river (you can't too many trees) and then I promptly announced "I'm hungry" and marched up the lawn to start unpacking. The spread was gorgeous.
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After we eat ourselves stuffed (can we discuss Carolyn's scones), and then waddled around the lawn again.
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I have to say I have the most beautiful friends. And everyone looked amazing. I Loved Alice's little spencer it's the stinking cutest thing ever. and can we discuss Taylor's fun earrings!? the moved while she talked and I was only mildly staring.
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We took a group photo in chronological order because of course we're those nerds.
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We took a tour of the house which was really great. The guide was funny, detailed and interesting and the house itself was beautiful. I would go back in a min. and they were SO welcoming and asked us to come back any time. It was a perfect low key event and I felt gorgeous and had such a wonderful time seeing friends and recharging my batteries. 

I took a ton of photos and they're all here in my flickr
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Apr. 25th, 2018 @ 07:38 pm I forget how to do this...
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I want to make an open robe to go over my white drawstring dress for our Georgian picnic that's coming up...I don't remember how to do this. I'm sitting here with fabric and a "i want to make ___" and I'm completely like "um what do I start with? I don't have a pattern. I have zero ideas of what to start with. O.o I wish I knew where the pattern I used for the dress was but I think it's a heavily bastardized version of the simplicity drawstring dress that I made years ago...oh dear apparently sewing isn't like riding a bike.
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Apr. 18th, 2018 @ 09:27 am cough cough hack
Current Mood: amusedamused



Guess who has walking pneumonia?! the same girl who's in-laws arrive tomorrow. just kill me so I don't have to do the cleaning today. *cough cough hack* I still haven't figured out how to get the black body paint out of my tub from Rob's movie a week ago. I tried my normal scrubby cleaner, I tried kaboom. It seems grease based so my next attempt is going to be dish detergent.

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Mar. 22nd, 2018 @ 09:20 pm you know you're a costumer when...
Me, "Oh good Amanda is taking my shift on Saturday"
Rob, "um...okay.....why?"
Me, "cause my mom is coming?......did you think I meant [personal profile] mandie_rw was taking my underoos?"
Rob, "affirmative" 

I mean I like [personal profile] mandie_rw but she'd look like silly in my giant shift...

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Feb. 11th, 2018 @ 07:56 pm Happy Birthday Amanda!
Current Mood: happyhappy
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We went out for a vintage tea for [personal profile] mandie_rw 's big 3-0! I had grand plans to make something, I was on track to finish it...but then I got some very unfortunate stomach virus on Friday night into Saturday...so I said screw it and wore an old dress. It was a summer dress so I addd tights and a sweater (the only colors of which I had were black...with a navy dress...shhh don't tell my mom)

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I bought Rob a fun skinny tie off Amazon and a nice 40s looking sweater that's arriving tomorrow. *glares* Either way I thought his outfit of clothes pulled from the closet was fairly sharp. I got to wear my new hat and vintage coat so that was fun.

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We met Amanda's new boytoy (that's him behind her) he was nice and did stand up remarkably well to my threats of violence if he breaks her heart. He may stay for now...I'M STILL WATCHING YOU TOM. Also fantastic to see [personal profile] blackcat452 who I feel like I haven't seen in ages and who looks about ready to pop with baby beauty. And [personal profile] hirami who was sporting a dashing new red dress. [personal profile] miss_philomena rocking a fab new polka dot dress and her husband Joe came with cake in hand.

The food was delicious as always, although I made it halfway through and my stomach was all "SLOW IT DOWN WITH THE REAL FOOD WOMAN" So I didn't have dessert really, which is my favorite meal of the day.

After tea was over we waddled walked across the parking lot to the little antique mall and did a bit of shopping. I maaaay have a bit of a vintage hat problem developing here...Also fun fact did you know [personal profile] blackcat452 can make any hat look good?! she has a magic face. I should have been taking pictures.

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All in all it was a fantastic day! I came home and took a four hour nap

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Jan. 28th, 2018 @ 08:33 pm weekend update
Current Mood: chipperchipper
It's been a fun weekend around here. I worked at the office job on Saturday morning then dragged Rob to the Habitat for Humanity Restore just to get out of the house and browse. Well they were having a 75% off all green tags sale (for the Eagles apparently) and I found two cute vintage hats for a steal! I didn't NEED them but...hard to pass up for under $2 a piece. Then on the way home we were about to pass my local tea house and HOLD ON A MIN IS THAT AN ANTIQUE MALL I'VE NEVER NOTICE *screeching change of lanes* Rob was a very good sport and wandered around with me looking at oddities. I ended up buying a pair of white leather gloves and another ADORABLE hat. This one was a few more dollars but it reached the level of NEED IT. So maybe I'll try and sell on the other two to happier homes to justify my hat purchase.

Hat #1: A lovely navy velvet number with some kind of spazzy feathers I thought were derptastic.

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Hat #2: is a hilarious pink straw with a GIANT flower. It looks fairly stupid on a head but when I put it on with hair it actually filled out and was kind of charming.

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and Hat #3 that I just HAD TO HAVE:

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Then today I packed up the rest of Christmas. I had taken it down and piled it on the table but still needed to really repack into the tubs I bought. It over-summered down in the basement in cardboard and a lot of things got moldy and I had to throw out a bunch so not going back there this year. Then I settled in and had a delightful time knitting on a sontag I started for [personal profile] ktlovely

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Good models are hard to come by.

I also snuck in a few rows on my pinball! I'm enjoying having a big easy, needs no thought project to alternate with the tiny needs-my-full-attention project.

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And I shall leave you with a picture of Rob and I modeling what I have called the poop hat but sadly that did not come home with me.

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Jan. 9th, 2018 @ 08:32 pm feeling the blahs
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Well work is definitely getting easier. I walk out of a 12 hour day with a few brain cells left to rub together. I've been on my own twice now which is great. On Sunday I did have a kid try and die on me which I did NOT appreciate. Yo kid, keep with the breathing please! but otherwise been going smoothly...everyone is nice...but still in a kind of distant way. Don't feel like I've made any really friends yet. For example I've come every day since Christmas with a rubber chicken purse...and no one has commented? I feel like that's noteworthy...

Rob's really struggling with withdrawl symptoms from his cymbalta. Apparently that's a stand alone diagnosis it has such a bad rap. Days of just crying uncontrollably or feelings of rage and suicidal ideation. *sigh* it's been a rocky ride. But Friday he starts his new meds and hopefully we're headed upwards from there. Today does seem better than yesterday. And he worked Thursday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and again this Saturday. Not huge jobs but just getting him OUT and into contact with his world is a step forward.

I ended up with two days off in a row because one of the doctors at my other job had eye surgery and it didn't go well so he didn't come back on Monday as expected so woohoo day off for me...but I didn't get a lot done. I did some minor picking up and a lot of puttering and knit on this pinball. But I'm having a hard time not feeling like I'm walking underwater. I know a lot of it is internalizing Rob.

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So here have a pinball progress photo. I'm officially 25% complete with the first side. I'm hoping to have it complete for the Georgian Picnic some of us have decided to have in May...btw if anyone wants to come to a Georgian Picnic and I didn't invite on FB just lemme know I would love to add you. 
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Dec. 31st, 2017 @ 05:15 pm still here
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 I keep sitting down to journal and staring at a blank cursor....Firstly thank you SO MUCH for the amazing gifts and cards. I am humbled and touched and feel so so loved. And very excited to start many a knitting project. I've already started a pin ball from a little kit from [Unknown LJ tag] haven't taken any photos yet as I'm still in the "knit 20 rows" and it's very boring. 14 rows in it's about 5/8"? I'm too lazy to find a ruler.

I haven't been on here a lot because the new job, while good, is currently taking a lot out of me. It's not that it's impossibly hard or anything, it's just hard that I'm not used to and haven't mastered. There's lots of skills and knowledge I haven't touched since nursing school. I had to go back and review ventilators and what all the numbers MEAN. So by the time I get up at 5:30, leave at 6:15, work from 7-7 and get home by 7:30 I kind of stare at the walls for a while, eat what food Rob puts in front of me and go to sleep. I think the 12 hour day will be awesome when I'm more adjusted and can enjoy my 4 days off a week (granted I'm still working 1-2 days a week at the OLD job so I'm working more than 40 hours a week). 

Things with Rob actually seem to be a little better. It's small things like he'll do dishes without asking, or I came home one day and he had picked up the living room and dining room. He's seeing a therapist every week and had an appointment with a psychiatrist on Wednesday. So we have a plan to try adjusting his meds and while I want to skip ahead to the point of "we have a great medication plan that works and is test" I realize that's not going to happen. But I'll take the small boosts. 

2018 feels like a big scary hole. Will I get this job under control so I'm not a zombie? Will I start to enjoy it and not feel like I'm barely keeping it together soon? Will Rob continue to improve? Will we get our finances right side up (PLEASE GOD)? I want to feel hopeful about the New Year. and I guess as I'm at heart an optimist I'm trying to think about the good. So I raise my glass to all of you my beloved LJ/DW friends. Thank you for being here for me when I need it and I promise to try and be better about posting.
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