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10 April 2012 @ 08:53 pm
I have something to confess:

I'm really bad at keeping up with livejournal sometimes. keenween may have mentioned something when we met in person about how he started to worry something was wrong when he hadn't seen any Dancing With the Stars crack posts on his friends feed lately. UNDERSTANDABLE!

(I'm kind of underwhelmed by this season so far. It's me, though, Planet Mirrorball, not you! I just needed some space, you know? Go have yourself a glitter sprinkled tanning fest with some nude fabric and poufy sleeves and I'll be in a better mood when you get back! But if you could come back with some reality stars I can hate and some viable rpf storylines it would help - not that I'm trying to change you, DWTS, but you know, you're just not the crack parade you were when we first started going out.)

Really, I disappeared from LJ because I'm terrible at taking photographs. Not even kidding. I set myself up for photo-heavy posts with all of my Monthly Goals and so I either don't take them, or don't transfer them to my computer, or don't feel like resizing them to post...

Also, The Sims. I would blog about that! But it turns out, I'm just as bad at taking screenshots as I am at taking photographs of real life.

Anyway, I am still doing my monthly projects!

February was papercrafting! I had fun, but I didn't do as much as I would have liked, because it was too vague a challenge. My brain translated it as DO ALL THE PAPERCRAFTING and that was too much, so, I bought a bunch of origami paper and made quilt squares with cardstock and then didn't take pictures.

March was "knit a sweater in a month!" month. I chose Ravelry pattern darling "Owls" and was cruising right along on it in delicious Eco Wool by Cascade until I realized, halfway through the sleeves, that I *still* hate knitting sleeves more than anything (which is probably what is responsible for the occasional vest fashion trends in the world, because there's no other conceivable reason why that would become fashionable), and that the sweater would end up too big for me. It's a non-washable wool, so I could shrink it, and then knit long bands since I had provisional cast-ons on the sleeves and lower hem of the body, but... then it was April!

This month I was going to Clean, Organize and Design but I think it will just be Cleaning and Getting Rid Of Lots Of Things, because I'm looking for a new apartment! Mine kept flooding last winter because of a crack in the foundation (maybe - I can't think of why else it would flood from the middle of the floor instead of the edge), and the landlords caulked it over without drying it first, and now there's a lot of mold smell that dehumidifiers and vinegar aren't curing. I have very cheap rent (see also: moldy carpet) so it's difficult to find another place that's neither in the suburbs nor "owned" by a nigerian Craigslist spammer (why do all the spammers ALWAYS claim to be in Nigeria?). I can't resist the lure of the garden, so I keep planting a thing or two every time I walk past. I can just leave these begonias for the next tenant. Surely someone would appreciate these carrots and green onions. Well I don't want these geranium starts to just go to WASTE...

I'm also painting my nails a lot. I've decided my life goals are too ambitious ("be a successful human being" = too ambitious!) so I've scaled them down. Right now, I'm learning to paint my nails all pretty, like I should have done when I was 8. It's ridiculously fun. Today they are orange and sparkly! I just picked up some off-white and black and sparklies (essence polishes are only 99 cents!) and will come up with something else for tomorrow.

This would have been so much better with pictures! Okay, here's one:

What we have here is three coats of Sally Girl "Satsuma" topped with Sally Hansen Dries Instantly Top Coat, paired with Safeway's latest hard cider selection, awesomely named Angry Orchard. The cider is delicious; the nail polish is not edible.

SEE? MY PHOTOS ARE TERRIBLE! Maybe I just need to make a light box and/or stop looking at so many craft blogs where people are really good at taking photographs!

I really really love you guys and am so grateful to have you and your patience! <3
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Ravennoradannan on April 11th, 2012 03:58 am (UTC)
We need something-or-other nights. Once a month, at least. FOR REALZ.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on April 11th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
YES!! We really must! It's so silly that we don't! When do we start??
Ravennoradannan on April 12th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
No time like the present, right? Is there a night good for you next week?
Ryuu: MLP - PinkiePieHappykarma_aster on April 11th, 2012 04:09 am (UTC)
But you are awesome and wonderful and made of sunshine and rainbows and glitter!
Little Red: rat love - frittersmylittleredgirl on April 11th, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Eeee! I love you! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 Pinkie Pie icon is so happy!
Ryuu: MLP - PinkiePieHappykarma_aster on April 11th, 2012 07:42 am (UTC)
Because Pinkie is always happy! And sweet! And she wants everyone to be happy and feel good about themselves!

And you totally ARE awesome!
Jessi: Hi guys!j_guda on April 11th, 2012 05:40 am (UTC)
I thought about you a couple of weeks ago when I read in the paper that there was going to be a Star Trek pub quiz down in the Pearl somewhere, but I wasn't sure if you were still around, and then I worried, so I'm really glad you're doing relatively okay.

I've been really into nail polish for about a year now, and have amassed an ~interesting~ collection. I like the glittery ones; just looking at them makes me happy. I do the terrible thing though, and got goof around on nail polish blogs and daydream about all the insane ones I'll never have. (Is it weird that back when the lottery was huge, and everyone was talking about what they'd buy if they won, I thought about $14 nail polish? :D)

Remember even terrible pictures are awesome!

Also remember that you're awesome (and LOVED). *hugs*
stexgirl2000stexgirl2000 on April 11th, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
You DON'T have to post pictures. It's not written in stone you know.

My MIL says that if you knit the sleeves first and then attach them it's less traumatic. Then again she's been knitting for over 40 years and so she's intimidated by very little knit wise.

I wish you much luck finding a new apartment.
ankareeda: torrijoe_franceankareeda on April 11th, 2012 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hiiiii! *waves* *hands over Sparky for entertainment*

Good luck on finding a new + pretty and cheap apartment. *fingers crosses*

Your nail polish is awesome, I'm too lazy to paint my nails. *lol*

miera_cmiera_c on April 12th, 2012 12:51 am (UTC)
*tacklehugs* You're alive!

Seriously, just post once in awhile to say "I'm alive and my nails are ____ color today" and I'll be happy. No pictures needed. :)
Samin_parentheses on April 15th, 2012 01:06 pm (UTC)
I am a terrible photographer, too. This is why I never became a cooking blogger. Who wants to read about food without looking at it?

The owl sweater was super-cute! I hope you get to finish it in a way that means you can wear it happily. :) (And I totally understand about the Hated Part of the Craft Project. I feel like every craft has that part. I love smashing up glass and gluing it to things. Glass! Fun! But then I have to grout it and it's all "carcinogenic dust" and "messy clean-up" and ugh.)
anranr on April 27th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)

Wow, those nails are ORANGE, hee! :) But photos are not terrible when they're of awesome things, so you should just spam us with photos ALL THE TIME. :)
alena chiangalena chiang on May 8th, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
hi!! i love reading your crafty adventures. i totally hear you about pictures being so much work. they are such brats sometimes.
love the nailpolish!!