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Mar. 3rd, 2010

Brendan's dad came to town today to check out the wiring in our kitchen. A few days ago, the microwave stopped working while I was heating something up and I thought it had just reached the end of its days (it's like as old as me), but apparently it was just the outlet that stopped working, but only one of the two in the outlet..thingy, which is weird! Then, the next day (yesterday, I think), the half-outlet we plug our kettle/toaster into decided to die. Anyway, Brendan's dad was checking it out and he doesn't really know what's wrong and apparently it might be the breaker, and it was doing some suspicious sparking which I did not witness. So now we have one outlet in our kitchen that we can use and we have to get an electrician in to figure out this place. Basically, whoever did the wiring here seems to be off his nut.

I'm waiting on my practicum. Which is boring, but also not too bad as I get more extended lollygagging time. I do feel a bit useless, though. I've been eating way too many Nanaimo bars because I craved them ONCE and Brendan went and bought about a million of them because they were on sale. Most are in the freezer, but I've been having roughly 2 a day since he got them, which was probably a week ago. I'm not really sure.

Not sure if I mentioned it, but I've been making a dress for myself out of a topsheet that I was never going to use. Sheet sets are great because neither Brendan nor I like topsheets, and if we get sheet sets that are really nice or pretty or something, then I basically just have them at my disposal. I felt kind of weird cutting up a sheet for a dress, but I really was never going to use it. They're just so icky on a bed. My dress needs a zipper and stuff and for the skirt to actually be attached to the bodice and to be hemmed, but it's looking pretty good so far. In fact, it looks like this.

Anyway, I'm tired and I'm rereading the Harry Potter books (starting with the Deathly Hallows because Brendan started reading it (his first time!) and it was just sitting around all day while he was at school, but now I'm on the first one), so I should get ready for bed and read myself to sleep. Apparently the other night, Brendan was reading for a few hours (I thought it was about 10 minutes but I fell asleep) and when he was leaning over me to put the book down (because he sleeps next to the wall), I tried to ask if I should turn out the light, but instead I said something like, "did you turn off the book?" and I couldn't get it right no matter how hard I tried and he laughed at me and I got angry. I only somewhat remember this. I swear he'd only been reading for a few minutes.

Blogging, when will you start being natural to me again? Hopefully soon. I miss you.


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Mar. 5th, 2010 04:07 am (UTC)
Your dress looks really good! (That, and I'm terribly partial to that particular shade of green.) Great match of fabrics.

You might want to check out BurdaStyle.com, they've got tons of free (and cheap) patterns to print off at home or copy shop (less fussing about with teeny 8.5 x 11's when assembling a human-sized pattern.)

You can post pictures of your work there and comment on others' projects too. I think your super-cute (and holy-cow-detailed!) Christmas monkeys would go over really well! What I really appreciate about the site is hearing from other users as to their experience with a certain pattern, especially when they've played with their own modifications (also cleared up the how-to-make instructions, which are typically abysmal).

Anyways, just thought it might be useful, something to kill time doing between typing sessions. :)
Mar. 5th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Oh! I found www.HotPatterns.com on the weekend. It has great sewing tips and video tutorials. However the patterns are rather pricey ($15 and up range), and they're shipped to you rather than downloaded (from the States, so shipping is nearly as much as the pattern itself), though there is the upside of not having to puzzle-piece together a pattern.

I wonder if hating top sheets is a generational thing. Can't stand 'em either.
Mar. 6th, 2010 01:40 am (UTC)
Hey! Haven't seen/heard from you in quite some time!

That shade of green is my favourite. I found a bunch of it cheap at Value Village on my birthday and already had the sheets. I actually bought it with the sheets in mind for some sort of combination project.

I shall check out those sites, as they sound pretty cool. I'm not sure I'd be into buying patterns online, but if there was something really unique that I liked, it'd be a good option to have. I'm definitely thinking that sewing will be a good hobby to spend what parts of my day I can doing, at least sometimes.

Since I got my own sewing machine, I think I've gotten better at figuring things out myself than I was before. I used to get my grandma to check that I was about to do something properly and double check it after I'd done it, because I was so afraid of doing something wrong (which I often did/do), but now when I make a mistake I find I'm actually learning from it and learning how to do things properly just from experience, not having to rely on my grandma's extensive wisdom into the ways of sewing.

Topsheets are a pain, indeed. And now that I think about it, it could be a sort of generational thing. My mom and grandma and any other parents I've heard talk on the subject seem to be on the side of pro-sheets, but I know I hate them, Brendan hates them, you hate them... and probably more people I know, but to be honest, it's not a very common conversation topic.
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