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Rambling Thoughts

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I have, once again, been experiencing anxiety. Only this time, it only happens when I'm not doing something constructive. Considering the summer is the slow time where I work, it's been a daily thing. I worked a couple hours yesterday, even though Mondays are my days off, since I'm going up to North Jersey on Saturday to take a beginner's archery class. I've shot a bow and arrow before on numerous occasions since my step-dad was big into bow hunting, but I've never had an official class. Should be fun! But anyway I only managed to work about 3 hours (I should say "work" because I had nothing to actually do) before I almost freaked out and couldn't sit still any more. I drove home and walked into the apartment and told my hubby "we're going OUT, NOW!" He was more than happy to oblige.

My exercise and eating have been mediocre. I've been getting walking in when I can, but it's been raining a lot lately. I try to walk for 15 minutes every day at work, and was going to go a few minutes ago, but the sky opened up so it's delayed until it stops long enough for me to get outside. Last night we had pizza, which would have been fine had I stuck to 2 pieces, but I had 3. And today I had 3 (although I skipped breakfast and just ate pizza for a combination breakfast/lunch). But the real problem is snacking at night. I'm bored at night, and no matter how much I try to make myself do something productive, I seem to get frustrated and flop out on the couch because I "don't have anything better to do". The other night though, I decided to do some strength training while watching tv. I'm really sore today, but in a good way.

This past Saturday night I went out with my BFF and we had dinner and then went to a "crepe making class". It's in quotes because I don't feel like I actually learned anything. It wasn't very hands on. They made the crepe batter from a gluten free pancake mix. FROM A MIX. Then they showed us how to cook it on an electric crepe making machine. Everyone got to make their own crepe, then eat it with nutella, chocolate ganache, strawberries, lemon ricotta and powdered sugar. We also got "frozen hot chocolate". It was powdered hot chocolate tossed in a blender with ice. Tasty, but not to die for. All in all, it was fun, but not super educational.

Yesterday I worked on my Ren Faire outfit. I ordered the pattern for my peasant blouse (actually a peasant dress than I'm going to significantly shorten) and one for my husbands buccaneer coat (he says he's an admiral, NOT a pirate, lol). Denver fabrics had a big sale on cotton fabric, so I also ordered black cotton gauze for my blouse, maroon cotton gauze for my cloak, and maroon microsuede for hubby's coat and vest. All I need now for my outfit is a pair of leggings with a leather look. No problem!

I also made two leather bracers and one leather boot cover before I ran out of the grommets I was using. I just need some suede lacing to lace up the boot covers and they'll be done, too. Then once I get the fabric I can start sewing! I worked very briefly on makeup (I'm going to be an assassin/mercenary - not exactly SCA but I don't care) but I have no idea what to do with my hair. I like Lagertha's hair from vikings, but I have no idea how to do that!



So anyway I'm trying to keep myself busy so that I don't get wound up. I'm up 2 lbs, but I've also recently gone off of birth control so my hormones might have something to do with some of that. Two lbs is not much to worry about, so I'm not going to. emoticon

Hope you all are doing well!
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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 6/24/2013 10:01AM

    DD plans to go as a gypsy type character to renfaire this Celtic weekend with her cousin. Then as a warrior-type next weekend which is also tournament weekend. She is wanting to dress me up as well, but I am such a purist about such things and would only want to do it if I had some very authentic garb. Our faire is modeled after an early 14th century village in the Highlands of Scotland during the rule of Robert the Bruce. Yeah, in the heat of summer I'd have to go as a wench for that. lol.
Can't wait to see the photos of your costumes! They are going to be amazing!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/22/2013 7:26AM

    Can't wait to see pictures from both of your outfits! They sound amazing!!!
I'm going out with my BFFs, too, these days and this usually means extra food... I try to stay on track and it seems that I'm doing a decent job.

I loved that you are taking an archery class! I would love to try it, but it's really expensive in Greece.

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VONBLACKBIRD 6/19/2013 9:33AM

    Sounds like a full life!!! To help with evening snacking I keep some kind of hand stitching going in the evening hours...embroidery, crochet, knit..just anything to keep them busy and away from snacks. Maybe this would help you.

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LIVEDAILY 6/18/2013 9:47PM

    It sounds like you're keeping busy, but just not enough to burn off all of your excess energy! Do you have a cardio dvd, dance dvd, or wii game you could play inside since the weather is uncooperative? Maybe that would help!

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SIMONEKP 6/18/2013 6:21PM

    I go through those period where I feel very snacky for a week or 2, I try to reduce the size of main meals to compensate for the extra snacks.

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POMATOJUICE 6/18/2013 4:18PM

    Hair: tease, tease tease! It looks to me like it's teased up and then bobbypinned to the middle of the head.. the sides are brought up to like.. a fauxhawk thing.. I bet the braids are extensions or a headband :X Or.. extensions ON a headband! I bet you could figure something out with a headband, a pack of hair extensions, and a lot of hair spray! You can totally get a pack of braiding hair for like.. .99 cents at some of the quality hair shops around me. If you have any place that has like.. gigantic tubs of braiding hair on the floor, weaves stuck to the wall, and wig heads along the back, I bet you can get something that will work for cheap, and not be too labor-intensive! The thing that would be the most work would be all the teasing and hairspray in the front!

Depending on the look you are going for, I'd totally push patchworking all your microsuede scraps together for pants after you're done with your husband's garments. Unlike me, though, you may have bought a sensible amount of fabric and won't have too many remnants XD I'm so excited for photos! The corset looked awesome, so I can't wait to see how the rest of the outfit looks with everything all together! I skipped our local renfaire this year, and I'm kind of sad, but at the same time it's ok because I didn't really have anything to wear that fit :X

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