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2017 appears to be starting off on the right foot at least.  I remember last year, I started by getting the flu that was going around - TWICE.  Things never quite picked up after that.

This year, I hope things are better, both in general and for personal health/ house health/ etc.


potion no. 9 especially )


i'm gonna make this house my home )


i will get things to grow, darnit! )


and i'll have a pretty yard! )


i especially want to improve arch-ing )


i'm really trying to finish old stuff before starting new stuff. really. )

i promise this year will be better! )


i expect to nail this one again... watch me fall on my face )


tum-te-tum-tum - hey, donuts! )


ah, the sweet sounds of saws! )


alms for the poor? anyone? )

So, a final note here - especially with the fannish things and trying to keep up community journals and things, I think the home PC being set up will help a lot.  I've already mentioned the advantages of the pilates up there. :)

-boogieshoes, busy as a beaver
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this is more an update list than a post-post, but it's time to let people know i'm still alive.  i think.  *checks pulse* yup, still alive.

so here we go:

*in Feb, at my routine dr's appointment, i was dx'd hypothyroid - the gland isn't making enough hormone.  the good thing about this is that now i understand why i was so *completely and utterly* dragged out at the end of last year.  also, now that i'm on synthroid, my body isn't fighting losing weight, and 4 mos later, my chemical soup seems to be just about completely in balance.  the bad news is... i'm not going to be 'cured' from this - taking pills forever.  don't get me wrong, there are FAR worse things in the world, but my health goal has always been to minimize the pills i'm on... this is one step away from that.  It does make me very thankful for modern medicine, though.

*2 weeks after my dr's appt, Gulf Wars happened  - it's a pretty amazing event when you're not too sick or too glazed over too appreciate it.  Otoh, I forgot that last year, the things in my 'Accessories' box had gotten quite damp.  I took a few things with me, but decided to clean the rest later... which happened only a couple-3 weeks ago.  I lost a couple things to mold - just couldn't kill it, or in the case the belly dance scarf, the jingles were just too rusted to save - but I did save the majority of the items.  Since I am trying to streamline my SCA closet, a number of things are going to wind up getting donated, but I'm not entirely sure when.

*more recently, i sewed slipcovers for the couch cushions.  this is because in less that 2 years, my dog pretty much shredded the original fabric.  Cotton duck is much more resistant to Great Dane claws that the original what-ever-it-is.  I'm thinking of going back and sewing slipcovers for the back-cushions, too, so the entire couch is a bright cheerful yellow.  it'll match the curtains that way.

*speaking of the great goofus - she gained 10lbs in the past few months.  Oops... guess I was a little too enthusiastic about giving her treats.  Abbie and I are both on a diet now.

*my diet consists of continuing good food choices, and counting calories and recording non-caffeinated intake.  the last two are mostly to keep me honest.  My progress this week supports my theory that I'm 95% there, but I needed one last puzzle piece to make it stick... apparently, that's keeping myself accountable. 

Abbie's diet consists of limiting her to 1 or 2 treats a day. 

*Abbie got a new blankie today - it's Wonder Woman.  I thought about giving her Darth Vader to chew on, but then I decided I'd rather she ingested the power of a strong woman than the Dark Side of the Force.  She won't miss the cookies.  I promise. *hides cookies from Abbie.*

*today, i'm going to start organizing the personal papers in the office.  This should cut down on even more clutter, though right now it's mostly clutter limited to the closet.

*I paid off my truck on Thursday!  next up: the CC.

*I am 3/4 done of the dual embroidery piece: 'this is your flame... this is your flame on O2'.  I will find a way to get and post pictures, because while I love Mary Corbett's needlework site, and the piece would not have happened without the blogs very encouraging tone, I'd like to show her what happens when you let a nerd work stumpwork, lol.

That's all from chez boogie *brushes off dog-hair* you may now go about your business...

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So, I'm not too late on round-up and to-do lists this year. I finally got around to setting up the office, and this figures into my 'done it' file. Poor Abbie (my dog) is sitting next to me wishing i was sitting on the couch, instead of said office...

Anyway, on to the listy!

household maintenance is expensive! )

*dusts off the house update list* )

This is purely the section for the partierre garden. )

$50/mo doesn't go far )

the SCA is awesome! )

look, i finished stuff! now i have to finish it, lol )

still in mag7 honeymoon... and still biting off more than i can chew here... )

i nailed this one! )

I've always said flexibility is over-rated... )

*runs away screaming* )

*sighs sorrowfully at the wishlist* )

and that's all she wrote today. my wrists have been getting pretty sore lately, probably carpal tunnel or arthritis, so the 2017 To-Done is going to have to wait for another day. Probably tomorrow, since I don't want to lose momentum. In Feb, at my normal check-up, I'm going to ask doc about my wrists, though...

I survived 2016, which turned out to be a shitty year for a lot of people. My hope for us all is that 2017 is much better. We need much better in our lives. And I'm not talking politics, I'm talking good jobs, good friends surviving, and good family of choice loving us. So 2017, take my advice: take off your pants, and slide on the ice!

-boogieshoes, wishing everyone a happy new year
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I'm finally getting around to doing this post, which is one of only 2 posts I try to make certain I do.  The other post is, of course, the yearly round-up.  So it's with mild guilt that I realize I've not posted this until nearly Feb.

Deck the halls of the house with folly... )

Mary Mary quite contrary... )

Yarding by the Garden.... )

Middle Ages Mash-ups )

Stitchy Woman... )

I swear I will be fan-active! .... someday )

bills bills bills )

Personal ADMIN:
  1) Organize household items, including
       a) disaster kit
  2) Transfer data from old laptops to PC, when i get it.
  3) Make the database for my library
  4) File rest of bills from 2012 – and now, also 2013!... and now 2014...2015...
  5) Convert VHS and audio tapes to updated platforms. (Contingent on buying platform converters)
  6) Make a list of cyclical maintenance duties and times due.
9) pay good chunk of personal CC

to my health! )

Furniture Fair (-y Tale) )

Wishlist )

boogieshoes: (fresian)
It's taken me longer than normal to do the goals post for 2015. The large part of this is that I've been sick. In fact, I'm sick again as I write this. However, this too, shall pass, and it's time to get busy.

Maintaining the Manor )

Updating the manor )

SCA Garden )

Keeping up with the Joneses )

SCA life )

Stitching Crazy )

Fanlife goals )

Administrative duties )

Health is a priority )

One day, I will finish this chair! )

My Greed List )
-boogie the busy
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The To-Do List is undergoing a lot of changes from the 2013 version, mostly based on lessons learned, and with a goal to keeping better track of all the things I *really* do, which don’t always get put on the list.  The better I know how much I actually do, the less I feel like a slacker when things on this list don’t get done.

the house that boogie built )

Rosemary's Garden... )

SCA where my heart lies )

Mmmm, counted embroidery )

This is not the canon you're looking for... )

Now serving customer #1 )

I shall have my health )

BS the Carpenter )


-bs, busy as a bee

ETA1: 22 Mar, first major update
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i've been having major drama with my computer lately, culminating with an emergency buy this weekend. follow along the story now:

so the guest room is being done in 'bad victoriana impression of ancient egyptian' (because an accurate rendering of ancient egyptian furniture, even for the pharoah, would make guests run, instead of be delighted...), and the stencil being used to put grout lines on the wall got, well, gummy, as repeat stencils tend to do. and i decided to clean it with acetone.

this was my first mistake, because i had the acetone sitting higher than my toshiba laptop, and i was tired, and knocked the bottle over, and it splashed on the toshiba. i let it dry, but the keyboard was fried. so i went and bought a cheapy plug-in mouse and keyboard. then i started having problems with weird input bugs, and i thought it might be the old keyboard reading stuff even though i was using the plug-in. i researched at work, dl'd instructions to take out the on-board keyboard, had second thoughts, and bought a wireless keyboard and mouse. the wireless combo worked for a while, especially after i updated the java script that runs things.

then the input bug came back. and i got frustrated friday night, and decided to finally take the inboard keyboard out... mistake #2.

i killed the toshiba. so Saturday morning i went to the local target, and bought new laptop. and an external hard-drive. then i went to the computer repair shop and asked if i could get a data transfer, and a downgrade to windows 7.

the data transfer was relatively successful. they didn't manage to get some of the programs across - like pidgin, the chat client, adobe reader, openoffice - but they got most of the files across, and did get mozilla firefox and thunderbird across. they got my old email file (yay!), but unfortunately, they didn't get my old bookmark file across. which sucks.

so monday (one of those short saturday/ closed sunday places), i picked up the laptop and brought it home and began to remove the crap windows insists on putting on their new boxes. i'd managed to put pidgin back on the new lappy, and gotten to the chatrooms - always the hardest part of a new machine for me - so i could have help if i needed it.

until i deleted the 'bluetooth thing'. yes, mistake number 3. see, i think bluetooth, and think the schizophrenic phone or smartphone type things. i don't think WLAN drivers... guess what this was? back to the computer store, sigh. and out more $$ to get them to undo my stupidity.

needless to say, i'm no longer going to be fixing my own computer. the local repair shop are nice people and don't make fun of me. at least while i'm in the store, hah.

anyway, i need to rebuild my bookmark file, so i'm taking favorite links in the comments for fanfic, writing tips, neat places to shop... etc.

-boogieshoes, the extremely frustrated
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My birthday is the 17th of this month, and I am greedy. Well, not really. I want some fairly simple things this year, albeit they may not be easy to get. My wishlist for this year’s birthday is:

  1. Someone to buy me a kit from Herrschner's.They’ve had some great deals lately, and I’m tired of not having the money to take advantage of it. Le sigh.
  2. Master the Single Brussles Stitch, also known as the detached buttonhole stitch. It seems like it should be fairly easy, and perhaps I’m doing it with the wrong weight thread, but it’s kicking my arse right now. And it plays a major part in my proposed stumpwork piece for my first SCA Arts & Sciences submission. So, you know, I kinda need to figure it out.
  3. I’m dying for a long, meaty Mag7 ATF:AU (or Skip Trace, although that may not be possible since Charlotte wants to file the serial numbers off, iirc) casefic told from Chris’s point of view, where:

    1. Buck sees ghosts like they were solid people
    2. This turns out to be a major plot point/ help in figuring out the case
    3. Vin seriously starts questioning Buck’s sanity, and pulls some stupid stuff because of it
    4. JD is afraid of Buck after his gift is revealed
    5. Somewhere in the fic is the line: ‘The first time Chris caught Buck talking to a ghost, he almost had him medically discharged from the Navy.’ (This can be modified to fit the scenario if necessary)
    6. Adults or other kids in Buck's childhood were physically abusive, and he has the physical scars to prove it. Buck never discusses them with the others (but Chris knows about them)
    7. Bonus Points if this is a Chris/Buck fic
    8. Points squared if they have a safe-sane-consensual D/S relationship
    9. And cubed if that is also a central plot-point somehow…
    10. 100 million points if Josiah’s girlfriend is actually a pre-op transgender XY.
    11. A Gazillion Million Points Raised To The Infinite Power Times Infinity if you can then transfer all these plot-points into a novel-length Dragonriders of Pern fusion-fic, and make it believable.

  4. And also, I’d love it if someone made me Dragonrider!7 icons.

Pretty please? Someone?

-boogieshoes, giving her fellow mag7 fen 'the big eyes'
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... now all i need is a walrus.

i'm at a weird cycle at work lately, where it's 'rush, rush, rush, fall off the cliff of *nothing to do*'.  this makes things... interesting in a brain level.  today, after lunch, i was left with about two hours of 'oh, crap, i finished everything i know to do, and there's no one to ask for a one-off.'  so i started to write up the documentation that i'll use when i submit my stumpwork project.  stumpwork is a form of raised embroidery that's much easier to show than explain:

i'm submitting this to an SCA Arts and Sciences event/ viewing/ whatever, probably around Christmas Revel, because i'm not sure i'm going to be able to go to anything else.  so of course, i'm using SCA documentation guidelines, and i'm trying to figure out how chatty cathy i need to be to explain some things.  like why i'm using stuff suited to counted embroidery... because nearly every single SCA needleworker i've seen down here does free-hand embroidery and if you've ever seen the patterns for that kind of stuff, they're kind of... lacking to someone used to a cross-stitch kit.  lacking like 'how do you even know what to do?!'  the guys who just make it up as they go along both fascinate me (because i'm not the sort of person who *can* do that), and frustrate me (because i'm not the sort of person who can even think of working like that.  my patterns have patterns, ok?).

furthermore, when discussing materials used, it's a solid fact that listing materials *not* used in period is more practical.  it goes something like: room-temperature pure mercury... but only because it kept running away.  so listing the materials i used, i feel like i need to explain why i chose such obviously modern things... and it's like 'trust me, the would have used it if they could.'  the primary difference between the materials i'm using and the ones from period are that Polly and Esther got together and had a baby.

What *really* cracks me up is that they ask people *not* to submit stuff that comes in a kit.  But for stumpwork, it's perfectly period to *have* a kit - kits were sold by door-to-door saleswomen, and included everything you needed to finish the piece, including instructions and patterns, and a picture of what it was supposed to look like when done.  Many stumpwork pieces of the day were based on popular paintings of the time.

i also feel an insane urge to explain why my first piece isn't a flower and fruit arrangement, which seams to have been all the rage, both then and now.  i'm not sure what the attraction to stitching flowers is, but i really wanted to do something more likely to keep my interest.  so i chose Celtic Knotwork, and an easy pattern at that, because i might have to re-do it, you know. and also, because the guidelines said 'no kits', i know i'm going to have to come up with my own assembly instructions, and i wanted something relatively easy to work with, and that i knew i could adapt to my needs, both in terms of the stitching, and the necessary elements i'll have to cut out. and frankly, i find flower studies kind of boring.

this is not the only time i'll have to face the 'boring' demon, though.  a large part of stumpwork is the padded figures.  if you took a good scroll through that URL up there, you'll notice that an awful lot of those figures are... people.  and you know, i don't even really like to look at people in the face - it's they eye-contact thing.  it always feels like a blow to me - gazes have *weight* behind them.  and i honestly hate looking people in the eyes because it kinda feels like they're slapping me.  it's a crazy, almost-physical feeling that makes no sense at all, even to me, but it does mean that i categorically hate family pictures.  there's something indefinably awful about people who love you smacking you around every time you look at them.  and *stitching* faces and eyes is just... CREEPY.  i'd rather stitch a chupacabra disemboweling a goat than stitch a human figure facing the 'camera'.  hell, i'd rather be the goat!

i suppose i'll have to do at least one human figure to prove mastery of the genre, so to speak, but while eventually i'd like to do a lot more than an upraised Celtic Knot and a wirework butterfly, i suspect most of my padded figures will be animals.  they better be ok with that!

-bs, noodling on SCA stuff
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although not by much.  actually was a very good war.  i arrived sunday morning, later than i had planned,but not horribly so... )



aside from that worry, i had a lot of fun.  everyone seems to have come home fine, so that's good.

and that's the news from the War.  good night and good luck.

-boogieshoes, (SCA) war correspondant
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i am home somewhat early from my yearly sojourn to the middle ages.  we all - and by 'we all', i mean '75-80% of site, at least' - decided to break down today, because the not-so-period tech indicated we had a nasty storm coming in tonight and on into sunday.  it was sprinkling when i left, and i left early because my hip was hurting, and i was hitting rain spurts on the way home.  but no real problems in the drive.  Abbie is glad to see me, and i her. :)

-bs, home from the wars
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 (that's right, as of 12pm this afternoon, i am on VACATION!  i'm going to Gulf Wars, camping this year, and doing absolutely nothing i don't want to.  most SCA people pitch in at events like this, and as a local-to-War person, i probably should, too, but honestly, this is my vacation.  Christmas holidays are so packed i don't really consider them a vacation, where you relax and rejuvenate.  fun, yes, wouldn't miss it.  but relaxing?  i'm still trying to send out the last batch of christmas cookies i made, (this would include yours, slavelabour) and i made that batch in Jan....

Gulf Wars is my fun relaxing time.  and yes, i'll take pictures.  boss-man at work says my assignment is to get someone else to take pictures of *me* with my camera, hah.

i'm packing the last box as we speak, and doing the last bit of chores that i have to do - which is, of course, the hardest stuff i need to do, since it involves sewing thru nylon tent fabric by hand.  even so, it sounds easy, but is a fingertip-killer without thimbles. yeesh.

but yay! war!

-bs, dancing away to the music in her head (which sounds more like Jefferson Starship than the Battlefield Band)
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so, just a general update as i go along, to keep people in the loop of my life.

the awesome: I have green things in my garden!  it's pretty cool.  as much as i tend to be unable to keep things *alive* once they've sprouted, it's always fun to watch those seedling sprout and grow.

the good: i'm going to gulf wars (SCA event), and the tent should be fine, and i'm building a bed 'kit' so i don't sleep on the ground.  i'm excited, and it's going to be fun!

the bad:  some of the roofing shingles are coming loose, and i need to get that repaired.  total cost: $130 for shingles and labor.  not so bad.

the ugly:  when the roofer came out, he told me i'd have to replace my entire roof in 6mos to a year - this is a wear and tear issue aggravated in part by the fact that there's no wind or sun blocks whatsoever out here.  now, the no trees thing is in part because there's a big advantage to having nothing around to fall into your house should a hurricane come by.  otoh, hurricane...  guesstimate - because the roofer hadn't measured the roof yet, and you can't pin down the price of shingles until you order them - is $6-7000.  I'll have to put that off a few months until i can save up for it.  i'll be getting a 'standard 20-yr roof', which as the roofer said, should last 10-15 years in Mobile.  yay local weather.  i could pay a premium for higher-grade shingles, but those will wear out earlier than they're 'supposed' to, as well.  ah, well.

at least i have a goal to save up for.  and GW after this year should be much less expensive than last year.

-bs, happy homeowner
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so, we're expecting ice and sleet and snow in the local environs tomorrow and the day after, and i live in a place where any souther is just *water*.  usually pretty warm water at that.  at any rate, i am off work tomorrow, and possibly Wednesday (higher probability of a delayed start, but possibly all day, depending on just how bad it is).

like most of the northern transplants in the area, i'm not so worried about driving on snow and ice as i'm about the *southerners* driving on snow and ice.  this makes me dubious about going to work Wed whether we're supposed to or not.  it's not really a criticism, just an observation: you wouldn't want a city slicker off-roading in a muddy wallow because they don't really know what they're doing.  experience counts.

the city is warning that there might be power outages.  we'll be fine, in part because i buy bedding like other girls buy dresses.

i am, however, having visions of the dog looking at me and going 'i *am* not going potty out there, are you *nuts*?!'

the real thing with this funky weather is that i've got the garden all ready to go - and i'm waiting for the weather to warm up enough to grow things!  this is an area where it's recommended to get tomatoes in the ground by the first week of Jan.... yeah, not this year!

i will probably be cooking, though - a roasted cauliflour dish i need to take to an SCA event this weekend, and the cookies.  yum, cookies!

-bs, anticipating the cold....
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So I think I will end up rolling over most of the 2013 list straight to the 2014 list.  Part of that is the result of unexpected trips to Germany and Lenexa for work, and part of that is that I under-estimated how much stuff I could do on the house, regarding energy levels and actual monetary levels.

General Comments on life )

Learning to be a home-owner )
Learning to be a groundskeeper )
Affairs of the SCA heart )

My happy place... where i don't spend near enough time! )

A conversation with the canon )
Administrative privileges... )
My health is healthy )

but my furniture is stale... )

Reports on my GREED )

And that’s been my life in 2013: settling into the house, having a lot of life changes, and doing a lot of work, both fun and not.  It was a very good year overall, I felt, both at home on this personal level, and at work.


boogieshoes: (fresian)

Well, we had a good holiday, Abbie and I.  As is traditional, I planned for about 600 cookies, overbooked myself, and have only made about 350 to date.  I have one more batch to go to finish Christmas cards and gifts.  Then I need to send thank-you notes, and Christmas will be done.

My yearly Christmas Season begins with Christmas Revel... )
And there's After-Revel Revel... )

Then I go to the lake house )

And then long journey home again... )

And that was my holiday, pretty good overall.  Look for a few more longish posts in the near future: especially the 2013 To-Do wrap-up and the 2014 To-Do Post.  I’m hoping to get a few other posts done as well, since I’ve got the time and energy while work gains speed again.

-bs, wishing everyone a happy new year!

Notes upon the post )
boogieshoes: (fresian)
For 2013, the To-Do List is now filled with some House-related items, which is fun.  Mostly.  When it’s not yet another learning experience. *grins*

House-hold doings this year )

Green Bein's )

Lady Brigid the lacksadaisical )

Stitching Monster Me )

Fandom Activity )

Life like a Mentos Commercial )

Wishlist )

-bs, the busy, the greedy, the just darned cool ;-)
boogieshoes: (fresian)

2012 To-Do List

A few comments on 2012 from personal memories:

2012 was dominated by achievement of HOUSE, which is awesome in several ways. 

I plan in layers when it comes to finances, you see... )

-bs, the happy home-owner
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2012 To-Do List

So, I had intended to save up enough money to buy a house by the Dec 2011/Jan 2012 time-frame.  That ended up being a bit of an aggressive goal.  I'm 2/3 of the way there, but I think I'll need another 6mos before I actually buy.  There's also some things that rolled over from last year's To-Do list.

Trying to lighten the load because of predicted Household move... )

-bs, the eternally busy... and excited about a potential house this year!
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so, something that gelled for me last weekend is truth behind why i don't get awards in the
i've had an ongoing internal tug-of-war over this... )

-boogieshoes, the thinky horse


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