513th Friday Blog Roundup
For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to convince the ChickieNob that she wants a simple Halloween costume. Would she like to be Hermione Granger again? Would she like to be the Tardis? That one seems easy to make. But no, she has her heart set on one character and one character only: Madame Vastra, the Victorian lizard detective.
Look at that green skin! Look at that ridged head! WTF?
So I contacted Epbot, and her husband John wrote me back with a list of ideas on how to construct the head using a paintable mask as the base and building the rest with paper clay. Brilliant. I can do that.
And now I am stuck again. Seriously, where am I going to get Victorian clothes? I have a Victoria-style hat (and I can attach Madame Vastra’s veil since the ChickieNob told me that she needs to wear the veil around people who judge the outside without understanding the inside), but I am stuck on the dress. Compounding the issue is cost: I need to do this dirt cheap. So while I found Victorian costumes online, I cannot shell out $70 for a Halloween outfit.
Did I also mention that I am terrible at sewing?
This is one of those times when I really wish there was a cosplayers-to-the-rescue team who showed up at your house and helped you design a costume on an insanely tight budget.
So to break it on down: it is well within my capabilities to make an A-line black skirt and trim it with lace. And I have the head totally taken care of. But this costume is faltering between the chin and waist. I could swing by the consignment shop to see if there is a rufflely black shirt I could alter, but do people have other ideas? If you had to be a Victorian woman (like… in this scenario… armed criminals break into your house and tell you that they will kill you in three hours if you can’t pull together a Victorian era costume for under $20), what would you do to constuct the costume? What/how can I alter something?
Yes, this is your weekly reminder to back up your blog, social media accounts, and email.
And a specific one if you use Apple products: You may have noticed that the new iOS updates have caused big, messy problems. Back up your devices BEFORE you download the new patches for iOS8!
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Filament” (A Half Baked Life)
Okay, now my choices this week.
Misconceptions About Conception has a post about seeing her anonymous donor at the airport. Of course her donor had no clue that the recipient of her donation was sitting at the very same gate, and she didn’t speak to her. But she got to look at her. It makes you wonder how the universe works; how many times it has brought you within inches of people who never knew they played huge, silent roles in your life or you in theirs.
Project Progeny has a post about using an online tarot card reading to make a decision. Beyond the fact that the post is really about balance (something I feel slightly lacking in my body at the moment. I feel unbalanced, wobbly), I loved that she used the tarot card reading to make the decision. (And yes, I Googled and found the site and yes, I used it myself.)
Lastly, a non-IF post that resonated with my morbid little heart. Awfully Chipper has a post about having no experience with death even though she is 41, and how while we intellectually know that death is a reality, we do everything in our power to distance ourselves from it. I’ve had an average amount of experience with death, so I’m in a different place than Maud (what really is average? I assume I’ve had an average amount of experience). But this really spoke to me: “I have more pressing reasons to try to make my body strong or fit: I need to work on my core muscles not just because of the frankly pie-in-the-sky notion of a flat stomach but also because it helps my back not hurt. I have a newfound urge to create, to leave behind, to do worthwhile things because I won’t always be here.” Yes.
The roundup to the Roundup: Help me figure out a Halloween costume. Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between September 19th and 26th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.