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OVER a month!?  What in the world is wrong with me?  My poor, neglected blog..  though, I am here writing so I suppose it's not that bad.  Really, the fact that I haven't entirely forgotten about this is rather astonishing!

So, as seen on Facebook, I have gone and come home from Her Royal Majesty's Steampunk Symposium (HRMSS) which was held on The Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.  It was a blast!  I went with a good friend, Xander.  Poor guy didn't have a costume and I'd say over 90% of the attendees were in costume (including me) so he felt a bit out of place.  For as unreactive and deadpan as he acted over the whole weekend, he appears to have thoroughly enjoyed himself as he's already making plans for NEXT year's con, or possibly a different con to come earlier in the year.  I'm glad he enjoyed himself, cause I kinda frowny-faced at him until he agreed to go with me.  I needed a date!

HRMSS was so much fun and reasonably priced that I definitely plan on going back next year, finances (or Xmas gifts) allowing.  This year it was a gift from Jeff and Nick.  Perhaps it will be such again next year, though next year I would definitely want to book a stateroom on the Mary and stay at least one night out of three.  The money issue meant we only attended the con itself, none of the ticketed events.

However, after reading blogs and FB and tweets and such, it sounds like we REALLY missed out on the events!  The Queen's Couture and Luncheon was supposedly a very enjoyable venue, of course the Masquerade Ball was a big hit, with great acts such as Jon Magnificent, Unwoman, and others that we missed (though we did get to see Unwoman perform later in the Royal Salon (aka: lunchroom)).  And I hear tale that The Cthulu Prayer Breakfast was a smashing good time!  So next year:  Save money, buy ticktes.  Another reason to stay aboard the ship would be the drive.  Only about an hour one way for me, unfortunately my date has no vehicle so I had to pick him up and drop him off both days.  He lives an hour away from me in a diagonal direction that oddly puts him an hour away from the Mary as well.  This means that both days I spent 4 hours driving. x.x  It wasn't so bad, but I really don't wanna do that again if I can avoid it. 

Aside from that, things have been quiet.  We had a quiet holiday with about the most interesting thing happening being the opening of the present my sister got us.  It's a Hallmark ornament of the leg lamp from A Christmas Story.  Really, the perfect gift, it gave me the giggles and even Jeff got a chuckle out of it.  Perhaps next year we'll have a tree to put it on...

Aaaaaand that about it!  Another day, another blog.  I really want to change this from being entirely personal diary to something more crafty.  Any ideas?  I need to get working on a new Victorian costume in the next few days, so maybe I'll catalog that process.  Yup.  I'll do that.
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Here I am again, saying useless things.

But you guys like reading my useless things, right?  I figure you must if you're reading this.  I recently gave the link to the sister-in-law cause I was unhappy and she wanted to talk but I don't like talking on the phone so I figured hell, I'll let her read what's been on my mind lately.  That lead to the brother-figure also reading this........nnnooottt what was intended, but hey, the more the merrier right?

It's fine.  If anyone in the family would be understanding, or at least shrug off the odd things I say, think, and do it would be my brother... and vicariously through him the sister-in-law (I hope).

I can't really tell you I had any reason for this post, just as I had no reason for the last two.  I guess I'm just feeling chatty?  Restless?  Who knows.  What I DO know is that I'm making good strides on my current project of choice.  In an attempt to beat Lydia at the NaKniSweMo competition we wrangled ourselves into, I've started the first sleeve.  But the increases on the ribbing are really boggling my mind, you just can't increase the way the pattern says and have it stay a 1x1 rib.  I don't really want to but I think I may have to alter where the increases go just to make it work.  Not sure yet cause I haven't done them.

Hmm... not a lot else going on in life at the moment.  Really itching to get my sewing machine fixed cause I have some good Christmas flannel that I wanna make a skirt out of.  I saw this thing on Etsy that's a Victorian bustle inspired skirt and I really want to try and replicate it, it was super cute.

In the mean time, I'm still waiting to find a permanent job, hoping this Broadcom thing works out ASAP, having no money to get Christmas presents this year..... again.  I swear to Sagan that one of these years the family folk are gonna get BOMB X-mas presents from me to make up for the.. oh..  15 YEARS of the nothing at all I've gotten you. 

Damn... those presents are gonna have to be super bomb, aren't they?

I think I just trapped myself into knitting everyone a gift next year.  >.<

.... three posts for three days in a row, that's lucky, right?
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So it looks as though this job selling RC helicopters didn't work out so well. I've been "benched" because I wasn't able to sell enough of them but I ask you; how does one sell over 100 helicopters in a single day when they've been placed in a holiday store that no one knows is in this mall, in a mall that is quickly going out of business because it doesn't hold the traffic, where 7 of the 10 food court restaurants have gone out of business(including Burger King!)and even a Hot Topic can't stay and is having a Store Closing sale?

Exactly, you can't.

So I'm on the hunt for a new job again... I haven't been "officially" laid off, but it's pretty obvious that they won't be asking me to come back to work. I need a nice office job, something filled with lots of paperwork, cause I'm really good at that. ^^

Aside from minor job woes, things still go splendidly. The hubby and roomy both have actually ASKED me to quit this job in order to find a better one, so I'd say it's all good right now. I made a batch of my Great Great Gramma Morrill's Molasses Crinkles and they turned out really yummy. They aren't as yummy as the ones me and Amy made when I was at her house, but they're close. I think it's because I didn't have a choice of Molasses at my store, so it was lighter than the super dark stuff Amy bought. I also did a half batch and that always messes with the cookie taste a little bit.

I started a hat for mom out of awesome Merisoft merino in a lovely purple colorway. I hope she likes it!

Aside from that, there is no Xmas tree here or lights up. We're still "moving in" which means we've got boxes lying around still. I am assured that next year we're gonna do everything up all Xmas-y and stuff.. we'll see. =)

That's kinda it for now. I shall update accordingly! Honestly, it's pretty spectacular that I've made this many posts!
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Yup, the holidays are here! At least, they are in the retail sector as I'm sure you've noticed. The Xmas decorations are up, the Hickory Farms kiosk is now open and I've been bumped up to working 5 days a week. It's great because that means more money for me but it's also the end to my lazy days at home doing absolutely nothing. =P Sadness.

But more money means bills get payed and it's always great to pay the bills right? Especially since I now have a new bill because my student loans have to be repaid due to non-attendance. Damn that non-resident tuition!

Irvine Valley College Tuition (4-year college)
Non-Resident CA: $243 per credit
Resident CA: $26 per credit

I kid you not! It's way cheap to go to school here, I just have to gain residency. Come next August I am SO back in school and getting that Japanese degree. =D I can't wait!


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