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NIMMY NOMS

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I'm thinking about starting a food/baking blog on Blogger, because I like to bake and cook and I'd like an excuse to be more adventurous and to make things look more attractive, and it would be nice to have a blog that's more structured than LJing, like AMBA, but with much lower stakes and no confusing "which part of this is fun and which part of this is a responsibility?"

The only trouble is that I have no idea what to call it. The first time I thought about it, my brain went "Nimmy Noms, you should call it Nimmy Noms," and every time since it just goes back to how stupid "Nimmy Noms" is for a blog title and then moves on to really boring self-explanatory titles. (I talk a lot of baby talk to the dog.)

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Dec. 22nd, 2014

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Hahahahahaha WOW I cannot believe it, so I could have two incomes I interviewed for a part-time job at the library - the library where my mother is on the board and runs the book sale, and I volunteer at the book sale, and volunteered all through high school - and I did not get it. I am an unemployable loser. Time for more Switched at Birth.

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Dec. 21st, 2014

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So I 150% don't understand why La Belle Assemblée's illustrator drew lower waists on every fashion plate all through the 1810s when no other English publication did so. I've been wondering this since I wrote my thesis and I wouldn't have even used LBA as a source for my book if it weren't the only one available for the period at the FIT library.

Cold is getting better, I woke up this morning (after only waking up once in the night) with my ears not congested and I'm trying to blow my nose gently to keep them that way. But it's disgusting how much stuff there is coming out of my head. STOP IT STOP IT STOP.

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Dec. 19th, 2014

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Work last night was awful. First of all, having to wash my hands every time I blew my nose took up a BUNCH of time so I didn't get to do everything I meant to get to. Then I had a massive (like almost to the point of nausea) headache from my sinuses combined with my sleep debt - I'd had three nights on cold medicine where for some reason I woke up every few hours, I don't understand it because normally nighttime cold medicine knocks me right out. And I found out about not getting the Drexel job when I was on my dinner break.

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Probably more to come later. I didn't sleep well last night either and I just feel drained, although I did just get a very encouraging email from Batsford. This is an awful decision that I always worried about having to make but always thought something would work out before it happened ... but this year it's been repeatedly brought home to me that my perseverance and talents and experience are just not enough, even when I have personal connections. I'm not going to find a job I'm more suited for than this one, and if it's paid experience that's the issue that's literally never going to improve because I can't get more experience without a job. The sunk-cost fallacy is a fallacy, and it's time to admit that I've sunk way too much into this.

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Dec. 18th, 2014

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Well. I didn't get the job.

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extended whine

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Oh dear oh dear oh dear. I hope I didn't infect anyone last night, because I've spent today on the couch, aching and blowing my nose and drinking horrible lemon/honey water, and I feel awful. I did get a good amount of sedentary work done but my head and the sides of my throat hurt so much that I can't deal with it. My ears, dang, my ears. And my breathing is so labored.

If I don't hear anything by Wednesday (the two-week mark), I'm going to email and see where the hiring process is. Hopefully they will respond by calling me back to offer me the job. I don't feel as good about the library backup job as I did, too, both because it's a shitty job and because there's a lot of interest in it.

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Dec. 15th, 2014

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Taro's had some kind of a stroke, and his right side is all floppy. :( The internet says Shibas generally live from 12-20 which, since he's 11, seems kind of encouraging? But he's really not well and I'm very worried. He can kind of walk, but he needs help getting up.

Last night my throat was hurting a lot and this morning it's hurting all the way up to my ears, plus my nose is now stuffy, so I'm drinking some hot water-lemon-honey.

So last night! Tableaux vivants at Clermont; I was Cornelia Livingston in 1843 in my Cranford dress.
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I sat in a chair and pretended to sew while a 13yo I thought was 17 "read" from A Christmas Carol (actually a history of the Union Club).

Around nine that morning I realized the bodice of the dress was actually in pieces - I had the side seams tucked way in, about 1.5" on each side, and the sleeves were out. Had a moment of panic but sat down and fixed it all up, pleating the sleeve a bit to fit the smaller armscye. Now it fits through the waist, but there are still things I need to fix:

- I think my original intent in shrinking the sides was to cut the armscyes in more in the front - there's a lot of excess fabric there
- Also I need to start using thin pads in my bodices at the sides of the bust, that's part of the excess fabric issue, it's meant to have them (I need to make some so I can fit my mockup properly, too)
- Boning! Erinn pinned the point down to my skirt because it wants to flip up.
- The lower edge really needs to have like an inch cut off. I keep forgetting. It's hard to make bodices the right length because the right length always looks ludicrously short when it's not on, I just don't believe it.

Learning from the last time I wore it, I put on more than two petticoats: my striped underpetticoat and blue 18th century petticoat, plus my hastily-sewn muslin petticoat and wired crinoline/buckram (technically Joann's calls it buckram but June called it crinoline so ????) one - the latter two I made for dressing mannequins but they were pretty perfect. I also wore my flat bustle pad because you do want a bit of back thrust in the 1840s, but that was a little too much. Just the petticoats would have been fine. I was really happy with the shape overall.

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Hmm

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I'm really considering doing the Historical Sew Monthly 2015, guys. Not just in a writing way like I thought about a couple of months ago, but for real. Warping as much of it as possible to be about my bustle gown, of course - since January is foundations and I've decided not to make a hotter, curvier corset, I'm going to start with the bustle itself. Any recommendations for patterns? I'm looking for something like this with a definite bell shape. TV108 seems kind of vertical to me.

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Dec. 12th, 2014

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Well, I am the worst - the past few days I have gotten practically nothing done and I don't even have a good reason. Although yesterday I went to Hannaford for my schedule and it wasn't done yet - THANKS, I wanted to walk a mile in my father's poorly-fitting boots on an unplowed sidewalk for no reason - and today have worked on a muslin, gone to the bank, and will possibly/probably be attending a holiday party.

Last night's Bones is amazing, though. It seems like other people always hate AU episodes, but they tend to be my favorites, I guess because I prefer shtick and pastiche to character development.

No phone call yet. What are they waiting for??

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Dec. 10th, 2014

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Pinned a lot but did not do much else. Too much on tenterhooks. (Still didn't hear.) Read as well - almost done with Wolf Hall, still kind of surprised I like it as much as I do given my boredness with Tudor fiction.

I was looking through my writing for something I'd started based-ish on the Tudors, and came across this:

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And it's like ... maaaan, I vaguely remember starting this and I know I had some kind of a plan in mind. Judging by my habits, I'm pretty sure Warrant isn't all he seems and Edward reforms himself, but as much as it's All Very Me I remember it so vaguely that continuing it feels like continuing someone else's beginning, which is weird. Also I've forgotten every smidge of plot that there may have been (so two or three smidges).

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Dec. 9th, 2014

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Don't think I'm going in to the museum today - I made a promise to myself after Thanksgiving that if it's at all possible I'm not going to drive in predicted bad weather this winter, even if the forecast says there's to be little accumulation or it's supposed to be warm enough that it won't be icy, etc. Just not taking the chance anymore. But when I go back, I think I'm going to rephotograph all/most of the hanging garments, because I learned a lot from my photography lesson - I want to hang up another sheet as an umbrella and point the magnesium light at that, and move the stand away from the backdrop so the shadow's not so bad.

How did I do yesterday? Well, I used my partially-finished Civil War bodice as a base to make the paper pattern for my bridesmaid dress, so that's good, I need to cut it out in muslin and baste it together now. Not so much Pinterest editing, I have a ton of pins. Finished the blog post, although it's a bit dry ... I always have this problem, I want to be chatty but I guess it feels like if I'm informally talking about inaccuracies I just sound picky and bratty, so I go extra academic to keep from being accused of caring too much.

It's kind of weird, isn't it? I just put it into words to myself while I was commenting on a FB post about Michelle Dockery's inaccurate corset in Downton Abbey. If someone points out that a costume is inaccurate or poorly fitting or whatever, people will jump at any chance to defend it - maybe they just like wearing vintage clothing, maybe they had it specially made to suit their tastes, maybe it's actually stylish and you just don't know, maybe this example I found that's actually a special case for X reason isn't really a special case, maybe this modern standard I've applied holds true for back then ... The person who pointed it out gets told they don't understand that appealing to modern standards of beauty is obviously the most important aspect of costuming any production, that they're a snob, don't have imagination, aren't as smart as they think they are, and so on. It's weird to me that even a question or remark about accuracy with no value judgment attached is seen as a bigger deal than the overdefensive reaction.

Which sounds defensive in and of itself, I know, but I don't tend to get people being really defensive at me, it's honestly an issue of what I've seen around.

Yesterday we found out that one of the PT clerks at the library is leaving, so I wrote a letter and sent my resumé in. My chances are very very good, so whatever happens I'm getting out of Hannaford, which is good. Mom thinks I should keep both jobs, as I average about 15hrs in the bakery and this job is for 15hrs, but I disagree - I do two 5hr shifts at the museum, 15hrs at the library probably means three 5hr shifts, which would confine me to two days at Hannaford in which I would work 7-8hr shifts. I did a seven-day work week my first year and summer in grad school, and it was awful. Even if most of my workdays are low-stress and 5hrs, it's just too much.

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Dec. 8th, 2014

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Dad's friend posted a macro to FB that makes me wonder how "not all X" hasn't been completely poisoned for everyone.

No work today. Planning to scale up bodice pattern, redate all my 1800s, 1810s, and 1820s pins, and finish my blog post for Wednesday. Also to sit around going "it's the business week again! They might call!"

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Dec. 5th, 2014

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I haven't done any sewing in a while - too busy with writing and then getting ready for the interview and now I'm thinking about Christmas. I don't need my Regency dress for Clermont and I'm not going to the Victorian Stroll where I was going to wear it, so that's been way backburnered. But Christmas shouldn't be too tricky as I'm not planning to make anything for anyone, so I'm left feeling guilty for having abandoned my store. My wrist doesn't hurt a bit now, so I really should try to stock it a little.

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Nov. 28th, 2014

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The brake line repair was supposed to be fast, but the garage was really behind/forgot about my car, so I'm still down at Dad's. It should be done tomorrow morning, hopefully the roads will be fully salted and I'll get home by lunch - I have an appointment at a friend's photo studio tomorrow at 1 to take some pictures of my thesis dress to bring to my interview; I'm also going to download some of the object photos I did at the Chapman. I don't have any of the good ones I took at Brookside, though.

Bit anxious this evening. Ugh, I really know I should find a therapist, but I'm so tired of deadlines and appointments and things (and I'm including Christmas in that right now).

Going to translate the section on fanmaking from Arts et Métiers for blog at some point. Maybe. I should skim it first to see if it's actually useful.

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INTERNAL SCREAMING INTENSIFIES

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Last night was very bad, I should have stayed at home for this whole rotten holiday and had pasta. My brake line is broken and all the brake fluid is gone, so I'm stuck down at Dad's, which meant I had to call in to work very early, so I was tense about that, so I woke up too early and still kind of have the headache last night gave me.

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*screams internally*

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That was my drive down to Dad's, which I absolutely shouldn't have done and I apologize to everyone, everywhere, for thinking there was a local overreaction to the snowstorm.

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Done dealing with the book! I've got it all burned to a disc and after work tomorrow I'll mail it. Unfortunately, I finished it just after the post office closed and apparently you can't do self-service for international mail. Going out tomorrow it should get there Dec. 1 as scheduled, or maybe the next day. It seems like the contract got there just a couple of days after I sent it back.

Not going to be able to go to any Victorian Strolls this year due to work and the interview. Which is too bad but I don't have anything I'd like to wear, anyway - the Regency dress has been on hold since I realized when the contract date was. I'll be wearing my ill-fitting Cranford dress to be in a tableau vivant at Clermont (as Cornelia Livingston), hopefully with a shawl or something to hide the problems. Exciting! Must remember to ask for the 14th off. And maybe to make a couple of new petticoats as nothing I have really fits properly under it - and/or a short crinoline to help hold out the skirt to the right level of fluff.

I'm going to start a powerpoint show on Regency dress, because AIHA is interested in having a lecture/book signing after the book's out and probably the Farmer's Museum and the state museum and Cherry Hill will as well. Maybe even Sturbridge? It feels arrogant to guess that, but they contributed four garments so they might like to get in on it. Anyway, it's best to be prepared and to strike while the iron is hot.

ETA: So everyone is all worked up about the storm, but it's projected to do barely anything here. I had talked Mom into chilling out about it, but then Ron called and worked her into a tizzy, so she drove down to Gramma's this evening (even though driving at night makes her REALLY stressed). I'm going down to Albany after work tomorrow, and I've promised not to go anywhere if it's bad ... but I don't anticipate much of a problem. Everyone upstate acts like stuff happening a hundred miles away is totally relevant to us all because technically we're in the same state, I don't quite get it. The NOAA says 3-5" from here to Binghamton.

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Nov. 20th, 2014

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Word vomited an ittle bit on Tumblr last night because I was very tired and am very excited about the book and all that. But I'm just so psyched to help people who want to make dresses and understand the era and especially to give the dresses themselves a chance to be seen when they barely ever are. I need to rein it in and gradually talk more and more about Regency stuff through 2015, I know, but I'm running high on ~emotions.

The illustrations are coming along so well. There are times when I'm trying to explain something to Mom - the slashes and puffs on the sleeves of one dress especially - and communication is just not. happening. and her croquis are all kind of broad-shouldered, but for the most part it's really cool to see the dresses on bodies. I'm getting her a pochade box for Christmas and maybe an Ancestry.com DNA test (although so much of her family tree is mapped out that it seems pointless, still not decided).

Never underestimate Tumblr's love of cats. I posted this a year ago and it's still getting reblogged.

Going down to AIHA this morning for the ~last pattern~, and I'm going to have lunch at Lazeez. I had a groupon and it expired, so I've got a $9 gift certificate essentially, which should be about the cost of the buffet. Yay!

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Paradise Problems

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I caught part of an episode of S2 of The Paradise the other week, so I decided I should go watch all of S1 on Netflix and see if I still felt the same about it. I probably will watch S2 now because what I saw in the episode intrigued me (namely drama for Katherine), but I still have some big problems with the show and I'll probably be watching against the show as I do often with Downton Abbey.

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Really, it's mostly about Katherine, the rest is icing on the cake.

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I think I need to replace my down coat. It's from 2006 IIRC and it's looking pretty sad. And I should probably shift the buttons over on my wool coat, it's kind of tight in the chest.

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Nov. 16th, 2014

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Finished writing up the descriptions of the 23 dresses I've patterned - hopefully the last two will get patterned this week. I wrote the introduction ages ago and I don't love it, but I don't know how personal to be. I'm lowering my standards and trusting editors to tell me what needs to be rewritten.

Now to set my sights on a massively shortened history section. Oh deeeeeeear.

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