fredag 20 juli 2012

Summer flu and Bennäs library

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Summer vacation is supposed to be just that.
Vacation during the summer.

But when your body gets the summer flu, things change. What was supposed to be vacation gets turned into a boring sleeping sneezing not-meeting-your-relatives kind of vacation. And trying cure your flu while trying to get some sleep in a bed that's not your own.

But there is a silver lining here - being ill in a different town means that you can explore the content of books at the local library. Getting a library card wasn't that hard either, and thay didn't even look funnily at the "small pile of books" I wanted to borrow either.

Only flip side with them is that I already read them all, and now I want more.

I wonder if someone in the family have time to go with me to the library again today...?

Small pile of books, tea and a packet of tissues.

torsdag 29 mars 2012

The thirteenth thing you didn't know about me

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The Truth about me Thursday is a 2012 recurring blog post
where I present one truth about myself.


Most persons like to talk. Some more than others. I'm one of those.

*sigh*

Most people like to talk the most about one simple topic. Themselves. Unless they're embarrassed by something they've done, then not so much. Or depressed.

Another thing is that some people go on and on and on about certain topics. Think broken records, but without the scratching sounds in between sentences. At times, this can make them really boring to  talk to, at other times they make you so frustrated that you actually debate whether you can just dare to leave the conversation. Just walk away. Even though it's perceived as very rude, and your Mother/Father certainly taught you better manners.

I once got the comment, from a friend, that

"You talk a lot, but unlike [other friend's name]
you always talk about different things"

I know, I know. And yes, I do. But not when I'm depressed.

And then.... there's the people who like to win in debates.

No matter the topic, if the other person says something you know is just wrong, you immediately have to correct them. Successfully being "right" and proving the other person "wrong" gives you satisfaction. Even more if you can then go on and further "educate" them about why the right is... well, "right". If you "loose", then you get angry.

I'm one of them too.

But since last autumn (that is, since 2011) I had this... well not exactly an epiphany but still a similar experience. I won't go into details, because of all the thing about  talking-too-much here above, but I will say that trying to lessen this "need to win while debating" is making some parts of my life Heck*.

Endeavouring to be both brief and don't egg people on in debates is one of the hardest things I'm trying to learn. I guess it can be thought of as being part of my mantra. The hardest hard thing about it is doing it so that no one notices. And I'm not there yet.


* In the comic strip Dilbert (created by Scott Adams) "heck" is a lesser version of hell reserved for people who have done misdeeds that are not evil enough to warrant hell. Heck is ruled by Phil, the Prince of Insufficient Light who carries a giant spoon instead of a pitchfork.

onsdag 28 mars 2012

Craft Project Wednesday: cont. Three V&A dresses

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Craft Project Wednesday is a 2012 recurring blog post
where I present a craft project I'm currently working on.


Okay, today's update on the three dresses are thus:

The violet and the two brown dresses have gotten all their upper parts (top and lining) cut out and the edges have been zigzag'ed. They're all mostly sewn together now too. The skirt parts also went through the same treatment, and only the violet skirt is still not sewn together with it's upper part.

And... I took out the (still unfinished *sigh*) green summer dress, and finally made the lining for it.

Parts before they got zigzag'ed.
Most boring part, unless you count hemming the last part around the skirt. The worst part about sewing is that you can't really tune out while you're doing it - it's like you're going hypnotic on the surrsurrsurr while desperately wishing it to be over. The silence between finishing one piece and reaching for the next is really loud.

The violet dress, but now the upper part
has been sewn together with the skirt.

Most of all, I wanted the violet one finished. Which (naturally) led to it being the last one I can finish. Where will I find a violet 40 cm zipper in just the right color?

The parts that make up the upper part.
This is the lining for the green dress.

Finally, the upper part's lining for that dress is done. I just wanted to show you how the separate parts look. Not that hard to cut out, no? It doesn't give you a flattering décolletage, but it's easy to sew.

Before...


...and after,

Yes, I know, my iPhone can't capture the exact color of light green. It's weird, but it's true: all photos  either show it as too yellow or too blue. Most annoying.

So now, instead of three dresses
we have five near-finished ones.
I just need a few more things for them...

After all of this sewing, I'm kinda glad I'm going on a trip during the weekend. We're going to Uppsala for the weekend, me and three people from my folkdance group. So, no sewing for three days, no more surrsurrsurr...

It will give me some time to plan the decorations I want on the dresses. If I get a moment to myself, between all the folkdancing.

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