jennythereader: (Lydia Bennet: Silly!)
I loved the Avengers movie, and when I saw a kid's Captain America costume at the mall yesterday, it struck me that a costume based on the movie would be a lot of fun. So who to be?

Well, there are three female characters with significant(ish) screen time, so I thought about them first.
Pepper Potts
I am not shaped properly to costume myself as any character Gwyneth Paltrow has ever played, so Pepper was right out.
Maria Hill
Same problem as Pepper, and I don't remember anything she wore as being particularly work appropriate.
Natasha Romanov
She's closer to my body type, but her wardrobe is even less work appropriate than Hill's.

So having crossed all of the major female characters off the list, I turned my mind to the male characters.

Nick Fury
This would take too much makeup for me to want to bother with.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Do-able, but the sleeveless costume would get a little chilly.
Loki
Theoretically do-able, but it would take a lot of work to put together and might be expensive.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
The Captain America costume isn't really work appropriate, and Rogers' everyday clothes aren't distinctive enough.
Thor
Same problem as Loki.
Tony Stark/Ironman
I could probably manage Tony Stark in his regular clothes, but Ironman is right out. There's no way I could do that in a way that I could function in it, especially for a reasonable budget.
Bruce Banner/Hulk
Very, very do-able, and what I decided to do. Actually, this was my first instinct, but I had to think about the others before I decided on this one.

See, I'm pretty sure I could pull off the "rumpled, absent-minded professor" type fairly well. I also think it would be pretty easy to imply Hulk without having to actually make a Hulk costume.

What I'm thinking of doing is that moment just before Banner turns all the way into the Hulk on the Helicarrier. He's wearing a purple button-up shirt and grey slacks. I figure I can get those at a thrift store for a reasonable price. I'll put a few holes in them, maybe damage them in other ways, and then wear them over a pair of green tights or leggings and a green shirt. I'll also use little touches of green make-up, and maybe some streaks of green dye in my hair.

What do you guys think?
jennythereader: (Lydia Bennet: Silly!)
I loved the Avengers movie, and when I saw a kid's Captain America costume at the mall yesterday, it struck me that a costume based on the movie would be a lot of fun. So who to be?

Well, there are three female characters with significant(ish) screen time, so I thought about them first.
Pepper Potts
I am not shaped properly to costume myself as any character Gwyneth Paltrow has ever played, so Pepper was right out.
Maria Hill
Same problem as Pepper, and I don't remember anything she wore as being particularly work appropriate.
Natasha Romanov
She's closer to my body type, but her wardrobe is even less work appropriate than Hill's.

So having crossed all of the major female characters off the list, I turned my mind to the male characters.

Nick Fury
This would take too much makeup for me to want to bother with.
Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Do-able, but the sleeveless costume would get a little chilly.
Loki
Theoretically do-able, but it would take a lot of work to put together and might be expensive.
Steve Rogers/Captain America
The Captain America costume isn't really work appropriate, and Rogers' everyday clothes aren't distinctive enough.
Thor
Same problem as Loki.
Tony Stark/Ironman
I could probably manage Tony Stark in his regular clothes, but Ironman is right out. There's no way I could do that in a way that I could function in it, especially for a reasonable budget.
Bruce Banner/Hulk
Very, very do-able, and what I decided to do. Actually, this was my first instinct, but I had to think about the others before I decided on this one.

See, I'm pretty sure I could pull off the "rumpled, absent-minded professor" type fairly well. I also think it would be pretty easy to imply Hulk without having to actually make a Hulk costume.

What I'm thinking of doing is that moment just before Banner turns all the way into the Hulk on the Helicarrier. He's wearing a purple button-up shirt and grey slacks. I figure I can get those at a thrift store for a reasonable price. I'll put a few holes in them, maybe damage them in other ways, and then wear them over a pair of green tights or leggings and a green shirt. I'll also use little touches of green make-up, and maybe some streaks of green dye in my hair.

What do you guys think?

Road Trip!

Sep. 17th, 2012 11:57 am
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
I'm back to the usual routine after a wonderful mid-week road trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

My travelling companion, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, describes our adventures better than I can.

Road Trip!

Sep. 17th, 2012 11:57 am
jennythereader: (John Lennon)
I'm back to the usual routine after a wonderful mid-week road trip to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

My travelling companion, [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs, describes our adventures better than I can.
jennythereader: (Professor Cat *)
A challenge for all of my politically minded friends-

Define the other end of the political spectrum is as positive a way as you can. For example, I'm progressive, so I would define conservatism. Here's my attempt:

CONSERVATISM: The belief that societal changes are not always for the better, and that generally the potential negative consequences outweigh the potential good. Therefore changes must be implemented slowly, incrementally and only where absolutely necessary.
jennythereader: (Professor Cat *)
A challenge for all of my politically minded friends-

Define the other end of the political spectrum is as positive a way as you can. For example, I'm progressive, so I would define conservatism. Here's my attempt:

CONSERVATISM: The belief that societal changes are not always for the better, and that generally the potential negative consequences outweigh the potential good. Therefore changes must be implemented slowly, incrementally and only where absolutely necessary.
jennythereader: (Skif)
The idiot twins have no idea how close we are to not being able to put up with them any more.

Last night they peed outside of the box two times. The first was on the floor between the bed and the box. I discovered it when I stepped in it while I was getting ready for bed. The second time was even more blatent. I woke up at 4:30am, and saw one of the boys peeing on the bed between Tom & I. Between the dark and my lack of glasses I have no idea which one it was.

The peeing has been a problem ever since we moved into this house, and we are out of ideas for dealing with it.

This is what we've done:

- Behavioral stuff:
-- they're on prozac
-- they stay in Tom's & my bedroom, so they don't have to deal with Kailey's cat Socks or the dogs that Kailey grooms at home
-- everything they hit gets cleaned with with Nature's Miracle and/or vinegar
-- recently started treating hit spots with No-Mark
-- the box gets scooped at least every other day

- Medical stuff (they've both been diagnosed with crystals in their urine at various times, Skif has been diagnosed with and treated for a urinary tract infection):
-- they only eat the special food the vet recommends to prevent crystals
-- they get fresh water every day

Does anybody have any ideas for other things to try? I'll be calling the vet today to make an appointment to check if the urinary tract problems are back. The two ideas I plan on asking the vet about are adding wet food to their diet and switching them to distilled water.
jennythereader: (Skif)
The idiot twins have no idea how close we are to not being able to put up with them any more.

Last night they peed outside of the box two times. The first was on the floor between the bed and the box. I discovered it when I stepped in it while I was getting ready for bed. The second time was even more blatent. I woke up at 4:30am, and saw one of the boys peeing on the bed between Tom & I. Between the dark and my lack of glasses I have no idea which one it was.

The peeing has been a problem ever since we moved into this house, and we are out of ideas for dealing with it.

This is what we've done:

- Behavioral stuff:
-- they're on prozac
-- they stay in Tom's & my bedroom, so they don't have to deal with Kailey's cat Socks or the dogs that Kailey grooms at home
-- everything they hit gets cleaned with with Nature's Miracle and/or vinegar
-- recently started treating hit spots with No-Mark
-- the box gets scooped at least every other day

- Medical stuff (they've both been diagnosed with crystals in their urine at various times, Skif has been diagnosed with and treated for a urinary tract infection):
-- they only eat the special food the vet recommends to prevent crystals
-- they get fresh water every day

Does anybody have any ideas for other things to try? I'll be calling the vet today to make an appointment to check if the urinary tract problems are back. The two ideas I plan on asking the vet about are adding wet food to their diet and switching them to distilled water.
jennythereader: (Default)
Tonight I strained both the lavender and mint jars, and mixed them together along with some water and sugar.

The ratio was:
1 part Lavender-Vanilla vodka
2 parts Mint vodka
1 part water
1/3 part sugar

I had leftover Lavender-Vanilla vodka, so I bottled that up too. They're now sitting in the basement waiting to be tested in a month or so.
jennythereader: (Default)
Tonight I strained both the lavender and mint jars, and mixed them together along with some water and sugar.

The ratio was:
1 part Lavender-Vanilla vodka
2 parts Mint vodka
1 part water
1/3 part sugar

I had leftover Lavender-Vanilla vodka, so I bottled that up too. They're now sitting in the basement waiting to be tested in a month or so.
jennythereader: (Default)
I'm having a hard time looking forward to Pennsic as much as usual this year. I think it's just because there's been so much else going on, lots of it stressful and depressing. The usual giddy "almost time for Pennsic" feeling is getting buried.

Maybe looking at the class schedule will help.
jennythereader: (Default)
I'm having a hard time looking forward to Pennsic as much as usual this year. I think it's just because there's been so much else going on, lots of it stressful and depressing. The usual giddy "almost time for Pennsic" feeling is getting buried.

Maybe looking at the class schedule will help.
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
I was thinking about this the other day, and I realized that when it comes to TV and movies, I have a set of default assumptions I make unless something in the show contradicts it.

1) Movies are set around the year they come out. TV shows air (more or less) in real time. Obviously, this doesn't have to be explicitly contradicted. Clothing/technology/other background elements that are clearly from a different time period is enough.

2) Characters are pretty much the same age as the actor playing them.

3) Characters are the same ethnic background as the actor playing them. I think lots of people have this assumption, which is why casting white actors as non-white characters is problematic.

Those first three assumptions are fairly harmless most of the time, although the third leaves me vulnerable to stupid casting choices in productions adapted from other media. The next couple are not so harmless. I'm trying to pull them into the light and take a closer look at them.

4) Characters are straight. Given that a substantial minority (the last number I heard is 10%) of people are not straight, any show or movie with more than a dozen people should have at least one gay or bisexual character. The fact that I assume any character the writers don't come right out and say is LGBTQ (I think I got the order of the acronym wrong) is straight isn't good because it minimizes the presence of gay people in the world.

5) Characters are cis-gendered. This is a bad assumption because it minimizes the existence of trans people in the same way that assumption 4 minimizes gay people.

I could probably come up with a few others if I tried, but this seems like enough for now.
jennythereader: (Blue Fractal)
I was thinking about this the other day, and I realized that when it comes to TV and movies, I have a set of default assumptions I make unless something in the show contradicts it.

1) Movies are set around the year they come out. TV shows air (more or less) in real time. Obviously, this doesn't have to be explicitly contradicted. Clothing/technology/other background elements that are clearly from a different time period is enough.

2) Characters are pretty much the same age as the actor playing them.

3) Characters are the same ethnic background as the actor playing them. I think lots of people have this assumption, which is why casting white actors as non-white characters is problematic.

Those first three assumptions are fairly harmless most of the time, although the third leaves me vulnerable to stupid casting choices in productions adapted from other media. The next couple are not so harmless. I'm trying to pull them into the light and take a closer look at them.

4) Characters are straight. Given that a substantial minority (the last number I heard is 10%) of people are not straight, any show or movie with more than a dozen people should have at least one gay or bisexual character. The fact that I assume any character the writers don't come right out and say is LGBTQ (I think I got the order of the acronym wrong) is straight isn't good because it minimizes the presence of gay people in the world.

5) Characters are cis-gendered. This is a bad assumption because it minimizes the existence of trans people in the same way that assumption 4 minimizes gay people.

I could probably come up with a few others if I tried, but this seems like enough for now.
jennythereader: (Flying Owl w/Full Moon)
My Gramma Beard died on Friday. A full obituary hasn't yet been published, but I'll link to it when it is.

Gramma was one of the most important people in my life, and I don't think I did anywhere near a good enough job showing her that.

Tom & I will be traveling out to Michigan for her memorial service at the end of the month.
jennythereader: (Flying Owl w/Full Moon)
My Gramma Beard died on Friday. A full obituary hasn't yet been published, but I'll link to it when it is.

Gramma was one of the most important people in my life, and I don't think I did anywhere near a good enough job showing her that.

Tom & I will be traveling out to Michigan for her memorial service at the end of the month.
jennythereader: (* Dragonfly *)
The bad: My friend with the new baby is still in the hospital, and it's looking like she's going to be recovering for a very long time. Her heart, liver, and kidneys are all malfunctioning, and some of the problems are interfering with the treatments for other problems.

The good: I had my annual review at work today, and got a small raise. It's not much, but every little bit helps.
jennythereader: (* Dragonfly *)
The bad: My friend with the new baby is still in the hospital, and it's looking like she's going to be recovering for a very long time. Her heart, liver, and kidneys are all malfunctioning, and some of the problems are interfering with the treatments for other problems.

The good: I had my annual review at work today, and got a small raise. It's not much, but every little bit helps.
jennythereader: (Default)
I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It's going to take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. People questioning a decision/action of mine in a way that implies I didn't put enough thought into it.
2. Things that don't work the way they are supposed to. Although, this seems to be bothering me less recently.
3. Stuff in my eyes.
jennythereader: (Default)
I've seen a couple versions of this floating around, but this is the one I decided to do. It's going to take me a bit more than 10 days, because I'll probably only do it on weekdays.

Day One: Ten things you want to do some day.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight qualities you think are awesome in other people.
Day Four: Seven (semi)interesting things you've pondered or thought about recently.
Day Five: Six things you are glad you did.
Day Six: Five books/movies/tv series/etc that you'd recommend.
Day Seven: Four silly quirks
Day Eight: Three pet peeves
Day Nine: Two things for which you're proud of yourself.
Day Ten: One secret plan.

1. People questioning a decision/action of mine in a way that implies I didn't put enough thought into it.
2. Things that don't work the way they are supposed to. Although, this seems to be bothering me less recently.
3. Stuff in my eyes.

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