October 11th, 2010

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sunshine on my shoulder

…makes me happy. Really. Very simple. If the sun is shining, pretty much, I’m happy. Tell me again why I don’t live in Hawaii? Oh right. Because I would DIE OF HEAT STROKE.

My tap class starts tonight. I dug out my tap shoes this morning and put them on. Sadly, I last wore them when my feet were still (or I thought they were still) a size 7, and they have expanded to size 9′s since then. (No, not pregnancy related, they did that bef…oh, *crap*, I bet that means my splendid granny boots I’ve had for most of two decades don’t fit *either*. Waugh!) Anyway, so while Young Indiana and I were out finding out how to /get/ to my tap class (Dublin continues to not be laid out anything like I think it is), I stopped by one of the dance stores, expecting that new tap shoes would be Too Expensive to buy until I got paid again. I gave myself a budget before I went in and said if they were more than that I’d have to wait. And they were, but only by five euro, and even so they were about half what I expected them to be, so now I have tap shoes that fit and, er, a nice, slightly worn pair of non-high-heeled tap shoes which need a new home. US womens’ size seven, if you’re interested.

I missed a package delivery this morning. I bet it’s Young Indiana’s new walker. I badly want to rush off to the post office to pick it up, except if that is in fact what it is, I bet it’s too big to easily get home when one is out with a baby in a stroller. Curses! *shakes a tiny fist at the (blue, sunshiny) sky*!

A busy week is in store. Octocon, to which I am greatly looking forward, is this weekend. Friday night is an informal gathering at the hotel, so Young Indiana and I will probably drop by that. There’s a Democrats Abroad pub quiz for Americans on Thursday evening, which means there’s some chance of knowing the answers. Thursday daytime hopefully is a buig-screen viewing of Back to the Future and hot chocolate with Brian. Wednesday, Ted is making gumbo & perhaps The Fabulous Lorraine will be joining us (I dunno if she’s a meat-eater). Tuesday…Tuesday I have nothing planned. :) And tonight is dance class. Why it was necessary to explain all of this from the weekend backward I do not know, but that’s how it came out. :)

I have successfully cut out my coat and its lining. It is exceedingly doubtful I’ll have it done by the weekend, which was my vague goal, but I might have it done by the end of the month, which would be pretty cool. I gotta find some weathering spray for it, though, because it needs some degree of waterproofness or it will be Utterly Useless.

There was enough lining (cream-colored satin) for two coats this length, or, more accurately, one coat this length and a 1940s style cream satin evening gown, which I will have to lose about 30 pounds before I can make and wear because white isn’t forgiving, and white satin is even less so. (And then I will have to find somewhere to wear a 1940s style white satin evening gown, but that’s a different problem entirely.) This is in line with the “get in the best shape of my life” resolution I made when I was about 8.5 months pregnant, but damn, it’s hard. I like food too much. That’s the basic problem here.

Speaking of which, I found my swim gear a couple days ago. Now I want very much to go swimming. Maybe I can manage it on Ted’s weekends. Even a couple days a week would be really great. Hm.

And further speaking of which, except this time the which being ‘really great’, Ted took Young Indiana out for a couple hours yesterday and I stayed home and *slept*. ♥ If I could do *that* for a week I might feel like I’d returned to a functioning part of the human race. As it is, that was enough to re-sort me enough that I wrote 850 words in about 45 minutes this morning, which I haven’t done in ages.

Modern baby clothes are not intended to fit over cloth diapers. I’m just sayin’.

I’m off, heh heh.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
negotiator

Authors Speak Out

I’ve blogged over at Bitten By Books today, about cover art and the controversies of having non-white characters accurately represented on them. Come on over and comment, if you like. I’m giving away copies of the Negotiator trilogy to three random commenters, so here’s your chance to win a set and give the ones you own to someone who doesn’t yet know they love CE Murphy books! :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)