Archive forOctober, 2005

Not much going on these days…

We went up to help Grammie move…it was nice seeing family. While up visiting I spent about four hours working on drafting a bodice…it needs a lot of work, but I’m excited to have my first go at it done. I cut it out of my muslin and it’s on my duct tape dummy, which, sadly, doesn’t really fit to my proportions. I need to grow so I can fit a woman’s size dress dummy. Ah well.

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Walking

Today was lab day, so Krissy and I went to Keturah’s. We looked at mold and mushrooms under the microscope, and when we finished early, we looked at strands of our hair. :P It was fun.

On the way back, I commented that I’d like to just start walking up one of the telephone wire paths…you know, when you’re in the country, there’s periodically areas that are almost ’shaven’ looking, no trees, and they go on for a long ways, with telephone polls weaving through them. Well, after Krissy got picked up, Mom and I went back out and walked up one of them. (Oh the joys of homeschooling!)
We followed a small, rocky path through the brush (lots of juniper, I noticed) until we reached a flooded area. Mom pulled off her shoes and started to walk through..it took me a lot longer, it’s October for pete’s sake, the water was COLD! Then we put our shoes back on and walked for a good twenty minutes longer, until we reached the top of the hill. Every time we thought we were at the top, we found that there was farther to go..at the crest, we could see mountains to the right, and we had a beautiful view of Mt. Washington!
Overall, we walked for an hour, and it was about two miles. It was very enjoyable.

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You’ve got to pick a pocket or two, boys, you’ve got to pick a pocket or two…

I watched the original Oliver musical a few weekends ago…a year or two ago I saw a friend in it…it’s such a great show, I love it. Random, sorry.
I’m working on a project for AU that’s not coming along very fast…maybe this is a lesson in patience. *rolls eyes*
Went to Borders yesterday, there was a good teachers’ discount. We got a few books for the younger cousins and a nice one volume copy of LotR for four bucks…our books are so beat up you can’t recognize them anymore.
Other than that, the past few days have been pretty uneventful. Mom and I went to Old Orchard and walked with hot chocolate on the beach for a few minutes…she kept picking up more seashells than she was supposed to, and doing impressions of Dobby punishing himself. It was really funny. :P

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Reenactment!

I’m so excited! I just got off the phone with Tamara, a homeschool mom we go way back with, and she gave me information about the 4-H club she’s starting. I’d heard about it before, but she personally called to ask if I wanted to do it, because she said she knew I’d be great, and would love it.
It’s a reenactment group! I’m absolutely frantic with excitement, our first meeting is Nov. 5, we’ll be going to the Tate House.
We’ll be portraying people from 1740-1840, from the Fur Trade, French and Indian War, American Revolution, and the early settlers and mountain men! This is just a huge dream come true for me, some of you have heard me raving about reenactment, I can’t believe I’m actually going to do it.
Our first year will be mostly taken up by getting our costumes and things made. We have to make tents, clothing, nearly everything we use will be made by us. Tamara has the patterns, we just need to get fabric, study…ohh goodness, as soon as I can get to the library I’m going to check out every book they have on this time period. I can’t wait to learn more about this!
We might be demonstrating at the Cumberland Fair next year. We’ll be going to rendezvous, which is what reenactment meets are called, in Windham, and Ellsworth.
I don’t know how I’m going to settle down to my work today…this is absolutely incredible. Just imagine, there’re so many things contained within reenacment that I love:
1- sewing period clothing!
2- acting!!!
3- RP- because that’s really what reenactment is. Creating a character, and unlike stage acting, where you really just portray it, completely inhabiting it!
4- possibly dialect or accent work
5- history! learning! study! aah!
and more…
This is just beyond belief. Bear with my disorganized blabber, I’m too excited for words. *looks up at entry* Okay, so maybe not for words, but too excited for intelligible words.
I’m off to finish my homework as fast as possible so I can start research.

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Rant post, so watch out.

This is something I posted on my xanga…I’m transfering bits and pieces here, but I won’t make you read the whole thing.
Okay, rant post here. I want to make sure everyone knows that LOCKS OF LOVE is an UNRELIABLE organization!!! Countless little girls and young women chop their tresses to give to this ‘nonprofit organization.’ This is a waste of perfectly good, pretty hair. Your hair needs to stay where it belongs- on your head!

Locks of Love is advertized as a non-profit organization that makes hairpieces for children who have lost their hair due to cancer or other illnesses. Sadly, LoL’s actions aren’t in keeping with its message.
Let me elaborate:
Taken from LocksofLove.com:
“Locks of Love is a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children 18 years and younger suffering from long-term medical hair loss. We meed a unique need for children by using donated hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cute. The prostheses we provide help to restore self-esteem and confidence, enabling them to face the world and their peers.”

Now, what they say is that they ask for donations of hair, which they then process and give away to kids who need it. Correct? Ah. Now let’s look at the actual statistics: (taken from a long hair site):
A little math using information from LoL’s own website and the BBB:
LoL receives about 2000 donations per week, by mail.
That’s 104,000 per year.
Let’s say that only half of that is usable for wigs.(Or use another fraction, if you desire.)
That’s 52,000 per year.
It takes 6-10 ponytails to make a wig.
Ok, let’s say each one takes 10.
That’s potentially 5200 wigs per year.
Now, in fiscal year 2002, how many wigs did LoL provide?

113.

Let’s take this a little farther….

Let’s say it takes 10 donated ponytails to make one wig. They made 113 wigs in 2002.

113 wigs x 10 ponytails each = 1130 total ponytails used to make wigs in 2002.

They received 2000 ponytail donations per week, which is 104,000 per year.

That means that Locks of Love only uses 1% of the ponytails donated by good meaning people. You only have one chance out of 100 that your donated hair will go directly into a wig for a child.

Now. Go to www.locksoflove.com and take a look at their wigs. Not very good quality, are they? No. And the kids don’t get them free, either.
Want to know what Locks of Love does with all the rest of their hair? They sell it. This ‘non-profit’ organization sells the hair they recieve as human hair extensions, mostly to celebrities who like to change their length on a whim. Not very honest, are they?

And look at this (from the Better Business Bureaus group):

11: Make available to all, on request, complete annual financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

In response to the Alliance’s request for a copy of LoL’s financial statements, LoL submitted a copy of its Independent Accountant’s Compilation Report for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2002. To meet this Standard, an organization with total annual income of over $250,000 should have, available on request, financial statements that have been audited.

In addition, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance requested, but did not receive, complete information on LoL’s finances, and therefore, is unable to verify LoL’s compliance with the following Standard for Charitable Accountability: 14.

Also from the BBB:

Source of Funds
Contributions 194,398
Hair sales 150,719
Grants 18,991
Interest income 7,858
Program income 2,474
Gain on investment sales 103

Total Income $374,543

http://www.give.org/reports/care2_dyn.asp?733

As if that’s not enough, people are constantly pressured into donating their hair, convinced they’re doing the right thing. And not only by Locks of Love reps, but by regular people who are misled. I can testify. I haven’t cut my hair in six years, and now I’ve got tailbone length, thick brown hair. I’ve been working hard at keeping it in good condition, because long hair looks awful when it’s ratty. But some people, sadly, take healthy long hair to mean an automatic donation. I’ve had…I think five or six people tell me over the past few years that I ought to cut my hair. “You know, Hannah, you really should cut your hair for Locks of Love.” Yeah, well, you know what? When you donate a kidney, I’ll donate my hair. You’ve got two of them, it’s really selfish for you to keep them both.
People get this insane idea that it’s selfish to keep long hair. They’re so misinformed! That’s why I’m making this post…at least my friends can be informed. Please guys, never tell someone they should donate to Locks of Love. It’s much, much better to donate money to the cancer research funds. Even cut off your hair and sell it to donate the money. Anything.

Please don’t get me wrong. I can’t critisize anyone who HAS donated. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s a very kind and considerate thing to do, especially since most people don’t know where it’s going. Just wanted to clarify.

Credit for information goes to members of The Long Hair Community.

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Drama

Had class today, and it was really great. I was originally worried about the fact that none of the kids who’ve been doing it forever would be in it…but having Anna there is fun, and since most of us don’t know each other too well, there’s no nervousness, and we’re all just having a blast.
Today, Anna was my partner, and we did an exersize that concentrated conveying a plot without using English. We chose an emotion, either angry, sad, or enthusiastic, then created a short scene. Anna and I chose angry, and in our scene, I was the mother showing Anna, my daughter, her report card. Anna was shocked to see she’d recieved all Fs, I tell her off, she gets angry, blames me, I keep blaming her, until I scream that she’s grounded until she gets her grades up.
We first performed it in gibberish. In other words, we went through it, doing all the blocking and motions, but saying nothing but utter nonsense. Much to our pleasure, David and the others understood the scene very well without us speaking a word of English. Then we did the scene spoken, and it went really well. I got so into it I (yet again) nearly forgot about the people in front of us, and really started bellowing at Anna. I wonder what the librarians though. :P She retaliated equally loudly. It was so fun.

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Yesterday we actually started working on Christmas music in chorus! I found it very enjoyable, because I already knew all the Gondoliers stuff we’d been doing, and this was real sightreading! :D My voice was really warmed up, and I felt like I actually sounded all right.
I stayed for the varsity guys’ game yesterday. It was a good game, the guys played really hard and won. They were intimidated by us, though, which was too bad. :( (‘Us’ being the gaggle of girls on the side) I don’t think I was particularly intimidating, but the rest of them seemed to be. We got some of the louder girls to quiet down after a while, which seemed to help.
I’ve been spending a lot of time lately researching for a new project, and I’m really excited. I hope it works out!

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