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Pasta’s cookin’…

As is my wont, I spoke too soon. Ah well, I was half expecting to find that I’d messed up somewhere. The bodice will be just about perfect for the formal, because I can use darts for that dress. But before I can do the WW, I need to tighten the armscy until it’s right around my shoulder and under my arm. Apparently tighter armscys give more room, and here I was making it extra big when that really makes it less comfortable.
The problem is just that I’ve got a bubble on either side of the bust…in order to get rid of that, I’d need to add darts, but the WW doesn’t have them and on such a light fabric they’d be too visible. So I need to either have a friend over (hint hint, Krissy and Sonja) or get Mom to fit me much more tightly. Which involves me lying on the floor wearing the bodice and putting my life in their hands, letting them pin it tighter and tighter until it fits…well, tightly. Heh. I might be able to fix it just be adjusting the armscy. I hope so. Also have to make the v-neck more of a right angle.

I didn’t get to sleep until after eleven last night, which, though it doesn’t sound bad, is late for me. Today hasn’t been terribly easy..I really hate losing sleep.

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I can’t sleep, and having nothing better to do I guess I’ll post about the past few days.

Saturday morning I had my last drama class. Anna and I asked David if we could do the scene we’d done at one of the early classes…he had us do it for them, and said afterwards that it was perfect, we could do it at the end of the program. Then we all stayed through to the showcase. We were all very hyper, and after setting out the chairs we noticed a stool sitting in the middle of the floor; we all started making up a scene around it, completely random. It was a lot of fun. When people started to arrive, a few of us sat around it, just staring. We lasted about twenty minutes, then had to move so the program could start.

The younger childrens’ bit went on for quite a while…I admit, it was rather dull, but at their age the showcase is not for the audience, it’s for them. For us, on the other hand, what we presented was as much for the audience as for ourselves. We did the yes circle, then another excersize, then went into our scenes. Zoe and Nate did a really cute one where Zoe, a parachuting instructor, gets fed up with Nate, a nervous student who won’t jump, and ends up pushing him out of the plane. When it was time for Anna and I to go, we did our first scene; it went well. It involved me seeing Anna on the street and being very excited, because we’d been friends years ago in junior high. Finally, after I’ve been gushing about the good old JH days for a while, she confesses that she can’t remember any of what I’m talking about, and she can’t even remember who I am. It’s really awkward. Then a few more people did scenes, and Anna and I did our second one (we were the only ones to do two!). This one was much more fun and involved, which is why we wanted to do it so badly. It involved me, the mother, walking in on Anna and handing her her report card. She, shocked at all Fs, blames me for not making her work harder, I get angry, she says it’s not fair, I say life’s not fair, and in the end we’re screaming at the top of our lungs. It’s absolutely…delicious is a silly word, but that’s one of the most fitting adjectives I can think of to describe it. People were in stitches, it was so gratifying. For me, anyways, there’s hardly anything more exciting then making people laugh.

Lastly, we did the gossip game. This involves two people sitting and chatting about someone they hate, giving examples and describing the quirks said person has. A third person, in this case me, sits upstage and listens, then when the time is right, they walk in, doing their best to portray the person the gossipers were talking about. It can be really funny if done well. I was a bit nervous, because I’d only been a gossiper before, not a gossipee. The girls, Adrian and Zoe, chatted about how at dance class, I was constantly talking about how philosophical dance was, but not really having any idea what I was talking about. I had a very annoying voice, and was always getting in people’s faces. So I got up and walked in, and swallowing any nervousness, put on the best nasal voice I could muster. Much to my relief, everyone laughed. I started talking about how dance was so ‘deep and profound’ and went ’straight to my heart.’ It was a blast…the girls were having trouble coming up with things to say, and I was afraid we were losing the scene, so I tried to carry it. It was just so fun…until this class I always thought it was impossible to really lose yourself in a scene, but I was completely in the moment and ignoring everything else around me. Afterwards I couldn’t even remember if people had laughed or not…but I got several compliments from people I didn’t know, which was very encouraging. It was really fun. And the best part…Gina, Joseph, Amelia, and Jackie all came to see us! Afterwards we went to Anna and Regina’s house, hung out, ran around outside like little kids…at one point we divided into teams (Anna and me against everyone else, hardly fair. :P ) and ran around fighting with sticks and long grass. We took Joseph hostage and tied him to the fence, he was so funny, yelling and being all dramatic. I felt like such a little kid, it was really great. Then we all started fighting with sticks again, and Joseph and I got into this deep conversation about Eragon and the ending of Eldest, so I switched teams so we could keep talking. :P That evening we went to see the GPCS play, which was really cute…I especially liked Matt. Now I know what he’ll look like when he’s fifty. :P
All in all, it was a great day, and since I rarely get to see those five friends all at once, it was a treat as well.

Today I saw Krissy and Sonja in Me and My Girl, at Greely. It was fantastic! Krissy was a wonderful maid, did everything right on cue. Son made a great Lady…she had the opening line in the play, and a really neat little scene with the main character that she carried really well. The music was great…lots of tap, they both nailed it, and Krissy had a really great segment playing the spoons with a group! Got a lot of applause. :D Son was in an awesome tap dance scene with the other ladies that I enjoyed.
Great job guys! :D :D

I hope I can get to sleep before long…

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I might’ve mentioned a while ago that when I was last at Grammie’s I took the measurements and made my first rough bodice draft. Since then I’ve put in about ten-fifteen hours on it, and today I think I perfected it. It’s so exciting…I’ve gone through a lot with this thing, and though it doesn’t look like much, I’m really happy with it.
This bodice is right for the formal I’m doing (Lord willing) based on Arwen’s LGB (a dress that doesn’t show up in the films that I really like), and also Eowyn’s white wool, which is my ultimate goal. At this point I think I’m ready to move on to drafting sleeves and skirt…which means I have to decide what dress I’m working on. WW, formal, or the Reforging gown from RotK? Or a White Witch costume for Narnia premiere? Decisions, decisions!
Anyway. I wanted to post a few pictures of the bodice. I’m also posting a picture the 9891 I did a while back…finally took a few. The proportions are off a bit because I’m taking the shot from above.
The bodice
Comparison to the first one I did
The dress

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I’m ‘it’.

I got tagged by Aunt Joni, who was tagged by Ted, who was tagged by Ian, to do this…thing.


1. Go to your 31st (or closest) post (its easiest if you hit earliest post and then just count by 5’s).
2. Post your 5th sentence of that post, and look to see if it makes any sense today.
3. Post these rules with it, and tag 5 people.

Okay, that would be this post:
(Post 31)
And seeing as my fifth sentance is ‘Fun.’, I don’t have much to say…
Everyone I know has been tagged. So…have a nice day.

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Ugh. I just put in about two hours on a project that I’m working on for AU…it’s going to be a while before it’s ready, but Dad and I did get the programs installed. I need my two skype entities to talk to each other, and they won’t. It’s frustrating. But overall we’ve done a pretty good job…anyway, just had to post something about that.

The All State audition was great. I’m usually a perfectionist, and I haven’t felt good about an audition since eighth grade; but today I think I nailed it. I still have a good chance of not getting in, but I’m really happy with how I did. I went in expecting to flop and managed to pull off the sight reading, the rote singing, and the piece! It’s really exciting. I also got to talk to Nathan, Luke, Matt, and Jonatas, which was really fun. Since I don’t go to GPCS anymore, I don’t see them much. Poor Nathan…he’d switched from tenor to bass at the last minute, and Jonatas had taken his tenor position. But the runners got mixed up, so Nathan ended up doing a tenor audition! In the end, the poor guy had to go twice, but he said his second audition was much better. Matt came out of his (we were the first people in the state to do it, Matt being the very first) and said to Luke, “You would have to try pretty hard to do worse than me. ” He’s not too confident, but most freshmen don’t make All State, anyway. Luke thought he did okay, and I didn’t get to hear how Jonatas did.
I really did enjoy conversing with those guys…I wish I got to see them more. It’s a shame they’re a grade below me; I like them a heck of a lot more than my former class.

Working backwards now…just before my audition I went to the Konzals (no idea how to spell that) for my first reenactment meeting. It was…amazing. Absolutely amazing. This reenactment…it’s what I have wanted to do for so long…there’s about eleven of us kids, and we’re all going to be sewing our costumes, creating detailed persona…I’m ecstatic. I couldn’t even begin to put into words just how exciting this is for me.
I was there early, and Tamara kept talking about how much I’d love it..and I have to say she’s completely right, they say that people who start this rarely stop, and I’m just dying to begin. And everyone is so friendly! I just love the people I am doing this with. There’s a wide age range, and one of the wonderful things about homeschooling is that all ages hang out and no one minds. Everyone is homeschooling, Christians, and the nifty part is that this is officially a 4-H club. I’ve always, always wanted to do 4-H. I’m just so excited.
I had to leave early from the Tate House tour because of my audition, so I missed the meeting and all the info about creating a persona and sewing and all that jazz, but I’m going to call Tamara and ask for what I missed. I’m so psyched. I’ll stop gushing now.

Before the Reenactment meeting, I had labs with Krissy and Keturah. We finished way early, so we wrote up our lab reports and then just talked for almost an hour. :) Keturah has joined the ranks of us crazy people going to the Narnia opening in costume, should be uber fun. We talked Tolkien, Redwall, Narnia, Eragon, even Pooh. As one of the girls said, “Pooh isn’t a children’s story, it’s literature!” *girn*
Then Keturah and I started singing random bits from Patience…’twas fun. I love G&S!
We want to have a party at the end of the year where we cook and eat all the food we’ve worked with in labs. So far we’ve had pineapple peach jello, yeast bread, mushroom, and we’ve got many more yummy things to come. It’ll be really nifty. :D

Oh, and did you know that the reason your gums bleed when you eat a raw pineapple core is because fresh pineapple contains an enzyme that breaks down your gums? I thought that was so interesting.

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Out to Lunch

This afternoon, I went out to lunch with Mrs. Noonan, my old piano teacher. :D It was a really enjoyable time, we had soup and sandwiches at Panera and talked for quite a while. I miss seeing her for lessons.
I also got the next major step on my AU-related project completed, thanks to Dad, who built a new computer for me to use. Very convenient having a geek for a father. You should see our basement…*trips over random computer parts*
I had an epifany today and discovered that I can record myself on to the computer singing either the alto or soprano part to the Christmas pieces we’re doing at school, and then practice against myself. It’s very convenient. Voice practice today was very encouraging.
I have my first Reenactment meeting on Friday. This will be an extremely hectic day..I leave at 11:30 or so for labs with Krissy and Keturah, go straight to Reenactment, then to the Tate House with them, and then I have a half hour to get to my All State audition.
Oh, and Son!! My teacher says she ‘thinks’ I made District. Apparently the list arrived via email, but it wasn’t well drawn out. I find this a little disconcerting…but oh well. At least I have a chance.

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