Tuesday, October 6, 2015

NYCC is Almost Here!

I spent this afternoon and evening buckling down and packing for NYCC. 

This is all seriousness was the most relaxed packing for NYCC I have ever made it through.  With a small anxiety attack over what to wear Saturday I was pretty together this year.  That said here is my line up.

Anyway, in previous years I have been a huge bundle of stress and nerves going into NYCC. It's why I only went Thursday last year. It's not the crowds that get md either. It's the prep, the planning, the finances, the hotels, and such. That's what stresses me out.  I didn't want to deal with it last year.  Which was a really good thing since I was just starting to get my anxiety under control.  This year I am rooming with one of my best friends which has really helped take the stress edge off of the show.

As usual I am a little worried about after show plans as I am not interested in after parties but I can say I have fun night planned Friday with a city gal pal I haven't seen in 2 years.

I was finally able to get the NYCC app to work and pulled two of my Tim Sale books to be signed at the show.  I am on the fence as to whether or not I will be doing the Billie Pipper signing.

I am hoping to make my possibly last full NYCC a fun and relaxing one full of friends because I don't plan on coming back beyond Thursdays in the future. That could change but that's my plan for now. I just hope this is a good show.

Fingers crossed.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Ocular Migraines

It's been a full year since my last ocular migraine and after a brain MRI with contrast, dental work, vision check, a look at my optical nerves, and medication I am no more closer to an answer then I was a year ago. 

Instead I am more or less waiting for the next attack.  They appear to happen yearly. In 2013, it happened in August at the NY Ren Faire. Last year, at a wedding and I lost consciousness which was a new fun piece.

I just sit here and wait. To think all those times I had hot flashes growing up they were precursors to this nonsense. Sigh.  At least it's once a year.

I was also checked for hypoglycemia as well. I happen to have a great NP who will help me pursue these questions.

Ocular migraine is a scary type of headache that doesn't typically involve pain. For me I get unusually warm and clamy.  I then get woozy.  I usually attempt to get cold. To try to fight it off but normally fail. I then loose my sight completely in both eyes. It fades into static to complete black and returns in static with black, blue, and white.  I then tend to get sick. Once I get sick it's like nothing happened at all. I am absolutely fine afterwards.  The last time I passed out just before loosing my vision.

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Little Pony Cataloging

Shoping at RetroCon and meeting a fellow vintage My Little Pony collector inspired me to get more savvy with my pony collection.

One of the reasons I didn't buy more ponies at RetroCon was that I couldn't remember what I already owned!

I do have sort of a system. I have a system that used to work for me, but considering I rarely shop for ponies using my laptop it's no longer a useful system. Essentially my vintage collection focuses on the G1 baby ponies but it's now expanding into adults, flutter ponies, and G2.  I also have a few of G3 that I have picked up from the thrift store.

I have a document listing the G1 baby ponies by year and collection like so:

1984: (Original Baby Ponies)
Baby Firefly
Baby Suprise
Baby Glory
Baby Moondancer
Baby Cotton Candy
Baby Blossom

I bold them as I purchase them.

This will never work for me on to go.  Nor does it work for me when I online shop now since I shop mostly via eBay moblie for ponies.

My solution?

Photo catalog.

That's right.  Photo cataloging.

My plan is to finally clean out my drop box and place a picture of each pony I have on hand in the Dropbox. Of course this will involve folders of mass organization and fine photo labeling.  This way when I am out looking, I can easily flip through photos (that are not clogging up space on my phone) and see if I have it or not.

I am so excited about this it pulled me out of my after convention funk.  So far from the G1, G2, and G3 ponies that I have here at home 82 ponies have been photographed. I have to snap the ponies in storage now.  I have G3.5 & G4 in storage.  I may liquidate the G4 ponies.  Not all of course.

I have cleaned out my Dropbox. I also spent sometime editing and uploading the photos until my Dropbox pretty much said no more on my file moves.

Right now a basic file path follows this:

My Little Pony Catalog > G1 > Year 3 - 1984 > Original Baby Ponies - Complete

Lots of folders. Lots of organization.

This is what it looks like.

My extremely limited G2 ponies. I bought them in a lot to get the Sky Shimmer because they are a funny looking bunch.

And on landscape I can see the full file names.

And I can also just look through them this way.  Oh flutter ponies!  

Hopefully, I will be able to get to the other half in storage photographed soon.  I had planned to do so today but I have been bed ridden with a migraine. Sigh. At least I feel functional now.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Excellent Weekend

Lately by time the weekend rolls around I am so overworked and exhausted that the idea of doing anything more then hybernating with Netflix and minimal food makes me start panicking. However, this weekend was different.

I wound up spending Friday night sewing an apron together from a really bad printed fabric I bought at Walmart a good 5 years ago.  It was one where all pattern pieces were printed directly onto the fabric.  The lines were incredibly off on it so I fixed it where I could. I also tested my wide hemmer foot on it. I won't pretend it didn't come out like a beginner project but it was my first time with the hemmer foot.  It will still take some getting used to, especially on curves.

Part of taking a break from costuming and getting my life more in order has started with starting a semi in depth cleaning schedule for my apartment that is worked around remaining shows and leaves my Tuesday movie nights free.

So each afternoon last week I knocked a small thing off at a starting point. I think between this and getting smaller projects done it's actually making me feel a lot better in general.

For the first time in months I woke up with energy and I didn't want to hide in bed.  I tackled cleaning the fridge, microwave, and the glass on my car this weekend. Though cleaning the car glass was tricky as it cooked the second I put the cleaner on.

I spent a good portion of Saturday working on Jem getting her appliqué and color blocking together.  Color blocking on curves sucks.

Sunday I also woke up with a decent amount of energy except I did want to veg out but I also wanted to do things.
I wound up putting the Jem dress together.

I felt so good this weekend and energized I actually forgot to take my B12 shot!  B12 helps fight fatigue!

As of today I finished a book and did some deep cleaning to my stove, oven, and sink.

I haven't been dirty.  Let's clarify.  My version of cleaning is hardcore but it's feeling really good to get these things done. I am looking forward to off time and possibly getting back into photography (nature).

I might have even found the perfect boots for Jubilee today.... Oh man...

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Long Day with a Sweet Ending

A sweet ending to a rather tricky day.

Today was not a bad but more of one full of anxiousness as I had an important medical appointment. So pretty much all day I was watching the clock to make sure I was working on time and ready to leave exactly when I needed to because the office was not close by.

It's also horribly hot and gross outside today.  To top it off the AC in my car does not work. Yay!  Isn't it the best when it's gross outside, you don't have AC, and somewhere important to be?  Oh yes. Those are the best days!

Anyway, I chose to be smart in my attire and wear capris with a sleeveless shirt in hopes I wouldn't be too awful looking at the doctors.  Apparently seeing my calves equals looking extra nice and interview ready.  Not the case but maybe I frightened some people. Ha!

So amid all this I start getting troll messages on my Facebook page. Today of all days. The day I really can't handle the extra emotions.  I think I handled it pretty well.

Here is the thing. I have a Facebook PAGE and a personal PROFILE.  My page is public, but my profile is not.  On my profile, I limit who I allow on there to family, actual friends, and close work friends (some I don't add).  I am picky with who I really let on there. The PAGE is public.  The page cannot be friended and while I have the time I try pretty hard to chat with everyone through commenting on posts I make on the page be it statuses, photos, or links.  If anything, I will go through and like the comment as an acknowledgement but even then sometimes it's a comment I just can't like.

So that happened.

I get through my appointment which was conveniently located down the block from my comic book shop!  So to end today on a high note I finally picked up my very own copy of Jem #4, Pop Vinyl Rachel Duncan (regular), and Pop Vinyl Felix!  My Orphan Black Pop Vinyls are currently complete. I do wish they had been produced differently.  Why not Wave 1: Sarah, Mrs S, Kera, Felix, Paul and Kera's Dad (I am drawing a blank at his name right now)?  Wave 2: Allison, Donnie, Vinnie, etc

Also on my way home I stopped to treat myself to a McDonalds Vanilla Shake which I am sure my lactose intolerant self will pay for but it was pretty perfect for long drive home in the heat with no AC.   I even remembered to ask for no whip cream.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Remember to Take Care

Time doesn't always fly when you are having fun, it also flies when you are horribly distracted.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Review: Wig is Fashion

I just picked up my Wig is Fashion wig from the Post Office today. Finally!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

My Recent Obsession with Sewing Machine Feet

Granted when I started costuming five years ago my sewing skills were very rusty but it's only been very recently that an entire new world of solutions and possibilities have opened up by realizing there are more presser feet then the basic ones with the sewing machine.

Slave Leia Toy Story

Amidst all this Slave Leia toy drama, I started doing some sniffing around for previous Slave Leia action figures.