Fourth of July 2014

Yes it’s late but I told myself I would catch up on posts.

We had a little get together with a couple friends and grilled up some goodies. After the sun set we finally got to use the last of some ginormous sparklers I got from a party.

You can also see me gradually adjusting the camera till I got good pics as this was my first time taking long exposure sparkler pics. :)

 

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Paramore and Fallout Boy

So last Saturday I was finishing up a job in a town that was too far away. On Star94 they said to text them for a chance at winning some Paramore tickets. Well, heck I can do that. Being the fastest caller is hard as hell but I can text a word.  I got a text back thanking me for entering and they would pick winners on Monday.

Lo and behold I won. Skitted on down to the radio station’s office to pick them up. My guy couldn’t go so I announced on my fb and twitter that I had a free ticket up for grabs. Well a good deal of my friends live out of state. Others couldn’t come for whatever reason. So I had a good 2 hrs of wtf, does anyone in my vicinity like me?  In walks Joy, a friend from AZA. We went to her wedding back in Feb. She was all about snapping up that ticket and in the process making me feel better.

Enough of the emotional wanking. This story is about to get AWESOME.

So we get there and my ticket is for the lawn area which is pretty far back but still affords some nice enough visuals and good sound. Paramore performed really well and we had a good time talking about them and other stuff.

Paramore finished their set and the sun had just faded out.  We were waiting for Fallout Boy’s set up to finish when a two men and a lady walked up and asked us if we were Fallout Boy fans. Joy answered for us and they gave us their tickets. We were all thankful and stuff and then come to find out they were given to us by HAYLEY WILLIAMS’ MOM (Paramore’s singer) HER FRICKIN MOM!!! (thank you Christie Williams)

We go to where the seats say and it’s right smack in the middle behind the sound booth.  Our new seats are choice!  -and- that isn’t even the end of this tale of cool.

The band comes out and we are having a good time when they change it up and they have a drum off between the lead singer and the cool tatted up drummer. While this is going on the venue is dimmed. You can only see them on stage.

Then….then the lights came back up.

Pete Wentz and the bass guitarist are IN the sound booth standing on a table with guitars in hand. We we less than 15ft away from them rocking out! They played Dance Dance. Look in the pictures. You can see them real close up.

We could not believe our luck. I spent like 10 secs with my hand just over my mouth.

Last night was great.

 

I took 139 pics. Culled those to the best 80 of the bunch.

 

 

 

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3D Printed Bracelet

I stumbled upon this neeto thing out of nowhere. I hadn’t heard of it anywhere so I thought I would make a post about it.

Everyone knows about 3D printing right? It’s slowly getting easier to come by with the relatively affordable Maker Bot. So we’re on the way to replicators in the same way the printing press was a revolutionary invention that spread information to the masses and gave voice to far more people.

One day we will be able to print items we need on our personal 3D printers the same way we print documents on our scanner/printers now.

There is a company that lets you do that now called ShapeWays. You can design things, gadgets, jewelry, toys, ect. and they will print them for you. You can get very creative and down right ingenious with designs.

Google paired up with ShapeWays to get girls into coding. One of their projects is a FREE 3D printed bracelet that you design. It’s simple but effective. You can make it say pretty much anything. I made one and it arrived a little after a week!

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Go make one!

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Delta Museum

Earlier this month I got the chance to be on the main Delta campus. When I was done I took the opportunity to visit the museum there. It was decently interesting. It was separated into the Propeller Era and the Jet Era. I very much enjoyed the Prop Era side for the nostalgia. They had dinner trays, stewardess uniforms, videos from elderly people who were the first pilots and passengers. Riding in a plane was special and it was really neat seeing how threadbare things started. (seats used to be made of wicker to cut down on weight)

Cell phone pics:

 

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Taobao – the first order –

Last winter I got wind of a type of Chinese ebay where the clothing is different/cute and items are super cheap. I kept an eye on the types of orders people were putting in and I started to get jealous of all the cute stuff they were buying. I figured I would never get to enjoy the site because frankly it’s for Chinese people. They are much smaller than Americans and the girls I saw ordering were like 5’5 and 110 lbs. That is solidly not me. At least not me since I was 11.

Enter Plus Size Taobao. A tumblr that post all the cute things they find in bigger sizes. After seeing the site two things occurred to me:
1. Of course there are plus sized Chinese people. They exist.
2. China makes nearly all American clothing anyways. Of course they have our sizes.

There are also search listings in the Taobao spreadsheet that helps you find plus clothing but the site is huge so searching can be a bit tedious. Seeing a culled list of things people have found is easier.


 

Anyways onto the the interesting part. The items. I mainly went in because I fell in deep love with these cute little vintage looking purses.

This is my first order:
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Had to make a couple adjustments with the Dark Blue jumper and the Sky blue shirt because of what the seller had available but I did ask for the scarf hat in white.

All in all it took maybe 2.5 weeks from placing my order to having it on my doorstep and I am super pleased with nearly all the items.

I am totally in love with both of my purses. They are too cute for words. I have already gotten a compliment on the green one. The shoes are adorable and I am busy breaking them in. The shirts are a little romantic with those pretty arm ruffles and the material is perfect for summer, very airy and light. The hat is going to be wonderful this winter. It’s huge and cuuuute. I have curly hair and it’s not going to give me hat hair cause of the size.
The jumper is the only thing I don’t like all that much. The proportions are very wonky so it fits weird. I am in the middle of modifying it in 8 places so it can at least look decent.

All in all, a successful first order.

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Ohco Fabric Haul – Spring 2014

Last fall I didn’t get anything at the biannual sale. This time I saw a few things that caught my eye.

The yellow vine I think I will make into a flirty skirt for summer.
Yellow dot will be pillows I’ll sell.
Green Maltelasse will be a hobbity type vest cause the fabric is too close to it not to be.
Green circles will be pillows I think.
I got like 11 yrds of that white and I haven’t any idea what to do with it but damn if it isn’t beautiful.
The big print with the oriental blue is gonna be a fantasy type coat I think. Something French inspired.

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Hair Stuffs

So I got to go to the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Health and Beauty show because of work this past Saturday.  Specifically I was at the VIP after party.  Beforehand, I got to see the now empty showroom and it was eye opening. I really wish I had my good camera on hand to show you what I saw.  It was wall to wall posters of girls and women who looked like me. How odd was that? I don’t think about these kinda things much because I’d probably be forever angry. I’d rather just get on with life.
But seeing myself on every product MADE me think about it and it gave me an interesting feeling of topsy turvy. Peter commented later that what I saw is what advertisements would look like if he was the one no one represented.  I have to say, he’s probably right.

Anyways it was a nice party although I think they really needed some food that wasn’t just champagne and tiny desserts. Would have made people more energetic that late at night.

I managed to snag one of the left over sample bags they had and I am really happy I did now.

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I tried out the two full size products on the right. I have to say I am impressed. I was a little afraid the co-wash was going to be heavy and slick when I put it in my hair but as it dried my hair really stayed soft and hydrated in a way my usual conditioner only manages to do for a few hours after. It’s a day later and my hair isn’t crunchy or dry.

The shine butter smells nice and not too perfumey like a lot of stuff tends to be. I like the weight of it. It’s light but enough to seal in moisture.

Looking at all these types of products is somewhat intimidating though. There are SO many. Where do you even start, how much do you use, is it working right, what happens when you combine them, will it work on your curl pattern, does your hair like it better when it’s wet or dry?  There are so many combos I really don’t even want to take all the time it would take to figure out what works for me. You can’t even look to what others have used because their diet, curl pattern, genetics, and weather all effect how it works for them specifically.

It’s the only reason I would ever want a stylist, they could figure it out for me.

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April’s April wedding

April was my college roommate for a year. She was the best roommate because we had a lot in common and we got along really well. She only left because they discontinued her major so off she went to study elsewhere. I missed her. We called each other the best roommate ever for several years after.
We’ve kept in touch sparsely through the years but when she said she was getting married I felt like I needed to attend. I’m really glad I went as another old college friend, Brinson, was attending with his fiancee. Plus get this, Rachelle, a person I knew in MIDDLE SCHOOL was a bridesmaid. I forgot she even knew April. How unexpected. This is the stuff life is made of people, you best not miss it.

It was beautiful spring day in Milledgeville. I had a lovely time and we danced and laughed and remembered old times. Her parents and family actually remembered me which was really nice and oddly comforting. We also met and fed a pair of Donkeys and a herd of goats since the wedding was on a farm. :)

 

Bonus. Near the end of the festivities the DJ played Bohemian Rhapsody.
This is what happened…

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Cherry Blossom Fest 2014

Wonderful weather and a day off let me catch the tail end of the Conyers Cherry Blossom fest on Sunday.

I only stayed a little while to eat a little fair food, field test the camera,  and give a little money to the small craft businesses that have stalls there.

Here’s what I picked up: Ridiculously good smelling soap, some perfume oils, and a patch for my dad. (I plan on attaching it to a jacket and embroidering his name on it) Not pictured is a giant bloomin onion and a large lemonade which I devoured throughout the day.

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Headlight Deoxidation

You know how after a few years your car’s headlights get a dull milky yellow patina on them? Ours have been that way for at least 3 years or so and we had plans to fix it but totally forgot.
We recently had the car serviced and when I asked how much it would cost to clean the headlights they gave me a staggering quote of $200+ The other guy at the desk said it would be cheaper if I went online and just replaced them.

A couple days later while buying new wipers at the AutoZone I noticed a 3M headlight kit ($20) that I had seen online back when we were thinking of fixing them. So I got it and got to work.

The instructions were fairly simple. You start with coarse sandpaper and work your way to finer sandpaper and then finish off with a polish.

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All in all it took me about 25 mins per headlight. Totally worth it. The beams show through SO much brighter now and the brights shine out far better than before making for a safer drive. If you have cloudy headlights take the time to fix them. It looks better, allows you to see better as well as have people see you better.

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