soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Step one: Learn to crochet; start making amigurumi.

Step two: Get a dog.

Step three: Give your dog a crocheted toy or two, because you like making things and also making your dog happy.

Step four: Teach your dog to go down the stairs, because it is an important life skill and maybe you wouldn't mind seeing him down there from time to time.

Step five: Notice that your dog is much quicker to go back up the stairs when he finds something to take with him (such as dryer sheets (acceptable; he tears them apart and then gets bored, allowing whatever humans are near to pick up and dispose of the pieces) and socks (Chester put that down)), which is nice, because although you love him, you don't necessarily want to spend every single moment watching him.

Step six: Start stashing a few of his toys in hiding places downstairs for him to find, on the bases that A) This will be great enrichment and encourage natural behavior, and B) As stated above, this will get him to go back upstairs more quickly. Include your room, where you also store and do much of your crochet, as one of these hiding places.

Step seven: Neglect to close your door all the way before leaving for work, and trust that other people will help make sure that the door at the top of the stairs will be closed to prevent dachshunds from wreaking havoc downstairs.

Step eight: Final step. Return home to find destroyed crochet projects. Reflect on how you got to this point. Make a social media post about it and vow to do what you can to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Optional step nine: Pet your dog and let him lick your entiiiiiire face, because you know it's not his fault that he learned to do a thing you didn't want him to.

Daydreams

May. 13th, 2017 09:34 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
People I want to find:

* Whoever planned graduation day for the local university and community college to be the day before Mother's Day
* Whoever decided to give our hospitality graduates a 15% discount coupon for our restaurant well after my own graduation
* Whoever planned any local high school's proms to be the day before Mother's Day

What I intend to do when I find these people:

1. Drag them to my workplace
2. Get them suited up appropriately
3. Put them to work
4. Make them vow to either think more carefully next year or promise to come in and help us at the bakery; either would do

Backup wishes:
- Somehow convince the Sales team not to book anything the week immediately preceding both Easter and Mother's Day, and possibly a day or two after each for good measure
- Somehow convince TPTB to actually convert that classroom into a second bakery like they talked about and maybe even hire a second bakery team so we don't have six people working to cover two departments' needs (the restaurant and banquets)


Today's post is brought to you by me working thirty-eight hours over the past four days. I fully expect to work at least ten hours tomorrow, and can only pray that we don't have too much catch-up to do on Monday. Having no banquets on Monday is already out; we have some ridiculous number of dessert bars to serve, and cutting and traying those will definitely take far too long.

My next day off will be Wednesday. I hope my feet last until then.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
How to train your dog to seek out and destroy your crochet projects.

(Of the five Pride Piggies Chester got his teeth into, four of them sustained damage, though only one of them sustained major damage. D'you think anyone would be interested in an Ace Pride Piggy with only one eye? I can make an eyepatch for it. Edit: Upon closer inspection, the Demigirl Pride Piggy sustained heavier damage than I first thought. Not sure how reparable it is yet; it may end up in a similar boat to Pirate Ace Piggy.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Heart" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Heart)
Finally - finally - I have finished watching Wedding Peach. I forgot how much I'd enjoyed the manga, and the anime followed suit pretty well (in terms of enjoyment; I can't remember whether all of the plot points mirror, though I suspect they don't), though it got pretty intense towards the end. The OVAs were a nice refresher, though not without problems.

The important thing is, it's time for me to start watching a new anime! And boy do I have a lot to choose from.

The list, in no particular order )

I think that's it? I've. I've got a lot of watching to do. I need to figure out what I'm in the mood for.

(Way up high on the Definitely Gonna Watch This list is Tokyo Godfathers, since I checked it out from the library today. So at least that's one decided.)
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
I kinda want to start a Dreamwidth community dedicated to posting/sharing infographics. I mean, as soon as I thought of the idea, I was sure that one already existed, because how could one not? Only there... isn't one? Currently only three users even list "infographics" as an interest, and no one lists any of the variations I could think of. (I mean, I only tried three, but still.)

I am seriously tempted to start one. Part of my brain is definitely screaming at me over the mere thought of more responsibilities; the part that's on a continuous loop of, "Why isn't there such a community already, there should be one, I could make it and it wouldn't be very difficult I'm sure," is not quite as loud, but is going a lot faster so I'm less likely to notice any flaws in its arguments.

Probably this will just turn into one of those things where I'm in love with an idea and don't do anything about it, but possibly, just possibly it will turn into one of those things that I actually do.

(Unless someone else wants to do it for me, which I encourage. I might also accept someone doing it with me, but see again: Brain screaming that it's a bad idea, executive dysfunction, etc.)
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
This, but with extra super thick yarn and some slight adjustments so it's a blanket rather than a pillow.

(I am serious about that yarn thickness, I'm using a crochet hook that's at least twice my usual size for chunky yarn, and three times my usual size for worsted weight yarn (worsted weight probably being the size most people associate with yarn).)

I added an extra fifteen rows each to the top and bottom of the chart, but I don't actually have enough green for much beyond the original pattern, so the majority of that is going to be gold instead. The yarn I'm using was all on clearance at Michael's, so there's probably no getting more green. After doing the math, I should need eight skeins of green and three of gold for the main/original pattern, and then I can use the rest at my discretion. I have nine skeins of green total, and picked up eleven of the gold. The additional top and bottom rows come out to about three-and-a-half skeins each, and while I got all of the green I could find, there were at least five more skeins of the gold that I didn't buy (and I might pick up an extra just in case).

I got through the first nineteen rows at Crafting tonight, and only just started the first "real" row of the pattern (that is, the one with actual color changes in it). So it's going reasonably fast, and I can't say I'm complaining about that. I should definitely have it done by AnimeIowa, and maybe even by the end of the month, depending on distractions.

Unfortunately, the easiest place to rest the weight of the blanket as I'm working on it is on my lap, and it's starting to warm up around here. It's been in the sixties (Fahrenheit) for a few days now, and working on a heavy blanket while under a heavy blanket is not the most pleasant activity :P Makes me wish I'd save it for winter, but knowing me, I'm sure I'd forget about the yarn by then. So now it is. At least my basement is nice and cool.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
(Originally posted on Tumblr, but I liked it so much I wanted it here, too.)


It’s been twelve years since I read Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, and even then I didn’t make it all the way through. It was for class, though, and we had a lot of discussions, so I picked up some key points.

And I definitely don’t agree with everything Alighieri thought, just to be totally up front about that. Some of the lustful people, those violent against themselves or against nature, just for a few examples, I really don’t think need to be condemned to hell for eternity. But there are a few things I think are absolutely on track:

First, that separation of church and state is vital.

Second, that compound fraud - that is, fraud that has an element of violence - is among the worst of all sins (crimes), especially when committed against people who are supposed to be under your care.

Finally, that there are some people in the world who are so evil that their souls are swept away to hell to start suffering early, while a demon takes over their body and continues their work.

Honestly, it gives me some small measure of comfort to know that, whenever I think that the Trump administration should to go straight to hell, at least one school of thought posits that they are already there.
soc_puppet: Words "Language Barrier" in yellow (Language Barrier)
Companion to this post, about which homonym to use when.

Time for some tips for remembering which homonym is which! I will try to provide one for all words involved, but will make sure to provide one for at least one of the words in ever pair, or two for every trio. ...I may have definitely stretched for a few of them.

Mnemonic devices ahoy! )

Folks are more than welcome to share their own in the comments, if you have any :)
soc_puppet: Words "Creative Process" in purple (Creative Process)
Aside from whatever I'm going to be selling at the Staff Art Table, at any rate. Cutting descriptions for length, not because I have any previews :P

Accessibility Sign Description )

Charity auction flyer description )

Bleh; that's a little more wall-of-text-y than I'd like, but it's late (for me) and I'm opening tomorrow, so I'm going to let it go. Feedback and suggestions welcome! Nevermind; obsessive re-reading and editing strikes again ^^a
soc_puppet: Words "Tragic Tale" in dark blue (Rocks fell; everyone died)
Welp, I've just officially deleted my LJ account. I wish it hadn't come to this, but them's the breaks. I was too late to take advantage of any of the loopholes, which means I did "agree" to the new ToS, but I probably would've been booted sooner or later anyway for existing while not straight and cis.

Anyway, time to settle my roots more deeply into Dreamwidth and do my best to bloom more often.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
Features of LJ's latest clusterfuck:

1) "LiveJournal User Agreement has been changed. We encourage you to review the full text of the agreement. You can also read it in this window:
ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document. The original User Agreement, which is valid, is located at the following address: http://www.livejournal.com/legal/tos-ru.bml ."

The original, legally binding document is, of course, only available in Russian.

2) Via [tumblr.com profile] ladytharen: "[LJ] updated their user agreement in russian and to make it worse the english version was not “legally binding” and you couldn’t do anything while logged in until you accepted the new user agreement which - even in the english version it had fuzzy language about being able to use users’ content publicly. erm, no? bugger off?" [Link to post]*

3) If you try to do anything on LJ without accepting the new agreement, it forcibly logs you out.


So! It looks like I'll finally be deleting my LJ account in the near future. Probably by the end of the week.


* Official language: "In respect of any Content which constitutes intellectual property, User provides to the Administration a non-exclusive (simple) license to use his/her Content in order to provide the Service by reproducing his/her Content as well as by making it public for the entire period the Content is posted on the Service. If User participates in any rankings or if User’s Content is used in any editorial projects of the Service, User provides to the Administration an additional authorisation to modify, shorten and amend his/her Content, to add images, a preamble, comments or any clarifications to his/her Content while using it, and in certain cases based on the Service functions, an authorisation to use User’s Content anonymously."


Edit: More relevant information ahoy! There's some translationy bits of the Russian user agreement there, courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] digitaldiscipline, or possibly the related laws? Anyway, here's the summary courtesy of [tumblr.com profile] suricattus:

Short version, as I see it: nothing obscene by Russian legal standards (in Putin’s Russia, LGBTA discussions could fall within that, much less actual smut), and even if you’re squeaky clean and hetero-vanilla, any and everything you say is subject to their (legal) judgement. So yeah, for’ex, prohibiting “the dissemination of information for the purpose of discrediting a citizen or some categories of citizens on the basis of sex, age, race or ethnicity, language, religion, trade, place of residence and work and also in connection with their political convictions.” could be seen as protecting someone from abuse or libel, and that’s great - but it also means that if the Russian government decides they don’t like your political activism, they have the right to use that post as “abuse” that “shall entail criminal, administrative or another liability in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation.” And then “the hosting provider or the person mentioned in Item 2 of Part 9 of the present article shall provide the information allowing to identify the blogger.”


So yeah. Shit is scary.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Heart" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Heart)
Part of feeling better and being more productive means that I'm actually watching some of my (horrifyingly massive) back catalogue of anime now while I crochet. Currently on the docket is Wedding Peach, because I am a shameless Magical Girl addict.

Tonight I just got to an episode where one of the main Devils is all, "The power of the angels' love will never be a match for the power of the devils' hate!" And I just thought, "Man, quadrants would put such an interesting spin on that."

...

If you can't tell that this now means I want concept art and/or an outline/description for an Alternian Magical Girl series, you don't know me at all.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
I got my meds adjusted just over a week ago, and I already feel loads better. Among the first things I'm noticing are: my enthusiasm at work is less forced, I'm less inclined to nap for the sake of napping during my free time, and I'm crocheting again!

To be fair, I'd been doing a bit of crochet work, but over the past few months it's really fallen down the wayside. Possibly longer. I was almost exclusively crocheting at my friend Steve's crafting get-togethers, and since those dropped off about a month ago, I'd been really struggling to do any crochet - or anything crafty at all! I managed to get this done for Valentine's Day:

Valentine's Day themed crocheted owl

Or, well, Owlentine's Day, as I put it on the Tumbles ;) Where there are also more pictures, BTW.*

(Sadly, I didn't manage to finish up its Feline-tines Day companion (for many Owl x Pussycat = OTP jokes), and it's currently still languishing.)

Anyway, since starting the increased dosage, I've finished two standard cats in as many days, and anticipate making more soon - probably not tomorrow, or Tuesday, since I've got lots of work both days (plus taxes on Tuesday), but definitely in the near future! I'm feeling a lot more optimistic about actually finishing projects, and just enjoying thinking about crocheting in general, and my stacks upon stacks of DVDs are beginning to see a bit of use as I stitch my way through them.

...I actually contemplated starting up a Patreon for [personal profile] hooked_on_anime a while back, but with my creative slump I just didn't feel up to it - not to mention the fact that I haven't really made any purely fannish patterns since Aviva and Shulamit, and they were the first in a long while themselves. (Ugh. Maybe my depressive spell was longer than I realized =_= I really need to look into some sort of mood-tracking app or something.) If I do decide to go for it, there's more setting up to do, but it's definitely something for me to think about.

Anyway, yes! Chemistry is better. (I am willfully not adding any caveats to that for better mental health.)


* First images uploaded to Dreamwidth, w00t! Though there doesn't seem to be any sort of direct link to a singular image plus description, so that might be something for the Suggestions Box. Or maybe I'm missing something in the linking, IDK.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Rage" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Rage)
This is something really mundane to get this annoyed by, but whatever.

So almost two days ago I changed the time in my DS to reflect Spring Forward. Ever since then, Festival Plaza in Pokemon Sun and Moon has been non-functional. I thought at first that this was a problem that would fade after 24 hours had passed, but nope! It's been nearly 48 and I still can't play the lottery or get my fortune told - or do anything at any of the booths, actually. Everything, literally all choices, count as "sold" or "already done today". ...Except Festival Tickets for some reason? And I only moved the clock forward a single hour, it's not like I changed it to a different day. How irritating!

Bluh. I'm going to look around and see if there's some sort of fix-it I can find online. Otherwise I guess I'll have to open a support ticket or something, IDK.

Edit: Oh look, it fixes itself after 48 hours. I clearly should've waited another couple of hours instead of changing the time back in desperation and hoping that would work. Oops X(

On the plus side, I know not to do this again, especially since having my clock be an hour fast bothers me far less than it being an hour slow.

Chester, no

Mar. 8th, 2017 05:04 pm
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep as Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time (Default)
So I was lounging around this afternoon, when about an hour and a half ago I saw a Chikorita on the PokeGo radar. Naturally, I got right up to head out and catch it: Shoes, hat, jacket because it got chilly again. I was at the door to leave and told my dad, "I'll be back in a few, I'm just going to the end of the block and back." (This being effectively where the closest Pokestop is.)

Chester, of course, saw all of the signs that I was about to leave, and then heard me say a word that more-or-less rhymes with "walk", so that was the end of that plan.

A good three paragraphs of story under here, with mention of past animal imperilment (with a happy ending) )

And that's how what I thought was going to be a fifteen minute outing turned into an hour long walk. Thanks, Chester.
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep with a ball of white yarn for a body (Crochet)
I've got half-baked plans to crochet a weighted blanket.

See, I like to have the weight of blankets on me, but I toss and turn a lot when trying to get to sleep (and possibly even after I fall asleep, though I really can't say), so I can rarely keep even three tucked around me through the night. Plus, if I get too warm, that makes it really difficult for me to fall asleep - which makes summer somewhat fraught, since I can only shed so many blankets before there's none left, and then the 'heavy'/pressure of extra blankets is gone. So I'm thinking of crocheting one to fix my problem.

My first thought was just to go straight for chainmail, but I'm worried about the links catching on stuff if they're not properly closed, and how big the links would have to be in order for the concept to be financially viable, and what sort of material they'd have to be anyway for the desired results, and what about how conducive metal is, etc etc etc. So my next plan is to crochet around a bunch of links in lines/chains, then connect the chains together to form a 'net', so the metal is all covered by yarn but can still be connected. Keychain rings were a very brief consideration, but that's a little smaller than I want to go, and they'll get caught on the yarn besides. There's closed/whole brass rings I've seen in craft stores, though, and they come in a wider variety of sizes, so I may be looking into pricing on those. Aluminum would probably be ideal, but I don't know if I would even be able to *find* closed aluminum rings two or more inches in diameter - maybe I can ask Steve the chainmail guy. Though if I use a duvet cover, I probably don't need to worry as much about washing it, which would simplify my plans considerably.

After that, it's just a matter of doing a bit of math and deciding which color(s) to use :P
soc_puppet: Dreamsheep on the Pokemon GO location background (Pokesheep Go)
Today's theme for my life was: Running on fumes. I got a pitiful amount of sleep last night (if I even fell asleep at all), nabbed a medium sized muffin for breakfast, worked for ten and a half hours, played the radio on my mp3 player until it ran out of batteries, drained my phone down to 7%, and just about ran my car out of gas by treating myself to a stop at Half Price Books after work.

Tomorrow I plan to make up for it with lots of sleep, refilling the gas tank, and eating a good breakfast.

...I'll probably still drain my phone, though. Gotta catch 'em all :P
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Mind" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Mind)
You know what I want? Soulmate AUs with normalized polyamory.

Not just "So-and-so has multiple soulmates/soulmate identifying marks/what-have-you", though definitely those. Really, though, I'm thinking more along the lines of "Dating people other than your soulmate is normal and healthy and caries no particular stigma" that includes continuing to date people who are not your soulmate once you've met your soulmate and potentially gotten together with them.

I mean, just because you've met the person who is supposedly "the one", that doesn't mean you should have to stop seeing the person (or people) you're already seeing. And just because "the one" supposedly exists, that doesn't mean you should never date anyone else. Hell, you don't even have to date "the one" if you meet them; normalizing polyamory would, IMO, better enable people to define what they want their relationship with their soulmate to be.

I dunno, maybe it's just my tendency to stick to my preferred ships in my various fandoms and not read far outside them, but I feel like this is the sort of thing that doesn't get written about a lot? Or even considered much in terms of worldbuilding. And I think it would work pretty well. ((TBH, I'd probably be more interested in reading it in origific, but I still want it to exist. (To be even more honest, I should read more non-OT3 polyamory anyway.))

(Also, I am abnormally tired and honestly don't know how much sense this makes at the moment. Though I do hope it's at least some.)

Anyway. That.
soc_puppet: [Homestuck] God tier "Blood" themed Dreamsheep (Sheep of Blood)
Today I've got the worst case of cramps I've had since that one time in high school, when I had to walk out of standardized testing* and go home because the pain was so bad. I walked home since I lived only a few blocks away, and ended up having to stop half-way there to wait out a bout of cramps, then spent about an hour trying to find the right position or set of stretches that would alleviate some of the pain; I usually defaulted to fetal position, but that didn't work for long.

Thankfully, then as now, pain meds kicked in before too much time had passed, which is why I have the energy and focus to even write a damn post about it. I'm left thankful that I don't have such bad cramps more than once every decade or so. (Also that I wasn't at work, since I don't think I could've focused on driving safely to get home, and am not entirely sure where I could've waited that shit out.) Still, it might be worth contemplating solutions.

Anyway, gonna pamper myself the rest of the day, because damned if I don't deserve a bit after that.


* Which kinda sucked, because I've always liked taking standardized tests, even if now I recognize them as a Tool of the Oppressor. I've always been quick at them, and it made me feel proud and smart, and finishing up early meant I had a nice bit of quiet time to read or write or draw. I ended up finishing the tests on makeup day, which was just straight through with no proctor, and therefore no breaks for finishing early. I was horribly disappointed.

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