Dreaming of Free Time

All of my running around this week has left me feeling rather ill. I’ve been pumping tea, water, and coffee this whole week (tea and water for health, coffee for energy), but nothing seems to be working all that well. I think that I’m rather destined to be sick at the moment. MLIA.

Also, sick + costume shop sale + death homework + Powershift this weekend = 1 very frazzled Abbie.

… Let’s think about positive things. Yes? Positive. Okay.

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Today, I’ve spent a lot of time procrastinating/getting better/biding my time by planning my next tattoo. It’s coming on one year since my first tattoo, and I’m refining ideas for my next one. I’ve decided that I don’t want to be a suuuuper tattoo-ed lady (no huge backpieces or shoulder pieces are in my future), but that I would like all of my tattoos to be unique and thought-provoking. If I can manage that with some sort of larger piece … well, that’s going to be YEARS from now.

Also, it’s a good idea to have tattoos in places that I can hide them, if need be. And easily.

I’ve thought of getting “Seven Generations” tattooed on my ribs, but the more I think about it, the more I don’t want to do that.

Here’s the forerunner at the moment:

Because the books “The Little Prince” and “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” have brought so much hope to my soul in the past year, and I feel like they’ve really been guiding figures for me, I’m thinking of doing a tattoo in tribute. I would get an old-school tattoo seagull flying, carrying a banner with a quote from “The Little Prince.” This would probably be on my ribs, but would also make a very cool upper-arm-piece.

But now, after leafing through “The Little Prince,” I’m not sure anymore about this. Will have to reread both books.

I’ve been listening to my favorite Regina Spektor songs a lot these days. She truly expresses so much of how I feel, that it would be amazing to have a quote of hers on my body. It’s just … what quote? They’re all so good!

Here are my top quotes:

Ghost of Corporate Future

Love is the Answer/To a question I’ve forgotten/But I know I’ve been Asked/And the answer has got to be Love

This is how it works:/You peer inside Yourself/and Take the things you Like/And try to Love the things you Took

I love that last quote the best. I think that really is the epitome of the best lesson I’ve ever learned. It’s just a really long quote for a tattoo. But I love it so much. Decisions, decisions …

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I’m not taking a J-Term, as stated in my Thursday Next post. So I’m going to have all of this time to do cool things with myself … how ever shall I occupy my time?

First off, I know that I’ll be reading a lot. I haven’t had much of a chance to read anything “for fun” in a really long time, so I think I’ll try to plough through some books. Here’s what’s at the top of my list:

1. The Eyre Affair b. Jasper Fforde

2. Breakfast of Champions b. Kurt Vonnegut

3. The Monsters of Templeton b. Lauren Groff

4. The Ecology of Wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess

5. The World We Used to Live In b. Vine Deloria Jr.

6. Brave New World b. Aldous Huxley

I think SPROUT will also be having some sort of reading group/circle, which is all kinds of exciting. I love that group so much. Love, love love.

Oh man. Time for sleeping.

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uuuuuuuugh. Long weekend ahead. If you can’t tell, I’m really burned out on work right now. Hopefully I can get up tomorrow and get right down to it. This post brought to you by several days worth of random thoughts that I’ve been writing up here. All edited and ready for viewing.

PS – Hate Philip Roth. Needlessly dry, and I have no motivation to read this book I thought would be one of my favorites from the 21st Century Novel class. Uuuuuugh.

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Thursday Next Wrap

Hello, readers!

I have a MASSIVE project post. Garment: Thursday Next Wrap. It is so dubbed because it’s a garment so versatile that I can wear it from one Thursday to the next and look different every day. The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next novels) have also been at the top of my reading list for years, and I haven’t got around to them.

The idea for this wrap came from the cardi-wraps that have been so popular the last two years. I’ve wanted one since before they were in stores, but have not shelled out the cash to get one. So, I made a mock-up pattern and tried my hand at making one from scratch. And this is the result!

035This beautiful wrap can be worn so many ways I haven’t even found them all yet. Here are some of my best pictures from the photoshoot today:

one of my favorite ways to wear it

one of my favorite ways to wear it

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if you can't tell, it's upside-down

if you can't tell, it's upside-down

And there is certainly more where that came from. Almost anything (aside from the upside-down wrap) can become a dress, or a shirt. That was the great fortune of having bought too much fabric.

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On a different note, sorry for the lack of posts this month. My life has been really intense, and I haven’t been able to justify spending a lot of time posting here.

I’ve been working on three major projects, all of which are consuming a lot of time. Project 1: Schooooooool. This semester is really intense, and I’ve been struggling to stay ahead of the game. Project 2: Grand Aspirations. Have been putting together a workshop for next weekend, and will have to give it myself. Project 3: Costume Shop Sale. This has really only been about 12 hours a week, but when you add that to these other two projects, it’s quite the workload.

I know I really need to slow down. Know how I know? I hadn’t hung out with friends (other than Chelsea) for the entire month of October until last weekend. … GUH. After the workshop is done, my work load should lighten, though school will start getting more and more intense until finals. My peace of mind is definitely suffering. This past week has been incredibly up and down, feel a little like I’m turning inside out. At least tonight my homework is to read. Read, read, read some novels. I should have about 400 pages of reading done by the end of tonight if I’m going to get ahead on work before the weekend. *dies*

I’m already looking forward to winter break. I’m actually going to take J-Term off this year, and have time to relax and recouperate from the madness that is the last six months of my life. Hopefully, I’ll get some time to just do what I want to for a change. Lord knows I need it.

Okay, can’t justify spending any more time on the computer right now. Need to end this post. Hopefully I’ll have more to talk about later.