The cocktail of champions.
I had already called in sick yesterday, and I took today off as well. (Still had to work from home since I had a deadline, but that's okay. At least I was in my comfy clothes and able to take a nap at any moment I wanted.)
Today I feel better, and I even went out and voted at the local primaries here. A 5 minute dash, and then I plan to take yet another nap.
Yes, I vote, therefore I am. It appears that with all the national primaries saga we tend to forget that we have local ones to take care of. So if you live in Virginia and have not voted, you still have time. It doesn't take that long.
Costuming plans: I definitely need to make some alterations to my garb as Pennsic approaches. Hate doing alterations, but I hate losing those pieces of clothing that I put so much time and effort into.
Which brings me to other projects. Last night, I could not sleep, probably an effect of the cough syrup which makes you drowsy, combined with the Prednisone which keeps you awake. That results in a very relaxing insomnia. In other circumstances one would say that I was "unasleep," which is something like being undead but not so much.
At any rate, my mind kept buzzing around garb concepts. On one hand, I have a lovely stash of pink and green silk, which screams petticoat bodies and English jacket. On the other hand, I would really like to use the pink silk for a more French look. (Incredible that something like this would keep me awake, ain't it?) So I think that I have come up with a solution to use the pink silk for a basic garment that I can use as the primer for everything else. (Which by the way, is the purpose of petticoat bodies.) Thanks to the wonders of detachable sleeves and padded rolls, I think I can get the desired effect without much ado.
Right now, I am still trying to figure out how I am going to cut said bodies. I would like for them to have the curved look in the bossom so popular in French gowns. The thing is, I am going to have to experiment a bit, probably with a proof-of-concept bodice, so I can get that curve in the chest, as well as low shoulders that will stay in place. Alcega may have the solution. Or, I could also cut it like the Eleanora de Toledo bodice but that is not the look I seek for this particular piece. For one thing, the cut in the front in Eleonora's gown is too high for the French look, and I have noticed that in French portraits the curve seems to go almost to the armpits. It will be interesting.
Oh well, I have 3 yards of 8oz linen and I'm not afraid to use it. I will make a mockup, bone it, and see how that works. If it does, I'm in business. If not, well, it will be back to the drawing board.
Oh, and my site is still down. I've talked to Readyhosting twice about it and they say that they're looking into it. I hope they can bring it back up. This is getting annoying. Grrr.
Last but not least, here are my answers to Pirategirlee's questions. I think this is the last one. Let me know if I missed anyone.
1) (Just because I've always wondered) Did you find learning English to be difficult? Where you always bilingual?
It wasn't really difficult, and I wasn't always bilingual. Unless, of course, taking classes classes in school and being around English tv counts as bilingual. I could understand a bunch of stuff, but I did not become really fluent until much later. It helped that most bestsellers I was interested in at the time were in English. Today, I have a vast vocabulary of English words that I can't pronunce, but by God I can spell them.
2) If you had a 24 hour window in which you could do anything you wanted with no repercussions.....what would you do?
I would become a judge in American Idol.
3) If you weren't in the SCA, what other club or organization do you think you might be in?
Probably another reenactment or living history group. Or maybe I would have joined the Flat Earth Society just because I could.
4) What is your favorite food?
Anything that involves a good, fresh salsa. Oh, and platanos fritos too.
5) What is your favorite song and why?
Hmmmm . . . that's a tough one. I love music so it would be difficult to pick one. Probably Black Magic Woman, by Santana. It reminds me of some good times growing up.