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The Continuing Crisis

Ahh, it's morning ... I never could get the hang of "morning."

I forgot my badge/keycard for work, and had to go through the metal detector and stuff like a visitor.

The bead bracelet that ipperne gave me when the illness was diagnosed last fall has broken. Not too surprising: 6+ months of all-day everyday wear. I'll have to get some new cord for it this weekend at the bead store down the street. So now I'm carrying it in a little plastic parts bag in my pocket. My wrist feels naked.

And speaking of that ... the Washington Post Express (free newspaper handed out at the Metro) had a pic of 18-yr-old Daniel Radcliff ("Harry Potter") in his "Equus" theatrical role. Nude, shown from below the navel on up. I looked. And looked again. And again. > facepalm <    OMG, I'm turning into a dirty old lady!!!

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chomiji
Apr. 10th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)

I thought you'd find that ... interesting in view of previous discussion! (Hey, I'm not afraid to admit when I've been an idiot ... .)

smillaraaq
Apr. 10th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
What sort of cord is it on, hand-knotted silk or leather or that stretchy synthetic stuff? Unless it's a really weird color or you're just itching for an excuse to go hit Beadazzled, there's a very good chance I might have something that would work in my bead stash. ;)

And if that's the same DR pic I'm thinking of that caused all the stir when it came out last year, it is rather...memorable. Although possibly not as disturbing as the one of that cute little blond kid from Hanson...
chomiji
Apr. 10th, 2008 03:22 pm (UTC)

It's a very, very fine non-stretchy black cord - synthetic, at a guess, from the way the little fibers at the break look. Here's what it looks like - very thin, as you can see. Almost like a super-heavy thread.

I just wanted to fix it and get it back on my wrist ASAP - I wear it to remind me of all of you guys. So I thought running down to Beadazzled on Saturday would be the fastest (unless you want to meet for brunch somewhere!). I don't know that I will make it back the way it was - I can do some basic macrame stitches, and I might incorporate the two beads into something sturdier.

smillaraaq
Apr. 10th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, maybe a really fine rattail satin? It's a little hard to get a sense of scale from that one pic in isolation. I was planning on heading downtown for Sakura Matsuri anyway, so I could certainly pack up some of my heavier silk twist and the jewelry cement just in case, they won't take up much space! Were you thinking of the same black-and-pink scheme, or switching colors? If the beads are drilled so fine you'd need the sort of cord pearls and other fine gemstone beads usually go on, Beadazzled tends to have a lot of the heavier cords -- hemp, rattail, leather, stretch, etc., but not so wide a range of the colors and weights of silk twist; I can point you to some other local bead shops and online vendors if they don't have quite the right thing.
chomiji
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)

I was going to go with black-and-pink but maybe throw a little natural white in there for contrast. Yes, the holes are pretty little - I'd be inclined to try using a needle to thread them.

I could probably meet you somewhere for a bit of a visit - the Mr. is claiming he needs to work on taxes, which he usually does in isolation until he's ready to walk me through what he's worked out and get my signature. The question will be whether I can convince the Young Lady to stay behind and work on her term papers.

smillaraaq
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:37 pm (UTC)
Well, I'll be sure to take my phone and double-check to make sure it's not on silent mode this time! ;)

And I'll bring a bunch of different weights of the silk twist so if nothing else, you can figure out what size cord you need to get; Beadazzled doesn't stock that stuff in bulk or in the full range of colors and weights that are on the market, but if you're looking for just basic black and white in a fine gauge they should have the tiny precarded packs of short lengths...already on needles, no less.
dana1witch
Apr. 10th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
I think he did this in part because he doesn't want to be seen as a kid anymore.

I was in London this summer and I was so sad that the play had ended no more than 10 days before I got there... I missed it by this much.
chomiji
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:33 pm (UTC)

Yes, that's what I'd heard as well. But as someone who's very easily old enough to be his mom, I feel pervy about staring at his flat tummy ... .

XD

It's a very disturbing play, IIRC. I think I read through the script once.

smillaraaq
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I saw the film version once, many many moons ago, and have mercifully managed to repress most of the more vivid memories. Disturbing is definitely the word for it. *twitch*
ipperne
Apr. 10th, 2008 05:41 pm (UTC)
*hugs* 'm sorry it broke. But actually, I think it's around the time of the year when they make new ones. Maybe i should send you a new one then...

Daniel Radcliffe is... Hot. Looking at him, again, is not being a dirty old la
dy. It's enjoying life. so is watching him kissing another guy during some event I didn't reallypay attention to because, well, he was kissing another guy
chomiji
Apr. 11th, 2008 06:41 pm (UTC)

He's ... very decorative. Yes, I think my attention to detail would be distracted as well! He starting to look rather like Cho Hakkai from Saiyuki. But he's much much too young for me! (He's only 2 years older than my daughter, and I had her in my early 30s ... .)

(I mean, if my openly gay friend who's my age feels bad about ogling boys of this age, I guess it's not too repressed of me to feel the same ... .)

Well, let's see what smilla and I can work up about re-doing it. It will be fun, and these particular beads have significance for me because they've been with me through this whole thing. It's a kind offer, though.

smillaraaq
Apr. 11th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Beadazzled's open until 8 tomorrow, btw, so there should be plenty of time to get there hit their stock if needed after the festival closes down.

(Would you like me to bring around a few random possibilities for extra spacer beads to mix in? I've got tons of orphan beads left over from larger projects, in quantities so small that they can't be used for anything but random spot accents like that...and stuff on the pink side of the spectrum in particular doesn't get used unless I'm working up something for other people. Or Miss B., of course. *grins*)
chomiji
Apr. 12th, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)

Well, I hope you won't be too disappointed if I don't spend a huge amount of time there ... I'm having some trouble with plantar fasciitis in my left foot, so I need to limit the time walking/standing. But I certainly want to meet with you, take in the scene a bit, have a bite to eat. When were you thinking of going out there?

And sure, I'd love to look at some spacer beads, if you have spares!

smillaraaq
Apr. 12th, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't particularly need to spend hours poking through Beadazzled, my stash is pretty well-stocked right now so there's nothing there I particularly *need* to go looking for. But it's a bead shop so it is absolutely no hardship for me to putter about while you pick things out. ;)

If you see this before tomorrow morning, give me an approximate measurement of the beads you're starting with, so I don't grab anything too disproportionate, and any colors you'd be thinking of using other than pink shades, and I can poke through the orphan jars and grab anything that looks likely.
chomiji
Apr. 12th, 2008 04:18 am (UTC)

Wait, I'm now confused - you're coming up to my neck of the woods? I thought was heading on downtown. We'd better connect by phone tomorrow morning or something (not before 10, probably ... ).

The pink disk-shaped bead is about 0.25 inch in diameter and 0.125 inch thick. The rectangular block bead (which acted as a button) is 0.75 inch long and about 0.375 inch square on the end.

The phone number I have for you that starts 571 - is that the cell?

smillaraaq
Apr. 12th, 2008 05:54 am (UTC)
Yep, that's the number!

And I figured you were heading downtown, since you were talking about visiting the bead store...if your poor tootsies aren't up to tromping around a street festival we could meet up at the Dupont Circle metro.

And eek, those beads are way way tinier than I was expecting from the picture -- at that scale I'm betting they'd take something between in the #0 - #2 size range, depending on how they're drilled and how many strands you need for your macrame...I'll see what I've got in that size range and bring some samples.

Any bead colors beyond pink I should pack up? I can't bring the whole stash, it's in an overstuffed organizer about the size of a small, heavy suitcase. ;)
chomiji
Apr. 12th, 2008 02:44 pm (UTC)

Oh no, I certainly wouldn't expect you to be bringing much! I was thinking of some natural white (shell/bone colors) beads.

Yes, it was very fine cord - I was surprised at how sturdy it was. And yes, the whole thing was weirdly dainty yet punk-ish. It was a lot daintier than the typical rubber "cause" bracelet.

smillaraaq
Apr. 12th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
You'd be surprised how much you can cram into one tiny little chirimen jewelry pouch... ;)

I don't have any shell beads that aren't way, way too big -- quarter sized; I've got some antique carved ivory pikake buds but those are also too big and I can't really spare 'em, but I've brought along a piece or two of small bone hairpipe just to see how the colors go, a few baroque pearls in pink and white, and some chip beads on the clear-to-whitish spectrum -- rainbow moonstone, clear quartz, um maybe some labradorite, I forget what I grabbed already. (Did I mention I'm low on sleep? I'm low on sleep. V. punchy.) Between all that stuff and the silk cord you can at least get an idea of some sizing issues without getting stuck with buying packages you can't open up.

It's spitting rain off and on here, so I expect DC is likely to be much the same; you'll probably want to grab an umbrella...
chomiji
Apr. 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I was thinking the same when I looked at the weather report.

I think I'll go wake up my hubby ... he was up 'til 4:00am playing Civ, which is really, really unusual - he's an early bird. And then I'll figure out exactly how I'm playing this. Don't call me ... I'll call you.   ;-)

smillaraaq
Apr. 12th, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
And I forgot to add...have you by any chance tried MBT shoes? They're painfully pricey unless you track down discontinued styles online, and ugly as sin, but they can be amazingly helpful for all sorts of foot and joint issues; I've been pretty much living in mine for a year and can really feel the difference in all sorts of painful ways when I have to switch to something else -- those are the ones I got vom_marlowe to try. I don't have PF but I've seen a lot of folks who do reporting that they really helped minimize the pain. Comfort One has 'em, their sizing can run kind of wonky so even if you decide to buy online you really should have them fitted in person first.
chomiji
Apr. 12th, 2008 02:49 pm (UTC)

No, I haven't tried those. I have a newish pair of Naot sandals (they're sort of midway between sandals and shoes - heel cup, ankle strap, and toe cap, with an open shank) that seem fairly comfy with it, and I'll try wearing my Tevas today - they're men's Terra Fi - they're meant for walking, and I live in them suring the warm months, unless we're going out someplace dressy (I change them when I get to work). (Oh, and I don't pay that price for them - I use the Intarwebs to find strap color closeouts. Teva's been making them for several years, so I can usually find some at about half that price.)

smillaraaq
Apr. 12th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Mmmm, yes, I spent several years living in Mephisto sandals (with occasional detours to a pair of Zeetas, which were nice while they lasted but not as durable as Mephistos, and some weird Italian Teva knockoffs that I mostly only use around water. But the MBTs are a totally different ballgame...I've gone into Comfort One and wound up in long conversations with the sales staff there just trading stories about how amazing they are. But I'll save that babble for in person, train's a-calling. :)

(In case the reception is bad, I'm looking a bit different than I did at Katsucon...test-driving a possible cosplay hair color that is almost within the boundaries of something that might be found in nature, quelle horreur! Look for sort of Irish-Setter-colored hair and a glittery white Hello Kitty hoodie, with ears on the hood.
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