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January 10th, 2009
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Sewing, sleep, work, sewing
I shouldn't be posting, as I am trying to get a Truly Victorian shirt waist done before about 4 today. Probably not going to make it, but I am going to try.

It's the weekend. I was planning to sleep until I woke up, rather than 6, when my alarm goes off on work days. I was up until about 11:30 last night and expected to sleep until 8 or so. So, what time did I wake? 5:30. And sleep was GONE, for all I tried to fall back asleep for an hour. Stupid internal, messed up clock.

Interesting doings at work. There was a controlled drug in tablet form that seems to have been too easy to crush, dissolve and inject (or snort the powder) so the DEA told the company it had to 'fix' that. We are being paid to test the effectiveness of the fix. Now, instead of crushing like a normal Sweet Tart, they crush rather like a Chewy Sweet Tart - that is, they deform, but don't break up. Kind of cool, really, but that's not all. When mixed with water (or Coke, or orange juice or a few other household choices) a tablet just sort of sits there and a powder (you CAN get a powder with things like blenders and coffee grinders) gels up. The test I did yesterday involved adding water to a tablet's weight worth of powder, then trying to force it through a needle, using a syringe. Bwahahahahah. No junkie is going to use the force we applied (my hands are bruised) and we just could NOT get more than a drop (if that) through the needle.


Now, if I make the Jabot first, I can wear that with a regular old button-down white shirt and fake it, if I fail to finish the Shirt Waist. But what the heck to do with my hair....

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From:clevermanka
Date:January 10th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
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The bit about the tablet is fascinating!

Sorry you didn't get to sleep in. Amazingly enough, I did. And of course I kinda hoped to get up early to get stuff done. Weird.

Best of luck getting the shirt done!
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:January 10th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Do try to get the shirt done. A simple bun will work and finger fluff your bangs to get a bit of fullness to make a simple Gibson Girl look.

I've been meaning to ask you, are you coming to Conflation in St. Louis this year? It's next month, Feb 20-21-22 theme is Steampunk so your Girl Genius costume would be much appriciated!!
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
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No Conflation again this year. :(
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
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It's the fullness I can't figure out.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I suspect it's all self-hair rats. Lord knows, I shed enough hair to make a few of those pretty quick, if I knew how to use them.
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From:silverfae
Date:January 13th, 2009 01:52 am (UTC)
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When my hair was long, I used to make a pseudo gibson girl hairstyle by bending over, putting a hair elastic about six inches above my head and then standing up and tucking that on top. the hair under the elastic would pouf out, and then I'd build a twisted, knotted bun with the rest of the length.
It stayed pretty well poufy for not using a rat.
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:January 10th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
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Neat! How did you do it? It's got to dissolve in something, right?
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
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Well, there's at least one component that doesn't dissolve (and it's not really up to use to make it dissolve - the point is to make it impossible to inject) and ends up like slimy snot. EW!
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From:rabid_bookwyrm
Date:January 11th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
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Sweet. I wonder what it is...
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
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At a guess, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, or something similar.
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From:solan_t
Date:January 11th, 2009 03:50 am (UTC)
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Heh. No idea. I just get to make sure it's working as intended. ;)
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