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November 30th, 2002
Shells

I finally got around to making the shell ornaments tonight. Here’s a picture:


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This photo is so exceptionally bad, as a semi-professional photographer, I cringe to put it up. But my digital camera (I use the term camera very loosely) is one of those crappy webcam models, and I don’t want to waste time or film getting a picture of these just for my weblog.

Making them is easy. You need a paintbrush, a glue gun (low temp is best if kids are involved), some paint-on irridescent glitter, some ribbon, a scissors, and some shells. All of these things can be acquired at a craft store. These shells are about three inches across, and I used burgundy ribbon to match. First, paint the shells with the glitter. This is a good kid task. While they’re drying, make ribbon bows and loops (you want the loop to be 1-2 inches, so use 2-4 inches of ribbon for each loop) for each shell. Then, glue on each bow with the glue gun. Don’t worry, it might take a try or two to master the technique–mine kept falling off. Next, glue the loops to the backs of the shell. Gently (GENTLY!) tug the loop to make sure it’s somewhat secure. If it’s loose (or comes right off, this happened a few times) glue it again. Voila! Shell ornaments. These need gentle treatment in general, as those glue gun loops like to come off.

These look WAY better in real life then they do in my crummy picture. I’ve seen them for sale for $5 each or more at craft shows. Why buy them when you can make them? It’s a fun craft project, and they make wonderful gifts. Enjoy.

Posted by Claire at 11:31 PM | Arts and Crafts | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 29th, 2002
Spirited Away

The little art house theatre in my town (which is rather random, since we’re a small town) is showing “Spirited Away.” This is a GREAT movie. If it is playing within an hour’s drive of you, go see it. It’s good for elementary school-age children, at least in my opinion. I didn’t find any of the so-called “scary moments” that the ratings board gives as a reason to slap it with a PG rating any worse than anything in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which got a G. In fact, I’d say B and the B is scarier, by comparison. I also think the MPAA ratings board is totally xenophobic and possibly racist, but that’s another post. The movie is great. Go see it.

I’m going to a craft show, I just found out today. Much soapmaking must commence in order to have enough stock. *grin* Sales! Hooray!

Today was Buy Nothing Day. I participated. Did you?

Posted by Claire at 11:49 PM | Watch It | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 28th, 2002
Good/Bad

The stuffing was good, but not to die for. Next time I’ll save my fingers and leave ‘em out. (Or try to find them canned or something)

Lots of things on my mind tonight. Thanks to Big Fat Blog I discovered pro-anorexia sites tonight. This is a truly, truly disturbing trend, as these websites actually promote anorexia as a “lifestyle.” What? They’re full of images of fashion models (once and for all exploding the myth that the fashion industry doesn’t promote extremely unhealthy images of women, when these anorexic girls and women are holding them up as goddesses to aspire to), tips on how to be anorexic, tips on how to vomit without anyone noticing, etc. etc. I was appalled to say the least. I still don’t really know quite what to make of it all. I won’t link to any, but here’s a link to a real recovery website–Something Fishy.

All this makes me grateful that while I may be fat, I have a healthy attitude towards my body (most of the time), a healthy attitude towards food and nutrition, and towards the future. Yes, I will lose weight. It may not be now, and it may not be a whole lot. But, when I have a regular job with a regular schedule and can establish a routine for eating and exercise (instead of this crazy student existence), I believe that I will probably lose some weight as a natural consequence of this. I always lose some pounds in the summer because I have a more regular schedule.

So, it is a Happy Thanksgiving for me. I enjoyed a wonderful meal, which was relatively healthy (for a pig-out holiday, everything we had was low-fat etc). I will continue this through the rest of the holiday season, and will hopefully greet the New Year with a job, a new place to live, and a regular schedule FINALLY in my life.

Posted by Claire at 11:19 PM | Fat!So? | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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Chestnuts

Gaah. Those damn chestnuts are the biggest pain in the you-know-what to peel!!!! I will NEVER attempt to do that again. (I wanted to try chestnut stuffing this year…what a FOOL! Why didn’t someone warn me???)

That stupid stuffing better be downright orgasmic because my fingers are KILLING me…

Okay. Rant over. I’ll update later with how the meal turned out. We’re still cooking here.

Posted by Claire at 02:53 PM | Rant | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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November 27th, 2002
Idea

I want a steel-string acoustic guitar for Christmas.

Of course, I don’t think anyone is going to give me one. So I write about my longings here. I’ve always wanted to play guitar, and for a while I had one. It was a classical guitar though, and the neck was too wide for me to play it (I couldn’t reach some chords). My guitar teacher said I needed a steel-string guitar, and I’ve been longing ever since…

All the shopping is done for Turkey Day. Much cooking to commence. If I were a good girl, I’d make the pies tonight. But I’m tired, so it’s hard to say if that will happen or not…

Gobble Gobble!

Posted by Claire at 10:18 PM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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