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Yup, I admit it. I had a rollercoaster kind of day today. It started out frustrating, became just plain out fun, and ended on the bittersweet note of vertigo-to-be.
I walked down to my favorite local coffee shop with my mom this afternoon to meet up with one of the amazing people who agreed to meet with me to sign my forms for my scholarship today. It was so nice to be walking outside. The sun was shining, the snow was melting, and I was actually able to wear my coat unbuttoned! Woohoo! (I love spring… don’t say I never warned you…) I also really appreciate that today I was actually able to walk down there. Some days I simply can’t and I’ve learned to appreciate the ones I can.
After I got my forms signed, my mom and I realized we had over an hour to blow before the other form signer was due back at our house. Oh what to do? Well, go shopping at our favorite local shops of course! I made it into the craft store and bought a pattern for a wallet (we’ll see if I can make it out of fused plastic!!) and a beginner’s quilting kit made up of retro fabrics! I’m so excited about both of them! I also picked up a cute new sweater at the vintage clothes store. That’s my favorite type of shopping. No cars, no crowds, no insane shopping malls that are one of a dizzy gal’s worst nightmares; only the friendly small shops that are just a block away. What’s not to love?
So I was able to get the second form signed afterwards, and to celebrate I dug out my new sewing machine to make a few test quilt squares. A few hours (and many tense moments of frustration) later I was happily sewing away at my crooked squares made from my stash of recovered fabrics. And my defense to the crookedness? I say: “Dizzy people see the world differently. So deal with it.” Or, I’ll at least deal until I can finally pull off a straight one. But by that time I’m sure I’ll have moved onto bigger and better crooked and a skewed undertakings.
I was also able to receive the letter of reference I needed from my Girl Scout leader. She and Em worked on it last night and tonight, and sent it over. It’s so sweet you guys, thanks again for the amazing compliments! I’m speechless by it. It’s printed and ready to be sent off tomorrow as soon as I get a hold of my transcripts for the past 3 years. Yeah. I know. Easier said than done. Wish me luck, I have a feeling I’ll be needing it.
So, sounds like a great day right? It totally was! But, here’s the anticlimactic part. I’m ending the day after barely being able to eat anything all day. The nausea is kicking up, and it’s not pleasant. My mom made an awesome dinner of crab bisque and I could only manage a half a bowl. Sad, I know. I forgot to eat lunch and half-way through dinner I was blind sighted by a wave of nausea and dizziness so strong that I was positive the room was going to start spinning around me at any minute. I haven’t had vertigo in over a year, and I’d like to keep it that way.
So here I am, typing even though my hands, wrists, and arms are aching. I’m drinking hot water with lemon juice squeezed in it because it’s the only comforting nausea remedy that I know of. Listening to music that’s just loud enough to distract me from my headache, but not loud enough to make it worse. And avoiding turning out the light and going to sleep because I know that the minute I’m immersed in the darkness I’ll begin spinning, twisting and turning, and gripping the bars of my loft bed struggling to relax.
I think I’ll do some reading tonight. I’ve just begun a new book in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes series written by Laurie R. King (which I’m addicted to by the way!). With any luck I’ll read myself tired, which wont be hard to do tonight. That I’ll admit too.
“Never, never, never give up.” ~ Winston Churchill
So, is today tomorrow yet? Because, God it feels like it should be. Today was just one of those days that flew right under my radar. I woke up today thinking of all the things I would accomplish. And, did I do them?
See… that’s my problem… I can’t remember! I might have. I honestly have no idea what I spent the day doing. Well, ok, that’s not completely honest. I’ll admit. I do remember… it just doesn’t seem like that could have possibly taken up my whole day!
I was able to turn in a story I spent a good portion of last night writing. I really like it. Granted, I’m not quite sure if it’s done yet. But, I’m satisfied for now. It was my first time writing Flash Fiction. Ever heard of it? From what I understand Flash Fiction (also known by many other names) is a “short short story” written anywhere from 59 to 1500 words, or so. The point is to have a complete story: plot, characters, the whole shebang which the reader can read all in one quick sitting, or “in a flash”!
The idea really intrigued me, so I decided to challenge myself to finish one before my semester ends and I’m done with my Creative Writing course. (Which, by the way is this Friday) So I did! It’s called “A Solitary Gentleman” and I’d tell you about the plot but I don’t want to ruin it for anyone. Oops…those tricky trick endings…. Gotta love ’em.
I also spent a few hours working on my final project for my Fashion/Costume Design course. I’m really excited about this one! We were assigned to create “recycled accessories”. How fun is that? And, I just happen to be experimenting with fusing plastic bags these days. It was meant to be. Anyhow, the process takes a while but it’s so cool! In a nutshell, you cut apart plastic bags, layer them together, and iron them (carefully!) between sheets of parchment paper. The results are a plastic fabric. Really! It’s waterproof and quite flexible actually. The sheets of plastic fuse together creating one piece of fabric that can be used for all kinds of things.
Today I made a bracelet with matching earrings out of a yellow newspaper bag, a brown patterned potato bag, and a clear packing bag. I also started a pouch that I made out of white plastic shopping bags and I added paper scrapbooking letters in between the layers that say: “Reuse & Recycle”. I’m not sure how I’m going to finish it yet though… I’m still thinking on that one.
Tomorrow one of my tasks is to re-acquaint myself with our sewing machine to finish up these wonderful projects! So, pictures to follow? Maybe? We’ll see.
And guess what folks! Tomorrow came, and it’s today! Good, I was waiting…
“Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” ~ Dr. Seuss