Ellen Ripley from Alien at Oz Comic Con, photo taken by Pocket Designs.
Submitted by adelekthomas
I’m stuck between wanting:
1. A long lasting relationship with my soulmate who supports me and protects me and is my partner and we are completely bad ass together and in love
2. Wanting to have casual sex and rip out the heart of everyone person I meet
3. Being independent and having a loyal dog while I’m married to my career
the amount of comics i still have to read stresses me out
Roommate is about to learn a valuable lesson in grammar
Mom’s first chemo appointment went well. She was even doing okay two days afterwards, but then her immune system crashed and things got really bad (see last post).
But she recovered and was feeling alright. The doctors cleared her for her second round of chemo. Again, she was okay the next day, but then her symptoms increased. We were told this was the normal progression with chemo. But she had a constant headache, was nauseated constantly, had digestive issues, couldn’t focus her attention on anything for very long, had progressively lower and lower blood pressure that made her dizzy, and couldn’t stay awake for more than a few hours at a time.
The nausea and the fatigue meant she wasn’t hydrating and that compounded issues. After that, her depression flared and her mood started to tank. All of those factors together just worsened her symptoms. Her mood crashed further three days ago and yesterday, she could barely keep her eyes open.
I knew three days ago that she was not going to survive twelve more weeks of this. I think she gave up and figured that out yesterday as well. At her vital sign check today, she informed the doctor that she wasn’t going to do chemo anymore.
We are fortunate in that there is another option - a hormone blocking pill that she can take for the next 10 years. That, plus surgery to remove the tumors in her breast and lymph nodes as soon as she’s healthy enough for surgery - which will take several weeks. They put a bag of saline in her today and decided she must have another infection, so they started another round of antibiotics. And sent her home.
She’s an emotional wreck for all sorts of reasons I won’t blog about (though I will make a post later about my grandfather’s cancer battle which is the source of some of our shared baggage around cancer). I’m glad I have my training to help and not to make things worse, but I’m a wreck too. All four of us are emotionally and physically exhausted.
I have to be thankful we have other options. Selfishly, I’m looking forward to her not going through this, because parenting her and running both households with my two jobs has been too much.
But we will have to focus on getting her healthy enough for surgery. Why are there not more hours in the day.
Cosplay Construction Notes - Five Mask Muse
top - unknown; bottom left & center - Cat McEarchern;
bottom right - DragonCon photo staff
From 1999 to 2004, I entered the Dawn Look-a-like contest at Dragon*Con. I placed in 2001, but continued to enter afterwards due to the fantastic community of women backstage and online after the contest was a wonderful thing I enjoyed being part of. This was my 2003 entry and my 5th Dawn contest and my 7th Dawn costume.
This was a very difficult costume to construct. First, there is no shot of the back and there is no shot to show how the dress blends into the pants. Further, the lining of the skirt is pleated, but the skirt itself is not. Basically, it was a lot of trial and error. My favorite part is the hidden keyhole shape on the crotch of the pants which is reference to a common theme in the comics.
Boots & Gloves: The gloves are 100% craft foam that was glued and pinned to hold the shape and painted metallic (again, this is before Worbla & Wonderflex). The boots were short boots that were then covered in craft foam and painted.
Masks: I made all five masks, but only used 3 of them in most pictures. They are cheap Party City masks that are covered in paper mache and painted.
Armor Pieces: The base of the armor side pieces is a think sheet plastic that I purposely curved (unlike the reference image), so I would not get caught on things (or hurt anyone). It is then covered in metallic paint for the mirror look.
Happy birthday, Harry James Potter! July 31, 1980
Photography Credit: Upper - Unknown; BLeft - Cat McEarchern
Series/Anime/Movie: Dawn Comics
Details: Five Mask Muse art piece
Worn at: DragonCon 2003
Competitions: Dawn Look-a-like Contest
Link to Construction Notes: (X) and (X)
have you ever known somebody so shitty they completely ruin that first name for you?
So last night a bunch of my friends and I went to Denny’s for some breakfast-for-dinner and I couldn’t decide on what I wanted, so I told the waiter “I want a lot of eggs.”
"How many eggs do you want?"
"How many can I get?"
"I mean if you get a Make Your Own Slam you can get up to 8.."
"I would like a questionable amount of eggs, please. Scrambled, so that I don’t know how many there are."
And boy did he deliver.
The manager came out to present the eggs (because, as our waiter joked, this plate of eggs was too much of a health risk for anyone but the manager to be liable for serving me), and said “….who’s responsible for this?”
I started crying out of excitement/joy/fear (no lie. it was embarrassing)
Anyway, this heavenly plate of eggs filled the entire plate and was about an inch deep (there were 2 layers of eggs in it! with cheese in the middle!!)
The waiter kept joking “You’re not getting a box. You have to finish it! You chose this!” I tipped him 100% out of pure shame (plus he was a rad dude).
Thank you Denny’s. Thank you.
THIS IS AN EXCELLENT EGG ATTITUDE TO HAVE.
omg I can’tstop laughing