Squeee.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 05:11 am
insaneladybug: (z)
So the trip was overall a success! I found a Turtles shirt at Sears that ended up only being $2.66. **jaw drop.** It's a heavy black shirt, so probably too warm for right now, but it will be great as soon as the temperatures drop! Also, wow, Sears has a lot of Pokemon shirts.

K-Mart still had the one America: The Radical shirt in my size, so I snapped it up. Also, the price had dropped a bit. Squeee. I also decided to go ahead and get the socks. I wear sandals almost all the time anyway, except in winter, so there should be a lot of opportunities to show them off.

The Leonardo hat was super popular, wow. They only had two left. But no matter how I adjusted it, it was uncomfortable and the brim pinched my temples, ugh. I had the feeling it would give me a serious headache and I get enough of those as it is. So I passed it by.

I still didn't get the other, more expensive shirt. Debating whether I should have. But there were other things I needed to get too. I may get another chance at this item next weekend; we'll see. There's also the K-Mart in the capital city to think about. I'm still hoping to visit it in a month and see what kind of stock they have.

Good thing I didn't have my heart set on the Miraculous Ladybug figures, because they were all gone. So were most of the Pony things I was considering, but the Pony things I wanted most, they didn't have to begin with.

The orange craft fur is miiine! Plus I got some fabric for Vincent's clothes. I found something perfect for one of his loud shirts, LOL. I also got some thinner wire for glasses, but it's giving me problems of another sort. I tried a pair on Baxter and so far I can't make them hold on. Ugggh, I was hoping so much I wouldn't have to fight with the thicker wire again. That was probably the main reason I held off on making a Barney plush in the past. But if the thinner wire won't hold on, that's an even worse problem!

We also stopped at a local bookstore so Mom could use some of a gift card to get stuff for people, because she is awesome that way and getting stuff for others makes her happier than getting things for herself. We got a couple of things for Dad's birthday, some stuff for grandkids, and she wanted to get me something, so I picked a steampunk Beauty and the Beast story. I hope it will be good; I don't tend to like that author's leading male characters or support the pairings she sets up. But I couldn't resist a steampunk Beauty and the Beast with ghosts and werewolves and vampires floating around in it, LOL. Especially for only $3.99 on Clearance.

I'm working on the current Turtles story. Had to pause and quickly jot down a scene a bit further along in it, but now I've jumped back to where it is currently. I'd love to work on the Barney plushie some, but I think I'm too worn-out since I didn't have much sleep the last time I was asleep. I did try drawing some more practice expressions and of course, the fight with the new glasses. I like to practice the expression many times before actually applying it, since I only get one shot at that. I think I've figured out how to get Barney to look gruffer, but I have to be careful not to make him nasty-looking or villainous.

I'm also looking into ways to dye the other plush blue. I may have hit on something that will work for me with fabric dye markers. Doing some checking on that.

I definitely decided the other plushie will be Vincent, both because I knew I'd want Vincent once I made Barney, and because I'm a sentimental sop and I feel too sad to separate those two plushies after they've been sitting in the bag for seven, eight months together. Turning them into Barney and Vincent will enable them to stay together, heh. And also ensure that the one won't languish alone in the bag for some time yet.

Wow.

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:21 am
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
Incredibly, Dad actually seems willing to let us go all the way to Sears and the Joann's that has the craft fur. Maybe it's because we caught him in a seriously good mood; he's intrigued by Al Jolson and when we asked about the shopping stuff, we had just finished watching The Jazz Singer (and nearly all of the DVD's extras, oh wow). But so, weather-willing, we will get to do that very soon!

On Monday I had a most serious burst of wanting stage Baxter hurt/comfort and entertained myself with it while getting groceries. I finally figured out some more content I should have had in my hurt/comfort scene in that story installment and I became very anxious to either flesh it out or start drawing a hurt/comfort picture of the scene. I started the latter, and I've been working on it this week. Stage Baxter has been giving me trouble; I wanted him very limp in his Barney's arms, with his head falling back. Even though I managed to do a picture like that with Barney a while ago, I couldn't seem to make it happen for this one for a long time. I finally got it pretty much how I wanted, though! Then I added 87 Baxter and Barney uncomfortably watching. I really like how they turned out, especially Barney. The theme of the picture is "Not My Brother's Keeper," and while stage Barney is too scared to check for a pulse for fear he won't find it and distraught that his Baxter was hurt rescuing him after he didn't seem willing to help Baxter, 87 Barney is haunted by memories of the past and is tightly gripping his Baxter's shoulder, remembering when he did try to help Baxter but went about it all wrong and also made himself believe he hated Baxter. 87 Baxter is very uncomfortable by his counterpart being hurt. I have a very light sketch done, in case I needed to erase things (which I did, many times). Next step is darkening it. Then inking and coloring. It's probably the most ambitious picture in a while; usually I don't have more than two characters in a picture, although occasionally three. And I've got people standing behind other people, which can be challenging. And I even have a sort of background on this one, as I felt it needed it for the mood. I have a curtain hanging down to the side and I'll probably color the stage.

I learned this past day that Archie Comics has been asked by Sega to stop publishing the Sonic the Hedgehog comics. Even though I had many issues with those comics, I have good memories too, and I am sad to see it end. But at least Sega does still want Sonic comics to be out, so hopefully soon we'll know who's picking up the reins. I must admit I would kind of love a game-based comic, especially if they'd adapt the old games in a lush and grand way. It has been my dream to see an epic Sonic 3 and Knuckles adaptation for a long time! But it will be sad if we don't see the SatAM characters anymore, so I'm slightly torn. And I definitely feel sad for all of those who had stronger ties to the comics than I did. I probably feel sadder for them than for the thought of not seeing the SatAM characters anymore, as I think I'm really ready for something new (as long as it's not BOOM! and only that).

I started pondering on how last year I actually entertained the thought of writing a Sonic 3 and Knuckles epic fanfic. That's still in the back of my mind, but I sort of doubt it would happen. It's more likely to happen than me continuing my Sonic X adaptation of the game Shadow the Hedgehog, though. I got three chapters in, stared at the stuff I was writing about alien invasions and destruction everywhere, and went "What am I DOING?!" and stopped cold. I haven't been able to get inspiration since, even though I had a whole episode guide planned out. I'd still love to do stuff with Shadow trying to find himself, but I'm not keen on all the destruction that a good Shadow the Hedgehog adaptation would entail. I'm probably even less keen on it now than I was when I wrote it. I'm just so worn-out and don't want to write that sort of thing. Like, one chapter would have a whole city destroyed, as I believe it was in the game. I just don't think I have the strength to write that.

I'm so amazed that I actually got my TMNT 87 series off the ground because of my past failures in writing series. I'd have plans for all kinds of stories and most would never happen. When I started the Turtles series, I thought I'd be lucky to get some of the stuff on my first episode guide written. Then, once I decided to redeem Barney, I hoped maybe I could at least write up to that point. Then another point, and another. . . . Every milestone I hoped to attain I reached. I'm in awe of it. There are still many specific fics I hope to write for it, and I hope I will attain those milestones too.

I'm finishing up the current fic now, but I'll let it sit and proofread it again to see if it needs more. Then, unless I suddenly get bonked by different inspiration, Caitlyn's headlining adventure is next. I'd better go watch The Great Boldini again to prepare.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
So two and a half weeks ago, we were in the nearest metropolitan shopping area and I took an idle notion that as long as I was in a big crafting store (Hobby Lobby), why not check and see if they had orange or red craft fur, with the thought that maybe I'd maybe make a Barney plush if they did. They did not. I also remembered that our nearest Joann's did not. So I opted not to also check the Joann's in that other town.

I tried checking eBay with some success but not exactly what I wanted. This past day I tried searching some more and I ended up discovering that some Joann's do carry such a product, including the one I opted not to check. Maybe they didn't have any in stock at that time, but they probably did. I am so incredibly frustrated with myself. Unless we can convince Dad to let us go to Sears before they're gone, I probably won't be able to get to that Joann's or any other with the product in stock until the end of August.

On the plus side, I examined my two blank dolls and one of them is definitely the right build for Barney. I also have blue jeans cut out and ready to sew; they're an extra pair from when I made Baxter. And I have enough material for the vest, the coat, the ears, and the bowtie. I think I need some new shirt material. And I'm seriously thinking of buying that thinner wire that bends easier for the glasses. Maybe I'll redo Baxter's glasses if it works better.

Also contemplating whether or not my other blank doll can be Vincent. I figured I'd have to make him from scratch with blue cloth. So I guess I'd either be making a Caucasian Vincent or I'd have to get the courage to dye the other doll blue. Or I'll use it for someone else. But I know very well that once I make Barney, I'll want Vincent.

I'm a little concerned that making Barney will mean I won't pay as much attention to Baxter, though. Especially if Barney is made a little better/doesn't have the mistakes Baxter ended up with. My attention usually does get divided when there's more than one, like when I got Fluttershy in addition to my Build-a-Bear Twilight. And I have liked when it's just Baxter and me, LOL. But I do like the thought of making Barney more and more and hopefully I'd try to give Baxter and Barney equal attention, like I do with my Ginger and Lou plushies.

I'm also increasingly panicked to get back to K-Mart before a lot more time goes by. The bag completely satisfied my desire for TMNT wearable merchandise at the time, but I started wanting an 87 series styled shirt again before too long. I'm back to liking that America, the Radical shirt in spite of the problems I might run into explaining over and over that "radical" in that sense is surfer slang and basically means awesome. But I'd take the other, more expensive shirt if its price has come down. Or the Leonardo hat that I hoped I'd be able to get since they had a lot of them. Now I'm no longer sure I especially want the Miraculous Ladybug figures, because I had a very disturbing dream involving those characters and it may take a good while to get the bad taste out of my mind/not think of the dream every time I see the characters. Ugh. I hope it's gone by the time the show comes back in the fall. Or maybe the bad taste will be gone if I go and they still have the figures and the price for them has come down even more. Heh.

Also listening to Imagine Dragons' song Believer on Repeat. Ladyamberjo introduced me to the band and the song, and from the first time I heard it I immediately thought of Baxter and Barney (well, especially my versions of them). I really want to do a breakdown of the lyrics and who sings which parts, as I picture it being both of them. I think it's mostly Barney, though.

Waaah.

Jul. 9th, 2017 07:06 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_shocked)
So over the weekend, Sears announced more closings, including the K-Mart up in the capital city here. Unless the one way down South is still open, this will close all K-Marts in the state. In any case, it certainly closes all that we could go to. I hope we can look at that K-Mart's selection, but I doubt we'll be able to get up there until Dad's class reunion next month. I wonder if they'll be doing the liquidation sales by then. (I have been looking forward to the class reunion for years. I love the 1950s culture, the food, etc. I hope he's still planning to go, especially since it's the last official one.)

Also, I am super aggravated with myself that I forgot to find out if our nearest Sears is closing. I discovered that it is, and it will be closed by the end of the month. If I'd looked that up when I meant to, we could have also gone there on Thursday. We were just down the street from it at one point! Mom is gutted about both Sears and K-Mart, and hopefully this news will at least mean that we'll definitely be able to get out soon to look at both places ... although Dad will not like spending the gas money to go to Sears especially, I'm sure. But their discounts will be further along/likely higher and maybe we'd be able to get something.

I am pretty sad about all the closings. I'm pretty sure Sears was where I got my Shadow the Hedgehog shirt in 2009. And the longer I think about the nearest K-Mart closing, the more sad it is. Even worse now that I know the other one we could get to is closing too. The nearest K-Mart was almost always a staple of our visits to that shopping hub. And so great at holidays, as mentioned.

I'm also sad about the Scottish Festival being a bummer this year, as I am every year that that happens. I look forward to it all year long. Ugh, I hate that the heat had to ruin this one for me. I don't know if Mom enjoyed it as much this year either. I wish the other Scottish Festival didn't charge for attendance.
insaneladybug: (schrank)
So I have abhorred Photobucket for years. It hogs memory and the amount of ads are outrageous. For once, I'm not the only one having a problem with a site. Lots of others dislike it for the same reason, especially of late.

A couple of weeks ago, Photobucket pulled a really crummy move on the free users. I only learned of it tonight. I barely use the thing, but I know lots of others use it a lot, and I felt I owed it to them to let them know of Photobucket's idiocy if they don't already. I don't feel like trying to type it all up myself, but this blog post sums it up very nicely: http://www.laurenwayne.com/2017/06/photobucket-phail-how-to-ruin-host-site.html

In other news, when the area hits a record high of 103, the Scottish Festival automatically becomes a lot less fun, even after the sun goes down. Uggggh. I hate summer heat. It was so stifling. And Mom got lost for a while. And I fell in love with a couple of beautiful handmade jewelry pieces, but of course, they were more than I felt like I could afford right then. I love how much fun it was last year at the Festival. It was so much fun that year, it reminded me of some of the earlier trips. This year was ... pretty mediocre. And yet I would have been sad if we hadn't gone. Part of me is still contemplating going back later today for the necklace that was the cheaper of the two, but I know I really don't want to spend even that much for it when money is so extremely tight. So beautiful, though.... A big deep blue flower in the sapphire shade, what we call "wing-color blue" referring to Kingdom Hearts Sephiroth's wings.

YESSS!

Jul. 7th, 2017 03:20 am
insaneladybug: (baxterstockman)
In true me fashion, I found Coming Out of Their Shells delightful. Of course, I also found it cheesy and cracky, but I usually use those terms in a positive way. I know I would have loved it as a child. And apparently the child in me loves it now. The songs were amusing and honestly catchy, and some were cute. April's was lovely; she has a wonderful voice! And Baxter losing himself in the moment and actually singing and dancing to one of Michelangelo's songs has to be my favorite part, especially in light of how they've formed such a close friendship in my stories. My only major complaint was that Baxter overall seemed to be a generic mad scientist, which is sad since aside from the original Mirage comics, he's so much more. But I'm thrilled that they included him! And also thrilled that nothing horrible happened to him! I also loved that the actor they chose is a very small, slender guy, so he looks pretty similar to his 87 series physique. If it wasn't for all the mad scientist-type characterization, I would have found him utterly adorable. However, even at that, I did kind of feel like his random exclamations such as, "Now I'll be in the Criminal Hall of Fame!" and "Now they will know the wrath of Baxter Stockman! **cue insane cackle**" seemed a little empty, i.e., he seemed harmless. I couldn't believe that he would really have anything sinister in mind. He didn't even seem that into Shredder's idea of taking away music, in spite of his exclamations. So perhaps he was just trying to be tough for Shredder and his true self came through when he lost himself in Michelangelo's song.

I suppose most Turtles fans find the production horrifying, or at least, most vocal ones. Although actually, the YouTube copy has literally thousands of Likes and only about 189 Dislikes. I don't suppose it would ever get a DVD release, but hey, The Next Mutation finally made it, so maybe this will someday. I'd buy it! They could release it on a double bill with the Making Of featurette, which is also very cheesy and tongue-in-cheek since it goes for an approach of "The Turtles are real and we signed them to a record deal!" LOL. I love the scene of April talking to kids at the beginning. She/her actress was really cute with them. I would have liked to have seen interviews with the actors and such, though, including Baxter's.

It was interesting how the production was a mash-up of the 1990s movie verse and the 87 series. Krang and the Technodrome were referenced and April wore a yellow top, but her hair style and characterization felt more like movie April. And Splinter was definitely based on movie Splinter.

This past day Dad had a couple of errands to run, so we got to go to K-Mart as I'd hoped. Things are currently 10% to 30% off on most things, with some items being more. My main mission was looking for 87 TMNT stuff, but I was also interested in Pony stuff and maybe some DVDs. The DVD section was really picked over and it was sad seeing it so bare. And I felt that the toys I was interested in were still a little too much even with the discount, so with them I decided to gamble and wait a bit to see if the prices will decrease as the sale goes on. It worked when Borders had their liquidation several years ago and I ended up getting a big TV show guidebook I wanted at 80% off. **jaw drop.** If I end up not being to find the toys when the prices come down more, though, that's okay. There's other things I want more and I just don't want to pay the current price for them. Although I might go back and get a Miraculous Ladybug figure or two, as coming to think about it, their price with the discount is great. Mom wants to see what they have, I think, or maybe just to see the store one last time out of sentimentality, so hopefully we can go again soon, maybe next week. Dang, I wonder why I didn't realize when I was there that I should probably get a Ladybug figure. I think I was so occupied with worry about the bag problem and debating what to do about the 87 TMNT merchandise I found.

Also, I looked at the toys they have on Clearance and they have some of that Baxter's Mutation Lab set for the 2012 series. It's on Clearance for $14. WTH. That was the standard retail price in other locations! And when they put it on Clearance, Wal-Mart had it as $4.99 and ShopKo for $7.99. I unfortunately didn't realize I needed the set to get the laptop in it until Wal-Mart no longer had it, but at least I got it at ShopKo. Good grief.

So here's the run-down of 87 TMNT stuff they had and my reactions:

- One of those bath poncho towel things with Raphael. At first I thought it was a regular towel and I might have got it, but then I saw what it really was. This poncho didn't even seem to have Raphael's face, unlike a Leonardo one I saw last year at Wal-Mart. Not interested.

- Some baby stuff, clothes mostly. Cute but I wanted something I'd have a use for.

- A pretty blue shirt in the wrong size and up on a bar advertising the graphic tees. (!!!) I kept wanting to get it down and see if it might possibly fit, but I couldn't, and then I realized it actually had holes in it. Gah. I wonder if those happened before it was up there and they decided, "We can't sell this. We'll use it to advertise instead!" A pity, as that was the shirt I liked best of the selection they had. There weren't any others of that style.

- A cute patriotic shirt saying "America: The Radical!" Naturally it's using Michelangelo's surfer talk and is meant to be positive. He and Leonardo are waving flags. I've considered it before and always decided against it because I can just imagine the confusion it would cause. I grew up believing "radical" was a positive word because of Michelangelo and it was only much later that I learned the standard meanings of the word. This time I determined to get it and carried it around for a long time before I finally opted once again to back out. I may still get it if we go back later. They had a lot, but only one in the size I know will fit.

- A shirt with them and their weapons proclaiming, "Cowabunga Dude!" I really liked the design of that one better, but the picture on the America shirt was applied better, so I really had a struggle. I also didn't like that this shirt cost more. In the end, I was worried about the bag problem and decided I needed to focus on that first because money has been so tight. More on that in a minute.

- A hat with Leonardo's face. I may still get this; they had a lot of them.

- A hat with all four. Unfortunately, it was dirty. I was very frustrated. I even took an antibacterial paper and tried to see if it would wipe off, and it didn't. I was grossed out.

- Some socks. I really need socks, but I want character ones really bad, and I can't seem to find character ones in normal sock sizes anymore. They're either knee-length or those "no-show" kind. These were no-show. I don't even get the fad. If you're buying awesome character socks, you want them to show! These wouldn't show unless I was wearing sandals. But I seriously considered them because they looked like they'd fit, and I may still get them. I don't know, though; I think I'd get cold and uncomfortable in no-show socks too. At least in spring and fall.

- A Donatello Pillow Pal. I'm not real fond of those; they're just odd to me since they're shaped like a square pillow when open.

I actually did look at bags. I looked at them before I looked at anything else. (No character ones, sadly.) But the cheapest one was more expensive than the messenger bag on Amazon. I decided that if Wal-Mart next-door didn't have a better back-to-school selection than our Wal-Mart (which is just getting started on the section), I would come home and order that messenger bag.

But ... the other Wal-Mart did have a better selection! And I found the perfect bag, and for the same price as the Cowabunga shirt! It's an 87 Turtles backpack, very busy, but squeee, I love it and it has multiple pouches! I found a bigger, mint-green backpack that I considered, but I decided I really didn't want to cart something that big on my back and I'd rather have the Turtles one. It's big enough for me! I am ecstatic.

So in the end, the trip was a success, but not for the reason I expected. Heh. But I am still considering some of the K-Mart stuff and I do hope to make at least one purchase, for old time's sake. I'm not absolutely gutted like I was about Borders (and still am), but I'm still pretty sad. (Maybe I'd be gutted if it was every location, but at least right now I can still know that the store still exists in some places.) I think I'll feel even worse at the holidays, because K-Mart was so great for both Halloween and Christmas. And if we go back when things are extremely bare, I'll probably feel really sad. Especially since Mom will likely comment on it and that will make it worse.

Sigh.

Jul. 5th, 2017 03:22 am
insaneladybug: (perry_hamilton)
Well, I think that was the most boring 4th of July I've ever spent, celebration-wise. We didn't even end up making it out for fireworks, although we saw a few that people were setting off nearby. The only thing we did was watch The Stars and Stripes Forever, which is fine, but I wanted more. Seems like our holidays are so blah these days. I can't help remembering when they were actually something to look forward to. For a while, we even did fun things on smaller holidays and I started looking forward to them for some of the only times in my life. Now I'm back to just being annoyed that mail doesn't deliver on them.

At least Saturday was fun. I had a $10 Build-a-Bear coupon that I wanted to use with my gift cards from Ladyamberjo and Dad finally agreed we could go. Turned out he took up more time going places than I did, LOL. I only made two stops, while he made about four. He was so worried about the gas money that I figured I couldn't ask for a pizza on the 4th since he'd agreed we could go out on Saturday. I got Starlight Glimmer and didn't have to pay anything out of pocket! I also have some left over on one of the cards for another trip.

Still don't know what to do about a bag, but I saw a Hello Kitty backpack at Toys R Us I really liked. I thought I should see what Wal-Mart would get in before I'd decide. They're starting to get stuff, but I didn't see any character bags I liked as much. I did, however, see a big, sturdy, adult backpack-type thing with five compartments for $22. I hadn't wanted to spend that much, and I'd wanted a character bag, but I liked that one so much that I'm seriously considering it now. Still like the thought of a messenger bag, though. If it wasn't for being worried about that seller's Amazon feedback, I would have bought his long ago, I think.

Dad only remembered on Monday that he was told our K-Mart is closing. Waaah. If he'd remembered on Saturday, we could have gone and looked at deals. Hopefully we'll still get to go. Maybe if they hadn't charged so much for things that Wal-Mart had cheaper, they wouldn't have had so much trouble getting stuff sold. ShopKo is the worst, though. I wonder if they'll be next. K-Mart's been in trouble for years, though, and now they've got Sears in trouble too, gah. I haven't heard that ShopKo is in any trouble. If we lose Sears, it will really be the end of an era. I don't want to lose K-Mart, though. When this one goes, the only others in the state won't be close by. Or maybe they're also among the 49 that are closing in this batch. My Scrooge McDuck figure came from K-Mart long ago. And I remember a cute clerk who gave us change so I could ride one of those animal rides outside the store. And I've got quite a lot of DVDs at K-Mart in the last several years. Sometimes I get toys when they go on Clearance and are then actually at good prices. I remember how exciting it was last year to be able to buy some of the Equestria Girls dolls I wanted! K-Mart has a lot of 87 TMNT shirts. I might want to get a couple if there's still any left. I wonder if things are just getting underway. The 49 stores are supposed to be closed by September, so maybe we haven't missed too much yet.

At least this past day was nice because I got to have some interesting conversations with friends and acquaintances. I had a conversation with a Baxter and Z fan on dA and ended up learning Baxter was actually in that bizarre Coming Out of Their Shells show. I'm going to check that out on YouTube in a little bit. Since I sometimes like things other people hate, I figure I'll start watching it and see if I like it. If I don't, I'll just skip to Baxter scenes.

Then somebody started reading one of my creepy Perry Mason stories. They seemed to like it alright at first, but by part 3 they seemed downright upset by it. They were commenting anonymously too, so I couldn't reply and say, "I hope you'll finish it out before you pass a final judgment." They were commenting every half-hour or so, but stopped after part 3. I don't know whether they got so upset they won't finish it or if they just went to bed and they'll finish it in the morning. I feel kind of bad if they got so upset they didn't want to finish it. It was definitely creepy-weird in a supernatural way, and it's true that there was something disturbing in part 3, but I meant for the story to be a fun read for people who like to be a little creeped out, not for it to upset anyone. And it does end well; the disturbing thing even turns out to have been an illusion cast by the ghosts. Eh. Of course, there's nothing I can do, but I hope they will finish it so at least they'll see I ended it nice and not just go away mad.

EDIT: Yay, they read the rest!

I really got on a roll with Turtles fics. After finishing the Freddy's send-up, I did one I've wanted to do for several weeks and wrote it largely in two writing sessions during a 12-hour period! It was one of the shorter stories, but still. Now inspiration has calmed down a bit again, though, and I'm puzzling over which one to do next. I started tinkering with one, but I'm not sure I want to do that one next. Oh well, I'm sure I'll figure it out soon. These slumps tend to only last a day or two and then I decide what I want.

Oh dear.

Jun. 30th, 2017 02:34 am
insaneladybug: (z)
I still haven't bought a new bag. Money's been tight and the red purse has been holding everything I need right now aside from the full-size notebook (and aside from any purchases I might make; I love that the messenger bags hold most purchases that I make so I don't have to carry shopping bags around). And ... I'm still in love with the Chibiusa drawstring bag. It's so impractical to think of getting that one, since I assume it only has the one compartment, and it's so frustrating. It's so happy and cute and it says what I want to say right now better than any of the other bags I've looked at. Dang it, I want it.

I have considered getting it to use as a purchase-holding bag. Or as a bag to take my Ghostbusters board game in when I walk to my friend's house (although I have a tote for that). I just ... really don't need this bag. And it costs most than the messenger bag. How do I make myself not want it....

And I watched Phantom of the Sewers the other day and decided I wanted to do a Five Nights at Freddy's-type fic with the Turtles characters. The episode gave me a perfect set-up for it! I had a rocky start getting it going, but that may have been partially because I wanted to write something squeeful that I also had an idea for. So I wrote a blurb that will go into a future fic. Once I got that out of my system, and figured out exactly how I wanted to work the Freddy's fic, I managed to get the Freddy's fic to flow. First draft is almost done now, aside from the epilogue stuff (and whatever I add in proofreads).

In preparing for the fic, I re-read the Freddy's parody I did with Ginger and Lou. I also ended up reading a couple of other short stories with them. I am honestly still pretty proud of all those fics. And I still think that I wrote them pretty accurately, if they ever were to reform. Ginger is such a wild card. And it was fun sometimes, being opinionated on topics through him that I probably wouldn't dare to be opinionated on as myself. Heh. Someday maybe I can write the rest of that second 100Songs set I was working through. I think I was close to being halfway done with it.

And random thought of the day: I don't think Baxter and Barney in my verse would be able to stand watching The Lion King, for obvious reasons. I think the brother problems would upset them too much, both because Barney was never as horrible as Scar and also because he would still be able to relate to some of Scar's bitterness and anger.

I have several songs that remind me of one or the other or both. I'm considering making a section on my website to list them all. Some were found by ThickerThanLove and some were found by me. I love them. And I've been practicing trying to sing some of them in-character. I already have recordings of a couple of them on my Sta.sh. They're sad ones, though, as they're sung by Baxter in fly form post-Revenge of the Fly, when he's lost Z and the fly has mostly completely eclipsed his humanity.

It's funny that I've been having the most difficult time doing voices for Baxter/Barney and for the Turtles. April/Irma/Vernon and Shredder/Krang/Z are pretty easy for me. But I think I've hit on the best voices I can for Baxter and Barney, so I may try recording some new clips and songs soon. Barney's voice is slightly higher pitched, as that seems to be the case in canon. (Although I imagine that he and Baxter can sound exactly like each other, if they choose.)
insaneladybug: (z)
So, while I'm still in the process of debating whether to risk that seller's 92% positive feedback and get the Hello Kitty messenger bag, Build-a-Bear has to decide to send a good coupon at long last, only good for the weekend. I've been wanting Starlight Glimmer, but I wanted to wait for a good sale or some such so I wouldn't have to pay full price. There's a slim chance I could go out this weekend, if Dad decides to go to a picnic on Saturday (and if I'm not incapacitated over the weekend, but I'm pretty sure I will be, ugh). Also, I still kind of want a Wonder Woman doll.... And there's the problem of wanting Beauty and the Beast but not liking the current price.... And the problem of wanting to save some money for the Scottish Festival.... Heh.

We are also still without hot water. That may be rectified today, if the part finally comes as it's supposed to. Mom has been going bonkers without hot water and I didn't feel I could wash my hair satisfactorily by pouring big yogurt containers of hot water over it, so I took a cold shower instead. A very cold shower.

Adventures with the cats continue. The female cat, whom I have called Sweet Baby for years as a pet name and now can't imagine calling her anything else, still likes to rub me and sometimes to lay on my shoe so I can't leave. I haven't tried petting her anywhere except on her head, as she definitely seems to still like that. The male cat was christened Rocky Road, because he's always in my path as I walk and I've almost tripped on him repeatedly. This past night I did trip on him, gah. He got startled and yeowled and Sweet Baby didn't seem to want a pat right afterwards. I wondered if she thought I'd deliberately stepped on Rocky and thus felt leery, even though she doesn't like him. But she seemed to settle down later and wanted lots of head-pats, so hopefully she realized it was an accident, as I've also backed into her a couple of times in the past. Rocky didn't seem inclined to get in my way and it would be nice if that would continue, but at the same time I hope he doesn't think I did that on purpose. He seemed a little chilly afterwards.

I finished my fic, love it, and feel that the characters and I all need a break, so I started writing a slice-of-life fic for the next one. It will have a lot of fall-out/recovery from the previous fic, character studies, and fun times with Bebop and Rocksteady wanting a day off, LOL. It probably won't be long, but it will be a nice bridge to whatever is the next escapade.

I also wonder why everyone and their dog says the Howie Hardy songwriter character's appearance is based on Woody Allen. Okay, there are similarities, but I fail to understand basing a rock-and-roll songwriter on a movie guy. Buddy Holly seems like a much more plausible inspiration choice. Especially since I saw a picture of him and discovered that he had curly hair (whereas I previously thought he didn't). Unless there's some official word that Howie was based on Woody Allen, I will continue to feel that Buddy Holly was the real inspiration. (Or heck, maybe both were an inspiration. Maybe Howie's voice is like Woody Allen's; couldn't prove or disprove that by me.)

Also, Google Translates Sings is one of the funniest things ever. They take a song, translate it into several languages and then back to English. It's like a really hysterical game of Telephone; most of the time it comes back sounding utterly ridiculous. Crescent Blue introduced me to it and I've been laughing at their YouTube videos for the last couple of days. I'll Make a Man Out of You is still my favorite, but Be Our Guest, The Phantom of the Opera, and some nursery rhymes are up there too.

Lyric samples:

"Mysterious as the dark side of the moon" came back as "mysterious as the dark long of the shoe."

"Be Our Guest" came back as "Be Our Guestroom" (and the guy did an incredible Jerry Orbach impression!)

"The Phantom of the Opera" came back as something different each time the phrase was used. LOL. One usage was "The demon of the opera." **snerk.** It only got better from there.

"This old man goes rolling home" came back as "The old people rolled into the house."

ROTFLOL.

Also, "Hellfire," probably Disney's creepiest song, made one of the most hysterical parodies throughout. Their Lion King songs were pretty funny too. But wow, I haven't heard "Be Prepared" since I was a child and when I read the original lyrics that ran across the top of the video ... wow. Pretty unsettling song for a kids' film. Pretty much all of that song went completely over my head as a kid, even though I did get the basic gist of what it meant.
insaneladybug: (barneystockman)
There's a Sailor Moon bag I really like, but it costs $25. I really didn't want to pay that much if I could avoid it. I also discovered a couple of adorable drawstring bags. I especially love the Chibiusa one. It's so happy and cute and tempting. But I imagine a drawstring bag only has one compartment. As much as I'd like the Chibiusa one, I need to be practical. And I would really function better with multiple compartments. I also saw a Turtles drawstring bag, but I'm pretty sure I saw that one in person at Wal-Mart and thought it seemed flimsy. It's mesh-like.

Then, as much as I said I didn't want a backpack, I found a couple of adorable My Little Pony ones with multiple compartments. They're very tempting, but I'm wondering if I could fit into them. They're probably the biggest child backpacks, so I might be able to fit into them. I can wear boys' shirts in the XL size. But girls' shirts in the XL size are usually impossible, ugh. So I don't know about a girls' backpack. Of course, in a month back to school stuff will start showing up around here since kids return to school in August, and I could try a backpack on in person then, but I wanted a solution found before then. (Since I was hoping to save money for the Scottish Festival, though, I really might not have found a solution by then.)

I knew I really wanted a messenger bag the most, so I went back to looking at those for Hello Kitty. There's some of those that are fairly low-priced. Of course, some of them are also too small, so I have to be careful to check all sizes in the product descriptions. I really like one on Amazon, but the seller has only 92% positive feedback. The number is calculated based on performance in the past year. He has 96% overall, but 92% in the past year seems scary. I don't like to dip lower than 97% positive. Then there's a design I didn't like as much as that one but still considered because it's only $10. Dad apparently signed himself up for a free trial of Prime and then forgot to cancel it before they charged him. **headdesk.** So if he hasn't canceled it yet, I could hurry and get that bag through his account. It's a shiny bag, though, so I wonder if it would be too flashy to have in places like church. In the pictures, Hello Kitty's picture keeps catching the light and shining like a piece of foil.

At least the story has been flowing. The ones I write that focus mostly on Baxter, Barney, and/or Vincent are the ones I take the most joy in, in general, and they write themselves very quickly for the most part. But I think I need to split a scene where Baxter and the crook are talking and then the people the crook wants to cheat show up, as that scene ends up with the climax stuff and I think I should really have another night before that happens. On the other hand, though, if Baxter has a whole night to stew about this undercover assignment and what he's found out about the people's identities and the fact that the crook plans to kidnap the girl if he can't get her uncle to sell him the religious relic, it may not have the same impact when I get to that scene. As it is, Baxter is panicked because he's just learned of those plans and then the people show up, and I kind of like the effect of him having to act immediately with no prior plan in mind. So maybe if I want another night, I should instead write a new daytime scene at an earlier point and then a nighttime scene, and then this current scene should stay the way it is, just taking place a day later. Or maybe I'll decide that I don't need more after all. I'd better proofread the whole thing and then decide.

I've also been pondering for some time on what my favorite 87 Turtles episodes are, like the actual Top 10 list. I mostly like ones that are light and funny and make me smile, and that somehow capture the innocent cheese of the 80's/early 90's. That always makes me feel nostalgic.

- I've listed Super Bebop and Mighty Rocksteady as my most favorite for a while. It's just so hysterical. I even showed it to Mom and she thought it was priceless too. The one thing I don't like is that the Channel 6 crew is mostly a joke as they are forced to be the victims of the malfunctioning mind-control device, but the episode makes me laugh so much that I tend to forgive that. I think what I enjoy the most is seeing Shredder utterly baffled by all the weirdness.

- I also keep thinking that any favorites list would have to include Take Me to Your Leader, because it was the first episode I saw outside of the Cowabunga Classics compilation and it remains one of the best examples of how utterly ridiculous and fun the show could be at the same time.

- Cowabunga Shredhead must be included. Shredder getting made fun of is always a scream, and hearing James Avery imitate Michelangelo as Shredder believes he's really the Turtle never gets old. I have been thinking that Michelangelo seems OOC at the beginning of that episode, though, as while even though he's nuts about pizza and might like to take it all, he doesn't deprive the other Turtles of all the pizza in any other episode. He's always pretty willing to share, really. He seems to love sharing his crazy pizza varieties with the others. I guess it's possible that he just got carried away and didn't even realize he'd eaten it all until he was done, though. And that could explain hiding guiltily in the cupboard.

- Curse of the Evil Eye would make the list, I'm pretty sure, and probably also The Mean Machines. One features Baxter finally rebelling against Shredder's abuse, while the other features probably the most screentime for him as a human.

- I would probably include The Mutagen Monster, because it's another great example of the show being so fun and silly. And they fix the problem instead of the poor cows having to stay a monster, so that's certainly a plus.

- I love the two Howie episodes, and I think they'd make the top 20 if not the top 10. So much fun with all the ridiculous song parodies, and then I love haunted theatre storylines!

- I debate whether episodes like Raphael Knocks 'Em Dead and Son of Return of the Fly II would make the list. The former is a blast and we meet Barney, and Barney's appearance would be what could push the episode to the top 10, but I'm thinking more it might make a top 20 list. And I don't like seeing Baxter suffering as a fly creature, but I do like seeing Z/Vincent and it's fun watching him walk around and imitate organic beings with all of his wild gesturing and posing. I don't, however, think any of the fly-Baxter episodes would make a top 10 list. This one might place as honorary mention on a top 20 list, though, just because of how important Z is in my verse and this is probably the one with him I re-watch the most. Revenge of the Fly is awfully depressing, really, although we do see a Z who has changed to the point that he is fiercely protective of Baxter in a way he isn't in the prior episodes, and I do love that aspect. And Bye, Bye, Fly, well, I re-watch it quite a bit since it's Z's intro episode, but it also has two instances of characters turning into non-anthro animals (albeit they do still keep their intelligence, at least). So that would keep it off a top 10 or 20 list, probably. I wouldn't even care about it if it weren't for Z.

Along those lines, I've been discovering that I've slipped into finding it difficult to watch Leatherhead's intro episode or the Ireland episode. I've seen the Leatherhead one several times, then the last time I watched it fine until we hit the weirdo pool, and then I decided I just wasn't up to seeing Shredder get age-reduced. Same thing happened with Bebop and Rocksteady in the Ireland episode. I saw it once, then went on ages and saw it again when I'd forgot that aspect, and then the third time I watched the first few minutes and decided I wasn't up for dealing with that aspect when this time I did remember it, so I stopped and watched the Orient Express episode instead. Honestly, the best thing about the Ireland episode is the community property line. ROTFLOL. But yeah, I just can't stand age-reduction in any form, even if it's the villains affected, and I'm amazed that I watched it at all in those episodes (let alone that I watched Detective Conan for a while). It just seriously rubs me the wrong way, and don't expect me to ever watch Three Men and an Egon. I saw a couple of clips and that was more than enough.

Anyway, maybe someday I'll figure out an entire top 10 list. Clearly I haven't yet, but I do know some of what would be on it (and some of what wouldn't be).
insaneladybug: (perry_hamilton)
So my poor Sonic X messenger bag seems to have died a sad death at my friend's house on Thursday. It developed a hole and starting shedding its inner material all over her chair and floor. It was a good thing we were in the kitchen with its hardwood floor, instead of downstairs with the carpet. I was able to get it all up and she gave me a large plastic bag to put my bag in so it wouldn't shed some more.

Obviously I need another bag. I'd prefer to have a character bag (Turtles or Ponies or Sailor Moon or Hello Kitty), but all the ones I like online seem to have so many bad reviews about poor quality that I hesitate to get any of them. And around here, there aren't any bags with characters on them. If I'm going to spend money on a bag, I'd really like it to be a character bag. Yet at the same time, I think it's better to examine a bag in person before getting it.

I need a big bag, too, preferably with lots of pockets and pouches to hold my stuff. And I like if it's big enough for standard notebook paper, since there are rare occasions where I still write on it while out and about. Messenger bags are the perfect size for me. Totes generally only have one compartment and no way to close them, but if I found one I liked with a zipper and at least two compartments, I'd be willing to consider it. I don't really want a backpack because it seems like it'd be easier for a pickpocket to grab something if it's on my back. Plus, I'd have to keep sliding it up and down to access it. A regular shoulder bag is much better suited to me. Large purses are also an option.

I really wish the only official Pony messenger bag had the main characters on it. I like Zecora, but it seemed an odd choice to put a recurring character and no one else on the sole Pony messenger bag.

At the moment I moved my essentials other than my standard notebook to a red purse I have. It's an alright size for temporary use, but I really need something bigger long-term. I wish the strap hadn't broke on a black bag I was using before I started with the messenger bag several years ago. The way it broke, there's no way to reattach it. It's really frustrating, because the bag itself is fine and could still be used.

I've also considered taping up the hole in my Sonic X bag with duct tape, but that would only be a temporary fix too. It sheds in my money compartment and other places are starting to rip, so it should probably retire.

Hee.

May. 28th, 2017 05:45 pm
insaneladybug: (steve)
You know, it probably looks seriously shallow that when I discovered a complete series set of Charlie's Angels for $31 (MILL CREEK IS AWESOME), my response was immediate and enthusiastic and I was much more ready to jump in and buy that rather than to pay $24 for season 2 of The Virginian. But it makes sense with my current mindset of preferring fluff and squee. The Virginian is of course the deeper series, but Charlie's Angels doesn't have as many depressing episodes. And I love the friendships between the girls. And I enjoy David Doyle in a Simon Oakland-ish type of way. It's really not a bad series, if one enjoys 1970s cheese and fluff and friendship and detective shows and generally happy endings. There's a lot of worse things one could be watching.

But I was still concerned to think of dropping that much money right now, as I want to be sure to have enough to buy the live-action Beauty and the Beast when it comes out next week, so I didn't buy that either. I have it added to my Wish List, though, for the future. And I looked up Miraculous Ladybug and found that volume 4 was released last month, oy. I've been looking for it at Wal-Mart for weeks and haven't seen it, and it was cheaper on Amazon than Wal-Mart would have charged, so last night I bought that. I still have this coming week before the Prime trial expires, so if I want to go for one more small purchase, I still can.

Among the things I'm considering (I would only pick one of them):

- The Wild Wild West season 4, because my recorded copies from MeTV are probably chopped up for commercial time

- The Rockford Files season 1

- A manga I need to replace

- A couple of Nancy Drew books, as the prices for some are really good right now ($3.99 to $5.99, compared to the usual $8.99 they charge for the hardbacks these days!)

Fanfiction-wise, I'm almost done with what was probably my first Turtles-related idea, a crossover with the 87 series and the Platinum Dunes movies. I hope people will give it a chance and not throw things at me for the crossover. I was hoping I could fit Napoleon and Illya into it, as I need to write something U.N.C.L.E.-related for a birthday gift for someone, but I don't think they're going to fit and it would just look shoehorned in if I tried. So ... I'll probably have to go back to Plan A and just write a non-connected blurb.... And it will probably still be a Turtles crossover, because the plunnies just ain't biting. Good thing she likes the Turtles too....

I've also been thinking about those other plushies I bought at Jo-Ann's last year. I got them for specific characters (Coley and Snakes, I believe), because each one is handmade and looks different, so you have to look them all over and pick with specific body and head shapes in mind, but I kept changing my mind on what I wanted to do with them. I also considered Jim and Arte or even trying to make April. Making am adult female character with one of these dolls would be ... interesting. They're really better suited to making either children or adult males. But yeah, so that was another thought. Also considered making Barney, but then I'd want to make Vincent, and that would have to be from scratch, since he's a computer with a body and he's blue.... Also considered this week making the characters from The Persuaders! in memory of Roger Moore. So overall, still very conflicted. That wasn't ever really the reason why I didn't make the plushies before, though. It was because I couldn't seem to draw Coley. And because making Baxter was exhausting and I wanted a break. And then I felt I didn't need to make any other plushies right then because I was satisfied with Baxter. And still am, really. But I feel bad for those two, waiting to be made up. Maybe I shouldn't have bought them, but I got them on amazing 60% off deals and I thought I shouldn't pass it up.

I do feel a certain sentimentality that the one I picked for Baxter I picked on my birthday, and although I waffled a bit on whether to really make Baxter at that point, that plushie was always really reserved for him and when I became even fonder of the character than ever, I decided to go ahead with that plan the following month. At first I thought he'd probably be mostly for display, as I worried about jarring his glasses, but I've done a lot of cuddling with him since then.

I've been thinking about Halloween costumes too, because it's never too early to plan something fun like that, especially for one of my favorite holidays. Kind of wondering what it would take to put together a Baxter costume, honestly. As usual, I have a couple of pieces that could work, but I'd need all the rest. Of course, white lab coats are easy to come by around Halloween. I could probably find a light brown wig fairly easy too. For glasses, I'd just have to knock the lenses out of my sunglasses. They fall out all the time anyway, so it's easy to put them back. They're pretty much the right shape and everything. I actually have a black sweater vest and white shirt combo, although the shirt has thin black stripes. But it would be mostly hidden by the coat anyway. I have plenty of jeans, which appear to be what Baxter wears for trousers. And I have plenty of leftover ribbon with which to make myself a bowtie.

Hmm.

May. 25th, 2017 04:41 am
insaneladybug: (scofield)
So I think I've resolved my problem about the apartment versus the house and Baxter will live both places, as he's currently doing, more or less. He'll probably always sleep at Barney's. ThickerThanLove and I figured out where Barney probably lives (I wanted it to be in Manhattan, so probably the Upper East Side, back a ways, maybe closer to the river ... although probably not where the river is actually in sight) and that Baxter, April, and Irma possibly live not too far away in Murray Hill and Channel 6 is probably close as well, so commuting won't be a problem.

Also pondering the idea that Baxter may have studied a lot about biology, as he seemed to have some interest in it judging from his comment in The Killer Pizzas about wanting to study Dimension X wildlife, and then there's the scene where he's examining the fragment of the Eye of Sarnoth and the plant spores in It Came From Beneath the Sewers. Also, he looked so disgusted/repulsed by the green mud stuff he had to wipe off the fragment. LOL. Can't blame him there. Maybe I'll make biology his secondary field.

I adore Baxter so much, but sometimes I feel like Barney is more "my" character than Baxter is, since Barney was only used in one episode and he hence has had to be fleshed out way more than Baxter. Of course, neither of them are really mine, but I often come to feel that the oneshot or recurring characters I deal with are half-mine because of everything I've done with them.

Trying Amazon Prime again, as they offered another free trial and I needed to purchase a digital converter box (AGAIN), so I did the trial to get it here. Then I got Mom's Mother Day present from there. Now I'd like to get something for myself before the trial expires at the beginning of June. Debating whether to get season 2 of The Virginian, which is finally low enough that I feel it's a real possibility, or if I'd rather get a couple of cheaper things (like the non-double-sided disc re-release of season 1 of The Rockford Files that I just discovered exists for $7!). I like The Virginian, but unlike something like Knight Rider where I'm just all into it and adore the show enough on its own that there's no question of whether to purchase, with The Virginian I buy seasons to get certain episodes. I love the show a lot, but I have so little money that I feel I must be very careful what I purchase to make sure I get what I really want the very most. And sometimes The Virginian episodes can be so depressing that I kind of get frustrated. I think there's more that end good than ones that end bad, though.

I just looked at the episode guide for season 2 of The Virginian. I got excited at first, seeing some of the neat episodes in there, and then I saw a couple of the depressing ones and wasn't sure again what I wanted to do. I am so mad that they killed off Molly. I liked that they didn't have her fade into nothingness, but she could have moved away or something. What makes it worse is that The Virginian was just going to propose to her and she was shot dead. UGH. I hate that type of plotline! You don't want the character to be married, okay. I totally get that and usually agree with it. But why make things so freakin' saaad? I know, tragedy, drama, sympathize with the character, yadda yadda. But it's so unnecessary.

Still, though, there's two Joseph episodes and a Darren episode that season, although the only one I was really after was one of the Joseph ones where his character turns out to be a nice guy after all. The other two episodes, the darlings play flat-out bad guys. Then there's an episode where Trampas is reported dead and everyone's grieving and Steve comes, I guess to get the body, and then finds Trampas is alive and needs help. Even though I like Trampas better in the later seasons, that sounds so promising.

I won't decide anything at this point, but I'm going to be thinking about it and weighing the pros and cons. And when I've made a decision, hopefully by later today, I bet the prices will have changed again and not for the better. Ugh.

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