insaneladybug: (Default)
Ugh, I sure made a bad decision on Friday to go out that morning. Because of that, it led to me not being able to go to a family event the next day. I had honestly planned to go, but I thought I needed to go to K-Mart on a different day because we'd be rushing so much to get to the event and I wouldn't have time to say a proper Goodbye. I honestly believed we'd be back in an hour and I could go to sleep. Instead, the tire blew and everything got thrown off and I was far too exhausted to be able to go the next day, even after the tire problem was solved. It's very upsetting, because I could have got to the Toys R Us I wanted to visit last week. And there was a wonderful meal I could have shared in. Of course, it would have been nice to see the family too, but since I'm not extremely close to those family members, my focus is more on the shopping and the food I missed out on, as shallow as that sounds.

I'm also wondering if I should have bought a doll at K-Mart. It's too late now, but I ponder on it. I like the webseries based on the first Descendants movie, Wicked World, and I idly considered getting some of the dolls. K-Mart still had Freddie when I got the snow cone maker. I like Freddie, especially her wanting to be good after having been bad, as that will never not fascinate me about a character, but she does creep me out a little because of her dark sense of humor. If the dolls had been Mal and Evie, I probably would have got them in a heartbeat because their friendship is one of my two favorite elements. (Repenting bad guys learning how to be good is the other.) Possibly if by some amazing chance I get another opportunity to go to the capitol city K-Mart before it's gone, they might still have the Freddie doll too and I'd get another chance to decide. But who knows, I might make the same decision. At this point, I'm just not sure. I hadn't even thought of getting her on Friday because I didn't think she'd still be there, and when she was, I was tired and couldn't figure out if I wanted to get her, even for $6.60. I'm trying very hard to balance my money right now because of needing to help with the groceries. Still, I hate to pass up a clearance deal that I would have wanted.

That brings me to another thing I'm wondering about. Hasbro is currently having some amazing Pony sales, or at least they still were last night. They have Fashion Style Starlight Glimmer for $6, and the Lyra and Sweetie Drops dolls from the Everfree movie for $7.49 each. I wanted Lyra and Sweetie Drops when they came out for Rainbow Rocks, but then they disappeared instead of going on clearance, sigh. (I hadn't wanted to pay full-price.) But ... I'm not sure I like the Everfree versions as much. I think both Lyras are great, but I really prefer the Rainbow Rocks Sweetie Drops. However, since those are out of print, I probably wouldn't even be able to find them for very cheap. So I'm debating if I want them enough to order them now, even as Everfree versions. Also debating if I'd rather just get Starlight. Hasbro only does free shipping for $14.99 and up, at least on their eBay store, but the shipping for just Starlight is only $1.99, so that's still an amazing deal for a Fashion Style.

It is very difficult to debate the problem when I also have to think about the groceries. Especially this week, as Mom's been feeling sad to only get the barest minimum of stuff lately and she hardly ever gets to go out and food is probably one of the only things she gets to look forward to, so I think I need to try to make sure to get at least one special thing each week for her to enjoy. And there should definitely be something on a holiday, even if it's one we don't celebrate much anymore. I'm also hoping to get a pizza for myself (and I'd share it with Dad if he wants; Mom usually can't eat cheese). That is, a fancier pizza than we usually get. If not a Little Caesar's pizza, then at least a fancier frozen pizza than the $1 ones. I'm usually content with those, but I do often long for something that tastes more like delivery.
insaneladybug: (hamilton_cup)
What a day. I had maybe one hour of sleep, dozing holding the Baxter plushie and curled up against the other two. Then when I opened the curtains, evil gravity's evil cousin velocity caused me to bonk my toe on the edge of the cupboard so hard that it bruised and swelled up. Luckily, I don't think it's broken because I was able to move it after it happened, but ugggh. Even putting on a sock to go out hurt.

I wanted to see our K-Mart one last time and also to get the snow cone maker, and I thought the only way to do that was to tag along when Dad took my sister to work early in the morning. But something went drastically wrong when we went to get her and we apparently ran over something sharp, because the tire blew out. She had to go find our brother's car to take. And our tire size is very hard to find. Wal-Mart has a new one, but we really can't afford a new one when money is already so tight. Dad has been trying to find a used one.

EDIT: We have two cars here that don't work right, and one of them has the right size tire! Squeeee. So he just put one of those tires on the working car! Yes!

When the temporary tire got on, he was nice and decided to take me to the store anyway, even though we didn't get to take my sister to work, because I'd tagged along thinking I was going to get to go. And I did find the snow cone maker! And not much else. Gah, it was so sad seeing the place so bare. Everything they had left was moved more to the front of the store and yellow tape roped off the completely bare areas. There was only one half-aisle of toys left, plus three toy kiosks. There were pieces of all kinds of merchandise in other departments too, but the only section that really looked like its former self was the greeting card area. And as if it wasn't sad enough, someone had to decide that playing When Will I See You Again on the loudspeakers was a good idea. Um, no. We'll never see K-Mart again. I found out the one down South is also closing, so there will be no more in the state at all. Not a song I wanted to hear under the circumstances. Especially running on one hour of sleep.

We checked every tire place in town and no luck. Then I had trouble going back to sleep when we got home because I was wide awake. And because there was construction work right across from my window. When I finally went to sleep, I think I only got about three and a half hours.

I was glad to get the snow cone maker at such a good price ($4.80, down from $16!), but I could have done without seeing how sad the store looked. I almost wonder if I would have rather I'd got it on a previous visit, even though it would have cost a bit more, and then not seen K-Mart this week. I don't think I want to remember K-Mart the way it looked today. I think I want to remember how it looked before all this nonsense started, when there was no inkling that it would go away and it was always fun to visit and see what they had available and what might be on clearance. So I'm going to record the floor plan.

When you go in, just to your right are some shelves with changing merchandise. Usually it's quilts, but sometimes it's toys on clearance. To the left is the customer service desk. Up ahead is the women's clothing department and things like a jewelry chest of drawers made by Jaclyn Smith. I usually turn right, past the greeting cards on the right and the jewelry on the left. Dad usually goes to the pharmacy past the greeting cards to wait. Then comes housewares on the left, followed by snacks. Farther down on the right are the mattresses and appliances they started selling. We got our dryer there last year. Past those are the movies and TV shows. We got so many awesome deals on stuff there during holiday and birthday times.

Just diagonally to the left is the seasonal area. During Christmastime there are many trees set out. Some are white, some are green, most are pre-lit. Some of them turn by themselves. There are also lots of inflatables and other lawn decorations. During Halloween, the aisles are filled with spooky stuff, both the aisles past the media center and aisles to the left, beyond the open area. The open area with the Christmas trees usually has the trees during the Halloween time. Turn left past the open area and the holiday aisles and walk down to the toy section. There are several aisles of regularly priced toys and a special clearance aisle. The clearance price will fluctuate based on the week. Just beyond that is auto stuff.

Keep walking and turn left again. Now it's the back wall. The sports section is there, with furniture just beyond it. Last year we got a bookcase to serve as a pantry cupboard (not the one I got bonked on today). Just beyond that are men's clothes. Sometimes I find Turtles shirts there, like that one with Fly Baxter they briefly had last summer. It was right around the corner from the bookcases. Shoes are opposite this section. They have a poster of the 87 Turtles in the shoe section for some reason. I probably should have asked if I could have it.

Beyond that is the baby section. Turn left to walk past it and there you'll find the boys' clothing section, followed by the girls' section. Now you've made a complete square and the registers are to the left of you, along with huge baskets of products on sale in the middle of the aisle. Last year they had a bunch of chocolates on sale and we got a whole lot for presents for people, and kept some for ourselves too.

Sigh.

Aug. 27th, 2017 08:24 pm
insaneladybug: (hamilton_tragg)
I'm still working with that Turtles fic that was giving me trouble, and it still is giving me trouble. I have, thankfully, been able to get more scenes into it, though. But it's moving very slowly and my attention is still wandering. I'm anxious to do the class reunion story after this one. I already had ideas, and maybe yesterday did give me a little more inspiration too.

Now that I'm more awake than when I wrote the long post in the morning, I find I'm feeling more disappointed and sad about the shortness and understatedness of the class reunion. It seemed like so much work for such a little event. The dinner was wonderful, but like I said, it seemed like there wasn't much more than that and it seemed like it should have been a bigger affair when it was the last official reunion. Heck, the first time I went, they even had a bit with door prizes and stuff and we won a nice hardback novel by a popular local author! And then last year's fifties mini-concert.... This year there was a cute song written to celebrate, and one guy gave a nice speech and the class song was sung, and that was pretty much it besides the dinner. It's weird when milestone events aren't as big as previous ones. This was the last official reunion and there wasn't much to it. Same with the Scottish Festival when they did their 25th Anniversary celebration. It was so lackluster compared to the previous year. But eh, maybe when everybody's getting on so much by now, they were happy for a more low-key reunion.

Still kind of wanting that snow cane maker. Maybe I should see if Wal-Mart carries it and how much they charge. I wonder if they might clearance it as part of summer clearancing, if they have it at all. And I'll stay alert for any possible reason to get to the local K-Mart this week, both for the snow cane maker and also just because, well, I'd still like to say another Goodbye. Especially after seeing the disaster that was the other K-Mart. I don't really want that to be my last memory of the store. Mom's longing to get out somewhere, especially since she wasn't able to go on Saturday. Maybe Dad would be willing to take us to that town this coming week. It's not very far at all.

I also discovered that there is some distressing/holes in the Turtles shirt I got, but only on Leonardo. That makes me wonder if it's not supposed to be there and it's a damaged shirt. I tried so hard to find a good one. One had weird stains of something on it, which I immediately put back, and when I found the one I got I thought it was fine. I didn't realize I needed to check to make sure the picture wasn't damaged. I can't find it on F.Y.E.'s website to see what it looks like there and I wouldn't know how to find it anywhere else. There's just so many Turtles shirts out there. I have no idea when we might be able to go to the little F.Y.E. that's closer or if they'd even have the shirt, so maybe I should just say "Screw it" and start wearing it. It's not a lot of distressing, but if it's not supposed to be there then I wonder how durable the whole picture is. I really hate raised-up designs, since they can peel and flake and everything. The best kind is when it's imprinted right into the shirt's threads. The America shirt is like that, and some of my custom-made classic TV shirts.

I hope I won't regret that I didn't walk down the sidewalk from F.Y.E. and see if the Spirit Halloween store was open. Usually Halloween stores close at 8, so I figured it wasn't open, but there were lights and something was flashing in the window that could have been an Open sign. I was worried about taking a lot of time shopping, since I knew Dad wanted to get home and Mom would be worried, but also, I figured I should really check Wal-Mart's costume selection first, since a Halloween store would be more expensive. Wal-Mart should start getting Halloween stuff in within a week.
insaneladybug: (perry_hamilton)
Wooow, what a long day. Made even longer by the fact that I only got four-ish hours of sleep. I had plenty of time for a good sleep, but my body refused. Ugh. As soon as the batch of wash I'm doing is done, I hope to sleeeep.

First thing was that Dad wanted to visit an old friend. We got lost finding the street. But finally we did, and as soon as I saw the place, I remembered vividly being there years ago. It was also August back then, August the 5th, but temperatures were cooler and I waited in the car and wrote and observed some kids at the house across the street. It was honestly an outing I remember very fondly. We drove around the area afterwards and I saw a bride running through her front yard to the back yard. Apparently she was having either the wedding, the reception, or both on her property. We stopped for gas around 8 and I observed that the sun was going down. It was a hint of autumn on the way and I was thrilled. I even remember what I was writing: it was the early chapters of my YGO mystery Ballistic in Boston, when the Jackie Chan Adventures character Viper showed up. I'm not even fully sure why the memory of that outing makes me so happy, as I don't recall finding anything awesome while shopping. But it was such a nice, peaceful street and I was happy to sit there and write and watch those kids and I loved the hint of autumn.

Anyway, this trip out, it was way too hot to even think of me staying in the car. It was practically 100! Uggggh. So I went in. Luckily, the visit didn't last much more than thirty minutes, and the man was very nice.

K-Mart was ... oh brother, a mess. Unlike our K-Mart, which tried to keep order despite closing, this one was helter-skelter, especially in the toy department. Everything was everywhere! I had to dig through the toys on all shelves to make sure I didn't miss something awesome. Only by doing that did I find a Miraculous Ladybug figure, one of Marinette in casual clothes. That was awesome, and she was 10% cheaper than she would have been had I bought figures when our K-Mart had some. The dream that shook me up so much regarding that show seemed to be more in the background, so I snapped her up. Cat Noir was unfortunately the subject of the horrible dream and seeing his picture on the back of the card made me chill a bit, so I don't know if I would have got a figure of him had I seen it. Looks like it will still take a while for the dream to fully stop upsetting me. It's not that I'm leery of Cat Noir; it's just that he reminds me of the dream and it was extremely upsetting to me.

I also saw a doll of Chloe that looked amazingly accurate, but I don't like her and won't like her unless she shapes up this season, so I opted not to get that even though it was a temptation from the high level of accuracy. Then there was a figure of Marinette as Ladybug, but it was a fancy figure that could twirl, and even with the discount, I didn't think I should get that right now because I need to help with grocery money. So I just got the other Marinette figure.

Didn't see any 87 Turtles stuff except another of those Leonardo hats that really hurt to wear. There was lots of Nick Turtles stuff, though. And I find myself regretting I didn't get the snow cone maker. I wanted it badly at our K-Mart, but I couldn't get it then. This K-Mart didn't have it quite as cheap yet, so I still didn't get it. Now I'm thinking that for the sake of 10% more, I really should have, because it's unlikely I can get back to our K-Mart before they close and also unlikely that they will still have any of that product. I didn't realize I wanted the snow cone maker so badly. I'll see how I feel after sleep.

The class reunion had wonderful food! Potato salad, and potatoes drenched in butter, and chicken salad, and lettuce and tomato salad, and chicken teriyaki, and buttered rolls, and so many wonderful desserts! Cheesecake! Lemon cake! Eclairs! Some other cream puffy thing! Ice water! And luckily, I remembered to bring sandwich bags so I could smuggle food out if I didn't finish it all. There were also lots of leftovers on the buffet table, so I decided to help by running off with some of them. I'm not sure if the hotel just throws away the leftovers or what. I heard that if the roast wasn't completely finished, what was left of it would be thrown away. So wasteful! Why not let the employees have it? But anyway. I wasn't interested in the roast, but I ran off with the food I did love.

Aside from the food, though, I have to say that I was underwhelmed by the reunion. It didn't last long, and while I was grateful since I wanted to do more shopping, I was sad at the same time because it felt like there really wasn't much to the reunion and there really should have been, when it's the last official one they're going to have. Five years ago, they had an elaborate program with people singing fifties songs and I just adored it. This time, the program was very short. Everything, including the dinner part, was over within a couple of hours. Nobody seemed to want to stay and visit for long after the official festivities were over. I'm glad my focus switched to being excited more for the shopping, as otherwise I would have been tremendously disappointed. Part of the reason I looked forward to it for five years was because of how awesome the last one was.

I also felt a little less connected than I did the last time. That may be because my main interests right now are cartoons rather than 1950s shows, although I still adore them as much as I ever did.

Since things let out earlier, I debated whether I wanted the big F.Y.E. or Toys R Us more. I chose the former, and I don't regret it. I found an 87 Turtles shirt on clearance for $3! I also saw that they had been selling a shirt with the Team Rocket crew on it, but I couldn't seem to find any aside from the display copy, sadly. I'm planning to try to find the shirt online later.

We needed to grab a couple of items at Wal-Mart, so we hurried across the street to it. When we lived at the old house, that Wal-Mart was always my favorite. It always seemed to have more stuff than other Wal-Marts.

It didn't disappoint. After years, I finally got season 4 of The Wild Wild West! Squeeeee! And for cheaper than Amazon was selling it for! This is honestly the first time I've seen season 4's DVD set in person. I exclaimed out loud when I saw it and I immediately snapped it up. I have taped copies of those episodes, but I bet they're cut for commercial time.

I also saw two Baxters in the figure area! I didn't blog about this yet either, but I've finally been getting some more work and I felt I could offer the Baxter I had to my friend as a gift, as originally intended. And I was very happy that he wanted it and was thrilled with it! I'd like to get him another to make into Barney, as he's expressed the desire to have a Barney too and wishes he could find the figures in his area, but I wasn't sure I should get one right then after I'd had a mini-shopping spree and when I need to help with grocery money for at least a while. And I think the stores down here will be having more of him soon. The one two towns over is finally getting ready to sell the Mutagen Canister line! So I didn't get one. Hope I won't regret that too.

So overall, an awesome shopping time! And I am totally exhausted.

Also, I finally figured out how to get the tablet's Bluetooth keyboard to work, so now I can use it like a mini-laptop. Squeee. It will make typing long messages on the tablet very plausible and pleasant! Usually I've avoided typing long messages on the tablet and wait till I get back to the laptop. Now I won't necessarily have to, depending on what I'm doing while using the tablet.

I got the keyboard hooked up in case I wanted to take the tablet and write story scenes using the keyboard, but I'm glad I didn't. I only had a bit of writing time while Dad was visiting with his friend, so I did it the old-fashioned way, in a paper notebook.
insaneladybug: (z)
Such a long day, beginning with evil insomnia rearing its head as it likes to do once or twice every month. I had a long day ahead of me and I'd be running on three hours' sleep.

Actually, the family reunion/picnic started out pretty fun. There was a breeze and we were under a pavilion. Everyone brought their own lunches, but some people had stuff to share, like Brazilian cheeseballs! Yuuuum! And my sister who was hosting the thing had brought food to share with everyone. I had a hot dog and chips and ice water and was thrilled. It became less fun when the heat increased as the afternoon wore on. Ugggh. And driving around in the heat wasn't much better. It was hard to breathe at times and I wanted to scream. I want fall. I love seeing some stores getting fall merchandise out, like Hobby Lobby and Joann's and Dollar Tree. Autumn is the most wonderful time of the year. Christmas season is right up there too, though.

I did get done what I needed to. I wrote after I finished eating. Then we went out and I bought the fabric markers for Vincent and took care of Mom's thing and found the other Turtles shirt at K-Mart, so this time I snapped it up. I also saw that the holey blue shirt is being sold, to which I went WTH. But the picture is nearly the same as what's on the America shirt, only smaller, so even if I find one that isn't holey, I doubt I'd buy it. (Then again, I might because of the beautiful blue color and the amusing text about how to be a ninja.)

K-Mart looks a lot barer now and it's sad. I even had a dream the other day about going back there to get the shirt. It looked pretty bare in the dream too. The more time goes on, the more it really sinks in that it's going away. For a long time now, it's had a strong scent of something ... lotiony? Soapy? I'm not sure what makes the scent, but it's very distinctive. And it will forever remind me of Baxter because last summer was when I really noticed it and that was when they briefly had that shirt with Fly Baxter and I was planning my first Turtles story, so I was thinking of Baxter while in the store both because of the fic and the shirt. This past day was likely the last time I will ever smell that scent or be in that K-Mart. At the end of the month, if things work out to visit the one in the capital city, it will likely be the last time I will ever be in a K-Mart at all. I will likely bring up the memories of being happy in K-Mart many times in my mind and they will forever be bittersweet.

(I am also going to forever mentally kick and snarl at myself for not buying a soft YGO pillow there many years ago when they were clearancing it. Mom tried to encourage me to get it, and I wanted it, but money was tight right then and I thought I wanted a Detective Conan DVD set more. Of course, as things go, interest in that series was brief and soon waned anyway, while love for YGO has always been strong.)

Waaah, K-Mart, don't go....

Back at home, the blue fabric marker covered all the parts that will actually be visible; I'm glad I realized it likely wouldn't last for coloring all of Vincent and so I should first color what had to be colored and then see if there was any ink left for the rest. I had contemplated buying two blue ones, but I hoped one would cover what I really needed and I could get the purple one too (instead of hoping to find my purple Sharpie and use it instead. I'm still hopping mad about it getting lost in the closet two years ago thanks to gravity being nasty). I hope I won't regret the coloring job. I kind of liked the inaccuracy of a Caucasian Vincent and how that color scheme worked with the clothes. But I always knew I really wanted to color Vincent if I found a good way to do it.

One thing that's complicated is the oddity of trying to get a laptop shape on this cloth doll's head. I pondered many times on how to do that, whether to get a toy laptop and try affixing it to a body I'd sew from scratch in blue cloth, or sew a cloth laptop, or other weird thoughts. But when I decided to use the existing doll for Vincent, that left me with trying to make the head look like a laptop. I didn't want to mutilate the head for fear of making a mess (and just plan feeling bad to do that to a doll), so I drew the screen and screen frame on it. The keyboard will be attached separately. Not exactly accurate to a laptop due to the head shape from all angles, of course; it may look more like a purple version of the desktop-ish model he has on the show. But that's okay. I wanted to use this doll for Vincent, no matter the weird complications.

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.
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.

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.

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