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 Well, the month from h-e- double toothpicks is finished at last!  I just got back from the Oireachtas (the regional Irish Dance championships) and now I am frreeeeeeeee!!  (for at least a week or two ::g::)   It's been a very productive time, but I missed you all for the couple of weeks that I simply turned my computer off after I checked my email, so as to avoid temptation.  You can see what took up every spare minute of my time below.  :-)

Behold my Slytherclaw Princess in Gryffindor clothing:

Yes, every stitch was made by me, and yes, I am insane, thank you for asking!  XD  At least I know now why these dresses cost so bloody much. I was sewing on it on Thanksgiving day, dammit, and my fingers are *still* sore.   But - Miss M shone in it.   She took 18th place in the region out of 172 competitors in her age group.  The way these competitions work is that they start out dancing in hard shoes - in Miss M's competition, the treble jig.  After that the top half get recalled to dance again, this time in soft shoes.  All the competitors here danced the reel.  The top 50% of *those* dancers are then called back to dance a 3rd time, and do what's called a traditional set, which is a hard shoe dance in which the competitors all dance exactly the same steps.  The total of the scores from all three dances then determine your ranking.  This was her first year in this type of open competition.  Believe it or not, she was disappointed at not making the top 10, because she wanted to qualify for the Worlds.   But, considering that she never practices outside of class, I think she did amazingly well.  If she actually worked at, she'd be scary good, and I'd need to chuck my scientific career for one in investment banking, so I guess I should be glad she's a bit lazy!  ::g:: 
But now, it's back to what passes for normal in my life.  ;-)   I intend to spend a few days catching up with you all, since I didn't even have time to read your pages whilst in sewing frenzy.  And I'm *definitely* in 'fan fic deficit' right now, so if anyone's got any recs they want to pass along, please send them my way.   I hope that all of my American flisties had a fabulous Thanksgiving and a wonderful time with your families!


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Nov. 30th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Oh wow, that is amazing work!
Nov. 30th, 2010 01:58 am (UTC)
Thank you, Delphi! All I can see when I look at it are the places I messed up, but I've got some time to make corrections before Miss M will need to dance in it again.

How have you been? Have you moved yet?
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
That's always the way, but it looks absolutely fantastic to me. I have such an admiration for people who can make things.

Life continues apace here. I'm moving on January 1st and in the meantime am counting down the days to my Christmas vacation and eagerly awaiting the flood of holiday exchange fic. :-)
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:27 am (UTC)
Welcome back =^)

And that dress is fantastic! You've got some serious dance princess gear going on there, lol. She looks like a doll from Babes in Toyland. VERY pretty =^)
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's good to be back.

Miss M is even prettier in person, but then I'm her mother, so I may be ever-so-slightly prejudiced. ::g::
Nov. 30th, 2010 02:45 am (UTC)
*iz limp with admiration at the care and talent*

No wonder you've been LJ AWOL; I'd have had to absent myself from felicity for at least a year if I'd had to create something that intricate and lovely.

We've missed you; glad you're back.

Tell Miss M that I think she's stunning, and not just because of the wonderful dress.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I missed you all, too. There were many moments while I was basteing, sequining or doing something equally mindless that I was so tempted to just go sneak peeks at everyone's pages. But I was under such a stringent deadline I literally had zero time to spare and I know myself well enough to know that if I did I'd end up even more impossibly behind than I was. :-P

Miss M says to tell you 'thank you', but that she thinks her mother is making a career out of embarrassing her. ::g::
Nov. 30th, 2010 04:17 am (UTC)
Welcome back! It is so good to see you again. That dress is amazing. I don't even know how you could have done it. It looks like... I don't know, perhaps the cover of a coffee table book. It is so perfect I scarcely know what to say. Wow.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:21 pm (UTC)
I'm blushing here - you are so kind! Personally, I think it's the girl wearing it that makes it look so perfect. :-)
Nov. 30th, 2010 07:29 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! That dress is so spectacular. No wonder you had to take time off from LJ - don't get how you managed a job on the side!

It looks absolutely stunning, and so does Miss M. Mind, Miss M. would look good in a bin liner - in fact, she'd probably set a fashion in bin liners if she wore one - but your creation ... brilliant.

Glad to have you back to LJ, though, we missed you! tetleythesecond wrote about her lesbian history paper - one of the most thought-provoking and interesting reads of the month. You'll want to check that one out - the discussions were great, too.
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! The job suffered and I pulled quite a few all-nighters to finish on time. Making the dress was considerably more painful than giving birth to the child who wore it (and I went anesthesia free), but, like childbirth, the memory of the pain is fading fast enough that I'll probably feel like doing it again in a couple of years! ::g::

Miss M is ducking her head and blushing after my reading her your compliments and says shyly to tell you 'thank you' (and that she doesn't think anyone would want to see her wearing bin liners, and besides it would be too cold). :-D

I miss you all, too, and I really am having fun going back and looking at everybody's pages, though it's going to take me a few days to get through the backlog.
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Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:40 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tetley!! Miss M says to say 'thank you' for the compliments. :-)

I'm glad to be back and I'm really looking forward to reading your paper. I hope the conference was a good experience for you!
Dec. 1st, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
What a very pretty girl!

And oh goodness! The dress! That's a true work of art. *admires*
Dec. 2nd, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you (both from me and the pretty girl)! :-)
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