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Apprenticeminion lisettelaroux  gets worried if I don't post regularly during the week, she tells me (which is terribly sweet of her *sniffle*), so here is an update.  :)

Work has become crazy busy, which means I probably won't have much time to post in the mornings for a bit - and when I get home, I'm either sleeping or working on sewing for Costume Con, so I'm probably going to be a bit sporadic for the next month.  Not to mention, I've fallen terribly behind on my friends' list, and I do apologize; I don't want anyone to think I'm ignoring them.

(Uh, technically I am, but not because I'm reading your posts and going "well, I can't be arsed to reply", but because I haven't had the time to look at the list at all.)

I guess I'd better make every post count, huh?

That said, I am tired, and I hurt - today even more, since my doctor was poking and prodding me yesterday.  But I did manage to get part of one costume finished (Victorian coat), and it looks reasonably good, despite being way outside my usual sewing experience.  I still need to decide whether I want to decorate the skirt, but I still have the corset and camisole for that outfit to do, sleeves to add to a loose gown, a skirt and maybe another corset to make for another costume, and I owe several people large and complicated e-mails.

I dislike that I have to choose what I do on any given day because I do not have the strength to do it all.  I need to win the lottery so that my actual paid job doesn't have to be attended to - I never want to work when I have projects running.  But then, don't we all?

And, just so you know it's still me, I'm going to finish up with grumbling (more like snarling) at Burger King's ads again.  Now, I love Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back" as much as the next '80s afficionado, and have been known to break into spontaneous performances of it when so moved, but I don't think it's really an appropriate soundtrack for an ad for Burger King's kid's meal.  Even if it's been re-written so that it's all about square butts, because the kid's meal features Spongebob Squarepants.  And especially when it features full-grown women shaking their square-padded rears while the King creature ogles them and dances.

I just think they're positioning the ad slightly above their intended demographic, that's all.

Okay, okay.  I think it's disgusting.  I love that song, but it's not remotely appropriate for it to be used in an ad for a product marketed to kids.  It's pretty sexist (big surprise there, BK), it's way too grown-up for kids ordering a kid's meal*, and... oh, hell, double-you tee eff, BK?  What the fucking eff?!

For God's sake, it's like the ad companies are regressing as the rest of society is moving forwards.  Right after the BK commercial, I saw the Wal-Mart ad that features the song "How lovely to be a woman", which puts women on the same emotional maturity level as the song "Que Sera, Sera".  While we may wear make-up, rest assured, Wal-Mart, we have moved on from the 1950s.

Speaking of the 1950s, I picked up a Ladies Home Journal from 1954 last weekend - I'll have to write about some of the awesomely ridiculous articles in it.  And scan some ads.  I love old ads.  At least, I can laugh at the old ads when they're sexist, instead of grinding my teeth down to powder.

*(Yes, I order kid's meals half the time when I get fast food - the meal is a reasonable size, and I like the toy.  Nevertheless, I am not the intended demographic.)
 

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kass_rants
Apr. 8th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
To cheer you up
Thailand! L... You've made it to Thailand!
attack_laurel
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:43 pm (UTC)
Re: To cheer you up
Duuuuuuude! :)
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lisettelaroux
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:18 pm (UTC)
That's better
Last night asked about Lurene's livejournal. If you look on my friends page....she recently posted. Her sign on is Lurene.

Thanks for going out last night.
evil_fionn
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry you're hurting with so much to do... I do understand, believe me.
I did have a question though, have you ever thought about going, or have you gone to a Liscenced Massage Therapist? I'm not talking about the "Spa" kind of therapist...
I was just wonderin, because my mother is one and she seems to have quite a bit of success dealing with chronic pain sufferers.
I'm sorry if that's too personal a question, it was actually a thought that flitted through my head this morning on the way to work. (How sad is it that I think about the problems of other people that I only know virtually on my way to work?)
attack_laurel
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
I did for a while - as long as my insurance paid for it ($300 a session, as opposed to $50 for the spa massage), and it was nice (it was awesome, who am I kidding?), but it didn't do much, sadly (aside from relax me, which is no small thing, since I store massive tension in my back).

This led to the change of diagnosis from referred pain from muscle bundles in my back*, to the idea that it's the nerve bundles in my arms - but still no idea why, or what caused it. It just is - "non-specific neuralgia". :(

*One doctor tried to tell me that pain could not be referred that far away from the original site, which I actually know to be false, since I can pluck hairs on my ankle, and feel a twinge (I mis-typed that as "twingle", which actually sounds more accurate!) in my hip. I get referred pain all the time, but the arm pain isn't one of them (except when I hurt my arm and then feel it in my sciatic nerve - but that could just be sympathy from other parts of my body that are falling apart).
(Anonymous)
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Avery in Texas here....I should get an LJ and actually be done with it...sigh.

Sorry to hear you are hurting, hun. I know how much it sucks. Hopefully things will get better for you soon. ~hug~

And now I have this mental image of the incredibly proper English lass singing "Baby got back"...you have made my day better. I may ask for proof of this activity at Pennsic, not sure if I believe it. ~grin~

Take care, feel better.
A
attack_laurel
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
I did an SCA-oriented version - "I like big Queens, and I cannot lie/You other monarchs can't deny/When you see a queen with a great big train and an itty-bitty crown, you get..."

*evil*
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raventhourne
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
I completely understand the "I don't want to work for money when I have projects at home" thing. I've been fighting it bad this week.

Sorry about the pain. **Hugs**

I just saw those commercials and was appalled! They should have done something like everyone in square pants not just square butts...then those girls wouldn't have been so curvalicious. I'm not sure what kids think of that but that is too much for them to see.
florentinescot
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
hurting just sux rancid bilgewater. I hope you feel better super-quick!

and I bought *2* coif patterns
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attack_laurel
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
Hmmmm - how about the garden tomato or lettuce versions? Or maybe it's the alcohol esters. I'm sorry. :(
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wulfsdottir
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Chronic pain sucks. I hope you find a good management system, but I'll spare you the laundry list of random-stranger-on-the-internet suggestions and advice.

I saw the Wal-Mart ad that features the song "How lovely to be a woman", which puts women on the same emotional maturity level as the song "Que Sera, Sera".

Thank you. That commercial pisses me right off every time I see it, to the point where I just growl at the screen. It equates women with shallow vanity -- empty-headed dolls to be painted and bought, whose entire worth is predicated on an assembly-line appearance.

The most beautiful thing I've seen in recent months was the Dancing Queen scene in Mamma Mia! with all those gorgeous women on the dock, from the willowy young women barely out of looking like boys to the blocky grandmothers with sagging, baby-gnawed breasts and the tracks of time and hardship on their faces. None of them fit the "ideal" the media tries to sell us; all of them were beautiful and vibrant. I get misty-eyed thinking about it.

These two things are not compatible.

Edited at 2009-04-08 02:39 pm (UTC)
zihuatanejo
Apr. 8th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
The hilarity that is Sir-Mix-A-Lot gets taken in vain way too often.

Last fall, I think it was, Target had an ad campaign for back-to-school. "I like... back... PACKS!" blaring from the tv. Lord a mighty, kids at back pack age don't even know what that song is -- and they shouldn't.
pinkleader
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
Booh to the hurt, and double booh to the Walmart adds. Luckily I've been spared the BK add so far.

Can't wait to see what you come up with for CostumeCon, and of course it will all be fabulous.

Good to see you at dinner last night.
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snailstichr
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
I like the toys from McDonalds and you can now get apples instead of fries with kids' meals. (That means I get to order a cookie, right?)
And my daughter and adult friends are always happy that the toys placate me long enough that I stop whining "are we there yet?" for sometimes up to an hour...
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apollonia
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Maybe the Burger King should have the square butt?

I am not sure if that will make him more creepy or not.

I think the BK ads are awful, and turned awful since they introduced the Creepy King...
_medb_
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Ugh! I'm glad I haven't seen the BK ad! (it may not be showing up here though- Canada sometimes has different ad campaigns). Reminds me of when the Macarena song came out and primary schools were using it; my mother was horrified when I gave a synopsis translation for her!

I'm always amazed at the projects you finish, since I have a hard time myself sometimes and I don't have the pain that you do (my problem is physical exhaustion due to depression). The Victorian project sounds lovely- I hope you post pictures afterwards! :)
pinkpelican1
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
I've disliked BK ads for years. The King character is just damn creepy and gives me the willies and the oogies every time I see it. The "Hamburger Family" is equally idiotic. Every other ad theme since has been an appalling failure in my book.

I still eat there occasionally, because for fast food, I find their hamburgers reasonably palatable. But if I had to decide solely on ads, I'd never darken their door. I find myself wondering if they use the same advertising firm for all their ads, and what other ads that firm creates.
morrghan92
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Arghghghghg stupid walmart song now in brain! Arhghghghg!
wulfsdottir
Apr. 8th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
Mine, too. *shares the rum*
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