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Ha, hah. Day three of icepick-stabbing headache, thanks very much.

I'm pretty sure any of my readers who suffer with a chronic issue that puts constant stress on their body is familiar with other things going haywire because the body can't handle stress on top of stress with any skill - the added pressure over my being unwell last week and the headache (not plural - it hasn't gone away) has led to my mouth developing the most irritating sore spots that make consuming anything a challenge.

(I assume my body is doing this out of spite, as it normally breaks down in some way right before an event I've been looking forward to.  For a dear friend's wedding, I had a full-blown, four day migraine, right when I really wanted to enjoy her fantastic NYE wedding (and a visit to San Francisco, where I had never been.  If I plan to go dancing, my body will decide that day is a perfect day to start throwing up for no reason, and a trip to England usually results in a mild case of plague, or something.  My body is evil.)

They don't tell you about the extras you get when you get a permanent condition. I for one, am considering asking for my money back.

But! I cannot be under the weather for this weekend emotionally, because I am set! The last accessory for my steampunk costume is a hair away from being done, and I'm excited (Bob made it - y'all will be impressed by his vision, I think). The other stuff is done, and I have five costumes, which seems about right for the equation that runs: Importance of costume to event (i), multiplied by Odds of other attendees also making multiple costumes ((o)1billion), divided by Level of Complication of each costume (/lc blah blah blah omgdoyouseewhatshe'swearing?!!!!).


I'm no math genius, but two costume changes on Saturday and Sunday, one on Friday, and maybe one on Monday works for me. Besides, I have a Miata - it's not like I'm going to fit a steamer trunk's worth of clothes in there anyway.

(Oh, man, I totally want one of those really great old steamer trunks - the kind with drawers, and a hanging thing, and stuff. They're awesome. I need to check if anyone is making replicas - or, if there is one out there, I'm sure one of my faithful readers will know the link.)

BTW, I was ripping apart flowers for "fairy" wings last week, and I can wholly recommend silk peonies - the multiple layers of colours and shapes works quite nicely. *mysterious hint about costume*

Okay, maybe not so mysterious - I'm doing a flower fairy (sort of) - but I'm cheating and wearing a corset and silk skirt I already have. I made wings and a hairpiece, decorated shoes, and I have a rose "wand". I spend so much of my time making serious historical stuff, that I wanted to be silly and fluffy, and I haven't had an "elves and fairies" themed party for Bob's birthday yet (and won't), so this seemed like a good time. Yes, I'm almost 40, and closer to gnome than fairy, but any objectors can suck it. I've got flower petal wings.

I've always loved making costumes, and dressing up (I am actually horrified at the number of vintage pieces I butchered in my teens, "Pretty in Pink"-style), and before I joined the SCA, I used to do the masquerades at the local conventions. I had fun with it, but it soured over the years (dram-aaaaaah), and now I skip that bit. But I do love dressing up in silly costumes and vintage stuff. From a small (but beautiful) collection that I had to give to a loving home when I left the UK (I didn't have the money to ship them, or the baggage space to bring them), I've built up a fairly decent wardrobe of vintage pieces - certainly enough to have a really fantastic dress-up day with friends. And it can be friends of all sizes, because a decent number of the outfits, defying all odds, are actually human-sized.

(I do, of course, have a significant section made up of clothes in size 1 or 0, but they're pretty, so I collect them anyway.)

For me, a large part is the accessories - I've been collecting accessories (not just shoes, but combs, compacts, papers/ephemera, underwear, jewelry, and so much more) for years as well, and one of my favourite things is my 1940s purse with 1940s things in it, like a compact, a pen with the date, tiny medication tins, and a tiny matching coin purse with 1940s coins (in case I need to make a phone call or hail a cab, right?). I love this kind of thing.

For CCon, I have multiple accessories for every outfit, from the reticule, gloves, and opera glasses that go with my purple Victorian, to the "science bag" (that will probably have science crackers (scroll down to the entry for 11/5/2004) in it at some point) for the steampunk, and the aforementioned 1940s purse that goes with the awesome (and slightly ratty, but who cares?) vintage '40s evening gown I'm bringing (plunging neckline ftw).

(I figure it's as good a place as any to wear neat vintage.)

I think the 1940s had the most flattering evening gowns - the 1930s ones were drop-dead gorgeous, and I have a wedding dress from the 1930s that is a freaking work of art*, but they were designed for that kind of delicate, small-boned physique that is only possible after 10 years of a major economic Depression; by contrast, 1940s gowns accentuated the waistline, skimmed over the hips, and were alluring.  Dior's New Look came out in 1946-7-ish (er, I think - too lazy to look up the link), and was big in the US before the end of the '40s, but didn't really make it to the UK until clothing rationing stopped in the 1950s (my mother was all over the look, since she had a tiny, tiny waist, and was stunning - I need to post a picture of her in her amazing pixie haircut - mrrowr).  Being hourglass shaped myself, I'm a big fan of the narrow waist/big froofy skirt look.

(I can wear the 1930s silk wedding gown, but only if I don't move.  Or breathe.)

I have a pair of vintage shoes that I'm wearing (with the purple Victorian), even though they aren't from the right era for the outfit, because they're black silk, with beading, they're incredible, and they should be shown off.

So, in general, I'm ready. But this headache needs to go. The mouth thing doesn't matter as much - if I can't eat, I can't eat, no biggie - but the headache is starting to piss me off.


*and only cost $30.  You may hate me now.


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Apr. 29th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Never mind the rhyming
No...probably oughtn't be making coats out of kittens.
Although one dubious source claims it was (is) a period thing to do, that cats, being associated with the satanic, the demonic, and witches, were evil creatures which deserved no better than killing; certainly, it says, they were not valued as pets except by those already imperiling their own immortal souls (by choice, of course.) Cat-pelt linings for garments were functionally warm, and not uncommon.
Reading that was enough to bring me to one of my very, very rare points of near-hysteria---and I don't mean laughing-hysteria. So distasteful and upsetting an idea I've never tried to verify the information.
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Never mind the rhyming
I really don't buy that - quite aside from the awfulness of the idea now, cats have such varied colours, that lining something with that kind of fur would be unaesthetic. They had rats, too, and they didn't make fur linings out of them.

Sounds like a bit of pseudohistory made up to show how "shockingly backward" they were back in the dark, mid-evil ages, like how "everyone knows" they used spices to cover the taste of tainted rotten meat. *eye roll*
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Apr. 29th, 2009 12:45 pm (UTC)
Ooh, ooh! I know whereof you speak with the mouth thing - it gets so bad that you have to steel yourself to drink water. There's this *awesome* cocktail that you can make yourself or have formulated compounded for you: lidocaine or xylocaine viscous, Benedryl, and milk of magnesia. Roughly equivalent amounts. It's commonly called "magic mouthwash" and it tastes like total ass - but it coats your mouth's surfaces and in a few minutes your mouth does not hurt and you can eat. And the food still has flavor, btw. Speak to your pharmacist about it. Seriously, this stuff is awesome.

Edited at 2009-04-29 01:47 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - greeneyedtengu - Apr. 29th, 2009 12:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 29th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
"I haven't had an "elves and fairies" themed party for Bob's birthday yet"

I don't know. Sounds like a good excuse for hot chicks in spandex, which as we all know is the real reason for the costume birthday parties.
Apr. 29th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
We'd be banging wings into people and wall decorations and food and who knows what else though.

No really. Have you ever worn wings? they knock into EVERYTHING, an then they die.
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Apr. 29th, 2009 01:12 pm (UTC)
I get those lovely mouth sores more than anyone I know- if you talk to your doc, there's a prescription dental paste that you can get. Put a small dab on your finger, press against sore, and it creates a protective coating, that allows the sore to heal, because it's not constantly being aggravated by saliva, food, your tongue, etc.

And pictures, please? Want to see the loveliness! :D
Apr. 29th, 2009 01:30 pm (UTC)
I haven't heard of anyone making steamer trunk replicas, but you can still find real ones in antique shops and on eBay.
Apr. 29th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
All your 1930s gowns are belong to me! That decade has the most consistently flattering cuts for my shape, far more so than '40s or '50s. I think it's something about the bias cut. And not expecting an enormous bosom.

Sorry to hear about the headache. I've got one of my own -- this allergy season is horrible.
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Steamer trunks are SO COOL.
My dad (to whom I do not speak because he was an absolute ASS during my parents' divorce) has the steamer trunk that was my great-great grandfather's. It's a little utilitarian, IIRC, but that's because he was a merchant marine, not a tourist. It's this great, big, domed trunk with the pretty pretty wood and the big ol' bands and it's AWESOME.

Quick Google search:





Apr. 29th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Re: Steamer trunks are SO COOL.
I was actually wondering about replicas (I think I managed to obscure that point, sorry), but thanks. :)
Apr. 29th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I'm a chronic sufferer of those stupid mouth sores too. Sometimes mine last for weeks. I have an entire suite of stuff that I use, maybe one, or a combo can help you:
Biotene Rinse (soothes)
Biotene toothpaste (no abrasives)
Rincinol (mucus barrier)
Peroxycare (hydrogen peroxyde and mouthwash)

Have a blast at CC, and I want to see pictures!!!
Apr. 29th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
> has led to my mouth developing the most irritating sore
> spots that make consuming anything a challenge.
Now, I have no really good, proven, pharmaceutical reason for why this should work, but it does seem to - if you open up a capsule of Florajen and pour some of the internal powder on canker sores and other moth hurty-spots, it seems to heal them up faster. Usually four times a day or so seems to do the trick. You can generally get Florajen from the pharmacy counter at Walgreens or similar (it's a refrigerated product). It's just a probiotic, so it can't hurt... http://www.florajen.com/

> They don't tell you about the extras you get when
> you get a permanent condition. I for one, am
> considering asking for my money back.
Amen. If I ever get my hands on whoever wrote the warranty for my body...
Apr. 29th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
I call that thing where my body decides I'm not to have any fun at all 'hubris'. Like how DARE I *presume* to think I am *normal*, and might get to do *normal* things like *normal* people. My Big Cosmic Smackdowns come in many insidious forms, especially ones that aren't 'pain' per se, so my meds do nothing against them; from mouth sores and infected hangnails that prevent me from touching or eating anything, or talking comfortably, to my knees just plain deciding that they are going on strike and will either be unbending or non-weight bearing for the day, or, even better, alternate between the two without warning. Add in a pinch of aphasia, and I make for a real party pleaser.

Usually I can come up with some mentally-healthy blather about the 'good' things that have come from my disability, but I, like you, am just not feeling it today. :/
Apr. 30th, 2009 09:56 am (UTC)
i no, rite? There are several blogs I read by people who deal with disabilities, and though their blogs actually rarely mention how crappy they're feeling, I am amazed by the number of perfectly well people who brage in on the days they do mention their issues, and say "well, *my* life is no picnic, either!".

People who don't have chronic issues really, honestly, can't understand how something seeimngly so small, like a sore tongue, or a headache, can just be too much on top of everything else, and how the thing they've been looking forward to for months doesn't come with an added dose of physical ick for them, but does for you, since the extra stress (even happy stress) triggers all sorts of bad things.

I don't think I've had a major thing go off without a hitch in almost ten years - there's always something, usually a migraine or throwing up (or both). >:&
(no subject) - albreda - Apr. 30th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 30th, 2009 01:28 pm (UTC)
Ooh - completely different subject:

Have you seen the new photos just released of the 30's/40's US that were taken in *color*? Thought of you immediately... ;)

May. 1st, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
canker sores ... painful remedy
I get canker sores -- or I really used to. Boy howdy, did I. I had so many at a time that they'd grow togther!

Ugly looking white donuts on the lips and gums. :-(

I tried milk of magnesia -- fair
trichloroacetic acid -- burns the skin
nitric acid sticks -- same thing
one of the amino acids is supposed to work -- never worked for me.

Sometimes, they'd quit hurting before they went away. That was nice.

Best "cure" I've ever found ... HURTS LIKE HELL though -- but 9 times out of 10, it works.

Take a tomato and a salt shaker. Warn the neighbors.

Salt, eat, scream. Lather, rinse, repeat.

I guess it burns the shit out of the little beggers.

sprite I could drink, but not water. Hurt too much.
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