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    Which-craft? [Manarelle]

    Using good quality paint makes a HUGE difference! Cryolan and Ben Nye are the other two good brands I'm familiar with, though Mehron seems to be more available. Powdering the crap out of the paint after it's applied is the other big trick to get it to stay. Like, put on enough that it looks white (tap it on with the brush, don't sweep) and then brush it off. Do that and it won't budge even if you sweat. If you don't want to buy "fancy" setting powder, baby powder will work as well. (learned from a professional clown, tested through multiple stage combat performances and roller derby bouts) Awesome! Have all the fun!
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Thanks! Thank you! The vaguely human outline on there is actually Husband's doing. I laid down on the paper and had him trace me. The rest, yeah. I had a picture I was using for reference though (not an exact copy).
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    So many posts today. But I have progress on the halloween costumes to share. Finished drawing the pattern for my wings! Now it's off to the store to try to find the wire I need and the colored cellophane I want (they'll be fine just iridescent but cooler if I can also throw some other colors in there). Probably won't get them finished today, but maybe tomorrow? The pencil lines are a bit light, sorry. Best picture I could get.
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Success! Got a few things I can improve on (duh), but I did everything, and did it confidently (despite physically feeling like I was super nervous or drank too much coffee). And got 27.5 laps! Which is the best I have ever done during an actual test! Woo hoo!
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Happy Saturday! I go retake my min skills test in 2 hours. I'm excited, because I want to be able to practice at my actual level again. But getting more nervous as it gets closer. Because I have no idea how this league conducts the test. And I haven't done a WFTDA test since about 6 months after I started skating, which I think was about 5 years ago. Maybe only 4. I should probably know that, but I don't. Lol. And the laps, of course. Don't think I'll ever be not nervous about testing those, even though I'll be able to try again later if I don't make them. I mean, I know I got this, but the not knowing what to expect is messing with me a bit. Will report back afterwards.
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    I think I've mostly given up on my food and exercise goals for this challenge. We've got too much stuff going on right now. The house is still kind of a giant mess, and my parents are coming to stay with us for a week starting next Tuesday. We've got about 2 weeks to get all the Halloween stuff done. And there's still all the normal life stuff that needs to happen. Saturday is the min skills test for derby, so I MUST go to practice tonight (didn't go on Monday because I just felt completely run down and decided trying to push through that would be a bad idea). Assuming, of course, that I am actually allowed to try, because I certainly haven't met the attendance requirements. And, I am still really tired today, because I had to get up early for a meeting today. Made it to the fabric store last night, though, so now I have stuff I can work on again. Didn't get everything we need, but got a lot of it. I have much sewing to do.
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Ya know, I've never heard one in a video, so I don't know. In this case, I'm fairly certain it was only the wings that went supersonic, so it was probably a bit different sounding than when the whole plane does (I'd guess you'd get multiple overlapping "booms" from the various shock waves the plane makes, which probably changes the sound an observer on the ground hears). Just before it happened, there was some sort of change in the sound the plane was producting that made me think there was about to be a sonic boom, though I certainly couldn't tell you what it was. I'd say the best way I could describe it is as a loud (very loud, and you could feel it just as much as hear it), hard, flat, BANG! If you've heard a whip crack, rather like that but WAY bigger. Definitely sounded like something breaking.
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    Elennare Gets Spooky

    Did I use this title last year? Oh well, not changing it even if I did. (I will add more pictures to make it fancy later.) Yes, I am aware it's not Halloween yet. But, I have a lot of stuff to get ready by October 26th, which is pretty much the end of this challenge, so there you go. So what am I doing? Let's talk about health stuff first! Overall plan - make small changes I can stick to when life gets crazy. Because let's be honest, there is no "when," it's crazy NOW. Food: work towards eating paleo. In the spirit of making small changes, I'm going to start with avoiding fast food and wheat. If/when that becomes easy, I will make another change towards full paleo. Exercise: do at least one intentional movement thing a day. It can be one stretch, one pushup, going to the gym, or derby practice, doesn't matter. I will make time, no matter how small, to do at least one intentional movement thing beyond my "normal" day every day. No excuses, no missed days. I started working on this at the start of the month and so far so good. I plan to keep this going until the end of the year, at least. That's it for healthy stuff. Simple, but hopefully effective. Halloween! Goal: I will spend at least a small amount of time working on one of these projects every day. This'll be hard, but if I don't do it, it'll be a LOT harder come the end of October. I would really like to not have several sleepless nights getting everything finished, for once! As you probably know by now, Husband and I are big into Halloween. And, we are costume perfectionists. Which means we often tend to go big this time of the year. Well, we're going really big this year (for us). They boys' school hosts a trunk or treat every year. This is not your typical lame middle of the day cars parked in the church parking lot no effort trunk or treat. It's huge, at night, and people go nuts decorating their cars (and there's a contest for best decorations). It's amazing. You would not feel like you were missing something if this was the only Halloween event you attended. We decided to participate this year. So, we're going to be building a spooky fae forest in the back of Husband's car. With the centerpiece being a giant tree that Husband is inside of slowly moving tree "arms" to sort of grab kids coming to get candy out of the glowing, mist-making bowl in the middle of the fairy ring. To go along with this, I am making me a fairy queen costume. Don't worry, there will be pictures. And, the boys need costumes, too. Little Bug wants to be the Hollow Knight (from the game of the same name), and Little One wants to be Lloyd from Lego Ninjago. Yikes. Here we go!