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In which I resurrect my LJ and bring big news... [Jul. 25th, 2012|09:49 pm]
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[Current Location |Canada, Ottawa]

Hello, yes, I’m alive. I hope you've all been doing well, those of you I can't follow on Facebook. A friend told me I should come back to LJ a while back, and I finally got around to listening to her! You know who you are :-) At least this time I haven’t let a full year got by between updates!

The biggest thing going on in my life right now is that I am pregnant, yes, with a little girl, almost 6 months now. Actually, my birthday in a week and a half is exactly three months to my due date. It’s the most amazing experience of my life. It went really well at first - I didn’t have any nausea, very few aches and pains, managed to get an extremely rare spot in my local birth centre, didn’t develop any weird food cravings or aversions... And then two weeks ago, I tested positive for gestational diabetes.

For now, we are trying to see if I can control it by making some (rather extreme) changes to my diet. I’ve been going to appointments at the high-risk pregnancy clinic at the hospital and meeting with various nurses and nutritionists... I have to check my blood sugar four times a day; my readings were bad the first two days, got better almost magically after that, and today they went bad again.

If dietary changes are not enough to keep my blood sugar levels down, it means the diabetes is hormone-related and that I have to start taking insulin, which gives me a high-risk pregnancy status (I’m somewhat borderline now) and means even more trouble. Among other things, I’d have to give up my spot at the birth centre, because they don’t do high-risk pregnancies, and gestational diabetes can bring on some complications that only a hospital is prepared to deal with.

But I’m trying to be optimistic. My energy levels went up when I changed my diet, and one of the symptoms of gestational diabetes is extreme tiredness, so this can only be a good thing. The baby seems healthy so far; I can feel her kicking every day. Sometimes she kicks so hard I can see my stomach move! I’m told a time will come when I’ll be wishing she would just stay still, but right now there is nothing I love more than feeling her kick. The last time I saw my midwife, she couldn’t find her heart with the ultrasound wand because she was moving too much! And she was following the wand on my belly, too. I guess she felt the ultrasound vibrations...

So all in all, three months seems like an agonizingly long time to wait before meeting this little person, and a frighteningly short time to get everything ready for her arrival!

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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2011|09:52 pm]
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[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Hello, world. It's been one year to the day since my last LJ post! For those of you not on Facebook, I am alive and kicking. Mostly kicking. I hope you're all doing well.

As with last year, I am getting ready for Fan Expo, which is coming up in just 15 days! Whoa! I decided to get a table in the Artist Alley again this year, and I haven't attended as a seller in three years. I went as a visitor last year with two friends, and it went really well, so I decided to go all out this year. I'm very nervous about it.

I'm making baby dragons, as I normally do, and so far I should have enough that even if I don't sell all of them, the price of my table is covered. 

I made lolcat jewelry.

I've got one steampunk costume.

I'm also actually cosplaying for the first time; I'm going as Daenerys from Game of Thrones. My mom is making the dress, I ordered a little shoulder dragon on Amazon, and the last two things I need to figure out are the white wig and the dragon brooch for the front of the dress.

I haven't really been able to draw much lately, but I want to have some art on the table, so I figured I'd put together a little artbook... This is what makes me the most nervous. The dragons are fun, and I love making them, but the drawings are what I really want people to see - even though I'm not actually doing much of it at the moment.

I'm sharing my table with a friend/coworker's boyfriend. I hadn't expected that, since I don't know the guy too well. It's going to be an interesting trip... I'm trying not to freak out too much about it. I've become very, very good at freaking out about things. But it was my birthday a few days ago, and I always get a little contemplative around that occasion, so I've been trying to live by the breathe-in-and-out-and-things-will-work-out precept. All my reservations seem to be working out. I'm sharing the table with someone I never expected to be sharing it with. People are joining me for the trip who I never thought would be able to make it. People are there, and it's the weirdest feeling for some reason.

Fifteen people
showed up for my birthday last Friday; I was so stunned by the turnout. And now it looks like FanX will be a giant success too, and I'm cautiously looking forward to it.

I'll put up some pictures soon.
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2010|08:54 pm]
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I have my ticket for FanX! I have my ticket for the James Marsters concert! WHOOT!

Now I am just pondering whether to acquire some steampunk costume stuff... There is a steampunk fashion show as part of the masquerade this year!

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(no subject) [Jul. 23rd, 2010|04:30 pm]
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Today was my last day at the proofreading job. Monday I move up into the world, and start my editing job. Whoot!

Sometime in between I am supposed to acquire home internet, unpackunpackunpack, and help set up a toddler's birthday party.
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scanning [Jun. 6th, 2010|08:18 pm]
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Does anyone know anywhere I can get large scans done? I have 19 pages, size 12"x16", that I need scanned. I also need them for, like, yesterday. 

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in which Katoo goes job-hunting and wishes you could just catch a job with a spear... [May. 5th, 2010|09:13 pm]
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Last week I did two tests for two different jobs, one for editing and one for proof-reading, and landed follow-up interviews after I was successful in both tests. I did one interview yesterday for the first job and it went really, really well. Tomorrow I have an interview for the second job. I'm not sure which one I'd prefer... I think the first one (editing). Either one would be fantastic and, as Rob said, more rewarding than my current retail job. CROSS WHATEVER CAN BE CROSSED FOR ME.
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(no subject) [Apr. 18th, 2010|09:11 pm]
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Hello LJ! For those of you not on Facebook: yes I am still alive, yes I still have internet. Life has been hectic but I have good news!

I only have one more week of school left and then I will be done my first year in the translation program! I have only two more assignments to hand in; both are for my History of the French Language class and so I am now breathingeatingsleeping French history, and hovering between complete disgust and utter fascination for the subject. I have developed a fantasy of studying ancient French - I studied an old French poem, La Chanson de Roland, that is somewhat reminescent of the Arthurian legend, and now I dream of doing a comparative study between the two. Also I sometimes dream of becoming the first intelligible/interesting history professor, but then I remind myself that I Do Not Like Teaching.

More excitingly: Rob has FINALLY landed a job in Ottawa, and is moving back! In three weeks!! For good!!! I have been floating on a cloud since we got the news. I cannot say how relieved I am, I was starting to doubt that we would ever live together like a normal married couple. But we are finally moving forward. We are even thinking of saving up this summer and buying a house, although we only just started discussing that possibility. Still: FINALLY.

I promise an art-spam when I finish school, because I have so many projects bottled up in my brain. Including one about La Chanson de Roland - I said I was breathingeatingsleeping French history!

This summer is looking to be a good one.
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2010|08:10 am]
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Some of my friends here on LJ are going through really trying times at the moment. Please send out some light into the world today for them.
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(no subject) [Jan. 11th, 2010|11:15 pm]
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I just sent off a plot summary and a sample page for a collection of short comics. If I'm allowed, I'll put some material online, as I haven't had a proper art update in forever. Which is kind of weird because this past year I've been really really active artistically!

I hear there's a Dr. Sketchy's in the works for Ottawa. Nice!

Rob is coming to visit tomorrow. Well, officially he has a workshop, but he'll pop by my place as well. It's only been a week but it feels like much longer.
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The Countdown Issue [Dec. 15th, 2009|10:05 pm]
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5 days until I can see Rob. Then he will be mine for a whole two weeks. I resent needing to share him with family and friends but it is Christmas and I am told sharing is in the spirit of the holiday. I have decided that once his school year is over, he is moving back here and we are Not Doing Long Distance Again.

10 days until Christmas. AAAAAAAAAAAH!!! I have bought some presents. I wonder if the people I have not bought/made presents for yet mind getting, um, air for Christmas?

15 days to New Year's Eve. I suppose I should think of resolutions. The year has just been so full, it's hard to believe everything really happened in the course of only one year. The wedding, the trip to Prague, moving back to Ottawa, going back to school, each with their own micro-dramas... I would like time to slow down a bit because when I think how fast it goes, it invariably brings out my irrational fear of death. Yet time only seems to go slowly when you are bored, and I like being entertained. Hm, that almost sounded philosophical. Anyway, I already have a million projects lined up for next year. Some of them terrify me but that's the point, right? I think that is enough fodder for resolutions...
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