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13 October 2010 @ 06:10 pm
Begin the countdown...  
First, it's embroiderama's birthday. I've sent the email greetings already, but let's throw out the public post! Looking forward to seeing you (at close to midnight) tomorrow. :D

I'm still pondering my packing for Wincon, because I don't really know what to wear, pantswise. If I'd lost about 4 more pounds I'd know, but sadly I didn't quite get there. And before you ask why I didn't just go out and buy some new pants... that's a gargantuan effort, because pants do not fit me well. I can go through 10 stores and 15 brands and maybe find one pair that doesn't look completely terrible, thanks to the combination of long legs/short waist and waist-to-hip ratio. Thanks, Mom!

I'm also considering whether to renew my extra usericons. Those were a birthday gift last year (Hi, Bea!), so they'll be expiring soon. For my major birthday gift, I'm thinking about the $139 Kindle. But! Those of you with Kindle... have you tried using it to read fanfiction? How did that go? Download the webpages and save them? Convert to .rtf files and download those into Kindle? Or am I dreaming the impossible?

Meanwhile, I'm making myself nuts doing Korn shell programming at work. It's been awhile, and it wasn't fun the first time. :0

So I offer some major cuteness for all of us, to speed the day along. \o/

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tidal_racetidal_race on October 14th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
I have short legs, a short waist, and big hips. I am with you on the trouble finding pants.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
It's so frustrating! Though, could you wear larger petites? Petites fit me pretty well except that the legs are often just a tiny bit too short, but that wouldn't be a problem for you.
tidal_racetidal_race on October 14th, 2010 01:25 am (UTC)
I do find stuff in petites. Either that or short Womens. But I don't like the high waisted look of most w jeans. I usually find something in the JCPenney's petite section, but I'm also particular about the cut. I don't do skinny jeans or straight legged. It has to be boot cut or flared. That's been a little harder to find lately. Plus, I'm up to a size 16 now, so that doesn't help matters. Hoping to get back down to 10 or 12. I feel a lot healthier at that weight and clothes are easier to find. I was a size 8 for about a year and clothes were so much easier to find!
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on October 14th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! And OMG cute! See you midnightish. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
:D Did you like those? The teensy turtle and the ducklings were my favorite. :D
a rearranger of the proverbial bookshelfembroiderama on October 14th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
The ducklings didn't load for me! But I loved the turtle and the bunny.
Cass E. Pantscass404 on October 14th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
I've just grabbed the texts of stories and pulled them over to my Kindle. Granted I've only done it for a few stories that are my go-to comfort, but I love having them there.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bookshalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2010 03:36 am (UTC)
Do you get the formatting when you pull them over too? That's all I'm looking for-- the stories with whatever italics/etc. the original version had.
Cass E. Pants: image - pen on lettercass404 on October 14th, 2010 03:48 am (UTC)
Hmm, I will have to check.
eponin10 on October 14th, 2010 02:54 am (UTC)
Two things. One: I have legs that are too long for petites and too short for averages. I either have to pay extra for a tailor or find someplace that sells length short. It's a pain.

Two: I own a Nook and love it. I can show you at the con if you want. There is also an awesome free downloadable software that I'm totally forgetting the name of that will convert PDFs or HTML to your chosen ebook format. I'll try to remember what it's called so I can tell you this weekend. It's really useful and makes it easy to download fanfic that you can convert to read on kindle or nook.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Psycho Penguinhalfshellvenus on October 14th, 2010 07:11 am (UTC)
I'm interested to see your Nook-- Wendy recommended that too.

I like the price and the size/weight of the Kindle, and I've heard good things about the screen and how well it fends off glare. But we haven't made any purchases yet!
eponin10 on October 14th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
The nook is pretty comparable in size and weight. The screen is the same as the kindle, with the e-ink technology, so your reading screen has no glare.
JJ: autumn great mastersjolietjones on October 14th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)

I'd be very interested to hear the results of your enquiries about the Kindle, I've often wondered the same about getting fanfic onto it and stuff.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2010 01:23 am (UTC)
Aren't those ducklings adorable? And so clueless: "Paddle, paddle, paddle, whatever."

I now have the Kindle, but all I've done is make sure it's charged. :D Will keep you posted!
JJ: cat paintingjolietjones on October 21st, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yay, you have the Kindle! I have downloaded the app for the iphone and find it very easy to read, but I wouldn't know how to get fanfic on there.

I hope you enjoyed Wincon?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Wincon was great, though I was gone longer than I wanted to be (and longer than the kids were happy with). It was really nice to see so many of my beloved fangirls again, especially those whom I hadn't seen since the L.A. Wincon 3 years ago!

Someday, I should take a crack at going to a Con that involves the stars of the show rather than other Fen. But for now, that's how I like it! :D
devon99 on October 14th, 2010 06:16 pm (UTC)
I'm still pondering my packing for Wincon, because I don't really know what to wear, pantswise.

Hee, I must admit I did a comedy style double take when I read this and then giggled when my weary brain went 'ah American f-lister post'.

I thought, goodness, why is HSV posting about her underwear!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on October 21st, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Hahaha! We don't so much use the word "trousers" over here (not for decades), so "pants" are the garment and not the lingerie.

Panties are what we use for underwear. Unless it's mens', and then they might be briefs or boxers or tighty-whities or some other name. ;)