God, it's been so long since I've written anything! I really have /no/ excuse why I haven't written anything, either. Le-sigh. I'll just try and summarize by month, but everything has gone by so fast that I might not cover everything! Seriously, I'm still trying to figure out how it's NOT still July.
The meet went fantastically, and the whole trip really underlined why I want to move out so badly. Preferably down to Vancouver. There's just so much more to do down there. My Uncle and I went to the Aquarium (I went last year, but my camera battery died and none of my pictures turned out) and spent almost the entire day there, before heading to the Richmond Night Market. The Takoyaki was so good, and this time I tried the meat skewers. The bacon one was my favorite. This time I also tried the honeycomb dessert, which was pretty much a waffle. But my favorite (I think I had like 6) was the little pancake thing with the yummy nutella or custard filling. Next time I'll try red bean!
The doll meet was fabulous and I got a ton of great pics. All of which can be viewed in a convenient Flickr set; HERE. The Roedde House was gorgeous, but with my camera flash broken (read: hasn't worked since I bought it) I didn't get many good indoor shots. The best shots I got were of the girls in their Kirika Dawn outfits (no way in heck I could match a Victorian/Past Era theme, so my dolls had their own theme!) outside around the garden and gazebo. And I finally officially met my dollbuddy navinator
It was called French Toast, but it tasted more like mini doughnuts. DELICIOUS.
In addition to kicking it around Vancouver, part of my goal for the trip was to get up to Kelowna and visit my nephews. I can happily say I accomplished that task! My Aunt drove us from Delta to Hope and we stopped at the Timmy's there for lunch. Which is when I discovered that I DID NOT have my debit card! I totally panicked. Fortunately I was wearing the same capris I had worn to the meet, which happened to have my credit card in the pocket (on the off chance my purse got snatched...) so I was able to buy gas. We carried on to Kelowna - my Aunt was awesome enough to pay for the hotel room - and I got to meet Baby Felix! He's not really a baby anymore (he just turned a year old in August). His big brother Linden reminds me so much of my brother, Brian. We got along great, unlike Brian and I. He and I shared a plate of noodles at the Thai place (first time trying Thai. It's pretty good.) and we even went swimming in the lake! He didn't want to go too deep, though. I don't blame him. The water was hella cold. After that we had to leave. One day was REALLY not enough time to spend visiting with them.
My drive back wasn't a happy one. I didn't want to go. :( And I still really want to go back. I DID manage to get home with about $800 in my savings, which was far more than I expected to return with. I've earmarked it as 'moving out' money. I am determined to have $5000 saved up before I move, AND my credit card paid off.
Honestly, not much happened this month that I can really remember... ICBC screwed me over, and apparently I won't be getting a cheque from them because they applied the discount to my monthly payment or something. So weird! Oh well. I could've used the money.
My Luka and Rheia arrived home from Navci! Oh man are they gorgeous. I wasn't sure about Ephriam (the Luka) initially but he's totally grown on me. His sister just completely overshadowed him at first. And she got a name about a week after the arrival. Emilia. I did quick shoots of them with Aya and Dylan, and then everyone individually. Which only served to remind me that Dylan needs new eyes. The glass ones are just too dark. You can't even tell they're supposed to be green!
But Sophie will be getting her Urethanes in first, along with Emilia's proper-sized eyes. Her ED ones were too gappy, sadly, so I had to sell them and re-order. Then I may get Dylan some Dollshe eyes... I also need to get Emilia some clothes of her own, to match her color theme. So hard to find casual clothes these days, though! And Brennil doesn't have any darker purple colors. Just lavender.
Either August or July I FINALLY got to take over RPing Magneto on my site, XSG. I'm still a bit nervous about handling him but so far things seem to be going well. I'm biased, but I feel like I've done more with Mags in the past month of having him than the former RPer did the whole time she had him.
So thanks to my RP buddy Nao, who is something of a superskilled artist, I've gotten it into my head that I should totally try making some things with polymer clay. Since I can't buy it up here, I had to order some from an art store in Ontario. Honestly, I can't wait for it to arrive! I want to try mking doll-sized eclairs using Snowfern's tutorial, but I should also be able to make cake slices as possible charms for my friend Michelle, who makes her own nickel-free jewelery. I'll definitely have to document how well that goes, so hopefully I'll be posting here more. WITH PICS.
She's going to be running a vendor table at a mini-anime convention in Nanaimo in October, so maybe I'll pop down to visit as well. I'm not sure, since the whole thing looks kinda chaotic and thrown together. Plus I'm not sure if I should take the time off, or where I would stay.