Saturday, May 7, 2011

Better Suited: Two Easy Bathing Suit Mods

I'm baaa-aaack!

Who missed me? Huh? C'mon, ya big lugs, I know it was you!

Before I detail the many, many adventures I suffered during my four-night Caribbean cruise (I was attacked by a flamingo. I kid thee not.), I want to share some quick and easy, down and dirty suit mods that I came up with before said cruise.

Now, as anyone with a uterus knows, shopping for a bathing suit sucks. S-U-C-K-S. Suh-Ux. Sucks. And, as anyone blessed with moderately large-ish metaphorical tracts of lands knows, finding an inexpensive suit that won't have you metaphorically hangin' ten (two?) is nearly impossible.


I found this at Target:

Cute, right? The problem, however, lay with that circular cut-out. If you've ever worn a tube top or bandeau, you know how the middle tends to, um, hover a bit. Well, this one hovered a lot, becoming a veritable port-hole into the infamous land of the dreaded side boob.

Fortunately, the solution was ridiculously easy:

See? Ridiculously easy. The removable strap was the perfect length for a halter strap through the circle. I attached the two ends together like this:

...but for a permanent fix you could also break off one plastic clip and hook the remaining one through the fabric loop left behind. This was fine on my neck, though, so I left both on.

And the best part? No more porthole! The strap kept the circle down and provided much better support.

I thought that was the end of my suit-shopping, but the day before we left I spotted an ok-looking halter design at Wal-Mart - and at only $10, I couldn't pass it up:

However, it had a similar problem: the cut was just too low for comfort. So, I whipped out my Crop-A-Dile (a grommet-setting tool one of you readers told me about) and...


Here's a close-up:

The cord was the handle off an old gift bag, and I already had the copper grommets (although silver would have looked much better), so the fix didn't cost me a penny. The grommets held fast, too; after a day at the beach there wasn't a single pucker or pull. Success!

Well, I hope this helps inspire some of my fellow land owners out there to go ahead and modify a cheaper suit to save a little money - and also to have a little fun in the process. :)

Now, stay tuned for...[dun dun DUUUUMM] "When Flamingos...ATTACK."

Monday, May 2, 2011

Spontaneous Combustion

By the time you read this, dear readers, I will be gone.

Well, not GONE gone...I mean, I'm not breaking up with you or anything.


Let me start over.

By the time you read this, I will be traveling south (ok, further south) for a few days of rest and all-you-can-eat buffets on the high seas.

(Why do they call them the "high" seas, anyway? Wouldn't you say they're about sea-level? [rimshot!])

Where was I?

Ah, right: this feeling of being a bit scattered of late. Mostly, though, I've been concerned about John. Or rather, the way I treat John.

(By the by, I'm about to get really real here for a sec. Hope you don't mind.)

See, sometimes I can be a work-a-holic. Because I like what I do it doesn't always feel like work, but even when it does, I want to answer just a few more e-mails, or file just a few more photos, or - yes, I admit it - check just a few more tweets. Sometimes those "just a few more"s overrun other things in my life, though. Things like weekends. Or rest. Or tolerant spouses.

So last Thursday night, with the crack house done, and the book done, and some extra CW posts written, I decided to do that one thing we work-a-holic hermits absolutely abhor: be spontaneous.

"Whoah there, buddy, let's not do anything crazy, now."

"John," I said, "I think we should take a cruise next week."

It's not often I see my husband's jaw drop, so that next moment was quite a treat.



I should mention here that cruising is John's heaven-on-earth.

Cruising is John's heaven-on-earth.
I should also mention that he had one researched, price-shopped, and booked in record time. Probably so I wouldn't have a chance to change my mind. Clever boy.

So, if you need us, we'll be drifting around the Caribbean this week.

Hopefully on board a ship.

I expect I'll still be posting, but no promises. (Although I really do need to vent about the whole bathing-suit shopping experience. You know, for recovery purposes.)

And, since I'll be trying to do this myself, here's a little challenge for all of you: go and appreciate your loved ones this week. Whatever that means to you, and whatever it takes, just try. I'm betting it'll pay off in spades for all of us.

See y'all in a few days.

(Oh, and yes, I have my passport.)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sharing the Love [GiveAway]

Not to be all, "lookie what I got!" but...

Lookie what I got!!

Every once in a while one of you fabulous readers will send me something sweet and make my day. I don't always mention it, because showing off how nice you guys are could be misconstrued as just plain showing off. Ick. However, today I'm going to share!

A little. [grin]

First, let me break down the goodies:

Melonie A. sent those adorable Kawaii capsule toys on the right, plus the oh-so-cute Kingdom Hearts cellphone charm in the middle, all the way from Japan! (The tubes are candy.) I'm currently working on a crafty way to display the toys. I'm sure you'll hear about it when/if I do.

Not three days later, reader Somara *als0* found and purchased the Mickey charm for me. Which is amazing, since I don't think either even knew I'm a Kingdom Hearts fan!

When she learned I already had one, Somara sent the charm anyway, suggesting I give it to one of you. (Told ya you readers are awesome.) Though if you don't mind, I'll be keeping the hilariously creepy vintage clown heads she also included. :D

And lastly, the sweet and squishable Ewok clothed in my favorite color and boasting a hand painted Epbot 'bot to boot (woot!) is by the ├╝ber talented Stephanie Kotkin. I certainly won't be giving him away - ever! - but you can get your own (among other cute things) at Stephanie's Etsy store.

Now: where my fellow Kindgom Hearts fans at?

If you'd like a shot at winning this Sora-wearing-Mickey-ears charm, just leave a comment on this post. I'll announce the winner at 11 pm EST today, both on the Epbot Facebook page and on this post, so be sure to check back!

UPDATE: And the winner is....OnceBitten! Congrats, Once (can I call you Once?), and please e-mail me your mailing address!