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Yesterday I cut and sewed major seams on leggings for me! They fit, so next
is adding a waistband and hemming.

T and friend were sent safely off to Niagara. E seems fun! They visited the
Mattress Factory on their way out but I haven't heard back to see what they
thought.

I tried the frying trick with a wee globe eggplant P brought back from the
teaching garden, and it dissolved into goo instead. Delicious goo. But
still goo.
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Yesterday I finished sewing the elastic into P's shorts, but they have
mysteriously turned out too large. I suspect the elastic is too long, but
we may also wind up taking in the sides. He's taking a couple days to
decide, and will wear them with the drawstrings pulled in as a test. In the
meantime I'm going to see if I can get a muslin Sewn for my leggings.

Picked a pile of beans and peppers, steamed and froze them. There was also
another white summer squash.
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Yesterday I attached the reinforcement panel to the crotch of the shorts,
and started on the elastic waistband. I initially used a zigzag stitch, but
now that I think of it, it's a woven, and won't be able to stretch farther
than its full extension anyway. So maybe I'll switch back to a straight
stitch for the rest of it.

In the evening T and I made Indian. I had him more-or-less follow a recipe
from the vegetarian Jaffrey book, and I made rice with whole spices and
some improvised dry-cooked vegetables. It was pretty good!
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Yesterday I faux-flat-fell finished the side seams of the shorts, and sewed
and finished the center front/back/crotch seam. I clipped the seam
allowances at the edge of where the reinforcement panel is going to go, so
that I can sew the panel to the seam allowance pressed open. I finished the
edges of the panel, as you would a facing.

P taught an olla workshop, where a good time was had by all.

T arrived safely, after three (!) flights and a Lyft. He'll be here for a
few days touring around museums with a local friend, and then they're
driving up to Niagara to visit my cousin, aunt and uncle.
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Yesterday I sewed inseam pockets, back pockets, and side seams for the
shorts. I apparently forgot how inseam pockets work, because I had to rip
them out twice.

Did the laundry and went to the market. Got bread, crimson crisp apples, an
eggplant, some summer squash, kale, more false hots, onions, and prune
plums. P might hook up the sqhill food pantry folks with the teaching
garden to donate some of the surplus produce, which would be cool.

P canned another dozen pints of tomato sauce, and I picked peppers, beans,
and the first two ears of Hopi blue corn from the house garden.
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Yesterday was super productive! P went to the field day event at the
teaching garden and I stayed home and did All The Things. I flipped the
bedding in the blue room, cleared out the remaining detritus from Wooster
that was still in there (whoops), and finished resetting the
pseudo-dim-room I used to make cyanotype papers back into a bathroom. For a
moment it looked like there were going to be Prussian Blue stains in the
tub but washing soda took care of them.

I washed the fabric for P's shorts and developed a better scheme for
hanging large panels to dry on the clothesline, and washed two loads of
sheets and towels including bleaching some of the dish towels that have
seen forgotten bits of vegetation a few too many times.

I made a fresh batch of dal, and toasted more coriander and cumin.

I found an error in my leggings draft, fixed it, and re-inked it. I also
watched the rest of the class videos, on tracing (bc the seam allowances
are nontrivial) and assembly. I'm not sure my machine will cooperate with
the elastic method they recommend; I'll have to play around and see.

I accordion-folded the shorts fabric, re-aligned and ironed the ends where
they'd got mangled in the wash, and cut out all the pattern pieces. I dug
out the pieces from the old shorts and traced off a reinforcement panel to
hopefully keep the crotch from wearing out so fast. Crotch geometry is
always a bit challenging but thankfully I still had the muslin in a useful
state for prototyping.
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Yesterday I added two inches to the front crotch curve for more leg room in
front and carved out most of an inch at the actual front crotch area to
mitigate the cod piece effect. It worked great, so I took apart the muslin
and transferred the changes to the pattern. I've trued the ends of the
twill and packaged it up for washing, but there's so much of it that I'm
concerned about adequate water penetration. I soaked it overnight and we'll
see if that works.

I've been listening to Redwall by Brian Jacques, which is a fun blast from
the past. The flatness of the antagonist, the riddles, and the love
interest are all pretty annoying but juuust balanced out by some of the
other characters. I'm hoping things improve as he gets more practice, since
the first time around I never read past Salamandastron and there are like
ten more books after that now.
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Yesterday I sewed in the elastic and it looks like they fit okay, though I
have way higher standards for fit than P does. I might fuss with the front
a bit as they bind at the leg when he moves, and there's some weird
bagginess at the center front seam.

Really excellent meeting at work brainstorming and working on the design of
our new modular research system. If you do computing research and haven't
tried CodaLab, I highly recommend it. We're going to integrate it as the
implementation/experimentation level, with a few different abstraction
layers on top.

Weird dream last night solving a puzzle hunt escape room jumanji thing.
"Hurricane at sea" was not my favorite puzzle, but there was bonus optional
gravity, so, a mixed bag.
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Yesterday I sewed all the major seams for the shorts muslin, and they seem
to go on okay for P. I'm going to test the elastic length and the pocket
position and then switch to real fabric.

Picked some more beans and peppers, and there will be corn soon too!

Got a lovely haircut. Also, my stylist said "forgive me if this sounds a
little weird but you have a really nice shaped head for this cut" --
apparently they just did a class about head shapes. So that was cute :)

Disorganized people at the teaching garden are trying to foist blame on P
again, which sucks. Thankfully, it sounds like he was in a good
brook-no-fools state about it. Boundaries are so hard to establish, but
every little bit of practice helps.

We've been watching a series of YouTube videos on cutting an enormous wild
bee hive out of a fallen tree in Texas (pre-Harvey) and it's fascinating.
The channel is Daddy Kirbs Farm if you want to check it out -- they are
long, but oddly soothing in their methodicalness.
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Yesterday I traced and cut basic pattern pieces for P's shorts from muslin
(including seam allowance) and sewed side seams.

The new route for the 58 has exactly one stop in sqhill, and outbound it's
conveniently across the street from Allegro. I got new bread and hopped a
61 the rest of the way to campus.
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Yesterday I finished taking apart P's shorts, pressed out all the wrinkles
from the elastic, seams, and hems, and traced them onto pattern paper. I
included hem allowances but no seam allowances since most of the edges had
been finished with a serger and were thus too narrow. I also drew out a
larger pocket bag for the inseam since P says the old ones were a little
small.

I picked a satisfactory quantity of beans, particularly the blaus are
starting to bear well. The peppers are ripening, and I got an Odessa and a
couple of bolrogs. The bolrog isn't a great eating pepper (I put some in
last night's soup but the skin is quite tough) so I might dry and grind
them, since that's what they're purportedly used for in Hungary.

The corn is starting to dry; I'm pretty excited to try it parched and
ground.
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Yesterday we went to the farmers market and got beans, paste tomatoes,
carrots, and mouse melons. I blanched and froze the beans, did the laundry,
and started drafting some leggings for me, but stalled out on the waist
curve because my front and back rise were nearly identical and that
seems... wrong. So, after dinner I switched to taking apart a pair of P's
old shorts to be duplicated. I was pleased to discover the drawstring
elastic I bought on a whim is an exact match to what's inside the waistband
on the old ones. Go past self!
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Yesterday I checked on my registration paperwork for the NLP class I'm
auditing, and it looks like I turned in my non degree petition too late.
Poop. I might hear back from the professors that they don't care and I can
stay anyway, but the class is so full that I'm not holding my breath.

Bright sides: It wasn't exactly pleasant being in such a packed room with
people who came to class sick. One of the cliques of masters students
(including a TA!) tended to chat while the prof was answering questions.
Rude. So I don't have to deal with that anymore, work time won't have to
fight with class time anymore, and most joyous of all, home time can go
back to sewing time. I was feeling really bummed about blowing my
bureaucracy roll until the sewing bonus occurred to me.

I have the coat patch to finish, some more underwear to cut out, and then I
can clear off all the tables and do shorts for P, and self-drafted leggings
for me for the September/October fb challenge.
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Yesterday I worked on my homework assignment, had class, met with my boss,
further neutralized the "I suck at everything" funk I've been digging
myself out of, and took out the trash.

I finished listening to "Wake of Vultures" by Nina Bowen, and have started
the next book. It's an awesome story set in ~1870s Texas about a 16 year
old mixed race trans ex slave bronco wrangler cum Texas ranger & monster
hunter. There's vampires and harpies and chupacabras and unicorns and
sirens and the whole gang. The reader on audible is excellent and I highly
recommend it.
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Yesterday I met with two students, very promising. The early schedule
worked out, though I am struggling with this effect where everything feels
terrible and wretched and then it suddenly fades and everything is fine.
Sometimes it all comes back, sometimes not. The randomness of it is pretty
frustrating.

I did a turn in the garden and picked a few beans (blue lake, fortex, and
blau), some Malabar spinach, and trimmed a bunch of sad leaves from the
Lebanese squash. This weekend is for more potatoes, I think. The sweet
potatoes are finally starting to hit a good stride, as are some of the
beans. I've got to get things planted earlier next year somehow. Maybe this
is the winter I build cold frames?
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Yesterday I worked some more on coat mending, then had a rough day at work.
I dropped a big task on the floor last week and completely forgot about it.
I'm behind on readings for class. There's a problematic deadline coming up
and one of the systems I built to support it keeps running out of memory.
And it turns out the masters students we thought we'd have more time to
interview have to turn in their marriage requests *today*, so I had to pick
up some early meetings this morning.

I'm also shirking housework pretty seriously and the strain is starting to
show. The daylight lamp in the morning is helping but I'm still struggling
with nausea a lot of the time; of course not enough that taking meds for it
feels obvious. I should maybe take them anyway? And there's been a plague
going around the LTI and people keep coming to class sick, which pisses me
off.

So, everything is being difficult but not so much so that rage quitting
anything is attractive. Just sucks.
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Yesterday I worked some more on my nlp assignment, did another couple rows
of mending on P's coat, washed and hung out the laundry, and facetimed with
mom.
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Yesterday I finished sewing up the lining in my bag, and patched a few worn
spots in the canvas. Then I filled it back up with all my stuff! I'm bagful
again, hooray!

We went to the farmers market and got nectarines, the last of the zestar
apples, green beans, okra, red peppers, a fascinating "false hot" mutant
low-heat habanero, parsley, and zucchini. I blanched and froze the green
beans over lunch.

I made a good start on the first project for the NLP class I'm auditing
this semester. I'm a little disappointed in the TAs; from Friday's
recitation it seemed like they were working on the materials up to the
wire, but the sample command lines they have you run include setting PATH
to the location of the dataset, which of course trashes your shell's actual
PATH value and you get weird errors about not being able to find the 'java'
command. P notes that they might be using tcsh, which would be immune to
such things, but if the first recitation was "How to download and set up
Eclipse as your IDE" I don't know why they'd assume you're running tcsh
instead of bash. Anyhow I'm not on the mailing list or forums yet because
the administrivia machine of actually registering for an audit is slow and
lumbering, so hopefully someone else has covered that fix.
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Yesterday I sewed the first side of strap number two to my bag. The
stitches will show on this one along the edge of the outside pocket, but so
long as I do it the same on both sides it should be fine.

Finished listening to "The Half-Resurrection Blues," read by the author.
The protag is latino and possibly also black, which I'm working on reading
more of, but while the author speaks Spanish well it's clear his French is
pretty crap. He wrote a Haitian into some crucial bits of the climax and
every time she says anything I about lost it -- he makes her sound like the
french chef in The Little Mermaid. He's a good poet but I may not continue
with the series.
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Yesterday I punched the leather for strap number two, and ripped off the
old strap and out the appropriate lining seam.

The next sewing challenge on fb is leggings. There's a kit for sale online,
but it includes power mesh for like a control-top band or something, which
is the opposite of what I want (pressure on my abdomen is no bueno) so I
might cobble together my own kit from other sources. I do want to try a
stretch thread in the bobbin to see if that helps.

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