Sunday, 31 July 2011

Lacking in Life Skills Part 1

It all seemed like such a good idea at the time. . .

Being the overgrown child that I am, there was almost no chance I would want to attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party this year without a costume of some kind.  Of course, it would have to be something Disney related, preferably paying homage to a favourite character or attraction, and it goes without saying that it would need to be compatible with the Floridian heat in September.

And then I had it, the perfect idea.  It would be so simple.  All I needed was a few bit and pieces; some PVA glue, a few bits of ribbon,  a couple of pom-poms, an iron-on transfer and hey presto, a costume.  (10 points if you guess what it is!)

One tiny, insignificant problem – I can’t sew.  At all. 

All I wanted to do was sew a piece of purple ribbon around the collar of a t-shirt.  I thought it would be easy.  Clearly, I did not factor in my failure to master basic life skills and frequent lack of common sense.

So after several hours and far more blood, sweat and tears than are strictly necessary for a seemingly simple task, what did I end up with?  A t-shirt I can no longer fit over my head (thankfully easily undone with a stitch ripper I found in my “Sewing for Idiots” kit.)

It makes it that little bit worse when my husband wanders in, looks at me with that familiar mix of ridicule and bemusement, and casually informs me I’m “not doing that right.”  Indeed.  That much, at least, I had figured out for myself.

I will not be defeated, however.  Just because there are many basic life skills I have not yet learned does not mean I must remain in perpetual ignorance.  I can do this.

So. . . anyone know how to sew?

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Mediocre Things Come To Those Who Wait!

Here at last!

At the risk of shocking those among my friends and family who have always believed this to be no more than an idle threat, I have finally started my blog!

It's a little bit basic at the moment but the fact that I have not yet tossed my lap top out of the window in sheer fury is a sure sign of progress in my long road to technophobia recovery.

So, onwards and upwards.  Welcome to my blog, thank you for joining in!  (Like the way I optimistically assume someone is reading this and I am not in fact talking to myself?) My name is Elizabeth, and I'm a writer with a Day Job, which really means I go to work each day harbouring secret delusions of grandeur, waiting for the day when I will see my work in print.  A girl can dream can't she?

I am also a movie geek of epic proportions, an official television addict and a Disney superfan, always waiting for my next Walt Disney World vacation. 

It will take a while for me to get to grips with this blogging business, so please bear with me!  In the meantime, you can expect chatter, rants and opinion on everything from the Fantasyland expansion to the remake of Footloose, with a few previews of my writing thrown in for good measure.

Oh, and you may be asking yourself at this point, what does happen in Hayden?  What is Hayden?  Well, that's an answer for another post. . .