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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: October 21, 2017, 02:49:50 am »
So, itís been a while... but hi, everyone! I really miss talking with you guys.

Well, hereís my life update:

I was working on cleaning a house for my momís friendís parents, who were hoarders, so I had a pretty big job to do. In exchange for my work, I was allowed to live there. Then in June, my momís friend broke our agreement to sell the place to a house flipper. I was supposed to have at least a monthís notice in advance, but I instead had about two weeks before I had to be completely moved out. I somehow managed to find a decent place to live, get my application accepted, sign the lease, pack up all my stuff, and move in ten days. Iím still not sure how I managed to accomplish that...

So I was totally worn out for about a month from those two insanely stressful weeks. Thankfully, my apartment is pretty comfortable. It has a built in air conditioner, which saved me from having a miserable summer. I developed a heat intolerance a few years ago, which really limits what Iím able to do. It downright sucks. The house I was cleaning didnít have any air conditioning, so I had to be strategic with fans, shutting curtains, opening windows at night, and putting ice packs on my body where theyíd be most effective (the underside of your wrists are good for cooling your blood since the veins are more exposed). If Iím not careful, Iíll get migraines or black out. So yeah, I love air conditioners a lot.

Iíve been working on finding specialized employment that wonít interfere with my disabilities, as well as addressing some of my health issues that have been causing me further problems. Now that I think about it, Iím not sure Iíve mentioned what my disabilities are... I have a fair amount of diagnoses, but the ones that prevent me from working most jobs or completing school are Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (a genetic connective tissue disorderĖ basically my body put itself together with rubber bands instead of duct tape), an auditory processing disorder, and of course the heat intolerance. Itís often extremely frustrating, but all I can really do is keep moving forward however I can.

I did have some of my more major health issues fixed a while back (which again, I donít remember if I talked about it here or not)! I was having trouble walking because my knees were constantly in pain. After nearly falling down stairs a few times, I got some heavy duty knee braces to prevent myself from falling. I also went to physical therapy to help strengthen the muscles around my knees, which helped my stability but not my pain. And then I started going to a chiropractor. As soon as I told him about my knee issues, he figured out that my kneecaps were dislocated. So Iíd been going around for over a year with freaking dislocated kneecaps! Iím not sure how my physical therapist and other doctors didnít figure that out, but hey, at least someone eventually figured it out! My chiropractor put my kneecaps back into place and taught me how to do it myself as well. I now no longer have any trouble with my knees giving out and I rarely have knee pain! My chiropractor also found that my neck was messed up in seven different ways from when I got a concussion back in elementary school (which was bad enough to knock me out on impact). The position of my vertebrae was actually compressing my windpipe to the size of a boba tea straw, and so after a few adjustments, my airway opened up. It was such an amazing feeling to finally be able to breathe easily after years of feeling like I was being partially strangled all the time. I knew wasnít out of shape and didnít have asthma! Ha! Though again, I had my neck examined by other doctors prior, and they found nothing wrong. Iím beginning to think my chiropractor is secretly a wizard...

The next thing happening in my life is that Iíll be taking care of my boyfriend for the next few months. Heís getting his shoulder fixed in a couple weeks, so he wonít be able to use his arm for a month or so. He was in a car accident about a year ago and got really injured, but heís a quick healer and recovered as much as humanly possible. The remaining problem is that the ligament connecting his collarbone to his shoulder is completely torn, so he needs to get it reattached with surgery. And then once heís recovered enough from that, heís getting another surgery to remove a weird thing on his tailbone... I canít remember what itís called but heís had it for years and never addressed it, so of course it got worse and worse, so heís not going to have a fun time recovering from that.

I think that covers most of whatís going on in my life... So much has happened in such a short amount of time, and itís hard to remember things now.

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: August 07, 2017, 10:12:43 pm »
I'd be up for a celebration event! Any ideas on what we should do?

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: July 19, 2017, 06:31:51 pm »
Now that I'm in a different place in my life, I'm hoping to do things for the fandom soon. Things have been crazy and I'm still recovering from the stress (I had seventeen days to find a new place to live and completely move out of my last home), but I'm no longer working on cleaning that house and will have more time to do the things I want once I'm settled in and have a few things taken care of. I love doing things for the fandom like the secret Santa event and would love to do more than just one project a year if possible. I'd also like to get back to writing, scanning the No.6 toi8 art book, improving my cosplays, and working on the No.6 audiobook project I had to abandon. I definitely miss being here with all you wonderful No.6 people!

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: March 05, 2017, 03:42:32 am »
Just dropping in since it's been a while and I can't get to sleep at the moment.

Things have been a little crazy for the past few months. I have my hands pretty full with cleaning up the house I'm in (and the plumbing keeps giving me issuesĖ the main pipe is clay and decades old so the tree roots around are breaking through it over and over), helping out my friendĖ now boyfriendĖ who was in the car accident, and trying to join any activist efforts I can now that the US is in such an insane state. I participated in the Women's March in Washington D.C., and soon I'll be making an appointment to meet with a state representative alongside my mom. I never thought I'd end up living through this kind of thing before. I used to never watch the news, but now I'm watching several different news networks almost daily. It seems like something scary crops up every single day and I might miss something important if I blink.

So with everything going on, I haven't had a chance to cosplay or even make anything for future cosplays, save for the tiny convention I attended in January for one day. I wore a cosplay I'd finished last year and only takes a few minutes to put on, so it was pretty minimal effort. Still, I got lots of photos taken, which felt pretty nice after how much work I put into making that cosplay.

Whenever I do take breaks from working on things, I just sit and knit. I've been super exhausted for the past week and haven't been able to do much of anything... I tried to clean for maybe half an hour the other day and got a migraine, and I slept through the time I was supposed to volunteer at the cat shelter. Plus, I've lost about ten pounds without trying to, which isn't something that normally happens to me. I usually stay the same weight or slowly pack on a few extra pounds until I really try dieting to get rid of it, so I'm a bit worried.

I suppose overall I'm doing well mentally and emotionally. Having a companion to talk to every day is good for me and Mimi keeps me company most of the time. I took her to the vet and she's in excellent health aside from some gingivitis. She'll be turning thirteen next month, and yet she plays like a kitten. The only problem I've had with her is that she cries and cries whenever I'm working in the basement (which is blocked off until it's ready for cats), so then I have to stop every ten minutes to hold her until she calms down again.

The weather here has been super weird. I wore shorts last week and was still sweating, and just yesterday it snowed. I don't understand!

Anyway, I hope things are going well for all of you, or that at least things are calmer. I miss hearing from you all.

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:37:12 am »
Unrelated, but a friend of mine crashed his car yesterday and broke his neck and some ribs. He's not paralyzed, but he can't use his right arm for now and he's basically stuck lying in bed for the next month or so. Does anyone have some ideas of things I can do for him to help out and cheer him up? So far I've gotten him a lap desk and dry shampoo, and I've made a loop scarf that he can pull over his head with one hand as well as a puppy print blanket. Any suggestions are very appreciated <3

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: December 08, 2016, 04:58:11 pm »
I was pretty shocked but very happy with YoI ep. 10. Definitely a nice pick-me-up after another ER visit (I'm okay, don't worry). I have to watch the last part of the episode again...

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: November 25, 2016, 09:02:14 pm »
I was going to say that plumbing woes are all fixed (everything was working after Tuesday afternoon) buuuut tonight my shower flooded the basement through the floor drain like before! Also the car I'm supposed to be driving occasionally got a flat today. Whyyyyyyy T_T

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: November 22, 2016, 03:31:47 am »
I watched YOI last week when I couldn't sleep. I laughed and scoffed while watching it more than any other show I've seen. That show is a strange blessing bestowed upon us in this dark time.

So, fun plumbing chat time (because I have to keep laughing about it or else I'll cry lol)... The house I'm cleaning and watching isn't the greatest, and the big problem that has come up is that things are literally coming up... waste water from the sewer line, that is! That has basically been one of my nightmares I've had for decades... Things coming back up from drains... So I'm just laughing and cleaning to keep myself from screaming I guess.

So I worked with the plumber to figure out what's going on, and we think it's a blockage out in the pipeline off the house property, but then also the pipeline on the property itself is probably broken in some spots because it's an old ceramic pipe near big trees... and tree roots will do what they want, like go through old pipes. Yaaaay. So as a part of getting the township's sewer company to look at what's blocking things on their side, I have to install access pipes right at the edge of the property, which I'm doing in a few hours. Exciting! It will be a chilly morning of digging down to the sewers, which is my favorite thing to do... Okay, it's not that bad at all since the plumber will be doing most of the work and I have proper winter gear. (Oh, it snowed here!) And then when that's done and the blockage issue is resolved, we'll determine if the sewer pipeline on the property needs to be replaced. I hope it won't, but I'm betting it will. I'll have to dismantle the back porch steps either way, because the people who built the house buried the access pipes about half a yard/meter underground. Why!?!? T_T If this house is ever going to be sold, those need to be extended above ground.

In the meantime, I'm going over to my mom's house to shower and do laundry. The rate water drains from the house is too slow to do those things here, which is how I discovered the issue in the first place. My cat misses licking water from the shower every night lol.

Anyway... yeah, it's a literal mess here and I'm ready to bleach the basement. Also, there was nearly an electrical fire! A lamp plug started smoking while I was cleaning in a room. I yanked it out right away because I was thankfully paying attention... So yeah, that could have been far worse than gross plumbing problems! Silver linings, right...?

Okay, I feel better getting all of my fussing out. It's just a lot to take on when I was only supposed to be cleaning and organizing a house, not repairing it. Yikes!

I feel like I had a funny story to add, but now I can't remember at all... Maybe it'll come back to me later. Anyway, so if anyone else is having a stressful time, just remember that I'm screaming along with you miles and miles away. May our screams join our hearts in a special bond.

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: November 10, 2016, 03:40:45 am »
Oh gosh, I needed that... ^u^

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: October 26, 2016, 06:08:56 pm »
Hiiii... I just wanted to say that I miss you all and I hope everyone's troubles are getting better ;u;

And I just thought of something... December is coming! Secret Santa!! I'm willing to moderate it again, especially since I have gosh dang reliable wifi. No more going to the gas station ten miles away to get wifi lol... plus I have back up with my phone now.

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Karan's Bakery / Re: No.6 cosplay
« on: October 07, 2016, 10:33:47 pm »
I finally remembered to come back and view this... I couldn't open the link on the phone app and I didn't have wifi at the time. Anyway...

So I'm super loving the lower lash liner to make the eyes pop! Your eyes definitely look stormy gray like that. I do have a couple pointers on making that work without making your eyes look any smaller (which lower eyeliner does tend to do), and usually with cosplay it's best to make your eyes look as naturally big as possible. Because anime (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧

I just found this video yesterday and I am definitely using it for future reference. It has a bunch of tips that apply to cosplay makeup, especially for characters like Nezumi who have narrower eyes (so no need for falsies, thank god). I definitely recommend trying out the extended inner eye as well as the tight lining techniques. That will totally bring out your eye color and achieve the "intense Nezumi eyes" look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXfYZXRQZ3o

As for products, I tend to go cheap and get this one super low price brand called e.l.f. but I'm guessing it's not an international brand. I haven't had much issue with cheaper pencil liners, but the liquid liner and waterline liner have been problems for me. I'd recommend doing a little research on those products before buying any. My eyes water constantly, so I have to use the most waterproof liner available if I don't want it running down my eyelids. My eyes water so much that I have to clean off flecks of tears that my eyelashes flick onto my glasses, and sometimes when I lie down on my side tears just fall out of my eye. Very awkward when I'm around other people. ("why are you crying, Amanda?!" "I'm not, my eyes just do this." "right... so really, why are you crying?") Also for the liquid liner, I haven't found the best stuff for me yet. Mine tends to flake off and look kinda crummy once it's dry. I'm not sure if it's because I have oily eyelids or if it's just junky makeup. So yeah, experiment and have fun! And of course, remember to set your eye makeup once it's done! I really need to invest in some quality makeup setter myself... Someday lol.

If you'd like to make your nose look a bit narrower, there are easy methods of contouring to get that look. I personally have to do this for nearly every cosplay, the only exceptions being Armin from Attack on Titan (he's got a round button nose lol) and my Journey cosplay which I wear a mask for. So here's a video all about how to do that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh_rRGt8XXU

I know she uses fancy products for this, but the only things I use for this are cheap bronzer and some white eyeshadow. The reason I go with white for highlighting is because I have super pale skin... The lightest shades of foundation in stores makes me look tanner, but I'm not gonna spend more money special ordering any online. I'm not that dedicated. Feel free to use whatever you'd like for that, whether you're cheap like me or going for higher quality stuff that's actually meant for contouring and highlighting. Bottom line is that the highlighter should be one shade lighter than your skin and the contour should be a shade darker than your skin. Also this step should be done after applying your foundation, and make sure to set it when you're all done!

I'll attach a photo of my contour makeup, before and after comparison.

And one more thing... Your hair looks PERFECT. I internally screamed when I opened the link to your photo and saw your hair. And you're using your natural hair, aren't you? I'm so jealous ;_;

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: October 03, 2016, 11:51:53 pm »
Well, I have GREAT news for once! I HAVE WIFI!! I just got it working today and it is just heavenly~

And that means... We can finally do a No.6 streaming event! I'll figure out the technical details soon. I'll be ready to do it by November, which is when I'll officially be living in the house I'm taking care of instead of going back and forth to my apartment all the time.

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Forest Garden / Re: All Cosplay!
« on: October 02, 2016, 04:14:20 am »
Ohh, nice!

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Forest Garden / Re: Chat thread :)
« on: October 02, 2016, 04:13:17 am »
I've been cleaning a house I'll probably be living in soon (long story short, a family friend needs someone in a house so it's taken care of and not empty). It's a really good deal for everyone involved, so I'm excited to finalize this whole thing. My health is still a mess and there's a possibility of basal cell skin cancer, but that's not exactly urgent (worst case scenario I get an ugly patch of skin on my arm). I'm hopefully going to see a doc about Lyme disease, which is a possibility for what's behind all this health nonsense. I've been really tired and sleeping a lot... I overdid it last Saturday and I couldn't even drive the next day, which meant missing out on a little local convention. I was really bummed out, but that's life.

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Forest Garden / All Cosplay!
« on: September 05, 2016, 05:19:13 pm »
So here's another cosplay thread, though this one will be for all cosplay, not just No.6 stuff. Feel free to share your work here so we can give each other well deserved appreciation for our efforts! Plus we can help each other out with cosplay related questions, share tips, and problem solve tricky parts of costumes together.

Happy sharing! I can't wait to see your lovely cosplays!

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