Week 1 of Scriptwriting/Storyboarding is…almost over?! Well, I finished typing up some version of a three-page screenplay, today. I should go back over it again, but…I have kind of felt a need for a break from looking at it. I got to that point where everything turned into a blur because I’d been looking at it too much.
Also, I didn’t mark what time I began, or ended; I just know that for my own process’s sake, I had to step away from the computer and write it out longhand before trying to put it into standard script format.
I should probably get back to it and mark my departures from the model and the locations of the main events. The script is due in the morning, and it’s late enough, now.
At least I already took my shower.
And oh, man. I was able to put in my surgical steel 16g earrings today! It’s been four weeks since I put the 18g rings in at the beginning of Finals. One is supposed to wait a month between gauging up one’s piercings in order to allow the tissue to recover from the trauma and avoid tears. The 16-gauge rings slipped right in, though, even before my shower! Maybe this sounds gross to people with conventional piercings — but since I’ve realized that I can make my own custom large-gauge earwires and still wear cute earrings (I make most of the jewelry I love, and can customize that which I buy which doesn’t work), I’m much more amenable to wearing heavier wires and rings. It would just help to have a mini drill press, yeah?
If I get there, in the future…
The heaviest earrings I have right now are 14g, which is rather thick wire. But they’re very durable, and — they were my first earrings ever, the same ones I got pierced with. Very easy care, very smooth, a little heavy, slightly smaller in diameter than the ones I’m wearing, now. Preferable to not wearing anything.
I think the largest I’d ever really go is 10g, and that’s just because once the piercings are stretched out, they may not necessarily shrink back down again. Or, they may shrink down but then relax into slits when stretched with heavier jewelry (which I’m thinking, over time with thin wire, might cause the piercing to migrate), which was beginning to happen to me over the last two cycles of switching between jewelry subcultures. (I used hand-fabricated sterling cones in one of my earring sets, which were pretty heavy…they were sold by the troy ounce, after all…)
I take it as a sign that my piercings are maturing. Even when I have accidentally irritated or hurt them, they’ve recovered with minimal care! I’m not sure if it’s because the piercings were done well in the first place (I was pierced at 14g with sharp needles and mirror-finish surgical steel rings, which probably led to easier healing), or if I’ve just been lucky. Could be both…or maybe my immune system is just healthy. I did jab and poke myself on the right side regularly with most of my earwires, when I was new to conventional earrings and couldn’t find the way through my earlobe.
I wonder how long I’ve had these piercings? I’d have to look it up.
The thing I wish to avoid is getting very large piercings and then not being able to wear jewelry in them because of having a conservative job. I work with someone who used to wear large-diameter plugs in their youth but either can’t or won’t wear them to work, so this person has Buddha-ears. 😉 (This is better?) I definitely don’t want to go that big.
10g wire, in a small to mid-sized ring, to me, is really an optimal balance of thickness and diameter. It’s big enough to start wearing sculptural pieces, but seems small enough to avoid the need for plugs or tunnels, as versus rings or barbells. Larger than 10g, and it looks like we start to get into territory where we don’t have much option but to wear openly alternative jewelry.
The problem comes when it’s not a lifestyle thing anymore to keep the rings in — which I’ve been through about 3-4 times, before realizing that I can smith these things and don’t have to wear standard-gauge earwires (which are generally between 20-22g; the smaller the wire, the higher the number of the gauge).
However — anodized titanium and niobium, and gold-fill…in addition to surgical steel, can be really beautiful, especially between 14g and 10g. What I’ve wanted to do is get some gold-fill rings — the kind that open and close with pliers — and put them in and forget about them, just wash them in the shower and not worry, otherwise. But I should probably try gold-fill Captive Ball Rings first, and see if I’m sensitive to anything that might be under the gold — not least, because I’m still wary of little gaps where bacteria can set up homes, and I know CBRs are extremely easy to keep clean and dry.
I’ve not really ever had a bad allergic reaction to an earring, but I don’t think I’ve ever let myself wear any base metal in my piercings other than pure copper before, either. I’ve been really careful about that.
Heh — I was just looking around on Google, trying to find CBR images that avoided people’s netherparts, and found some really nice images, including a model whom it would be nice to look like. 🙂 Except that I’m not going to shave all over. 🙂 I look ugly when I shave. Not even kidding.
Maybe it wouldn’t hurt to lose a little weight, yeah? If I cut out the sugared beverages, I know I can drop weight, quickly and easily. It’s just such a pain to do, though…especially given that I was having blood sugar crashes (dizziness, problems thinking, poor stress tolerance) from not eating enough sugar, last time I tried this, and then I started yo-yoing…
…I should talk to my doctor about that. She was the one who told me to cut out juice and soda, once I started gaining weight from metabolic changes from a newish medication. I hardly ever drink soda; juices and milk and sweetened tea are something else. (I even stocked up on some nice teas in anticipation of stopping — four boxes’ worth.) I never had this problem before.
But yeah, the belly poking out after I eat is kind of not right, and I feel more stable now even with the BS at my job because of the third medication. (Hahahaha. Seed for a story.) If I want to stay on this med, I will probably want to start exercising and limit the liquid sugar…even when it seems things are going well. I think I’m just going to have to give myself permission to eat solid sugar, though…oddly enough, it seems a Snickers bar has less sugar than an average soda, IIRC, and a less harmful version of sugar than high-fructose corn syrup…wait, unless they put HFCS in Snickers…
I didn’t tell you I found a new bubble tea place! OMG. Sweetened Jasmine Green Milk Tea with Boba. OMG. I freakin’ love Jasmine tea, even though I wasn’t expecting the milk in this one. “Large” is too large, especially for someone like me with lactose intolerance! Maybe I can reserve sweet tea like this as a treat…I’ve been having issues with caffeine addiction. No withdrawal headaches yet, just a “like” for matcha frozen treats, Jasmine green tea, Thai iced tea, and chocolate. I can even fool myself with decaf tea — I love that, too, it’s just that the last, I always drink at least a little sweet. Maybe I should try that, replacing green and oolong and Thai tea with non-caff (like mint, and ginger), and gradually weaning myself off the sugar…I know I did get a Jasmine Tulsi tea which is caffeine-free but feels like it has some other stimulant in it…but GODS. JASMINE!
Or, I could try and take tea to work…my supervisor at my second job site does this, now that I think about it. I could take in a teapot, let it steep while I’m working, and then drink the tea on my break or lunch…reason I’ve avoided it is really the withdrawal symptoms. Well, and I have to trust people not to tamper with my teapot or drink my tea…but hey, there’s a coffeemaker in there, right? And it’s used almost every day, right? And I am going to be working there more, right? And there’s a dishrack, right?
Or, hey! I just realized that I can take a Thermos of tea in there with me! That means that I can steep it in the morning (or the night before) and let it cool, so I have iced tea.