Category Archives: 21 Days of Thumper

I need a new outfit…. for under $20…..

Still on that teetering edge of moods…. With that special headache that makes me grimace like the joker, my apologies to any small children I have traumatized today…. Trying to get dressed this morning deciding I am not feeling at one with my wardrobe at the moment…. I am not sure the last time I bought clothing, other than underwear and socks, new….. I have in the past spent stupid money on clothes, $150 for a shirt is now something that I am ashamed to admit I did…. but I also don’t like to buy the poor quality clothing from chain stores either…. I am not a label snob, but I do believe there is no point buying a $10 new t-shirt that falls apart after 3 washes… I have had designer stuff that has been washed a hundred times and still holds its shape… So I do seek out labels when I op-shop, because I know the quality of the item will make it last…. today I had $20 in my pocket for a new outfit… and a couple of hours to kill with my son, while my daughter was at a birthday party…

Lets start with shoes…. I can live with op-shop shoes if my socks are new… and besides these look like they were worn a few times and then forgotten… They are in my size and $3…. DC shoes, they must have been around a $100 new….

Next op-shop got me the entire rest of my new out-fit…. Not normally that lucky, usually I either get all jeans or all shirts in one hit….

A pair of Diesel jeans….$4 and they also look like they have barely been broken in… Boot-cut as is my preference, as I am not 18 years old and waif like…. Not sure what somebody paid for them new, let’s be optimistic and say they bought them on special for $100…

Ralph Lauren Shirt…. Cotton and super soft and relaxed $2….. The green works with the jacket, or at least I think it does… The jacket is my most expensive purchase of the day…

It cost me $6…. It is a dark green loose weave washed cotton teamed with a traditional tweed…. Made by Japanese Designer Michiko Koshino, it is amazingly well made… and I think $6 was a bit of a bargain…

So a new outfit for $15… Not a bad days shopping… I also got two new shirts and some jeans for my son with the other $5…. I wonder how far that $20 would have gone at Target?

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Hurts Sew Good….

There is an unwritten rule (till now)…. anything I buy, will result in me finding something to sell of the same value…. That is how it seems to work…. Yesterday I put a $50 deposit on a new sewing machine, today I found a toy sewing machine that will fetch the same amount….

The 21 days of Thumper challenge continues…. and without to many slips…. even in the face of difficult moments… Being stuck behind to people taking dithering to a whole new level at the bottle shop was not helped by the fact they seemed to have ordered “I am a goth” kits of the internet… Almost bit the end of my tongue off and eye rolling exasperation was replaced by me humming a barely audible “love Cats”…

Having the X-wife (that’s capital X and lowercase wife) watch tapping me didn’t help… That woman needs a tattoo….

“Imagination is more important than knowledge“. – Albert Einstein


When you cling to your IQ like a life-raft in a sea of popularity you never learn to swim….

Did I mention my impending birthday is making being a smiling idiot a little difficult…. It is easy to not say it, harder to not think it….

Tomorrow I have someone elses birthday party – Not my monkeys, Not my circus… that should be fun… I also have a weekend of my gorgeous children…. and my continuing mission to allow them to be witty and cool and happy…. so they don’t need to “different”…

PS – I don’t do Passive Agressive….. I am one or the other….

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Game of Thrones….

A bad day for that chair addiction of mine…. I couldn’t leave them…. and I have no where for them…. So I will clean them up and move them on….

The perfect addition to any medieval dinning hall…. Very comfy and very cow….

All they need is a scrub and some oil…. I am sure they will find a home…. or castle..


All cleaned up…. And looking better…

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That son-of-a-bitch Van Owen…..

Still being nice…. to everyone except Van Owen of course…. I am sure I am not the only person who suffers this pre-birthday angst? Recent players on the stage of my life may dismiss it as due to age or mid-life anxiety…. That’s bad science… I have in fact always been a mess (psychologically speaking) in the time leading up to my birthdays and christmas since a very early age…. I even worked out what the cause was a few years ago, it isn’t a very interesting cause… It is mundane and 1st year psych stuff…. I grew up in a divorced home, birthdays and christmas were a time of parental completion over time and gift giving…. I could feel the anxiety like a clamp on my skull…

The main problem with working that out is? That it becomes my problem…. You can’t spend your life blaming your crazy on the way you were raised by wolves…. Same way you can’t blame being a sharp tongued pessimist on your mother, or a shiftless semi-hippy lay about on your father…. (It’s OK they can’t read the interweb)… The problem this week is that my approaching birthday forces the self assessment of progress… And there has been massive progress over the past few years…

Lets call it 2.5% improvment on a monthly basis… There is a maths thing there, about exponential basis of growth, compound interest and variable stuff….  But I won’t confuse matters with science and the like… Lets just say everyday (on average) I get a little less crazy (on average)… Hope I live long enough to be totally boring….

On a side note, and in reference to the title of this blog entry, The birthday also causes some weird regression in musical taste… and that is not an age thing either…. I don’t visit the 80’s…. but I do like to sing loudly about that son-of-a-bitch Van Owen as I drive to pick up the kids from school….

Steampunk Mozart DIY….

I spent my evening with my hands on a cheap bust….. Yes that was meant to sound that way 🙂

Day 3 of the Thumper challenge went well…. in the face of serious temptation to, not to be… but I took the high road… Yay me 🙂

But back to the Bust… Mozart in cheap plaster… plaster of Salzburg? probably not even plaster of paris…. maybe plaster of chinese mass production factory…

50 cents from an op-shop, though I suspect similar items are available cheaply from discount stores… Since my ex-wife got the piano, I don’t even have anywhere to put it… So I thought I may have a bit of fun, with a drill….

A quick freehand pencil rough in of some cogs… and yes this how I spend my days…

It is quite relaxing grinding away with a cheap 12 volt engraver… Once you get past the disturbing sound, that is reminiscent of the dentists drill…

Gold paint is your friend…. and bronze and copper and a bit of burnt umber are your friends too, if you are trying to turn a cheap plaster bust into a steampunk metal one….

That was kind of fun…. I am going to try this one again….

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