A cloak? In Texas?

Yeah, so I might just be insane. But the concept of wearing a cloak just appeals to me for some reason. Trouble is, it’s tough to find the right fabric when you don’t really know what you’re doing. I’ve been looking around online for the last few hours, and I’ve found prices that made me wince ($32.50 per yard for wool) and lots and lots of quilting “fat quarters” (which are virtually useless for making full-size garments). I’ve found sites that recommend looking for coating remnants, sites that recommend wool, wool/polyester blends, heavy cotton, wool/acryllic blends, fleece, not fleece, you get the picture.

So I think I may have to wait for my lovely bride-to-be to come back from Bedford (which, granted, should only be about a 10-15 hour wait), and talk this over, see if we can figure out the right terminology I can use to refine my search. I’ve already got a pattern (or two) that should do for starters, although it might be a good idea to get some muslin so I can make a mock-up on the cheap, just to see how it wears. Especially since I’m very inexperienced with this sort of thing (sewing).

The more I look into this project, the more I start to wonder if it’d be worth my time. I may give up on it by the end of February, or I might get even more hard-headed than normal about it; only time will tell.

Goodbye, 2006!

Wow, another year already? It seems like only last week that it was the end of 2005.

So much has happened in my life this year, I don’t really know where to begin. I’m thankful for all of the happiness that I’ve received over the last 12 months, and I’m glad that I have experienced everything that’s happened, good and bad alike.

I was going to post one of those stupid internet meme things, but I decided against it. This isn’t a livejournal, and nobody really cares anyway. It might be different if I had an audience at all (and I know I don’t, because I can read apache access logs as well as anyone else). So no 40-question list of things that I’ve done over the last year, decided by some unknown someone out there with nothing better to do than make up a questionnaire like that.

Instead, I’ll summarize the main things that would’ve been on the list anyway, but this way I can leave out all of the crap that doesn’t matter to me. Last year’s resolutions: I can’t remember, but I’m still fat, fiscally irresponsible, and lazy, so I doubt I kept any that I might’ve made. This year’s resolutions: among other things that I’m not comfortable publicizing, I’m resolving to stay on my diet this year. I’ve got a wedding to look good for in just over 10 months, and life at 265 is uncomfortable. Over the last year, I proposed to the woman I love (Hi, Heather!), continued working in a job I only marginally enjoy, and spent a whole crapload of money on God-knows-what (I only know that it’s not in my bank account any more). I started attending church again (for the first time in, what, 15 years?), and I’m finding that I actually enjoy it.

The coming year will be full of changes (and charges), and I won’t say that part of me isn’t terrified of the changes to come. But the rest of me is welcoming the new year, with all of its potential happiness and grief, with open arms.