jcollie719: (Collie Lick Sign)
I basically went to FoxTrot as myself last night. My rental car is a bit smaller than my main car, so the fursuit case wouldn't have fit in the back. It would have been too hot to wear my kigu, and I forgot to wear my collie tail. I got more fluffy hugs this time from local furs who recognized me, as well as furs who had been away at BLFC in June. A local community radio station, KOMF-LP 104.7 actually broadcast live from the Wrangler during FoxTrot.

The usual Sunday furry entertainment took a break this weekend due to Megaplex. Doggy Radio will begin in about half an hour.

jcollie719: (Jerzei head)
I partially suited last night at the FoxTrot meet. The fursuit's case just barely fit in my car's back seat; I had to move the driver's seat forward and force the case in a bit. The case is 20 inches wide, so I will look for a case that's only 16-18 inches. I didn't see as many friends at the meet since some of them are in Reno at BLFC. I had a cheeseburger, a couple of rum-and-cokes and a few glasses of water before putting on the suit's head, hand paws and tail. There were no chairs in the headless lounge, so I skipped putting on the foot paws. My belt broke during the meet, but it was able to hold my tail for the 20-25 minutes I was in suit. It was slightly dark in the club and difficult to see without my glasses. I got a few hugs and at least one person took my picture. After getting out of suit, I realized I had forgotten to put on a fresh layer of deodorant before the meet. Also, the burger made me a bit farty for a while. I'll do a better job of pre-meet bathing from now on.

R.I.P. Bandit, the border collie belonging to Funday PawPet Show founder Yappyfox. 

UPDATE (8:35 AM): I found a couple of Rubbermaid containers that would fit my car: the Roughneck 66-quart tote (16.5 inches wide) and a large FlexTote (15.7 inches.) The latter has a zipper closure to make it more secure for flying. Both are clear.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
Tomorrow at FoxTrot, I'll wear the "partial" parts of my fursuit with my jacket and regular clothes since this weekend will be chilly. I need to contact my suit maker after dinner tonight to see if she's going to FoxTrot, or if she can adjust the suit body sometime in the next two weeks. Next week might not work due to the KRCC drive.

I signed up for two more phone shifts at KRCC yesterday. My upcoming vacation is now completely "Even Stevened."

My replacement APAP mask was delivered an hour ago. This should greatly improve my sleep for the next few months. Also, a few of the KRCC shifts I picked were 6-9 AM, so my sleep schedule won't be quite as varied this week.
jcollie719: (Jcollie license)
This is the last weekend before KRCC switches to its new schedule on Monday. The station is switching to only having music from 7 PM-midnight, with news/NPR programming the rest of the day. When the station last changed its schedule, I got plenty of both good and bad calls about the changes. The latest change will eliminate some of the less-liked shows. "A Prairie Home Companion" will return on weekends, having been dropped after Garrison Keillor retired. Still, the elimination of the late-morning/early-afternoon music shows has already garnered lots of complaints. As much as I hate the reduced music content, I know KRCC has to do what it can to compete with the new Colorado Public Radio affiliate starting up in April.

I'll be doing some more furry bowling on Saturday night. My fursuit's maker is hosting the meet, so I'll ask if she can make adjustments to the suit body next week.

I forgot to pick up my medication refills today. I'll need to do that on Monday.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
Things I need to do this week: Get a haircut, get my car's oil changed and tires rotated, and go through the weekend's mail.

It turns out the plastic tote my fursuit was put in is the perfect size. It's big enough to hold all the fursuit parts, yet small and light enough to carry and fit in my car. For some reason, it just seemed bulkier at first sight.

I went to Tony's Downtown Bar yesterday for a Happy Hour meetup. There was a good-sized group this time: around 65 people. I ordered a Frito chili pie and a mini pitcher of Pabst. Steelwoulfe's game night ended earlier than usual since fewer people showed up this week.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
PAY for Sunday, February 5th: 10 hours (5 AM-3 PM)

I decided to bring my kigurumi instead of my fursuit to FoxTrot last night. I currently don't have a container that's both large enough to store the fursuit and small enough to fit in my car. I plan to buy a container in a week or two so I can bring my suit from now on.

The meet's new bar, the Denver Wrangler, is in the building where Howl-O-Ween had been held for a few years (formerly the ExDo Annex and the Eden nightclub.) I ate dinner at home before driving to the meet, but the Wrangler does have food service including pizza, burgers and nachos. During the meet, an RMFC staff member let me know the director's chair I forgot to pick up last year would be shipped later this week.
jcollie719: (Dave Ham Lamp)
Colorado Springs got more snow today. I had to go to a Toastmasters training tonight, but luckily the roads weren't slick. After the training, I used the Visa gift cards from Christmas to get gas for my car and (with a coupon) dinner/Friday lunch at Burger King.

I'll see if I have a smaller container to store my fursuit. The maker had put it in a giant container which isn't really portable. I still need to have the suit's crotch lowered a bit, but I can't seem to coordinate a repair time with the maker. Since it's still jacket weather, I can just wear the "partial" parts of the suit with my clothes and jacket at FoxTrot. Saturday's weather will be back in the 50s and low-60s.
jcollie719: (Turtle Farm)
2016 RESOLUTIONS
1. Singles cruise (yes!)
2. Furry Fiesta and RMFC (yes!)
3. Get a fursuit (yes!)
4. Get (and keep) my weight below 300. (no.)
5. Stick to a schedule for certain duties (taking out the trash, checking the mail, etc.) or just stop putting things off until the last minute. (no.)

It felt very good to finally meet some goals that were financially impossible before. I finally have a collie fursuit, though I still need to arrange for its maker to make an adjustment or two so it fits properly.

This year, I began sessions with a new therapist. I hadn't seen a therapist since my former one retired in 2014. I had a few medical issues, including an infection which caused my lower lip to swell up. I finally asked a doctor about being tested for sleep apnea and now have an APAP machine to help me sleep better.

2017 GOALS
RMFC
Weight below 280
Second vacation (BLFC or DC singles reunion)

The second vacation goal might not be possible if the singles reunion is the same weekend as KRCC's spring membership drive.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
My savings and checking accounts will be dry until Monday. I wanted to have a bit more cash on me for last night's bowling meet, so I took my change jar to a King Soopers location with a Coinstar machine. After the transaction fee was subtracted, I got $27.95.

The bowling meet was the first time I wore my fursuit head and tail outside my home. My fursuit's maker was also at the meet and arranged to come by my home Wednesday to make adjustments to my suit. It took a few frames for me to get used to bowling with a fursuit head. My scores were 82 and 104. My vision was slightly blurry since I couldn't wear my glasses under the head. I'm thinking of getting some prescription goggles to wear over the mask. I just had water during the meet to keep from overheating; I had wanted to order a drink or two, but I was usually bowling when the server came around. I didn't need to order food since I had a large dinner beforehand. The meet raised $366 for Nakio's Underdog Rescue.

I got about four hours of sleep after getting home. Before I take a nap later today, I'll put an ice pack on my right ankle since it's been hurting for the past week.
jcollie719: (Panda Kigurumi)
I tried on the body of my new fursuit tonight. I'm glad the maker said she could adjust the crotch if needed, because it's definitely needed. The suit's legs wound up still being baggy while the upper body was an inch or two short. Lowering the crotch a few inches should solve that problem. I tried on the hands and feet, and those fit just fine.

I was looking forward to wearing the suit to the bowling meet this coming Saturday. I suppose I could still wear the head and tail, or just wear my kigurumi. I'm not sure if there are any other fursuiting events I'm able to attend between the bowling meet and FoxTrot in December.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
My collie fursuit was delivered to me this afternoon! I'm a bit tired now, so I just tried on the head.
jcollie719: (Tiger costume)
Whoever organized last night's fur meet at Tom's Diner in Denver did a poor job. When I got to the diner, the staff hadn't heard anything about the group or the meet. I wondered if the organizer asked the diner if fursuiting would be okay. I don't know if the organizer even showed up since the meetup page didn't indicate who the event host was. There were 15-20 people in our group, which may have overwhelmed the staff. Also, I'm sure the staff was a bit nervous when a couple of furries popped in and out to change into suit since there were signs everywhere about cameras and warning against "dine and dash." Another furry who stayed later than I did claimed the staff eventually said the group would have to leave by a certain time. That furry said he would try to find another location for the meet.

For the most part, the meet went well and the food was great. I just hope whoever plans the next meet makes sure the venue knows about the group and is okay with having big fuzzy animals inside.

I finally got through to the woman making my fursuit. She said it is almost done!
jcollie719: (Luigi)
2016 RESOLUTIONS
1. Singles cruise
2. Furry Fiesta and RMFC
3. Get a fursuit (currently in progress!)
4. Get (and keep) my weight below 300.
5. Stick to a schedule for certain duties (taking out the trash, checking the mail, etc.) or just stop putting things off until the last minute.

I've accomplished the first two resolutions this year. I will contact my fursuit's maker later today to get a progress update. My weight is still hovering in the same 310s range that it was last year. I've definitely failed at the fifth resolution.

Compared to 2015, I'm doing less "okay" financially, but not poor enough to resurrect the #brokeasscollie hashtag on Twitter. I will see a doctor in a couple of weeks about the results of my sleep test. I hope a CPAP or whatever else the doctor recommends will improve my sleep. That would help me feel more alert and less cranky during the day, which would also reduce my tendency to snack/overeat due to being angry or tired.

I hope to keep another goal alive for next year: attending Biggest Little Fur Con. I tried to book a hotel room online when the room block opened, but I couldn't find any available for the entire weekend. I'll see if anyone with a room is looking for roommates, or hopefully the room block will be expanded later on.

Mopping up

Jun. 29th, 2016 03:38 pm
jcollie719: (Collie Puppet)

I still haven't heard from the woman making my fursuit. I checked my e-mail's spam folder to see if any messages ended up there, but nothing from her. I wonder if she started using a new Internet device this year since the last DM I got from her was last December.

A plumber just came over and found there is water leaking in the crawlspace. He is currently fixing the leak. He said other homes in the area had similar problems due to older pipes and recommended replacing them. He also called someone else to come over and remove the water from the crawlspace.

UPDATE: One of the leaky pipes was replaced, but the people drying the crawlspace found another pipe had begun leaking. The plumber will return tomorrow morning, followed by the crawlspace guys in the afternoon. I'm considering the plumber's initial recommendation of replacing all the pipes, possibly while I'm on vacation. My condo was built in 1982, and the plumber said the pipes in my building were either recalled or banned in the 1970s.

Failbook

Jun. 15th, 2016 10:30 pm
jcollie719: (lunchiesdogangl)

For some reason, I haven't been receiving Facebook private messages from the woman making my fursuit. The last message I got was from last December. She replied to one of my regular posts to say she had been trying to send me updated pictures of the suit. I gave her my e-mail address and am hoping that works.

jcollie719: (weird al yankovic shocked)
The Angriest Whopper wasn't the spicy-fest I expected. It was a little hotter than the Angry Whopper (On a scale of 1 to 5, it was about a 2.) I don't know if refrigerating and re-heating it later affected the hotness.

I forgot my password for KRCC's time card system while I was at work. Thankfully, I have it written down at home and was able to submit my hours just now.

One of the activities on my upcoming cruise is a costume party. My kigurumi would be too hot for Grenada in July, but I still have my caveman costume.
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
I shoveled the 6-10 inches of snow off of my car and parking space so I could drive to pick up my medication. A bit more snow is expected overnight, less than an inch.

The room block for this year's RMFC will open on Sunday. I may get a room with two beds since my fursuit will (hopefully) be finished by then and I could have a handler/friend share the room with me.

Only 34 days until Furry Fiesta!
jcollie719: (lunchiesdogangl)
NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015
1. Get my weight back below 280 lbs.
2. Make at least one Toastmasters speech
3. Attend Furry Fiesta and Rocky Mountain Fur Con
4. Find a second job, side business or franchise
5. Singles cruise or Furry Cruise

So far, I've only accomplished #3. My weight is continuing to seesaw between 305 and 315. I'm still brainstorming ideas for a Toastmasters speech since I have two months to do it.  A second job is still out of reach. I've booked a cruise for next July.

2016 RESOLUTIONS
1. Singles cruise
2. Furry Fiesta and RMFC
3. Get a fursuit (currently in progress!)
4. Get (and keep) my weight below 300.
jcollie719: (Jcollie719)
I've been looking at travel options for next year's Biggest Little Fur Con if I decide to go then or wait until 2017.  The cheapest options would either be taking Greyhound out of Colorado Springs or flying Southwest Airlines out of Denver.  The Greyhound trip would take roughly 24 hours, so taking Southwest would be the better option.  I took a 16-hour trip on Greyhound to Furry Fiesta in 2010.  I'd rather not relive that nightmare.  Flying another airline out of Colorado Springs would cost $400-500.  Driving to Reno would cost $400-600 and take at least a day and a half.

I made the first payment for my fursuit earlier today.

Finally!

Aug. 29th, 2015 12:32 pm
jcollie719: (Collie Wink)
Someone attending the Robins Nest meet Friday night offered to check my fursuit measurements.  I'm thankful for that because a few of my self-taken measurements were way off.

I'm glad my weight is headed back down again.  A month or two ago, I got up to 325.  This morning, I weighed 304.  I need to get back into the habit of drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day.  I've been slacking off on that.

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