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My apologies for my absence. Depression hit hard and I have no energy to doll or participate in online communities. As soon as I get better, I will finish my shop orders and reply to the comments I've currently failed to reply to :) See ya later!
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In case anyone would be interested: I have opened a doll shop at Glam! ^^
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Erm... Hi?

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It's been a while since I last was active. I'm sorry for that, but, ya know... life just kept insisting on happening. Those of you who follow my Tumblr will know why I was inactive.
Anyway, since I last posted, lots of stuff has happened:

1) I finally got my driver's license, which is a pretty big deal since at one point just sitting in a car on a busy road kinda made me go into full-blown panic mode. Thank goodness for therapy.
2) I ended up having to swear loyalty to the king and obedience to the 'laws of the Belgian people'. Guess that turning to the criminal life is no longer an option for me. Can't go around breaking oaths, especially not ones as official as this one.
3) However, the last part isn't so bad, since I actually got a really, really nice job. Somehow I've ended up working at a court and it's awesome? Especially since it's a one-of-a-kind court in this country. I mean, I just work at the registry, but still... It's just a wonderful job and I'm very grateful that my first real job turned out to be such a nice one. Also, I'm going to be able to pronounce judgements as a clerk. Not a real clerk, but an 'added' one (greffier assumé/toegevoegd griffier) and only simple judgements, but hey! I still think that's pretty awesome.
4) My mystery illness is no longer a real mystery illness. I don't have a real diagnosis (it's still hypothetical), but the docs are pretty sure it's a neurological illness with an overly complicated name. So I'm still calling it 'mystery illness' for now. Anyway, it screws with a lot of body systems, but the most noticeable symptoms are widespread neuropathic pain (which is completely unaffected by various sorts of pain meds - just my luck :roll:) and chronic fatigue, combined with lots of other not-so-fun stuff.
5) The combination of mystery illness and wonderful job is the reason of my long absence: it sucks up all of my energy and I spend my weekends and evenings sleeping and recuperating.
6) Incidentally, I'm only able to type all this because my doc put me on at least three weeks of sick-leave. So, I guess I'll have some more time to spend on my hobbies when my body decides to behave itself a little bit. It still sucks to be on sick-leave though :/
7) Somehow, I've ended up owning two big glass boxes filled with water, plants, snails, shrimps and fish? And I already have plans for a, smaller, third one with shrimps only.
8) I'm also way too excited for the new Star Trek! I hope it'll end up as awesome as DS9, but perhaps that's hoping for too much? Anyway, I started rewatching the other Star Trek series again. Always a nice way to pass time when you're feeling crappy :D

Dolling related: I've managed to make a new layout for my site. Due to domain issues it has to moved to this URL.
I'm also looking for links to dolling sites that are still online. My links page is way too empty for my liking. If you have a link, feel free to shoot it my way :)

Also, thank you for all the favs, watches and comments that I received during my absence!

Still on the topic of dolling: wasn't there some kind of Facebook page for dollers? I finally got a Facebook because of cats* and am looking for other things to do with it.
*Yes, because of cats. A local cat rescue organisation provides the possibility of becoming godmother/godfather of the cats that they're helping when you donate them money. It basically only means that you get to name those cats and get to drool at the kitty pictures, but it's totally worth it. The names I picked for my three godkitties were Ezri, Nerys and Sisko (unfortunately they changed the latter into Siska :/).

And to end this rambly journal: my apologies for any grammar and/or spelling mistakes. I'm afraid that mystery illness has also messed with my intellectual abilities.
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Things I've learnt since my last journal...

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1) Being chased by a swarm of wasps is scary as heck.
2) Wasp stings really hurt at first, especially when there are 18 of them.
3) My body has no problem with dealing with all of that venom.
4) My body however does probably have a problem dealing with viral infections, leading to a central nervous system that is thrown out of whack. At least, that's what the doc thinks.
5) PET-scans are awesome. No seriously, amazing machine + radio-active fluid that has to be kept in a lead case being injected into you = pretty awesome.
6) Knitting is way too addicting.
7) So many dolling sites are gone... They just keep disappearing :( My site's links page is getting really empty... Which leads me to this: if you have a doll site or know of existing doll sites, feel free to drop me a link! I've always thought linking to other doll sites to be really important, so I would love to add some new links to my links page ^^

Anyway, that's it for the list. My apologies for being so absent again, but like I said: knitting is way too addictive. So knitting time kinda encroached on dolling time ^^; Especially since my Melisandre doll wasn't working out... I'm trying to find a balance between these two hobbies, but it's been a bit hard. So much yarn, so many ideas for dolls and so little time... And then there's lace making as well. Ack! Why aren't there more hours in a day? Anyway, I'm working on another doll and hope to finish that one soon :)

Note: I didn't get to thank everyone for the favs. There were too many notifications for me to deal with (limited energy and all that), but I want everyone to know that I appreciate every fav :D
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I hope you guys enjoyed the mini doll dump :D These are all the dolls I've finished in the past couple of weeks. Next one planned is a doll of Melisandre (yes, I'm sticking to the ASoIaF theme for now).
I won't be able to check in on dA for the next five days as I'm going on a seaside vacation ^^ Till Friday or Saturday!
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