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My sister found out the gender of her baby-to-be (due in early July), which means I can start making gender-specific baby things and buy some CU baby outfits. (edit 2321: add a knitted Viking hat to the baby things to make. I almost snorted my drink when I looked at the photos.)

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Volunteering at Laurel's school at times I see a lot of kids is a surreal experience.

In just shy of five hours there today, I opened up the book fair in the morning (another volunteer came by with the register key), made a half dozen circuits around the room to straighten up books in all the cases, rearranged the books in the final day discount boxes to be easier to visually scan through and make recommendations for kids that came in with <$2 in change wanting to buy a book, and cashed out one of my $5-per-shift credits to buy a book off a teacher's wish list.

(I cashed out my other credit on paperback copies of Spindle's End and Angel of the Alamo from the discounted books. If I named the place I live, it would be something like Oddharmonic's Home For Wayward Books (Periodicals Also Welcome). I'm a book binding-sniffer.)

All but one of the Cub Scouts I saw said hi to me (the one that didn't was a first-grader that was probably a little worried that a grownup he didn't immediately recognize knew his name), Laurel's entire class said hi to me on their way to lunch, and I got hugged by the music teacher.

In case all that wasn't strange enough, the pro tempore PTA president asked me if I want to coordinate the book fair next year. Just imagine me with a hyperactivity point over my head in response. I told her I'll think about it and get back to her.

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lenabud
Mar. 31st, 2006 10:00 pm (UTC)
How exciting for your sister, I bet she will love the stuff you make her.:)
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oddharmonic
Apr. 1st, 2006 05:30 am (UTC)
Every time I see the phrase "little empire" I hear They Might Be Giants' "Kiss Me, Son of God".

Hey, does this mean I get a little Death Star?
slutmuphin
Apr. 1st, 2006 05:34 am (UTC)
hey now, don't be afraid to throw some pink into the baby's stuff...i'm all for subverting the binary gender system :)
oddharmonic
Apr. 1st, 2006 07:09 am (UTC)
I'm not afraid to do that with Laurel, but my sister and brother-in-law are pretty conservative when it comes to gender and clothing. I actually heard her cringe over the phone when I asked if she still wanted the pink "got milk?" onesie I picked up awhile back.
may_lyn
Apr. 1st, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
oh, man, now i wish i had a tiny little head, so i could get someone to make me a viking hat! how very very cool!

so, your new name is ms popularity? *laughs* good! cause, you know, the whole you rocking and such.
oddharmonic
Apr. 1st, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
I think it could be adjusted for size. My knitting skills aren't that strong yet, but when I get the hang of making hats I'd make one for you. The same site does have one adult-sized hat pattern, Ginger's hat from Chicken Run.

I don't think I'm really popular. The Cub Scouts all know me because they see me so often and Laurel's class knows me because I'm the class parent and a lot of them see me in the morning or afternoon because I walk her in to the cafeteria and arrive before school lets out to pick her up.
may_lyn
Apr. 2nd, 2006 06:59 am (UTC)
it's a really funny hat, i love it! made me laugh today, which i need.

and yeah, that's popular. people knowing you, liking you, wanting to know you better. it's a good thing!

i volunteered at the kid's school forever, untill, i think, the other kids startedteasing them. and boy, i couldn't go very far in wally world without some kid hurtling themselves into my legs. i still get hugs from kids much taller than i am for being spider lady, though with me being sick so often, that's about all i dare to do for the community. heh.

being around is a great thing. i miss it. i try not to, too much. hey, i bet if i bought a nice island with bungalows on it, i would get some nice company, huh, and not have to worry about germs so darned much.
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