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I finished the first a-line sundress (McCall's 2686) on Friday after beating down my fear of eased hems and got two more cut out (white with 1/4" diameter pastel dots and a multicolor wild animal print). Laurel loved the first one so much that she wore it Saturday, Sunday and again this morning -- it's in the wash now since she got sauce on it at lunch -- so I have plenty of incentive to finish the two I have cut out and rummage through the cloth here to make some more later. I still have to cut out the pattern pieces for mine (Simplicity 5010, knee-length variation) so I can iron them them to fusible interfacing, which makes them hold up much better over multiple uses.

The weekend in brief:

Friday: Lunch at The Blue Goose Cantina was delicious. Vogon swears they make the best tamales in town, which I'll have to try next time we go. Laurel had a ball with a cup of tortilla soup. We went grocery shopping Friday night and picked up another two 12-packs of Juicy Juice juice boxes, which will put us a third of the way toward a free personalized Arthur storybook after I enter the codes from the packages. The other bonus to that is two activity sheets become available for each code entered. (:

Saturday: I woke up in a such a good mood I thought it'd be fun to wear a dress, which it was -- aside from it being chilly due to the rain. Laurel decided on lunch at DoubleDave's Pizzaworks before we went up to the Angelika Film Center in Plano to see The Story of the Weeping Camel. I loved it despite the skimpy subtitling, but you might want to skip it if you don't want to see mildly graphic scenes (two separate scenes of camels being born and brief nudity of a little boy being bathed standing in a washtub). In the time between getting to the theater and the show starting, we browsed a few stores and Vogon confused people by playing butler -- he'd hold the door open for us, shake off the umbrella before folding it up and stand by the door, nodding when I spoke to him and occasionally inclining his head. So silly yet so much fun, especially in Be-dazzled, where Laurel wanted to see and touch *everything*. (:

Sunday: We slept in but finally got going after lunch to head down to the Dallas World Aquarium, which we all loved. I would have gotten more photos if I'd remembered fresh batteries (it gave up after about 90 shots, ~40 of which I plan to upload later this week), but Laurel loved the fish, otters and penguins. She had so much fun looking at everything and made a smashed penny at the end of our visit with a little help from Vogon. After we got home, she wound down while Vogon made a phone call and we all went "swimming" in the hot tub. Vogon went back after a few minutes to take an antacid and didn't come back, so after I called his cell and the landline with no answer, we used it as an excuse to leave since the folks partying over by the pool kept giving us looks and the guy that climbed in the hot tub kept eyeing me (ew!). While Laurel dried off and changed out of her swim diaper in the living room, I found Vogon fast asleep in the bedroom. So cute.


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Jun. 28th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC)
Yes! Playing valet is always fun: "Yes, madam." {nod} It's funny to watch people as they try to figure out who you are. "Very good, madam." {nod} (If anyone had actually asked, I'd have said, "Why, that's Princess Melissa," as if they were insane or perhaps blind, and then leave them on their own to figure out "princess of who/where/what." {evil grin}) "Thank you, madam." {nod} I think the giant penguin 'brelly helped with the image, too. "Very well, madam." {nod}

And, sorry I bailed on ya at the hot tub. I took the antacid and then laid down to let it take effect. I guess with all the excitement of the day I was more tired than I thought and conked out.
Jun. 28th, 2004 02:25 pm (UTC)
Now I'm giggling at the mental image of you telling people that. I am so not a princess, which would have made it even funnier. I should have painted my toenails before we went out!

Eh, I didn't take it personally. I figured your stomach was really bothering you, which is why I was surprised to find you asleep instead of in the study.
Jun. 28th, 2004 02:35 pm (UTC)
I wish I had the patience to make my own clothes..is there anything you CAN'T do?
Jun. 28th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm still taking baby steps when it comes to making clothes -- I still haven't set a zipper by myself and I haven't tried anything terribly complex yet. vogonpoet makes corsets occasionally and I marvel at all the details involved in that.

There are lots of things I can't do! I can't drive, for starters. (Vogon has offered to teach me how to drive a stick, but thinking about driving makes me all kinds of nervous.) I can't French-braid hair, although I bought a book (Klutz's Hair) with step-by-step directions. I can only do a couple of basic swimming strokes and am petrified of getting my face wet. There are a bunch of other things, but right now my brain is poky.
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