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This week has just been weird.

On Tuesday, we had lunch at Purdy's (I thought of Leann and Andy when I heard the name) and Laurel had her first mealtime behavior issue in several weeks: pulling alligator tears after being reprimanded for kicking Vogon in the knee, which earned a trip outside to cool down and stop crying before we rejoined our lunchtime company.

I thought that was my dose of weird for the day, but after lunch we had surprise visitors: the nerdsprout and her best friend, neither of which we'd seen in months. I called Vogon to apprise him of the situation and he came home, briefly talked with her, and headed back to work. After he left, I helped the girls carry the already-packed boxes of clothing down to her friend's car and pack a few boxes of miscellaneous stuff (books, CDs, etc.) as well.

Wednesday was pretty normal after that, aside from tuning in to CNN to see a segment on NewsNight with Aaron Brown that ostensibly featured the software Vogon works on. We saw the two customer sites the company recommended to focus on how they use the product, but all we saw of an interview with the medical director of the product division were expecting to see was perhaps 30 seconds total and I wouldn't have even caught the product name if I wasn't looking for it -- one scene where a doctor was sitting in front of a computer screen displaying it. Meh.

Today at lunch Vogon gave me a heads-up that his dad is in town and would like to bring two of the nieces (one of them is around Laurel's age and she loves her to bits) to join us for lunch, so I've been putting a lot of effort into decluttering the living room. While there's lots of obvious tasks -- putting the steam press in the closet, neatly stowing up the cloth around the couch and sewing corner, breaking down some boxes to go out -- I'm really enjoying the little things, like repairing a spring wire hamper that holds stuffed animals and repurposing the large fabric remote control organizer that hung over the edge of my mantel to hold  large pairs of sewing shears (we have several pairs of 7"+ dressmaker's shears plus the requisite pair of pinking shears) and help a plastic drawer unit sit evenly under the sewing table, which is a nice improvement over its regular slight but noticeable lean. The remotes now sit neatly in a box the perfect size to hold all four remotes, cut down to height and covered in fabric.

While I'm cleaning, I've got a box rapidly filling with size 2 and 3 girls' clothes. red_ervish has first dibs since she's the most recent recipient of past hand-me-downs. It fits nicely with the fact that a package from oxymoron02 arrived today and Laurel's thrilled by all the new-to-her clothes, especially the striped tee (I really liked the elephant shirt myself). Thanks!


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Jun. 23rd, 2005 10:57 pm (UTC)
Sounds busy!

God, I really need to 'relearn' how to sew. Next month at our mothers of multiples meeting is kimono night. Since so many multiples are preemies or have medical issues, we do these simple three piece kimonos for babies in NICU. It covers up the wires and ports while allowing the medical staff easy access. Our main thing during that night is cutting tons of pieces of fabric using pinking shears and sewing them together. I know it could go much faster if I used the skills more often.

I also wish I could MAKE shorts or simple shirts for the boys instead of buying them. LAZY! :) Do you ever make Laurel's clothes for her? If so, does she like helping pick out the fabrics?
Jun. 23rd, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Shorts are EASY. I can whip those out in 45 minutes, probably less, even. It's just 2 pieces of fabric, you hem the legs, sew the small side together on each pair, put one side inside out and in the other piece, serge (or sew) the inner seam, sew the top edge down (knits don't unravel), stick elastic in, sew it shut. voila. Pants are basically the same, just have longer legs. :-) Shirts, you can just get cheap t-shirts, they take more time to sew.
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
There aren't many causes that I can really find reason to support... but if you need and don't have a (or enough) serger(s), I'll gladly lend mine to this effort.

And, you'd be amazed at how easy it is to make almost anything for kids with said device... (I wouldn't be offended if you used it for more than just the donated service...).

The cool thing about a serger is that it cuts and sews at the same time.... Just a thought.

Jun. 23rd, 2005 11:08 pm (UTC)
was it yummy @ purdys?
Jun. 29th, 2005 12:37 pm (UTC)
Indeed... but next time we go, what would you like us to enjoy for you?

Jun. 23rd, 2005 11:14 pm (UTC)
Since red_ervish doesn't need them, Maylie is in-between 2t and 3t (I've only been getting 3t for the grow-into factor but she can still fit into 2t barely). I can pay for the shipping. :-) Well the 3t anyway, like I said she's on the verge of outgrowing 2t.
Jun. 23rd, 2005 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah and thanks in advance, too. :-)
Jun. 24th, 2005 12:13 am (UTC)
I think I probably say this whenever you mention this type of thing but:
pulling alligator tears after being reprimanded for kicking Vogon in the knee, which earned a trip outside to cool down and stop crying before we rejoined our lunchtime company.
makes me want to thank you so very, very much. I wish more parents did that kind of thing; usually, it seems (well, "usually" is probably the wrong word, it's just that those are the ones you notice because they're acting poorly) parents will just be all "Oh, be quiet. Be quiet. Meh." in a store/restaurant/whatever and let the kid continue bawling. So, yes, thank you for being an awesome parent who is doing the right thing. For reals.
Jun. 24th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
You are one busy mama. You make me tired just thinking of it all. ;)
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