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If I'm away from the keyboard suddenly, it's because my oven has caught fire. :) I got some dark-brown Fimo clay and I'm making a wand out of a bamboo knitting needle. I wrapped the clay around the bottom of the knitting needle in a spiral (making sure to cover up the "US 10" mark) and burnished the clay with gold burnishing powder. I'm hoping that both the needle and the powder won't mind being baked at 225 for 30 minutes, which is what it takes to harden the Fimo. I'll let you know if it works!

In other news, AAAAAH! Dad the Brave gave me a gift certificate to his lady friend's clothing store so that I could buy nice-looking clothes for my Chicago presentation. (This is not The Lady Friend, who he's been dating for eight years. This is another lady friend. Speaking of which, why are elderly women always hitting on DtB? I realize objectively from looking at his college photos that he was a hottie of movie-star proportions, but (a) that was a long time ago and (b) more importantly, HE IS MY DAD. o_O) This is the second time DtB has given me a gift certificate to this place, and he never writes an amount on it. I just go in there and lady friend suggests clothes for me, which I try on and some of which I walk out with.

Today I got two cotton skirts, one very cute and one super-extremely-OMB cute, a very cool pair of black pants, and a t-shirt. I glanced down at the receipt when I was leaving and nearly passed out. I am not used to shopping in stores like this. I am not used to paying more than a single-digit amount for t-shirts, for one thing.

(So far, no oven fire.)

On the other hand, I have never had a pair of pants fit this well in my life before, and they actually make me look skinny. I could get used to it, maybe. But realistically, I'd probably be better off just learning how to sew. :)

I need to write my third book report for this unit in my Multicultural Lit class (speaking of which, go read Rain is Not My Indian Name, by Cynthia Leitich Smith!), but my brain is shot from writing the first two. Maybe I'll just work on my costume. Or vaccuum.

*hugs* everyone!

Date: 2007-07-13 10:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You made me LOL with the "No fire yet" inclusion. :)

Don't get me started on clothes shopping. Did some of that yesterday. My size 8 on a fat day MIL has a whole new disdain for the larger size clothing industry, having now seen how crappy the situation is first-hand.

So, how'd the wand turn out?

Date: 2007-07-13 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I think it looks good! But the powder didn't actually incorporate onto the Fimo when it hardened, so when I hold the wand, my hand turns gold. HtB has some clear polyurethane - I think I'll try painting it with that.

Left to my own devices, I would go with the sporty athletic look, considering I am usually at least kind of athletic. But it's not easy to find my size. It is very depressing to read a catalogue and find that they think "extra large" is a 10-12.

Date: 2007-07-13 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Please, please, please can DtB adopt me??? I love my own dad, but he's never given me a gift certificate with no dollar amount on it. On second thought, if something happens to the DH I'm calling up DtB tout suit. ;)

Did you need any other submissions for HMS LIbris this month? With all that's on your plate, I dodn't know if you were worrying about it right now. Just let me know the next time something is ude. :)

Date: 2007-07-14 02:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*sporfle* I'll give you DtB's phone number. :D

Oh, man, I forgot the date! I have to do the HP HMS Libris this weekend! (I have switched over to "HP Countdown Time," and not paid tons of attention to how that correlates to the actual calendar.)

I'll post and ask for HP reflections. If you have anything else you'd like to contribute (besides your awesome HP piece) you're welcome - otherwise the next regular issue will be in August.

Date: 2007-07-14 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was looking for a book rec. Thanks! I want to go to a store like that to have someone help me choose stuff that will look good on me. I dress very badly and I'm really cheap too--or at least I am when I'm not desperate.

Date: 2007-07-14 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My favorite was a woman I went to grad school with who was totally great at shopping and could find you stuff that would look terrific on you at a price you could afford. She had a gift, for sure. :)

It's a really interesting book. On her blog she talks about how she wanted the writing style to be Native American and not just the story. It's also set in the town where she went to college, more or less, and boy does it sound like a typical small Midwestern town!


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