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08:51 pm: Good News: I didn't burn the house down
Saturday I went shopping in Kusatsu for more used kimono. The first store I tried to find, from the address in a book I flipped through, no longer existed. I did find another store, though, and bought three kimono for $100, which is a decent price, even just considering the cost of the fabric. I took so long deciding which ones to buy, however, that it was already afternoon by the time I finished. I bought a few more craft supplies and went home.

I immediately set to work on my next project, making a totebag. I saw that cat print fabric--with a picture of a cat reading a book...well, sleeping on a book--and knew it would be perfect for a certain someone. The finished product looks pretty good, I think. But if I ever sound like I'm expressing a serious interest in patchwork, someone please thwap me upside the head until I come back to my senses. The mixing and matching colors aspect I like, but it's definitely a hobby for someone with a much higher tolerance for tedium.

The totebag project took a lot longer than I expected. This is partly because putting the lining in turned out to be trickier than I thought. I guessed that it would be done inside-out, and then you just flip it like turning a grocery bag inside out. Boy, was I wrong. It reminded me of hearing about an animal that eats by spitting its stomach out to digest its food...it was kinda like that. I tell you, they need to use sewing to teach advanced geometry.

Anyway, I finally finished by around lunchtime on Sunday. I then had a whole avalanche of things to do and not nearly enough time. First of all, I was asked to do a Halloween party-lesson in my small class on Monday as well as for the English club, and I had absolutely nothing prepared. I had all kinds of intentions to make Halloween props to bring, but the most I ever made was a pumpkin potholder before I turned to other things. So I had to go to the store and hunt for Halloween goods. Second, I wanted to bring some pumpkin pie for the abovementioned classes, so I had to bake that...and that meant I had to buy two pie pans. Third, I got some patterns in the mail for some things I want to sew for my parents, and I wanted to buy the fabric at Kusatsu while I was shopping for Halloween things anyway. Fourth, several days ago I had been invited to a dinner party from 5-8pm hosted by a lady from the International Exchange group, and I said I would go, since at the time I thought "Hey, I never do anything but read Sunday evenings anyway..." Hah!

I did, in fact, manage to get my Halloween and sewing shopping done in Kusatsu between noon and three. I immediately set about making the pies. (I had cooked the pumpkin that morning. Rice cookers are so handy. Just pop the pumpkin in with a bit of water, push the start button, and when you come back later it's all done. It's soft all the way through, too, unlike my experience trying to steam pumpkin in the microwave, where it got hard crispy bits all over.) I had just put them in the oven to bake when I got the call from my ride to the dinner party.

I left the pies in the oven when I set out, figuring that they were on a timer, so the oven would turn off when it was finished. It didn't occur to me until about two hours later that leaving things baking unattended was probably a bad idea, just on the off chance something would catch fire. Everything was fine when I got back, though, so I breathed a sigh of relief there.

On a side note: While in Kusatsu, I passed a place with the name "Bar Sushi & Men" in bold letters on its sign. I terribly wanted to take a picture, but it was on the other side of a broad street and I was carrying so much stuff that I didn't want to bother crossing over to get closer.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 24th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
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That bag is so cute!!! Now I really feel like I need to find that Heiji plushie.

It reminded me of hearing about an animal that eats by spitting its stomach out to digest its food...it was kinda like that.
...I'm dying over here. I can't remember the last time I laughed so hard.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 24th, 2004 02:42 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad you like it. ...Now I just have to think of what to make to use up the rest of this cat print. ...Maybe a matching hat...or a keitai holder...?
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 24th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Hmmm. Keitai holder I can see. (But then wouldn't you have to find a pattern for that?) But I don't know about a hat. ^_^; Maybe...umm....I can't think of anything else. ^_^;;;;;
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 24th, 2004 09:05 pm (UTC)
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...potholders...? For all your hot totebag emergencies...
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:October 24th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
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No, that's perfect! I need potholders!! (You remember that crappy 100en one I have, right? I almost burn my hands every time I bake.)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 25th, 2004 01:58 pm (UTC)
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Potholders it is, then. I know I have several different patterns in the books I've been collecting, I just need to look through them.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2004 07:57 am (UTC)

Just like my mom!

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*I tell you, they need to use sewing to teach advanced geometry.*

Whooaah, I got the shudders reading this sentence. I remember Mom telling me that when I was growing up. She said it something like in the context that everything we learn is helpful to us later. Then she said that, for example, she uses geometry all the time in sewing. (She loved them both: geometry and sewing.)

Anyway, it was really nice hearing the same thought coming from you, and it was a nice memory of my mom.

By the way, origami is really nice for thinking about geometry, also.

Love,
Mom


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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:October 24th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Just like my mom!

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I remember Mom telling me that when I was growing up.

Great minds think alike. ^_^ It's so true, though. Every time I use math or some other subject in what I'm doing--like the time we used geometry to make sure our plots had right angles when we were planting potatoes--it makes me think of how you can't just say "I'm never going to use this."

I forgot to mention how beautiful the tote turned out.

Thanks!

I'm really impressed how much you are getting done on the weekend. I don't think I could do that much in a whole week.

Keep in mind that I don't have any interruptions (usually), so I can sit and work on a project for hours at a time on the weekend.

I just wish weekends were longer...there are so many more things I want to do. (I bought a book on how to make clothes with Chinese-type collars on Saturday. It even teaches you how to make Chinese-style buttons.)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:October 24th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)

Gorgeous tote!

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I forgot to mention how beautiful the tote turned out.

I'm really impressed how much you are getting done on the weekend. I don't think I could do that much in a whole week.

Love,
Mom
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