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When cats are BAD, Holiday Edition & more!

You know what the definition is of "BAD CAT"? A cat who removes an ornament from the tree and has to play with it, loudly, at 4:27am. A cat whose name is MORGAN.

(This was, luckily, one of the styrofoam ornaments that I hang on the lower branches with just this eventuality in mind. I'm a little bummed, though, because -- and raqs will know what I'm talking about -- it's the only blue one left from the set of ultra-cheap styro balls wrapped in shiny silky floss that we bought at, like, Ames or something a skillion years ago. I have lots of red ones left, but just one blue and one green. They're very shiny! I like them on lower branches, and on the window-facing sides of the tree. I wish I knew where to get some more.)

I can't brag about my shopping prowess today, because Someone is likely reading this LJ. But I can say that there are certain stores that are really, really dangerous to go into at any time, and it was only with a great effort of willpower that I got out without purchasing many more things. (Hah! Let 'em wonder!)

You know what I hate? How when you go back to the same vendor to buy a pair of jeans to replace the jeans you love but that unfortunately have finally developed holes in strategically inconvenient places, you [a] have to buy the next size larger, even though it can't just be your Ever Expanding Ass's fault, because the old jeans still fit perfectly well (are a bit LOOSE, even), so, BITE ME, Gap; and [b] are seized with the suspicion that these new jeans are somehow flimsier than the old ones, and honestly, the old ones are not THAT old, what gives? Grr.

It's not just my jeans, either. My gloves, which have done yeoman's work for something like 4 or 5 years, finally developed a hole after shovelling on Sunday. *sigh* And my BELOVED GREEN VELVET SCARF (which raqs brought for me years and years and years ago, from Germany) is developing a lot of holes/splitting/rips in its silk lining, and I just don't know what to *DO*. *sob* (Also, the gloves perfectly match the scarf, which is sad, because that particular nice shade of dark olive is so hard to find.)

I wish my clothes would get the memo that it's a week to Xmas and replacing key items of my wardrobe wasn't on my agenda.

ETA: What do you do when your bosses give you a holiday gift that is genuinely very pretty, but difficult to actually use/wear? I've just been given a lovely ethnic-y woven scarf, and my feeling is that I would like to figure out some way to use/wear it around the office in future, but... it's very *short*. Difficult to wear in practical terms. And I deeply suspect that if I do wear it the only way I can figure doing so, it will look like nothing so much as a prayer shawl.


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Dec. 19th, 2007 10:22 pm (UTC)
For the scarf: can you fold it and use it as a dresser scarf on top of a table? Or hang it to cover the back of a bookcase or desk? As an antimacassar on the back of an easy chair would be a good way to display it as well -- practical but not practical in the way it was designed for.

(Well, you've seen my house. There's a blanket on every chair, mostly because I'm a cold person, but also because it's a nice way to have color around the house.)
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
The first is actually a very good suggestion, and I have a place where it would go very well. The problem is that if I use it in that way, it's not a way that I can do in the office in order to demonstrate "hey! I liked your gift!"
Dec. 19th, 2007 10:54 pm (UTC)
I think the answer of what to do with the old scarf is: Go to germany and get a new one.

Honestly, if you want me to keep my eyes open... you know I don't mind scarf shopping!

No idea what to do with the new scarf. Prayer shawl is not a good look.

And Morgan is a very bad cat.

And the Gap can go suck eggs. Try shopping for other jeans, man. They're all different. There's no consistency in manufacturing anymore, goddammit.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
I think the answer of what to do with the old scarf is: Go to germany and get a new one.

Honestly, if you want me to keep my eyes open... you know I don't mind scarf shopping!

:P !!! But the problem is I don't WANT a NEW scarf! I still want THIS scarf!

The velvet part is all perfectly good, it's just that the lining was always somewhat delicate, I thought. I wonder if the answer is to re-back it with something else? It wouldn't be the same, obviously, because the silk lining was dyed the same time as the velvet front. But maybe if I could find the right stuff to back it with, it could be Different But Okay.

Try shopping for other jeans, man.

You know how it is, though. Especially with jeans. It's such a struggle to find The Right Jeans that when you find ones you like, your instinct is to stick with that manufacturer through thick and thin. That's why I feel so betrayed. And I don't WANT to descend back into the hell of going 'round to all the *other* manufacturers and trying to figure out if their jeans are an acceptable substitute, you know? GRR.
Dec. 20th, 2007 02:01 am (UTC)
I'm sure if you found some good silk, you could get any tailor to put a new back on the thing. It wasn't a terribly sturdy silk to start with, you're right. It wouldn't be exactly the same but that silk was always going to be the first part to go.

You know how it is, though.

OH I KNOW. I know you know that I know. But that's the way it is. Even with a brand there's no consistency. You just got to be always willing to take things back and try again.

Also, jeans do stretch when you've worn them for a while... maybe you should give the smaller size a try?
Dec. 20th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh for goodness' sake
that was me. *facepalm*

have i mentioned my computer died???
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:20 pm (UTC)
I've heard what you've said about the jeans from more than person about that very story. So, huh....and gah.

Sorry about the scarf. And pseaking of scarfs...can you use the new one your boss gave you as a runner along the surface of a cabinet or file? I've done this as I don't wear scarves at all yet sometimes a lovely one appears.

As for Morgan, ah....cats and their ability to know just how to tweak us. Speaking of which, Indigo has not been on the wrong side of the counter in two days. See what I mean? Heh.
Dec. 19th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
Of course!

As I said to Jane above, I *could* use the scarf that way, but then I couldn't also wear it into the office somehow to show that I liked the gift, you know?
Dec. 20th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Heh, of course indeed. :) Little shit. Er, Indigo that is.

As for the scarf, I was thinking it might warm up a file cabinet or desk at work....but it's a chancy thing as the person who gave it to you might prefer it be used in another way...gah, it's hard to say. *hugs*
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