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Oct. 29th, 2014

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The Tissots are SO COMFORTABLE. I did get a little rubbing on the back of my calf at the top of the boot, but I think that was mainly from driving - and that said, I was able to drive without wanting to pull over and take them off or anything. I'm definitely thinking of not bringing any other shoes with me to New York to save on what I have to carry on the E. So a big recommend from me.

They are still shedding polish on my hands, though. Why. Why.

The Boardwalk Empire finale was excellent. I kind of wish the show'd been under the threat of cancellation earlier - maybe it would have gotten sharper and clearer and more narratively satisfying over the past few seasons, instead of getting more and more bulky until this season pared it down. It could have used maybe one more episode for closure, but I guess this ending just solidified that it really is all about Nucky. I say this without judgment. Okay, maybe a little judgment because it's always been all about Margaret for me. more spoilery thoughtsCollapse )

Put the hooks and bars in the dress lining. Tomorrow: snaps, the hem, and potential (probable) alterations.

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Ahhhhhh

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Finally bought my bus tickets. I kind of wanted to wait until later on Saturday to come home, but then it seemed like cutting out a meal in the city was probably for the best. And since my boots are Finished, I'm feeling very good. I still have a handful of things to do with the dress and I haven't thought a ton about my hair so I shouldn't, but I'm really happy with the boots. They're so comfortable - I'm going to wear them to the museum tomorrow to help break them in. Still shedding some polish onto my fingers, I've tried rubbing them hard with a cloth twice now, do you just have to do that for a longer time? Also there are smudges all on the inside.

Finding Your Roots is a very good show, much better than WDYTYA, I have to say. Less moody staring off into the sky, more facts.

Need a conclusion for my mourning post. Also need to rinse the hard water out of my hair.

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So I learned a new skill

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Leather dye came today and I dyed my boots! One of them has some black smudges on the sole now and some bleedthrough behind the holes where the buttons were attached (bit of a learning curve), but the other is better. And the next time I spend a hilarious amount of money on reenacting footwear I will be able to dye it even better.

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this post is brought to you by CRAMPS

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Not productive today. This morning I planned to try on the dress after work, but it was not to be. About an hour into work I started having cramps, and I was like "just play it cool, this always happens and you think it's imminent but you don't get it for hours and hours." NOPE. Had to run off to lunch early because I needed to get to my purse very quickly. So now I feel awful and bloated and tender and I am not putting any kind of a corset on. Tomorrow I will probably feel better.

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Oct. 25th, 2014

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I read this article on current fashion's overconsistency a while ago and kept the tab open. At first I started to agree with it, but I don't think the situation's as dire as they make it out to be. You can actually tell a photo/movie from 1994 or even 2004 from one taken this year. The changes aren't as drastic as, say, 1864 to 1874 to 1884, but they're there. IMO it's less about us looking back too much and more about it being easier for the industry to make only minor changes in the big overseas factories.

Tried to make a purple gradient cake: lesson learned, you cannot do it with red and blue gel, it just makes grey. I eventually made a blue gradient but trying to get purple made me beat it so long that it's all kind of rubbery. /o\ My bagels came out so much better. I should stick with breads! After the cake's gone I'm going to try making kouign amman, a recipe for which I've had open ever since watching that episode of GBBO.

Once this whole crazy Halloween thing is over, I'm going to pick up my sewing area (Mom's living room) except for the Regency dress I'd like to finish for the Troy Victorian walk. Then I'm going to work on that sewing machine. I cleaned it some the other day with alcohol, but now I need to re-oil it. I would do it now except I don't know where Mom keeps the oil. Put in the zipper on that cute jumper dress I will never wear because I can't get a museum job. Make the two knit tops I bought fabric for months ago - most of the seams/hems don't need to stretch, so maybe I can even do almost all of them on the 99. I guess I'll just zig-zag hem the ends of the sleeves and the necklines (on the other machine)? They should go together pretty fast. And then I'd like to make a second pair of pants, maybe trying to add pockets this time. The pattern I have is very good otherwise, high-waisted and comfortable.

I'm starting to suspect that I've been moved to packaging at work not just because Robynn the Queen Decorator has returned but also because I'm not very good at doing the cakes. Which is kind of depressing because who wants to suck at something? But at the same time, I feel a lot more comfortable packaging because I could tell I wasn't very good at cakes. But I'm never going to get better at cakes if I'm not assigned to them. CONFLICTED.

Breaking out like crazy. So great, I was hoping that if I went to a big event with a lot of people and cameras my skin would look absolutely terrible and blotchy.

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Oct. 22nd, 2014

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Ugh, I am so tired and cranky today. The past few nights I've only gotten ~6 hours of sleep, so it's just piling up behind me and making me unhappy. I need to sew and fix the buttons on my boots but I don't want to. I want to go to New York and see Amanda and Julie but at the same time I'm having my usual pre-event "let's just dump this and stay home and sleep" jitters. I still haven't bought my bus tickets because that's too proactive. Being this poor really sucks and I should get a job at MetLife or something, but I like having the volunteering time and would hate to have to be the new person YET AGAIN. I'm still upset I didn't make it to the second round at OCHS. Mom makes very small dinners with not enough vegetables.

But, on the positive side. I don't have to be in until noon tomorrow, so I can sleep until 7 if I want. My wrist is feeling so much better that I think I can go back to Etsy and start making things ahead of time to sell instead of doing everything custom. I am going to move my boot buttons right now or at least make the new holes. Someone online told me I could easily service the Singer 99 and didn't need to take it to a shop.

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Haven't posted in a few days

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My dress is almost done - just need to do the finishing and fastenings. Hopefully that will be something I can do in one sitting. (Oh, and I think I'm probably going to reattach the skirt in the back because of Issues.) Now I'm obsessing about shoes and hair. I've got dye and such coming to blacken my Tissots and I need to move the buttons as well. I've got black plumes to put in my hair but I'm at a total loss as to how I'm going to do that. I know a late teens-early '20s hairstyle that I'll be doing, but I'm not sure how to incorporate the plumes. If I can't, I guess ... I'll sell them? I don't want them around if they're not useful to me. If only I had a black hat - I'd just put them on it. But my only black hat is a cloche.

The other day I was getting all :( over how there are always period-specialists who are better than me at their own time periods, but I brought myself back up by realizing that when it comes to generalists, I'm doing pretty well. Not to brag. But you know how my self-esteem is.

A different day someone on Tumblr posted a link to an article their friend wrote about C.F. Worth, and I kind of ... did a Chanel over it? D: I didn't mean to, I started to just reblog the link with general praise (because it was really well-written) but then I started questioning some of the assumptions the writer made - that's the trouble with citing regularly, when one section has no citations it really makes you start to wonder where they found it and why they didn't cite - and then the assumptions fashion historians make as a body about Worth. There doesn't seem to be really a good, factual analysis out there of what the Parisian fashion industry was like in the 1840s and 1850s, in terms of price and name-recognition/prestige and dressmaker income. A lot of the time the definition of "haute couture" as invented by Worth feels very very vague, almost as though (like the controversy over "behavioral modernity") we define this change by Worth so that Worth can be described as its inventor, and some of it feels like just the fact that a ~man was now involved is the main dividing line between "just small-time, unknown dressmakers" and "TRUMPETS SOUNDING A WHOLE NEW ERA".

Anyway I worry that she now feels like I'm a dick.

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Today has been a pretty good day

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Realized while working on a mourning post that it will coincide pretty closely to Halloween and Death Becomes Her, excellent.

I haven't been using anything in my hair except water and a hairbrush, hoping that it would transition and suddenly be wonderful. Well, I don't know if it will suddenly be awesome or if I'll just get used to dealing with it in a different way, but I started looking into the latter because the former seems unlikely. I found suggestions for using corn starch (I don't want to use actual dry shampoo as part of the reason I stopped using regular shampoo is that I wanted to be ~all-natural~ and everything), mixed with cocoa powder to make it darker for darker hair, and tried it out - and it works really well! Except that it's "darker" in that it's no longer white, while my hair is "darker" in that it's a very dark brown, so I still have to use less than I actually used while trying it out. But now Mom will have to stop going on at me about how greasy my hair is and wouldn't I like to wash it?

After lunch I went to a yard sale just outside the village that turned out to be run by an acquaintance, and I bought an old salt shaker to keep my cocoa/corn starch in and make it easier to get a light dusting on my hair, plus computer speakers because Mom's are so terrible. These were both very very cheap, but then I agonized over this antique electric sewing machine that just looked so functional, and it was $25 ... I felt like an ass because I've been whining so much about being poor lately, but I went for it, and when I got home I confirmed that it works well (although I don't know how to use it fully atm, and I can't get it not to pucker the fabric). Then I went online to look up more about it, and found that it's a 1941 Singer 66 (or 99? conflicting information) with a crinkle finish, which is pretty rare. I just thought it was ugly! So I'm going to try to resell it for a profit, and wait until I'm in my own place to buy the same machine as my grandmother has.

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Last night

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I didn't even get into the other things! I'm freaking out about this Met thing because my sewing skills, you know, I can make you a lovely row of buttonholes but when it comes to putting a whole dress together ... not so much. I get frustrated and bored and it never comes out looking like it should. Even when I use a large pattern, I get roughly the same results as a scaled-up one (so there, mom). I'm not worried people are going to be judging me and making remarks, I'm just tired of letting myself down all the time when it comes to this sort of thing.

Tomorrow I'm scheduled to train a 5-10am baking shift, and I told them I didn't want to do it, and it feels extra frustrating because I told them. If they just scheduled me I'd still be a nervous wreck because I know I'm going to make mistakes and the AM (who is training me) always acts like running out of something on the floor is a national catastrophe, but having been asked and then my wishes overridden just feels so disrespectful that the idea of working here for another two or three months is painful. And that feels so overwrought that I'm just angry with myself.

I still haven't done my student loan payment this month because I was hoping to take it out of the advance as my net income this month doesn't cover it. It's not that I can't pay it without the advance, but I'm trying to stop taking money out of my savings so much like I said. And I owe some other things, including another payment to my fashion-plate-researcher in NYC. I gave the publisher all the info to wire me the money but so far I think they haven't.

When I feel bad like this I generally work on my blog to relax, but then I get more stressed because a) I have several other things I need to do like finish the dress and work on my book and b) the whole thing about shooting myself in the foot with the blog from last night, like great it relaxes me but every post just makes me look less employable.

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Oohhhhhhhohoho

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I am so depressed tonight

My patterning at Sturbridge went well - two spencers, one early and one mid, an evening dress that I really liked but may be some sort of Victorian reproduction (a really well-done and attractive one, but it is Not Quite Right), and another bib-front. It's not quite the same as the other one I did (which was exactly the same as Janet Arnold's if you remember), but it also has English provenance. Is there any proof of American women wearing them? Or am I just really unlucky in trying to find an American one around here?

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Muscular Butts Pt II

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So my post-show (next day) thoughts.

They added a new, short song for Crutchy to try out on the tour, "Letter from the Refuge", and I liked it. Crutchy is a more important character in the show at the beginning - Jack's best friend rather than his sidekick/mascot - so he needed to not just disappear for a long time the way he had been, especially since the show cut out the abortive escape attempt and window conversation at the Refuge.

Speaking of Crutchy, it kind of niggled at me for a while before I could put it into words, but I don't know if I like the characterization shifts overall. "Santa Fe" is such a great song in the movie because it's at odds with Jack's character as it'd been shown - he's not obviously a dreamer. Everyone knows he wants to go there, but nobody knows how strongly he clings to it as a dream rather than a general ambition. (Am I putting way more thought into Newsies than I should? Yes.) How much he wants more adventure/action than just selling papers. And he stands apart from the rest as their leader/popular kid, he can't make a real friend until he meets David because David isn't one of them and he doesn't have to lead him. In the show, David is basically just another newsboy - Katherine isn't replacing Sarah and Denton, she's replacing David. David and Jack have the meet-cute in the movie, David and Jack have the teasing banter, David brings the cross-class relationship, David provides a new way to look at other people and an emotional center (with his family). And David is absolutely a leader of the strike, on par with Jack almost. Crutchy was beefed up to fill that soulmate-fraternal role that David left and it didn't work, in part because Crutchy still has a character voice, still is not a strike leader, and still spends too much time off-stage.

I understand that smooshing Sarah and Denton together into Katherine was economical, but it also amped up this generation-war theme that feels like pandering to the Millennial audience. Katherine's song lyric about older people making a mistake by growing old, "we'll stay young forever", plus the fact that without Denton there are no significant positive adult characters. (Medda is great, I totally approve of making her song bigger to give her more presence, but she's not terribly pivotal.) Factor in the scene at the Jacobs' apartment being cut and it starts to feel like something to me. Something like pandering.

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Intermission! Thoughts:

Davy is the tallest and he slouches a lot; Less is much more annoying than he needs to be.

Jack is too articulate. Davy is the "walking mouth", Jack conquers with a personal charisma that makes everyone look up to him. The artistic talent is interesting, though, I didn't get that from listening to the OBC.

Warning up to Katherine. But I miss Sarah. I really wish we could have had the two of them.

I also miss movie!Seitz, despite his being such a minor character.

Still think putting Santa Fe at the beginning is totally wrong. Santa Fe is a dream Jack has that gives him an identity (the cowboy, and can I just say I miss his hat and kerchief?) and something to think about when he's sad. It's not something he truly is working towards, and imo half the reason he didn't leave at the end is because he realized that - I would say that might even be more of why he stayed than because of his friends.

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Oct. 10th, 2014

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I did indeed attach the skirt to the bodice! The bodice is strangely non-gathered in front, basically just eased ... I haven't tried it on since because it's too chilly to change. Let's just all cross our fingers that this works out and it doesn't turn out to be crap and I don't have to totally start over on October 20.

Was hoping my stress and anxiety lately was PMS/DD-related, but unfortunately it is the opposite time of the month, I realized when I actually checked.

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Woo!

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I'm totally getting things done today!

First I worked some more on my Doucet and Doeuillet posts (don't really count as "getting things done" because this is like all that I do with my time these days). I think Doucet is finished, but Doeuillet needs some more illustrations. None of the photos I want to use from the Met are OASC released. *sulks*

Last night I made the layers (Victoria sponge) with my new pans for Dad's cake, to be eaten tomorrow. Froze them. This morning I made the cannoli filling and put the stack together, then made the mascarpone frosting. WOW. I've never had mascarpone before, now I realize why it's so expensive. There's a good amount of filling left over and a bunch of frosting. It was very runny so I kind of drizzled heavily and then plastered the sides with mini chocolate chips - later I might see if it stiffened up in the fridge and try to pipe some on the top. You know those cakes that are covered with big flat rosettes? I assumed you piped, you know, huge roses but it turns out that it is all a lie - it's just big swirls. So I might do that on top. Although the effect is totally ruined for me, now instead of roses they just look like swirls.

Started a load of laundry early and have it drying now.

Tried on my mourning skirt over the proper(ish) undergarments to dart it. I need to make a petticoat, my Neoclassical one is too full. With luck I will sew the darts in and then attach it to the bodice today. Maybe even cut out the collar and cuffs!

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Oct. 8th, 2014

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Yesterday I went to A C Moore on the way home and got a bigger frosting spatula plus a spreader because I sometimes do cakes at home and these make it SO much easier. There was a set of five very small pans for making 6" layer cakes, marked down to $10, so I bought them too. I'm making less than $100 this week and I've spent most if not all of it already. But Dad's cannoli birthday cake is going to be beautiful.

Why is it that Matthew McNulty is always so underused. I'm trying to watch Jamaica Inn and it's good but this is simply criminal.

How is my hair lately? Very good. I hadn't even done a water wash in ages - I tried it once with a vinegar rinse to deal with the calcium in the water, but it came out oily (maybe because I had too much vinegar?) - but I did it recently with water that had been filtered and then boiled, and it worked amazingly. It's kind of a pain because of the hard water workaround, but I was already having to workaround with the vinegar rinse after I shampoo'd, so. Maybe doing this more frequently will mean I need to wash my brush less frequently. (I need to wash my brush all the time.) So far it still looks kind of greasy at the top, but my curls are a lot more defined and the bad side of my hair is less bad.

Have not really sewn today or yesterday. I mean, I have the bodice all together and the skirt all together, this isn't too bad, I think. But putting on all the underclothes to fit the darts ... such a bore, darling.

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History

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I was thinking about (obsessing over) my feelings on death, life, time, history last night, and it occurred to me that probably the reason I got into history in the first place is that I started having this anxiety when I was little. Because if you think that much about how quickly time moves, it's natural to be interested in history.

The local Delhi paper or some kind of newsletter published a picture of my stepfather, his father, my step-brother, and his son, Wyatt, with the caption that Wyatt is the 9th generation of the family in that area, the first moving there in the late 18th century. Which blows my mind, because that means that if Will had had a similar picture taken when he was a newborn (in the ... mid 1920s, I think?), the great-grandfather in that would have been the original Gideon's grandson.

I don't know what I'm trying to say. I think most people tend to feel unconsciously that the past wasn't really real, that it's a setting for fiction - and when watching or reading a piece of historical fiction, that gets applied to it (so you wonder more about where they're going than about what happened to them before), which is why I always wish historical pieces would include decent flashbacks to remind the audience that it just keeps going back and back, the past always influencing the present, no matter when the present is. You know what would be interesting? A series where each progressive book was set further back in time, following the generation back. It would be an interesting exercise in characterization, for one thing; instead of naturally aging characters, you'd write them as fully-formed older adults and extrapolate what they would have been like when younger.

I realize this sounds like I'm high. It's just nightblogging - in the morning!

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CRISIS AVERTED

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Almost had a total meltdown! When I started the mourning dress, I was planning to use black wool Mom had bought at the shop for something else - she had bought half the piece there and the rest was likely there. When we went to get the rest, there were two black wools with about the same amount in the piece, and she pointed out the one she thought it was. (You can guess the ending already.) Using the new piece, which was out, I cut out and put together the bodice pieces minus sleeves, and then just now I was working on the skirt. The way this pattern is supposed to work, you have two back pieces, one wide one across the front, and then a shorter, loose one on top to go with the wrap front. I'd cut out the front and back pieces and there was just not enough there for the overpiece, so I got out the other fabric.

It's not the same. It's actually nicer, thinner and smoother and lighter, but there's no way I could use the two together.

But there's a solution! The pattern is kooky, constructed more like a costume than pre-WWI dress, and I've already taken some steps to make it more realistic with a layered front opening instead of a side zipper. So it occurs to me that I could just dog-leg the closure, not have any overskirt panel but instead fasten the skirt in the left seam. I might need to put a little placket behind it, but it should work perfectly. I'd started to unpick the bodice in a fit of rage, but fortunately didn't get too far. After I eat I'm going to do all the skirt seams and the bodice one I unpicked.

I may have to make the sleeves a bit shorter, though, depending on how much wool is left.
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I started out finding Halt and Catch Fire pretty meh (and super ugly), but after a couple of episodes I got really hooked. I hope the writers can cope with the - I assume - inevitable success of the Giant and not manufacture things so that the characters are always the underdogs.

I like that meaty, dark, excessively accurate historical dramas are a full-on trend, apparently. Lee Pace is a bit too much of a Don Draper figure (I frequently say to myself "who is Don Draper???" when he's having angst and the presenting-a-successful-surface thing Don does) but it's really good.
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I'm having a problem with the Met's website - found out while trying to see which Doucet images are OASC for next week's blog post. It's giving me the mobile site when I search for some reason. Happening to anyone else? It's pretty obnoxious.

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Really Wordy Today

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Work was pretty excellent today, and hopefully acknowledging that won't jinx it. The AM was cheerful and did say "chop chop!" like five times, but I solidly base iced and decorated for hours without really feeling like I was falling behind.

While I was working, I remembered that NaNo is coming up, and wondered whether I wanted to do it. I have a book I'm supposed to be writing, and the two times I "won" I hated what I'd written to the point where I didn't want to revise and publish it. (Also I technically never finished the second one - I hit 50k at what should have been a few pages from the end and never bothered to write the actual end.) And then I thought about the Doucet research I've been doing and how interesting it is, how few fashion encyclopedias distinguish between the father and son and how many act like the place was off the radar until Jacques took over. Then I thought about writing a novel set in the turn of the century Paris fashion world - what about the Paquins, could I research them enough to feel comfortable writing historical fiction about them? (No, because I find the idea of my writing historical RPF weird, plus I could never do enough research to feel comfortable that I was't making the kind of blunders people make fun of, although there are no Paquin fans like there are Marie Antoinette fans or Elizabeth I fans or whatever.) But what if I fictionalize it more and come up with my own business/design duo? It could be set in the 1890s, nobody writes about the 1890s. But I tend to use the same relationship dynamics, how can I change it up? And I ended up thinking about this semi-Pygmalion homage/pastiche-thing where this rich guy is like, omg, the fashion press is ridiculous and the way people go on and on about clothing is so stupid, I bet you (friend) that I can put a back-alley dressmaker in a fancy salon and everyone will go crazy over how innovative and fantastic she is! So he does so but she thinks he seriously means it, and everybody does go wild over her. And now I think I do have to do NaNo this year.

When I first heard about The Knick, I thought it was going to be an Americanization of Casualty 1906/07/09. It very much is not. When I started watching it my first impression was that it was an historicization of House, but it very much isn't that either. It's more like Mad Men, despite the heavy gore and dirt that Mad Men lacks. But like Mad Men, it's a) an ensemble show focusing on many characters who range from powerful to oppressed and effective to frustrated, b) which tackles serious issues of -ism without making them the focus of after-school-special-style storylines, c) while putting serious effort in to making the setting complete and perfect. The Knick is even more impressive than Mad Men in the last regard, because Mad Men mainly takes place inside, in offices and homes and restaurants, where The Knick is frequently out on the street - with yards of perfect turn-of-the-century signage and awnings and perfectly dressed extras. In that way, it's more like Boardwalk Empire - but while Boardwalk does focus on multiple storylines, it rarely feels like an ensemble show to me, rather than one that focuses on multiple storylines. Maybe because there's usually A Nucky Plot, A Margaret Plot, A Chalky Plot, etc. rather than all of the leads doing things together, as leads?

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I would like to see more ethnicities, though. It's a very Irish-heavy show, and I don't quite know what the neighborhood was like in 1900 so maybe it's just accurate ... I just want some Jewish and Italian immigrants.

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Oct. 4th, 2014

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Worked at 6 this morning - wasn't too bad, I only did one stupid thing and the AM didn't get fussed about it. Because I was only there for four hours there wasn't a high expectation of productivity. I did all the special order cakes for the day, and there were quite a few. So that was nice.

Started reading Scoop, which is turning out as bad as Black Mischief - not in the dark sense, at least not yet, but in the racism. It's fun to be able to identify Diana Mitford in it, though.

The other day I helped cull in the library basement, in the biography and history sections. Wonderful, I was able to get rid of a bunch of things that have been on the shelves for a long time and not going, plus a bunch of conservative political books. I also picked up a handful that I would have culled, which I will probably read and take back/try to read and take back when I can't. One is Mistress of Monarchy, which I tried to read before and couldn't get into; now that I've done so much more research and history writing, I really appreciate the way she doesn't just give the narrative but talks critically about sources.

Got started on the mourning dress bodice: gathered the back, but I may have done it a bit low, need to try it on again. I also need Mom to dig out the rest of the wool so I can cut out the skirt pieces.

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Oct. 2nd, 2014

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Getting responses to my Outlander posts! Fun.

I thought my hair was finishing up the transition phase, but today it's pretty greasy again. This may be partly because my brush is kind of dirty; I tried soaking it in diluted vinegar yesterday, but it doesn't seem to have done very much. I've tried googling for information and can't find a lot.

No work or volunteering today! I'm doing email stuff that I've been putting off and watching TDS before my phone interview at ten. Trying not to think about that right now, after the mess that was my last one plus my desperation to get out of my job I'm just really jittery about it.

Last night I finished reading Black Mischief (Evelyn Waugh). It was super racist, and the ending was super bleak. Because ...Collapse )

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