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I have been so sluggish and depressed this morning, it's pretty intense. Got better when I decided to suggest at our June staff meeting that when our hours change in July - to be open not as late on Friday night and earlier on Saturday, which will mean both of us need to work five days - instead of us switching off working Mondays (when we're closed) and Saturdays, why doesn't she just work Mon-Fri and I'll work Tues-Sat, except when we need to trade for Reasons? Because switching would mean regular one-day weekends, and thinking about that was seriously making me want to cry. Because I have no social life and no family, working on Saturdays isn't the hardship for me that it is for her, so why not just put me there.

As you can see, last night I did sew again, inserting a long and somewhat wavy triangle into the sleeve seam. (I actually had to piece the triangle in one as well ಠ_ಠ) It's still a little tight at the end of the seam, so I might cut a tiny bit into the triangle and hem that along with the rest of the opening. Tonight: hemming the opening, making piped cuffs, sewing them to the sleeve along with the trim pieces. Tomorrow night: setting the sleeve into the armscye. Friday night: Putting lining on the neckline bands, adding hooks and eyes, trying on and having a meltdown when it won't fit (I assume).

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Oh snap, Bloodline is also a Monte-Cristo-esque revenge show! I an even more intrigued.

So ... I think there's an issue with copper pipes at work. I've been having some stomach cramps in the morning after I start in on my first glass of water, and it finally occurred to me that this is because of the water, not a coincidence. There is a lot of greenish build up on some of the faucets. I'm going to try running the water before I get my glass tomorrow, and then we'll see if I still feel sick! And of course I will bring it up with the boss, but she's away for a couple of days.

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I realized today while looking over my checklist for the antique sale - which isn't until April 23rd - that I'm kind of being a boss at being a boss? I've gotten a ton done. Three press releases have gone out (one more to go in a week or so), the radio spot's recorded, we have silent auction stuff coming in and being handled by the volunteers who do that, some volunteers have signed up to work on the day or to bring in desserts for the luncheon, flyers are made, raffle tickets are made, dealers are contracted, the space is reserved, tables are confirmed, the quilt for the raffle's almost finished. All that's left to do is to get the ads to the newspapers (I don't know what the process is for that), make up the layout of booths, and send the program to the printers (need the booth layout for that), basically.

Then apart from that, I've gotten our magazine bulk mailing out and I've single-handedly created the next issue of the newsletter, which I will then bulk mail. Not only did I make the newsletter, but I made the newsletter about the county rather than just our organization, which has been a decent goal people lay on me and then do nothing to help with - the article about summer events includes our Civil War Weekend and the Founders Weekend put on by the Fort de la Presentation people, and there's a whole piece about the Lisbon, Hammond, and Hopkinton museums, which are only open in the summer. I think Sue will be very pleased with it when she comes back.

I even managed to post about two of the #museumweek daily themes on Twitter (people and heritage), and not just RT some people but QUOTE-RT some people, which is a huge step for me. Also I talked to someone at the Newport Historical Society (two applications there and counting) on Facebook and they friended me, so I networked! I feel so accomplished and useful.

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Fate steps in and sees you through

I got another Amazon package - Fabricating Women: the Seamstresses of Old Regime France, 1675-1791, which has been on my wishlist for ages, but I finally feel like I can and should buy fancy obscure academic texts in my field. I can't wait to read it.

The really awesome thing, though, is that in the same mail delivery I got a letter from NYS Parks & Rec with two "are you interested?" forms for historic site assistant jobs (because of the civil service test I took a couple of years ago). One at Crailo, one at Clermont! Crailo's in Troy, and Clermont is lower down on the Hudson, and I also know the education director at Clermont. So I PM'd her and told her I was sending the form in and she said she'd shortlisted me originally but at this point they're approved for the person creating the vacancy at Crailo to transfer over (he studies the family who owned Clermont and has done a lot of volunteering), but she'll recommend me really strongly to the people at Crailo. So I'm crossing my fingers and hoping hard.

Technically, "historic site assistant" is a more accurate description of what I do now, which I said I would prefer not to do in favor of working with historic fashion collections. But here are the many, many advantages of working at Crailo:

- STATE JOB with state job benefits and state job pay - 12k more than I make now
- closer to the family dog
- closer to family and friends (but not Julie :( ), closer to period-dress events
- job is what it is - less frustrating than being collections manager but not doing collections stuff
- way closer to museums with historic costume collections
- NYC is a reliable Megabus ride away
- protected by the Adirondacks from Canadian cold fronts
- I find Dutch Hudson Valley fascinating
- lots and lots of opportunities to use 17th Century Women's Dress Patterns 1&2
- in the state system, so will be in a good position to move up
- is in a region with a lot of museums -> job openings that I'll live close enough to to be considered for

I mean, is it better than the Mint? Probably paywise, but no, working in a fashion collection would be my first choice. But considering that I probably will not get an interview or even an official "no" from the Mint, this would be excellent.

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Some of today's dresses were boring, but I did find some good ones! I shared two bad pictures on Facebook. The blue doesn't photograph well because it's that early 1850s iridescent kind of shot silk - blue and yellow. The top of the flared sleeve is pleated to fit the armscye and the pleats are stitched down. I have absolutely no use for an outfit from that period, but I really want to pattern and copy it. Maybe we'll do something a bit Dickensian around Christmas and I can justify it ... The other is from 1912, worn by the donor's mother on her honeymoon to New York. (It didn't really photograph well either ...) I love the one-sided lapel, because why? And it has a kind of apron overskirt in the front, because why not?

Edit: forgot to say, that sailor suit from a few days ago? The owner was elected secretary of the local or regional Red Cross in 1917, and I like to think she had that made for the occasion, because it's so military.

I was really hoping to get that grant for dress forms, but it was not to be. :( I got an email today saying they'd given out all the money in round 1 and can't have a round 2 (again), and since I never got a notification about the grant before that, I assume that means no. Very sad. I have another source to try but I think people in general are just heartless Philistines who don't understand the importance of historical clothing in building the public's appreciation for the past, ANYWAY.

To take pictures for the HSM, I've pretty much decided that I'm going to clean away my recycling from the one area in the apartment where there's space and clear wall enough for a backdrop, get fully dressed, and try to use the timer on my phone or tablet camera. Hopefully it works because the only other options are a mirror pic (and my mirror's better than the old one, but it's still very much not ideal since only one pose is possible) or putting it on the skinny dress form (boobs aren't in the right place, it will look stupid).

Edit: Reading the Pragmatic Costumer's recent corset review, and ... we are basically the same size, except I have more hips/butt. So why do I think she looks svelte in all of her pictures and I look fat in mine??

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Done with my last coatrack of clothes, loaded up another of 1930s-1940s-1950s-1960s. I think I can get one of the permanent racks out of the room now! I would really love to be able to space out everything that's hanging more, but IMO it's better for everything if I keep the hanging garments just as tightly packed on the racks but have some space to maneuver boxes around.

We desperately need a new vacuum, there's a hole in the bag of ours that blows stuff back out if it's held at a certain angle and also I can't take the bag off to empty it because I can tell I won't be able to get it back on. :( I plan to write another tiny local grant to get money to buy a new one, because grant writing experience! OTOH I might just buy us a vacuum with my own money as a donation.

Real talk time. Since things have died down, I've been thinking about pattern stuff for me'n'Julie. Since we've never done a graded pattern before, obvs the first one should be simple. But at the same time, it should be something people are interested in making (OBVS), and especially something people (you??) might be interested in pattern testing. The things I'm thinking of right now are:

- 1920s robe de style, unpanniered. The original is pretty fantastic, pink satin and gold lace, with a gold lamé-backed velvet ribbon

- more traditional 1920s waistless evening or afternoon dress (I don't have a specific one in mind)

- some type of chemise

- a 1910s shirtwaist with a, you know, a kind of stomacher front that buttons on one side

I'm leaning toward the robe de style, but then I'm like, what if nobody feels inclined to test the pattern because it's not something they planned on making? This is probably crazy but yeah.

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My last two batches of yoghurt haven't set at all. With the second, I decided to try to reactivate the soup by heating it up just a bit and letting it incubate again (which the websites all say works!), but instead I got cheese curds. Fortunately I have a length of cheesecloth and I set it up in my sieve, poured the curds in, and am making cheese. Farmer cheese? Paneer? I'm not sure. At least it won't be wasted. Going to buy a thing of yoghurt at the grocery store this weekend because I'm getting tired of running through milk like this - it's only just barely worth it financially to make my own yoghurt (you basically break even compared to store-brand, but come out on top compared to other whole milk, live & active culture yoghurts, because they're never store brand), so buying gallon after gallon of milk eats into the margin. If the cheese comes out well, I'll heat up and reincubate the last runny batch and have lots of paneer. (Heaven.) But I wish I knew what the problem was. Used a new starter, made sure the temperature was right at all steps in the process - there's no reason for it to suddenly not work.

Today we had the children's Christmas program at work - 18 kids, which is doing pretty well for us. I was anxious the whole time, and have been for two days, because I was scheduled to give a talk on Regency women's dress and then do a book signing. But then nobody came. A Christmas miracle! Does sting, but it was really nice not having to speak.

Tried to transcribe things on ShakespearesWorld.org. Failed miserably. 17th century handwriting is insane.

Ron cut his hand on some kind of farm equipment and had to be rushed to Albany to a hand specialist. :( Don't know more yet, Mom didn't have time to text. He's not supposed to lose any fingers, she said, and hopefully he'll be all right.

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Today I found this gorgeous black faille/blue velvet early Natural Form dress with the bodice accessioned in 1983 and the skrit in 1966. (The skirt's acc. number is, of course, written on the lining in pen.) I'm torn between a need to figure out the provenance with genealogy of the two donors and a need to just sit around fantasizing about reproducing it, because it's so cute. Oh, and a desire to display it, supposing we had a mannequin or even dress form, because being faille it's in great shape. (Cannot find a good comparison piece to link to. It has a shortish cuirass bodice with a long tail in the back, and the untrained skirt has a panel down the front made of narrow horizontal bands of faille, with velvet ones at intervals.)

Sunday is my podcast interview, I'm scared! But 400-rabbits sent me a list of questions in response to my notes on the period, and I'm going to go over them and try to answer them so that I'll be ready.

Okay, here's a bad thing about Windows 10. It's not telling me when the battery gets too low, it just suddenly flicks into sleep and coming back is twice as painful as a total restart. Not crazy about that.

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Proper Update for Once

This week went by very fast. What's been going on in it?

- At work, I finished cleaning up the PastPerfect entries that had the whole object number in the accession group field and nothing in the object number field; about 20% of them had no numbers at all, which is unfortunate, and I didn't actually do anything with them. Eventually I want us to have a blog like the one Kjirsten does for Clermont, so I've started working on a post about a local woman whose niece(?) donated a bunch of her photos and papers, including a scrapbook from her years at St. Lawrence U in the 1920s. There's still a bit of a mystery that I can't solve through nyshistoricnewspapers.org - she was originally on track to graduate in 1926, but she ended up graduating in 1927. It seems like something might have happened around 1925, maybe she was ill and missed a semester? I hate to post anything incomplete ... But anyway, there are some great photos from her sorority and I think people will like it. The web guy says he thinks he can integrate it into the site.

- I haven't been doing any sewing at all and I feel really bad about it, but at the same time not bad enough to actually do it. The honesty meme going around the blogs is great (I'm not doing it for obvious reasons), but it makes me even more hard on myself - other people's great pictures have never been the issue for me, it's the way other people get work done despite not being in Inspired Sewing Mode that does it. I'm always impressed by the way you all manage to finish things, especially when you're feeling bad in general. So ... yeah. But I have been knitting a lot, as the evenings are fairly cool. My cardigan is about five inches long from the back of the neck now. Twelve more rows of increases before I can put the arm stitches on scrap yarn, at which point it should speed way up.

- I read A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay a little while ago, and it was good. Pseudo-history! But it did have the problem that's common to pseudo-history - the countries that are stand-ins for real European countries are based on broad stereotypes in an unrealistic way. Not!Italy has banks and cool, not!Normandy is uber-warlike and oppressive, not!Occitania is all troubadors and egalitarian. But overall the story was paced very well - it's a long book, but I never felt like I was stuck or it needed to speed up -and even if the villains were OTT villainous, I'm always good with some OTT villains. The only thing that left me disappointed was Collapse )

Plus, I don't think you should fictionalize the crusade against the Cathars in such a starkly regressive/progressive dichotomy. The Cathar heresy was pretty radical and politicized - their persecution was horrible, but it wasn't due to the kings and nobility thinking they were too feminist or just being warmongers. I don't hold with the idea that whenever you analogize something you're saying they're exactly the same, but yeah.

Now I've started the first Harry Dresden book and a non-fiction on the rise and fall of the de' Medici family.

- I need to take everything out of my cupboards and move them around because all the food is above the fridge and it's getting too warm. And I need to vacuum, and I'm considering having the landlord take out the A/C unit because I'd rather have a fan. (I can set it to "fan" but then it's incredibly loud and awful and it's right next to the couch.)

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Did the Friday evening shift, so I get tomorrow off, and a three day weekend! Yay! I did not get a lot done, boo, because JeanMarie asked me to slow down giving her things to put away. (The majority of the backlog is archival.) While I spent a decent amount of time futzing around on the internet, I also investigated grants to get necessary PastPerfect updates (they only have it on one computer, it's madness) and worked on writing for a "mini-grant".

Around 7:30 I decided to go look at the dress room because why not? Pulled up the 1840s dress I thought might be a costume, and I'm about 99% sure it's not. It's just in fantastic condition. Wool, slightly crepey, printed with chiné pink flower-blobs on an apple-green background. Fan front, belled sleeves. Just gorgeous.

Last night I made a loaf of ricotta whole wheat olive oil bread with this recipe, plus some sunflower and flax seeds thrown in while I was kneading. It has a bit of a funny taste to it, but it's so nice and soft compared to my last whole wheat loaf (which didn't even really rise). I also let the dough sit a while before I started kneading, which I've read lets the whole wheat flour absorb more water.

I finished Raising Steam today when I popped home for a short break around three. I've been holding off writing about it until I finished. It feels awful to have such a low opinion of it - I mean, I started reading it on the day Pterry died - but it was so aggressively dull. (I'm assuming Pratchett dictated the book, but some people have suggested it was ghostwritten.) Collapse )

Why does it have an average of four stars? The five star reviews seem to be real ones. My only thought is that there are a lot of loyal/pitying people there.

I hate Vimes now. After this, and Snuff, I'm not even sure I could reread a Watch book. IDK, maybe I will try to see if I hate him less in Guards! Guards! But what I really want to reread is a Susan book, several Witches books

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