Tuesday, May 8, 2012

I Am Not....

I am not a Boy Scout or a Girl Scout, or a Bluebird, or any combination of the above that might have a motto of preparedness.  But I have kind of learned my lesson.

This will be a post of confessions.  First up: I didn't have time to shave my legs today.  So I picked a beloved long skirt.  It came from a thrift store about ten years ago and I love how comfortable it is because (second confession): it has a drawstring waist and I love not having zippers and buttons constricting me.

I walk to work on this lovely day, full of sunshine and smiles and I arrive on time but as I bend down to put my yogurt in the fridge I hear an ominous rip.

Which I ignore, stretch down even further to find a slightly empty spot for my lunch treat,  and hear a worse rip.  And then my skirt sags away from my waist and feels like it might hit the floor.  I casually, but quickly, get a grip on it and make my way to the bathroom.

Upon entering I discover that my draw string has severed connections with itself, and I no longer have anything holding my skirt up.  I dig through my bag, praying for a safety pin, but no such luck.  I almost never have a safety pin at home when I need it, I sure as shooting won't have it in my purse for an emergency like this!

At my desk, I jerry-rig a paper clip to cinch my skirt in, and I then I sit and pray for the hours to sped by so I can walk home at lunch.

First thing I do when I get home: let the skirt fall off.  Second thing: feed the dogs their lunch.  Then I make my own lunch.  After that I fix my skirt, good as new.

I have decided I can't always be prepared, but I will change it slightly and always have a safety pin in my purse.  That being said, I was almost late back to work trying to find one!  I did, and it is in my purse and I hope to never have to use it.

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  1. This is really one of the most fantastic things I've read all day. For so many reasons, it is. I love it so much that I am not alone in this world of major clothing malfunctions. You're just brilliant for thinking to keep a safety pin with you from now on instead of continuing to leave such things to chance. Maybe I'll go hunt down my own safety pin.

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    1. Thank you! As I heard the rip, I knew I was in the makings of a blog post, and as I walked home holding my skirt up, I was writing it in my head. I'll take inspiration any way I can get it!

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  2. From now on, I'll keep a safety pin in my purse.

    What a day you had! Hope things were better after your wardrobe malfunction. Loved this post because I can definitely relate--things like this happen to me all the time. :)

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    1. It was a great day! And I was super glad my Mom taught me how to thread a needle so I could save the day for myself!

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  3. I forgot I had a dentist appointment, and forgot to shave my legs. I felt like a monkey in the bright white building. It was horrible and I couldn't wait to get home. Now I'm home..trying to figure out what the point of having shaved and staying home is, and making sure my safety pin stock is in my purse...

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    1. That does remind me....I better dig my dentist appt card out of my purse and actually write it on the calendar. I don't want to forget it again!

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  4. What a morning!! I think you were ingenious to try to hold it together with a paper clip! Glad you were able to remedy everything at lunch and return put back together complete with a safety pin I hope you never have to use in the future. It is this among so many other reasons I'm glad I work at home :)

    hope tomorrow is a better one for you!

    betty

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    1. Sometimes, very rarely, I can MacGyver my way out of a situation. This was one time!

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  5. Think I'll carry a safety pin around with me from now on.
    Loved the post.

    Yvonne.

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  6. Oh goodness. You know about a month ago I was wearing a pair of black pants with a pair of black spanks underneath, thank goodness. Well, I didn't find the problem till home but when I disrobed I had popped the seam on the seat so when I would bend over, HELLO! Thank goodness for the black spanks.

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    1. This does make me want to wear the same color spanks as my pants! Yikes!!

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  7. This is great! I'm glad you were able to fix the problem. Thank heaven for knowing how to sew. (And how to MacGyver your situation.)

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    1. I'm so very pleased that one of my favorite skirts is not broken! I hung it up today, glad it's still a staple in my wardrobe.

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  8. HA! Yep, a safety pin can be a girl's best friend. That, and duct tape. :-)

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  9. I adore duct tape! After watching "The Red Green Show", I discovered I can fix just about anything with duct tape!

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  10. I have been without a safety pin when I needed one so often that I've actually taken to caring a whole package in the glove compartment of my van. Since making that decision, I've never had occasion to open the package--therefore, I have determined that dollar store safety pins have magical preventative powers. ;)

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