I tag you all!

by Erin on January 21, 2007

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Summerset tagged me, so, here goes:

If you are tagged, you
1) Post 5 things about yourself that you have never posted
2) Tag 5 people whom you'd like to know more about

I have no idea what I've posted or not posted … feel free to Google and call foul on me in the comments.

1) I was the first, last, and only (as far as I know) National Junior Classical League Ambassador. This was way back in the late '80s. My "job" was to encourage the study of Latin (and Greek, too, I guess), but there was some kind of power-play between the outgoing student JCL president, who had thought up the position, and the main adult sponsor, who didn't think it was such a good idea, so I didn't end up doing much of anything. I did get a snazzy pin, though, and it looked great on my college applications.

2) Speaking of college, I ran a coffee shop when I was in school. This means that every person who was at the University of Chicago when I was there thinks they know me — I look so familiar! That's because I served them coffee every day. My favorite part was running the express line, with the ritual call of "Express Line: No soup, no pizza, no twenties, no waiting!"

3) Speaking of coffee, I don't actually drink it. I mean, I like coffee-flavor, and I love coffee candy (especially Pearson's Coffee Nips, which will break your teeth as sure as shooting), coffee ice cream, the smell of coffee (if people at the coffee shop asked me if the coffee was good, I would say "it smells great!") … and I will drink the occasional mocha frappuccino (aka the coffee milkshake) but I don't actually like the taste of hot regular liquid coffee. I always assumed that one day I'd be grown up and would drink coffee, but I guess I never grew up enough.

4) Another thing my childish self figured I would do when I was grown-up "enough" was smoke. My folks both smoked; that was just what grown-ups did, right? I even figured I'd smoke gold Benson & Hedges, just like my mom. Needless to say, if I never managed to grow up enough to drink coffee, I also never managed to grow up enough to smoke cigarettes. By the time I figured out that I wasn't smoking, there I was, a non-smoker. And thankfully, both my parents have also been non-smokers now for more than ten years!

5) And speaking of my forebears (well, the ones going back a-ways), I am supposedly a collateral descendant of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas McKean. (Collateral here means "descended from the same stock but by a different line", that is, I'm descended from the signer's brother, not the signer. What I really like about ol' Tom, though, is that he managed to hold multiple public offices at the same time. "One can scarcely believe the number of concurrent offices and duties this man performed during the course of his long career." So whenever I think I can't do everything I've signed up to do, I remember my illustrious forebear, who did so much — in several different states, simultaneously, and without indoor plumbing!

Now for the tagging part. I want to know more about all of you! I know a lot of you don't have blogs, so why don't each of you (who want to, of course, this is not compulsory) post something about yourself in the comments? If you do have a blog and want to do your five there, post a link in the comments. I promise to visit them all!

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the_lazymilliner January 21, 2007 at 4:40 pm

1) Like Erin, I don’t drink coffee either but I love the taste in candy, ice cream, chocolates, etc. I especially like General Foods International’s Cappuccino Coolers, available at Dominick’s. 2) I have eleven nieces and nephews.3) Two of my brothers graduated from West Point.4) I own a 1940s-era pink and green Art Deco dollhouse originally from Marshall Field’s.5) While I’m left-handed, I crochet and knit with my right hand!I tag Bella Donna, Knitgirl, Lydia, Erica B and Dr. Sue.

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Nancy January 21, 2007 at 4:47 pm

http://tilegirl.blogspot.com/2007/01/tagged-5-things-about-me.htmlThat was me, right above, deleting my comment because I made an error in my blog address.Anyway, fun idea Erin, thanks!I love your blog!

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Barbara at Cat Fur Studio January 21, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Hi, Erin – Not a week goes by that I don’t check out what you’re doing! Love your stuff. I was recently tagged, too; here are my ‘five things’, as written in my blog: http://catfurstudio.blogspot.com/

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Barbara at Cat Fur Studio January 21, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Hi, Erin – Not a week goes by that I don’t check out what you’re doing! Love your stuff. I was recently tagged, too; here are my ‘five things’, as written in my blog: http://catfurstudio.blogspot.com/

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Joni January 21, 2007 at 5:31 pm

Heh. Latin. Six years of Latin (including in college – apparently it’s a necessary skill to be a chemist) and all I can remember is ‘Cave canem.’ Sad.I have a great vocabulary, though ;-)

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Kiba January 21, 2007 at 5:47 pm

I’m a Latin teacher who came up through JCL and am very excited to see that you were not just a member but someone whose job it was to recruit people! Good on you!I’ll drop another comment once I’ve made my 5 things post.

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Amira Colter January 21, 2007 at 6:24 pm

1. I have a six-year old nephew – Macky – who I love very, very much. He’s a smart kid, on top of his class and is both naughty and sweet. 2. I have four sisters and one brother. 3. My idea of good times are:a good book; solitude; sorting out my stuff; chocolates or spaghetti(my favorites) at the end of a lousy day and hanging out with the ones I love.4 & 5. When I was around 10 or 11, I saw a part of a romantic movie entitled ‘Starstruck’ on tv. It was way past my bedtime and Mama told me to turn it off. The thing that stuck with me all this time was what the grandmother character told her grandson about never letting the one you love ‘get away’. She went on to say that she married a good man but that until that time and already in her 70s, she still wonder about a man that she once danced with – ‘the one that got away’. And darn I didn’t get to finish watching that movie! Thanks Erin. It was fun.

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Nancy (nanflan) January 21, 2007 at 6:52 pm

Thank you for playing. Unfortunately, I have no lovely parting gifts to offer.However, I do have a baker’s 1/2 dozen entries to the tagging game at my blog, http://sewwest.blogspot.com/. Enjoy!

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Tlingitangel January 21, 2007 at 6:56 pm

Let’s see if I can find 5 interesting things….1) I started sewing when I found out I was pregnant with my 1st son (almost 13 yrs ago) I was broke and it was easier for me to make all my maternity clothes. I just picked up a pattern and haven’t stopped since then. I find with each project I complete I get better. I just wish I had more time to make all my projects that I’ve started in my mind.2) Funny you should mention coffee…I went to work at Starbucks about 6 months ago because I could give them my availability and they would work around it. I do drink coffee, but only one cup a day. 3) I work 4 days a week, homeschool my two older boys, have an online business and go to school on top of being a wife and mom…talk about keeping busy!4) I decided to go back to school to get a degree from the Journalism and Public Communications Department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (thank goodness I already have 2 yrs done!!!)5) I hated computers and the internet until about 7 years ago when I just sat down one day and figured it out. This has made the world a smaller place because I can access places and people from all over the world.I’m so glad that I did since I have found your Dress A Day sight. I enjoy it immensely and look forward to reading what you put up every day!

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oracle January 21, 2007 at 7:02 pm

I’m a freelance writer on many subjects.I love dogs.I believe that true, freely chosen, and naturally arrived-at peace is possible between all peoples.My preferred healthcare modality is homeopathy, and if faced with one of many kinds of viral or bacterial epidemics, that is the kind of treatment I would seek out because I am certain that it would have the greatest chance of saving my life.I finally made it into my sewing room today, and I must get back up there right now while there’s still time to get some more stuff done tonight!

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erma January 21, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Erin, I remember you from Cobb coffee shop days (== days of classes with Professors Dahlstrom and McCawley.) The price of coffee seems to have gone up quite a bit since then.1. I learned to sew from my mother and through 4-H. My mother was the sewing group leader. 2. Speaking of 4-H, I stayed with it throughout childhood, attended National 4-H Conference (twice), and even left college a little early to work at the National 4-H Center.3. I took Latin on Saturdays in 8th grade, and I always thought that when I was grown up I would know Latin, Greek, German, French, and maybe Italian. Never occurred to me to consider any Asian languages, including the language of my childhood (Korean). The way it turned out: I’ve studied French, Latin, Japanese, a little Chinese, and Korean but can only really say that I know Korean.4. I was inspired by this blog to try to write every day about a topic that I am very familiar with. However the discipline and the interest were short-lived (the topic was my daily bus commute).5. The name Erma is a variation of Emma (Peel). My counterpart is John Sneed.

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Kristen January 21, 2007 at 7:57 pm

here’s my 5http://woolforbrains.blogspot.com fun times.

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Laura January 21, 2007 at 8:19 pm

1. I was in NCL, as well. My school’s team (captained by moi) actually won some kind of Indianapolis-area quiz bowl thing when I was in HS. There was much adolescent chuckling around the “island of Lesbos” question.2. I’ve never seen Titanic or any of the Rocky movies. I did see Gone with the Wind recently and thought it sucked.3. I learned how to sew from my mom, who learned from hers….ditto, all in Appalachian farming towns (except for me). So until a few months ago, the bulk of my sewing skills were about fabrics and techniques available before WWII.4. I believe most of the US, and possibly the western world, is sleep-deprived, and if everyone all slept more they’d be much less destructive.5. I feel guilty returning books to the library if I haven’t gotten around to reading them.

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htwollin January 21, 2007 at 8:45 pm

1) I was almost thrown out of home ec in the 7th grade because I refused to sew the drop sleeve blouse in the order that the teacher perscribed. I also “used bad language” when frustrated, according to her. Damn.2) I was brought up in a home where the favorite phrase from my father was “A clean colon is a happy colon”. This is also the man who kept the newspaper in the bathroom and hid boxes of prunes around the house.3) When my great aunts died, I inherited their stash of fabrics and trims from when they worked in a lingerie factory in the 1930s and 40s; when my mother died, I inherited HER stash. At this rate, I will have to either open a store or build a barn to hold all of this stuff. 4) I have a sister in Virginia who neither sews nor knits. Somehow, she missed out.5) I have a deep and abiding respect and wonder at the genius of Gail Griggs Hazen for coming up with the revolutionary theory that most of us are an entirely different size in the back half of us than we are in the front half. I figure I could have saved several lifetimes of tearing out basted stitiches on muslins if I’d only grasped that earlier.

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Susan January 21, 2007 at 9:14 pm

That was fun, Erin! I’d added mine to my blog:www.benice.wordpress.comI don’t drink coffee either, but I love the smell of it, too!

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Raven January 21, 2007 at 9:26 pm

I’ll play…1) I cannot eat with three pronged forks. They freak me out.2) My first sewing project? My junior prom dress. I refused any help, and my mother was terrified the whole time because we dropped 80 bucks for the materials. It worked out just fine, and I continue to sew in the same no fear manner…if only I had more time for it.3 & 4) I will only drink my coffee black, or maybe a very dry cappuccino. This is all irrelevant since I stopped consuming caffeine about six weeks ago.5) My blog (which is desperately in need of an update) is blog.etherea.org

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oracle January 21, 2007 at 9:27 pm

I love that sleep thing (Laura).

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Zoltar Panaflex January 21, 2007 at 9:50 pm

I had typed up way too much, but Blogger had an error and it’s all gone.Here’s my blog anyway -http://henryclaytrumbull.blogspot.com/I'm transcribing the Civil War diaries of the Reverend Doctor Henry Clay Trumbull. Long story, but right now I own six of his diaries straddling the Civil War and a good pile of his letters and other documents.I have several major interests, sewing (and collecting vintage patterns), H. Clay Trumbull, and genealogy.

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Diatryma January 21, 2007 at 10:20 pm

Hi. I’m diatryma on Livejournal, too.1) While I really like hearing about sewing and dresses, it fills me with anxiety to contemplate what might have to be done to actually take part. I don’t own a sewing machine and I’ve never used one. I work in a lab, and labs are usually… not so much the dressy, yes? And those of you who remember my rude freakout some time ago… yeah, with the freaking out. I don’t like to be looked at or paid attention to unless I’m in control. So I want to learn to sew, but will feel guilty about taking time from work to do so. Instead, I made the mother of all laundry bags from almost two yards of blue canvas, some heavy-duty thread, and big imposing needles. It is a wonderful laundry bag and I expect it to last at least a decade. If it does not, I have more heavy-duty thread and I’m never throwing away the big needles.2) I am crazy. Not actually crazy, not quirky crazy, but the inside of my head is a strange and scary place. 3) I don’t eat vegetables if I can avoid it. Mostly, I can.4) While I feel guilty using time I might be working to do anything like learn to sew, I’m perfectly fine with using that time to read books. Lots of books. A truly ridiculous number of books. If you get me into the dealer’s room at a con, I will walk you through every publisher and give short reviews. 5) I write science fiction and fantasy. Mostly short stories. This has caused some tension in my department, not from my friends or advisor, but from one particular professor who doesn’t understand that my creative writing is not my lab writing and that I already know that, and that the reason my lab reports were so bad is that I didn’t understand the math. Maybe over the summer I’ll try sewing something that matters.

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Lorinne January 21, 2007 at 10:42 pm

Erin!!! I did one, yay!

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Lorinne January 21, 2007 at 10:56 pm

The new and improved link to my LiveJournal!

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mamafrog January 22, 2007 at 1:37 am

What a fascinating bunch of women you guys are–especially Erin!! I’ve learned so much from you and Erin, and it’s nice to know other women who have a passion for fabrics and clothes, whether or not they sew!1. This is actually the first blog I ever read or participated in, I only became comfortable with my computer two years ago!2. I’ve been sewing over 40 years now–started out sewing by hand to make doll clothes as a kid, took home ec in junior high, and inherited my grandmother’s love of sewing, and her sewing machine (sadly, now defunct) and fabrics when she died.3. I have a teaching degree in music (band director), but never taught because I’m slightly deaf from playing the flute for about ten years!4. Can just barely tolerate the smell of coffee thanks to my oldest daughter! I was pregnant with her when someone made it for my baby shower, now the smell makes me sick every time. Definately can’t drink it.5. My first grandchild was born last year and I really look forward to teaching her about sewing like my grandmother did!

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Helen January 22, 2007 at 1:53 am

I was tagged a few weeks ago and I decided that that was the point at which I had arrived!! It’s on the 4th January post (Vanity is the Spice…) at my blog linked above. I was so excited to have been tagged by one of my favourite bloggers – Sprink London!!How tragic am I!!??

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Kim P. January 22, 2007 at 2:36 am

Let’s see….1) I’m a rare book cataloguer who has never taken a day of Latin (please don’t tell on me!)2) I am trying to convince my 12-year-old son (a math/science guy) to take Latin next year (!) Any good arguments I can use?3) I was my school’s spelling bee champ in 4th and 5th grade4) I used to sew; then I wove; now I knit. I love to view, visit, touch, covet, own all manner of vintage fabrics5) The very first car I owned was a 1957 Nash MetropolitanLove your blog, Erin!

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Carrie January 22, 2007 at 3:34 am

Great post! And congratulations on your parents who quit smoking! Yay! Here’s my list:1. I’m a direct descendant of Robert E. Lee.2. I’m a Native American Indian, by percentage. I love a melting pot, I do.3. I can’t go outside after dark, because I’m afraid of small animals that bite.4. I love teaching and sharing things I know with people.5. I didn’t think I would like blogging. =-)! Ha! Thanks for your list!

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Diatryma January 22, 2007 at 5:51 am

Kim P– If he’s into biology, Latin and Greek just keep popping up. It helps in chemistry too.

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Becky O. January 22, 2007 at 6:20 am

1) One of the best things in life is a great peice of fresh fruit.2) A true gemini- I love math (prime numbers, yea!) and I majored in sculture.3) Handbag designer; fabric addict4) I am one of seven, but since I am the last I also feel like an only.5) Mother of three boys & wife of a rare book dealer.Fun! Becky

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Becky O. January 22, 2007 at 6:20 am

1) One of the best things in life is a great peice of fresh fruit.2) A true gemini- I love math (prime numbers, yea!) and I majored in sculture.3) Handbag designer; fabric addict4) I am one of seven, but since I am the last I also feel like an only.5) Mother of three boys & wife of a rare book dealer.Fun! Becky

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Anonymous January 22, 2007 at 8:13 am

My life’s an open book. I don’t think I can think of five things I’ve never talked about in my LiveJournal. Sad, but true.–Lydia

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Summerset January 22, 2007 at 8:14 am

Kim – A lot of science terminology is derived from the Latiin and Greek. All the scientific names of all the known organisms are in Latin, too. I’m a science teacher and am constantly emphasizing learing Latin/Greek root words.

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nora January 22, 2007 at 8:25 am

Fun! Interesting to see all of the people involved in books or writing, and/or in science/math. Also, note to Laura, here’s why not to feel bad about returning unread books to the library:1) It’s good to have options, and sometimes it turns out you’re just not in the mood for a book you checked out2) Some books turn out to NOT BE WORTH READING, and there are so many that are; save your reading time for them!3) The best reason: the more you check out, the better the library’s circulation statistics will be, and that helps their funding, so they can continue to buy more books and pay folks to help you find them. Okay, that duty discharged, here’s my five:1) In the past few years most of my major interests seem to involve needles (acupuncture, knitting, sewing); I don’t know what the psychological significance of that is.2) I was a mild-mannered library clerk doing acupuncture for the past four years, and just quit to open a sliding-scale clinic with three partners. We’re having a blast, but I’m a wee bit worried about money right now (no more Ebay for awhile)! Here’s our website, in case: http://www.grassrootsacuproject.com3) My partner is a cowboy-turned-librarian working on a PhD, and is a vintage-loving butch to my femme, so I knit her the fairisle and argyle vests (for that collegiate look) that I fetishize but would never wear myself. (I wear the dresses.) Note to new knitters: fairisle looks harder, but is fun, and intarsia – e.g. argyle – is a pain in the butt. All those ends to weave in!4) I grew up in the Midwest and lived for awhile in the Southwest, and I really miss thunderstorms.5) My sister recently became a mom, thereby also fulfilling my lifelong ambition of being an Aunt; I’m working on my Mame-like fabulosity.

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nora January 22, 2007 at 8:26 am

Just to clarify – I wasn’t doing acupuncture AT the library, of course.

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barbann January 22, 2007 at 8:45 am
zimmersarmy January 22, 2007 at 8:45 am

Fun readings1. I barrel-raced from age 6 to 18. I was able to hook up, load and drive the truck-horse trailer at age 12. My main horse was named Miss Kitty.2. When I sewed for 4-H I never got anything but red or white ribbons (and that’s not very good.) My top stitching on my oval table runners and placemats was always off.3. I started sewing on my own while my mom was at work. My Grandma had taught me things that I still follow to the “T.” I just don’t remember her actually teaching me.4. I worked as a manager at a Mom & Pop record store for ten years. I have lots and lots of music. The choice is varied. I believe that music, like fashion, is such a personal choice. There is no reason to feel lesser because of your choices as long as you like ‘em. I am musically, a combination of percieved high and low brow. I like the Spice Girls as much as I like Mozart.5. In high school, I would “borrow” items from the drama prop room that I was in charge of cleaning. My mother did not like this (more on a fashion level than a moral one.) My favorite dresses often disappeared only to be found later in my mom’s rag bag. This is how I learned to do my own laundry.-Janet

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Joy January 22, 2007 at 8:50 am

Hi, love the Blog!I was my High School’s first and only (ever) 4th year -Independent Study Clothing and Textiles student, I had to be in with Freshman Home Ec. But I got to sew whatever I wanted!

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amisare waswerebeen January 22, 2007 at 9:12 am
Lisa @ The Hem Line January 22, 2007 at 10:41 am

#1 I can spend an entire day in my workroom pouring over vintage patterns, counting pieces and eventually getting a few listed.#2 I drink coffee all day long . . . just like my dad . . . probably in excess of 12 cups per day!#3 My grandma was my first sewing instructor. She taught me first to sew buttons on scraps of fabric, then to embroider and then crochet.#4 I live in a very remote town, Joseph, Oregon, population about 1,200. Closest Walmart is 80 miles!#5 I love VOLLEYBALL!

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Julia M. January 22, 2007 at 11:08 am

1) My Latin-class name was Allegra, and the one thing that has proved most useful from Latin class is being able to spell “Mediterranean.”2) I’ve learned in the past year that it is possible to become “an athletic person” (as opposed to just finally giving in to necessity and going to the gym sometimes) in your late 30′s. I never used to be, and now I am. I have become competent at things requiring my body AND (a huge and) I now enjoy them!3) I attended church camp with a charismatic (in the religious sense) counsellor when I was 15, and acquired a prayer language (as in “speaking in tongues” at the time). Although I haven’t used it in close to 20 years and am now married to (and religiously compatible with) a Jewish Buddhist agnostic-bordering-on-atheist who works as a hospital chaplain, I can still call those unknown syllables to mind if I try. Weird.4) I lived in Fiji for nine months; my first job out of college was as a governess for an American family living in Fiji.5) I think nurses are really, really good people. I’m a nurse practitioner and just generally proud of the profession.

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Marge, Born Too Late Vintage January 22, 2007 at 11:40 am

1. When I get angry my ears turn the loveliest shade of red. Somehow or another, no one has ever noticed but me.2. My travel fantasy has been to be an over the road truck driver. 3. I told my then 3-year-old daughter that if she kept picking her nose her eyes would fall out. She stopped immediately.4. I played the cornet until I was 18 and am now playing it again after a 30 year hiatus thanks to my 9-year-old daughter taking band and playing cornet.5. I am a vintage hoarder. If you need to see if you are one feel free to visit my blog at: http://alwaysplayingdressup.blogspot.com/

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Kate in England January 22, 2007 at 11:52 am

Wow, what an interesting bunch. I find it intriguing how many sewers and costumers are editors of some form or another in real life. A few random things about me… 1) I used to be a copy editor for women’s magazines; now I’m taking a degree in bespoke tailoring. One day I will combine my first degree (in journalism and psychology) with this one to write about the reasons why people wear handmade clothes!2) My great, great grandfather was the world’s first literary agent, and his clients included Conan Doyle and various other Victorian luminaries. His agency still exists. 3) About half the blogs on my to-view list involve cupcakes. Or baking of some kind. The rest are all crafty.4) I avoid wearing leather shoes or gloves because I’m convinced they make my feet/hands look REALLY big. And I’ve got a wardrobe full of glitzy heels that I almost never wear, but only two pairs of day shoes. 5) I am trying really hard to wear more dresses and skirts, but for some reason I keep finding myself back in jeans…

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Jen ~ MOMSPatterns January 22, 2007 at 1:31 pm

This sounds like FUN, so I will give it a go:1. I can eat tomato soup but cannot handle V-8 juice.2. I can count to 10 in 5 languages. (Spanish, French, German, Japanese and does English count?)3. I am supposed to be a descendent of Levi Strauss, although nobody in the family has ever PROVEN it. It’s my mom’s maiden name.4. My grandfather co-founded Bama Jam. 5. I sell vintage sewing patterns but I can hardly sew. That one’s a BIG secret. LOL!

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Susan January 22, 2007 at 2:26 pm

I do have a blog (http://partymeatloaf.blogspot.com/) but figured I’d do my five here, since none of my five involve cool photos. If they did I would have blogged about them before!1)I have a black belt in Kyokushin karate (2002).2) My husband can do the splits (also put one foot on top of any standard door frame without the other foot leaving the ground–great for winning bets at parties).3) My great-aunt is about to turn 100, on my 40th birthday.4) I only wear watches that come out of cereal boxes, or look as if they did.5) I used to be a writer for Star Date Radio.

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oracle January 22, 2007 at 3:08 pm

julia m., I love your third item.Thanks, Erin, for this.

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n.b. January 22, 2007 at 3:09 pm

5 Previously Unblogged Things About Me:1) I was the tallest (longest) baby in the hospital when I was born and not until college did I meet a couple of women taller than me. I was thrilled. Now two of my nieces are taller than me, too. 2) As a kid my favorite Ice-cream parlor combination was Lemonade sherbert with Chocolate sprinkles on top. The server would gag every time I ordered it but that only egged me on.3) Despite my constantly swearing that I can’t sew, I do actually own a sewing machine, and I have used it. I made myself a lovely pregnany dress that I wore constantly during my second pregnancy, and then a couple of nursing shirts. The were quite tricky for a novice and they came out surprisingly well! But that was about 11 years ago.4) I am a big fan of an obscure Scottish comic strip called “The Broons”. 5) I had a book of cartoons published, in 1996. It is called “Twin Toons”. I remember when I told the breaking news to some relatives my aunt, not really understanding, asked incredulously “You mean you PAID to get a book published dear?” Um no. Someone paid me. (Not much, but still…!) Long ago now.

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knitgirl January 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

What fun! 1. Like Erin, I am a U 0f C grad, class of ’82. I had a friend who worked at a tiny coffee shop in Swift Hall. I think the whole menu was coffee, tea, bagels, cream cheese and havarti.2. Majored in poli sci, worked in market research, also as a pastry chef (I make a really mean creme brulee), as a mortgage processor and now do a bit of pattern drafting and programming at The Complete Clothier, though I hardly sew at all.3. I studied french and spanish for 2 years each in high school, and russian for 3 at U of C. About all I can say in Russian now, is “I studied russian for 3 years at university.”4. the last 3 things I knit were a scarf for my sister for Christmas, a merino cowl that’s great when my neck gets cold at work, and fingerless gloves.5. My real passion is horseback riding. (english hunt seat) I try to take a trip every year or 2 riding, been to Ireland, Wales, Spain, and going to France in September.My dream is to own a horse and be able to ride 5 or 6 days a week.

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Anonymous January 22, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Hi Erin,This was fun! Like your parents, i used to smoke – Benson & Hedges gold! – but also quit, 30 years ago. I consider that to be one of the crowning achievements of my life but i must say, those particular cigarettes were cool, at least to be seen with, at the time. I bet your mom and dad are slap happy you never started. My son (31) still follows every bit of losing repartee with, “but you smoked while i was in utero!”Chris

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Anonymous January 22, 2007 at 4:52 pm

1. I was in the Army for 3 years after college. The most dangerous/scary thing I had to do was rappel out of a helicopter. 2. One period of my past sounds like the opener of a joke: I dated three rabbis, one reform, one conservative, and one orthodox. 3. I started law school the year I turned 45, and there were 2 people older than me in my class. 4. For my 50th birthday (a few months ago), I bought myself a guitar. 5. I consider coffee a wonder drug, and have never understood the point of “decaf.” –Livia

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Karen January 22, 2007 at 6:50 pm

Ok I posted mine on my very out-of-date blog. Here’s the summary of my 5:1) I just got engaged!2) I am in desperate need for color inspiration, and am relying on fabric to give it to me.3) I’m almost finished with my first applique quilt (doing the applique by hand, but will quilt by machine).4) I love dresses, but have issues with wearing them. I sew them a lot, and I buy them a lot, but just don’t wear them. 5) My cats are cuter than everyone else’s cats. But I know we all have to say that. ;)

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Thoughts on Life and Millinery. January 22, 2007 at 7:02 pm

1. I can ride a unicycle.2. I’m a decendent of the first woman in America with a statue in her honor. You’ll have to research to find out who she was and what she did that was so amazing.3. I took graduate level weaving in college, double faced weaves, tubular weaves, lace weaves…you name it, I could do it.4. I never learned my multiplication table, because in 4th grade we were a test group for a Stanford University project where all our arithmatic was done in different bases every day, ie: 2+3=11 if you are working in base four. Eek. I’m still a mess.5. I have never colored my hair. Probably the only woman over 50 in the whole state of Texas who can say that.You can still visit my blog, even though I answered here!

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Anonymous January 22, 2007 at 7:48 pm

Hi Erin, I log on most days and really enjoy your blogg. Here are my 5.1)Due to my job I get to see alot of really famous people naked and because I am professional I dont take photos.2)Mashed potato makes me gag!3) I am too chicken to pluck my own eyebrows so I pay someone everyweek to tidy them up.4)I am a stagemanager and should embrace all art forms but I really hate opera.5) I have done some embarrassing things for chocolateVicki

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Marleen January 22, 2007 at 7:48 pm

This is so fun! Everyone who posts is more interesting than the last! (well . . with the exception of THIS post)1. I am afraid of clowns. totally afraid.2. I worked one summer during college at a theme park (Dogpatch) and played a character named D. Brown. The D stood for “dateless” and I walked around the park and asked (threatened) little boys to marry me. I would drag them to our “Marryin’ Sam” and have him perform the “ceremony”. True story – I “married” my future husband there (he was 11, I was 18). We didn’t know it until after we were married and I was relaying the story of my kooky job and his mother ran and found pictures of their family trip to the same theme park. Funny – we lost all of our REAL wedding pictures so these are the only pics we have of “our wedding”.3. When I was little, I wanted to grow up to be BatGirl. Something about those dominatrix boots. I still love boots!4. I was REALLY good at picking my mom and dad!5. My kids say I make the best Belgian Waffles in the world.

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DivaShop January 22, 2007 at 8:19 pm
sewinggirlfromtheothersideoftheworld January 23, 2007 at 3:10 am

What an interesting bunch of people. Ok…1. I am descended from Cossack horsebreeders but can’t ride.2. My Russian granmother went to technical college to learn to become a seamstress (early last century) without ever having sewn in her life.3. I am still not half as talented or creative as she was even after a lifetime of sewing.4. It doesn’t matter because I’m still pretty darn good and I love it.5. I can drink coffee all day long.

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Floridaprincess January 23, 2007 at 5:07 am

Well all right Erin Iam #3. I cant drink coffee. I think its cause my grandmother let me drink it when I was 5 so I drank coffee when I was 5 till I turned 15. Then I was drinking coffee one day when I was 15yrs old. I was working as a maid at a motel during the summer. I got the shakes so bad. I quit drinking coffee. I luv the taste of most coffee things. I luv coffe gum too. I cant drink coffee. I luv the smell of it tho. I do drink coffee milkshakes and I luv coffee candy.

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Floridaprincess January 23, 2007 at 5:18 am

Erin that is great that your parents quit smoking. I should have read all the posts before I posted. My dh has quit smoking for 3 yrs now. Im so proud of him. I have not been posting much lately. Im in school at night this takes up a lot of my time. Iam just about done with my class.I bought dh a very expensive coffee pot and I do not even know how to work the dang thing. He has to set it up all the time. He drinks 6 cups a day. He has cut back. He useed to use coffee as breakfast and lunch.I dont know how to sew with out help. Im hoping to start sewing in the near future when I get some things taken care of. I love you blog Erin.

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LNLisa January 23, 2007 at 8:37 am
Anonymous January 23, 2007 at 8:45 am

This is cool. I don’t have a blog, but will write five things about me that I don’t usually tell other people.1. I’m a synestethist. That means my brain “code” words, phrases and numbers as color and pattern.2. I have an extremely high IQ.3. I design clothes and collections in my head all day long.4. I descend from a french count who had a severed moslem head as his coat of arms.5. I see color and hear music in my dreams. I’m told this is very rare and I wonder if its part of the synesthetist thing.

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Chelsea January 23, 2007 at 9:13 am

I did it… it’s fascinating, I’m sure. My blog’s at chickenflag.blogspot.com.Chelsea

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Nadine January 23, 2007 at 12:57 pm

1. I don’t drink tea or coffee. This is considered bizarre by about 95% of everyone I know.2. I made my first dresses aged 16. My mum made me re-do the zip on one of them 3 times.3. I designed my first dress soon after – luridly bright fuchsia knit, long sleeves, turtle neck, fitting, black hook-and-eye tape all the way down the back (it was 1989!). I’ve still got it but DO NOT wear it.4. Wearing dresses was interrupted by my breastfeeding years. Couldn’t be done.5. Most of the dresses featured on A Dress A Day are not ones I’d wear. The vintage ones in particular are not to my taste. I’m here for the writing . . . I’m here for The Erin. (Love ya!)

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Anonymous January 23, 2007 at 7:39 pm

Jill,Is this your amazing (statue-honored) ancestor?MARGARET HAUGHERY, 1813-1882 PHILANTHROPIST, BUSINESSWOMAN and SOCIAL WORKERhttp://www.lib.lsu.edu/soc/women/lawomen/haughery.htmlAmazing, indeed!CMCAh, the power of Google and creative searching.

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Claire January 23, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Hi Erin, Love your site. I’m an editor in real life, was a technical writer. My five things are posted here: http://littlemis.wordpress.com/2007/01/19/tag-o-rama/ My blog satisfies some of my creative writing outlet. Somewhat like you, but your writing is far superior. :)

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Claire January 23, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Hi Erin, Love your site. I’m an editor in real life, was a technical writer. My five things are posted here: http://littlemis.wordpress.com/2007/01/19/tag-o-rama/ My blog satisfies some of my creative writing outlet. Somewhat like you, but your writing is far superior. :)

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Robinson January 23, 2007 at 9:20 pm
Thoughts on Life and Millinery. January 24, 2007 at 3:19 am

Anonymous~Nope…Hannah Duston’s statue was erected in 1874, beating Haughert by ten years.Hannah was rocking the colonies in 1693, and she still regularly crops up in historical, social and religious journals, causing debate, praise, and condemnation. She was just a simple woman who had had enough, (her baby being killed and then being told she would have to walk the gauntlet and be beaten.)She refused to be a victim, and dealt with her circumstances. Oh, and she’s also a Jim Beam bottle too! How fun is that?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hannah_Duston

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Anonymous January 24, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Oh migosh! I’ve heard of your ancestor before, and I’m already familiar with her story, from a coworker I knew years ago, who (if I’m remembering correctly) was ALSO related to her. In fact, she is the person I was trying to find (but I could not recall her name).I stopped my search too soon!Nine children! She was already an amazing woman even before her abduction.I am somewhat inappropriately reminded of Bugs Bunny (please forgive my twisted and wandering mind), who has had enough, and turns toward the audience and utters those famous words, “Of course you know, this means war.”CMC (aka Anonymous)

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Linda January 24, 2007 at 6:09 pm
Henriette January 25, 2007 at 4:37 am

1. I am a vegetarian, but I would love to go all vegan, unfortunately I love food too much + I guess I just cannot deal with people passing even more judgement on me.2. I truly dislike touching dough, especially for bread, but I have found a way to get around it; I just spread it out with a spatula, sprinkle some rosemary, salt and olive oil on it and call it foccacia.3. I own more than 50 pairs of shoes (non-leather), my boyfriends thinks I only own 26 pairs (he counted the ones he could find.4. My boyfriend thinks he does not like onions, I put onions in almost everything I cook, and he never notices – and I don’t even feel guilty about it since he doesn’t cook more than once a week! 5. I have worn skirts or dresses at least 5 times a week, I have done so for a couple of years now, and I love it! Dressing it up a little just makes a difference in my life!

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Sassy January 26, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Love this site! Thanks for all the fun and inspiration!My 5 will be:1. I’m an identical twin and my father was a twin and my brother has twin boys. 2. The only sewing machine I own just goes forwards and backwards and zig zag. Nothing else. 3. I hate tomato soup and ketchup, but love tomato sauce.4. I make a full-time living being a writer. 5. i was once an artist’s model. My blog is about me and my dating life after 15 years of marriage. Come visit and laugh!www.singlesand45s.blogspot.com

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Brianna January 28, 2007 at 11:32 pm

And forever we’ll hoooooooooooooooold…to the purple and goooooooooold..That is all =)

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comet May 19, 2007 at 7:50 am

Hello, Erin and friends!!I accidently found your blog by googling gemini and quilt!! And what a joy to read your blog, Erin, and also the comments from others. Now I have decided that it is time to start my own blog!So, just for your enjoyment, here are my five bits:1. I have never made a dress in my life!! However, my sister (younger by seven years) is a great seamstress. Her most memorable endeavour, as part of a Home Ec project, was to create a dress for herself from my prom dress. The teacher informed her that the layers and layers of chiffon had to be cut on the bias, so she followed the directions. The dress she created was beautiful, a great improvement on what I had worn, and earned her an A+ for the project. However, she was never able to wear the dress, because of all the bias-cut “bits” the skirt just never draped properly!!2. Speaking of drapes, I have spent hours making drapes for our bedroom! I had a good deal on the fabric, costing around $300 – it is a HUGE window. I even lined them. The results were great! However, it being a west-facing window, the drapes soon developed a huge faded rectangle! Mini-blinds now!3. My major interest in sewing, as indicated earlier is quilting. I retired from teaching a few years ago and have finally had the time to begin quiiting. My love is stained glass quilts and hangings. Right now I am in the middle of making a rather elaborate quilt which I really must get finished soon. Especially since we painted the bedroom last year to match the quilt! LOL4. The we referred to above is my partner and myself. I am a lesbian, happily married to my best friend! We have been together for almost twenty- two years but have only been married for one and a half, because of the laws. She stays well clear of the sewing machine but she does make all the bias tape for my stained glass projects.5. So, you have guessed that I am not American; I am Canadian, living in Nova Scotia, one of the most beautiful spots on earth. I have travelled through much of Canada, many of the states, some Caribbean islands, Fiji, News Zealand and Australia. Yet I am always happy to get back to our peaceful, beautiful home by the sea!So, now I will either post this on myspace as well, or find a quilting blog site. But I’ll be checking back here regularly, Erin.Good luck to all and enjoy your sewing.

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Anonymous September 9, 2007 at 4:53 pm

Keep up the great work. It very impressive. Enjoyed the visit!

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