27th: Tis ill manners to bid one more eminent than yourself be covered as well as not to do it to whom it's due. Likewise, he that makes too much haste to put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to put it on at the first, or at the most the second time of being asked. Now what is herein spoken, of qualification in behavior in saluting, ought to be observed in taking of place, and sitting down for ceremonies without bounds is troublesome.
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IT WAS BEARY, BEARY FUN
20 September 2004
Well, with all this talk of gloom and doom, and all the angst over discovering that I am classified as "elderly," by the psychiatrist for whom I work, I had to take some time today to be a little child-like (not childish, but child like).
We are coming to the end of the second round of books for the Altered Book group and we decided to do something different when Round 3 starts. It's evolved into a complicated sort of project, but it should be fun. It blends two different ideas. One person suggested that she wanted to decorate a thing instead of a book. She suggested a "Bendi doll" (something else I was unfamiliar with).
In all honesty, I wasn't that thrilled by that, because I can't find a needle in a haystack and I feared that my own doll would look ridiculous.
But then someone else suggested that we do a travel book, taking pictures of our doll-or-whatever in places where we live and then send the thing on with the book, so that at the end of the round, we will have a book with pictures of our doll taken in all the spots that are important to all the people on the list.
I still wasn't thrilled with doing a Bendi Doll, for whom I would have to create some sort of outfit or ensemble, but then Sharon said that she had built a bear at the Build-a-Bear Workshop and she would be sending her lavender bear, Charlotte instead of a Bendi doll, and my eyes lit up.
Last Christmas, when I was in San Francisco, I stumbled across the Build-a-Bear Workshop and it was only because I didn't have time that I didn't build a bear then and there. It looked like great fun. Whoever came up with this idea must be making a bazillion dollars because it's brilliant.
You go to the store, choose an empty bear body, fill it with stuffing, and then buy clothes for it, and take it home in a nice little traveling case.
Of course the bears are reasonably priced and the clothes are ridiculous, but are so cute that you can't just walk out with a bare bear. You have to buy something to cover up the creation you've just made.
So, I checked the Internet and discovered that there was a Bear store in Sacramento and, now that Walt is home again and I have a car, I set off to Sacramento.
The Build-a-Bear Workshop holds bear stuffing parties for kids. When I arrived, a group of kids was just leaving, having posed for their photo in front of this display.
So today I felt like a kid again and I had a great time making my bears, and especially shopping for clothes to dress them in. I wasn't even 35 today. I was about 10--and loving it!
I stopped at Michael's Craft Shop on the way home and indulged in far too many fun things for craft projects I'll probably never do, but I was still in that mentality of being age 10 and being carefree and looking ahead to playing with my new toys.
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Oh those wacky Germans. A German TV station is going to start broadcasting the news in Klingon.
And please, please read this. Funniest thing I've read in awhile.