Sitting Around: Great. Having to Sit Around: Terrible

I am so bored. So very, very bored.

I watched The Frankenstein Theory which was surprisingly good. It didn’t transcend, but it did settle you cozily into a wonderful dark corner. I watched Session 9, which was embarrassingly bad, considering that the acting was so good. Like they were just like “Hey, we’ve got some fine television actors. Fuck a coherent story.” Seriously. If you’ve seen any movie, ever before in your life, you know what happens in this movie. Which is weird, because The Frankenstein Theory also telegraphs its end right from the beginning and yet, with that one, it works. I don’t know. Like I said, The Frankenstein Theory isn’t the best movie ever made but it is what it is so well that I really, really enjoyed it.

I also finished Re-dressing America’s Frontier Past, which was excellent all the way through except for the last part of the 5th chapter, which I’m sure is of interest to theorists but I was so very bored. BUT other than that, wow, this is amazing. As I suspected, it becomes even more apparent that there’s a lot of fertile ground between “crossing” and “passing” and that female impersonators and minstrels are operating on different, but similar dynamics. Like I said, I think it’d be really interesting to hear more about what minstrelsy scholars made of Boag’s book.

The other thing I found really interesting about it is how it puts to lie this notion that we somehow never had same-sex marriage or even a need for it until my lifetime. Tons of the people in Boag’s book marry and, even when it ends up poorly–they’re “discovered” or something–there’s not any sense that the marriage wasn’t valid. It might have been strange or confusing to people how you could marry someone of your same sex and not know it or why you would want to marry someone of your same sex. But there simply was no doubt that these people were married.

If I had to guess, it seems like “crossing” had to become separated enough from the idea that wearing men’s or women’s clothing didn’t make you a man or a woman in some fundamental way and sexual orientation had to become separated enough from gender presentation to allow a space to develop where we as a culture came to believe that gay people couldn’t marry each other.

I read a story about a guy in Australia, I think, who was under house arrest and, eventually, he got so bored that he begged to be thrown in jail for the remainder of his sentence. I thought that was probably apocryphal, but I’m starting to believe it.

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A Babier Baby Dress

I took your observations to heart and set about to make a dress a really baby-baby could wear–Big head hole, no fuzzy yarn, and no little holes for fingers to get tangled in. And, obviously, smaller than the purple dress. I bring you the blue dress.

So, it's much less frilly and I went with a half-double crochet rather than a double crochet on the bodice so that it's more solid. The skirt is worked sideways--ten single crochets and ten half double crochets to give it that flair and you attach it to the bodice with a single crochet as you work it. It's tricky to get at first, and then it's really easy and makes a solid attachment. The only thing I think I might do differently next time is to make fewer single crochets every other row so that the flair is a little more pleated.

So, it’s much less frilly and I went with a half-double crochet rather than a double crochet on the bodice so that it’s more solid. The skirt is worked sideways–ten single crochets and ten half double crochets to give it that flair and you attach it to the bodice with a single crochet as you work it. It’s tricky to get at first, and then it’s really easy and makes a solid attachment. The only thing I think I might do differently next time is to make fewer single crochets every other row so that the flair is a little more pleated.

This is the back except for the buttons, which will lie flat on the back. I'm worried about this not being 100% comfortable, but I think only fasteners at the top of the arms could overcome that. Anyway, the opening goes clear down to the skirt to give plenty of room for small-baby manipulation to get it on.

This is the back except for the buttons, which will lie flat on the back. I’m worried about this not being 100% comfortable, but I think only fasteners at the top of the arms could overcome that. Anyway, the opening goes clear down to the skirt to give plenty of room for small-baby manipulation to get it on.

And here's how big it is compared to the other dress.

And here’s how big it is compared to the other dress.