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    Quote Originally Posted by OrthodoxHandmaiden View Post
    I am suffering just listening to you ladies talk about *can barely bring herself to say the word* malls. *beads of sweat form on upper lip, hands tremble* I have not been to a mall in many years. Do they still have Orange Julius? Or Chess King? What about the arcade?

    Continuing this before getting around to the real reason I came back here this morning... When I was at NYU, there was a tiny, crowded little Goodwill store very close to my classes on W. 4th street (a few blocks from Washington Square Park). I got to know the very sweet gentleman (LeRoy!) who worked afternoons there - he had a penchant for Stevie Wonder and I used to bop my head walking upstairs to the women's section to the beat of tunes like "Living for the City" blaring from his little boom box perched on the stool next to him. Anyway, he knew what I was looking for and would often hold things behind the counter or hide them behind the racks upstairs - especially after designers would dump the leftovers from trunk shows or sample sales. It was not unheard of for me to walk out of there with a Vivienne Tam skirt for a dollar or a Benetton suit for $2.50. I once needed an evening gown in order to attend an event for my then-boyfriend's (he's now the dh!) company and I walked out with a classy Diane vonFurstenberg number for $10. TEN DOLLARS! I also have a Steve Madden jean jacket (he was a new designer then) that I got for a couple of bucks- AND IT'S BACK IN STYLE! - and a Dolce & Gabbana belt that was fifty cents. (YES! FIFTY CENTS! It was just jumbled in a big box of belts!)

    I worked with the lovely dry cleaner/seamstress in the building next door (Mrs. Lee!) and she helped me hone my tailoring skills - I had a killer wardrobe the entire time I lived in NYC/NJ for nearly nothing. Of course, I've always been a t-shirt and jeans or a long-skirt-and-v-neck kind of gal, so once I stopped working, I pretty much dumped most of that stuff (I do still have my evening gowns, that jacket and belt, though!)

    Alright. The real reason I came back here today...

    So DS has those wonky new symptoms I talked about before. He had an MRI a week and a half ago. It showed some oddities - some sort of lesion with about seven very long, nearly indecipherable words to describe it. So now I'm sitting at my computer not only frantically scanning/sending records for DD's upcoming appointments at Emory, but also trying to figure out if they can work DS into the neurology dept while we're there. Our ped said, "Well, since you're already going to Emory, you should just take him with you - they're one of the best." Oh, okay. No big deal. *bangs head on computer*

    While I'm doing all of this, my darling, angelic children (that's not always my first description, btw) are doing their work this morning. DS is working on his math. DD is doing her literature. Wee little DD6 is diligently working on her 3's fact families, and then will finish a drawing for her pen pal. I can't tell you how relieved and thrilled I am that my children are able to work independently on certain subjects and that MP has guided them toward this kind of self-sufficiency (obviously with input from Mom, but you get the idea). Much as Jen in Japan described, I felt like a kicking, screaming toddler when I realized that the routine we've juuuust gotten back into is likely going to be totally messed up all over again. But then when I saw my children working contentedly away, I realized that maybe it will really all be okay.
    I'm having one of those I-love-MP-so-much-and-I-just-need-to-share moments and thanking God that I called Paul many moons ago with my brilliant idea of MP doing full cores. *still cracks up at that memory* If I were still cobbling curriculum, I doubt my children would be where they are. If I hadn't found MP, I wouldn't have gleaned so much wisdom, both from the curriculum, the staff and the mamas here. So many things in life are so much more than coincidence, no?
    back on topic....Mary and everyone else. Thank you for opening your hearts and sharing your struggles. It really puts life in perspective sometimes! Your humbleness are wonderful examples!
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    Ummm....before you rush to tell me how great I am (oh, but I do love having virtuous character traits incorrectly used to describe me!), let me tell you that I just yelled at DD12. Yep. I did. I was grumbling at the stupid printer because it refuses to scan one stupid document, which happens to be the most important stupid document in this pile of stupid medical records that I have to scan to the stupid hospital before they all go home for the stupid day.

    So when DD12 came out to tell me about an issue with a particular math problem and I took time from my stupid scanning to show her 2 ways to approach the problem and she bristled and interrupted me to tell me how my way couldn't possibly work, I *might have* lost it. I engaged in what many of you lovely, patient, kind ladies might call "raising my voice" or, more to the point, "losing my cool, using my angry voice and telling her not to ask me for help if she doesn't want to accept it".

    There goes the idea that I am graceful, patient and/or humble! *laughs, wonders if it's too early for wine*
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    ...AAAAAND I need to turn off my notifications. I'm worse than one of Pavlov's mutts - every time I hear that "da-ding!", my arm moves faster than a Rock'em, Sock'em robot to grab that phone and read the latest post.

    *sigh* Back to scanning.
    Mary

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    Mary,

    It is not too early for wine for you! Partake, my friend - but only one glass or who knows what the hospital will end up getting.

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    Agreed. Never too early for wine. Besides, you can have my stored-up allotment from the previous four months. Maybe space it out over a few days though.



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    Sarah

    P.S. I just think of that voice as the, "Mommy REALLY MEANS IT" voice. Or the "Mommy needs a timeout too" voice. We all have those moments. Hang in there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita View Post
    That dress is smokin', too, girl. Suits you like buttah' on a biscuit.
    And this, my friends, is why I Anita. THANK you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by howiecram View Post
    Love pettipants!
    WHAT? I'm feeling like the first time I ever had my eyebrows shaped professionally! Why have my friends NEVER told me about these essentials?
    (being veeeerrrrry careful not to upset the apple cart by using multiple exclamation points)
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    DD #2 : 11 MP 6A, Cottage School, MPOA, and Delectare
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    DS #4 : 9, 2/3 grade, new Cottage School student
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
    WHAT? I'm feeling like the first time I ever had my eyebrows shaped professionally! Why have my friends NEVER told me about these essentials?
    (being veeeerrrrry careful not to upset the apple cart by using multiple exclamation points)
    Okay, since Dianna said it, I'll go ahead and make today's confession: Once I saw Anita's post about pettipants, I immediately clicked on my Amazon app (yes, I have that app and it's the only one I know how to use). I had a pair sent via 1-day shipping. I wore them yesterday. I didn't want you to know that I was shamelessly copying you...but now the cat's out of the bag. Here are my thoughts:

    Life.
    Changing.

    1. They don't sneak up past the waistband of my skirt like my slips do. (AMEN!)
    2. They offer the added bonus of modesty if you, say, want to hike your leg over a saddle or the bench at your kitchen table.
    3. I feel so feminine! I'm wearing [a modern take on] bloomers!

    My husband nearly hyperventilated, though, when he caught me in the closet trying to figure out how to stuff them beneath tactical pants. Darnit, they're just so comfortable! I want to wear them all the time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
    WHAT? I'm feeling like the first time I ever had my eyebrows shaped professionally! Why have my friends NEVER told me about these essentials?
    (being veeeerrrrry careful not to upset the apple cart by using multiple exclamation points)
    A year or two ago I wanted to wear more skirts. I don't like wearing skirts though....I don't like slips, seriously is my reason! I stumbled upon some "modest" blog and she talked about how she didn't like wearing skirts and suggested those pettipants! They are, seriously.life.changing!
    Christine
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    I hope you folks at MP are eavesdropping on this one. Maybe an "add to cart" option for pettipants with purchases of a complete core? Pettipants as a door prize at next year's SG?
    Festina lentē,
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    Quote Originally Posted by pickandgrin View Post
    I hope you folks at MP are eavesdropping on this one. Maybe an "add to cart" option for pettipants with purchases of a complete core? Pettipants as a door prize at next year's SG?
    I peeked in one last time before shutting down the computer for the next several days- so glad I did. Jessica! You are on to something!

    I know for sure that if it's as humid next year as it was this year at Sodalitas, I'm showing up in pettipants and my Great Gatsby protest t-shirt. I'll ditch the skirt - too hot.

    Mary

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    "For Those Who Are Struggling, Pettipants!" Given the way we always tend to wander off almost any topic .... Yeah, this is about par!

    I found them because I love skirts in the Summer -- so much cooler and flattering than shorts (which are the devil for my softball-player legs). Biggest problem? Softball-player legs + hot and humid = sweaty chafing = not cool = research = pettipants. Yes: life changing. (You're so, so welcome ladies!)

    Mary: the visual -- THE VISUAL! You crack me UP!
    Last edited by Anita; 08-13-2017 at 10:12 AM.
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    I'll tell Grigsby and Weston to get right on the pettipants project - with the MP embroidered logo, of course!

    Tanya

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    To Amazon I go!! Glad to have read this (brand new to me) before my parent meeting today, important side topic being added in .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita View Post
    "For Those Who Are Struggling, Pettipants!" Given the way we always tend to wander off almost any topic .... Yeah, this is about par!

    I found them because I love skirts in the Summer -- so much cooler and flattering than shorts (which are the devil for my softball-player legs). Biggest problem? Softball-player legs + hot and humid = sweaty chafing = not cool = research = pettipants. Yes: life changing. (You're so, so welcome ladies!)

    Mary: the visual -- THE VISUAL! You crack me UP!
    Since I am unable to locate the "Handbook for Wearing Pettipants", I'll need some help from you Texan experts.

    Do you wear them in the winter? Ya know, when we're donning tight and boots with our dresses and skirts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
    Since I am unable to locate the "Handbook for Wearing Pettipants", I'll need some help from you Texan experts.

    Do you wear them in the winter? Ya know, when we're donning tight and boots with our dresses and skirts?
    Do you (still) think I'm in Texas? (Or am I inferring wrong?) (whispering) I'm in Virginia. Look in the top, right-hand corner of my handle. Richmond, VA. (PS I love you, Dianna.)

    I do not do pettipants in winter. Opaque tights with empire-waisted dresses, a sweater cardigan, infinity scarf, boots. Maybe lace boot-toppers if I'm feeling squirrely. (Tip: If the tights are gusseted, no need for underthings. I get control top, too. So tights in the cold months = no panty lines and a smoother tummy. YAY!)

    (Whaaaat has happened to this thread...)
    Last edited by Anita; 08-13-2017 at 06:32 PM.
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    Forget spoiler alerts, we need to start rating these threads! PG when "underthings" get mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anita View Post
    Do you (still) think I'm in Texas? (Or am I inferring wrong?) (whispering) I'm in Virginia. Look in the top, right-hand corner of my handle. Richmond, VA. (PS I love you, Dianna.)

    I do not do pettipants in winter. Opaque tights with empire-waisted dresses, a sweater cardigan, infinity scarf, boots. Maybe lace boot-toppers if I'm feeling squirrely. (Tip: If the tights are gusseted, no need for underthings. I get control top, too. So tights in the cold months = no panty lines and a smoother tummy. YAY!)

    (Whaaaat has happened to this thread...)

    After a poopy day at work, I really needed this giggle. Whooooo -- SCANDALOUS.

    Move to KY. You can hang out with me, Courtney, and Tanya when we're behavin'.
    Last edited by DiannaKennedy; 08-13-2017 at 11:04 PM. Reason: Forgot the apropos emoji ;)
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrthodoxHandmaiden View Post

    3. I feel so feminine! I'm wearing [a modern take on] bloomers!

    My husband nearly hyperventilated, though, when he caught me in the closet trying to figure out how to stuff them beneath tactical pants. Darnit, they're just so comfortable! I want to wear them all the time.
    I was excitedly telling Mr Kennedy about this new find of pettipants. He cocked an eyebrow at me, and said, "Scarlett O'Hara, I think you're talking about bloomers."

    Boys don't get it sometimes.
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    You all have embarrassed Michael all weekend with your underthings talk. He came in the office this morning quite red.

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