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28 May 2007

Hey

I have the lining pieces for the Larger Than Life Bag sewn up -- individually.  In a not-so-surprising move, I dove right in with a vague idea of how it would all turn out, reading the directions a little bit -- enough to calculate the dimensions based on the size of my own bag and to know that I didn't want a zipper.  I want to add pockets -- a big one that a magazine would fit into nicely, and a couple of smaller ones for cell phone, MP3 player, coin purse -- that part's not so difficult.  While I contemplate the more challenging details of closure and height and the actual marrying of the outer lining to the inner, I've been doing... other knitting, some gardening, a bit of cooking, some cleaning.  Major cleaning out!

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Today, I found myself deep into a closet where I uncovered things that haven't seen the light of day in a very long time.  Most of it is on its way to the shredder, which was the point, but the box marked "Katie's Stuff" was a bit of a surprise to find and Wow.

That's her first hat, the one that was warming her head by the time she was a minute old.  The brochure is from The Terimore Motel, where we lived for a few weeks before Katie's birth -- and for one week after.  It was her first unofficial home, as we'd sold one house but weren't able to move into the other.  We haven't been to the coast in years, but something tells me that "The Terimore" isn't the funky motel of my memory anymore and that the rates of $30-50 for ocean view units or partial-view cottages are definitely the stuff dreams are made of these days.

I thought I'd lost that handwritten account of my first labor and birthing.  I am very surprised and absolutely delighted to have uncovered it!  I remember writing it during one of my near-daily visits to the motel's laundromat while Katie napped in her car seat.  Most of our stuff was in storage in the new house, though for some reason, I'd brought the bassinet and a few things to the motel -- and those "few things" needed frequent laundering.

Anyway, holy cow, what a bunch of memories and stories flood my head and heart from just one month in that motel -- the books I read, the little sweater I suffered to knit -- I had increasingly more painful wrist and arm pain as the pregnancy progressed and that last month was hell -- the frantic phone call from a nearby phone booth to my mother regarding nursing and, more importantly, relief from engorged breasts that felt like glass and like they'd shatter if I breathed too hard.  Heh, she didn't remember anything like that.

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Interesting that I'd have stashed those worn out shoes -- not her first, but obviously well loved.  Katie is so stylin' all the time these days and shoes play no small part in that.  I think we sent for those from Huggies or something, maybe used points to get them, and over the years I have bought her fantastic shoes for her birthdays, to-die-for boots for Christmas.  This year, just days before her birthday, I heard Paulo Nutini's "New Shoes" on the radio -- amazing that it was the one and only time I ever did -- it was so fun and fit the occasion to a T, so I ordered the CD.  He's a young, Scottish singer/songwriter (I know... you're thinking, "Sounds Italian to me," huh?) and I have to say, I bought it for the one song, but I've enjoyed the whole CD quite a lot.  He's linked some videos (love the UK version of "New Shoes").

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And suddenly everything's right
I said, Hey, I put some new shoes on
And everybody's smilin', it's so invitin'
Oh, short on money but long on time
Slowly strollin' in the sweet sunshine
And I'm running late, and I don't need an excuse
'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes

                   --Paulo Nutini, New Shoes

Well, Baby's not the only one who needs new shoes -- sometimes Mama needs 'em, too.  (You can tell they're the Mama's because of the swollen ankles, actually somewhat improved by the time the pictures were snapped.)  Truth be told, I went shopping for sandals.  I tried on some Wolky, some Finn Comfort (holy cow, I'd have to save a few more pennies), and a few others, but I was feeling mighty Keen.  I love 'em!

I hope you're all having a great Memorial Day, and remembering.

Comments

Love the shoes. Both the tiny sneaks and the Keen sandals. When I was young, like 2ish, and had a new pair of shoes I would sit in a chair with my legs sticking straight out and chant "New shoes, new shoes." Love of footwear starts early!

Love my Keens!! Those are really cute.

What a fantastic find! And this is the second blog in two days that I saw those Keens in....now I am seriously wanting some.

Great shoes! And what a marvelous find in your closet and how nice that you stored it all away. :-) I'm looking forward to an interior shot of your newly lined bag.

Oooo, new red shoes! A great way to start summer. I just might copy you!
I finished my bag Saturday! I'm in shock that I did it and it looks great;-)
How wonderful to find your memories of Kate's first days.

I kept a diary during my pregnancy with Little Sir and it has been misplaced (it's been a little over a year, how ridiculous is it that I have already misplaced it?!). I must say, I am looking forward to finding it and being pleasantly surprised at some point in the not to distant future. And yes, those shoes are spectacular.

What a treasure to find that box! I can picture you, opening it up and removing the items and remembering everything.

How wonderful to find that box--what a surprise!
LOVE, love, love the shoes....

Cute shoooz and I love that song too.
I am right there with you on the emptying cupboards/closets and finding memories. I am tackling the BIG one tomorrow and its kinda scary, I might get sucked in and never find my way out!

We have a box we call "living legends" that has all the precious kid keepsakes in it. I just like to smell inside that box sometimes.
I love my Keen sandals - so comfortable! Maybe I need some shoes....

Love the Keen shoes!

Sorry I've been lurking for so long... I was thinking that if you had an open knit group going that maybe I'd visit you sometime this summer? Since you were so kind to visit me!

Oh, and one question, do Keen shoes breathe? I tried some on, and I like the way they felt, but I wasn't sure they'd be comfortable to wear bear-foot all day. Are they?

Love the Keen shoes!

Sorry I've been lurking for so long... I was thinking that if you had an open knit group going that maybe I'd visit you sometime this summer? Since you were so kind to visit me!

Oh, and one question, do Keen shoes breathe? I tried some on, and I like the way they felt, but I wasn't sure they'd be comfortable to wear bear-foot all day. Are they?

Hey, thanks for that link to the Keen shoes! I think those are so cute!

You won't regret your keens I have severla pairs and they hold up and comform to your feet wonderfully

You won't regret your keens I have severla pairs and they hold up and comform to your feet wonderfully... I swear by them... My feet and knees aren't sore no matter how long I stand at the concrete at work.

It was either my 20 year old, or my soon to be 17 year old that had those same sneakers. Huggies points for sure!!!

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