Susan Dennis (susandennis) wrote,
Susan Dennis

straw poll?

I grew up in the 50's in the Southeastern part of the United States. I don't know if it was everyone or just my family but we did not use drinking straws. If we were eating out (rare) and we got milk shakes or malted milks, then maybe. Otherwise, nope.

And I never picked up the habit. Last Summer Seattle outlawed plastic drinking straws. It was nothing to me, except every time I ordered a drink anywhere, I had to hear how they were not allowed to give me a plastic drinking straw with that drink. Fine. The fancy restaurant at the baseball stadium used paper straws with long, involved apologies to go with them.

For a short while until Mom threatened bodily harm (which was still very legal back then), we would, in a restaurant, tear off the end of the paper rapping and shoot that sucker across the room. But, that's the extent of my drinking straw use.

Until lately. (OMG is she still talking about drinking straws?????) I keep a tall covered container of ice water with me always around the house. (Covered in case it tips over - on it's own or via cat.) I sip on ice water all day long. I hate drinking vessels that 1. sweat and 2. have any metal of any kind near the drinking lip and 3. have a top/cover that is difficult to remove.

I found one that meets all requirements nicely but the cover is not a sipper, it's a straw holder. I bought it anyway and thought I'd just learn to suck on a straw. I finally gave up. I'm not a straw person. Hopefully there's a straw person who shops at the Goodwill cause that's where this vessel is going.

END of straw talk.

I had planned a discussion of wait staff in restaurants who feel compelled to tell you their names. But, I'll save it.

I took the pattern of my favorite top and made a whole new version of the pattern. If I had any education on how to architect clothing, it would have been a simple job. But I'm really clueless about how you are supposed to do it so I did it the Susandennis Way (tm) and it seems to have worked fine. Tomorrow I'll finish the shirt and then polish off the pattern and plan the next one.

Zoey's been madly batting around something while I typed this entry. She ended up with her little cat butt sticking out from under the credenza, so after I stopped to Instagram her, I got down there with my phone flashlight and pulled out the stuff I could reach. Let's not even discuss the stuff I could not.


I finished watching Season 2 of Victoria last night. It's so well done. Finally now that the Olympics is over, we've got some TV back.

And speaking of TV, last fall? there was a mini series on the USA Network on that I recorded and never watched called The Sinner. I see now that it's on Netflix, too. Meanwhile my brother found the audio book about that same time and read it instead. It's been sitting in my library unread since then and finally the other night, I gave it a go. Well, now I'm 3 hours in and captivated. This woman can flat out tell a story. I've got 10 hours to go which is a treat. I haven't decided if I'm going to watch the TV version when I finish the book.
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