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I am very ready for this week to be over. I was supposed to go over to a friend's house this evening - she is my closest ward neighbor, around the corner from our place - to feed the missionaries, but they asked to come at 5:45pm. Since I'm working on a document with a deadline for tomorrow, I told C. that I wouldn't be able to make it. Oh well. I feel like going to bed at 7pm tonight.

I ordered the dress I mentioned a few days ago. It came yesterday. I'm returning it, because the proportions are all wrong for my petite-plus self. But I still think it's pretty.


I was surprised that the poet was active during the 11th century - the poem seems so contemporary and I can hear many of my friends with children saying the same thing.

An Excuse For Not Returning the Visit of a Friend
by Mei-Yao Ch'en
Translated by Kenneth Rexroth


Do not be offended because
I am slow to go out. You know
Me too well for that. On my lap
I hold my little girl. At my
Knees stands my handsome little son.
One has just begun to talk.
The other chatters without
Stopping. They hang on my clothes
And follow my every step.
I can't get any farther
Than the door. I am afraid
I will never make it to your house.
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On April 9th, 2009 05:06 pm (UTC), carrie_leigh commented:
I'm returning it, because the proportions are all wrong for my petite-plus self.

I have that problem a lot. Having breasts and actual hips interferes with couture. :)
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On April 9th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Women with shapes - what a concept!
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On April 9th, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC), 13oct commented:
O my goodness! I swear I could have written that poem myself. And it was written in the 11th centenary! Wow!
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On April 9th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
And a man, to boot! Didn't know 11th century men were so involved with their kids.
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On April 9th, 2009 10:53 pm (UTC), meredith_eats commented:
HA! I guess people were always busy.
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On April 10th, 2009 11:14 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I was more surprised that the poet was male!
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