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StarDrifter

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14250 on: January 09, 2014, 03:32:34 AM »
I'm looking at dresses online. I'm 6" tall, and about a size 18. Apparently, I'm too big for normal shops. OK, look at plus size shops. It seems to be typical that these shops advertise their clothes to be size 12-whatever (24,36 etc). Find a dress that looks nice, not too expensive, might fall past mid-thigh - excellent.

Look at their size chart - my measurements indicate that I'm smaller than a size 12.

I'm too big for small shops and too small for plus size shops.
Oh CakeEater I can sympathise with that  -bigtime! Especially when I was pregnant - all of the 'regular' maternity gear seemed to just be the same old tiny stuff with a 'pouch' at the front about the size of a small watermelon.

It is irritating, though, when 'plus size' stores start at a 'size 12' but make their sizes so oversized (in a possibly miscalculated effort to make their clients feel thinner) that they're actually bigger at their starting sizes than the biggest sizes at a smaller fitting designer.
... it might frighten them.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14251 on: January 09, 2014, 04:05:23 AM »
Oh CakeEater I can sympathise with that  -bigtime! Especially when I was pregnant - all of the 'regular' maternity gear seemed to just be the same old tiny stuff with a 'pouch' at the front about the size of a small watermelon.

It is irritating, though, when 'plus size' stores start at a 'size 12' but make their sizes so oversized (in a possibly miscalculated effort to make their clients feel thinner) that they're actually bigger at their starting sizes than the biggest sizes at a smaller fitting designer.

Yes - why is there no maternity clothes past about size 16? Do larger people not get pregnant, or do they figure you won't notice anyway?

They obviously do think that people will feel better if they call them a size 12 instead of a size 18. It's the same at Rockmans shops. I'm too big for size 18s in their normal range, but too small for the 16s in their plus size range.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14252 on: January 09, 2014, 04:39:16 AM »
ARGH! Yes~! I work for a plus size shop (same kind of thing as Rockmans but a 'higher end' (that is, more expensive) version) and we have a number of ladies who come to us because of things like that.
Our size '12' is about the size Target calls a 16 in their womens' range, and I did a check when I was emptying my wardrobe to move, I have tops and bottoms in there ranging from size 12 (my designer's t-shirts) to size 24 (Target maternity shorts).

Bear in mind I often wear those size 24 shorts with that size 12 top. I'm not sure how that is supposed to make me feel about the size of my backside...
... it might frighten them.
Victoria,

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14253 on: January 09, 2014, 05:10:03 AM »
Cabbageweevil, I know of  a Tshirt you might appreciate...
http://www.unshelved.com/store/Shirts/BookWasBetter

I have at times considered getting one for myself.
Thanks ! I am indeed tempted...

People always seem to say (or they do to me, anyway), "You've got to forget all about the book -- just regard the film(s) as a completely different work, to be approached in own right, as such."  If I try to do that, I nevertheless pretty well always end up thinking, "I wish the film-maker hadn't bothered."

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14254 on: January 09, 2014, 05:54:05 AM »
I'm 40 now.  40.  Not in my thirties, in a new demographic, entering my fifth decade on this planet.

I know, it's an amazingly little thing (and I should be happy to have made it this far, anyway), but dangit, I miss being able to say I was in my thirties.
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14255 on: January 09, 2014, 06:31:08 AM »
I am annoyed that I have managed to catch my second cold in less then a month. I usually get one or two colds a year (  sometimes seasonally). Getting one in Dec and now in Jan is not fun. Especially since I have my anxiety to deal with too and colds make me anxious. I also have so many pills for my various conditions I could open up my own chemist shop.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14256 on: January 09, 2014, 08:09:37 AM »
Follow up to my previous post about misplacing research. My own scatterbrained messiness drives me up the wall. The missing research was in plain sight the whole time, just not in the format I was 100% sure it was in. Whoops.  8)

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14257 on: January 09, 2014, 08:50:37 AM »
Yes it's news, but you don't have to report on it every five minutes!
10:00am "It's sooooo cold out!"
10:05am "Yep, it's still cold!"
10:15am "Can you believe it? Still cold!"

Same with snow storms. If I'm staying home from work because it's too cold or snowy to get out of my driveway, I want to watch trash TV that I don't otherwise get to see. So stop reporting on how many degrees we've dropped or how many more inches of snow fell in the last half hour.  ::)

I can't stand it when they do it in the summer.  "Oh my God, it's hot, it's been hot, it's going to stay hot, the lakes are down, the drought is the worst we've had in xxxx years.  The crops are dying, it's hot." 

I've got news for them.  It's August, it's Dallas, it's hot.  When we get a snow storm on August 1st, then I can see reporting about the weather.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14258 on: January 09, 2014, 09:06:57 AM »
Regarding weather reports and storms: When there's a dangerous hurricane and they're telling people to stay off the beaches, there are police directing people away from the beaches and even evacuating.

Then you have the weather reporters ON THE BEACH talking about how strong the winds are like it's a shocker.  ::)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14259 on: January 09, 2014, 09:20:33 AM »
I think that maybe I'm going to hate my new satnav. I've only had it on for a short trip I could already manage, to see how it differed from my old one, and already I want to slap it. I know that nowadays all the speech is put together from clipped syllables (there's a name for this and I can't remember it) but... would it have been too much of a killer to have a few complete words? Mostly she's all RP and then suddenly she's not. She says 'A-f-noooo' for Avenue (and in British English, that's a 'yew' sound anyway), 'Gordon' for 'Garden' and 'Cloze' for 'Close'. Surely the basic street types would have warranted their own recordings? I can't even change the voice because this is the only one that does the new thing about telling you to turn 'at Marks & Spencer' rather than 'at the next junction'.

Oh well. The last one was very funny when we went to Ireland. You could almost hear her take a breath and a run up at places like Magherafelt, and what she made of Dún Laoghaire had to be heard to be believed.

Well, pronouncing Dún Laoghaire is a pretty good "did you do your research?" test; I suspect that satnavs are in crying need of internationalization, so the device has some chance of getting it right when the name is using the Latin alphabet in non-English ways, whether it's Irish, Welsh, Spanish, or Czech.

Off at a tangent -- but this is "Time For a Coffee Break", after all.  Satnav-speak aside: I find that Irish place names can be decidedly challenging for a poor "Saxon" -- and not only those which look, to a non-native, like alphabet soup.  For long, I've been familiar with the names of places in Ireland from the map, but have rarely heard them spoken.  Often, when spoken, they turn out not to be as I'd assumed from seeing them in print.  The stress turns out to be not on the expected syllable; or the number of syllables is greater than had been assumed.  Or things just seem inconsistent.  FRHC: re Magherafelt, which you mention -- just down the road from there, is the "similar-looking-name" town of Maghera.  Pronunciation of those, was explained to me by someone who came from that area: "MAHR-a-felt", and "Mach-er-AH" [hard "ch" as in "loch"], respectively -- neither pronunciation was what I had previously imagined.  It all has an ignoramus from "the other island", going "???".

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14260 on: January 09, 2014, 09:21:49 AM »
Cabbageweevil, I know of  a Tshirt you might appreciate...
http://www.unshelved.com/store/Shirts/BookWasBetter

I have at times considered getting one for myself.
Thanks ! I am indeed tempted...

People always seem to say (or they do to me, anyway), "You've got to forget all about the book -- just regard the film(s) as a completely different work, to be approached in own right, as such."  If I try to do that, I nevertheless pretty well always end up thinking, "I wish the film-maker hadn't bothered."

The only time the forget-the-book  approach even remotely worked for me was for Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, and that's only because 1) Douglas Adams had already produced umpteen variations (radio, book, tv, computer game, and (I believe) a stage play) and 2) he had been heavily involved with the movie production.

I still think the book was better.

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14261 on: January 09, 2014, 09:28:22 AM »
Working hard on a fanfic, and getting views but no reviews.  Then again, I'm really bad at leaving reviews myself, sooo...Thing is, until I get at least one single review, I'm going crazy wondering if my story stinks.  Ah well.

This! THIS! *flail*

...CrochetFanatic, what's your fic based on? And are you interested in anime fic, specifically Log Horizon? :-*

Unfortunately, I haven't seen that anime.  The last one I watched was Fullmetal Alchemist.  Do you have any for that one, or for Wolf's Rain or Dragonball Z?  :)

I didn't really have an example in mind, though the latest one I wrote was for The Princess Bride.  I wasn't trying to impress anyone with that, though; I was just having fun.  ;)
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14262 on: January 09, 2014, 10:24:34 AM »
Picking up a lovely hot cup of tea to drink it, only to find out...all that is left of it is cold dredges at the bottom  >:(
 
Running out of wine and it's raining outside and I will not/cannot be bothered to go out in pelting rain to replenish stock. Oh, the irritation.
 
Watching a REALLY good drama on TV and falling asleep, missing the ending or a vital part of the plot.
 
 
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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14263 on: January 09, 2014, 10:58:10 AM »
I often get ebooks from my library. I love the concept - when it works. Problem is, the last 2 books have been missing pages. Unfortunately, the last one was missing vital, exciting plot information, so the book was essentially useless. Happy I am not!

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Re: What little things drive you completely up the wall....?
« Reply #14264 on: January 09, 2014, 02:14:34 PM »
Yesterday, DH was balancing our checkbook and cried out "You forgot to record a check!".  Okay, let me look at the register.  I'm checking it over and it looks like I've recorded everything.  Now I'm sitting there, wracking my brain trying to find the check he says wasn't recorded.

Five minutes later he says "Oh, it was the one I just wrote".  Gah!  He's a smart man, but sometimes I wonder.