skunks & shopping

Pepe le pew

I fart in your general direction!

Bonnie and I got skunked on Thursday night! All the windows were open, and around 3:30 in the morning, a skunk let one rip. And it must have been right outside the house, like on the lawn or porch or driveway, because the smell was so strong it woke both of us up. We’re talking industrial strength. I’ve smelled skunks before, and it’s always been bad, but this was UN. REAL. It was like someone was pressing a thousand rancid garlic cloves DIRECTLY INTO MY SINUS CAVITIES. It was a smell so strong, it had physical presence. Like, it had mass. It was like being tear-gassed.

We closed the house up — because it just coming in through the windows in wave after wave of fetor — then drenched it in natural orange oil air freshener, which luckily I keep on hand. (I hate artificial air fresheners, and they don’t really work anyway.) In the morning we opened all the windows and doors and kept them open, trying to air out the final remnants of skunk stench. I keep getting faint whiffs in odd corners of the house, though.

Whatever animal it was tussling with that caused it to gas off, must have dropped dead from shock right on the spot, or at least been stricken blind. Sweet Zombie Jesus, I hope I NEVER have to smell anything that terrible again so long as I live.

So anyway, I’m at work again today, hopefully this will be the last Saturday I have to work for the rest of the year. I took yesterday off. The plan had been to take Monday off, so I’d have two days off in a row; but then I realized I’d have to work six days in a row, and that seemed marginally more horrible.

black button front dressI went to Tar-jay yesterday. The dress selection was pretty picked-over, but I did get this dress, one in black and one in denim. They should be pretty versatile, and in cold weather I can wear them over layers. They’re short enough that I could even wear them with pants. They’re 100% cotton too; I’m trying to wear fewer synthetics. It annoys me that so many plus-sized clothes are made of cheap polyester or rayon. Hello, fat people get hot easily! We like natural fabrics!

I got a few accessories, but I’m going to scour the thrift shops for more. If I’m going to buy a lot, thrifting makes more economic sense. I also got a couple pairs of ballet flats, one which turned out to be a mismatched pair (an 8 and an 8 1/2), so I have to go after work and exchange them.

Sheena Matheiken gets a lot of her variety from knee socks, which I think is really cute; but she also wears a lot of stuff I don’t, like hats. But a few years ago I went through a necktie phase, which was fun but for some reason didn’t last (but I still remember how to make a four in hand knot!), and that could be an easy way to really change the look of a dress (provided it has a collar). I just need at least one more — a brown one — and possibly a gray and/or green one. And then I should be set.

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