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mission: accomplished
Today's mission was to go get our marriage license. And so we trotted off to the Salem, NH town hall, which was gloriously easy to find (would that Lawrence Town Offices were so conveniently placed). We walked right up to the town clerk's window, told the nice lady we wanted to get a mariiage license, and she gave us a little form to fill out. The form was super-easy: my full name, his full name, our birthdates and -places, our parents' full names and birthplaces (in my mom's case I just had to write "Canada," which I find amusing), and our officiant's name and address. There was also some statistical stuff to answer, like our ancestral backgrounds (French-Irish for him, Scots-English for me), education levels, and so forth.

Then we trotted right back up to the counter (okay, I trotted. Wolfie ambled), and gave the nice lady our information, which she entered into the computer. While we were waiting, this woman came up to stand in line behind us. When she realized that we'd been leaning on the counter for a few minutes and there was no one there immediately helping us, she asked us if we'd been waited on, as if we'd stand there like idiots waiting for someone to show up. "Yes," I said, "she's entering the information for our marriage license into the computer." Her response was simply to click her tongue impatiently. I almost turned around and asked her what her fucking problem was, but I didn't want to spoil the moment. The lady gave us the printout, and we walked away all tingly (I know I was tingly, and Wolfie said he was). Now I just need to give Ernie the number to the Secretary of State's office for his special license, and we're nearly there!

One more thing we can cross off the list. Plus I got more sewing done on Wolfie's tunic. Tomorrow I have an interview, then down to Mom and Dad's for his measurements, and then maybe up to Manchester to see if I can find fabric. Failing that, I'll cut my sister's dress. Must finish washing Mom's fabric (Wolfie did a load of wash and utterly threw off my stride), and there's one more set of measurements that I need, and I can start the other tunics. The tunics are the easy part, really.

I'm also going to go to Joann and see if I can get a chalk hem marker there, or if I have to order it online. It'll make hemming skirts alone SO much easier. When I make apron dresses for myself I'll still need help fitting the bodice, but I think I can teach Wolfie to do that. Pinning a hem, though; that's harder, and the chalk marker will make it a lot easier. I first saw one in use at Basic Training when they fitted us for Class A's -- they'd never have gotten us through so quickly without them.

Ooh. This might work. It's certainly cheaper than buying a free-standing chalk marker, and I don't have to worry about it falling over on a carpeted floor. I'll have to buy some string, a box of chalk, and some thumbtacks, but that's not as expensive as the marker. (I'll have to tell Her Grace about it, too; it'd save her a lot of rolling around on the floor.) If only there was some way to take in the bodice by myself as easily... I could use binder clips in the front (quicker and less likely to cause personal injury), but I'm not double jointed, so I'm at a loss as to how to fit the back solo. Wolfie, honey, you're going to learn a new skill...

On a more serious note, I'd like to join Wolfie in thanking everyone for their condolences and good thoughts as we deal with David's death. I wish I could hug each and every one of you and thank you.

i feel: tired tired

3 trips or shoot the rapids
sandthistle From: sandthistle Date: May 4th, 2004 10:47 am (UTC) (base camp)
I'm so happy for you all with your marriage license! Yay! :) May the tingly feeling be like bubbles in champagne, always rising to the top to make nifty little sparkly pops!!

As for the rest of it, hugs right back atcha.

ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: May 4th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ooooh, that hem marker looks dreamy! I wish I could justify a purchase of that sort.

Congrats on the license and the tingles too. What fun!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 4th, 2004 11:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I actually did go ahead and buy it. The chalked string method might work with straight skirts, but I'm afraid that a full skirt might bias as it brushed against the string and not get a straight line. I can also use the chalk marker at someone else's house to mark a hem without putting holes in their door jambs.

What I really need is a dressmaker's dummy, or just a duct tape double. Maybe that'll be a fall project with the girls at my mistress' house. Eleanor has a proper dummy, as does Anna, but the rest of us are utterly unencumbered by dress dummies. Of course, I may be the only one that wants one, and it's not like I have room for it, so maybe that little pipe dream can wait.
3 trips or shoot the rapids