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Thursday Thirteen #98: Next to My Skin

June 20th, 2007

It’s time for the Thursday Thirteen again, and IT’S TIME FOR MY BIRTHDAY this weekend. 43??? Yes, forty-three. I love you 43, cuz you’re not 23 or 53. (But 33 would be alright again. I liked being 33 1/3 — a long-playing record!) You know what I want for my birthday? Clothes. New clothes. Skirts, tights, dresses, lingerie, maybe a few new blouses and some shoes. And a personal shopper, because I hate trying on clothes — the lights, the dressing rooms, the back and forth, this is too small, this is too big…

Would that be the best birthday, or what? Just me, some silk, cotton and linen, and someone to say “Fabulous, darling”…

(Edited to say: My husband swiped my idea! And my pajamas!)

13 Favorite Clothing Items of Mine, Past and Present:

13. A leopard-print flannel shirt that had “Wildcat” embroidered on the pocket.

12. A mustard-yellow bowling jacket that was embroidered “Rita” on the pocket.

11. A vintage rayon dress I bought for five bucks in the East Village in New York, at a big clothing warehouse. Black, with a pattern of white swirls. Long, simple, slinky, with buttons up the front, short sleeves, a v-neck. I wore it ’til it was in tatters.

10. A short blue and white flowered cotton dress I bought at the same place, same day, same price. It kinda looked like a flapper dress. It was the perfect summer dress.

9. The sexy, perfect, tight little black dress I wore all through college. Sigh.

8. The turquoise tank top I wear all the time now.

7. My wedding dress.

6. The red maternity dress my husband bought me when I was hugely pregnant with our first baby and too fat for all the other maternity clothes (the “Pregnancy Kit” with shirt, skirt, leggings; the khakis; the shorts) he’d already bought me. Ditto the blue denim maternity dress with Winnie the Pooh on the front that I wouldn’t have been caught dead in any other time. It was so roomy, and had pockets. It was summertime. The weather was too damn hot. I wore it for a month straight.

5. My Ann Taylor jeans.

4. My Old Navy white dress shirt. Plain, one pocket. Goes with everything. I’m wearing it right now!

3. The sundress and matching scarf my mom made for me when I was six — it was a long granny dress, white fabric with a pattern of tiny blue and yellow flowers. She added turquoise piping and a matching scarf. It was my favorite outfit ever, to this day.

2. My Levi jean jacket. That I lost. And the Iowa Hawkeyes jean jacket. That I lost. And my new Levi jean jacket, that I hope to never misplace. (I have a history of misplacing jackets. I’m on my seventh fleece jacket as of this writing.)

1. My blue string bikini underpants that my ex stole when he moved out. Freak!

Happy Thursday!!!

Edited to say: Thanks, Tink, who reminds us: June 21 “we celebrate Litha, also known as Midsummer, Summer Solstice, Alban Heruin, Sun Blessing, Feill-Sheathain, Vestalia, Thing-tide, All Couples Day, Feast of Epona, Saint John’s Day, Ivan Kupala Day or Gathering Day.” Happy Solstice, all!


  1. pussreboots says

    Happy TT. I rented my wedding dress. LOL! :)

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  2. Lady Rose says

    Happy Birthday! Sounds like a fun list of gifts – hope you have a great celebration

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  3. Sword Girl says

    Happy shopping and happy birthday! And happy summer solstice!

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  4. Jenny says

    Ewwww, that last one was tad creepy. Happy Happy Birthday, hope your hubby read your list tonight for ideas.

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  5. Christine says

    Happy Birthday. My husband just celebrated his 40th this past weekend and he wanted scotch, not clothes. Loved the list – but the last one – ewww – ever wonder what you ex did with the underwear?

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  6. L-Squared says

    Happy Birthday! Hope you get all the clothes you want. :-)

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  7. WackyMommy says

    Hey! Thanks, you guys, for the birthday cheer. Christine and Jenny — he also stole my stereo, answering machine and all my college textbooks and novels. But he *left* his former girlfriend’s books. (The one before me. He apparently stole all of *her* stuff when she threw him out, but had lost interest in it?) Very odd dude. Chalk that one up to “what was I thinking?”

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  8. Miss Frou Frou says

    What a great idea for a TT – and Happy Birthday!

    June 21st, 2007 | #

  9. Betsy says

    Oh, man – I have more than a few ‘what was I thinking?’ in my own repertoire, but no panty thiefs!

    Happy birthday, says your elder (only by one year – but still!)

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  10. David says

    Afraid I’d not be a very good personal shopper for ya, so I’ll just wish you a happy B.D. anniversary.


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  11. Gattina says

    And when do you wear your wedding dress again ?

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  12. stephanie says

    I loved my wedding dress too. I wish I could fit into it again. Your EX stole your bikini bottoms – yeah freak.

    Happy TT, come visit mine!

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  13. Robin says

    The old blue sundress I bought in Paris. And the body that fit in it *sigh*…

    Hope you had/have a great birthday!

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  14. michelle says

    Happy Birthday, fun TT!! Everyone loves a great white dress shirt and denim jacket, and in fact they look great together and with that turquise tank underneath…even better…ok, just on a fashion thing today since we were deciding what to wear for our family photos tonight and the colors we’re doing are blues and whites so I have that on my brain!

    An undie stealing ex…weird!

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  15. qtpies7 says

    Great list! Hope your ex isn’t lending out your panties, lol.

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  16. Worker Mommy says

    Sending you birthday wishes!!

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  17. Amy says

    I want a cute little black dress! Right now I have my friend’s dress held hostage!

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  18. buttercup says

    What a cute idea for a list! Love it.

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