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December 2010
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Mama Deb [userpic]

I've changed my mail client. I had no choice - for some reason Netscape 7 will not send mail via my isp, and I'm tired of replying by cutting and pasting into web2mail. It costs $30 to speak to the helpline, and while I've repeatedly sent the Netscape people feedback, they haven't responded.

So. I'm using Outlook. The annoying thing is that I have to rebuild all my filters again, but I can do it more or less on the fly, so it's not so bad. And I use it at work, so I'm not unfamiliar with it. Basically, it's nothing I can't get used to quickly. It's not really all that different, after all.

Otherwise - today I spent being very organized. That means I went shopping, where I purchased not only everything I needed for Shabbat, but also stuff I just needed - a new flourescent ring for the kitchen, a new coffee carafe to replace the one we broke a few weeks ago, tights.

Especially tights. In the winter, I wear tights under my skirts. I like them. Because they're thicker than pantyhose, they last longer, often for years, and are still wearable even if they develope holes and runs so long as those holes and runs are in places that don't show. And they're opague, which I like for several reasons - modesty and, well. No leg shaving. In the summer, I wear "trouser socks", which are basically knee high tights.

And until a couple days ago, I couldn't find tights. I wore my old ones, which are quite holey - my big toe sticks out of one pair. See, I'm picky. They should be black, although I'll wear off-white, they should be queensized (for obvious reasons) and they can't be control top. And that's where the problem lies. I can get black, no problem. I can get queensized. But they automatically make queensized control top, and the way I'm shaped, control top is awful. They don't stay up.

I found a pair of L'eggs tights in ivory to tide me over, and I ordered some from Just My Size catalog, except they were back ordered. So I went to one of the most specialized stores around - it only sells legwear. And. They had lots of black tights because of the modesty thing, and lots of queensized ones because women come in all sizes around here, but. They only had two types without control tops. And one was out of stock.

I bought two pair of the other and will go back next week for the first. But it's a good thing I bought the ones I did. Because I skinned my knee today, and can't wear the ivory ones until I wash them. I'm just happy they didn't tear.

And I cooked the chicken with curry and it's in my fridge and I don't have to do anything tomorrow but catch up on tv shows and veg. Yay.


Where did you get tights? I'm with you: why shave in the winter, and tights are the best. I'd go for leggings as well, but my shoes dictate something covering the feet. Is this store very expensive? I'm in Astoria, so getting to mid-Queens isn't a problem.

Shabbat shalom... it looks like it's going to be grey all day, which gives me the impression that any minute it'll start to be real dark out... *sigh*

Re: Tights...

I live in Flatbush. The place I went to is called. Seriously. "The Sock Exchange". It's between M and Elm on E. 14th St. Pretty much out of your way, I'm afraid.

My husband said he thought it was a place you got used socks, or you traded new socks for used socks and vice verse. And then he got into sock futures, which apparently involves the investor getting wool.

I love him; he's weird.


Weird is good, in my book. If they're not weird, how would the understand us? (I guess that makes assumptions about you, so I'll say if my guy isn't weird, he wouldn't understand me.)

Oh well. I'll have to continue searching near me, or in Manhattan, or in Westchester near my sister and some friends. I could probably find stuff in one of the Westchester malls; it just becomes an issue of getting there sometime.


My favorite source for Queensize, non-control top tights is the Elisabeth store. They are online, or you can go to the store, they have a locater.

Lots of opaque black, blue and grey. Some are textured. Not control top. At two pairs for $15 they aren't cheap exactly, but I wore one pair constantly for about a year till the feet finally died.

Lots of niceness.
Enjoy the sabbath.