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Wedding detritus: the first tale of the wedding weekend [Nov. 5th, 2009|08:34 pm]
Zoethe
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Sunday morning: I can't even begin to describe the post-bachelor/ette party condition of my house. After 50 guests in the house, it looked like there'd been a frat party. We made some headway in picking up the recyclables and trash (thank you so much, tithenai, for all your help!) before we had to get ready and head out for the wedding site.

Monday morning: Ooooh, no, please don't ask me to clean!! Fortunately, we still had guests so we couldn't *possibly* clean when we still had to entertain.

Tuesday and Wednesday: Stabs at cleaning.

So here we are now:

Dining room: Baba Yaga and her house of chicken legs are snuggled up by a stuffed pony, all leaning crazily against a pile of 300 paper plates. The canvas bag of emergency supplies - sewing kit, band-aids, safety pins, etc. - is still waiting to be unpacked. Oh, and a gray bag with a camera lens. Anyone want to claim it?

Master Bedroom: Improbably, a fake mustache rests on the dresser. I can't quite explain that....

Guest Bedroom: We will daintily close the door upon the detritus of the Bride and her Beast.

Office: My dress and stuff, still in a trash bag on the floor. Oh, and a stray black shoe. Anyone want to claim it?

Family room: Other than the shifting of furniture, remarkably clean. s00j and company are very good at being vagabonds and respecting their space.

Sewing Room: Piles of taffeta are scattered everywhere. Scraps and threads all over the floor. A complete mess. But, Janice the seamstress did make up for her mess by leaving behind scissors, thread, needles, pins, and other stray bits.

Bathroom: Rumors that we now own a large black dog are completely untrue. Instead, it was a black Cat, who sheds. The number of hair products, face products, razors? Rather overwhelming. I assume they all belong to Cat and D, but if you left them behind? Not worth claiming.

The wedding I will write about soon. But I had to take a moment to memorialize the backstage parts of the experience. It will soon be cleaned up and forgotten if I don't, and it's dear to me.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 03:38 am (UTC)
You know Baba Yaga and her house of chicken legs!!!!!!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:45 am (UTC)
Of course I do! I loaned my Baba Yaga and her house as a clue for the Russian bridal abduction.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 04:13 am (UTC)
Russian grandmother here - I was brought up on tales of the Baba Yaga and the hen-legged isba!!!

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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 04:14 am (UTC)
... and here...

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 04:31 am (UTC)
Those are great.
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 04:36 am (UTC)
I need sometime to make a picture post about Bilibin, who was a fantastic artist, designed for the ballets Russes, decided after living as a feted artist in France in the 20s and 30s to go back to Soviet Russia, and died during the siege of Leningrad. His art IS the Russia I heard about all my childhood.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 04:57 am (UTC)
I would love to see that!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 02:37 pm (UTC)
Here is my baba yaga and her chicken-legged house:




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[User Picture]From: custardfairy
2009-11-06 02:45 pm (UTC)
*dies of awesome*

Ahem. Just to share the love, my fabulous LJ friend bleaknimue made this Baba Yaga and House and it just makes me giddy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:04 pm (UTC)
That is AMAZING!!!!
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[User Picture]From: shezan
2009-11-06 04:19 am (UTC)
... and here's The Wise Vasilisa coming out of the isba at night (notice the chicken legs!), all from my childhood books illustrated by Ivan Bilibin!

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 04:53 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!!!!
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[User Picture]From: cathubodva
2009-11-06 05:31 am (UTC)
I love the story of Vasilisa.
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[User Picture]From: caudelac
2009-11-06 03:39 am (UTC)
I am fairly certain that I am responsible for the fake moustache on the dresser in the master bedroom.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:46 am (UTC)
Ah HAH!!!

You looked adorable, so I forgive you. -)
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[User Picture]From: roomette
2009-11-06 07:36 am (UTC)
YES! The camera lens is mine. It is for a Canon Camera and it should be a telephoto lens, right? Oh I am so glad it was found!

I can send a prepaid envelope or something to have it mailed back or...what would work best for you?

::::Dies of relief:::::
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 02:53 pm (UTC)
Um... It's a short lens in a small suede bag. When I think telephoto, I think much larger, but that doesn't mean I'm right.

If you're still sure it's yours, send your address to zoethe at yahoo and I will find a small box to mail it to you.
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[User Picture]From: roomette
2009-11-06 07:42 am (UTC)
...and I am so sorry we are not more local and did not help more with the cleaning. It sounds like an impressive aftermath. I do know we had a WONDERFUL time and I did neglect thanking you for hosting!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 02:57 pm (UTC)
It was such a huge crowd, having such a good time, that I'm not surprised there was a mess - getting to the kitchen to throw anything out was a major undertaking!

Around 2:30 in the morning I was saying to the remaining guests, "I love you dearly now get out of my house! We have to leave at 11am! Sleep is needed!" If offers to help clean up had been made at that point, I would have declined. I went so far as to turn out the lights in the living room and still it was another 15 minutes before anyone left. I would call it a successful evening! And you are very welcome!
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[User Picture]From: tithenai
2009-11-06 10:39 am (UTC)
I think -- and I am cautious as I say this -- that this may be the one instance of my NOT having left something behind at someone's house. I -- I think WOOT-ing is in order!

I'm only sorry I didn't do more. Next time I will cook things for you, as I can't begin to thank you enough for rooming and boarding and treating me so much. My grad student lifestyle hugs your knees in gratitude.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 02:58 pm (UTC)
OMG, you were AWESOME! Thank you so much for all your help, and you are always welcome here when you get the chance!
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2009-11-06 11:49 am (UTC)
This is a lovely post - and the pictures in the comments are awesome! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2009-11-06 03:01 pm (UTC)
It was completely awesome just to get to relax and reconnect. It meant a lot to us that you guys stayed. We miss you, too.
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