Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Does This Mustache Make Me Look Like Hitler...?

Okay, guys, I'm sorry. I've tried, and I just can't take it anymore. I have--I have to be a grammar nazi for a minute.

I'm not picking on anyone specific here, I promise. And if this is a mistake that you make when you blog, tweet, journal, check in, or otherwise put your mark on the internet, we can still be friends. But I've noticed this particular grammatical pitfall in a good half-dozen places in the past few days, so...

When you're talking about yourself plus another person, we were always taught that using "me" is wrong. "Sami and me went to Ohio." This is wrong--it should be "Sami and I went to Ohio." However, it's not ALWAYS wrong! Observe:

Samantha and I stood by a river

CORRECT: Because if you took Samantha out of the picture, it would read

I stood by a river

Now, let's try this one.

Sami and I, standing by the river



Well, if you take Samantha out of the picture, here's what you get.

I, standing by the river


Instead, it should be

Sami and me, standing by the river

Because when you take Samantha away again (Poor Samantha, she must be getting whiplash by now...)

Me, standing by the river

So you see, depending on how you construct your sentence, sometimes saying "me" is actually the correct way to go! It just depends on the context.

But no matter what you do...let the other person go first. It's never "Me and Sami" or "I and Sami." After all, manners manners! ;)

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fort Meigs in February

Historians and scholars have a wonderful, poetic way of writing about history. I tend to take a more colloquial, down to earth approach.

February 2, 1813: Some crazy bastards arrived at a frozen field in Northern Ohio and said, "hey, it's minus a billion degrees out. What do you say we build a fort here, right now, when the ground is frozen solid and it's cold as balls out here?" And so they did.

What's most amazing to me is that they succeeded. I've lived in the Midwest my whole life. Winter here gets C. O. L. D. The ground freezes into a big dirty block of ice, snow piles up higher than your head, and no matter how many layers you wear, your feet eventually get cold. And yet our intrepid ancestors not only survived, they thrived! They built a fort and parked themselves there for a good long stay! And 200 years later, a group of reenactors descended on the site to demonstrate just how much it would have sucked.

Okay, okay, that's not exactly the point here. The Toledo Blade did an article about the event with more information. Also, not all of us had to brave the elements. Fortunately for us, a lot of the demonstrations were indoors!

Samantha, our friend Vivian, and I signed up to do a draping demonstration. It was very common for a garment to be draped directly on the body, rather than adapted from a flat pattern like a lot of us do for modern sewing. Our resident expert Samantha draped a bodice pattern for Vivian and then did a bit of an experiment on me afterwards.



Samantha brought some handsewn dresses for people to examine!

The fort also set up one of their conference rooms with adorable period decorations and furnishings, so we took some fun pictures after the demo.



I did a test run of my new dress--there are a few things I'm going to be changing, but overall I'm happy with how it's turning out! This is the dress whose sleeves utterly defeated me back in June, but I'm happy to report that it now has sleeves, and that I'm pretty happy with them! Of course, I forgot to take pictures...oops. Next time!