12.24.2007

The dreams of denim

My goodness, I haven't posted for 5 days and Craig has already posted 4 times since then. Work was crazy as everyone wanted stuff done before Christmas so I worked a couple late nights and early mornings but I have the next two weeks off and we aren't doing much this week so I should have time to write down all the posts I have thought up.

Speaking of work, does anyone have any suggestions on how to get pump oil out of jeans? There was a little incident at work and the first wash didn't do much to get it out. Googling got me lots of information about removing stains causes by lipstick, pen, chocolate and even blood but nothing on pump oil. Personally, I think there is a business opportunity that is being wasted - someone has to know how it can be done. It will be a shame if I can't remove the stain because those are my favorite* jeans, according to the "newest jean = favorite" rule and I don't have money to buy a new pair. Does anyone else live by the new jean rule or is that just me? You know, when you have a favorite pair of jeans and all your others and "old" and unwearable so you need new ones. You go looking for a pair as similar to those as you can find. After days of searching for something but finding only mom jeans that cover you navel and taper to create that oh-so-flattering triangle shape or jeans that you can't tie your shoes in without the possibility of being arrested for indecent exposure, you finally find that pair that is just what you are looking for. And no matter how much you loved your old jeans, the new pair is your new favorite and the only ones you want to wear. So you are again left in the position of only have one pair of jeans you like. It is an impossible situation. And now my "favorite" ones are stained and I have no jeans I like. So sad. So please please please, if you happen to have a husband that works on an oil rig or a kid that likes to pour items from your cupboard on himself or have any other reason why you know how to remove oil from pants, please share. I will be very grateful.

*When I say favorite jeans, I am of course talking about favorite respectable jeans. My favorite favorite jeans are really awful looking. The bottoms are all torn up and the material is so thin that it barely feels like denim anymore but they are just so comfortable. Of course, I can only wear them around the house on Saturdays....or maybe Wal-Mart. But standards of dress are really lax at Wal-mart. I could probably wear a mumu and be better dressed than 60% of the people at Wal-mart. So favorite favorite jeans are pretty trashy, but important as they give the now non- favorite jeans a reason to keep going - some day, if they get worn enough, they might become worn out and reach favorite status once again. Such a hopeful story. It's like the velveteen rabbit of the fashion world.

1 comment:

amanda g said...

Fabric

How to Remove Gasoline Stains

1. Sprinkle baking soda, cornstarch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let stand for about 30 minutes, and then brush off.

2. Pretreat with a prewash stain remover.

3. Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric. Let fabric air-dry until you are certain the stain is completely removed. Do not dry in tumble dryer.

i found this on the goodhousekeeping website, i dont know if it'll help or not. I do the same thing with jeans though. Ive been pretty faithful to a certain type of levi jeans, and usually just buy the same kind, but the new ones are just always bump the older out of the hierarchy. Perhaps because they're darker...I don't know. I appriciated the velveteen rabbit reference though :)