Michelle Obama’s G20 Fashion Unsense

By Adele

First Lady Michelle Obama is inspiring in many ways, but almost every time she dresses for a special occasion, she brings out my cattiness.

This week she’s in London at the G20 summit. The press is raving about her wardrobe, comparing her to Diana and Jacqueline Kennedy. They both must be flipping in their graves.

Givenchy, Chanel, and Oleg Cassini vs. J.Crew® and Jason Wu? Puhleez!

So far, the only lovely outfit Michelle has worn was that bright yellow number upon her arrival in England.

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She lucked out when the First Lady of France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, decided to stay home this week. Carla embodies French chic and has the svelte figure to pull it off. She can’t help making Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah and Michelle look frumpier than Laura and Barbara Bush.

I hope the button on that sweater get combat pay.

I hope the buttons on that sweater got combat pay.

Michelle wore this pale green skirt with a beaded and rhinestone cardigan in the morning to visit cancer patients. Could you ever picture Jackie or Diana in that situation in that getup?

Later that day, Michelle donned a black cardigan sweater to meet the Queen of England, and didn’t even attempt a curtsy.

(Photo - John Stillwell/AP)

What's with the Marge-Simpson-inspired necklace with everything? (Photo - John Stillwell/AP)

But you know the royals must be chuckling at our new First Lady’s artless fashion gaucherie. She almost makes Camilla look stylish.

At least I haven’t seen Michelle in any more full skirts with petticoats so far, which only look good on someone young enough to pair them with Mary Janes and white, lace-trimmed anklets. (Got that, Sarah Jessica Parker?)

UPDATE: I spoke too soon. Michelle went out with the other G20 wives last night wearing a Carrie Bradshaw denim-colored full skirt with — you guessed it — an Argyle cardigan and those Marge Simpson beads.

Let’s face it, Michelle’s warm, friendly, super-smart, and has the arms of a boxer, but she’s got issues. Pencil skirts and pastels aren’t her friends. She should wear vivid colors and body-skimming styles — and lose those lousy cardigans — to play up her assets.

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53 Responses to Michelle Obama’s G20 Fashion Unsense

  1. Deb says:

    according to protocal, Michelle Obama does not have to curtsy because she is the wife of a head of state. sounds good to me!

  2. catsworking says:

    Deb, good point! I figured the White House must have briefed the Obamas so neither would do anything too crass, not that they would anyway.

    I think I was watching BBC World last night when they made the point that Michelle didn’t curtsy, but Carla Bruni-Sarkozy did a very graceful curtsy when she met the queen, AND she wore gloves.

    But you know the Brits would notice things like that.

    There’s a big stink over Michelle putting her arm around the Queen, but only after the Queen touched her first. Personally, I have no problem with that. Now, if Michelle had licked her face, that would have been worth some ink.

  3. Adele says:

    Adele, I agree with you fashion advice for Michelle, but only to a point. I think she could wear more flattering styles, but I also think she’s trying to make a point not to wear haute couture, when the country is in such dire financial straits. And I have to believe that the cardigan thing (which I don’t like, either) comes from the pointless fuss about Michelle’s exposing her fabulous arms. As I recall, both Jackie and Princess Di had no problem wearing sleevless sheaths.

  4. catsworking says:

    You’re right, Adele. Who ever made a fuss when those two went sleeveless anywhere? Nobody. I guess it was because neither of them were built like linebackers so their arms weren’t the first thing you noticed.

    I don’t think Michelle Obama should go haute couture either. But the designers she does use could do a better job of outfitting in her in flattering styles, and somebody’s got to tell her to knock off wearing the cheap glitz before noon. Jason Wu did a simple raspberry-colored dress that she recently wore on a magazine cover and she looked fabulous. On the other hand, he designed that nightmare of a white gown for the innaugural balls that made her look like a cow.

    Far from “displaying her well-honed sense of style” as the media would have us believe, I think she’s flailing to FIND a sense of style. Looking better than the Brits was like shooting fish in a barrel. She could have shown up in a Hefty bag. But she may be meeting Carla Bruni-Sarkozy on Friday in France. It will be very interesting to see if they’re still comparing her to Jackie Kennedy.

  5. Daryl says:

    from where I sit, working for a fashion magazine, she looks fresh and lovely … chic and stylish .. BTW that little sweater with its “buttons on that sweater got combat pay” was a J.Crewe sweater that sold out across the country hours are she was shown wearing it .. THAT is how you help the economy. Not with Ralph or Donna or even Calvin couture which no one can afford …

  6. catsworking says:

    Daryl, “chic and stylish” are subjective. I guess now there will be a lot of moms wearing rhinestones in Food Lion. Can hardly wait to see the fashion magazine spreads with all the supermodels looking like Mr. Rogers in too-short, too-tight sweaters.

    Michelle would have looked chic in a matching twin set that fit, unbuttoned, and hitting below her waist so it didn’t create a gut-busting gap on her stomach. She’s not fat, but she often looks like she is.

    But I wrote this post before I saw the NEXT outfit, that nightmare in blue with the full SJP skirt. And yet ANOTHER cardigan sweater — as evening wear, no less.

    Thank goodness Michelle’s got the looks and personality to outshine her clothes. She was amazing speaking to that girls’ school. I just hope those kids didn’t soak up any of her fashion unsense.

    BTW, she almost always looks elegant in simple dresses. The black and white outfit she wore on the plane when the Obamas left Washington was beautiful. And that little black and white sleeveless dress she wore on The View that quickly sold out during the campaign was also lovely.

  7. MorganLF says:

    Sorry, I must comment. Her fashion style is becoming more and more dorky. She looks rawboned and gangly. Frequently hunched. I am tired of the arms, what is it with this need to bare arms even in 20 degree weather? Lots of celebs are doing it (Kelly Ripa) and it looks stupid, uncomfortable, and cold.

    Another new trend is bare legs in winter, slap on some panty hose dammit your goose bumps and stink feet are showing!

    I like Michele, but she needs to get a more polished look together. She is after all the first lady.

  8. catsworking says:

    Morgan, I agree with you on the bare arms thing. There’s a season for that, and this ain’t yet it.

    Karen tells me Diana may have started that heels with bare legs/feet look. Makes me glad I’m a cat. I would hate having my sweaty pads sticking in my shoes on a hot day. And I don’t care how expensive the shoes are, after a while they’ve got to get pretty stinky.

    While on the subject of shoes, I will give Michelle a point against Carla Bruni-Sarkozy there. Michelle wore her usual kitten heels, and Carla went for frumpy FLATS, which really cheapened the look of her nice dress. So what if she’d be another inch taller than her husband? Her flats made her legs look fat.

    And the dress Michelle wore under that God-awful flower-spotted coat was a winner. Great color. Great cut. In THAT, she could be compared to Jackie or Diana. Standing next to Carla in that stylish dress, sans the Queen Mother coat, she would have been the clear favorite from head to toe.

  9. Mauigirl says:

    I think she’s got her own style and it may evolve as it goes along as Hillary’s did during her first years as First Lady (remember the headbands???). I agree though that some styles are definitely not as flattering as others. And as a woman whose upper arms are not in the toned condition of Michelle’s, I hope this sleeveless thing doesn’t become so popular that I can’t find anything with sleeves!

  10. st says:

    I just wanted to point out something, but Mauigirl beat me to it. Remember what happened to Hillary when she was First Lady? All those frumpy hairdos! Maybe Michelle is struggling to find out what her fashion sensibility should be or what a modern fashion sensibility is. I suspect there’s also an attempt to figure out what an American sensibility is. By the way, I like the J Crew mint green skirt. Some people have complained about the kitten heels. Did you like them b/c they’re KITTEN heels?

    Let’s hope Michelle turns out to be as great as Eleanor Roosevelt!

  11. catsworking says:

    Oh, the Hillary headbands! They were before my time, but Karen remembers those very well. She says they were popular when she was in grade school and high school and she had a full wardrobe of them until she was about 16.

    ST, I agree with you that Michelle is probably trying to FIND a style because it’s something she’s never given a moment’s thought to in the past, and now she’s got the whole world dissecting every thread she puts on her back.

    What annoys me is that the press is acting like all these experiments ARE her style and that’s how everyone should dress. So you’re going to have women showing up at the office in rhinestone-studded cardigans, pushing dress codes to the limit and driving HR crazy.

    I had no problem with the green skirt, per se, but when you’ve got a big butt, an A-line would be more figure-friendly — and sell like hot-cakes to all the pear-shaped women out there who can’t wear pencil skirts.

    There’s a photo circulating of Michelle in England in that awful blue argyle ensemble standing next to Sarah Brown in a straight blue skirt with her big stomach and thunder-thighs showing through loud and clear, bless her heart. An A-line could cover most of that.

    But Michelle takes it to the other extreme with these gathered skirts that look like something her daughters should be wearing.

    And yes, I like kitten heels and pussy bows for obvious reasons. I’m glad that designers are recognizing the contribution we cats, with our timeless style, are making to fashion.

    You’re right about the sleeveless look, Mauigirl. If it catches on, women will have to start pumping iron big-time!

  12. tango says:

    I don’t mind Mrs. Obama not wearing couture designers in sympathy with regular Americans but let’s be real. Over 500 staffers accompanied the Obamas on this trip including numerous personal wardrobe, hair and makeup assistants. So she’s spending money one way or another. I would just prefer to see her in more classic clothes and leave the sparkles, sequins for nighttime and the cardigans for back in America.

  13. catsworking says:

    In Prague, she wore a black skirt and sweater (those cardigans again!) with a white untucked blouse that had a HUGE bow at the neck. OK, but then she had a black BELT right across the middle of the front of the blouse so her gut looked HUGE. What was she thinking? That black line is all you look at. Even penguins know better than that.

    She obviously has no idea how her clothes photograph.

    Here’s a link to it:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/05/michelle-obama-sunday-in_n_183220.html

  14. Vic says:

    Does anyone know the story on the back of the argyle sweater? Aside from it being buttoned up wrong – is there no one to check her? She took lots of pictures with the sweater like this. But when she was at the school with the girls she turned around and it looked like the sweater was being altered – taken up a couple inches down the middle. I would imagine there were pins in it to show how much to take it up. Did anyone notice this besides me? She’s got to have someone to at least look after her on these details.

  15. catsworking says:

    Oricker, you are pretty harsh. I agree that Michelle is no pinup girl, but she’d make a great quarterback. 😉

    While I admire her devotion to young American designers, they’re not doing her many favors in return.

    Vic, I read somewhere that one of the other G-20 wives noticed the seam up the back of Michelle’s Argyle sweater and thought she had it on inside-out or backward. Then she said something like, “But of course I realized Michelle would never do something like that. She’s got such style, she can carry off a look like that.”

    Translation: I wouldn’t be caught dead in that thing, and you’ve got to have real rocks in your head to be married to the president of the U.S. and walk around in a sweater that looks like somebody forgot to finish it.

    I find it hard to believe that there’s no one with the guts to tell her honestly how she looks before she walks out the door. Can’t believe that someone said, “Here, Michelle, wear this big heavy belt right across the middle of that dainty white blouse. It will cut you right in half, make your stomach look big, and be the focal point of the whole outfit, and not in a good way.”

  16. Christine says:

    Man you guys are brutal.

    I can only imagine how difficult it must be to be in the public eye trying to learn all you can when you perhaps weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth. And all the while having to smile when you might not feel like it while snobs like you are criticizing the body, the clothes, the person without recognizing she probably has feelings.

    I find it hard to believe nobody has had the guts to tell you what shallow people you are. Oh but probably they have and you just did not publish.

    What possible reason could you have to waste time on trite? You nust be republicans. Sure glad they are gone for awhile.

  17. catsworking says:

    Welcome, Christine. You gave me my laugh of the day. REPUBLICANS! Obviously, this is the first time you’ve ever read Cats Working. And just for the record, we don’t censor comments unless they’re obscene. We can tolerate disagreement. We have claws and we’re not afraid to use them.

    If this is your first visit here, you must have been Googling “Michelle Obama fashion” or something. What did you expect to read? Nothing but drooling praise from one end of the ‘Net to the other?

    Let’s face it, every woman has fashion off-days. Michelle just happens to have a camera in her face during hers. It’s one of the trade-offs of getting to live in a fabulous mansion full of servants and gourmet chefs to do all the work she might otherwise have to do herself back in Chicago.

    We happen to like the whole Obama family a lot (and campaigned for Barack in our own way right here), but sometimes we question their actions, on fashion and political matters. If they can’t take that, then Barack never should have run for public office.

    I agree with you that fashion is a pretty shallow pursuit, but sometimes cats just want to have fun and write about silly things. Lighten up.

    If you ever come back, do a search on Michelle and you’ll find other posts on her fashion sense. Sometimes she looks stunning, but we think those undersized cardigans stretched too tight under dominatrix belts bring out her inner bag lady.

  18. Christine says:

    touche and meow

    I was not searching for anything about her or fashion. I obviously have a life.

    I find it hard to lighten up when it means being mean about someone else.

    Rather my tracker showed someome was looking for derogatory info about her. It led here.

    We can agree to disagree. I have no idea what kind of a person she is. I do not think being a first lady is a priviledged position. Think about it. It is a very dangerous job being in your white house. Giving up your privacy and having your life under a microscope
    in return for living in that colossal building and giving the best years of your family life for your country is quite a sacrifice.

    So you think because she is surrounded with servants body guards etc., she is fair game to pay by having stuff like this written. She may not be doing the cooking and cleaning but has to spend an enormous amount of time doing the duties of a first lady which I think would far exceed what she would have to do back home on a daily basis without servants.

    If she had an expensive stylist, you would complain about the cost.

    You may be having fun. It is sad that you can’t use your time to better help your country from sinking into the abyss of economic failure and loss of support from the world.

    Do you know that Canadians often wear identifying symbols on their clothing to make sure when travelling they are not mistaken for Americans, such is the reaction overseas. Eh?

    It is too bad really because this type of “fun stuff “just perpetuates the disrespect and I know there are many caring Americans.

    What I used to admire most was American patriotism. I see here that is reduced to the epitome of female cattiness. If you can’t respect your leaders and their families how can the rest of the world?

    Write about silly things all you want but why hurt others doing it? This is not a frivilous harmless pursuit.

    I for one still remember where I was when JFK was shot and obviously although I was nowhere near the grassy knoll, I was devastated that in a “modern day and age” someone who took on the country’s challenges and was prepared to give up a significant part of his life to his country was killed doing it. And he did not need the money or the servants.

    So would you have just simply critiqued Jackie’s funeral outfit?

  19. catsworking says:

    Christine, we have one regular reader in Winnipeg who comments here regularly named Bob. Fortunately, he counteracts your apparent misunderstanding of topical humor by “getting us” and being quite amusing himself, so we don’t read your comments and conclude all Canadians are humorless drones.

    I think you’re basing your opinion of Cats Working on one page out of nearly 400 and reaching sweeping, wildly inaccurate conclusions, such as that we are Republicans.

    This is a satiric and mostly tongue-in-cheek blog on most issues, except healthcare and certain consumer-related matters that Karen covers. In those instances, she IS trying to inform the public and raise awareness of this country’s problems.

    As for us cats, we write pretty much whatever we want and we take none of it too seriously.

    If we thought for a moment that Michelle Obama gave a rat’s butt about what cats think of her, of course we wouldn’t want to hurt her feelings, even though she’s a dog person. Her fashion sense has been shredded by far bigger names in couture than Cats Working including, if I recall, Oscar de la Renta.

    As far as staying out of her business because she’s First Lady, getting into politics was her and her husband’s CHOICE. It takes a certain lust for the limelight and craving for attention to even consider running for office. That 100% of the attention isn’t positive is unfortunate, but as Lincoln said, you can’t please all the people all the time. Michelle is very lucky that everybody did a complete 180 on the notion that she’s some sort of black militant terrorist type set on destroying the country, and now embrace her as the best First Lady in history.

    By the way, she DOES have a fashion advisor, a boutique owner in Chicago who gets many unknown designers to make clothes for Michelle sight-unseen, not even fittings. That’s where some of the weird outfits come from. It’s all here somewhere if you’d looked for it. I’ve been following her fashion since the inauguration.

    As far as the assassination of JFK, you’re comparing apples to oranges and it’s inappropriate in this context.

    American humor has always been more biting than Canadian. That’s just our nature. If you think we’re all going to cower in a corner and shut up just so the world will like us better, it ain’t gonna happen. We’ve got Obama flying everywhere apologizing for everything, even stuff we didn’t directly do, and it doesn’t seem to be doing much good.

    If anything, the world should respect that Americans are unafraid to stand up and say what they think, even if it doesn’t make us look perfect. We’ve never been a country of robots heaping undeserved praise on our leaders because we hope it will raise our world standing. There’s a lot of bad stuff going on and Michelle Obama’s cardigans are the least of it by far. For you to be in a lather over what I think of them seems a rather extreme case of misplaced priorities for someone who claims to have a life.

  20. Christine says:

    I am not in a lather. I am expressing an opinion about a country I have always admired somewhat as something Canada might become when it grows up. I envied the partriotism.

    “Bob” is not a reflection of Canadians either.

    I love humour but like it better when we make fun of ourselves or situations – not other individuals.

    If you are suggesting we are robots you are way off base. We are not as flamboyant overall perhaps but not boring either. We criticize our leaders as well. I just think the wives and kids should get a bit of a break is all.

    Maybe she is trying to give a chance to some struggling designers – Oscar de la Rente probablty has buckets of money. Some of the top designers make some pretty crappy designs as noted by the best and worst dressed in mags after the academy awards.

    Obama is apologizing enough? What is he doing applying for Canasdian citizenship? We have the blueprint on “We are sorry. We are Canadian.” The oldest cultural joke around. I won’t let him take that away from us 😉

    Geez, I wish I did have more time to read the entire site but I don’t and there isn’t much that drives me to do so. Although I will take your word for it that there is some good stuff.

    You’d probably freak out at how I dress but with my British ancestory I never wear white after labour day so hopefully that will earn some brownie points?

    Oh, and if you are thinking of travelling wearing one of our Canadian flag pins, I can send you one. But they are pretty unfashionable and will clash with most of your wardrobe. And to impersonate one of us you will have to end sentences with “Eh?” and say “I’m sorry” quite a bit as well as use Canadian pesos – you know the brilliant fake looking money? – our dollar is coming up a bit. But American dollars still seem to be a more universal currency and what we mostly use travelling.

    Sorry to impose on your site – I will try not to bother.

    Have a great day 🙂

    p.s I have to watch news more often – or the primaries – I had no idea about the militant stuff – yikes what did she do dress up as Martin Luther King or Malcolm X at Halloween or something?

  21. catsworking says:

    Christine, it’s very nice of you to show us you really DO have a sense of humor. We have always admired Canada for many, many reasons. To name just a few, it’s a beautiful country, you take care of ALL your citizens with healthcare, and your citizens hardly ever shoot anyone. It’s a wonder you haven’t declared war on the U.S. to put it out of its misery. It’s got to be problematic to have such a pesky, uncivilized neighbor.

    Just for the record, when we write about our First Family, we ARE poking fun at ourselves. We’re all Americans.

    I never said that Canadians are robots, I clearly said Americans AREN’T robots. To infer I meant that everyone else is a robot is to deliberately misinterpret. What I actually had in mind was dictatorships where the leaders force people to put on a happy face — or else. We’re seeing it right now in Iran. And China during the Olympics.

    The only way I could wear a Canadian flag pin might be on my collar, because to pin one on my fur would hurt like hell. And I must wear white year-round because, if you check out my picture, I was born in it from head to tail. I don’t know if you realize this, but you’ve been wrestling with a cat here. When we do a post, Karen has us respond to any comments it gets. She runs a tight blog.

    I’m surprised you missed all the hoo-ha over Michelle Obama during the campaign. She almost sank Barack’s campaign, first by saying she was proud to be an American for the first time in her life, and then with all the rumors circulating that she had been a real anti-white militant previously (although no one could ever produce any written, verbal, or visual proof of that). We knew she was being maligned and stood by her then. If you had time to read more, you’d realize that we do try to be fair and we are most definitely Democats.

    Michelle is also a great mother and a real relief after that creepy Laura Bush, who did virtually nothing for 8 years but look vacant and smile like they were keeping her sedated.

    Oops! There I go again, picking on our leaders. Old habits die hard. 😉

  22. Bob says:

    OK ladies to your corners, or no one gets to watch Mr. Dressup, or Friendly Giant.

  23. Bob says:

    Actually for the record I really don’t care for issues of fashion, thus this posting really never got my attention…

    What is painfully obvious is that leaders and unfortunately their family’s are increasingly put under media scrutiny.. For right or wrong.

    While I may not agree with everything that I read in this blog I do, as a member of a free society, support the free and often brutal exchange of ideas.

    If you are still around Christine, as a fellow Canuck I often point out the shortcomings of the American system … while explaining the problems that we have with ours.

    As a “Typical” Canadian I never submitted that I knew it all, but I do believe that I am fairly representative of our way of life. I find it frankly rude that you should single me out with out ever reading any of my posts.

    Having said that lets all sit down and crack a cold one and celebrate Tony’s birthday… that’s the reason that I am here anyways…

    Cheers
    Bob from Winnipeg

  24. catsworking says:

    Bob, I think Christine may secretly wish she were American. Why else the strange compulsion to defend Michelle Obama’s fashion faux pas?

  25. Bob says:

    There are many things that Canadians by in large wish we were…but believe me wishing we were Americans is normally not one of them.

    Besides we own Hollywood now anyways… PHHHHHTTT :p

  26. Christine says:

    ok

    will go back to my corner after a few comments.

    1. I don’t wish I were American although there is nothing wrong with you. I love being Canadian. Just wish we were more patriotic. We don’t even see our ‘first wives’
    2. We don’t take care of all our citizens with “health care” it is revolving door medicine – and illness care – nothing much healthy about it
    3. If you had ever had a first wife such as Margaret Trudeau (before your time) you would have had something to really blog about. And her husband was known to flip the bird which I am sure you cats would appreciate. For the first time ever, other countries knew the name of our leader 🙂
    4. When did we buy Hollywood? Which Province is it in?

    take care and happy birthday to whomever

    p.s.See you on the ice 2010 Vancouver BC Winter Olympics – when we will act patriotic and wave our flags.

    I will try to get back when I am out of the coma and will read as much as I can.

  27. catsworking says:

    Christine, Karen remembers Pierre and Margaret Trudeau, but you’re right. Canada doesn’t make enough waves to get a lot of attention. You’re too darned civilized. Down here, everybody always seems to be in a stew about something, and they’ve got the guns to kill anybody who doesn’t agree with them.

    I was kind of surprised at Bob’s comment about Canada owning Hollywood. Maybe he meant that a lot of TV and movies are filmed up there?

    Since you’re late coming to this party, Cats Working got sort of hijacked by Anthony Bourdain after Karen posted about finding some video of his much younger new wife. Our numbers took off, so she has been following Bourdain’s career ever since, and actually met him in February. He’s the host of the Travel Channel’s top-rated show, No Reservations, where he roams the globe eating what the people eat. He’s a former chef and has written several nonfiction books, 3 fiction, and a cookbook. His restaurant industry tell-all, Kitchen Confidential, was a bestseller and made him the minor celebrity he is today.

  28. Bob says:

    Actually I was referring to the fact that a great deal of the A list talent in Hollywood is Secretly Canadian..

  29. catsworking says:

    Bob, why do you think Canadian actors stay in the closet?

  30. Bob says:

    Closet Closet…. I don’t see any closet here, just cause they are not jumping up and down waving the maple leaf.

  31. catsworking says:

    Too bad they don’t have cute little accents, like the French or the English. Well, Celine Dion has one, but when she sings, I think she sounds like an American Southerner much of the time.

  32. Bob says:

    Accents Eh…. Well here is a little history lesson in song for you on the verge of our Canada Day and ya’lls
    Independence Day…

    Hope I am still welcome here after this….

  33. catsworking says:

    We just love seeing the Canadians get spunky! That was excellent!

    Do you get Southpark up there? In their movie, there’s a big production number called “Blame Canada” that sums up pretty much how Americans think of it. Always good to have a scapegoat nearby because all the Mexicans seem to be here already.

  34. Adele says:

    Bob, I have a friend in Toronto, who reminds me of the War of 1812 every few months. I hope he’s seen this. If I’m correct, the only thing the Americans got out of The War of 1812 was the world’s most un-singable national anthem. Happy Canada Day!

    P.S. How’s the wounded appendage coming along?

  35. Christine says:

    You guys are really growing on me. You are too funny.

    Bob has a wounded appendage? Me too if you are referring to injury. Get better soon.

  36. catsworking says:

    Christine, what’s your wounded appendage? MorganLF broke her ankle, Karen sprained hers, and Bob has been limping around for weeks, home from work.

    We’re glad you came back. Cats have a way of growing on you — even if it’s only shedding fur.

  37. Bob says:

    Well I would be lying if I said I were 100% leg wise.
    My Dr has cleared me to go back to work Mon, Wed, Fri but I am waiting on the return to work guy to see if there is anything that I can do before I can return.

    So probably next week after all of the festivities of Canada Day Tomorrow.

    Glad you liked my little history lesson, Christine and I are giggling up here I can tell ya’ll. Funny that Adele mentioned the “Star Spangled Banner” little Trivia Nugget for you on that tune. Its actually based on a British Drinking Song

    http://www.colonialmusic.org/Resource/Anacreon.htm

    Also in the War of 1812 the United States also got Maine, then home of the Bush family. So I guess its a fair trade then you got George W Bush and gave us South Park on Cable.

    I really don’t know who got the short end of the stick..

    Thus Endith the Lesson Go In Peace…
    Happy Canada Day and Happy Independence Day Ya’ll

  38. Bob says:

    What happened to my post ….POUT !!!????!!!!

  39. catsworking says:

    What do you mean, Bob? Unless you sent something else, everything seems to be here. Can’t believe the National Anthem was a drinking song. Key certainly could have picked a better one. Like maybe “Belly Up to the Bar” from The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Something people could sing without busting a gut and shattering crystal.

  40. Bob says:

    That Post keeps playing a Houdini on me, there it is now its gone????? Enjoy the Kittys I just sent you!!!

  41. Adele says:

    Bob, be careful with that leg during the Canada Day celebrations. Don’t reinjure it. I actually knew that “The Star Spangled Banner” had the same melody as “To Anacreon in Heaven,” but thanks for posting the YouTube. I’d never heard it sung, and now I know that it’s a pretty lousy drinking song as well. The Irish, now the Irish know how to write drinking songs. Give me “Tim Finnegan’s Wake” or for sentiment, “The Parting Glass” any day.

  42. catsworking says:

    Bob, I think I know what’s been happening to your comments. Every time you sign on under a different name, they get caught in “approval” mode, and don’t show up until we click “Approve.” But after you’re approved once, they go straight to the blog. Yesterday, one of your comments under the name “Bob” got stuck waiting for approval. But we approved it because you’re our Unkie.

  43. Christine says:

    Thanks for the history lesson – I am learning lots – Bob is an encyclopedia of info. He must be incredibly Canadian or a history teacher – yeah Bob!

    My appendage injury is dominant arm – tripped over the dog jogging. If I had taken the cat it never would have happened – she would have been still clinging to the couch attached by her claws.

    I fractured and dislocated my shoulder, crawled home. Neighbours prob thot I was drunk. One-handed for 10 weeks – staring at a one handed keyboard determined not to have to learn something new.

    Return to work coordinator also waiting to figure out what a one-handed person who can’t drive to work can do at work. Must be a Canadian thing. Takes me all day just to dress and eat and other things. Bob – do you also work for a pseudo Government agency? That would explain the rerurn to work while a person is incredibly useless and bad humored. The first client who whines to me about their small owie is fair game 😉

    What is wrong with all of us getting injured? I know accidents happen but this is really p—–g me off and I refuse to act my age if that means a rocking chair.

    Happy Canada Day

    Happy 4th July – I can’t sing it either – it is way above my key. I sound like someone stepped on a cat each time I sing it when crossing the border – so I will spare you the pain.

  44. catsworking says:

    Christine, so sorry to hear about your shoulder. What a mess! But what a coincidence. Karen was researching an article just the other day about ergonomic keyboards and came across this small thing that looked one-handed and couldn’t figure out how it could possibly work. Is that what you have? If so, could you explain it?

    You’re right. Jogging with a cat would have been trip-free because the cat wouldn’t have been there. We don’t jog. We streak. But so the dogs don’t have all the fun, we do like to hang out on stairs in case any humans are coming down carrying something large.

  45. Bob says:

    Thanks for all the compliments Christine, actually I am not a history professor, just a repository for all sorts of useless information. I am however VERY Canadian and love to display it when I can… That’s not very Canadian of me… But oh well.

    Looks like my time off is coming to an end, I have been summoned to work for tomorrow. Looks like I am working 3 day weeks for the next little bit. These walls have been getting a bit too close for comfort anyways and I could use the boost in my pay… I plan on going in tomorrow and booking Holidays for the end of the month anyways 🙂

    Going out west to see the Rockies!!!!
    Speaking of travel what part of the Country do you live in Christine??? As Karen, Via the Cats, has stated I am in Winnipeg.

    Well everyone get well and stay that way!!!

    GO BOMBERS GO!!!

    Bob

  46. catsworking says:

    Tomorrow’s a holiday for most government employees around here, since the 4th falls on a Saturday. God forbid they get cheated out of a 3-day weekend by the calendar.

    Is it customary to go back to work after a long leave and immediately book vacation days? Seems kind of nervy. 😉

    Take it easy, Bob, until you’re all healed. Oh, wait. What am I saying? You’re already planning your vacation!

  47. Christine says:

    ergo one-handed keybd is pretty much like the other reg one – difference is that when you need to type on ‘the other’ side of the keyboard, in my case the right side, you click a key (I think it is the space bar) but still only type with the left hand on the left side – each time you hit the space bar or whatever it switches the type on the left as if it were the type on the right – ????- says very easy to learn but for me I am still staring at the box

    I am waiting till tues before I open the box in case I am healed and then I’ll just send it back

    Hi Bob

    I am happily in BC (I originate from Toronto but had the good sense to move in late 70s) have driven thru Winnepeg and I think stayed overnight once.

    Right now missing out on a trip to China and Mongolia due to this stupid dog injury.

    If all goes well w XR and rehab I’ll be doing the 3 day a week RTW thing in two weeks. I am trying to remember why I work – then you pointed it out – money!

  48. catsworking says:

    Christine, I guess it’s a skill you could learn eventually, just like we all learned to type, but YUCK! But if the keyboard is the same layout, I guess the main thing is remembering to switch the sides back and forth, and training the non-dominant hand to hit the keys with the wrong fingers, unless they reverse the keys for that hand.

    OK, now I’m confusing myself…

  49. Christine says:

    Well, cough cough – back at work in Kelowna – a tad smoky but not as bad as in 2003 when ash fell everywhere. Wildfires – the only bad part of living in paradise.

    Never took the keybd out of box – I was HEALED! (said with Evangelical emphasis and Southern twang)

  50. catsworking says:

    Congratulations, Christine! Glad to hear you’ve got both hands back.

  51. Bob says:

    Just saw Kelowna on the news, Fires looked pretty bad out there… I am headed out that way on Friday… Well not all the way out there just going to Edmonton then Jasper, Banff and Calgary on the way back home.

    So looks like I am not the only Canuck on the board anymore.. Hmmmph

    Stay safe and keep that hand secure.

  52. catsworking says:

    Bob, it looks like you’ve got even more company. I believe Tatiana, who just checked in on an old Tatiana the tiger post, is also from somewhere in your neck of the continent.

  53. Bob says:

    Lots of room for people near and far.
    I was just liking the fact that I was the local Oddity in that I am not American…

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