I got another question from someone about altering your jeans. As far as I'm concerned, it is better to alter them after they have been worn in and washed. There's a couple of reasons for this, but the main reason is that you don't know how much the denim will shrink when you wash them the first time. How would you know how much to alter them? You cannot gauge the amount to alter, from the way they fit on the first day, and not even after you have worn them in. They need to shrink first, then you can see.
It's like my friend I wrote about before, who always folded up the bottom hems of his jeans, because they were too long. The denim then got very damaged on the fold instead of on the original hem. He then after a couple of months washed his jeans for the first time. They shrunk so much that he does not have to fold the hems up any more. The problem now is that they're so damaged on the fold, that he doesn't want to fold them down. The other problem is that he can't keep them folded up, because then they're too short.
It was my little sister's 24th birthday today. We ended up at her place the whole day, because she spoiled the whole family to a really fantastic meal. She did get the motherload of all presents though, the lucky bum. Unlike last night with the wine tasting that ended after 12pm, today will be an early night.