’80s Training Montage

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 24, 2015
Shirt: Levi’s outlet store
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Today’s Songza playlist is ’80s Training Montage, to pump me up for chores. Let’s vacuum!!

You’re pumped. You’re ready. All you need is an awesomely cheesy personal soundtrack to energize you as you grind through your workout. Let these ’80s (along with some ’70s) songs lead the way.

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July 3, 2015. Tags: , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Time for a haircut?

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 22, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I’ve started pulling my hair up a lot, partly because of the heat. Again, we’re all fools for living here. This sort of climate is not suited to support 4 million people in a two-county metro area. I was one of the almost-a-million people who moved here between April 2000 and April 2010. (I arrived in not-quite-triumph August 11, 2004, after getting into a car accident in Bernalillo, NM that totaled my car, a beautiful 1991 Ford Taurus that I had owned for a week. Welcome to post-college life!)

Am I doing anything about the obvious folly of living here? Am I, perhaps, moving to a more sustainable area? Maybe a state with water? Haha, no, thanks for the offer but I’m going about 3 miles down the street if all goes well.

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July 2, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Intent to Vacate

2015_06_19-001What I Wore to Work Today: June 19, 2015
Blouse: Don’t remember
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I submitted a Resident Intent to Vacate form. I gave notice that I will be moving out when my lease ends August 31 instead of renewing, after more than five years in this apartment. I want to live in a small rental house with a yard and space for a small raised bed garden in the sun and, if I should be so lucky, a dog door already installed. Still in the same city and even the same general area, ideally a couple miles closer to my office.

I don’t have a place lined up yet, I’m counting on The Universe coming through for me. If the weeks have ticked by and there’s no house for me I’ll get an apartment, and I’ll experience the fun of new carpets and layouts and neighborhoods and routines (where will I do my grocery shopping??) and it will be Okay.

It was a spontaneous decision. I received my reminder and rent renewal offer and was disappointed to see rent increased again. Two weeks passed. Then I thought, “Wait, what if I don’t re-sign???”

The last time I looked for a new place a 5 1/2 year relationship had just ended. He moved into the spare room and I started my apartment search. The atmosphere in the house was civil and embarrassed, like a doctor’s waiting room where you see somebody from work flipping through a magazine. You nod politely and wish they weren’t there — your mind drifts to possible reasons for their visit and you don’t want to think about it, why are you even imagining that, what’s wrong with your brain? It’s uncomfortable even though nobody is doing anything wrong, and you’re relieved when they’re out of sight.

This time around I’m moving for the fun of it and I’m excited.

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July 1, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 4 comments.

Thunderstorms are scary

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We had a rare thunderstorm in May — it’s usually one of the months with the least precipitation, second only to June. We also had rain in June this year, the first measurable rain in the first two weeks of the month since 1993 and the first measurable Phoenix rain ever on June 5. That leaves June 11 as the only remaining day without recorded precipitation over the years.

My dog did not appreciate the May storm. I was sitting on the living room floor doing something or other and she came to make her concerns known. She stared at me, she stared outside, she stared back at me. I declined to make the thunder stop happening so she settled in to watch the storm through the sliding doors from the safety of my lap.

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June 30, 2015. Tags: . Dog, Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Hemming decisions

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 17, 2015
Top: Target
Pants: Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

These are my new go-to work pants.I haven’t decided what to do about the hem yet. They’re folded under here and stayed put throughout the day. The next time they show up here they’ll be full-length. I could leave them as-is and fold/not fold on a case-by-case basis. I could buy a second pair and hem one and leave the other. I could hem them halfway between the two options. Anything could happen.

June 29, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

What a fine weekend

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 15, 2015
Blouse: Limited, new
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

This has been a top-notch weekend. Friday started with a 15-second commute to my couch, where I logged in remotely. My inbox had a message from the Pride diversity group about the SCOTUS marriage equality ruling and I said out loud to my dog “Oh wow awesome!” After doing a few work things I woke up my boyfriend saying “Hey guess what the Supreme Court issued their ruling striking down gay marriage bans, it was a 5-4 decision.” He agreed it was fantastic news and then I let him go back to sleep while I returned to work.

Friday night I went to a cool bar in Phoenix with friends to hear my brother mix music.

Saturday afternoon I went to the eye doctor for the first time in 3 years. As I suspected, my left eye prescription has clicked up a few notches plus added astigmatism. The left toric contact lens wasn’t settling in correctly while at the office — it has different strengths across different parts of the lens, so if it’s not oriented correctly on the eyeball then vision isn’t clear. There’s a tiny weight difference at the bottom acting as ballast to help it reorient with each blink. We agreed I should try the pair for a few days and return for a follow-up if it wasn’t working. Within an hour my vision had cleared; it felt like the lens had molded to my eyeball shape or rotated over time and was now correctly placed. Today the left contact started blurry and settled within a few minutes of putting it in. I can return to using contacts again!

I’m also buying new glasses, and replacing the left lens in my existing frames. Right now my primary glasses get 90% of the work, even though I have two other pairs. If they all get current prescriptions and the arms of one pair are adjusted to fit better, I will have a whole wardrobe of vision correction options!

Saturday night I went to a show at my improv theater. I rarely see shows anymore when I’m not playing in them or working the bar and it was neat to be a regular audience member. (Well, not quite regular, I sat in the back row and didn’t shout out any suggestions.) I was wearing a drapey black v-neck, skinny jeans, black pumps, earrings, my hair pulled up, and even a little bit of makeup. I received a number of comments on my shoes (“oooh hot heels”) and my appearance in general (“Look at you, do you have a date? You look great!”). They’re used to seeing me in my relaxed theater clothes, like casual jeans and tshirts at rehearsal and the unflattering uniform at shows, and always sneakers.

Today I’m posting blog stuff (hello!), putting away dishes, vacuuming (love my new vacuum!), sewing, and doing a bit of office work while watching America’s Next Top Model cycle 12. I just found a couple new-to-me seasons on Hulu and I’m blasting through them before I cancel my HuluPlus account.

Overall: what a fine weekend indeed.

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June 28, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Self-timer

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 12, 2015
Jacket: Goodwill
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

The majority of my clothing pictures are taken on my balcony with a self-timer that takes multiple shots at a time at 2 second intervals. Sometimes it takes a bit to balance the camera correctly and I don’t make it in time. I haven’t put much thought into a tripod or remote and the camera to go along with them, which seems like a lot of effort or expense for this type of casual blog. Upgrade one part and then everything else needs to get upgraded too. Sounds like a lot of work and I’m nothing if not lazy.
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June 22, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

I lost my trousers

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 8, 2015
Top: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Ann Taylor, new
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

This skirt isn’t actually new, it’s just the first time I’ve worn it. I bought it during a Black Friday 50% off everything sale last November that included their Select Suiting, which is often excluded from sales. I bought a jacket, skirt, and pants. I haven’t worn the suit as a whole yet, I don’t think. I finally wore the skirt here, I’ve worn the jacket a few times, and the trousers were in my regular rotation until I recently misplaced them. I regret that there isn’t a fun story to explain how I lost my pants. Instead, they’re just set aside somewhere for me to hand wash and I can’t remember where I put them. The reward for finding them is doing some laundry by hand so I haven’t looked very hard yet.

The label says dry clean and I say no thanks let’s see what happens during a gentle hand wash, especially because I recently learned that suit pieces should all be dry cleaned together to maintain uniform color and wear, which would add up for three pieces. Will the pants survive? Oh, the suspense!2015_06_08

June 21, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Posting from beyond

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 5, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor
Tank top: Target
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I’ve scheduled a whole bunch of posts all at once here. I just had the thought “What if something happens to me tomorrow and posts keep appearing for six more days because I already scheduled them??” Don’t worry, everybody, I’m not posting from beyond the grave, it’s just automatically posting because I scheduled it.
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June 21, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Shifting away from dresses

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 4, 2015
Dress, Cardigan, Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I have been shifting my professional wardrobe away from looser silhouettes and flight or flowing skirts, adding more pencil skirts and tighter work pants. Time to add a “pencil skirt” tag, probably, especially because I wear separates significantly more often than dresses now. For many years I didn’t wear any dresses at all. I bought this particular one in two colors during the height of my dress phase several years ago.

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June 20, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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