There are multiple sets of photos on my computer taken over the years with the plan to post Before & Afters. I’m moving to a house in a week and there won’t be many Afters for these. As I like to say, some problems resolve themselves if you wait long enough.
Before pictures on the left, After pictures on the right.
The ponytail plant didn’t make it so I bought a spiky $1.50 plant on a whim. It thrived even through a summer so I bought another when it appeared on the left-for-dead clearance shelf. The bit of white showing through between the plants is a seashell from my childhood. I had a shell collection as a kid and it’s the last one I’ve kept.
On a less successful note, the sweet little ivy plant is not growing well in the planter and it hasn’t exactly died either. Yet?
What I Wore to Work Today: June 22, 2015
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.
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.
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.
What I Wore to Work Today: June 17, 2015
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.
What I Wore to Work Today: June 12, 2015
Jeans: American Eagle
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.
What I Wore to Work Today: June 8, 2015
Top: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Ann Taylor, new
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!