Jury is still out


What I Wore to Work Today: April 21, 2015
Shirt: Ann Taylor
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Claire’s
Belt: Target

One of my online shopping expeditions this year was close to the free shipping amount. I found this top in the clearance section – I could buy it and get free shipping, or not buy it and pay the same total cost. So I bought it and have worn it twice. The jury is still out.

I was on a jury once a couple autumns ago. The trial was going to be for six weeks with charges including felony murder, which is when you’re committing a felony and somebody dies and you can be charged for the death. For example, you are participating in armed robbery and kidnapping and some stuff goes down and people end up dead. Even if you didn’t fire the weapon that killed somebody, your felonies surrounding the death support a felony murder charge.

On the first day of the trial, after a few days of jury selection, 16 of us sat in the jury recess room. After waiting for an extra hour, we filed into the jury box. The judge thanked us for our service, said the state and the defendant had agreed to a plea, and we were dismissed. We filed back to the jury room, where the lead attorneys for each side came back to give us more information about the case that wasn’t going to trial after all. The defense was going to argue that their client was there to buy the drugs fair and square and was unaware that his associates were planning a robbery. The prosecution was going to argue that obviously he wasn’t planning to pay based on the little cash and lots of weapons he brought with him and other factors. Most witnesses were not cooperating and at least one of the injured men was killed in a different drug-related robbery a couple months after this one.

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May 21, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Work-free Monday

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What I Wore Not at Work Today: April 20, 2015
Blouse: Gap, gift from a friend in 2010
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

I gave myself a Monday off work a month ago because I was feeling burned out. I did a lot of fun things over that long weekend, including dressing nicer than my usual jeans and t-shirt one day and planting marigolds and some small bulbs. The bulbs should have been planted months before, so we’ll see together if they bloom. Stay tuned!

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May 20, 2015. Tags: , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

High school job uniform

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What I Wore to Work Today: April 16, 2015
Shirt: Target
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

When I turned 16 I got a job at the rinky-dink movie theater + video rental store in my hometown. I worked there throughout high school starting in 10th grade and a couple summers after graduation. An assistant manager, “Lee”, was a middle-aged man who usually worked weekday shifts and always had a coffee mug on desk in the little office in back. Sometimes he would head upstairs to wind the film through the projectors before showtime and then stay up there for awhile. I left him to do his thing and he let me do mine. We got along well.

When I got to college I realized “This party smells like Lee’s coffee. …Oh my god he puts liquor in the coffee he’s always drinking at work! So much makes sense now.” Eventually he was fired when he passed out among the projectors. I saw him once a year or two later at the grocery store, we made eye contact and didn’t say anything.

The uniform at the theater was a white button-down shirt and black pants. I remember my excitement about buying my first pants and shirt at Gap for my first job. I think my mom went with me and she lent (gave?) me money before I got my first paycheck. Which wasn’t a check at all but a tiny little manila envelope of cash with the tax deductions handwritten out on the front.

The business finally went under several years after I left and eventually the building was torn down. GoogleMaps tells me there’s a Culver’s built on the site now.


May 19, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

More professional than a free tote bag

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What I Wore to Work Today: April 14, 2015
Blouse: Target                      Cardigan: Old Navy, new
Skirt: Ann Taylor                   Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless                     Necklace: Ann Taylor, new
Bag: Target, new

I finally bought a professional bag for work that’s big enough to hold my laptop. Occasionally I bring my computer home to work remotely or to have on hand in case of “business continuity protocol” issues like the floods last September that prevented a lot of people from making it to the office, and I used an old tote bag. I’m pretty sure it came free with a subscription to Lucky magazine in something like 2007, or maybe it was Domino (RIP [oh wait I just learned that it relaunched in 2013 after a four-year hiatus]). Anyway, this tote bag was just something I happened to have lying around when I needed to tote my laptop home one day. Ha ha, tote. I regret nothing.

So I finally bought myself a nicer bag, something that can hold my laptop and also looks reasonable as a purse-without-a-laptop, at least I think it’s reasonable. I don’t have experience with bigger bags and I can’t really tell. I’ll probably want to buy an actual laptop bag if I ever get to go on business trips, something with a little padding and more comfortable carrying straps and all. For now, though, this new bag does the trick.

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May 18, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Real live people


What I Wore to Work Today: April 13, 2015
Blouse: Ann Taylor, new
Tank top: Target
Pants: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

I think this is this blouse’s first appearance on the blog, I’m not sure. I know the first time I wore it I didn’t get an outfit picture because I went to an Arizona blogger meetup directly from work and didn’t get home until after dark. Is that irony, missing a blog post opportunity because I was at a blogger thing?

I recognized one of the organizers from her blog, Freckles in April. It reminded me of the time I bought tickets to a hockey game with seats in the section behind the Sharks bench. I was close enough to see their faces and suddenly they were in front of me as actual people, real humans right there living their lives as professional hockey players. It was weird. They were people. (I didn’t talk to the woman from that blog, we never even made eye contact.)

May 8, 2015. Tags: , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Catching up


What I Wore to Work Today: April 10, 2015
Jacket: TJ Maxx
Tshirt: Target
Jeggings: American Eagle
Shoes: Payless

I have plans for when I’m caught up. Add blog writing, start new projects, finish old projects, read a new book. I’ve been working through stragglers on To Do Lists, like all the little steps that led to finally mailing a bushel of baby quilts at the beginning of the week: finish quilting #3, add binding to #4, wash quilts, attach labels, etc. etc. and even after the quilts themselves were finished there was still so much to do like email person A to get address, email person B to confirm new address, package into boxes, take to the post office, oh my god why did I put it on the list as just one line “mail baby quilts”.

Then there’s the continuous stream of maintenance tasks every day: wash dishes, put away dishes, do laundry, put away clean clothes, take out the garbage, take out the recycle, clean bathroom. I paid for a professional to come for two hours in January (maybe it was January?) to clean my bathrooms and the kitchen. I have been doing a better job keeping on top of it since then, knowing that it was sparkling clean earlier this year and doesn’t have years of filth layered on filth.

May 7, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Yep, an office blouse

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What I Wore to Work Today: April 8, 2015
Blouse: Loft, new
Pants: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s

Yep, this is a blouse to wear to the office. We’re all on the same page here.


May 6, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today. 1 comment.

Formal hoedown


What I Wore to Work Today: April 7, 2015
Blouse: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Pants: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless
Badge: My employer, god bless them

When I wear this top I feel like I’m going to a fancy country barn dance. It’s got big gingham checks, it’s got tuxedo ruffles. I say “this is the last time, then I get rid of it”, and then I did. We all have habits, I guess.

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May 5, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Post-laundry pants

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What I Wore to Work Today: April 6, 2015
Blouse: Loft, new
Pants: Banana Republic
Shoes: Payless

I keep wearing these tight pants to work, despite previous statements to the contrary, after I’ve worn them post-laundry once and they stretch just a bit during that time. Pretty sure that’s a sign I should not in fact be wearing them to the office.

I have pants that fit best right out of the laundry before they loosen and get saggy, and pants that are uncomfortably tight until they’ve stretched a little from their dryer time.


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May 4, 2015. Tags: , , , . Dog, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Saturday clothes

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What I Wore on a Saturday: April 4, 2015
Tank top: Target
Jeggings: American Eagle
Shoes: Target

I’m usually barefoot in my apartment, unless I’m in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes. Then I’m wearing running shoes or sneakers, which are more comfortable for long periods of standing on linoleum.

This winter and spring I kept a pair of flats by the door that are easy to slip on when taking out the dog or walking to the apartment leasing office for free coffee in the “clubhouse”. Soon I’ll be back to flip-flops most of the time instead. Our first triple digit day is on the forecast for the end of the week, which is right on schedule. The average first 100+ degree day is May 2.

April 29, 2015. Tags: , . Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

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