Reunited

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 17, 2011
Tshirt: Target
Skirt: Target
Shoes: Target

This skirt and I parted ways on April 27, 2011, after several lovely years together.  A friend and I went running and I lent her clothes to change into when we decided to get dinner too.  I promptly forgot about the interaction, although the run was added to my running log.

At first I’d notice the skirt’s absence and say, “Oh, it’s in the laundry”.  After awhile I thought of it as being in the mending pile to tighten a button or two.  Finally I realized it was gone and I didn’t know when, where, or how.  I grieved a little and moved on with reluctance.  Months went by.

Then, oh, the sweet then!  I mentioned this story in passing to a friend who said, “Uh, I have that skirt, I’ve had it for awhile”.  After over another month of reminders, proddings, and text requests, the skirt has returned to me!  Sometimes, when you think something is gone from your life, it shows up again unexpectedly and you are together, in some ways together again and in other ways together for the first time.  Sometimes it then goes on to disappear from your life once again, leaving you a note and a spice collection missing the marjoram.  True story.

 

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October 21, 2011. Tags: , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

After a morning run

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 14, 2011
Shirt: Target
Jeans: Goodwill
Sneakers: Payless
Earrings: Fundraiser garage sale
Sunglasses: Ross

Is this a good look?  Not particularly.  Did I feel great anyway?  You bet.  Is that because I went to bed at 6:15 pm the night before, slept a solid 12 hours, then went for a 2 mile run before work?  Sure is.  Will these sporadic 2 mile runs be the extent of training before my second half-marathon on December 11, repeating my first half-marathon experience when I had never run farther than 3 miles before race day?  I optimistically say no, and I concede that it could happen and I will lament Fall 2011 Self’s failure to adequately prepare, leaving December 12 Self unable to walk without pain.

 

October 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Same input, double the output

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 13, 2011
Dress (as skirt): Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Sweater: Goodwill
Belt: Xi, came with a blouse
Shoes: Target

I’ve got this plan to cycle through my dresses, wearing them as skirts by fully covering up the top half.  Ta-da!

October 19, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Back to school

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Tshirt: Hand-me-down from a friend
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Fundraiser garage sale at work (if my 50 cents won’t turn this community around, nothing will!)

I started school again last week, taking two online classes through a local community college: Advanced Excel for officey stuff and calculus as a prerequisite for economics graduate school applications.  I decided to go with the accelerated option for both, taking them over 8 weeks instead of the standard 14.  How hard could it be, right?  I have all this wasted time on the internet and watching tv and generally porking around, and all I’d need to do is fill some book-learnin’ in those time slots and I’d be golden.

Turns out being a full time student on top of my regular cubicle slave job is going to be harder than I thought.  The 24 hours per week estimate on the calculus syllabus seems reasonable; at least Excel should be only 6-8 instead of the stated 15.  I’ve already dug myself a hole by finishing the math chapter 2 assignments and quiz a full day late.

It’s fun so far, though.  I spent four hours on Saturday night immersed in functions, trying to get at least one chapter in before the deadline.  I’d look up and another 45 minutes had gone by without a whisper.  I stopped at midnight to give some friends a ride home from a party.

“We missed you, where you been all night?” party guests asked when I walked in at 12:30.

Doing math!  Wheeeee!

 

 

October 18, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Stripes on stripes

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Shirt: Goodwill, pockets removed
Trousers: Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Xi, came with a blouse
Shoes: Target

Striped shirt with pinstriped pants: too many stripes or not enough?

Man oh man is it time to put up more blog posts already?  It seems like I just did that!  I’ve been prepping about five posts at a time (“prepping” used loosely), scheduling one per day over the week so that I can keep up with new stuff without having to think about it every day.  And it feels like I just said, “Ah, perfect, now I don’t have to worry about it for another two decades!”  Except instead of decades it was actually only five days, and I said that nine days ago, and here we are on a beautiful Sunday afternoon typity typing away to get it taken care of so we can rewards ourselves with an hour sunbathing at the pool.

 

October 17, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

How to dress like a middle-aged office manager

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 10, 2011
Cardigan: Target
Tank top: Old Navy
Pants: Ross
Shoes: Payless

How to dress like a 47-year-old administrator at the local school district office:

Step 1.  Wear an open cardigan over an almost-matching shirt.
Step 2.  Add pants that are a little bit too short for the height of the heels.
Step 3.  I guess that’s about it, really.  Animal-shaped brooch optional.

 

October 16, 2011. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Wear Pink Day

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 7, 2011
Tshirt: Target
Jeans: Ross
Sneakers: Payless

Friday was Wear Pink In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month at work and, because I love being part of a coordinated group and following rules and traditions, I chose my clothing accordingly.  Take that, breast cancer!  My tshirt and I say “We’ve got our eye on you, you’re certainly not taking anybody unawares while I’m still dressing myself in this office…”

 

October 12, 2011. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Boots are back!

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 6, 2011
Cardigan: Target
Tank top: Goodwill
Skirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Boots: Famous Footwear

Boots!  I’m wearing boots and I’m not stupid overheated!  The heat is breaking!  A fluke cold front moved in for a few days with highs (highs!) below 80.  It’s going back to the usual, though, maybe 97 or 99 degrees, so the boots will need to wait awhile longer.  Still, that’s double digits, people, October finally drops us below the 100+ temps for the most part.  Hallelujah, we’re free at last, free at last!

In other news, this skirt keeps getting shorter each time I wash it and I had to tape up the lining — which isn’t shrinking — so that it wouldn’t show.  The skirt’s in the mending pile now for a more permanent fix than scotch tape.  I mean, I’m not entirely without class, even if I did find a piece of tape on my thigh when getting ready for bed.  You can see the length difference in the photos below.  Not only are my full knees visible these days, but some upper leg too.  Scandalous!  Still, I won’t relent, Dry Clean Only Tag, you’re not the boss of me.

Jan. 24                                                     Oct 6

 

 

October 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

You are getting sleepy…

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Cardigan: Goodwill
Blouse: Ross
Pants: Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Target

This sleeveless blouse looks better on its own, I’ve realized, when the neckline shows off one’s shoulders and the overall print is visible rather than one set of concentric rectangles that remind me of old-timey hypnosis designs.  Stare into the center and feel yourself getting sleepy, so very sleepy.

 

October 10, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Sky-water?

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Sweater: Target
Skirt: Goodwill, refashioned
Shoes: Target

There was a full rainbow as I walked through thick raindrops and brilliant sun.  Unfortunately, it was only a double rainbow for one part, rather than a full double rainbow all across the sky, whoa so intense, so bright so vivid

This is the view from my apartment balcony to the northeast.  Not bad, not bad…

 

October 9, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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