What I Wore to Work in June


What I Wore to Work Today: June 29, 2015
Top, skirt: Ann Taylor
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

Look at those beautiful green basil plants, early in the summer before they died. Those were the days.


September 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 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.

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.

Broom status

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What I Wore to Work Today: June 3, 2015
Blouse: Loft
Pants: Target
Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless

The broom is still lingering. Maybe one day I’ll pick it up.


June 19, 2015. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today. Leave a comment.

Madam Secretary


What I Wore to Work Today: June 2, 2015
Linen tshirt: Ann Taylor, new
Skirt: Ann Taylor, new
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Target

I volunteered to join the board of my quilt guild chapter for 2015-2016 and my first meeting is this evening. We’re still trying to get volunteers for several other positions, including vice president, who is supposed to become president the following year. I considered it and decided I would be better trying secretary first, as a newer member, before stepping into a big leadership role. I might still do it if we can’t get anybody to volunteer.

The two year commitment is big, though, I can’t say for sure I’ll be here two more years. I don’t have any specific plans to go anywhere, and I still get a little shifty at the thought of committing to that.

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

In a Quiet Park

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What I Wore to Work Today: May 28, 2015
Jacket: probably Goodwill, $1 Thursday or 50% off Saturday
Tank top: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

Songza is my favorite music source, both at home and at work. At home I often plug my laptop into speakers in my kitchen or in my sewing room (I’m pretty sure both sets of speakers were gifts/hand-me-downs from my brother over the years when he upgraded his own) if I’m not on the couch with my laptop on my actual lap. At work I regularly use headphones and the Songza app for music when I’m looking to focus or drown out the sounds of nearby cubicle-dwellers on conference calls.

I’ve explained Songza before, and I’m doing it again now. Songza opens with the Concierge, a page of 5 activities based on the time of day. Each activity shows 5 categories, and there are 3 playlists within each category. I’m pretty sure the system adjusts over time based on the user’s selections, showing more of the activities, categories, playlists that they select more often and based on songs they thumbs up.

This afternoon I chose activity Focusing (No Lyrics), then Focus-Enhancing Soundscapes category, then In a Quiet Park playlist. I haven’t tried any of their ambient sound non-music lists before. This one was mostly bird sounds and there might have been a stream in the distance. At first it seemed excessive (“my god there are so many birds!”) and within a few minutes it faded into the background as I adjusted and I did feel like I was relaxing outside on a lovely day.


June 15, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Tyranny of sunshine

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What I Wore to Work Today: May 27, 2015
Top: Ann Taylor                   Pants: Limited
Belt: Target                          Shoes: Payless

The marigolds, in the group of pots next to my left leg, are almost gone. The only direct sunlight comes in the morning for maybe an hour — this picture was a before-work photo, and you can the sunlight is already sliding away. For living in a city with around 300 sunny days per year, it sure is hard to get sun on my balcony.

Sure, all that sun sounds nice, especially if you’re from somewhere with serious winters. It gets old, though, I call it the tyranny of sunshine, cloudless sky after cloudless sky. A nice quiet rainy day would be nice, or even just some low clouds. To break up all those months and months of 100+ degrees, let’s say. One year, 2007 to be specific, we had 32 days when the highs reached 110+ degrees. It’s now mid-June and after a gentle early summer it’s finally coming in. Hahaha we’re all stupid why do we live here we sure are wasteful.


June 14, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

Internet-free evenings


What I Wore to Work Today: May 26, 2015
Cardigan: Target                  Blouse: Target
Skirt: Ann Taylor, new          Belt: Target
Shoes: Payless                    Necklace: Target

A few nights in a row this week I did not use my computer at home. I read a book, Dragons of the Dwarven Depths. I’m re-reading the Lost Chronicles trilogy by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, enjoying my return to the Weis/Hickman Dragonlance novels that comes around every few years. It feels comfortable and refreshing.

I did chores. I went to bed early (before midnight!) one night. I played in two improv shows last night, both of which were great.

I am reminded once again that I feel better and get more done and generally have a better overall experience when I have more computer- and internet-free time at home, and the only way I can do make that happen is to not open my laptop at all. “Just to get Songza going for some music” or “I’ll pull up Hulu to watch something while I do dishes…” is not feasible in practice. Abstinence is the only successful course for me, moderation doesn’t work.

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June 13, 2015. Tags: , , , , . Links, Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Talking to other humans


What I Wore to Work Today: May 18, 2015
Blouse: Forever 21
Skirt: Ann Taylor
Shoes: Payless

Earlier this week at work I was getting my things together to leave the office for the day and I realized I hadn’t spoken aloud to another human, in person, all day. I talked to my dog in the morning, I had a few short calls with my boss (she’s based in an office two time zones* away), and I chatted with somebody over IM. Then, “Wait, that’s not true! I talked to the man in the break area! I interacted with other humans!” Yes, yes I did. Here is the transcript of our complete conversation.

Repairman: Oh, sorry. [starts to move cart with tools]
Me: No, you’re fine, it’s not in the way.

Bam, that’s some solid human person live interaction right there!

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*Right now it’s two time zones, during the winter it’s just one. Arizona is always on Mountain Standard Time because we don’t observe Daylight Saving Time (except for the Navajo Nation, which does and so is sometimes on Mountain Daylight Time). When everybody else leaps forward to Daylight Saving Time, we stay the same, so it’s like we switch from Mountain to Pacific Time. Except we are always on Mountain Standard Time, which is the same thing as Pacific Daylight Time. When Daylight Saving Time is over, our time zone lines up with everybody else in Mountain once again, because they are back to Mountain Standard Time instead of Mountain Daylight Time.

Everybody thinks we’re the ones changing — “How many hours behind us are you right now?? You’re always switching!” — when really we stay the same and all the other time zones move forward and back around us. There’s a lesson about perspective somewhere in there.

A mnemonic I tell people to help them remember: in the winter you ski in the mountains and we’re on Mountain Time. In the summer you go to the beach and we’re on beach AKA Pacific Time.

June 5, 2015. Tags: , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

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