Forgetting days

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Yesstyle linen top – Yohji Yamamoto pant – Land’s End cardigan – Frye Carly Chukkas

I forgot I took my camera to work and had to adjust the white balance for taking photos in the shop. When I got home I hadn’t put my setting back so the lighting for this photo isn’t the best.

I wasn’t feeling all that great and needed to wear safe outfits, so I went with an old standby and threw on the cardigan for extra warmth. I then realized I kinda wanted another cardigan to wear at work and remembered last year how I didn’t always like how this one went with outfits I wore. This doesn’t look bad, but I think a cooler toned cardigan would’ve looked nicer.

Sometimes the work week and weekends move by so fast I forget what happened when.

Layering

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Knock Knock Linen top – Land’s End cardigan – Won Hundred Pant – Frye Carly Chukkas

The weather turned and it is now properly chilly out. I am needing more layers for inside the office and out. I was comfortable enough in this outfit and the chukkas helped keep my ankles warm.

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These gorgeous Clergerie boots will also keep my ankles warm and I am extremely tempted by them. As long as the ankles are covered, I’m good.

Stress

Wednesday
Everlane sweater, Yohji Yamamoto pants.
Thursday
Everlane tee, Limi Feu sweater, Grana jeans.
Friday
Uniqlo flannel, Land’s End cardigan, Grana jeans.

This has been a week.

Wednesday was my 3 month review with my boss and we officially discussed my changing roles. Basically, his department is severely understaffed and he’s been nudging me (ok, more like throwing me in the deep end of a pool, which he finally admit to) to move into it as customer service support. To his credit, he asked me what I was interested in doing and was willing to listen to me. If I didn’t want it, he wouldn’t push any more and go hire someone. He’s totally fine with my staying in the admin role and only helping him out with one client. However, I do have a long history of customer service in my resume and know what he’s setting me up for. The only major hurdle for me is understanding the software program so I can get the answers I need in a more timely manner. I also knew going into this new role would mean a rather large pay raise. I admit I was much more interested in a different area of the company, however, I also recognize how much the company needed a customer service role right now and although it’s not my favorite area, I can do it.

We discussed my transition period and my receiving dedicated training and take on more clients – until we find my replacement for the admin role. After that I will go full time (I think the title would be Customer Liaison, but I’m not sure) into my new role and handle more accounts.

After that meeting I had some time to do work and we had another meeting with the client I’ve been working with over the past month.

Thursday I had a meeting with our marketing company. The woman I took over for in the admin role is on maternity leave, but her coming back now is a 50/50 coin toss as far as I’m concerned so I’m preparing myself for having to take over marketing as well for the time being. I spent the rest of the day Thursday looking through the software program and asking everyone in engineering about operations.

Today I was a little busy this morning but by noon I didn’t have much to do and the general stress of the week finally let go and suddenly was so drowsy I couldn’t stop yawning and had a terrible time staying awake.

I’ve been full on exhausted all week. I don’t sleep well during the work week because I have sleep anxiety. I must be in bed by a certain time because my mind then does a count down of how much time I have left before the alarm goes off and it sets a mini panic mode in me. So sleep during the week is generally bad and then I crash on Friday and Saturday nights. The added stress of having my review and knowing I’m transitioning into a role with many more responsibilities over the next couple months has wreaked havoc on me mentally. It’s not a bad thing, but more like stressful excitability.

I’m one of those people who always look for the end game and I’ve already been looking at the logistics of what the major problems areas are in the company that pertain to my role and how I can overcome them. To a degree, this may mean trying to work around/over someone who has been in the company for a very long time because to be frank about it: he’s fucking shit at his job and his duties are crucial to many areas of the company as a whole. Everyone complains about this guy and he’s been moved from one role to another just to get him out of the way and put him in an area where he’s the least destructive. Why not fire him? Well…. that’s a whole can of worms I can’t get into but let’s just say certain people are bound by familial connections and those connections demand this asshole be take care of.

Aside from this annoyingly huge obstacle, most everyone else I’ve worked with and will be working more closely with in the company has been beyond amazing. This is the most corporate company I’ve ever worked for and I wasn’t expecting much, but I’ve been bowled over by the amount of help and support I’ve received. It’s truly awe-inspiring that so many people will stop to answer my questions and never complain nor chide me or tell me to go get the answer elsewhere. I’ve never been in a work environment where everyone truly supports each other so much. I hate to use the term family because I’ve always found that to be cliche and ridiculous since not many people really talk to each other outside of work, but while in the office, there is a close-knit togetherness that is truly endearing.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before, but I work for a medical component manufacturing company. The components we make are used in surgery for spine and joint support/correction. I mostly work in the office, but there is a factory connected to the business office and every employee is required to wear PPE (personal protective equipment): safety glasses and non-slip shoes. I have a pair of non-slip clogs I put on occasionally when I need to hand out paperwork to the people on the shop floor or find out a status of part production. I do take off my boot for the times I go out on the floor, but in general I hand off stuff to other people I know will go out there. Many of them don’t mind at all and know I’m trying to stay off my leg while I’m wearing the boot.

As my new role progresses, I might end up sharing office space with people on the shop floor since that’s where I need to find out the most information for the clients.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

So I didn’t mean to go silent for two weeks, but I ended up being insanely busy. And when I wasn’t busy I was relishing in the few moments I had to do nothing. I did take outfit photos and looking at two weeks worth of them was really eye opening. I wear the same stuff over and over. I always knew that, but seeing it in photos really drove home the face that I don’t have a huge wardrobe at all. That’s not a bad thing. It’s simply an observation.

Mondays for the past 3 weeks. Latest photo taken today. I won’t bother writing what the items are that I wore because all of it has been worn before with one exception that I’ll get to in a bit:

Tuesdays:

Wednesdays: This is where I wear something NEW. Last Wednesday I wore a new pair of pants I got in the mail (second photo below). They are from Sacai Luck 2014 runway (I think) and fully lined solid wool beauties. Yes, the liner comes up to a funky drawstring above the waist button. It’s quirky and I like it and these pants are insanely warm and comfortable. I will be living in them this winter.

Thursdays: Oh look, both Thursdays I wore the Sacai Luck pants again. I meant it when I said I’d live in them.

Fridays:

I really do wear navy and black 90% of the time, don’t I?

Seeing these outfits like this makes me realize this blog might be pretty boring to look at for outfit photos since I tend to wear the same thing over and over.

In between these weeks have been two weekends. The first was an insane marathon of bathroom painting hell. The paint in our main bathroom was chipping and I tried sanding it off while I was unemployed, but just made a splotchy mess. It was going to take a LOT more work. I got maybe 25% of the walls cleared and then gave up. Since my relatives will be staying with us for the Christmas holiday we realized we really need to get that bathroom in shape. Saturday we scraped and sanded the rest of the walls. It took all day. The husband and I took shifts scraping and sanding while the other recovered from arms turning into jello. Sunday we sanded more (mostly to even out the spackling we’d done at 9 pm the night before) and then painted… and then cleaned. And finally at 7 pm Sunday night the bathroom was normal again and our arms had fallen off and we were exhausted and crying that we needed a weekend from our weekend. Monday I was a wreck. I didn’t bother doing my usual exercising again until Wednesday and even then my arms were screaming at me: why do you hate us! as I did chin ups.

But now at least the bathroom looks nice. Because the tile in there is awful 1950s salmon with black trim we kept the walls totally white. The grout is white in the tile so it looks somewhat decent that way. We also got a new shower head, light fixture and shower curtains. Everything is white except that awful tile and it looks nice and bright, but I feel like a vampire being blasted by the sun each morning when I get ready for work.

This past weekend I did nothing. Both days I spent lounging on the sofa playing games or catching up on anime. It snowed Saturday and neither the hubs nor I felt like doing anything and relished a well-earned break. We did get a Christmas tree last Friday night and decorated it Saturday while it snowed, but that was the extent of our sloth-like weekend of relaxation.

Black textures

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Monday: Everlane sweater, Brass Clothing pants, Shoe: Vince.  I don’t think I’ll ever stop wearing blue and black together. Remember the old saying that navy and black don’t go together? Well, screw that. That combination is my favorite. Anyway, wearing a new Everlane sweater since my red lux one got a big hole in it. This one feels a bit more substantial and I like the tight crop neck on it. The sweater is cropped a bit, but I like it that way. The sleeves do feel a bit long, even for a small.

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Tuesday: striped linen long sleeve tee – Yesstyle, Uniqlo pant, Land’s End cardigan. Oh hey, it’s my old favorite cardigan again that doesn’t really go with anything but I wear it with everything regardless.

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Wednesday: Everlane sweater; Yohji skirt/pant, (Girlfriend Collective workout leggings on underneath). This was my favorite and most comfortable outfit of the week. It’s hard to tell in the photos but I really liked the texture combination of the washed out black cotton sweater with the black velvet with linen trims. The suede on the Vince shoe for another texture plus. Wearing my workout leggings on the days I need to workout really helps kick my butt into doing so when I get home.

In general, I wear a lot of black in the winter months, so I think I need to change up the textures more so I don’t look like a black hole.

I didn’t take photos for Thursday (Thanksgiving) or Friday. I wore the same outfit both days and it was just jeans and a sweater. We had the hub’s immediate family over for the holiday so it was very casual and small.

Yesterday we put up our xmas lights outside. This might be the last year we do the roof line lights because the hubs is much more afraid of being on the roof than he realizes. I always have to play the psych doctor and positive-talk him through the whole thing and then give him gentle, explicit directions on how to get down.

I’m trying to up my exercise days now that I’m wearing the boot and I can’t do my barbell squats or dead lifts or weighted lunges. Ugh. I kinda failed this week, but I’ll just blame the holiday (yeah I know it’s really my own fault) and get back to it next week.

I also caved in and got Animal Crossing Pocket Camp. I can’t resist the Animal Crossing games. Pocket Camp is really cute and the graphics are amazing compared to the 3DS games. I prefer playing it on my iPad though instead of my tiny phone screen.

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Here is my ID if anyone else plays it and wants to add more friends.

 

 

Comfortably mixing styles

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Tee: J Crew. Pants: Everlane. Shoes: TOMS. Cardigan: Land’s End.

I’ll admit my outfit today was inspired by a photo I saw of Yohji Yamamoto wearing a tee with wool pants that I think he designed. It was a comfortable looking mix of rather formal looking pants with pleats that draped nicely and a rumpled white tee he had tucked in to the pants. I knew I’d be cold since the weather has chilled a bit so I grabbed my old standby cardigan. If I wanted to dress this look up a little then wearing the Nisolo shoes would’ve been better, but I went with the TOMS for comfort.

Last night the hubs and I went out to eat Indian food with friends. It’s hard to find good Indian food out in the suburbs. There was one restaurant walking distance from our house, but it closed. We only got to go once and cursed ourselves for not having gone more often because it was really good. The one we went to last night was rather good. Their tiki masala and korma were a little too creamy and basic for my liking, but I enjoyed my lamb madras, which was spicy curry with coconut milk. I ate far too much and had a bad food hangover today. I didn’t even eat breakfast until 11 am today and that only consisted of one hard boiled egg. I had some Indian leftovers for lunch and a yogurt. I eat at my desk at work for convenience and was glad no one was around to see my sweating while eating my spicy leftovers.

Earth tones

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Shirt: Fantasy Linen. Skirt: Fabric Sense on Yesstyle. Slippers: Muji. Cardigan: Land’s End. When I went out I wore my black TOMS.

WFH day, but I did run a few errands for the office and stopped by in the morning.

It started out rainy and cloudy this morning, but now the sun is out – mostly. It’s extremely humid. These are the worst kinds of summer days. I wish it would’ve stayed drizzling rain all day instead. The humidity at the ends of these sorts of days is stifling. I used to live in a state where it was hot a lot. Autumn and winter were basically reduced to December and January and that was it. Now I live in an area where the seasons are definitely noticeable, but the summers here are brutal. It’s so ridiculously humid. Even after 15 years here I still can’t get used to them.

Blue

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Tank top and pants: Grana. Shoes: TOMS. Cardigan: Land’s End.

Other than my shoes, I’ve not work black at all this week. That’s… unusual for me. Seeing all the photos on my computer really shows me what colors I like and apparently I just wasn’t feeling black at all this week.

I got notice of some clothes I ordered will arrive on Monday and I’m really excited to get them. It’s nice to have a game plan of sorts when it comes to the kind of wardrobe I want to cultivate now and getting the pieces to make it come together makes me happy. This will no doubt be a very slow process, but that’s half the fun of it, right?

 

Comfort & chili

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Shirt: Calo Rosa on Yesstyle. Pants: Grana. Shoes: Allbirds. Cardigan: Land’s End.

Today was another perfectly comfortable outfit day.  I could’ve tucked in the shirt, but I think it would’ve looked forced and I’d be fussing with it all day, so I left it untucked.

It’s been drizzling rain all day. At least it was where my office is located – a 25 minute drive away. My husband’s office is a 5 minute drive from our house and he said it was pouring for a while in the middle of the day. It’s always fascinating to me how much of a difference a few miles can make with weather.

I’m really surprised I’ve stayed away from wearing black so much this summer. It’s my staple, but looking at the above photo reassures me that I can wear other colors and be perfectly comfortable. I really like the color of the top. It’s an oatmeal color. I like that better than white. I think white can be a bit too stark for me.

I’m making chili for dinner. It seems like a good chili kind of day. It’s a smoky beef chili with a cup of beer in it. I had to go get beer for it specifically after work because the only beer we have in the house right now is citrusy and light – hefeweizens and blondes. This chili calls for a good medium bodied beer, but I’ve made it with stouts and porters as well. It also calls for fire-roasted tomatoes, which can be hard to find in the grocery store. There’s only one place near us that sells the crushed tomato kind the recipe calls for. So I had the husband go get the tomatoes while I got the beer. Here is the recipe. It’s a heavy rotation recipe for autumn/winter months in our household.

I’m really looking forward to cooler weather.