Full skirt

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Rosen linen top – Yohji Yamamoto skirt – Frye Carly Chukkas

I love this outfit. I love this skirt. I wore my navy 45rpm wool jacket on when I went out for my walks during work and at one point I noticed my silhouette with the skirt trailing a little behind and thought it looked really cute. Isn’t that the best feeling when wearing an outfit? Knowing that no matter what you don’t give a shit how anyone else sees you or  what anyone may think of what you’re wearing you yourself feel great in that outfit? That was me today.

Near the limit

It’s hot. I hate.

Friday: Ann Demeulemeester top, Pas de Calais pant, Lems shoes.

Friday

Monday: Yesstyle linen top, Won Hundred pant, Jil Sander shoes.

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Tuesday: Rosen linen top, YY skirt, Dries Van Noten shoes.

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I think I’m nearing the point at which I’m comfortable with the size of my wardrobe. I have a few other items I want to get but then I might consider a clothing ban. I didn’t say shopping ban, but a clothing one because I don’t think I need much more. Items I still want to get:

  • Dress shirts for conferences/ client meetings – because this is going to be a thing I have to do now for my job and I need to be prepared.
  • Still on the hunt for black oxfords.
  • New pair of pumps for conferences/formal events…. maybe. I can make do with the wedges I have but wearing them all day isn’t ideal.
  • Sweater to replace one I am donating. I know which one I want as well, it’s just a matter of when I buy it.
  • YY shirt (used, available at Rakuten) that’s been on my wishlist for ages and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten it yet.
  • Rosen Hakama pant – because I’ve been obsessing about those as well for a long time and I should just bite the bullet. They will be my token super wide leg pant.

Over this past weekend I looked through pages and pages of tops on TRR. I “liked” several of them and then when I went back to look at what I liked, I noticed a weird trend:

  • I like baroque, but don’t want to wear it. I’m totally attracted to big, ruffly sleeves at the cuffs and/or shoulders, lots of buttons that would be a total pain in the ass to button/unbutton and lots of darting – everywhere – front, back, sleeves… ALL the darting to create a fitted silhouette. The likelihood of me buying stuff like that and wearing it is next to nil. Note: elastic ruffled cuffs are still fugly to me.
  • I find Tory Burch boring as all hell. There’s a ton of her tops on TRR.
  • Hobo/peasant style tops repulse me for some reason and this probably goes into why I don’t like Tory Burch clothes. There’s a plethora of that style made by her.
  • I love all the wild color combinations of Diane Von Furstenberg and Missoni, but I would never wear them. Also, DVF has a thing for making wrap shirts that look really nice, but make me wonder how practical they are for wearing in the office.
  • I do like V neck shirts, but can’t wear them that low in the office.
  • I still gravitate to grey. I will always love grey.
  • MY KINGDOM FOR A DEEP FOREST GREEN SHIRT. Why are they all that boring, muted olive/army green??!
  • There are a LOT of silk shirts on TRR, but are any of them good quality? I am loathe to buy a silk shirt because I keep thinking of the Everlane one I had that was kinda crap to begin with due to being so thin.
  • I do not like red or yellow. I am slightly attracted to red in a pattern, but as a whole, it doesn’t do anything for me. I’m also attracted to browns, but then feel weird when I wear them so I usually stay away from those as well.

Blink

After a meeting today, my boss mentioned October was barely two months away. This realization hit me hard because by then I’ll have gone to my first conference and my birthday pass. There have been so many times this year where I’ve thought, “Oh I’ve got time” and then Boom – a month passes and I barely register it at all because I’ve been busy. Time is flying by incredibly fast with this job and if I blink I end up missing something – like a week – before noticing it was important or having the time to acknowledge it.

I won’t say I want to slow things down due to the simple fact that I can’t. If anything, this summer has been “slow” and we are now starting to ramp up for “busy season”.  I’ve been given another client and taken on new duties related to marketing for the company.   My “slow” time hasn’t necessarily been all that relaxing, but it’s not been breaking my back yet either.

In non-work related things I’m jumping back into my workout routine again. I started on Monday and I’m a sore mess now. It’s kinda amazing how not doing certain exercises after a short amount of time can affect muscle memory and pain tolerance levels. It’s a reminder to me that I need to keep it up. My ankle is doing better, very gradually. I still do my exercises and stretches for it and so far I’ve not had any issues running.

Now, as I mentioned in a previous post, I’m all about upping my shoe game. The “precious” shoes I mentioned were delivered, but they ended up being too small. So despite them being beautiful and perfect and exactly what I wanted, I had to return them because I couldn’t justify spending that ridiculous amount of money for shoes that I knew I would struggle with and not want to wear. The really bad side was they were literally the only size left so I couldn’t even exchange for a larger if I wanted. I have another pair of shoes on the way and have my eyes on a few more.

And now for the fun fact time: I make homemade ice cream. Several years ago I made All The Ice Cream Flavors (sort of – at least the ones I wanted) and then working a lot sort of dried up all motivation. I recently started up again and found making the custard for the ice creams very therapeutic because it was a simple task but I still had to keep a certain amount of focus on it – like not letting the eggs get scrambled from being too hot. So far this summer I’ve made blueberry, dark chocolate, dark chocolate with peanut butter swirl, chestnut honey (my favorite!) and peach. The fruit ones I’ve not been too keen on because they ended up more icy than I’d have liked. I’m ALL about making the honey one again. Chestnut honey isn’t as sweet and has a sort of earthy flavor to it, which is totally up my alley. I want to try making a jasmine tea with honey ice cream next. It’s a good thing I ramped up the exercise because I’ll need it from eating all this ice cream.

Here are the outfits so far this week:

Monday: YY top and suit dress, Eileen Fisher shoes. It was damn hot and wearing this dress made the day much more bearable. Someone in the office said they liked my apron.

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Tuesday: Rosen top, Issey Miyake pant, Frye shoes. It always amused me when I get the “once over” from fellow coworkers. I’ve noticed with one of them that I get it a lot. It’s like each day she grades my outfit – not in a bad way because she doesn’t say anything, but it’s obvious she takes note of it. I’m not bothered by it because I’m usually too busy, but on the days I see her I see it happen.

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Wednesday: YY top and pant, Eileen Fisher shoes. I did bring a cardigan but didn’t need it. I was warm enough in the office (after adjusting the AC the day before) that I’m more comfortable now in sleeveless or short sleeve shirts.

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Today during a break we talked about the death of malls. There’s one ten minutes from my house that was considered “the nice one” for a long time, but over the past five years so many shops have closed up it looks rather depressing now. Also, Macy’s Backstage reminds me of a really bad wannabe Nordstrom Rack. Maybe it’s more on par with Stein Mart?

Too old for concert trenches

Yesterday I took a day off work so Z and I could spend it together to hang out. He bought tickets for Radiohead a while back and we decided to make it a day in the city and then head to the stadium at the end. We had a nice brunch and went to a museum showing an exhibit about gaming history and had all sorts of consoles for people to interact with. After a quick dinner at a pub down the street from the museum we went to to the stadium, waited in line for an hour and secured a decent spot about 30 feet from the stage for the night.

The show itself was great. Radiohead mostly played Kid A, In Rainbows, A Moon Shaped Pool, and OK Computer songs – most of which were the more low-key kind. There was a nice mellow tone throughout the show, which was an interesting change for me. I’ve seen them 5 times and this was the most chilled out setlist I’ve seen them play. I’m glad I got to see it.

However, I realized I’m getting old enough to really dislike everything that comes with getting floor tickets for a stadium show. Being surrounded by pot smokers, getting bumped into a million times during the show by that guy/girl who flails like a fish out of water, aka “dancing”, and being engulfed by the general smell of a specific contingent of concert goers who have next to no idea what the word hygiene means. Every once in a while I’d get a blast of refreshing, cool AC air, but then I’d cringe because Eau d’Hipster-Who-Hasn’t-Bathed-In-A-Week would shortly follow. Waiting in line to get in, standing your ground in the GA area and then dealing with all that mess mentioned above for so many years of shows has worn me down. I know that some people love it and will live it to the end or as long as they can stand, but I think this may be my last one.

Monday: Knock Knock Linen shirt, Won Hundred pant, Frye shoes.

Monday

Tuesday: Rosen linen shirt, Uniqlo pant, Jil Sander shoes.

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Wednesday: (skipped/forgot to take photo while on my day off).
Thursday: Yesstyle linen top, YY pant, Frye shoes.

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I was exhausted today so I wanted to wear an outfit I’m super comfortable in, hence this repeat. I wear this combo a lot and it just works for me.

We got home around 12:30 and I crashed in bed at 1 am. I’m so spoiled by my routine that going to bed this late wrecks me anymore.

Skirt as skirt

Monday: Rosen top, Rachel Comey Menace Pant, Frye shoes.

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The stress of dealing with the new client account drained me so much I slept until almost 11 am Saturday. I was shocked I slept in that much, but I clearly needed it. Already this week I know I’m going to drop dead again this weekend. Sunday I was still exhausted and barely did anything. It wasn’t until I got home Monday that I realized I wore these same pants on Friday to work. They really are becoming workhorse pants for me. They are very comfortable and easy to coordinate.

Tuesday: Yesstyle linen top, YY linen skirt, Jil Sander shoes.

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This is the weird Yohji Yamamoto skirt that I wore as a dress a couple weeks ago – worn as a skirt here. I just folded over the extra material, tied it with the ties on the skirt, but also safety pinned it… just in case. I didn’t think I would end up wearing this skirt as a skirt, but I’m glad I did today. It’s so soupy outside it’s hard to breathe, but I still like to go out for walks near the office when I have the time. I tend to go out a couple times a day to a parking lot surrounded by trees just up the hill from the office. It helps me clear my head and today I definitely needed it after the reports I was working on and then the client call. Even though it was 90F with over 80% humidity I was perfectly comfortable on my walk with this skirt. I also love that it’s lined most of the way down. Due to the weird way the tie works on the skirt I side-tucked my shirt, which I am definitely a fan of doing again. It’s left out on the side where the ties are sewn into the skirt, but I tucked in my shirt just under the fold over of the fabric and where I tied the ties. If I’d thought about it – I could’ve taken a better detail photo. The fold over does leave a bulge, but it doesn’t bother me at all.

I don’t have much to say and am drained already. It’s only Tuesday! Granted, I did run 2 miles on the treadmill when I got home. I would’ve run outside, but a massive thunderstorm nixed that option. I am glad I ran no matter what. I needed the stress release.

This is a skirt. And way too much ranting on running shoes.

Wednesday: Rosen linen top, Rachel Comey Menace Pant, Eileen Fisher mules.

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We’ve been wanting to go back to the restaurant where we were married for a while. It’s hands-down the best food to be had in a 50 mile radius and the biggest reason why we chose it for our wedding. It’s also very pricey. We had a gift card from Z’s dad and wanted to use it before our next anniversary. We tried to go a couple weeks ago but it was booked up until 9 pm and that late of a dinner doesn’t work for us.

Since the hotel is right off the river, there’s a walking bridge 50 feet away from the building and we also go for a walk on it – or in our case, more like a post dinner waddle.

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I don’t have a photo for Thursday because it was my last PT session and I forgot to take a picture that morning. I also had a follow up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon this week. He said unless my ankle got worse or started to bother me, there was no need to have any more visits. If in the next couple of months anything goes wrong, I could get an MRI.

The general verdict is: I still need to spend many many MANY more months strengthening my leg. I have a list of exercises to do at home now for flexibility and strength. I’ve been given the ok to run, but to build up at a glacial pace so I don’t overdo it again. Also, I might never be rid of the bump, which is slightly frustrating because that means I may always have problems wearing regular shoes with a hard back. The only thing that could technically get rid of it is surgery, but that would put me at square one again and I don’t want that. It’s also possible that over time it will eventually go away. How long that takes is anyone’s guess.

Friday: Ann Demeulemeester top, Uniqlo linen pants, Adidas Boston 7 shoes.

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So how’s that for a funky, DGAF-because-it’s-Friday look?

These are my new trainers. Did I need to buy ones that have Boston Marathon on them with the the Unicorn mascot (on the back)? No, but damnit, they are slick looking and I got them at a hell of a discount AND they actually feel really good. Earlier in the week I went out to three different shoe stores to look for new running trainers and hated everything I tried on. Nike shoes fit so weirdly nowadays I can’t find anything in their line that feels right, despite how nice they look. I’m more of a New Balance type because those were always so comfortable, decent looking and had the right amount of support and cushioning. But now a lot of their line has gone with this weird cushion insert thingie that’s like memory foam. I have a basic pair of NB cross trainers but my foot slides everywhere inside due to the slickness of the insert. They have a Cush runner, but it’s not nearly as good their older types of running shoes. I’m not too keen on the other kinds of runners they have these days either. I’m not a huge fan of Saucony and don’t think their running shoes are all that great. Brooks, while having a running lineage, are just too damn expensive for what you get. To me, they are just as ok as Asics, but with a bigger price tag and more wacky colors. Mizunos are good, but for some weird reason, I’ve never gotten the sizing right and when I think I do, they change the style of the shoe and I have to start all over again. The last pair of Mizunos I had were a full size over what I normally wear, but still felt small in the toe box.

I went home feeling a bit defeated that I spent two hours at 3 shops trying on I don’t know how many running shoes and came away with nothing. To feel better, I screen shopped the new Y-3 summer catalog that just came out and then it hit me: why the heck haven’t I looked at Adidas? Oh right, because trying to find Adidas around here is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. The market is so  insanely saturated with Nike and Reebok (*shudders*) that Adidas isn’t easy to get a hold of. I looked up their running shoe line and read several reviews. Of course, my eyes were immediately drawn to the colors of the 2018 Adizero Boston 7 and I found a coupon. I really don’t like buying running shoes online because I spend a lot of time going over the shoes before buying. When I was out at the stores, I walk up and down the aisles with different shoes on my feet. I even run standing in place and run up and down the aisles. I’m insanely picky about them because running in shoes that don’t work only ends in disaster. I’ve had plantar fasciitis in both feet, countless blisters, and nearly snapped my calf muscle. The right running shoes are very important.

Luckily, the Adidas worked out. They even come with a replacement set of shoe laces (or if you just want a different color – the extras are navy). I’ve only done a treadmill run in these so far, but they are so much better than the Sauconys I was running in. I’m a believer now in the Boost cushioning system. So much so that I’ve already bought another pair of Adidas, which should arrive tomorrow. The other pair – Adizero Tempo 9 – also has the Boost, but more than the Boston 7. That’s another thing about running – you can never ever have too many running shoes. In fact, having several to rotate through is a must in order to stave off injuries.

I’m not giving up on the other brands, but I may wait a bit until some of the styles change over before looking again. The two Adidas will hold me over for a little while, but I generally like to have 3-4 pairs of running shoes to rotate.

Sunday: Yohji Yamamoto skirt and Eileen Fisher mules.

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Yep, this is a skirt. I recently got another order in from Rakuten – two YY shirts and this skirt. Even though the skirt says it’s a size 1, which is technically too small for me, this is one of those weird cases where the style of the item makes sizing all but impossible to figure out. The dimensions on the site for the skirt made it sound like it would fit me perfectly. When I got it I was incredibly confused. The skirt is very wide at the waist. I’d say it’s 36 inches and since I’m a size 28 waist that’s a lot of extra fabric. There is zero elastic. The only fasteners are one snap button and two pieces of string placed apart on the side. Whut? I spent an hour trying to figure out how to wear it as a skirt and it dawned on me that this is one of those truly avant-garde pieces. One is not supposed to wear it normally. More like – one gets to interpret how to wear this item correctly and no one way is or isn’t correct. It’s like my skirt/pants. It can be worn in half a dozen ways and no one – not even the designer – would really tell you what’s right or isn’t.

I bought this skirt because I loved the dress part of the YY suit I have so I got curious about wearing more skirts. I like the length of most YY skirts I’ve seen and believed this simple, lined linen skirt would be my gateway into wearing more. End result? Look at this fantastic, lightweight summer dress! I’m not wearing a bra and the only thing keeping me from flashing the world is one little bow and a snap button. Oh and I do kinda have to watch the top because the snap is actually a flap over. The upper part of the dress in the photo shows a line. I can actually put my whole hand through that. So bending over and letting that flap open too much might flash some boob as well. However, I’ve been wearing it all day today and love it so far as a dress. There is a bit of side boobage depending on how I move since there is no elastic up top and the width is greater than my bust size, but so far this is working out great. There’s also that big slit up the middle, which technically goes to the side when it’s worn as a skirt, but I’ve not had any issues with that either. The linen is blended with a little rayon so it’s super soft and lightweight and it doesn’t wrinkle like crazy. Being lined on the inside makes it very smooth and easy to drape as well. Despite the seemingly immensely easy ways this dress can go wrong and cause outfit malfunctions it’s super comfortable and I’ve not had to fuss with it at all. It’s really weird how I went for one thing and ended up with something else entirely that became a win in the end.

Today is Z’s birthday. We went to see Incredibles 2, which was much better than I thought it would be. The beginning of it started off with a very sexist slant that doesn’t entirely justify how it works itself out of that by calling out how well Mr Incredible and Elastagirl know each in their marriage, but overall it was an enjoyable watch.

Because black

Monday

Monday: Rosen top, YY skirt/pants, Eileen Fisher slides.

The AC crapped out on the hottest day of the week. Luckily, I was still comfortable in my flowy linen top and skirt pants. It was very odd how the AC only stopped in some areas and I found out we have a lot of AC units. The front offices were hot, the post production area was frigid, the larger shop area was hot, but the smaller milling area was cold.

I also heard overheard this:

Coworker:  “I see everyone got the black memo today since we are all wearing it. I’m wearing black, and so are X, Y, and Z [coworkers]. Then there’s Jen, but she always wears black….”

I laughed a little at that and it made me all the more aware how comfortable I am wearing black in general. I seem to be accumulating more black items at an alarming rate as well.

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Banana Republic top, Pas de Calais pants, Frye shoes.

I wore a sleeveless top, thinking the AC might not be fixed, but it was, so I was frigid for the first half of the day. By late afternoon the AC was having trouble keeping up with the super humid weather outside and the temp started to creep up in the office.

I am still on the hunt for oxfords/brogues. Any recs? I still have the two I showed before on my list, but the Frye ones aren’t budget-friendly at the moment. I have check TRR and Poshmark, but not been impressed with the selection.

A little run

I honestly did mean to post this week, but work has been all manner of WTF lately. One would think it would have been a great week because it was short due to the holiday, but in manufacturing it turns into, “HOLY SHIT WE ONLY HAVE FOUR DAYS TO GET X AMOUNT OF PRODUCT OUT!” On top of that, half of my day Thursday was spent taking a photographer from our marketing company around the whole building to do new company/website shots. So that entire afternoon was shot for me and I nearly cried when I looked at my email just before I left for the day.

I have a ton of things to talk about and to show, but I’ll have to break it all down into separate posts because I don’t want to make this one post The Longest Post Ever and I don’t have that kind of attention span to make it all that interesting.

Last Friday I left work midday so Z and I could head out on our mini vaca. We booked a house in the woods with a lake view almost 3 hours north of here. That area of PA has lots of waterfalls and lakes. We were the only car without a kayak and/or canoe on our vehicle driving up on the highway. The area was very pretty (and buggy) and we had a great long weekend getaway. I took a ton of photos of the waterfalls and hiking trails we went on. This post will just be photos for this week.

Friday night we ate dinner at a restaurant called the Waterwheel Cafe. It’s a cafe/ bar and the food was phenomenal. Because the mill itself is a historic site, there’s a self-guided tour people can take of the building.

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I bought some coffee from the cafe after dinner. I didn’t have any for the rental house. This photo was taken on the second floor of the mill tour. Z and I had the whole mill to ourselves because all other guests were in the bar watching the live band play.

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This is technically what I wore to work that Friday and only changed into the sleeveless shirt (above) after we got to our rental. This is the back deck of the rental and behind me is the lake between the trees. I was probably swatting away bugs in this photo.

Saturday

Saturday: This photo is post waterfall hiking tour and post swim in freshwater lake. I wore my bikini top instead of a bra because I knew I’d be sweating a lot from the hike and I knew we’d most likely go swimming later in the day.

Monday

Tuesday – Back to work.

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Wednesday: Rainy and dark all day. I was banging my head against the wall with work stuff and managers not paying attention/ doing their jobs. The blue band on the table is my PT workout band the therapist gave me. PT this week was also insane. I was really sore after Tuesday’s session.

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I technically had on my company pullover shirt all day but I didn’t want it photographed and I was being lazy. I wore my black sleeveless on underneath it all day and only took it off when I went to PT, which was brutal again and had me sweating up a storm.

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Friday: My custom Rosen linen shirt arrived in the mail (along with a Yohji Yamamoto 3-piece suit I bought a few days after buying the shirt *ahem*). Both items fit wonderfully and confused the hell out of Z. Even my boss said Friday, “What is going on with that shirt? It’s got two collars!” Apparently my boss gets very confused when I wear jeans. I found out it’s because he’s used to seeing me wear weird clothes so when I wear something “normal” like jeans he’s thrown off. I’d like to say I don’t quite get it but I just laughed it off.

Anyway, the shirt is amazing and comfortable. I love the color, which is gray, but with a slight beigey-mauve tone to it. It’s very lightweight, but has the perfect weight to it for warmth in an air conditioned office. I am very glad I got this custom sized. I had the shoulders, sleeves, and general width brought in, but it’s still nicely loose on me. This might be my perfect summer office shirt. And truth be told, I’m wearing it again right now.

I wore my Nisolo Oliver oxfords this week (Wednesday) and realized I really should have bought them in a size 8.5 instead of 8. I am regularly a size 8, but I guess the fit of these shoes is best for wearing them without socks, which I don’t like. I also think the style isn’t overly flattering on me because the only time I have skinny looking ankles is when I’m laying down. My legs always swell when I’m sitting/standing and I get the slight cankle look no matter what. The style of the oxfords would look better on someone who has tiny ankles. Plus, whenever I wear them, the lump comes back on the back of my tendon. It’s because the backs dig in a little and even though it doesn’t bother my right leg, I am annoyed at how it does affect my left. I’m not sure if I should try taking them to a cobbler to have them stretched out or if I should just sell them. Any thoughts, friends?

Friday I wore my trusty old Frye oxfords. They have much higher of a heel but they are very comfortable. I’ve had them for several years and they are nicely broken in. I should take them to a cobbler as well for cleaning and to be fixed up a bit. I want them to last. Even though these raise my leg and shorten the tendon, which does causes my foot to be more plantar flexion (pointing down), I did not get a lump at all wearing them.

And now to the title of this post: I actually went for a run today. For me, that’s freaking BIG ASS AMAZING, OMG, SERIOUSLY, WHAT- I CAN DO THIS AGAIN, AMAZING news. I started out by going for a walk, thinking I’d just take the long route like I used to and haven’t done in two years. Halfway through, where the land evens out for a long section (our neighborhood is slightly hilly) I decided to run just a little and probably ended up running 3/4 of a mile. Zero calf/ tendon pain. The only discomfort I had was in front of my ankle. I forget if it’s a tendon or muscle (I think it’s muscle) but basically it near atrophied while I was in the boot for so long and so stretching it out has been a huge focus during PT. I have several stretches I need to do multiple times a day for it and while it is very gradually getting better, it’s going to take a long time before it’s back to normal. That area did cause me some trouble during the run but not flat out pain. I simply need to keep up with the strengthening/ stretching exercises.

My run was super hot because it’s insanely humid out today. I was drenched in sweat when I got home – something else I also miss about running – and Z immediately gave me the stink eye, “You went running, didn’t you! You need to be careful! Ask your PT therapist if you should be running first!” Yes, dear.

Waiting for storms

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Outfits from last Friday and today. I really like wearing the linen shirt with my YY pants. I feel very comfortable in this outfit, even though it doesn’t look very professional.

I am very disappointed in my Lems shoes though. I think I’ve maybe had them for a  year and the leather is peeling a bit on them. Maybe it’s not real leather or just a leather covering? I don’t know. I just know I’m pissed off at how expensive they were and they are peeling after barely a year. My stint with barefoot style shoes may be coming to an end because I was even disappointed in the more fancy style shoe Vivobarefoot came out with that’s “office friendly”. I tried them on and immediately knew they wouldn’t work out and am waiting for my refund on them.

However, I still can’t wear normal shoes either due to my ankle, which has been a major issue of concern and depression for me. I have an appointment tomorrow with another specialist. Let’s hope this guy isn’t a fucking idiot like the last one one and can give me some real answers. I’m also demanding an MRI because I don’t trust any doctor right now and want to see for myself what’s going on.

It’s going to be 90F tomorrow with a chance of thunderstorms. I’m gutted that the weather is going straight from winter to summer. I’m gutted about a lot of things lately and am considering medication. A lot of that may depend on how my meeting with the doctor goes tomorrow.

In other news: we found an admin. She doesn’t have a start date just yet, but I think she’ll work out ok. I hope she does anyway. Luckily, things are slow at work right now – mostly because my client accounts are under control (finally). I was also thrown a curve ball when my boss said he wanted me to attend some conferences coming up. I know it’s going to be part of my job to do this (eventually) but I really wasn’t expecting it so soon. I DON’T WANNA GO! Ugh.  This means I need to up my wardrobe game because conferences mean suits and such. I’d rather wear a suit than a dress because I don’t like dresses in general.

Coincidentally, Rosen came out with some new clothes and one of them is a linen suit that looks gorgeous.

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I’m in love with it. And how freaking gorgeous is this double placket linen shirt….

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WANT.

Hodgepodge

Friday

Friday: Everlane long sleeve, Fantasy Linen tunic, Grana jeans.  I had to wear green to work on Friday (I technically didn’t have to, but I figured I’d at least look like I cared even though I didn’t – it’s better than not attempting to be a “team player” at all…. right?)

It was so incredibly dark Friday morning. I was surprised Z didn’t get up to exercise. He grumbled and hid under the covers. Walking downstairs felt more like 4 am than 7:30 am. Why so dark? Oh right, massive rain storm the entire day. Although I left early, I was still late to work because no one was capable of driving without hitting something. So many accidents all over the place.  Everyone grumbled about the rain. At least it’s not snow. Considering the time of year, this downpour would’ve equaled almost 3 feet of snow. I’ll take the rain, thanks.

I left work late and a coworker for second shift asked people where they lived so he could tell them if their routes were flooded. He and I live in the same direction and he shook his head, “No good, road closed at the overpass due to flooding.” UGH! Then I remembered I had to go buy cat food anyway, so taking a detour didn’t sound so bad. That was before I ended up sitting at the same light for 10 solid minutes because 5 cop cars, one fire truck and two ambulance cars (all staggered over the 10 minutes and 6 light changes) made moving impossible. I got to the vet half an hour later (it normally takes 10 minutes max) and then choked when I saw the bill: $125 for a case of prescription wet food and 17 lb bag of prescription dry food. Well that’s a big expenditure I wasn’t expecting this month. I blame Bento for this. I love the stupid, demonic cat, but he’s got urine crystals so he must have prescription food. And because Yuki would end up stealing his food (since it’s better quality) we feed it to both of them.  I shake my fists at why pets are so expensive and then stop myself: well, last least we don’t have kids to worry about. Correction: our pets ARE our kids.

The rain starts up again. I finally get home and hobble out to the car twice because I can’t carry all the items (work bags and cat food) and keep my balance on this boot at the same time. Half a minute later Z shows up. It’s nearly 6 pm and he orders Indian for us (Thank you Uber Eats! We can now get our beloved Indian food whenever we want!). Meanwhile, we grab beer, he snaps my outfit photo as I’m taking off my security badge and we melt onto the sofa. It’s been a long, draining week for both of us. Post dinner down time: 4 hours of Zelda.

study
My desk where I’m currently writing. I’ve got several papers I need to sort. I just got a Jury Duty summons *head*desk*.

I’ve been thinking so much about saving money. The freshness of the new year and determination keep me going right now. The only expense I’ve had all week is that cat food, but I always put it in context of what’s spent out of the month. I don’t spend much money at all during the week, but end up doing “chunk” expenses all in one go at one point during the month – usually weekends towards the end. So the cat food was a “chunk” expense I wasn’t expecting so soon. I also noticed utilities were taken out this week and the electric/gas was pretty high. That was expected due to the holidays and company.

My end goal is for my credit card bill to only reflect necessities for at least one month. I’m trying to zero it out of discretionary expenses. Then I’ll be able to better budget out my discretionary expenses each month and not let it get out of hand. All bills are directly taken out of my bank account and it’s easy to track them since I get email notices every month. I’ll admit the cat food is a necessity, but it was one I hadn’t even considered before now and need to budget for. The dry food will last upwards of 9 months, but the wet we buy every month. So it needs to go into the monthly bills section.

doll
Huge doll on my sofa in my study. This was on my Amazon wishlist for so long I forgot about it and then was shocked to get it for Christmas this year from my MIL. Isn’t it cute? The little green/beige pillow is full of pine needles and smells like a tree. 

I do have things I want. Items are in my Amazon wishlist for later. One will possibly be used for all outfit photos in the future. Not sure yet if I’ll do it, but the idea seems fun and a way to make the posts more entertaining – if only for myself. I’ll wait until I’m out of the boot before I get it. So I have something to look forward to and when that time comes around (2 months from now) if I still feel excited about it then I’ll purchase the item.

There’s also this site with all things gorgeous! Thanks to Talia I now have another site to obsessively swoon over and “window shop” (screen shop? is that better term for this?). I was good about only limiting myself to Totokaelo and Rosen (where I buy most of my Yohji stuff), but alas, now I have a new site love. Check the pretty:

 

blackblue
DYING! This outfit screams ME!
teal
Outfit color goals. Also, long cardigan goals. I love that teal color too.
whiteblack
Another straight up JEN OUTFIT. I could actually already pull this off with my Yohji pants, but I’d need a new top. I’m digging the gold shoes too.
silhouette
Silhouette goals. This is very Audrey Hepburn-ish I think. Not sure what I’d do about shoes though because I have hobbit toes and ballet flats really don’t work for me. 
Enzo
Avant-garde pant love. These are hella expensive.