Z and I returned from Florida today. Tomorrow we go back to work. Neither of us is looking forward to it.
We came home to a musty house, so I’ve gone around doing light cleaning, checking my plants, and lighting soft scented candles.
Even though our trip was short, we did get everything out of it we wanted: see mom’s new puppy (she’s a terror, but an adorable one), swim, eat crab legs, see the Kennedy space center (last minute decision by Z) and generally relax. On Saturday while lounging on the sofa and reading blogs I became acutely aware of how calm I felt. It’s been a long time since I had that feeling of being entirely aware of how good my surroundings are and that they made me feel a sense of ease. I was extremely happy to sit and play Animal Crossing, read, and swim whenever I wanted (in between thunderstorms, of which there are a lot in Florida this time of year).
The blog I was binge reading at the time definitely helped my mood. I’d been missing Archana’s writing and it seemed like she was no longer hanging about online. However, Saturday she posted a link to her new(ish) blog ofacertainvintage and I read all of it. I am nowhere near having a focused wardrobe like she does (I love that she focuses on color and has such personally strict ideals of how her wardrobe should serve her), nor close to being remotely zero-waste, but her words are soothing and inspiring. Her humbleness about how she strives to do better is one of the most endearing qualities of her blog(s) and I find myself going back to them often. Aside from her writing, she links to a lot of incredibly informative and inspiring sites as well.
I may try to do wardrobe audits like she has and be more strict with myself on what I truly like wearing versus what I think I’d like wearing. Last year I experimented a lot with designer clothes – many being avant garde – and realizing I’m much more of a plain vanilla, no-fuss-all-function type of person and I need my wardrobe to do the same. Also, I’m cutting back on a lot of the more formal wear I thought I’d need for work and seeing how “business casual” I can get away with for conferences. I still aspire to somehow have a seasonless wardrobe, but the winters can be incredibly unpredictable so that may not happen.