Week 1 – Trial by fire

Wednesday: YY top, Rachel Comey Lure pant, Lems shoes.

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Thursday: YY top, Uniqlo pant, Jil Sander shoes.

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Friday: Top from Yesstyle (Chinese vendor), Rachel Comey Menace pant, Frye shoes.

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This week has officially kicked my ass. I’m reminded of the rushed, stressed feeling from when I was first given my client accounts back in January/February, which were a mess. Everything was late and I was frantically rushing about to all the areas of the shop, constantly checking on product status.

This first week I’ve been taking over a coworker’s account while he’s on vacation and it’s the largest client account we have. Basically I’ve been tasked with taming a wild, galloping elephant and it’s getting the better of me. I knew this account was a bit of a clusterfuck to begin with, but damn…. this is beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined. Also, I don’t think my coworker anticipated any of the stuff I ended up encountering. He said I only had prototypes to worry about… well, the prototypes were the easiest part of what I’ve had to worry about all week. I’ve been in contact with the client rep 4-5 times every day. My boss is the only other one who knows what’s going with this client and he’s been out half the week at a conference. He’s checked in with me every day and yesterday I flat out said to him, “I’m drowning.” I was given a report from the client to work on and I was floored by how much we are backordered and what goes into all the orders we do for this client. My clients are peanuts by comparison. I’ve gotten them all under control now and have a really good rapport with them. So to be given this task with a new rep that I’m only temporarily working with has literally thrown me back into the deep end of the pool with everyone standing at the side saying, “swim, damnit!”

However, I have managed to gain a much greater respect for my senior who handles this account because it’s so insane and I’ve learned a lot of new things about how we operate and manage the work load. And I’ve been given tasks that I had no idea ever fell on my department before. I’ve had so many 5-minute-tutorials on how to change things in our system to accommodate the work load I’ve left work with my head spinning and a general sense of anxiety, wondering if what I did was correct. Even today I turned to the more seasoned employee next to me and asked if I did X, Y and Z things right that were entered the day before. I won’t say it’s been easy or the best way for me to learn this stuff, considering it’s all on the fly, but I’m gaining a much greater grasp of how I can help out.

The new admin has been great in seeing if I’m ok and even coming to me with silly things or comments just to make me smile. It’s obvious she cares and is worried about me and that makes me feel all the better about us hiring her. I’ve given her a huge task I used to handle simply because I’m so swamped I can’t take care of it now, which she will need some guidance with, but I’m sure she’ll be helpful. After seeing some of the stuff I had to deal with, even on a generally slow Friday, she said she didn’t envy me at all but is still willing to help me out whenever possible. It’s really nice having that kind of support.

The biggest thing to help me this week has been being able to run. I’ve run three times this week and getting that stress out of my system by exhausting myself physically has done wonders for me emotionally. I’m still restraining myself because I know I risk running myself into a new injury out of sheer stubbornness, but what little I’ve done has worked. Granted, I’ve got a mean case of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in my legs, but the little masochist in me is saying, “Yaaaaassssssss, my preciousss.” Once I get over the soreness, I’ll get to the strengthening part and after that the muscle memory part and then… it’s all routine and my head clears and I move mechanically – in a good way.

I thought about running tonight, but I did run a lot more than I intended to yesterday so Z told me to take it is. So… I’ve had a double of Johnny Walker Red and am about to stuff myself with grilled brats and apricots and couch potato it with more beer and watch new anime season premieres.

Mush

Monday: old black top, YY suit pants, Eileen Fisher mules.

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Tuesday: YY top and pants, Lems shoes.

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Instead of talking about how my brain is officially mush right now due to all the work I have to do (and it’s only Tuesday!) and what’s been dumped on me (the largest client account!), I picked out my favorite photos from this past weekend at the nature preserve. Enjoy.

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What is the point of this week?

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Monday: Yohji Yamamoto sleeveless top, Rachel Comey Lure pant, Lems shoes.

A coworker, who had a very Audrey Hepburn from Roman Holiday vibe with her outfit today, told me she loved mine. This surprised me, bit I was happy to take the compliment. I had on my turquoise cardigan on a lot because the AC was blasting, but I was fairly happy with this casual outfit. Since this week is just going to be a series of eye-rolling moments until Wednesday and then again Friday, I’m not bothering to dress overly office-friendly. Everyone kept saying today is Fake Thursday and tomorrow is Fake Friday due to the holiday. Then we start over again with Second Thursday and Real Friday.

I’m really glad I got this top. It’s all cotton, but it’s woven like the black YY turtleneck so it feels substantial and looks more elegant than just any old black cotton top. It almost has a sheen to it and feels a teensy bit like polyester, but it is full cotton. Whatever the weave is of this cotton to make shirts like this – I love it and want more of it. Taking a cue from Talia, I put on a large black belt, which I think really helps this outfit. Seeing myself in the photo, I kinda get a Rosie the Riveter feel and I’m digging it. I look more like I finished a shift at an auto shop than an office. And yet, the feel of the fabric makes my clothes feel too precious to dirty up in an auto shop.

This is all a long-winded way of saying I love the new top I got.

Other than that – it’s damn hot out. 100F here today with a heat index of 106. I really don’t want to exercise today, but I should. Plus, I just got my other pair of Adidas to try out, so I may as well put them through some paces on the treadmill.

Burned

Saturday I went to work and checked on a couple guys who were working on prototypes for me over the weekend. I figured that if the parts are going to be late, then I’d rather know what’s going on with them than be surprised Monday morning. By Monday only one part was done, so we shipped it and finished the others today. Luckily, my client is ok with it all. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.

Sunday I spent almost all day working in the yard. We have huge holly bushes out front that attract a lot of bees in early spring. I really don’t like how big they are, but don’t want to pay to have them taken out entirely. So I trimmed them down almost to the ground, weeded one of the two flower bed areas with the bushes, and put down mulch. It’s ok if they come back and if they do, I’ll be sure to keep them trimmed and short. I also want to put a couple other plants around them. I’m hoping to weed the other area soon-ish. Our front yard looks a bit weird now with only one side mulched and nicely weeded while the other side looks like a disaster area. I wore a sleeveless shirt Sunday and was in direct sunlight most of the day. Despite putting on a little sunscreen in the morning… you get the idea. I burned the shit out of the back of my arms and shoulders.

Monday outfit: Knock Knock Linen shirt and Won Hundred pants and Lems shoes. I needed a soft top for my burnt arms and back. This worked out well.

Monday

I went to the orthopedic doc today for a follow up. Recovery is slow going, but it’s going. I only have two PT sessions left. Because they are so expensive, I won’t get a script renewal for them. Not that I don’t like going, but paying $100/week is racking up my credit card bill fast. The guy I work with is great and he’s given me a lot of ideas on things I can do at home to improve. It’s been interesting how my Physical Therapy has been more like having a Personal Trainer. I’m wrecked by the time my hour is done. My hips are sore, my knees wobbly, and I look like I just ran a marathon, aka a sweaty disheveled mess. Due to all the strength training I do during my sessions I’ve pretty much cut out all home exercising with the exception of walking/running.  In fact, I got some new trainers today and I’d like to go for a run, but that might really be pushing it after PT….

Tuesday: linen top and Yohji Yamamoto pants and Eileen Fisher mules. I needed something easy again. I’m really feeling sore now from my burn.

These YY pants are one of the best clothing purchases I’ve ever made. I’m glad it’s not as hot today so I could wear them. They are solid wool, although the weave makes them tolerable to wear in slightly warm weather. The high today is 80 and I’ve been perfectly fine in them. I love how these pants balloon out at the hips and taper in. I get some high-water looking action when I sit and I like that too. I love the deep side pockets and the high waist with the notch in the back that you can’t see at all in the photos. These were the very first YY item I bought and have brought me down the rabbit hole. I’ve bought so much more YY since then and have more on the way. I’m also really glad I’ve been buying used items. Even though they are still pricey for being used, I’m ok with that if they are in good condition. I can’t afford full price, but I think it’s a bit better to buy these items used than just buying new for the sake of having something new from a designer. Isn’t it also a testament to the talent of the designer to make clothes that are timeless regardless of when they were made? I think these pants are from the early 90s but I’m not sure. In any case, these are forever pants.

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Look at how red the back of my ears are! I had no idea they looked that red!

First week

My new job will be quite taxing and busy, but I’m ok with that. The company culture is friendly, but strained because there are many departments that don’t talk to each other all that well. However, this is par for the course with a larger company. In general, I do like the people I work with, which is always a plus. The kindness shown by people willing to help out there is a breath of fresh air from the “leave me alone” sort of attitude I felt at my old job because so many people there had become complacent from being spoiled so much.

I will definitely need to work on my wardrobe a bit. I was so used to wearing anything I wanted at my old job I didn’t realize how little amount of proper business attire I actually owned.

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Monday: Everlane sweater and Brass Clothing ponte pants. I had on my black Lems Nine2five shoes for work but am in slippers when I got home. Although this sweater looks ok on me I’m a bit meh about it. I need to up my sweater game.

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Tuesday: J Crew sweater and Yohji Yamamoto pants with Lems shoes. It was getting rather cold in the office and I work with a pregnant woman who is always hot so I have to make sure to bring layers.

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Wednesday: Everlane sweater again and Yohji Yamamoto skirt/pants,  Lems Gobi Hi boots and 45rpm wool jacket. The scarf I crocheted myself many years ago.  I wore my workout leggings under the skirt/pants. This is the same skirt I wore to a wedding earlier this summer, but I’m wearing the skirt as pants this time. It was much easier to walk around the office this way.

When I walked in the door my husband immediately said “You look really cute today!” I was rather surprised since I hadn’t even taken my jacket off and he didn’t know what I was wearing under it. He said he liked how the jacket and skirt looked together. I teasingly said, “then take a picture” so we went out in the front yard just before the sun went down and he took these two photos. When I saw the first one I understood what he liked, “so you like this silhouette”. He agreed and said I looked very put together. I looked a little old-timey as well and I think he likes that look too. It’s the first time I’ve heard him be so vocal about my outfits, so now I’m curious what else might peak his interest.

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Thursday: 45rpm long sleeve shirt, Everlane E2 pants, Lems shoes, 45 rpm wool jacket.

My standard blue and black outfit, which I gravitate to a lot.

I didn’t take a photo for Friday. It was casual day in the office so most people wore jeans and sneakers. I had on my light light blue Grana jeans and a flannel shirt, tucked in. The CEO, who is a very old man, stopped me and my supervisor, admiring our shoes. I’d worn my red Lems Primal 2 shoes and she had on some black and white patterned Nikes. He said he liked the colors, which was funny to me. I was so tired by Friday I really didn’t care too much about what I wore and looked forward to dressing down a bit.

I’d been eying a pair of Issey Miyake pants on eBay and unfortunately someone else bought them the night before I’d decided I’d get them. Now all I can think about are those pants! There is another similar pair of pants by Yohji Yamamoto on Totokaelo, but I’m not willing to drop $900 for them.

I need to work on finding a better lighting area for outfit photos. Looking at the photos overall this week – the lighting is all over the place.