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.

monday

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.

tuesday

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.

wednesday

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.

tuesday

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

thursday

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.

Rain and waiting

I’ve been counting down the days, hours, minutes, seconds to when my senior comes back in the office and takes back his disaster of an account…. I’m very much at the end of my tether here. However, there’s a lot of chatter about how I’m going to be helping out with many more accounts. I’m ok with that, but I’m in no way ready to be the point person for the elephant in the company that is this monster account. I’ve been given so many NEED THIS NOW lists I’m starting to not GAF and say to the client: PICK ONE DAMNIT! I CAN’T DO THEM ALL!

Monday: Everlane top, YY pants, Eileen Fisher shoes.

Monday

After washing and ironing All The Things this weekend I was glad to put on my old fave YY pants again. No matter what I reach for these whenever possible.

Tuesday: YY top, Rachel Comey Menace Pants, Frye shoes.

tuesday

My shoes are a little darker now they’ve been properly cleaned, conditioned and polished. They are still pretty beat up, but they look much better than they used to. They are also the most comfortable shoes I have right now and they don’t aggravate my ankle so I reach for them often.

Wednesday: Knock Knock Linen top, new Y’s pants, Frye shoes.

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I’ve bought yet another pair of pants from Yohji Yamamoto. These went on sale at Totokaelo and I had a discount I could throw on top of it so they were less than $200, which is a steal for new YY items. They are lightweight wool and extremely comfortable – like PJs comfortable. I didn’t realize they had a drawstring, but I’m glad they do because otherwise they’d be big in a similar way to the Pas de Calais linen pants. I don’t mind the hip hugging aspect of them, but I like that I can cinch them up more with the drawstring. The low hanging back pockets are fab and the wool is perfect for wearing out in warm weather but give the perfect amount of cover needed for the blasting AC in the office. These are runner up for second favorite pair of pants. I wore them last night when I went out for last minute groceries and found myself lounging about in them when I got home. Z also commented on how “cute” they look and said the back pocket placement definitely gives the pants a good look.

I’ve been so busy this week I’ve started having bad dreams about losing POs or not knowing how to do something in our computer system. I tend to have more dreams like this when the stress gets really bad. Luckily – hopefully – this will be the last week of it for a while.

Half-moments

Friday: Banana Republic top, YY skirt, Frye shoes.

This weekend was one of those half-moments-of-zen where I was all wabi-sabi about my shoes and clothes. I know it won’t last, so I’m writing this down for posterity and to remind myself I need to do what I did this weekend more often.

I did a lot of laundry this weekend. I normally wear my clothes many times before washing them because I only wear them in the office or if I’m just hanging around the house. However, due to the hotter temps I’ve been sweating more so this weekend was a full-on laundry extravaganza. In the process of constantly washing, mending and ironing clothes I felt like I was in a bit of a trance. It was a peaceful one, definitely, but what really made me want to smack myself was: why don’t I give more care to my stuff like this regularly? For instance, the shoes I’m wearing in the above photos are horribly scuffed and water stained. Water. Stained. Leather. Shoes. Ugh.

I know I should’ve been taking better care of these shoes and even starting feeling very self conscious wearing them in the office due to how shoddy they were looking for the past month. Luckily, same-day delivery with amazon prime meant I got a shoe care kit and brushes pronto so my manic must-save-my-preciousssss mood could play itself out and I spent two hours today cleaning, conditioning, and polishing three pairs of leather shoes. I still may have some water stains on the shoes, but they will look a lot better than they used to. Also, considering I’m planning on buying several more pairs of shoes (mostly leather) I wanted to have a shoe care kit immediately anyway.

tops

I felt very satisfied seeing all of my tops ironed and organized, but I swear I developed a new form of profanity while trying to iron linen gauze. I know, I know it’s supposed to be wrinkled, but when the sleeves look like I wrung them dry and stay that way – it’s not a good office look.

bottoms

Part of the reason why I wore my YY skirt again on Friday was because I told myself I must wash my pants and when Friday morning rolled around I was panicking looking for my pants and then realized they were all crumpled in the laundry bin. ALL THE PANTS are clean and ironed now!

Skirt as skirt

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

monday

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.

tuesday

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.