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.

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?

Weekend staple

Thursday outfit and all the silly things I keep in my study: Everlane top, Won Hundred pant, Lems shoes.

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Z took this photo and wanted to get Yuki in the shot. The photo shows more my collection of manga and animal crossing figurines than anything else.

Friday: Grana tank, Banana Republic denim shirt, Y’s pant, Adidas shoes.

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While I don’t always wear jeans on “casual Friday” or dress casually in the way many do for the office, I always make sure to wear comfy shoes whenever I can.

Sunday: Yosemite tee, Uniqlo linen pant.

post hike

This is a post-hike photo. Z wanted to go out to a park so we went to one of our stand-bys and it was crowded. However, we tend to meander off into the woods on the less taken trails – or rather trails that no one uses anymore and are so overgrown and full of mud no one in their right mind would bother hiking them anymore. Yep, that’s how we roll. We both came back with muddy shoes and pants.

Weekend usual: cotton top from Yesstyle and Ys pant.weekend

I wore this outfit all day Saturday and put it on again after I showered when we got home from our hike. Who knew lightweight wool pants would become my summer staple. I seriously love these and want to wear them all the time.

I’ve spent several hours catching up on Accidental Icon posts and finally remembered to add it in my regular blog list. I really like the weekend links she posts.  And I’ve decided I want everything from Margaret Howell’s Autumn ’18 collection.

Also, I made a very expensive shoe purchase and am anxiously awaiting my precious to arrive. Unlike clothes, I tend to have a longer running relationship with shoes. I wear them down and they have holes and stains and tears and all manner of scars on them by the time they are retired. The slippers in the above photo are a perfect example. There’s three holes in them right now but I can’t be bothered to buy new ones because I haven’t found any others I like yet. So when it comes to buying shoes, I don’t feel so bad splurging because if I like them enough I know they will be The Ones I wear until death. I’m still wearing the Lems shoes that are cracking because the leather is cheap. They are comfortable and an easy black shoe to wear so while they aren’t doing my outfits any favors I still wear them. Chalk it up to laziness in a way, but until I find the right replacements I keep almost hate-wearing my old shoes. I’m leaning more towards quality now in shoes versus easy wear, especially since I have an ankle condition to consider. I can wear my Frye shoes and they don’t bother my ankle at all so it is possible for me to wear good shoes that look nice and not be worried about my ankle getting all lumpy by the end of the day.

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.

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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.

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

monday

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.

pocket camp

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