I went to Ren Faire and mostly took photos of animals

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This acrobat was really good. She looked like she was sporting quite the sunburn by the end of the day though, poor thing.

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Barn Owl – I really want to watch Labyrinth now.

 

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Blacksmith giving a demonstration. 
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Coatimundi – the husband now wants one. Apparently you can own them, but you have to have a license and only licensed people can pet them.
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Sweaty people in period costumes.
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Fallow deer

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I like this goofy one.
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Horned owl is not amused.
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My teenage self squeed at this. 
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Happy husband eating huge leg of meat.
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Opening parade – not sure who these people are. Townspeople? 
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King Arthur’s court people.
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Saxons
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Play about King Arthur’s court and challenging the Saxons, which led to a series of games being played for the rest of the afternoon.

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Trebuchet for throwing fruit and large vegetables at king of the Saxons. 

Catching up

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Top: Everlane. Pants: Uniqulo. House Slippers: Muji.

I wasn’t certain if I was going out this day or not. I think this was last Thursday. I ended up staying home and doing more cleaning. I’m wearing a new shirt here, the square mock neck from Everlane. The cotton is very soft and the shirt is rather cropped, but not too bad. I like how open the sleeves are. It’ll be a decent layering piece in cooler weather. I also got the slim long-sleeve crew in black, but probably won’t wear that for a while since the weather is getting hot again, but that’ll be another decent layering piece.

Most blogs I follow have been talking about the Everlane jeans and they were a complete non-event for me. The styles and colors were highly predictable and boring. I’m not in the market for fitted jeans like that anymore, so I’ve zero interest in them. Also, I’m not overly impressed with their new Goweave easy pant. Take a look at the photo above. The pants I’m wearing here look nearly identical to the ones Everlane just put out. These are from Uniqlo and they hardly wrinkle at all and were a third of the cost for the Everlane pant. I took this photo after I’d been running around the house, crawling on the floor to pick up things and they don’t look overly wrinkled at all. They also have a hidden elastic waist and faux zipper panel that looks a little more polished than the Everlane ones, IMO.

I get a strange feeling that Everlane is just churning out stuff to churn it out anymore and by doing so I feel like they are turning into a pseudo-fast-fashion type of place as a result. Their catalog has grown enormous over the past two years. They aren’t a bad company at all, but I feel like they’ve gotten a bit too big for their britches and are now trying to compete more with the fast fashion industry instead of stand above it. I’d prefer to buy stuff from them over most fast fashion places, but anymore I’m just not impressed by their predictable styles. I feel like I’m browsing a Banana Republic or J Crew catalog, but without as many patterns.

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Shirt and pants: Fantasy Linen. Shoes: Lems Nine2five. Hat: old – from a shop in the Ahwahnee Lodge in Yosemite Nat’l Park.

This was Saturday and the hubs and I went to a nearby Ren Faire. I was sweating up a storm and I was wearing light clothes. The people in period costumes with metal (the knights) and leathers must’ve been stifling! I’m glad I wore loose, airy clothes. We both got some sun. Mine turned more into a tan and the husband is now peeling because he burned a bit. Looking at this photo – I feel like I’m looking at someone about to go work in a rice paddy.

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Shirt: Banana Republic. Pants: Uniqlo. Shoes: Lems Nine2five.

I wore this to an interview. Risky I know because the shirt is sleeveless, but the office was connected to a warehouse. It’s hard to tell what’s ok with “business casual” though for offices. Some think business casual is actually a suit without the jacket and others allow jeans. The interview went very well though. It’s promising that I’m getting interviews so soon.

The weather is heating up again – ugh. I’m ready for real autumn weather. I was very disheartened to see it might creep up to 90F for my birthday next week. I hate hot weather.

 

Grunge

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Tee: Grand Teton Nat’l Park. Flannel shirt: Uniqlo. Jeans: Grana. Shoes: Lems Nine2five.

I guess I was channeling my high school self with this sorta 90s grunge look. Two week old chipped nail varnish and all. I knew I was going to do a bit of much needed cleaning around the house, so I put on clothes I wouldn’t care if they got dirty or messed up.

While cleaning my new shoes arrived. I’d ordered Lems Nine2five shoes because while I like the Nisolo shoes, they aren’t going to cut it with my tendonitis. I may consider selling them. I did want to get a black casual oxford-ish shoe though and so I decided to try Lems.

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I’d actually bought these shoes in one of the brown colors around a year ago, but returned them. I ordered them in the recommended size for my foot (I’m a size 8 so that meant I got a size 40 according to their chart), but they were way too big. I wear a size 40 in the Primal 2 and they fit perfectly, but with the Nine2five my heels were slipping out and the ends made me feel like I was wearing brown clown shoes. I looked at the site and 40 was the lowest size they had at the time, so just returned them. This time, I decided to go with black and they have sizes as low as 35 on the site now. I bought a 39 (which correlates to a size 7-7.5) and they fit great now. I don’t feel like I’ve got on clown shoes and my heels don’t slip out. I really don’t get Lems sizing at all. They say their charts are different for Nine2fives/ Boulder as compared to Primal 2, but when I look at the size I should be wearing – it’s the same size for all of them? I knew that wouldn’t work, so I’m glad I went with the size below. If anyone is interested, I’d recommend getting your normal shoe size (according to their chart) for Primal 2 and then size down one for the other (leather) kinds.

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One of the shoes (left) may look funny in the pics because I am wearing my ankle brace for my tendonitis. I deliberately got Lems because I knew I could wear them comfortably with my brace on. They leather is soft and the shoes easily allow for extra room all around. They do provide a little more structure and less ground feel than Primal 2. I wore them while cleaning most of the afternoon and can tell I’ll be wearing them a lot. No break in time needed. Also, the black ones I think look a bit better in person than they do on the site (there they look really boring). I think they will work well for office attire as well. The only con to them is the short shoe laces. The laces also look rather bad and I might try to find nicer looking ones. I think it would help them look a little more office appropriate with better laces as well.

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Ankle brace on non-rolled up jean leg. The brace makes shoes look a little fat.

Busy

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Sweater: Everlane. Pants: Y’s by Yohji Yamamoto. Shoes: Vivobarefoot Gobi. Jacket: EMS.

Although the office was rather uneventful, I was constantly busy after work. The husband is still sick so aside from my usual workout routine (weight lifting) today, I also made dinner, finished some laundry, went to the vet for cat food (prescription), and stopped by the grocery store for a few things. This is the first time, aside from dinner, that I’ve sat down since I got home.

It’s rainy and cool outside, which is kinda odd for this time of year. In general it’s been much cooler and everyone keeps talking about how we’re going to have a bad winter.

Just today

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Shirt: Everlane. Pants: Brass Clothing. Shoes: Allbirds.

“Your outfit looks really good today.” An intern said this to me while getting coffee in the kitchen. At first, my inner snark wanted to reply, just today? but I decided to shrug it off and said, “I just threw it on this morning.”  She said whenever she threw on clothes in the morning she never looks half as put together as I do. I just smiled at the compliment.

Later on I came across articles on different sites about how people can have multiple selves when it comes to fashion. Each day is different so we present a different side of ourselves and that’s reflected in how we dress. A person can be coherent with their wardrobe (uniforms or same structure styles in outfits) or near schizophrenic, exhibiting a variety of styles and silhouettes. I used to think I wanted to be a uniform type of person, but now I’m not so sure. But this got me thinking about the intern’s comment. She didn’t mean it negatively in any way I’m sure, but rather, something about my outfit today  resonated with her.

My outfits yesterday and today are generally the same. I’m wearing a striped shirt and black pants with slip-on shoes. However, the styles of the clothing differ. Today’s shirt is a button-down and the stripes are vertical instead of horizontal. Although not entirely fitted, the shirt is also more structured than yesterday’s. The pants today are form-fitting and closer to the norm for most black pants women wear. The pants yesterday were structural, but in a slightly more formal fashion and they were large in the legs, which is not normally seen. I almost wore my TOMS again, but changed to the Allbirds because I felt wearing the TOMS would be too boring. Honestly, I prefer yesterday’s look to today’s.

I talked to the husband about my tendonitis woes and how either I can wear the moon boot again, or see how well this brace works out. I also might get a different brace for wearing to bed. He suggested I just wear this one and so I thought about how I could do so comfortably. Yesterday I wore my soft brace without any socks and realized it was far too itchy. The company recommends wearing socks under the brace and I’m guessing comfort is a big reason for that. However, it would irritate me to sleep with just one foot covered in a sock and I generally don’t like wearing socks to bed.

What I needed was a sock-let type of thing. I don’t have many long socks, but my husband has half a drawer full and he’s still got some that have never been worn even though he got them 3 years ago. I asked to have a pair of his socks and I wouldn’t be able to return them because I needed to cut them. He gave me a pair and I cut off the very ends so the socks fit on the areas I need them to while wearing the brace. Also, since the socks were long, I could fold them over the brace, which would make it more comfortable to wear at night (I’m a side sleeper).

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This is the sock-let experiment result. The top part of the sock is completely folded over the velcro bits of the brace so I have sock covering the inside and outside scratchy parts.

I didn’t sleep as well last night as normal because I was aware of the brace most of the night, but I think I could get used to it. What surprised me was how comfortable I was today while wearing this. The ponte pants were stretchy enough to fit over the brace and even cover up the sock parts so it didn’t look weird. I highly doubt anyone even noticed I was wearing a brace.

I’d read that wearing a brace at night to keep the foot from flexing too much would help in addition to wearing a brace during the day, so I’m trying this out for a while. And by a while, I mean probably a few months. I did notice yesterday that my bump, which wasn’t huge to begin with, is already decreasing in size.

I. Will. Beat. This. Mother. Fucking. Tendonitis.

Achilles Tendonitis is annoying

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Shirt: Yesstyle. Pants: Everlane E2 Wide-leg Crop. Shoes: TOMS.

I originally had on a sleeveless shirt, but then changed into my linen long sleeve and I’m glad I did. I was freezing the office this morning. It was 57F when I left the house this morning. It feels strange with the weather being this cool this early.

I don’t have anything poetic or exciting to say about this outfit. I like it and was completely comfortable. I did notice a string from the bottom hem of the pants midway throughout the day and had to cut it off or it would unravel the entire end. Considering I’ve not worn these pants all that much and I don’t do anything other that sit or walk in the office in them, I’m a bit disappointed.

I know the title of this post has nothing to do with outfits, but I spent half of my day researching Achilles tendonitis problems and the issues with recovery. Apparently, it’s not nearly as easy to get over as my so-called specialist said it would be. I mean, I’ve been in the boot twice already and I’m still having issues. So I watched a lot of videos and read a lot about the complications of recurring or chronic tendonitis problems. It takes a really long time to heal properly. Many accounts I read on message boards were of people dealing with it for multiple years…. great. There’s also different kinds. The easier one to get over is midpoint tendonitis and the harder one to get over, which is the one I have, insertional tendonitis is lower on the heel and can form calcified lumps or bursa lumps on the back of the heel. Oh hey, guess what – I have a lump. It’s not huge. It’s actually very small so technically I shouldn’t need surgery.  I may, however, have to get back in the boot for a much longer period of time. FML.

I’ll try a few other things first and see how well this brace I’m wearing helps me out before I give up and break out the moon boot again.

High Rocks

Sunday I went hiking with friends. There are several good state parks close to where we live. This one, High Rocks, is famous for lots of cliff faces people climb. When we arrived, two other guys with lots of climbing gear were getting ready in the parking lot. Some of the rocks also have climbers clips hammered in to them from the park service for people to use so they can get up the cliffs safely.

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The gang. My husband is in the blue shirt. 
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Fenced in path along the cliffside. 

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We hiked up and down those rocks on the left. That’s part of the trail. 
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Ellie’s first hiking trip. She slept through most of it.

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Frog photo by husband. He always searches for frogs on hikes.

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There’s a famous guy who lives either in the park borders or just next to it and can walk right into it. He’s generally known as Naked Man because he tends to just run around the park buck naked. Several years ago we talked to him on a hike. He wasn’t naked then, but he was fun to talk to. I don’t remember, but my friend in the yellow shirt in these photos said apparently I got into a heated discussion about cameras with Naked Man. I’d totally forgotten about it and laughed about it because I really don’t take too many photos anymore, so I’m the last person who should be judgmental about cameras.

We had perfect hiking weather and afterwards went out for ice cream at a local dairy farm. We can walk to the back of the store and see the farm itself and the cows that provide the milk for the treats we were eating.