2nd Week of Work Outfits

Week 2 of filling in for our church secretary went pretty well, although I still didn’t quite get the bulletin printed totally correctly. When Alice returned home from her vacation refreshed and happy, however, it made me glad to give her a much needed break. She asked if I’d be willing to fill in for her again sometime, and I agreed, mainly because I would really like to get that bulletin done right for once!

Once again, I took Monday off to get my own work done at home.

Tuesday:

I’m not a fan of wearing shorts. They don’t do my chunky legs any favors. Capri pants are OK, but still feel too hot to me. I did like this all-neutrals outfit, however, while I was working at church in the air conditioning. As soon as I got home, I switched to a skirt.

Outfit details:  top & cardigan ~ thrifted;

pants ~ JC Penney’s; Vionic sandals ~ zulily.com;

necklace ~ JCP (I think?)

 

Wednesday:

Please forgive the wet hair. In the middle of watering the garden, before getting dressed for work, it began to rain. It was just a few drops at first, and since it seemed unlikely we’d actually get enough rain to justify not finishing the watering…I finished watering. And it poured on me until I was winding up the garden hose.

Wearing a maxi skirt that day wasn’t one of my better ideas. I don’t understand women who say they are cool wearing a maxi skirt. Once again, it was tolerable in the AC, but I hiked up the skirt to my knees driving home, and practically stripped as soon as I got home! Maxi skirts are better suited to fall and winter for me, I think.

Outfit details:  t-shirt ~ Thrivent;

LuLaRoe maxi skirt ~ Facebook group;

BOC sandals ~ Vanderbilt’s;

bracelet ~ yard sale

Thursday:

Print the bulletins day! A twirly skirt and tshirt is my ideal summertime outfit, so that’s what I wore for a day of darting around the office. And it was fine for getting stuff done at home, too! I didn’t think to get a close-up picture of the vintage fishy pin…but my explanation for why it goes with this outfit is that God created birds and fish on the same day, so a fish pin goes perfectly with a bird skirt.

Outfit details:  tshirt – JCP;

LuLaRoe Azure skirt ~ FB group;  sneaks ~ JCP;

vintage fish pin ~ MIL

Friday:

There wasn’t much left to do in the office, so I went home after about an hour. If it hadn’t been so stinkin’ hot that day, I might have worn this outfit around the house, too, but even being indoors, wearing black on a hot day isn’t cool. I got a great deal on this skirt on eBay. The person selling it must have found it second-hand and didn’t know anything about LuLaRoe. I’m surprised I found it! Glad I did, tho – not only does the Madison skirt have pockets, but this one is a BIRD print!

Outfit details:  tshirt ~ JCP;

LuLaRoe Madison skirt ~ eBay;

sneaks ~ JCP; bird pin ~ thrifted;

bird earrings ~ ???

 

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A Week’s Worth of Work Outfits

Our church secretary is taking a well-deserved vacation, and I am filling in for her while she’s away. It’s gone OK, although I did make a couple of mistakes last week. And I’m sure there will be more this week. This is not my normal gig, so it takes all of my concentration…and I still goof up!

While there isn’t a formal dress code for church workers, I believe it’s important to look nice. It’s also important for me to be comfortable and able to move about easily. This is not a job where one sits all day! Each outfit I wore last week featured at least one LuLaRoe clothing item, because the very definition of LuLaRoe is “Simply Comfortable!”

Monday is Pastor’s day off, so I have taken off Mondays as well. I’d planned to use that as my grocery day, but I’ve found that I need ONE day in which it is not required to get in the car and go somewhere. Some Postman gets home earlier on Tuesdays, so we decided that would be my grocery day because he can go with me and put gas in the car, a chore I dislike. Gasoline is stinky and the smell doesn’t wash off easily.

Tuesday:

There wasn’t a lot to do in the office this day; most of my time was spent tidying up the sanctuary, which involved a lot of bending, reaching, and walking. In the afternoon, Some Postman and I did the grocery shopping and went out for dinner. This simple outfit was perfect for all the day’s activities.

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LuLaRoe Carly Dress ~ eBay; Dansko Sandals ~ zulily

 

Wednesday:

This outfit was just right for doing work at the computer and answering phone calls, but it also allowed for searching high and low for pens (which I did not find until Friday!). The LLR Cassie may be a slim pencil skirt, but it’s VERY stretchy, yet keeps its shape. And even though the top is too big for me, I could not resist buying it – it’s a constellation print! I’m not entirely pleased with belting it this way, but it was far too sloppy to leave it hanging loose with a pencil skirt.

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 LuLaRoe Classic T & Cassie Skirt ~ Facebook groups
Sandals ~ eBay; Necklace ~ MIL’s collection

Thursday:

The BUSIEST day of the week at church! It’s the day the bulletins get printed. I was only slightly nervous about it, and only wasted one sheet of paper trying to figure out alignment of the large print music sheets. As it turns out, I made two mistakes in the weekly calendar section of the bulletin, which was pointed out to me on Sunday. Sigh…it’s a good thing the regular secretary will be back in another week!

 

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Dachshund T ~ Walmart.com
LuLaRoe Azure Skirt ~ Facebook group
Sneaks ~ JCP

Friday:

I didn’t anticipate being at the church for long on Friday, because the only thing to do was check email and tidy up the office for the weekend. But the computer decided it needed to update Windows first thing…and took almost 2 hours to complete! Tidying up lasted about 5 minutes; next, I set up a display of library books, answered a few phone calls, chatted with the older gentleman who drops by the church every day, and finally ♥’d pictures of my cute grandkids on Instagram until the computer was finished updating. (On a side note, my personal computer at home also updated – and now it makes me upload photos from my camera in a totally different way and I do NOT like it one bit! Gotta figure out how to change it back.)

This LLR Carly dress is probably my most favorite one in my collection; it’s 100% cotton – cool and comfy!

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LuLaRoe Carly Dress ~ Facebook group
Belt ~ saved from an old dress
Floral sneaks ~ zulily

As you can see from the above photos, I’ve found a “new” location to take outfit pics with the timer on my camera. Our latest House Project was remodeling the upstairs gable room, which used to be our guest room / storage area. It is now my sewing/craft room and eBay inventory storage area; my old sewing/eBay room is now the guest room. It’s tiny, but it makes a cozy private place for guests to stay – without a bunch of totes and boxes making it feel like they’ve been squirreled away in the attic. The chest of drawers turns out to be the perfect height and distance from the opposite side of the room for taking outfit pictures, too!

Sunday Style ~ Denim, Dress, & Boots

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Outfit details:  Dress ~ LuLaRoe Facebook boutique;

Denim Jacket ~ Christopher & Banks;

Boots ~ Target (old); Belt ~ thrifted;

Earrings ~ ??; Bracelet ~ flea market.

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This outfit was worn on a Sunday in late May, when it was still cool enough to enjoy wearing a jacket. I do love a twirly dress with a denim jacket and cowgirl boots! The “Nicole” dress from LuLaRoe is so comfortable and easy to wear; I don’t save it just for Sundays. I’ve worn it to the grocery store and even around the house, although I don’t wear the boots for those occasions. Print sneakers or simple sandals look nice and allow for dashing about.

Sunday Inspiration 6.11.17

Sunday Inspiration 6.11.17

 

The desert and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.
Like the crocus,  it will burst into bloom;
    it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy.
The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,
    the splendor of Carmel and Sharon;
they will see the glory of the Lord,
    the splendor of our God.

 

Strengthen the feeble hands,
    steady the knees that give way;

 

say to those with fearful hearts,
    “Be strong, do not fear;
your God will come,
    he will come with vengeance;
with divine retribution
    he will come to save you.”
 
Isaiah 35:1-4

 

Much Ado About Nothing

This afternoon, I caught up on some blog reading. One young woman had not posted on her blog in a while, and it made me happy to see a new post. She began by saying she was not going to apologize for not posting in over a month. Life had been full for her lately, and that is nothing for which to be sorry. I will take a cue from her and NOT apologize for neglecting my blog in over a month, too! 😊

Even though I’m not going to apologize for my silence here, I would like to explain why I haven’t written lately. …. Yes, I would like to explain it … if I honestly knew why! I’ve been mulling it over off and on all day. Am I bored with the topics about which I typically write? Do I have writer’s block? Have I simply been too busy?

Topics about which I write on this blog…that would primarily be outfit posts, with occassional thrifting posts and food posts. Taking photos of myself for outfit posts has lost its appeal. It’s not quick or easy to take your own outfit photos.  My husband is willing to take pictures of my Sunday outfits, but I haven’t been very good about allowing enough time to do that before we leave for church. And then there’s the problem of feeling like a big fat blob no matter what I wear. Sure, I’d love to hop on the “body positivity” bandwagon, and sometimes I actually do, but not at the moment. Right now, I’d love to shed a few inches off my lumpy belly, but am finding that increasingly difficult to accomplish. So, outfit posts…I’m feeling kind of “meh” about them. Not bored, just not happy with how I look.

Thrifting is something I seriously doubt I’ll ever get bored with doing or writing about! Yard sale season is in full swing in our area, and I’ve been scouting out bargains almost every weekend with my daughter. Last weekend, we hit up some community sales, and both of us took home good hauls! We took pictures of our finds, too. I haven’t yet taken the time to gather the photos together and create a post. Since last weekend, I’ve been busy with cleaning windows, washing curtains, and a million other things.

I’ll admit to being bored with food. My body hurts in new ways now, and it tires me out faster than ever. By the time evening rolls around, I could care less about what I’m eating. It’s enough work to prepare a decent supper for my husband; making a seperate meal for me is too daunting a task, so I usually just pick around his food for what my stomach can handle. And then I snack in the evening because green beans and plain mashed potatoes simply aren’t satisfying. Yes, I really need to do something about this. Not only is it not satisfying, it’s also not well balanced or healthy. My daughter has inspired me to make some changes in my diet. Perhaps that warrants a blog post of its own.

I do not believe that I have writer’s block. After all, when I do sit down to write, the words usually flow right along. And I often find myself thinking as I go about my days, “that would make a great blog topic!” But I don’t stop what I’m doing and go write about that topic immediately, and by the time I do, my brain is too tired to string words together coherantly anymore. Perhaps the trouble is that I don’t write early enough in the day. But that’s when I need to do things like chores, laundry, baking, cleaning, a bit of yoga, grocery shopping, eBay sales….

There is a good chance I’ve been too busy to blog, but it’s more likely that I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately and blogging is the easiest thing to put off. After all, it’s not a job; it’s not a necessity. It’s a creative outlet, but it’s not something I’m required to do.

So…what am I going to do about this lack of regular blog posts? Set up a writing schedule so I can feel like a failure when I don’t meet it? Quit the blog altogether? Neither! My solution is to embrace the unpredictability!  I’ll surprise you (and myself!) with a post every now and then, out of the clear blue sky, with no rhyme or reason, and just simply write about whatever’s banging around in my menopausal brain whenever the heck I get inspired. Deal?

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(Here’s a recent picture I took of Etta Pooka. It has nothing to do with anything I’ve written about in this post. It’s just a funny pic I shared with my weight management group for Weigh-in Wednesday.)

Best Thrifted Clothing Item of Winter 2017

So much for putting away my winter sweaters, boots, etc. The past two weeks have been rainy, gloomy, and cold, much like winter in England (according to one of my book club friends who’s been there). The temps weren’t really all that cold, in the 40s or 50s, but steady rain and north or northeast winds gave the air a damp chill, even in the house. I considered asking Some Postman to start a fire in the wood stove one evening, but it didn’t seem nice to ask him to bring wood in from the barn after he’d been out delivering mail in the rain all day. So we snuggled under a blanket on the couch with the dog instead and watched tv.

Sometime in January, I bought a sweater at Goodwill that has turned out to be my favorite thing to wear on a damp chilly day. One half of the snap closure at the waist was missing when I got it, so I removed the other half, wearing it loose at first. The sweater fits better with the waist drawn together, though, so I use a pin to do the job. It’s not exactly the most flattering piece on me, but I don’t care. I love it anyway!

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Outfit details:  top and sweater ~ thrifted;

leggings ~ Charlie’s Project;

boots ~ JC Penney’s;

vintage Dachshund pin ~ antique shop.

The sweater came from Maurice’s originally. It is very soft, and keeps me perfectly warm without getting too hot, thanks to the short sleeves. If it had pockets, it would be The World’s Most Perfect Sweater. It’s hands down my favorite piece of clothing I’ve purchased at a thrift store in quite some time!

According to the weather man, spring will be back next week, so hopefully I’ll get to swap out my heavy winter clothes for breezy summer things soon. I’ve been scoping the thrift stores for cotton dresses and skirts, and already bought this summer’s everyday sandals from Zulily. Bring on the sun!