dressing for the future

April 22, 2010

Today was meeting after meeting after meeting.

Exhausting… but also a great opportunity to people watch.

The second meeting was the biggest…. so there were lots of things to notice.

Since I’ve been so focused on style and clothes that was what I noticed first off. There was a wide array from shorts and sports jerseys to suits and perfectly accessories outfits.

Let’s think about this…  You work in the office with the same people over and over every day.  It doesn’t matter what you wear, it’s all the same to them.  But what is you are going to be in a meeting with a bunch of people you don’t know.  Do you dress the same as when you are just behind your desk or do you dress to impress just a little?  First impressions matter, don’t they?

I’ve been in all these meetings with new people from other departments and even other divisions.  So every day I dress in Interview Light.  Now I really like the job I have right now but things are changing every day and who knows when I might meet my next boss.  Again – LOVE the one I have but you have to be prepared for all eventualities in this day and age.

So I’ve been wearing heels and skirts and looking strong, confident but still comfortable.  Also – never ever wearing suits again if I can help it at all.

What do you think?  Dress up or just don’t care?




April 21, 2010

So this whole blog thing started as a writing experiment.  Forcing myself to articulate SOMETHING 6 days a week.  It didn’t really matter that no one was reading it except two of my best friends.

It was just a sort of personal challenge.  And I’ve managed to stick with it even when I really don’t feel like I have anything to say.

For a long time the bulk of the hits that I got were from an early post I did about making a temporary screen door out of some mosquito netting and a tension rod.

Then, a little over a month ago, I went to a lunch time talk where the speaker was a woman named Safra Catz and I had to blog about how she blew me away.  Yeah, she works for this company that’s a bit of a big deal and apparently some people found it and read it and then some other people and I don’t think they stayed and read everything else but i got a whole lot of traffic from that post.

It went away.

Then yesterday I did something rather insane.

I evoked the name of the Selfish Seamstress and included a link to her post that I was commenting upon.

We both use WordPress.

Apparently by creating the post in WordPress and linking to another WordPress blog I ended up as a link in the comments.

Now I’ve had the busiest day in the history of my blog.

So hi everyone!  Hope you’re having fun.

type at you tomorrow


I’m working on clearing out the fridge so I can make a big old batch of rootbeer… I’ve got the kit and the ingredients and the supplies and the book and I’m READY… I just need some space.

I have patterns and fabric and I’m really going to make myself some pretty clothes in just the styles I like.

I have beads and wire and clasps and someday I’m going to make a killer necklace.

And then that selfish selfish girl goes and puts THIS idea in my head…

Newest covet: Shoemaking courses

I need this like I need several more holes in my head.

Anyone want to take a bet as to how long I hold out against one of these courses?

I so did not want to know about this.


ETA – at the prices they charge I really hope I get over this before I start a hobby this expensive and crazy.


April 19, 2010

I was walking through campus today and was asked if I was registered to vote…

actually this is what someone said to me…

“Excuse me, ma’am… are you registered to vote?”

Now I know I have some gray hair these days and I know that I can’t pass for a college student (and I wouldn’t want to)… but it is necessary to call me ma’am?

It’s the little things.  Of course it’s not like there’s another good term to use.

I’m going to try to stop thinking about it.


it must be spring

April 17, 2010

I spent the day running errands and … wait for it… cleaning out my closet and dressers.  ((why yes, I have two dressers, don’t you?  One is in the closet and one is in the main studio.))

This is good for a few reasons, one it makes me re-organize and take inventory of everything I have.  And it makes a little space.  But the best things is that the clothes I’m done with get to move on to another person and if that person doesn’t want them then there’s someone else who might.

Reduce, reuse, recycle… and clean out the closet.


ps – this year I did not look into the closet and think… I should just toss everything and build a bar in here… I think that’s progress but I’m not sure.

I was at the grocery store today and I was again struck by exactly how huge the shopping carts are.  And it makes me think that bigger isn’t always better.

Safeway had a few smaller carts available but they seemed to disappear.  Trader Joe’s carts are a pretty good size but the big grocery stores tend to have BIG carts.

Do we really need carts that big?  Should we really be shopping that much all at once?  Are people deep freezing for the nuclear winter?

These are the things I think about as I walk up and down the aisles… because I never make a shopping list.  That just makes too much sense.



April 15, 2010

I’ve had a couple of really bad days this week but each day was rescued by one single fantastic moment.

A new pair of shoes….

A call telling me that Chuck was okay and I could come pick him up…

These single fantastic moments that rescue a bad day… Awesome!

If you haven’t read the blog you should.  If you didn’t know about the book, go check it out.