Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Biking

I've biked 32 miles in the last two work days,  which is 32 miles more than I've biked in over six months! It's about 3 miles longer round trip to get to work from my new house. And there's a huge hill on the way home. I already feel better,  though. I really have noticed the effects from going from 60 miles a week to buying a car and biking zero miles a week. Unfortunately 7 of my gears (the lowest ones! ) are broken,  so I am getting an unecessarily killer workout. Soon to be fixed...

I love commuting to work. It takes about 17 minutes longer to bike and there's no possible way that I'd get a decent workout in that time otherwise!  And it's free,  and I'm less flabby when I bike!  The pounds haven't really crept up but everything is becoming fat instead of muscle.

I also like starting things when they're least likely to work out. I used to start new workout plans and weight loss goals in November,  because I figured if I could lose weight during the holidays and not wait till New Year rolled around,  I'd be more likely to succeed. In the same way,  it feels kind of good to be starting biking while it's pouring rain.  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Official

"Do you agree to all of these terms?" "I do."

It's official, I'm divorced. So anticlimactic, since in any real sense of the word we divorced long ago.

My kids are amazing hikers. Just want to boast that they climbed a butte around here (just over a mile one-way) in 2 hours, including all the time we spent at the top. No complaining, no having to prod them up. Millie did say a few times on the way down that she was tired. I haven't really hiked with them because neither Porter nor myself could really carry Millie without musculoskeletal pain of various sorts, and she couldn't go very far. It was very nice :)

I went shopping for clothes the other day and made some fantastic finds. Tights of all kinds were on clearance at Forever21 and to my surprise when I got them home they seemed very good quality and thick. I'll have to post pictures of some winter outfits.

I am not happy about the way things wear out. It just happens. My favorite pair of black heels lost the bottom of the heel, and the leather itself is very worn. And I noticed some of my favourite clothes having sweat discoloration, holes, etc, when I went through some clothes today.

But at least there's more! Thrift store shopping makes replacing items in my wardrobe (save a few special things that would be very difficult to replace) fairly inexpensive, and I do like the fact that I have actually worn out clothes, and not just gotten rid of them because they're out of style or something. And my shoes are very easily found, and I know exactly which model/size fits me well.

I went out for my birthday and asked E to take pictures of my dress. I'm not getting blogger to put the pictures where I want then. That is the off-the-shoulder dress. I keep thinking I turned 30! It was $7 at the thrift store with one my normal black pumps. I went out without any makeup purposely. It's not that I never go out bare faced, I just didn't want to have anyone see "red lipstick" in their mind when they saw me. I just wanted them to see me.

Also I wore jeans out at night the other day, which I never do! I tried to make it interesting. I think it worked? Didn't really like it but it was better than a tee. The buckle is a real scorpion in acrylic.  The jacket is a free pile find from long ago, which I rarely wear, but can't make myself get rid of. Jeans $6 LL Bean from a thrift store. Hat belongs to E :) Belt was from my sister probably 15 years ago. Oops.  You can see we haven't unpacked everything yet.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Omg, what life change!

So much to say.

The short of it is that I Porter and I separated, are in the process of divorcing, and I have moved in with my boyfriend E. This has taken the course of about a year.

I guess I don't have to divulge any more details than I wish. It's been a good life change for me. I feel more like myself than I have in years. I've had flashbacks to old feelings I haven't felt for years. I feel positive feelings often.

I'm trying to get rid of the guilt that plagues me. I've felt guilty single, guilt married and partnered. Guilty mostly for any happiness. I often feel like every moment of happiness, no matter how "innocent" or "good" is something I'm going to pay for with suffering. As a result it's been difficult for me to feel happy - certainly difficult to actually search it out for myself.

It's nice to just sit back and enjoy it when I feel happy. It's nice to try to figure out what makes me happy.

Maybe I'll blog more often. Though I do enjoy real life so much more than I used to, and sometimes public writing about it just doesn't do it. Call me. Let's talk and hang out :)

Out with kiddos

Strangely unable to edit text the way I wantand too frustrated with my phone to fix it. I'll just leave you with these pictures. And I have deactivated my Facebook account. I saw one too many idiotic, meaningless ads. Maybe I'll go back. But in the meantime it'll be nice to focus on people I know in person and do a little blogging :)




Saturday, April 2, 2016

More clothes

My latest work outfit. I used to wear all scrubs that work supplied, but I have started wearing my old school pants and a sweater that I found at Ross with a work-supplied scrub top underneath. Pardon the expression on my face :)  Pants, from school days. Sweater, $16 from Ross. Shoes, $60, eBay. The shoes are from Alegria and are the most comfortable shoes ever! They only last about a year, however, before the sole splits where it flexes, and since the straps secure with Velcro, they sometimes come loose. 
I don't know how to reorder pictures on my phone, but this is supposed to go second. I got my belly button pierced a few weeks ago, and while I was wearing cropped tops before, I like them even more now! Top, bought too long ago to remember. Pants, from a friend. 
The cargo pants I wear frequently that I mentioned in my last post. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Clothes

I recently visited one of the bigger thrift stores in Eugene and made some great finds. I took pictures of one of the finds and it inspired me to take pictures of one other outfit that I really love. Maybe more pictures of my wardrobe to come! I've been kind of routine with what I wear, and I'm ready to bust out of that for summer. A while ago I pretty much stopped wearing jeans, but now I have a pair of hip hugger cargo pants that I've gotten in the habit of wearing. They're very practical (I don't have to carry a purse with all the pockets!) but I miss feeling elegant, which sometimes happens when I put more thought into my clothes :)

This is a vintage designer suit from Samuel Winston, by Roxane from the 1950s of 1960s. I found other suits by the same designer in the 1950s with an ORIGINAL price tag of $459! It's all wool and feels very light and soft, perfect for spring. This was literally the third or fourth piece of clothing I looked at on the rack and I knew immediately that I should buy it, and I had a feeling it fit me (though I tried it on, of course!). It has a third tag that says "Nicholas Ungar," which is the name of a retail store in Portland, Oregon, that Nordstrom bought and renamed in 1966. 

With the jacket on. 


Jacket, $4 yardsale (first vintage thing I bought). Hat, $2, thrift store.
 Shoes $40, eBay. Leather purse, $6, thrift store. 

One of my absolute favorite dresses. I want to learn how to 
copy this so I can make more in other colors and fabrics! It is
vintage but I don't know how old it is. 

Dress, $7, thrift store.  Shoes, $40, eBay. 

I love the buttons! There's a button on the belt, too. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Shoes


I used to have a ton of shoes. As a teenager I had perhaps 45-50 pairs. I found a photo of them recently and realized I hardly wore any of them. It was mostly just a collection! Since I worked at a second -hand store I had easy access to used shoes. I thought for fun I'd catalogue my current collection. I wear every shoe I own regularly. A few are seasonal. I bought three of them new. One pair not pictured are slippers, which are new with tags from the thrift store for $5. 

Boots. These are LL Bean and I've worn them almost daily in the winter for two years. They have slight leaks now, unfortunately, but I wear them mostly  when biking to work, as it drizzles constantly in the winter. $89 new. 

My starting -to -look-ratty flats. These are New Balance and are great every day shoes. They are getting old though. They look a little better in person than in the photo! This is my old casual winter shoe. I'm going to keep them as backups to my new pair of casual winter shoes, which are pictured next. Thift store, well worn in already, $3. 


These are the same exact model as my work shoes and they  are going to be my winter shoes. Super psyched because they'll go great with a dress and tights and they are very comfortable. They are Alegria's Paloma. $120, new. 


These were in my neighbor's free pile on the spring and I've worn them all summer, unless I was wearing clothes that clashed. It's amazing how many red or things I own! (Although the shoes look pink, they're actually a true red.) The only shoe on my wishlist is a classier looking, neutral colored summer shoe for next year, as these will probably be too worn to go another summer. $0. 

My other go-to summer shoes. This is my third summer wearing these, and I wore them daily for the first two summers. They were on sale from LL Bean for $20 - worth every penny! I've never gotten Walmart flip flops to last that long.

  My old work sneakers (soaked in bleach!). I use these only for biking in the summer time, and I wear them as often as I go to work. Thrift store, like -New for $12. 


These were my first pair of heels that I ever have found that actually fit me. I had seen a pair of shoes in this brand that I really liked but couldn't find in stores anywhere. Then these popped up in a thrift store. Vey exciting day. I wear these with any kind of outfit that these don't clash with and have been my dress shoes for about a year. Trotters, $12, thrift store. 

Black pumps! I just got these on eBay, which are also Trotters and the same size as the previous pair, but unfortunately this toe shape is  bit tight. It would be impossible to get such an elegant line if they were super wide, though, so I'm more or less happy with them..they are my go-to dress shoe now. $40 delivered, eBay. 

I guess I have one more shoe wish which is a pair of wider Trotters in nude for next summer, and with a fairly low heel so I can wear it with all of my dresses as an every day shoe.


There you have it, a working collection of 8 shoes. I feel like just about all of my needs are met. I have lived with this many shoes or less for 6 years now and I don't have any regrets. It's a lot easier to take care of the shoes I have and I can invest in a good shoe that will last me a good number of years. If I get my shoe wishes taken care of for next year I will get rid of one pair and gain two, and then I will have 9 pairs. 

If only I could do this for my clothes! This does make me have hope that I could minimalize my clothes and be happy with the result. Not that 8 pairs of shoes is really minimalistic, but it's a lot closer than I used to live.