Thursday, November 12, 2009

Days 56 and 57: I Knew It Would Come to This

I'm sick. Knew it would happen eventually, what with my DH at a university many hours of the week and Bengal at school everyday. Oh, and there's that whole there-are-as-many-germs-on-a-shopping-cart-handle-as-on-a-public-bathroom-floor-thing. I use the wipes the stores provide, but I fear that the germs have probably overcome any effectiveness they might have.

I wondered how I would face the blog--and the camera--when this happened. It seems I caved and just hid away in my hoodie the past couple days. Sorry about that. No photo from Monday. Just picture me in my navy blue Hanes sweat pants, a ls Laura Ashley tee, and one of my Green Tea hoodies. Also, a bottle of ibuprofen by my side.

Maybe it's just my cold, but my enthusiasm for the project flagged a bit this week. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, it's both harder and easier than I thought it would be. Blogging every day is fun, but it is a huge time commitment. I'm picky. I don't want to just throw up a pic, some numbers and say "Have a nice day!" It means a lot to me that you're taking the time to read this, and I don't want to disappoint. Also, I've never been a big planner. I can organize events and almost always have a good idea of any end I want to reach, but I'm also incredibly impulsive and distractable (both ADHD traits). Trying to figure out what I'm going to wear, photographing it, and/or myself, then putting it all together is a constant challenge. Though I did say I was looking for a challenge, didn't I?

The easier part: I'm not finding it all that difficult to put together acceptable outfits from the mothership. This surprises me. I miss the variety and the unique craftsmanship qualities that more expensive clothes can offer, but that's more of an aesthetic issue and certainly not cause for depression or alarm.

I am, in the end, primarily a middle-class mom who engages in middle-class activities. I stay at home far more than most people. The difference is that when I'm public, I'm very public--at conferences and appearances and such. When I first started touring, it scared me to death, but now I get a real kick out of it. I really do have the best job in the world!

Anyway, I just wanted you to know what goes on at this end. So if I look a little bleary-eyed in a photo it may be because I forgot to take the pic until 11:00 at night. I'm working hard, hard, hard to finish the novel I'm working on and then there are those shiny objects that are always jumping in front of me.

But just telling you about it has renewed my enthusiasm--thanks for listening. And a HUGE thank you for reading this and being a part of this project! I'm learning a lot, and your comments and thoughts are a big part of that.

On to the photos:

As I mentioned, Monday was a total hoodie and socks day.

Here's Tuesday. I had to pick up Bengal and take him to Scouts, then P and I had a brief dinner together at our favorite Mexican restaurant. I have temporarily misplaced the memory card in my camera, so I took these in the WM bathroom. Bengal helped. The look on the face of the woman washing her hands cracks me up.

The quality is dreadful, I know. The jacket is that cute Norma Kamali double-breasted french terry (better view here.)


Norma Kamali jacket: $20; To the Max Jeans: $11 (clearance from $17); George slimming cami: $10; Necklace $7; Earrings: $8; Earth Spirit Shoes: $30  Total: $86

Love, love, love these jeans. I'll get a better picture next time I wear them or hang them up. They're super-faded, but have a terrific shape to them. Wish I could find more To the Max stuff--have only seen it in Kirkwood, and only a few pieces at a time. Never online.

Oh, and just because these pictures are so dreadful, here's one from 1988 or so. My RL and pearls days. Though I'm always an RL and pearls kind of girl, I confess.

Hope all is healthy with you!


  1. Thanks for continuing this project even when you're tired & not feeling well. I'm finding it very interesting to read about, and I know I'm not alone in that! : )

    Remember, the way to battle the distractions is ... ooh, puppies! Oh, I'm sorry, what was I saying? Hmm. I guess YOU'RE not alone there!

    Well, anyway, happy almost Friday & weekend! Oh, and really like those jeans! : )

  2. You're a sweetheart, Carrie. Thanks! Puppies. I love puppies!

    Hope you have a terrific, technology-filled weekend. :)