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Out of Focus

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If I didn’t like you guys, I would try to pass off my blurry picture as an “artsy” photograph. But, to be honest, I took 7 different shots and none of them were in focus. I don’t know what was going on with my camera, but I didn’t have time to sit and fiddle with it. So, I won’t give you oodles of blurry, out of focus pics, but I will give you one to show you my outfit.

Striped boatneck t-shirt: Old Navy. Black midi skirt: Wal-Mart. Red peep toe pumps: (thrifted.)

Striped boatneck t-shirt: Old Navy. Black midi skirt: Wal-Mart. Red peep toe pumps: (thrifted.) Silver watch: Fossil. Red earrings: unknown.

It’s a very “French” feeling outfit.  At least I think so, anyway never having been to France.  When I searched Pinterest for black midi skirt, the search results came back with one of two things: a chambray shirt or a striped shirt.  I tried outfits with both.  But, because I was too warm in the chambray shirt and I wasn’t sold on the outfit, I went with the striped shirt.

What do you think?  Do you like this outfit?  Would you mix a navy and white striped shirt with a black skirt?  Do things like that bother you?  They used to bother me, but not anymore.


Fat Cat

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Sunday evening, after work, I was looking through my gallery to see what I’ve worn during this semester.  One of the things that I use this blog to do is not fall into ruts.  And one of those ruts is not making use of the items in my closet.  Also, sometimes I get into a habit of wanting to wear more casual outfits and pants.  It takes a conscious effort to force myself to vary how often I wear pants, skirts, and dresses.  I determined that I wanted to wear a skirt on Monday.

Then, I went through and listed all the skirts that I haven’t worn at all this semester and the ones that I’ve worn to my T/Tr class.  I came up with this list:

  • black/gold
  • pink lace
  • new khaki
  • light khaki
  • black midi
  • black pencil, black leather
  • pinstriped

The challenge here is that many of these skirts are dark or black— not what I think of when I think of Spring and a beautiful day full of sunshine.  But, I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge.  I set about seeing if I could take one of those dark or black skirts and create a Spring-like look.

Black button up: (thrifted.) Bronze belt: Old Navy. Black and gold jacquard skirt: JCP. Nude pumps: Target. Gold watch: target. Gold and diamond bracelet: Versona. Earrings: Versona.

Black button up: (thrifted.) Bronze belt: Old Navy. Black and gold Jacquard skirt: JCP. Nude pumps: Target. Gold watch: target. Gold and diamond bracelet: Versona. Earrings: Versona.

My Early College High School students finished up the last 7 demonstrative speeches.  This is one of the first times that I have even broken over the weekend.  It’s something that I try really hard not to do because I don’t think it’s fair for some students to have nearly a week of extra practice.  I can manage a day or two, but I think that a whole week is a little unfair.  In this circumstance I didn’t have much choice because it takes us three class sessions to get through all the speeches.  So, although it was not ideal I had to make it work.

In my second class, we continued our discussion from last time over Monroe’s Motivated Sequence.  My students were not very forthcoming with their discussion.  We read the transcript of a speech and then I had them go through and mark where the introduction ended and the body began.  Then, I had them determine where the body ended and the conclusion began.  Most all of the students were in the right area with their idea’s.  Then, I had them focus on the body and determine where each of the three main points began and ended: the problem, the solution, and the visualization.  They had a little more difficulty with that task, but we talked about it and puzzled through it.

After that exercise I showed them a video of a different speech organized with Monroe’s and after we talked about it.  A little tiny bit.  They didn’t have much to say.  I passed back their homework and then they sat there and looked at me.  We had about 10 minutes left.  I asked them if they had more remarks to share about the video, but no one did so I dismissed them.  I don’t know what was going on, but I hope that they come back on Wednesday ready to go.

After class, I had to take my cat to the vet.  If you are eating, preparing dinner, or enjoying any type of food or drink, you may want to stop reading here.


Have you backed away from any food or drink?  My cat started scooting.  At first, I thought it was funny when he was dragging his but across the floor.  And then I thought it was kind of gross.  When I saw him do it a few more times, I looked it up and discovered that it is a bad but good problem to have.  It is good because it is a clear indicator that there is a problem and the cat needs to go to the vet.  It is bad because there is a problem.  From my reading, there were a few possible causes— worms or other parasite and impacted anal glands.  Oddly enough, I was hoping for impacted anal glands.  Apparently, a cats anal glands should naturally empty when they defecate.  But, sometimes if their stool is soft it won’t provide enough pressure to empty them.  Also, if a cat can’t or won’t clean themselves properly it can become a problem.  But, it is also pretty rare.

My cat does not like going in his carrier or traveling.  The whole way to the vet he sat and meowed at me.  Once we arrived he calmed down a bit.  He is fine with the vet, it’s just the going to and from that he hates.  The vet checked him out and asked a few questions.  She checked his anal glands and they were full.  She applied a little pressure and emptied them for him.  We also talked about why it happened and how to prevent it.  My cat is 13 pounds and he is overweight.  They don’t go by a pound chart, but rather a description with visuals.  My cat is “Tootsie roll” shaped and chubby.  The vet also gave me a sample of diet cat food and asked if I wanted to participate in The Biggest Loser Contest that they were starting in May.

I was kind of embarrassed.  it’s one thing to call me fat, but quite another when someone says that your cat is chubby.  So, everyone in our household is going on a diet, even our cat.

Here are some other ways that I’ve worn this skirt:

Have a great day,


Little Black Dress and Lace Skirt

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Wednesday I went with a very simple and basic outfit.  It also happens to be the third of the three dresses that I bought earlier this month around my birthday from Wal-Mart.  Although it’s just a basic black dress, I really tried to give it a lot of personality with the accessories.  In my mind I had this idea that I would pile on the gold jewelry.  And I did.  But then when I got to class and I had to evaluate the students I couldn’t stand the jingle jangle of all the bracelets.  So I took them off and stashed them in my purse!

Black wrap dress: Wal-Mart. Black pumps: Payless.

Black wrap dress: Wal-Mart. Black pumps: Payless. Gold hoops: JCP. Gold bracelets: Versona. Rose gold watch: Target.

I really enjoyed the outfit and my BF said that he liked it, too.  Also, I was having a really great hair day on Wednesday.  On Thursday, I went with an outfit that I saw on Pinterest.  I’ve been wanting to wear my black lace skirt for a while, but I felt that I didn’t have the right shirt to duplicate the outfit.  A week or so back I thought that I could make it work with the shirt that I wore, but I had worn it earlier that week!

In the inspiration photo, she is wearing a blouse with a black background and tiny little pink and white flowers.  She is also wearing a blush colored cardigan with the black lace skirt.  The closest blouse that I had was this black and white polka dot shirt.  I also don’t have a blush colored cardigan, but I went with the closest color that I have which is this oatmeal color.  The picture doesn’t show what type of shoes the model is wearing, so I went with my t-strap pumps.  As I was walking into the school one of my students complimented my skirt.

What do you think?  Do you like my version of this outfit?  I’d love to hear your comments below.


Back to Boots

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Turquoise silky button up: Wal-Mart. Brown blazer: (thrifted._ Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Brown boots: Old Navy.

Turquoise silky button up: Wal-Mart. Brown blazer: (thrifted._ Khaki skirt: (thrifted.) Brown boots: Old Navy.

Tuesday it was so cold that it snowed.  The week before Easter.  So, even though I thought I was done with the layering, tights, and boots I had to pull them out once again!  I didn’t really feel like wearing a skirt or a dress, but I always feel more put-together and polished when I do.  So, I forced myself to create an outfit utilizing a skirt.  I chose this dark khaki skirt.  I didn’t really have a plan in mind, but I wanted to combine brown and turquoise.  So, I went with this blazer that has dark brown, tan, and khaki running through it.  I liked the two items together well enough that I went with it.

I couldn’t decide between the pumps or the boots, though.  I thought that it looked more professional with the pumps, but it was cold outside and my students were delivering speeches so I was o.k. with dressing down a little.  Plus, my T/Tr classroom has hardwood floors and I find the clickety-clack of heels distracting.  In the end, the flat brown riding boots won out.

Which shoes would you have worn?  Let me know in the comments below.