Outfit Post: 1/5/16

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Dress: eShakti — Cardigan: Thrifted (Carole Little) — OTKs: Sock Dreams (Harajuku Scrunchy Socks in Pale Mint) — Boots: Macy’s — Earrings: Gift, from Barcelona

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I love this dress. I love how yellow it is. I love how it makes me look like a happy circus tent.

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It’s not restrictive so I could conceivably escape peril while wearing it, but it also goes nicely with argyle!

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Even action clothing has its limits, though, so please enjoy a few examples of why I don’t try to do jumping (or in this case, high-kicking) pictures for the blog anymore.

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It’s dignity! Gah! Don’t you even know dignity when you see it?!

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Outfit Post: 10/22/15

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Dress: Field Day — Camisole: Gap Outlet — Shoes: eBay (Eleanor Grosch Keds) — Earrings: Solano Stroll

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I think I have more photos here than there are pieces to this outfit.

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Mmyep, six is definitely bigger than four. I took AP Calculus in high school, can you tell?

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You know, I wanted to continue studying calculus independently in college, but man, those textbooks were expensive. As a result, I haven’t Done a Math in probably ten years! I mean, I do math (poorly), but I haven’t sat down to think about fun math in a long, long time.

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One thing I really miss is my graphing calculator. Shout-out to Texas Instruments! And shout-out to whoever figured out how to put games on there.

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Block Dude was vital to my life senior year.

Outfit Post: 10/19/15

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Shirt and earrings: Target — Skirt: Thrifted (CAbi) — Shoes: Earthies — Socks: Sock Dreams (A Chevrons in Charcoal/White) — Necklace: Vintage Fashion Faire (Mette+Finn) 

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Flat Tire really got into the spirit of the blog yesterday. I mean, look at that pose! She’s modeling H to T (head to toebeans) for sure.

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Usually she just wants me to play with her, or she gets real interested in sniffing my shoes. Maybe she’s been taking secret runway lessons with Miss J Alexander.

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Speaking of Miss J, did you hear the news about this being the last cycle of ANTM? I’m not coping well. I may sound composed here, but please rest assured that inside, it’s tearing me apart.

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Clearly once it’s over, it’ll be time for a rewatch of cycles 1 through 19 (20 and 21 still being plenty fresh in my mind). I haven’t seen those since I graduated college and was unemployed for six months!

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On an unrelated topic, do you know what this sock/shoe combination reminds me of? Greylag geese.

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image via Wikimedia Commons

I mean, right? At least a little? I feel like Tyra would back me up on this.

Outfit Post: 9/25/15

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Top: Thrifted (Kenneth Cole Reaction) — Pants: J.Crew — Shoes: 6pm.com (Think!) — Necklace: Thrifted — Earrings: Target — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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I had no idea when I wrote the post from two Fridays ago that I’d already talked about my ball chair at work three months before that. Oops.

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I am given to repeat myself, it seems.

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Actually, you probably already knew that; I’ve probably already written about it on here, even. I have a tendency to tell the same stories over and over and to forget what I’ve already said to most of the people I see every day.

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That’s another very human foible, but it is embarrassing when I unintentionally write the same blog post two or three times. My life must not be terribly interesting, because evidently I run out of topics! I’ll try to get myself into a couple of scraps and/or adventures sometime soon so I have something new to tell you all about.

Outfit Post: 9/24/15

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Dress: eShakti — Vest: Thrifted (Ben Sherman) — Sandals: 6pm.com (Enzo Angiolini) — Bangle: Solano Stroll — Earrings: Target

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Got my flu shot yesterday! (That’s the thing you can see on my arm there. I usually like to write something on the band-aid, and this year ended up with “THE POX.”)

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My workplace makes it easy to get a shot–they usually put on a couple of clinics at the beginning of flu season so that pharmacy students can practice their needle-poking skills–but even if you have to make a special trip, I highly encourage you to do so.

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From what I’ve read, this year’s vaccine is supposed to be quite effective, and it’s good to get yourself immunized not just for yourself but also for the safety of people who can’t get the shot this year.

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You’ve probably heard this spiel at least once already, but it’s a subject that’s important to my heart. Jessica’s death was ultimately due to flu complications, and I’d selfishly prefer not to lose more friends that way. So put on something with short or easy-to-roll-up sleeves and go get that shot, eh?

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(You can probably guess that I don’t take much stock in anti-vax points of view for a variety of reasons, and I probably won’t be very interested if anyone brings it up in the comments. Thanks, pals!!!!!!!)

Outfit Post: 7/15/15

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Shirt: Thrifted (Lauren Conrad) — Pants: J.Crew — Shoes: American Rag — Earrings: Charming Charlie — Ring: Monterey Bay Aquarium

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A warning, vegetarian and vegan friends: this may not be a post you will enjoy the words of. Just so you know!

So, anyway. I had to wear something easy to move around in yesterday because I had the exciting task of unboxing half a cow on my lunch break.

Yeah, half a cow. In the normal course of things I don’t buy much beef because it’s expensive and the meat industry is pretty fucked-up and blah blah blah, but I found a nice-looking place a couple hours north of us who sell cows whole and half semiannually, and decided that from an ethical and practical standpoint, it felt like a pretty good idea!

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Of course, I’ve never bought half a cow before, so it was a learning experience; there are more cuts of beef in our garage now than I ever knew existed. Also, half a cow is A LOT OF MEAT. I expected this, but I really had no idea of the volume. Fortunately, it all juuuuust fit in the nearly-empty chest freezer we’ve brought with us through a few moves–Mike bought it spontaneously at a yard sale some years back and it’s really coming in handy now, since it would be impossible to store so much meat otherwise.

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Between paying the beef provider and the butcher, it did end up less cost-effective than I’d expected–about $8/lb, give or take, and that’s including everything from the filet mignon down to the ground beef. The business has a reputation for really good-quality meat, though, and the folks on the other end of the line were really helpful in assisting me through the process for the first time. I really don’t regret giving it a try. Their cows look like they have pretty good lives as far as cows go, and that much beef between me and Mike ought to feed us for a good long while. Now I just have to learn how to cook steak and I’m all set!

FOURTH ANNUAL BLOG ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA WINNERS!

Time to announce the Fourth Annual Whatever-It-Is-Who-Cares Giveaway winners! I’m so excited. Drumroll, please:

Close enough.

Thanks, as ever, to the Random Number Generator, the winner of the copy of Ruby Lang’s Acute Reactions is:

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fourwindsharbour! Congratulations, 4-win-harb! (Can I call you 4-win-harb?) Ian and Petra are rather less Canadian and turn-of-the-century than Anne and Gilbert, but I think you’ll enjoy them all the same.

And the winner of the $25 USD Etsy e-giftcard is:

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slowseptember! Hooray, slosept! (Can I call you slosept?) You might notice that 4-win-harb and slosept happen, charmingly, to be comment twins. I have, however, verified that they are two different people. No gaming the system here, no sir.

So, watch your email for contact about your winnings, you two–and everyone else, thanks for entering, and I wish I could give you all prizes for being so dang great! Thanks, really, for reading this blog, whether or not you’re in a skirt while you do it. These four years have been a hoot. FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! It’s a good thing blogs don’t have term limits.