But we're already celebrating my Retirement. Three weeks ago, at our department's annual day-long Big Meeting (I really can't bear calling it a Retreat!), very nice words were said about my contributions, a motion was made and seconded and something moving entered into the minutes for posterity, and there was applause, and I had to wipe away a few tears. Then the next week, more tears, and kind words and an absolutely splendid gift from my department (details to follow) at a dinner in my honour.
And then the invitation to Bear the Mace at Convocation, an honour extended to Retiring Faculty. And once I'd accepted that invitation, I was asked to attend the Chancellor's Dinner. My goodness, make a Retiring Prof feel special!
I'd intended to wear the same Vince dress that I wore to meet Sue and Le Monsieur in Seattle -- it's fabulously all-purpose, can be dressed up or down, and I always feel confident in it. But I left it behind in the hotel, if you can believe it, and I'm waiting with crossed fingers to see if it makes it to my mailbox, as promised, before too long. That temporary loss posed a dilemma, but I decided I'd go a bit bolder with the new silk dress I bought at All Saints in the (Paris) Marais last month. I tried the dress with flats and with heels, closed toes and sandals, and it was okay-meh in various of those combos. But then I tried these black ankle boots (made by Ink, an Italian company, bought in Paris four years ago), and I love the look. Just sassy enough. (btw, the dinner was on a weekday, at 6, in the uni cafeteria, and the invitation suggested Business -- which, yes, I've stretched a bit, but given the academic environment, be assured this outfit fit well within the range standing in line at the buffet).
The outfit below, though, is more typical of what I've been wearing (although it's warmed up so much the last couple of days that long breezy skirts and tank tops are alternating with sundresses). The Gap pants are from last summer, and the little striped t-shirt is one I bought at Aritzia just before I went to Paris -- I've probably worn it ten times already!
thanks to Kristin (I have a post upcoming about her and her latest project -- stay tuned).
It's all onward from here. But I hope you didn't mind a little looking back, just to see What I Wore. (oh, and btw, although you'll never see it pictured here, part of What I Wore this week included the running gear that I wore not only for the morning's long run today, but also for a plunge into the ocean -- and a 5-minute. The temperature was surprisingly amenable for so early in June).
For a much more usefully systematic, rather than idiosyncratically anecdotal, look at What One Wears in Retirement, Lisa's two-part series is great: She helps those of you who are still working look ahead to ways your working wardrobe can transition to one that suits Retirement and she address questions you might have about What to Buy while you're still working to get ready for the more relaxed requirements of Life Beyond the Paycheque. . .