Thursday, December 13, 2012
Rule-breaking What I Wore, and a Glimpse of Christmas . . .
My throat is less sore, and my coldsores are beginning to shrink to scabbing stage (sounds awful, but really, it's an improvement).
I will finish all research papers except the stragglers this morning.
Yes, I will then have four sets of exam essays to mark, and grades to collate and enter, but after this afternoon's exam and Friday office hours, I'm done with formal meetings with students until next term. Don't get me wrong: I love my students, but I feel my responsibilities to them intensely, and it will be a relief to turn my gaze homeward for a few weeks.
So in honour of this changing state of affairs, I thought I'd flaunt my new J Crew skirt, which -- according to this article -- I should not be wearing, on account of its length. I'm surprised how much I like it, colourwise, with my green boots (knee-high -- at 59, apparently I shouldn't be wearing these either). When I first saw it on the hanger, drawn to the tweed, I absolutely rejected it as inappropriate. Yet I know the proportions of a shorter skirt work better with my height and my short-waistedness. So I went back later, with Pater in tow, and I ended up buying it. And I love it! Interestingly, it's the boots that reconcile me to the short length; without them, I feel too exposed.
In other good news, I finally added the teeniest bit of Christmas cheer to the house: having finished most of my papers yesterday while my house was being cleaned (Yes! I've found a team to clean bi-weekly, at least for a while -- love it!), I felt I could lift nose from grindstone. Grabbed my secateurs and headed into the yard to scavenge for the makings of some Christmas arrangements. The light was quickly waning, but I gathered rose hips, snowberry branches, grasses, fallen fir boughs, and various seedheads on tall stems, then jammed them into a pair of iron urns on the porch. I'm quite pleased with the result, although I'll have to wait until morning light to assess what still needs to be done. Here are last year's versions, if you're interested. I'll try to snap this year's when I'm satisfied with them.
What I Wore Here?
navy blue v-neck cashmere sweater, Bompard, J Crew tweed skirt; Fluevog Radio boots; pea-coat, Artizia (3 years old); hat, Holt Renfrew (3 years old); cashmere scarf, Holt Renfrew.
So there. That's better, no? The grumbling's letting up a bit, I've added some Christmas decor, and I'm almost ready to give in to some of the season's joys. And you? Are you still making lists?