Monday was Labor Day and Fridays continue to be my day off, making this a three day work week; truly, a civilized way to transition from the relaxed pace of summer to the quicker pulse of school! This first week back with children and colleagues was equal parts energizing, stimulating and tiring.
Am determined to wear a dress daily until every summer and early fall dress has been worn once because, seriously, what's the point in having them if I'm not wearing them!
These three days, Tuesday thru Thursday, were heat alert days. Thankfully, the room I am in is air conditioned, but of course the irony is it eventually gets so cold that my arms want covering and I eat lunch outside for a break of warmth.
Tuesday's outfit was a blue patterned, loose fitting, super comfy dress purchased at The Gap several years ago. Coupled with comfortable sneakers, I was poised for the inevitable spate of organizing and culling that comes with the start of a new school year.
Wednesday I upped the ante with my new-to-me skirt purchased in June on our trip to Victoria, B.C. Off with the sneakers and on with Land's End green suede strap sandals. Wearing different shoes each day is imperative to maintain the comfort of my feet and back!
Today's outfit comes from my outing to Eileen Fisher Renew in July. All about the outfit and the excursion here. What makes this dress, which could also be worn as a tunic over tights (just wait till late fall!) interesting are the pleats. The second picture also highlights the necklace, a favorite because of color, design, and – most of all – because it was made by Sarah, who grew up next-door to us and is now a mom living on Martha's Vineyard with her family. Super comfortable sandals are Merrell's and I am on the look out for a replacement pair as these will eventually wear out (they are easily seven years old.)
Just as I'm determined to wear all my dresses, likewise with my jewelry. The challenge to myself is to try and wear all of my earrings at least once and ideally not to begin repeating earrings till each one has its day. Tuesday's blue dress was accompanied by blue beaded matching earrings and bracelet, both gifts from Caroline (daughter-in-law's sister) who purchased them on a trip to Mexico. The orange 3D yoga pendant added a pop of color and always makes me smile because my husband designed and printed it.
The orange geometric-patterned earrings, also from Caroline (this time from Ecuador, where she lives) and gold-silver bracelet (from The Turnover Shop in Hampden, MD) added to the "dressiness" of Wednesday's skirt. The week was capped off with the wearing of the necklace described above and my oldie and favored inlaid silver earrings, gifted by Ginny H to me years and years and years ago.
Friends keep asking me if this will be my last year teaching, as 65 beckons in November, 2019. Several have reminded me to enjoy my "last first day" of opening faculty meetings and first day of school. Truly, it is difficult to say with certainty what I will do next school year or beyond BUT on my drive to school this morning a picture presented itself that made me smile with the comfort of it. Make this year a super year, as if it is my last, and then try to negotiate a contract for the 2019-2020 school year that is for the first half of the school year and concludes at the end of December, 2019. I ran it by Fred this afternoon and he thought it was a perfect picture! And in case you are wondering what I as an active, not-happy-sitting-around, preferring some structure to my day person would do with the newfound time, think: practice and lead more yoga, and go exploring with Fred. :-)