I was such a good girl this morning :) I took the long way around to the Dollar Store and with stops there and at the Pick 'n Save supermarket on the way back home, I did a 3 mile walk in 1.5 hours! My buddy Ann and I used to walk during lunch hours downtown and we'd do about 3 miles (city block miles) in that hour, but that was back in like 2001, so I'm very proud of myself. Plus, it was humid -- fortunately not scorching hot, but I was dripping sweat and my jeans and shirt were clinging to me when I walked through the front door. Was able to sleep with the AC off last night -- but I may need to turn it on near the evening just to cool the house down a bit -- we'll see. When the shade comes around to the backyard this afternoon I'll cut the grass. All the trees out back give me good shade. I missed the shade out front this morning (my house is oriented front to the east, back to the west) because I left the house at 9 for the trip to the Dollar Store, so I'll have to wait until about 6 this evening to cut the front yard. So now, I'm blogging :)
Trips up and down the stairs later on for laundry (washer and dryer are in the basement; laundry is in the second floor closet). Let's see - what else can I do that's a work-out? Maybe I should finally start one of the paint jobs - nah. I'll put some music on and dance around the house for 30 minutes. Yeah - that will work!
Anyway, I was very disappointed with the Dollar Store. First of all, they actually moved their location - but fortunately for me they were still in the same little strip shopping center where they were before, it just moved to a smaller store. Their gift bag selection was a bust. I did pick up bargain white tissue paper for the gift bags, and I found suitable card stock, too, so the trip wasn't a total bust.
So that was why I decided to stop at the Pick 'n Save - but other than picking up a few things no gift bags from there, either. They didn't have the right size or color(s) I wanted. So, tomorrow it will be off to Walgreens and I'll buy the black ones I had my eye on all along (should have saved myself time and just bought them then!) plus some really cool black and white houndstooth check tissue paper. That's about as close to a chessly theme as I can get, it seems.
So - that 4 pounds I lost is STILL off, yippee! These size 16 shorts are now about 2 inches too big in the waist, yippee! Would I be able to fit back into my favorite suit? Hmmmmm, I still don't think so and I don't want to try it until I banish another couple of pounds. Can I do it before August 17th and the wedding? Don't know, but I'm working on it! In the meantime, though, Plan B outfit is:
my new shoes:
"Marissa" by Lifestride. I got them on sale so I didn't pay $54.99 for them.
Straight knee length pencil skirt in black poly-crepe (full lining) - I bought mine at Penney's last year and had it hemmed to custom length by Miss Diane at P'Dia. This one by Worthington looks like it but I think mine was Jones of New York -- I wouldn't have bought it ordinarily except it was on super duper sale at the time and the price was right:
And the top by Black Rainn (worn with a black cami underneath):
Hello! That's me in September, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri at the chess doings 'Sis and I attended. Hmmm, yes, that top definitely does make me look fatter than I am (not that I'm not -- fat that is -- but I'm not that fat). How disappointing. I love the top! It's floaty and airy and beautifully printed in abstract neutrals. But I really shouldn't wear it unless I'm a good 20 pounds lighter. And that ain't happening by August 17th!
Drat! Damn! Boo Hiss! Must I really go on a hunt for the perfect top to wear to my niece's wedding? If only I could liposuction 3 pounds of fat out of each upper arm and another 5 pounds from around my "waist." Ach! I'd do it if I could afford it! Unfortunately, money now being saved is for a new roof on this house next year. Drat! Damn! Boo Hiss!
December 4, 2016: Hola everyone! Winter has arrived in Milwaukee and there are snow flurries today. Despite several hard freezes remarkably my "spikes" in two of my patio planters have absolutely refused to die. The rosemary and thyme plants I nursed inside the house through last winter spent the summer in their pot outside next to the side stoop off the driveway, where they get plenty of sunshine all day long. I transplanted them into a cozy sheltered spot right next to the stoop in October and they are still green and growing, too! With the delay in getting the drywall patching done in the relatively minor "reconstruction" work I had done in my kitchen, I am way behind my time in getting the house decorated. But yesterday I got my wreath decked out with extra lights and dressed the front door of the house, and my battery-operated traditional candles were put up on the window sills all around the house Friday evening. It becomes a ritual to go around at dusk and turn the tops to the right to turn the candles "on" and at bedtime to go around and turn the tops to the left to turn the candles "off." Today I put some "glittery" throw pillow covers purchased new last month from H&M on three of my sofa pillows to glam things up a bit in the living room and add some sparkle. Later on, after I sufficiently fuel myself up with wine and snacks and probably to distract myself while I listen to the Packers game on the radio, I will huff and puff and pull my artificial tree up from storage in the basement. I will decorate it simply this year. Every year I say that, and every year I end up throwing just about everything except the kitchen sink on the tree. I am very proud of myself this year, though. I did not buy a single new ornament or Christmas doo-dad for the house (throw pillow covers don't count!!!) Happy Holidays to all, with hope and fervent prayers for 2017. I've a feeling we're all going to need a lot of help from Goddess in the coming year. Jan