Park

I left the house around 8:30 in the morning and went on a long walk. I think I walked about 3 miles. Half of it was along the river.

The park was new to me. While I’d driven on the main road for years, I’d never taken the path tucked behind the buildings. It was amazing to explore the paths and have the area completely to myself. It was too early even for dog walkers!

Now, I’ve certainly been prettier places. But I felt so good being out and active, I didn’t mind some of the flaws. There’s something special about finding such a public space and being able to enjoy it alone.

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Shoes

How have I lived so much of my life without canvas shoes?

I’ve always hated shoes. Women always joke that the first thing they do when they get home is take off their bra. In reality, shoes are the first to go. But I find myself putting canvas shoes back on like they’re slippers.

It’s so weird to walk places and have feet that don’t hurt. Screw heels and sandals. Canvas shoes are where it’s at.

Traffic

Traffic, or rather, my lack of involvement in it, is my happy moment for the day.

I was looking out the window at work and commenting to someone about the insane traffic. Some is normal but the level this morning seemed intense. Fortunately, I don’t drive! I take the train. While there is indeed foot traffic when taking the train, it’s a lot less stressful than sitting in a car for 2+ hours.

Very glad for public transit.

Lace

Bye bye, chub rub!

It hit 85 degrees today and like hell was I going to put up with chafing. As soon as the temps started rising, I bought myself a pair of lace chub rub protectors.

They are two bands of lace I wrap around my thighs. Silicone anti slip lines keep them in place and keep my thighs from touching while wearing dresses. I consider today’s outfit a success.

Painting

I started a paint by number a few days ago. It’s only my second one this year but I’m cruising. A lot’s been done in very little time.

It’s hard to describe how painting makes me feel. I zone out. It’s a creative outlet that directs me. The outlined nature of a paint by number guarantees I won’t fail, that I’ll like the outcome. There’s no chance this is wasted energy.

It’s a low risk hobby. It’s fun curl up on the couch, drape myself over a canvas, and focus.

Pallet

There is something stunning about an untouched eye shadow pallet. And I’m not even weird for thinking so. A lot of people find intense pleasure in this. Part of it is probably the possibilities: I’m gunna wear these colors and look good doing so! Part of it may be the symmetry of it, the freshness. It’s easy to dislike snow, but when it’s just fallen, smooth and shimmery, it’s always beautiful. Like a new color pallet.

I picked this up because it’s different from my usual lineup of browns and nudes. I want something that’s saying “Spring!” with the option to also say “sultry.”

Skirt

It was the first day where it was warm enough to feel like spring. I celebrated with a very spring print. The floral made me feel bright and sunny.

I got an insane amount of compliments today. Everyone loved the skirt.

Dress

I’ve been obsessing about what to wear to my birthday party. I’ve been eyeing this dress for ages online. It’s been in the sale section though, which means fewer size options.

After watching it online, it finally was available in my size! I feel so “soft” while wearing it. The dress makes me feel like a fairy, someone who floats through an enchanted forest. I don’t even like pastels usually, but this dress inspires me.

Books

I spent about 10 hours today removing every book for my bookshelves, dusting, and then rearranging for space saving. Did a great job, I think. Not only did I empty 3 shelves, I was able to pull my Archie comics from the basement and add them to the shelves!

Spock

This shirt isn’t just cool because it’s Spock. It was also on clearance for $5!

I remember seeing it for sale. It was only about $11, but I’ve had so many money problems lately that even that felt like too much. Walking by and seen it on clearance and in my size was great.