Dressed for Success

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What I would prefer to wear if I didn’t care about other people’s opinions so much. Still not goth.

In other news, I am trying to decide on a dress for an upcoming wedding. I have a few dresses in my closet, and I guess I’ve mostly decided, though it’s not set in stone or anything.

I was in two weddings several years ago, and still have the dresses from both. I also have a couple of formal dresses- a spectacular gold number too fancy for a guest’s dress, and a long black gown that would’ve been perfect, if not for the fact that it’s two sizes too small.

My first choice was one of the bridesmaid dresses- beautiful, yet conservative, with a couple of flowing parts, but not so many as to put people off. The first time I wore this dress, I was chastised for wanting to wear red nails with it. I was told this was “too goth”. We had a “nail-painting party” the night before, which was meant to be a diversion from my having free will and all. “Bridezilla” much?

The second time I wore it for a less uptight couple. For that wedding, I wore dark green nails that matched the dress perfectly. I even sported an updo, and I was happy. So, that was my go-to for this wedding, but since it was vetoed, right now, I’m looking at something like this, but in a different color scheme:

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It is simple and cute, but more importantly, it fits. Though, yet again, with the “goth” comments, when I mention my choice of accessories (black tights to match the black & ecru dress & ballet/dance shoes). This outfit couldn’t be goth even if I tried.

I guess, as a creative person, I tend to work off a different set of standards than many women. Add to that my desire for comfort, among other things, and I think I just have a different aesthetic. Although, my aesthetic matches my close friends’ perfectly, so at least there’s that.

What I really want to do is wear a pair of crazy mesh knee highs or something, but there’s that caring thing again…

 

 

 

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Holiday Wrap-Up

Preparing for the holidays this year felt a little like this: 1

“Making Christmas”, from The Nightmare Before Christmas

Although I love handmade and low-cost/no-cost gifts, I usually don’t make gifts for the holidays. I’d rather surprise people than rely on my creativity to come through for me in precisely the way I expect, at precisely the right time, in order to deliver a Martha-esque experience to my loved ones.

But, this year was especially tight on the budget. While I am hopeful things improve, it was challenging for me to create something out of nothing this year. If it weren’t for my friends and family, I wouldn’t have been able to do much of anything.

So, I decided to make cookies, which I make fairly often and with good results, thereby eliminating any pressure. Here is the classic recipe, if you don’t already have it.

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Phoebe from Friends, citing a “family recipe” for cookies.

 

My health was also wackypants this holiday season. For most of it, I felt like this line from the film, Frida:

“I feel like a rich girl with a new suitor every week. Except all of my suitors have turned into doctors.”

Of course, that was a little melodramatic of me, but it is what it is. I felt such complex feelings about dealing with my health at Xmas. On the one hand, I had the holidays to distract me from life’s more unpleasant hurdles. On the other, to be honest, it was hard getting into the holiday spirit at times.

I couldn’t really cook much. I didn’t want to write about what I was feeling. I tried to savor the moments of joy when they came, and in that respect, I think I was successful. I’d be lying if I said this was the best Xmas ever, but there were some truly joyous moments that really helped me get through the tough stuff.

New Year’s brought a welcome respite, with some quiet time shared with the one I love, and that felt exactly right. I hope you and yours found similar moments of perfection.

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Happy New Year! 🙂

 

Valentine’s Day: Sharing the Love

Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

It’s been a while since I’ve shared the love, so here’s my updated reading list. If I’ve forgotten your blog, don’t read too much into it, I just forgot.

Oh, and if for some reason, you’d rather I didn’t link to you, that’s totally fine. Just let me know, and I will update this post next week.

In order of appearance on my Reader today, some of my favorites, and what I love about each blog.

 

Lorna’s Tearoom Delights: For pretty pictures, great writing, chocolate, and all sorts of good stuff!

Things My Belly Likes: For a great sense of humor, good content, and easy-to-adapt recipes!

Sophie’s Food Files: For creative recipes and because Sophie is just awesome in general.

Garden Fairy Farm: Did you know I like gardening? I do. I’ve been following this blog for about a year, and it’s always good reading.

Lucy’s Friendly Foods: Great recipes specifically geared towards people with food allergies.

Pay Dirt: Her sense of humor makes this a fun read, plus the easy-to-understand gardening tips.

You Can’t Eat That: Allergy-friendly recipes? Yes, please.

Healthy Frenchie: A nice mix of fashion, workout, recipes, and good conversation.

 

Achoo!

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It’s just a little cold, but I’m a bad patient. Why is it these things happen at the worst possible time? Of course, I have my own thoughts on that… we work ourselves into the ground, past the point of common sense, and so, when little bugs come around, blammo! If I was getting enough sleep and relaxation, maybe I’d be better prepared.

But, no sick days for me. And cooking? Not so much. Though, these really are the times when it’s best to have something good and healthy. So far, I’ve compromised and gone for good and healthy, but with minimal effort, like sandwiches. I still need to roast some veggies, and knock a few thousand things off of my to-do list. I’ve mostly done raw foods. I tried a grilled cheese, but let’s just say it was not blog-worthy. I don’t cook well when I’m sick.

So for tonight, maybe get those veggies prepped with as minimal effort as possible, maybe some long grain rice or some such to go with it, and that’s all folks. Now, if I could just get some elves to help me with the to-do list…

Love and Food

How do I know you love me?

You gave me food when things were horrible and you knew I was living on french fries and Cheerios.

You bought me rice milk the first time I came over, and continue to do so, even though you love your whole milk like someone in a commercial.

Peanut butter is one of your favorite foods, but you don’t eat it when I’m around because you don’t want me to get sick.

You went out of your way to make foods I liked, even though up until then everyone in my life said cooking for me was difficult. What’s even more meaningful is that you still do it.

You got me to try foods I thought I couldn’t eat, and feel safe enough to do so.

You support my blogging, even though your natural skill in the kitchen far surpasses my creative attempts.

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,800 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 5 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.