How do you think about months? Do you picture them as calendars? And if you do, are those monthly calendars different colours? I ask, of course, because my months are colours.
Before I became an academic, February was cheap cherry red, March was deep shamrock green and April was bright kelly green. Now that my life follows the rhythm of the school year, again, February’s navy blue, March is (as noted above) bottomless black, and April is warm, sweet, buttery, bright yellow. This year, it seems even brighter and warmer than usual, in both real and symbolic ways.
Once again this exam period, I was appointed Chief Invigilator in my examination room, despite being one of the less experienced instructors on a campus full of Baby Boomer and Gen X faculty. But this time I arrived at my examination room only to discover that the Chief Invigilator was also the ONLY invigilator present. So this “Chief” had to supervise a room full of students alone, breaching university protocol left, right, and centre, as there was no way I could stay in the room AND supervise students on bathroom breaks, etc.
And as I struggled across campus to my car afterwards, bitter, alone, and balancing 150 freshly-filled exam booklets (plus the extra packets of booklets which, apparently, MUST be returned to the department because we PAY for those) it was sweet buttery April that kept me from dumping it all in the goose poop by the river and burning out of there once and for all. Well, April, the knowledge that I’ll never teach this many classes at once ever again, and my new yellow-skirt-based ensemble.
Thanks to your tips (especially one from a mysterious but awesome comment from “My”), I learned that stripes are neutrals. So I took this top, belt, & bangle:
and put them together with this skirt, jacket, & shoes. Then I posed in front of the barbecue so that my waist looks crooked and my feet look large. But I hope you get the idea. Because this outfit got me through today.
So thanks for your part in that. And thank goddess it’s April.
Top: Linea Domani (via Winner’s)
Belt: Chinese Laundry (Winner’s, again)
Bangle: The Bay (remixed)
Jacket: DKNY (remixed)
Skirt: Anthropologie (remixed)
Shoes: Clarks (remixed)*
* p.s. – These shoes get a serious fashion citation for blistering me horribly & for almost fracturing the balls of my feet. Which was totally unexpected as these are supposed to be my “comfortable” heels. In their defense, however, I wore them with bare feet while walking up & down the cement floor in the exam room for 3 hours without a break. So I’ll give them one more chance before they’re pushed to the “only with tights or trouser socks” section.