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As my partner is out of town, my mother is visiting and has been since Tuesday. She is the kind of house guest who requires a lot of scheduling. In the past, I have pushed her to do her own thing, or to check out the scene and make some suggestions for activities. But it’s end-of-term and I’m too bloody tired for such tactics; so instead, in anticipation of her iron-willed refusal to do anything alone, or even to leave the apartment unaccompanied, I planned 3 full days of activities for us.
And then she came a day early – a scheduling change I forgot in the flurry of marking, invigilating exams, then marking again. Today was, therefore, a “free” day between yesterday’s shopping and gardening, and tomorrow’s spa visits and wine show. Today I tried to plan as we went along; and it did not go well. Because she didn’t find my on-the-fly suggestions very stimulating and, as usual, she had none of her own.
Which is not to say that we didn’t do all of the things I suggested. No, we did them. But she made it clear that today bored her, and that we really could have – and should have (she’s big on the guilt) – done MUCH more with our time.
After a series of made-up errands, one of which was really just an excuse for me to spend 20 minutes alone in my office at the university (while she walked the dog in the parking lot), my breaking point came when we tried to hang pictures in my apartment. This was a poor plan but, as noted above, I was doing it live and I plan better when I’ve put more thought into these things. Yeah, two relatively strong-willed people should not measure, drill, cut, and hammer things together, unless one is willing to let the other be the boss. And now I am filled with rage, so I’ve retreated to my room to “sleep.”
This information has no relation to today’s outfit post. I just needed to vent, and in this small apartment with my mother two feet away at all times, I can’t call anyone.
I teach and research at a university, for peter’s sake – how can one tall, stern, opinionated, co-dependent woman make me feel like such a child? In fact, I’m nearly overcome with guilt as I type this post. I shouldn’t say such things about my mother. She came here to visit at my request, after all. She’s offered to tailor the things I’ve had stacked in the corner of my closet for months. She cooked “Favourite Casserole” for dinner tonight. We’ve shopped all my favourite places, then discussed our new treasures over coffee or lunch. And we’re going to have a good time tomorrow, too. We’ll laugh, and get pedicures, and drink wine, and enjoy each other’s company, again.
But the “free” days kill me. The woman requires a schedule.
Actual Style Blog Post Begins Here
Here’s the outfit I wish I’d worn this week – today, in fact – instead of last.
Inspired by Londyn over at BlogFashion, I tried to choose pieces with special details (not counting the cardigan). But I also tried to keep the colour palette muted so that there wasn’t too much going on. Pardon, once again, the Wonder Woman pose in the last image; I’m trying to show the detailing in the skirt (and am looking ridiculous in the process).
Top: Zokai (a Canadian line – holla!)
Cardigan: Smart Set
Skirt: Take it Easy!
Boots: Miss Mooz (remixed)
BBQ: some big-box store downtown
‘Thoughts? Have you tried this, too? If so, how about posting a link to your favourite ensemble so we can all enjoy?