These two outfits which flanked* Spring Break — making one of them quite old now — represent a strategy of all jersey knits, all the time that will, hopefully, get me through the next couple of weeks of the term. Now that Spring Break is over, we’re in the downhill rush to the end of the term which means, in addition to all sorts of student anxiety, a counterintuitive ramping up in meetings and guest speakers. Both of these things I find exponentially more exhausting than dealing with students. When working with students — however frustrating it can be at moments (and to be fair, my students this term are lovely and no problem at all) — it feels like I’m doing my job. Meetings and speakers, however, though similarly part of my job, produce a constant sense that I really should be doing something else. Plus, I find the motives of students to be pretty transparent. Let’s just say that that’s not always the case in other scenarios. All this to say that this first week back from break has been both long and incredibly fast. Fortunately, the weather has been lovely most of the week!
This dress, a purchase from the great Vegas trip of 2009, hasn’t got much wear in the last little while. But the jersey is wonderfully soft and comfortable and a great color (though it’s actually starting to get a little washed out).
This shirt is the first time I’ve ever purchased something from one of the Target designer collections. I often find those collections to be made of such cheap, polyester-heavy material that their cuteness is minimized. I’m pretty pleased, however, with the construction of this shirt. Typically shirts with bows like this leave the bow separate from the neckline, which, for those of who have a chest, leads to gaping and fussing. This one, however, is secured all the way around which is excellent.
This might be my final wearing of long sleeves for a while. As we move into what promises to be a long, hot summer, tubes of fabric on my arms and legs become an impossibility. M. asked yesterday whether or not we go sleeveless in the classroom. I have no particular problem wearing things without sleeves in the classroom, in no small part because temperatures here stay well into the 90s/ 30s into late October (in early September, it’s routinely in the 100s/ high 30s) and then start to heat up again in April. Plus, academic buildings being what they are, they’re often over heated (that is, if they’re not freezing) — not helping the lecture sweatiness. Any concerns about the need for sleeves to look professional are mitigated by the need to not pass out from heat stroke. That said, I’m sad to be leaving my cardigans in the drawer for the next several months — fortunately I have a trip to Canada coming up in just over a month, and I’ll probably be able to wear them then!
Any tips for getting back in the groove, post-break?
For those of you who enjoyed The Hunger Games, I read Veronica Roth’s Divergent over break and really recommend it.
* “Flanked” reminds me of a very awesome moment in the final episode of Party Down, which I can’t find on YouTube. However, this will do the trick (from this awesome Tumblr).