Well, here we are in the cruel heart of the term: stacks of assignments to grade, reading that you’ve gotten behind on, meeting after meeting after meeting, panicked realizations about term writing goals that seemed so plausible in September and which now require significantly more concentrated attention. So there’s nothing like a five hour, nose to the grindstone stint in a coffee shop to start to realign things — while simultaneously realizing that getting on top of things is a wonderful dream that will never be attained, and thus needs to be ignored. Though this follows a weekend where I was supposed to be grading, and ignored the stacks of papers in favor of baking a bourbon pumpkin cheesecake for a belated celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving, so I suppose I can’t complain too much.
Here are outfits representing my two contrasting sartorial strategies for responding to the October rush:
Strategy #1: Repeat, with very slight variation, previous outfits. This I wore to a major faculty meeting where we wrapped up the curriculum changes we’ve been working on for the past two years (and with which I’ve been very actively involved). This meeting needed an outfit that I could count on to be both comfortable and professional and this sucker fit the bill nicely.
This dress and its twin are proving to be total wardrobe workhorses in a term where I’ve been wearing a lot of dresses. You can’t beat a dress for easy early morning dressing when all you really want is to stay in bed for another half hour. At least.
Strategy #2: So if strategy #1 was about minimizing stress by using the familiar as armour, this guy was about perking myself up at the end of a long week. And, holy crap, did my students love this. One of things I’ve really noticed about my classes this semester is how much more informal and casual I am with them. And this leads to me wearing awesome things like this fox sweater, which has previously been consigned to casual wear. I did have a fevered text exchange with the youngest sister about whether this was TOO whimsical but the pencil skirt and heels keeps it on the right side of the line for me.
How are your Octobers going?