Waking up Lena, after a night of my poor sleep, where I had dreams of volcanoes and plane crashes:
Me: Good morning!
Lena: Good morning. My brain was full of sharks.


I got up one chilly morning this week, in a hurry, and heard Lena sniffling to herself in bed. I went in and asked, "What’s wrong, honey?" She squirmed around in bed, nose stuffed up, trying to breathe heavily in through just her nose, looked at me with tears nearly filling her eyes, "My snorts aren’t coming out!"
She was cold and couldn’t breathe through her nose. Poor snorts. Warmed her up and fixed those snorts!

Imaginary friends

Lena has imaginary friends.
– Miss Neck-a-lace: her younger brother, who looks like Lena, and likes to play with Lena. He is smaller than she is. His birthday is 2015. He lives in "Jambouti"
– Caylan: There are two of these. One is her younger sister that likes to play around, play dress up. The other is Lena’s baby and is a boy. They also live in "Jambouti".

Paris, day 1 thoughts.

  • I’m staying across from a meat shop and next to a children’s toy shop. And corner to a Starbucks. Of course.
  • When I exited the metro, after nodding off on the train, I was undure of where to go for my hotel, and maps wouldn’t load, but I caught sight of the side street’s name on the butcher’s shop awning and headed that way, like I was a pro at this. Meat (and Google street view), to the rescue!
  • Arrows to indicate "keep going this way" point down and, at CDG, they are next to stairwells that only go down from that level. I went down many stairwells trying to exit that airport.
  • I was shakey, but needed to find money and food, and walked all over to find a particular creperie, only to find it closed today (and tomorrow, because tomorrow is sunday). I was angry with the world and hungry and disappointed, and walked some more, getting lost down the side streets with many lights still up, and found some sort of creperie center. I had a gallette filled with cheeses (imagine a plate with goat cheese, roquefort, and some other kind of cheese melted on it, plus a buckwheat crepe on the plate), and a large glass of dry rose wine (the smallest they sold, but after not eating for 10 hours, it hit me fast), and some ice cream (because I was still a little shakey and light headed.)
  • Then I felt like I could take on anything.
  • So I walked around some more. I’m glad I started the walk out of the hotel by getting lost, because it helped me recognize things on the way back. It’s a very lovely city, and I’ve been finding my way around pretty easily.
  • Indiana Cafe has many kinds of tacos and bbq on the menu, but no breaded tenderloin. No pork of any kind, that I could see.
  • My seatmate on the way over was very nice. Thought it was a shame that first class wasn’t full. I barely slept. I did watch Senna, which I really enjoyed.
  • I’m tired. I need to sleep.

Sew Sew

I’m tired, I’m busy, I’m sort of behind in my classwork. So I decided that Sister and I neeeeeeeded some Wonder Woman gear for the Heros and Villans 5k tomorrow. So I made a headscarf (elastic band) and wrist cuffs (velcro closure).

Also, my sewing kit is portable- a makeup/closet organizer thing.

StitchFix #3!

I was a little surprised to get the email that my September StichFix had shipped- didn’t August *just* end? But this first day of fall, it arrived at my doorstep.
StitchFix #3

And it was full of fun things! And full of way more win than last time. In my feedback from my last [fail] box, I gave a story about what I might be doing in October (travel) and mentioned that a bag that fit my laptop would be nice to update my little backpack that I’ve using for a work bag/purse. And I got busy with pinning more things to my “things I like” Pinterest board that I’ve shared with them. Clearly, keeping that board updated/current is key to a successful StitchFix box. On to the conspicuous consumption pictures! (Also, I haven’t made final decisions at the time of writing this,.)

The first thing I tried on was the “Stella Colorblock Dolman Sleeve Knit Shirt”. At first, I was kind of “meh” about it because it was so comfortable, like wearing a long-sleeved tee, and I wasn’t sure if I should scrunch it up, or pull it down, or how the heck I should wear it. And then I remembered that one of my goals with trying StitchFix is to update “jeans and t-shirt” into “at least jeans that fit and a nicer shirt”, and the price was pretty nice on the shirt, so I’m thinking I’m going to keep this. It’s a better comfy shirt, one that I feel I could wear to work without feeling like I’d thrown in the towel on getting dressed for the day.

Do I wear it like this? Not bad DSC_0191.JPG Is comfy

Then there was this red shirt, “Carson Front-Twist Sleeveless Blouse”. I liked the color and the idea of the blouse, but it was just… weird when I tried it on. It didn’t have an actual bottom of the shirt in the front- it’s looped around, so it also stuck out in front. It also just didn’t seem long enough and it gapped terribly when I moved. On the plus side- I could use the pouch as a pocket. But really: Eh.
20140923_141203 20140923_141120 Pouch? Runway

The box also has some skinny straight-leg jeans (“Level 99 Straight Leg Jean”) in a size smaller in number than I usually wear (but the same size number as the last pants they sent, which have turned out to fit really, really well), and though I was pretty skeptical that I’d even get them on, they’re so soft and stretchy that they fit pretty well. I’ve never owned skinny jeans before, but I like these. And they sent a bag (“Urban Expressions Sylvia Front Zip Crossbody Tote”) that fits my laptop, I can wear on my shoulder and across me, and there are pockets in the front that are perfect for snacks. Snack pockets! Or, when I need to be practical, I can fit a small thing of wipes and a diaper in the pockets. But really- snack pockets. When I make my own purses, they all have space for my wallet, phone, a pen and a snack. This has all except the pen pocket, but I could get a pocket protector for that in one of the additional pockets that this has, right? Finally, there’s a dark green cardigan (“Abrianna Longsleeve Knit Cardigan”), which fits well, is comfy, and is something that fits in well with my other clothes. It’s a style that I like in a color that I don’t own. I like all three of these final items.

Bag Sweater DSC_0178.JPG DSC_0182.JPG

Additionally, the pants that they’ve sent in this and the previous box don’t have the problem that most of my pants have recently developed: the saggy butt. It’s maybe hard to see in these pictures, but my butt actually stops halfway down the back pockets. I need some pants that actually fit at the end of the day.

In conclusion, I think everything except the red shirt was a win. What do you think? Am I blind to a style error with this StitchFix box?

All the photos and more! on Flickr, and my StitchFix referral link.