Subject: Revision Exercises

My students are finishing up their review essays this week, and we’re all tired. I can’t believe we don’t get a break until Thanksgiving. I mean, really, who goes from Labor Day (2nd week of class) until Thanksgiving (14th week of class) with not even a 3-day weekend? Ridiculous. The English department is full of zombies.

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Apologies for the weird poses–I was running really late, as always. Every time I wear this dress, I think I should have it hemmed to just below knee-length, but by the end of the day, I think I like it longer. I think it definitely makes me look shorter than I am, but I can’t decide if making it a shorter dress would make the whole thing look weird.

  • Dress, on sale at a Dillard’s closing
  • Shoes, Vintage
  • Necklace, Target
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Subject: Weekend Errands…

…are so much more fun when your fiance is in town. December can’t get here fast enough.

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I swear, this shirt is purple. Why it always photographs as blue, I don’t know. I wore this while running around town with Dustin while he was here on a visit. It was our first day of sun in about 10 days (Atlanta isn’t the only place that’s flooded!), so it was humid and muggy and generally uncomfortable, even though the actual temperature was just in the low 90s. And how is it possible to have ABOVE 100% humidity and it NOT be raining? Only in the deep South.

  • Tank, New York and Co.
  • Bermudas, Old Navy
  • T-Straps, Payless
  • Sunglasses, Vintage, Stolen from Mom
  • Rose Bolo, Thrifted from Goodwill

This man drove right around 1000 miles just to spend a day and a half with me. I’m the luckiest woman in the entire world.

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Subject: Functional Expenditure and Conspicuous Consumption

I changed into this after I taught on Wednesday for my Postcolonial class. Wednesdays are always a long day for me, and I wanted to be comfortable as I finished up my reading, went to class, and read some more.

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  • Purple Tee: Wal*Mart
  • Teal Cardi: Wal*Mart
  • Jeans: Old Navy (Sweetheart Bootcut)
  • Necklace: Wal*Mart
  • Boots: Thrifted. I actually have no idea who makes these boots. The only branding I can find marks who made the sole, but nothing about the actual boot. They hit mid-calf, and can be folded down into booties. So cute.

P.S. It’s time I do something with my hair, don’t you think? I can’t decide if I want to grow it out, or cut it all off again.

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Subject: Ray Bradbury and 1950 America

My outfit doesn’t really reflect either of those two things, but students almost always love Ray Bradbury’s short stories. If it wouldn’t be narrow and tiresome, I’d model a whole writing class around Ray Bradbury.

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  • Top: New York and Co. (It looks navy blue here, but it’s actually a royal purple. But now I’m wishing I had one in navy blue, too.)
  • Skirt: K-Mart
  • Flats: don’t remember, but stolen from Mom which means they were probably thrifted (or either bought when Dillards closed in my hometown)
  • Fake Pearl Necklace: Thrifted, at Goodwill
  • Raspberry Tootsie Pop: Stolen from the candy bowl I keep around for paper conferences (which is what I’ll be doing all day tomorrow AND Friday)

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Subject: And Tuesdays Are Supposed to Be My Days Off

I wore this for my “day off,” which always seems to include my editor’s meeting for the literary journal, a meeting with a student, long hours in the library, writing 4-5 page responses for my Postcolonial class, and writing lesson plans for Wednesday.

It’s raining again today (intermittent sun with crazy showers=humid as mess), so Wellies, jeans, and a t-shirt were it for me. And seriously, these Wellies? Best investment (can you say ‘investment’ if they were only $30?) ever. While everyone else was sporting soaking wet jeans up to their knees and trying to avoid huge flooded sections of campus (and pretty much everything on campus is flooded), I just walked on through, dry and smug.

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  • Crocheted Tee: B&Lu (and no, that’s not my bra you see in the picture of the back; I need a grey cami)
  • Jeans: Old Navy (The Sweetheart Bootcut)
  • Wellies: Capelli New York, Campus Bookstore
  • Rose Bolo: Thrifted at Goodwill. I LOVE this necklace. The chain doesn’t pull the hair on the back of my neck, and it looks great no matter where I wear the rose. There was another one just like this at Goodwill, and I should have gotten it just in case something happens to this one.

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Subject: Undergraduates Have Poor Taste

I mean, really, I picked out 5 truly awesome short films, and not one of them was a hit. So lame.

Today was a loooonnng day (8-8:30, with only a half hour or so of down time), so I wanted to wear something I knew would resist wrinkling and feeling stifling. Pardon the cell phone–that was part of my multitasking.

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  • My favorite little black dress, Belk’s
  • White collared shirt: Wal*Mart
  • Wedges, Steve Madden (I “discovered” these when I organized my shoes over the weekend, and I can’t believe I forgot I had them. A random person complimented me on these today, and I felt awesome.
  • Sunflower Brooch, thrifted by Mom or either pilfered from my Mammaw’s collection
  • Green necklace, thrifted

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Weekend Project: Shoe Organizing

Around 1:30 last night (I’m an insomniac, cut me a break), I decided that I hated the way my closet was (un)organized, especially my shoes. So I fixed it.

Step 1: Turn on the Motown channel on Pandora. Motown is essential for any organizing or heavy cleaning project. As is a tall glass of ice water that you’ll pretend your cat didn’t drink out of. (Too much information?)

Step 2: Throw all your shoes (and stuff stacked on the shelf you want to put your shoes on) in a pile. Am I the only one that can’t truly organize something unless I start at ground zero? P.S. The “before” shot? Not much better than this.

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Step 3: Decide you really don’t need to hold onto all your notes from undergraduate English classes. Immediately decide that the minute you throw out those notes, you’ll want to find the research paper you wrote.

Step 4: Take a picture of each pair of shoes, and print out on 3×5 index cards (any bigger, and the card may not fit on the box).

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Step 5: Find homes for each pair of shoes. I opted for keeping things in shoeboxes (not even half are in their original boxes, care to explain that?), because those plastic shoeboxes, though sturdy and nicely stackable are 1) too expensive for my graduate stipend budget, 2) take up more shelf space than I have room for, 3) reduce waste and are therefore ecofriednly and cool, and 4) are at Wal*Mart, and there was no way I was getting dressed to go get them, which is probably the main reason I don’t have them. Note: I’m a big fan of saving space by putting more than one pair of shoes in a box, especially for “off-season” shoes. Boot boxes are especially helpful with this.

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Step 7: Stack shoeboxes in a way that makes sense for you. This is the part where I wish I’d run out and gotten those nicely stackable Sterilite boxes from Wal*Mart, even though I said earlier I liked keeping shoeboxes. Because I didn’t keep my boot boxes (or I thrifted my boots and the boxes never existed), I lined up my boots on another shelf in my closet. By the way, my closets? The main reason I never want to move out of my apartment complex. Helpful hint: To keep your boots’ shape (i.e. not develop a crease around the ankle where the calf folds over), stick a wine bottle in your boots (or beer bottle for shorter boots). It keeps your boots looking new, and hey, another excuse to drink wine!

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Step 8: Stand back and admire your work. Realize it’s now 3 am and decide you need to go to bed, but can’t because your washer is still going and you have that massive pile of old schoolwork to go through. But hey, your shoes are organized!IMG_2657

And because I’m sure someone wants to know (and I’m OCD like that): I have 45 pairs of shoes, including my Wellies. Wow, I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that. Who needs 45 pairs of shoes? (And yet I want at least one more pair–a pair of buttery leather riding boots).

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