Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Checking In

I haven't posted for quite a while again but I've been thinking about posting! :) My dad's surgery was Friday and he is still in the hospital, but should be coming home soon. His doctor said it was a challenging surgery and he was able to get around 95% of the cancer, so dad will definitely need radiation. We'll know more once we get the pathology results. We've been spending time at the hospital and my daughter is on snow day #7 or 8 since Jan. 6...I've lost count! :)

I've been doing a lot of thinking about the blog and how much and what I'd like to blog about. The answer is, I'm not sure! :) For the time being, I think I will post when I get the time, but it will definitely be less often than in the past. Getting life-changing news like this has made me question and re-evaluate lots of things in my life. And I'm still not sure what it all means, yet. I do enjoy blogging though, so I don't think I'm ready to completely give it up.

I am still participating in the 20x30 Winter Remix challenge even though I only have a handful of new outfit photos. I've continued to wear to same 20 pieces all month, and it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I'm hoping to post a recap toward the end of the week with what I learned from the challenge.

I also have some book reviews to share and I've been doing a bit of thrifting, too.

I hope you are all staying warm! I definitely am looking forward to spring!!!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

What I Wore: 20x30 Remix Outfits 8-17

It's been a week and a half since I last posted - and a challenging week and a half at best. I've been debating whether to continue with this challenge and have struggled to get photographs many of the days. Last week, we all got bronchitis and had fevers, aches, and coughs for several days. Then in the midst of that, my dad was going through tests to figure out why his vocal cord is paralyzed. This Monday, he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. We are so grateful it is such a treatable cancer, but this month and year have definitely been tough.

During all this, with the exception of one day while I was sick, I've still been getting dressed using my 20 pieces. In some ways, it's been a relief. I haven't been able to concentrate or focus too well on things, so it's been nice to have a set of pieces that go together and are easy to wear. It has definitely simplified the decision-making process for me, which has been good. I've definitely been learning that I need less clothing that I thought, even to make a wide variety of outfits. My husband has encouraged me to try and continue with the challenge (I think to have something different to focus on.) and even has reminded me to take a few outfit photos over the last 10 days.

Well, I am sure you were not expecting this from an outfit post, so here we go with some of the clothes!

Remix Outfits 8-13

Here are the looks I didn't get photographed while I was wearing them:
Outfit 8: Coral Sweater + Skinny Jeans - I also added my aqua bubble necklace. Inspired by this pin.
Outfit 9: Pink Gingham Shirt + Raspberry Cardigan + Trouser Jeans
Outfit 10: Black Dress + Raspberry Cardigan - I added a grey, pink, and orange striped scarf and my black engineer boots.
Outfit 11: Turquoise Sweater + Dark Chambray Button Down + Green Skinnies - I wore riding boots with this outfit.
Outfit 12: Black and White Striped Sweater + Black Skinnies - I actually had a long sleeve olive tee under this and added brown riding boots and this really pretty floral scarf that I picked up from Penney's. I have been looking for a floral print scarf on a black background for awhile, so I am excited about this one. You are likely to see it again this month.
Outfit 13: Hot Pink Plaid Button Down + Gray Vest + Skinny Jeans - I got this plaid shirt at Target to replace the original plaid shirt I had to return. I wore my black engineer boots again with this outfit.
Here are the looks I did manage to photograph while wearing them.

Outfit 14: Green Skinnies + Dark Chambray + Gray Vest

Outfit 15: Dark Chambray + Black Skinnies + Riding Boots + Scarf
I actually made this gold scarf!

Outfit 16: Black Dress Pants + Blue and Black Dot Shell + Blue and Black Cardigan

Outfit 17: Trouser Jeans + Coral Sweater + Dark Chambray
I'm linking up with Greater Than Rubies!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

What I Wore: 20x30 Remix Outfits 1-7

I have my first 7 outfits to share using my 20x30 remix pieces. When I went to wear the plaid shirt I chose for the remix, I noticed it had a weird fabric flaw/snag in it, so we took it back to the store (brand new for Christmas). I tried to replace it, but couldn't find anything similar, so I am working with 19 pieces right now. If I can find something to replace the shirt, I will do so and add it into the remix.

These outfits are quite casual. It's been bitter cold, snowy, and icy many of the days. My work closed for several days and my daughter is home for her third snow day and still hasn't gone back to school after Winter Break. A couple of these outfits never even made it out of the house. I just put on shoes for the photos. :) Needless to say, I haven't worn the skirt or dress at all, but it is supposed to warm up into the 40's this weekend, so I'm hoping they will get some use soon!

On to the outfits...

Day 1: Turquoise sweater, skinny jeans, boots, scarf

Day 2: Black skinnies, striped turtleneck, vest, gray boots, Avon necklace and earrings set

Day 3: Striped sweater, cobalt cardigan, skinny jeans, engineer boots, black scarf

Day 4: Coral sweater, green skinnies, riding boots, scarf

Day 5: Olive long-sleeve tee, trouser jeans, vest (reversed to the gray fuzzy side), Avon necklace, engineer boots

Day 6: Pink gingham button down, periwinkle tunic sweatshirt, skinny jeans, enginneer boots

Day 7: Black skinnies, turquoise sweater, striped turtleneck, engineer boots, LC necklace and earrings set

One week down, three more to go! I'm linking up!

Greater Than Rubies

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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Setting Goals

We're almost a week into the new year and I'm still mulling over how and whether to set goals for this year. I think goals are wonderful and I am very goal-oriented anyway. The problem is...I think I become too focused on goals and have trouble limiting my goals. That makes them overwhelming for me.

I definitely want to keep reading lots of books, including non-fiction.

I know I want to keep exercising as long as I am able. I usually try for 5 days a week. My total mileage (running, walking, mini-elliptical, etc) was over 800 miles for 2013.

I read the New Testament in 2011 and started the Old Testament in 2012. I was supposed to finish the Old Testament in 2012, but I am still working on it now. Three more books left - Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekial. I'm trying to clean up loose ends with this one, then hoping to move on to some more specific studies - any recommendations?

I want to work on praying for people more, especially my husband and daughter.

I'm trying to buy less this year, and I want to try and support socially responsible companies, even when it costs more.

My daughter starting school this year has been a huge adjustment, and we're all still getting used to it. It means making choices about what we do with our time when she's not in school, and possibly saying no to things we've been doing for years. I'm working on being on the computer less when she's home in the morning and evening and even just sitting out with her in our living room.

I'm not someone who has ever liked to journal, but I just finished the book The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer, and it really showed me the power of the written word as a legacy to our children and grandchildren. I've been thinking about a 1-page per month format where I could record books we read, fun things we did a family, milestones, etc. I'm not sure on all the specifics, but I know it needs to be simple. Have you seen anything like this that I can print or buy?

We've already declared January as our financial check-in month. We'll tweak our budget and spreadsheet, take a look at various accounts, do a net worth statement, etc.

I also want to keep track of the handmade things I make by taking a quick photo of each one. I probably won't share them all on here or maybe I'll do an end of the month post with all of them or something. I think I make more than I realize and I'd like to be able to look back on my body of work at the end of the year.

I'm not going to include anything about my work right now, but I may occasionally blog about some of the programs I plan just to keep a record of the ideas and also in case the plans and research might be helpful to others.

See, too many ideas!! I know many of you can relate. I do believe this is the extent of my goal setting this year. How about you? Do you have any goals? Did you write a post about your goals? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, January 6, 2014

2013 Reading Roundup

I often share reviews of books that I've received here on the blog, but I read a lot of other books that I don't review here as well. I keep track of my books on GoodReads. One of my goals this year was to read at least 72 books this year, 10 nonfiction. I read more than 72 books this year, but only 6 were nonfiction. I designated the non-fiction titles with "NF" in parentheses and added a * for the books I rated with 5 stars on GoodReads.

What were your favorite books of 2013? Anything on your list to read in 2014?

I'm linking up!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Winter Remix: The Pieces

The Winter 20x30 Remix, hosted by Greater Than Rubies, is here. Here are the pieces I chose for the next month.

Winter Capsule Remix Pieces

Winter Capsule Remix Pieces by gracenote30 on Polyvore

-American Eagle pink and white gingham button down (Goodwill)
-Croft and Barrow purple plaid button down (Kohl's)
-Merona black and gray striped turtleneck (Target)
-Merona cobalt blue and black dot blouse (Target)
-Croft and Barrown dark chambray button down (Kohl's)
-Merona olive green long sleeve tee (Target)
-Sonoma coral pullover sweater (Kohl's)
-Sonoma turquoise sweater (Kohl's)
-Sonoma raspberry cardigan (Kohl's)
-Elder-Beerman blue and black cardigan (Gift)
-Merona periwinkle sweater-trim sweatshirt (Target)
-Christopher and Banks black and white striped sweater
-Denizen black skinnies (Target)
-Dockers black dress pants (Kohl's)
-Elle skinny jeans (Garage Sale)
-Gap trouser jeans (Goodwill)
-Jennifer Lopez green skinnies (Kohl's)
-Merona dark blue skirt (Goodwill)

-Laura Scott chevron reversible vest (Sears)
-Merona black dress (Target)

It was really hard for me to pick my pieces. I selected around 12-14 pretty easily, but the last few were difficult. Our weather is super cold and snowy right now, so I wanted to be sure to have things that were warm enough. I debated not including the skirt and the dress but wanted to have a few dressy options available. We will see how it goes! Check out the other participants' pieces at Greater Than Rubies, too!
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