Catch up time!

So what’s going on, peeps? Actually I’m mostly up-to-date on my blog reads, it’s just this blog that is still hanging out in March 2016.

It’s all been good stuff for the most part on this end: work is a little complicated right now since I’m training someone. But let’s see what’s happened since we chatted last.

1. I got a tattoo! The CatMan and people at work call me “Queen” – I thought it was high time to make that official. It’s been two weeks now, and the peeling and itching have subsided. My little blue ‘jewel’ didn’t take too well, but overall I’m pleased with how it turned out. 20160613_135655

2. Also in this picture, you can see my nails are looking a bit longer than they have in the past. I was so tired of them flaking and splitting, so I had gel tips done in April. The tips have long grown out, but I continue to have a “dry” manicure with builder gel, then polish every few weeks. I am very pleased with how my nails are growing and holding up to daily wear and tear. Nope, I’m not going to be dragon lady long, but having nails that extend past the end of my fingertips makes me very happy indeed (and yes, I’m wearing SPF 50 when I have them done. My goal is to find a salon that uses LED lamps, but in my corner of New England, that might be a while.)

3. We’re moving! Ok, it’s just to the apartment across the hall, but there are some great perks. We will have two bathrooms (*insert happy heart eye emojis here*), the apartment is on one floor (currently we are on two floors), and the apartment has been renovated recently. We will also have windows facing the lake which means a great cross breeze (right now, our second floor doesn’t have that feature, which means things get toasty fast upstairs). In September, we will have lived in this building for 20 years, so I’m looking forward to some new, updated features and a bit of a smaller space to clean and decorate.

4. Crafting has been keeping the blog company in the back seat. I am knitting: still working on the blanket for Rexie and also a wrap based on this pattern –

Ropedance by Mairlynd (Melanie Berg) Picture via Ravelry

         Ropedance by Mairlynd (Melanie Berg)                                      Picture via Ravelry

5. I celebrated my 1-year yoga anniversary in May. Still enjoying it: my favorite is the weekly yin class. Being able to just relax deeply in a few poses for a whole hour is actually quite revitalizing.

6. I finally went through all my Pinterest boards (using some of the tips found in this blog post), deleting stuff and re-categorizing the boards I already had. Oddly cathartic and I’m enjoying my “Konmari”-d account.

So life keeps on keeping on here. My goal is to move the blog back to the passenger seat so we can go on this ride together. I promise to stop for bathroom breaks and Starbucks iced vanilla lattes. 




Winter comfort

Here are two items – though small – are making a huge difference in my comfort levels this winter.

The CatMan has been having some sinus issues, so he wanted to try a humidifier. We had a cool mist one a few years ago and it never seemed to do the trick, plus it was a hassle to deal with the filter. So this time around, I went with a warm mist, filterless system. It’s relatively quiet (except for the occasional gurgle) and pretty unobtrusive. So much so I didn’t think it was doing much, until I didn’t use it for two nights when the CatMan was away. After getting up with sinus headaches for those two mornings, I’m a believer!


Vicks Warm Mist Humidifier photo via Target.

The second item is strictly for me: a new pair of slippers! So comfy and warm without being foot-stifling (and yes that’s totally a word!)


Clover Moccasin Slippers photo via Target

Friday Shiny – week ending October 9

Since this week appears to be the Style Issue of Bright and Shiny Objects, I’ll finish it out with my current distraction: brown boots. Oh, not just any brown boots…nosireebobcattail. The boots of my dreams would be brown suede, knee-high, low-heeled, wide-calfed, with a red zipper up the back (or side). Ayep. Good luck with that.


These boots from JJill are are brown suede, knee high, and low heeled, and best of all – on sale. But out of stock in my size.


These Brinley boots tick ALL the boxes except being suede. And not made of leather. I’m not sure how they would hold up to a VT winter.


These Naturalizer boots only tick the low-heeled, wide-calf boxes. But they are leather and under $100.00. And I still think I could wear them with dresses.

Fall Style

Last year when I started working from home, I severely pared down my fall/winter wardrobe. Now that I’m back working on-site, I’ve got a little rebuilding to do. Since I’m no longer working on the shop floor, I can upgrade my clothing to more classic pieces, including dresses (which I love to wear).

A few weeks ago, I was in a local Goodwill and found this Eddie Bauer olive green suede barn coat in perfect condition for $8.00. I was more than a little Gollum-like in taking ownership of it.
green jacket

Now I’m a-looking for dresses –


A simple sheath dress to dress up or down (Lands’ End). I love this color!


I’ve mentioned before how much I like the sleeveless shift dress: jacket or cardigan over or blouse or turtleneck under. (Lands End)


A pretty shirtdress on sale at J.Jill.


A timeless knit wrap dress in a navy/camel print. (Eshakti)


And we all know how much I love a good floral! (Eshakti)

Friday Shiny – week ending September 4


A few weeks ago, Jules talked clothes and wardrobe choices here. I was browsing through some of the sites she linked to, and found this concept interesting. Since I’m back to working outside the home, but in a different capacity, I want to develop a wardrobe with more updated, flexible options. I definitely will be exploring the ‘rule of three’, especially as fall approaches!

Good things at Goodwill

I can’t believe I scored this awesome jacket in pristine condition on a recent trip to Goodwill; it’s a rich olive green suede Eddie Bauer barn jacket. I did a double-take when I saw it hanging on the rack, and did a triple-take when I saw the price tag of $8.00.

I also found a pair of black Life Stride dress booties (never worn?!?), and a pair of LL Bean linen pants. It was like they knew it was my birthday!

green jacket

Friday Shiny – week ending May 1

This week’s shiny is all about the coconut – evidently I have an addiction. These are just some the coco-nutty things hanging ’round my house cabana this week.

Activa Greek yogurt in Toasted Coconut Vanilla. My mid-morning treat (with a few mini-choc chips thrown on top).


Like little Almond Joy morsels, but with more nuts.


We’ve been using this as our soap on the edge of the bathroom sink. The CatMan loves the fact he hasn’t had any razor burn on his neck since we started using it.


My winter lip balm was fini, so I treated myself to this. More pina colada than coconut in flavor.

(once again – all pictures have been saved to my server, I was not compensated to talk about any of these products, and the opinions stated here are strictly my own.)