Ok, I'm back. I had to take some time off to sort of settle into my new unemployed life a bit. I still read all of you obsessively, but somehow posting or even commenting just seemed like THE MOST OVERWHELMING TASK IN THE WORLD, OH MY GOD. So I gave myself a pass for a while and just... didn't.
This is the first time in about 12 years that I haven't had a job, and it's been sort of wonderful and sort of panic-inducing, all at the same time. Initially I experienced a week or two of freaked out, how did this happen, what do I do now, what am I going to do with my liiiiiiiiiife panic, but I think I'm past that now and I'm in a good place. I'm working on my grad school applications. I'm thinking about who to ask for letters of recommendation. I took the Praxis II exam on Saturday. My Praxis I waiver came in the mail last week. Nick and I are leaving for a week in Florida tomorrow, and when we get back I'm going to start taking advantage of all of this new free time by hitting the gym and finally getting exactly where I want to be physically. Six months of working from home and being overwhelmingly stressed out about work 24/7 has definitely taken a toll on my body, in the form of about 15 excess pounds that I can't wait to be rid of. My current (lovely, extravagant, flatscreens on every machine and of course waaaaaay too expensive) gym membership ends on January 31st (after which I will be moving to a much cheaper gym) so my goal is to work hard and make the most of the four months I have left there and be mostly maintaining come February 1st. And I'll be updating here about my progress every so often, if only to shame me into actually following through!
In keeping with my Fresh Start mentality, yesterday at my hair appointment I made a snap decision and cut off about 6 inches of my hair. Lately I've been bored with my look. Partly it's that I've fallen out of love with a good portion of my wardrobe. Partly it's frustration over these extra pounds. And partly it's that although I love the IDEA of long hair, in practice my hair is so fine and there is so damn much of it, that I mostly just end up tangled and completely devoid of body. Pre-cut, my hair was a few inches past my shoulders and it was definitely fully in that tangled, heavy mess stage... so I decided to try something new. As I explained to my mom, I can't afford a new fall wardrobe, and getting in shape will take some time, but a fun new haircut is an instant change. The new cut is fun, choppy layers that stop just above my shoulders, and I added some sideswept bangs. After my vacation I'll post some before and after pics. It's definitely a shock but so far I'm loving it! (A week from now I may be questioning the wisdom of chopping my hair two days before a trip to Disney!)
In other news, my favorite season is almost upon us and I couldn't be more excited. One of my favorite fall obsessions is scarves - I could spend hours at the mall just browsing for them. Solids, prints, brights, jewel tones, average length or trailing the floor - I love them all. So you can imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon Loves Life's Scarf Swap! I love getting packages in the mail almost as much as I love a gorgeous winter scarf, so this swap is the perfect thing for me. If you want to sign up, you have until the 21st to go over to Loves Life, follow her, add your name to her Mr. Linky and leave her a comment with your email address. That's it! She will email you your swap partner and then the fun begins. I'll post pictures here of the scarf I send and the one I receive. If you decide to sign up too, let me know so I can come stalk your scarves too.
See you in a week!