What a year! I know that most of you have probably given up hope on me as it's been nearly a year since my last post. Trust me when I say that it's not been because I haven't wanted to. The truth is that the 'bad transits' I spoke about last year haven't passed. I feel like the past two-ish years have been nothing but one shit-storm after another and as I look around me, it seems that I'm not the only one feeling this. All I hear from everybody is how terrible 2016 has been for them. I'm with them.
There have been very few highlights this year, aside from the birth of our nephew baby Jack, who is almost walking now. Not long after spring break last year, I started feeling really terrible. I just thought that it was all the stress from my brother's situation (who is doing so well now) and my dad's health scare. I thought "Okay, It's been a crazy few months, your body just needs to catch up." However, my ill feeling continued for the next few weeks and I realized that perhaps there was something more at play. There was.
I was diagnosed with a really nasty infection. Said infection put me out for nearly three months which meant that I also had to take leave from my job. It broke my heart but I honestly was just too sick. I spent most of the next few months in bed. It was awful. I'm fine now, but I really had to work at it and have since been trying to focus on taking better care of myself and not putting other's needs before my own. I've also been travelling less. Normally around this time of year I would be going back and forth to New York but this year, I'm only going back for a week at Christmas. On the upside to this however, is now that I'm better, I've gotten a new job. Teaching again is wonderful, I can't believe how much I've missed it. I really have to give thanks to the administrators at my old job who were so amazing about my transition and gave me wonderful references. The plus to switching schools is that I no longer have to commute from Kerrisdale to North Vancouver everyday. I look forward to that.
As I alluded my brother and his kids are doing really well which is a nice change for them. Oscar and Marley are growing up for fast that it's kinda making my head spin. My sisters are both excellent. Aside from another break up for Willa in the fall, she's doing really well at Cambridge. Ruby is kicking High School's (I know!) butt and even has a boyfriend of her own (It's took early! She's still 10 right?). Actually said boyfriend was a bit of a shock to all of us when we first met him. He's a senior, quite a bit older than her and when I first met him I was freaked out. The dude is like 6'3'' and has a man voice. It was really weird to put that next to my fifteen year old sister and think 'couple'. To give my father credit, he only hit the ceiling for two minutes before accepting and moving forward. However, I still don't think he's overjoyed but... what can you do? You can't tell Ruby anything. Plus Jeremy is actually a reeaally sweet guy, extremely polite and seems to think the sun shines out Ruby's butt... I tend to agree so he's alright in my books.
Anyway, those have been the haps around these parts. I hope some of this explains why I haven't been able to blog. Having spent a long time in bed, it seemed a little silly to blog outfit posts when I think I actually got dressed like... ten times in the past six months. Lol. As I'm still just getting back in the swing of life again, I'm making no promises but I will try to blog as much as I can.
To kick things off I'm starting with a simple outfit post of what I wore today. Which included a pretty Orla Kiely blouse from so long ago... I think it might have been one of the first things I ever bought from them. I paired it with my most comfortable J Brand Jeans, Orla Kiely cardigan and Gucci accessories.
I would really like to post a Retail Therapy Session showcasing my latest buys (Months in bed with nothing to do... yeah I shopped) but we'll see. For now, there's this.
I hope everyone else is doing well and hope that 2016 comes to a swift and final end. Talk to you soon.
(Ps. Who else is excited about Gilmore Girls? I am so excited that I can barely sit still! I started watching it in it's first season all those many moons ago! I grew up with Rory and Lorelei, I laughed with them (a lot), I cried with them... I can't believe it's back!)
(Pps. Did you notice that Lisa Hannigan is wearing Orla Kiely on her new album cover? As if I could love her more.)
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November 19th 2016
Top: Orla Kiely / Jeans: J Brand / Cardigan: Orla Kiely / Shoes: Gucci / Bag: Orla Kiely / Hat: Gucci / Glasses: Karen Walker / Earrings: Satomi Kawakita / Brooch: Vintage / Engagement Ring: Vintage / Wedding Ring: Catbird