On my way home from the library last night, I snuck into a few stores for a peek. Hardly expecting to buy anything, I always seem to find something when I am not really looking. This dress is a bit fancier than I usually wear to school, but I could not help myself. At the staff meeting today, another teacher told me I "brought the party". I guess someone has to.
Sometimes you just need a weekend away from it all. Incredibly lucky am I to have a friend who has a place in Whistler, another friend who loves to dance, and another friend who can befriend anyone we meet. I am always so excited for Girls' Whistler Weekend, our fifth time since the tradition started over a year ago. I keep thinking they cannot possibly get any better, but they inevitably do. Just a peek at some of the more appropriate photos...
Sometimes I wear things to school just get reactions from my students. Today I was told that I looked like Michael Jackson: "tu regards comme Michael Jackson Mme. Deitcher". I think they meant the shoes...
Dress: Club Monaco
Skirt: made by me
Tights: The Bay
Necklace: chain off my Coach purse
Rings: from Sweden, Club Monaco, Blue Ruby, and New Orleans
I have been having the weirdest dreams lately. Sunday night I dreamt I was chased by people who wanted to kill me, and I ran all around the city trying to escape. Monday night I dreamt I was running the marathon, but every 5k or so I had to climb extremely tall ladders. Whatever my dreams may signify, in real life I have been running faster and for longer each time I work out, as my marathon training is now in full swing. And good thing I got these wonderful new loafers, purchased in Yaletown this weekend, which allowed me to run around and play dodgeball in class with my grade fours today. It seems there is currently a pattern dans ma vie...
Shirt: Club Monaco (stolen from my brother)
Tights: The Bay
Diamond Ring: Club Monaco
Silver Ring: from Sweden
Amethyst Ring: Blue Ruby
Crocodile Ring: from New Orleans Necklace: handmade by a student's mother
“Fate: something that unavoidably befalls a person; synonymous with destiny, luck, kismet.”
Happiness, success, and love – all fates I believe we are entitled to. But perhaps a most serendipitous fate is that of fashion fate. For me, I experienced a fashion fate so clever (and a bit ridiculous) that I cannot take credit for. While out last night for drinks, my date showed obvious curiosity in my new Coach purse. He proceeded to unhook the chain strap and attach both ends, making a long chain necklace. “You should wear it like this,” he said, as he slipped it around my neck. Can you see the light bulb flashing brightly above my head?
Genius? Maybe. A bit silly? Probably. Resourceful? Definitely. Fate? Perhaps...
It has been a wild week. Teaching grade one is very different than what I am used to. Little kids need you for so much - putting rain boots on, opening snack containers, sharpening a pencil... But through a busy first few days, those little kids have shown me love, pure and simple. How to share with others by giving them half your goldfish crackers, how to show friendship by holding hands, how to help someone by finding their gloves in the coatroom – it is that easy. They never question kindness; it just comes naturally to them. And there were situations this week that made me realize love in other ways too. Bringing in my speakers and sub to blast one of my favourite classical pieces of music for my grade three’s, Mars, from The Planets by Gustav Holst = LOVE. My friends and brother returning from holidays to bring me back chocolates (3 boxes I got in total) = LOVE. A handmade necklace by a student’s mother in my grade four class, given to me yesterday = LOVE.
I wish you all to live with love as well :)
New puppets! Little ones for my little grade ones.
Red Heart Necklace worn as bracelet & Turquoise Heart Bracelet: Blue Ruby
It is hard to believe that we can even be thinking about warm weather when snow is in our Vancouver forecast, but recently released Spring/Summer 2011 collections make the beach-appropriate fashions hard to ignore. My mindset is still stuck in scarves, gloves, and toques, but I cannot help to look at outfits that demand sunshine in order to be worn. Upon a recent trip to Seattle, I visited (and always visit) one of my favourite stores, ALL SAINTS. Although most S/S 2011 collections this year are bright and colourful, ALL SAINTS maintains an edgy look. Dark, grungy, yet super feminine, I am praying for this store to come across the border sometime soon...
In the teaching world, jobs come up and are snapped up fast, faster than you have time to submit your resume before the posting closes. I have had my fair share of jobs I've applied to filled by others with more experience, and it can be pretty discouraging / heartbreaking. Yet, sometimes it seems as though luck has more to do with getting a job than anything else. Now finally, (finally!), I am working full time, having just recently receieved a new job teaching Grade 1 along with my Grade 3 and Grade 4 jobs. I spent the past Friday with the lil' ones, meeting them and trying to remember all their names. Running commentary in my head consisted of "aww" for the entire class.
Naturally I decided to treat myself. A little shopping and dinner/drinks with friends capped off the perfect first week back to work, and also serves as the final indulgence before marathon training begins next Tuesday...