Hello friends! 2018 sped quickly out of the gate for me and I’m still working to catch up! Family matters and health issues have kept me away from the blog for a bit. My job has kept me pretty busy as well; the end of the year and the beginning of a new year are busy times for me. Obviously, my family and our health takes priority, and my job helps pay the bills, so the blog ends up getting the short end of the stick during these busy times. I will try to get here as much as I can. Thanks so much for sticking with me and for your patience.
Speaking of busy schedules, this past Saturday we traveled two and a half hours to Lynchburg, Virginia to watch my stepson compete in a state shot put meet. The competition started at 10 a.m., but his event wasn’t scheduled to start until about 4 p.m. When we got there around 3 p.m., we found out that it was going to still be several hours before he would throw. His coach told us we should head out and do something rather than sit in the building doing nothing. So we explored Lynchburg, got a little bite to eat, popped into an antique store and ended up shopping at Maurices, a women’s clothing store, and Old Navy. We still had some time to kill when we returned to the stadium so we talked to some of the other athletes and watched a few of the events.
Finally, Jaekob started to throw a little after 8:30 p..m. His first throw was average for him but with his second throw, he beat his own personal record and qualified to throw in the finals round. By the end of the evening he had taken the top spot in the state for shot put. We are so proud of him!
Enjoy the Ride or Be Careful?
Watching all of the young athletes warm up and compete in their events was pretty invigorating. Talking to some of them was even more inspiring. They feel like they can do anything. They always seem to be looking at what they can do and not at what they cannot do. One young lady had injured her calf during one of the races and although it was bruised up and swollen, she told us she was still going to try to run another race before the night was over! Even with an injury, she was looking forward to her next accomplishment.
Age and experience certainly make many people cautious as they move forward in life, don’t they? Take me for example. My husband I were recently talking about whether we would go skiing this year. I’m not a great skier, but I can get down the bunny slope without falling (well, most of the time). But I told him I didn’t think I would go this year because I didn’t want to get injured. I have fallen pretty hard during past ski trips and it took me several weeks to recover from the pain.
While I don’t want to be injured at any time in my life, this year I’m planning to run another half marathon in May and I don’t want to get injured before I start seriously training for that run. And training for distance running can bring on injuries if I’m not careful. So I think I have a good reason for skipping the ski trip this year. I think.
Still, I can’t help but wonder if I’m using the training and the marathon as an excuse. I always have a great time skiing. It’s a full body workout and I’m outdoors, which I love. Hanging out in the ski lodge after a long day of gliding down the slopes is fun, too. I wonder if I were younger would I say no or would I say yes to the ski trip and yes to the marathon as well. Or would I still be careful? What would you do?
I have a feeling I’m going to do both – ski and train for the half marathon. Both are a heck of a lot of fun. And I think I’d rather take the risk, but be extra careful, and enjoy the ride.
Well, that was a long way to tell you about my plans for the next few months!
I know it’s definitely been ski weather in my neck of the woods. In fact, it’s been so cold these last few weeks that I wanted to show you something today that reminded me of warmer months. What better way to do that in the middle of winter than with fun palazzo pants and a warm yellow sweater?
This look started with the pants, which I found online at Macy’s. I wanted pants that I could wear to work that weren’t your run-of-the mill suit pants or skinny leg styles. These pants feature a fuller, palazzo-like style, which I think is so much more flattering on me than skinny pants. The wide legged style also makes them extremely comfortable.
The color and the stripes make them easy to wear year round. For this time of the year, I paired them with this yellow sweater that I picked up from Amazon. The color is a perfect match to the yellow stripes in the pants.
To add a little more interest (and warmth) to the top, I wrapped a black scarf around my neck. I’m also wearing black pumps and carrying a classic black clutch. The black accessories help to connect all the pieces together and they stand out so nicely against the lighter colors.
This outfit is fine on its own to wear to the office, but adding a tailored black blazer that nips in at the waist will take this look up another notch. The cinching at the waist will help give you an hourglass figure, especially with these full-style pants.
I kept my jewelry to all gold pieces because I like how the gold looks against the yellow of the sweater. Gold jewelry adds a warm glow to an outfit, which is what I was going for with this look. My gold pieces are fairly simple because there’s already a lot going on with the stripes, the bright yellow sweater and the scarf. I’m wearing a simple gold initial necklace, gold hoop earrings and Alex and Ani bangles (all are pieces I’ve had for years).
These palazzo pants are perfect for work but can also be worn casually with some boots and a jean jacket thrown over the top. In the spring and summer, add espadrilles or sandals and a short sleeve shirt and you’ve got an easy peasy outfit ready for when the temps warm up.
Photos by Hunter I. Riddle
What I Wore
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