Week in Review: Week 94

Busy week. Busy busy busy. I’m making myself busy with blogging and vlogging and vlogmassing (spellcheck wanted to change that to massaging and that sounds really good). I tend, when I get into something, to go all in. And I’m really really trying to learn video editing. And while my vlogs are still crappy, they’re getting a little less crappy each time (smile).

Did a photo shoot last Saturday with a new photographer. I look tired but the pictures are nice.

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Then I made a video about increasing your wardrobe by incorporating the use of base layers.

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Caleb and I made it to the little local beach.

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Sunrise.

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Designing a graphic tee.

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A walk in the park.

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Caleb makes friends wherever he goes.

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Katie went through TWO chocolate-filled advent calendars in about four days.

She’ll be home this Wednesday – yay!!!

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Santa Claus is coming to town.

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I did something a little extra this time cuz I heard about a new Adobe video app called Spark so I gave it a try. It’s basically the same as Animoto, but it’s free. Take a look and let me know what you think in the comments!

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Week in Review: Week 93

Thanksgiving is behind us and now we’re racing ahead to Christmas – and if not Christmas, what holiday (if any) will you be celebrating this winter? I feel like every year I hear about more different holidays, and really, growing up, I only heard about *my* holidays, and since that’s all my family celebrated, that’s all I knew there was. I’m so grateful that school-children these days are being taught about many different ethnicities and what they celebrate. That’s a big step towards future inclusivity.

It’s weird, in some ways I feel we’re – humanity as a whole – getting so much better about accepting that there are people that are different than we are and accepting them as just as valued? Entitled? Not sure of the right word there, but…that we ALL have a place here. No one is more entitled than anyone else…and no one is less entitled. In theory. Because in many ways I feel we’re going way off the rails as far as valuing everyone equally, and treating  them equally. And *I* certainly don’t know what the answer is – but education is a big part of it.

Whoa. That got real serious real fast. Just thinking of the holidays got me started.

Anyway. This week!  The highlight was definitely doing a photo shoot with Jennifer of Peanut&Pip Photography…with Caleb. Her photography is amazingly beautiful and I’m thrilled with the outcome (it looks like WordPress is mucking with photo quality here). My boy is getting so old and while I have tons of pictures of him, I don’t have any nice pictures of us. And I will treasure this forever.

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It’s getting more and more challenging for me to catch sunsets these days, but I did get to see this lovely sky on my way home that day.

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Work outfits for the week ahead.

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My weekly hair update, ha. It’s coming in…interesting how varied the color and growth rate is all around my head.

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Really making an effort to see as many sunsetty skies as possible. It gives me a chance to just take a moment and go, ahhhhh.

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I loved this cardi from Gwynnie Bee. You’ll see it more in an upcoming blog post.

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Up early working at the computer…and the kids were hanging out behind me.

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Another OOTD from this week. I realized I was wearing a lot of solids on solids and they needed something to break up the big expanse of “solid colored boob area,” either a necklace or a scarf. After this summer I certainly have no shortage of scarves, so…Plus, it was an exceptionally balmy day for November and I got one more day of bare legs in. Yay.

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Say it with me now….AHHHHHH.

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The current state of things. I’ve still got some boxes around but at least they’re pretty. My goal is to have the living room totally devoid of boxes before the Christmas tree arrives. I better get on that!

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And my Big News (ha)…I’m doing Vlogmas this month on my Fashion Schlub YouTube channel. Now, I’m almost embarrassed to mention it cuz the production quality is so so bad…BUT I really hope that by doing a vlog Every Single Day for the next 24 days I will have improved, at least in some areas. Anyway, the quality has nowhere to go but up, so…that’s something to look forward to! They’re short, just sort of a look at my day, a little fashion, a little miscellaneous. If you’re interested, here’s Vlogmas Day 1 (please have very low expectations, ha). And I would love if you would leave a comment on the page or a “thumbs up”!

Week in Review: Week 92

Wow, another week has passed! Yes, this was a “short week” but I managed to squeeze more out of it. I’m feeling so good I’ve finally gotten back to unpacking (yes, I am still surrounded by boxes!) and reorganizing the space. AND keeping a thought towards making room for a Christmas tree soon!

So, while I just moved here in August, I’ve had some things in boxes for…8 years! Oh my goodness! I sold and moved out of my house (where I’d lived for 14 years) in October 2009, and some things have not been unpacked in all that time. So it’s always a surprise to open a box marked “Kitchen slash pottery slash metal things slash living room not vital,” because after all this time, who KNOWS what’s in there?!? It’s fun to see things again after so long.

This picture my daughter colored for me when she was little little, maybe 5 or 6? Thank goodness she signed her last name to it or I would never have known who it was from!

I found my old wedding album oh joy. Everyone looks so young. And pink. And poofy.

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And my niece and daughter…when she was still young enough that I could dress her as *I* wanted. I think I have this exact outfit now.

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Dime Savings Bank is very generously doing a campaign where they’re donating $10 to nonprofits when people post what they’re thankful for on social media along with the hashtag #DimeGivesBack and tagging the nonprofit of your choice. Obviously I’m supporting Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism, where I work.

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I couldn’t believe that Trader Joe’s had No. Fresh. Flowers. on Wednesday. Yes, I know it was the day before Thanksgiving, but still! I’ve never witnessed such a thing! For the record, I think Trader’s has The Best Selection of cut flowers at the best prices anywhere (except a wholesale market). They’re my go-to for flowers for the house and for gifts so this was a disappointment.

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On Thanksgiving Day I just hung out at home with the kids….

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Drinking tea and eating pie…

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Getting updates from my daughter, sister and nieces in South Carolina…

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From left to right: Niece, Grand-Niece, Daughter, Sister. Aren’t they all beautiful? I wish I could have been there with them. Maybe next time.

Late in the day we went for a ride (“IN THE CAR!” said Caleb excitedly)…

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To see the sunset.

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I had a friend over the next day for a post-Thanksgiving brunch. At 6pm.

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This morning I filled the kitchen with smoke…but look how pretty the light rays are coming through it from outside.

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And that’s my week! One holiday behind us, another one ahead. Have you started on Next Holiday Prep…whatever it might be?

Week in Review: Week 90

Wow, the time change last weekend really threw me for a loop! It’s amazing what a difference an hour can make! I’m home from work by 4:25-4:30…and I think most every day this past week I was in my nightgown and cooking dinner by 4:45! I was ready for bed by 7pm. Ha. And I gave myself a week to just go with it. So, my apologies for being totally absent for a week. I just couldn’t get myself going. At all.

I feel like I’ve somehow missed so much “leaf peeping” this autumn…so I’m trying to get out on my lunch break from work a couple times a week just to see some prettiness before it’s all gone. In this outfit I sorta felt like *I* was autumn foliage!

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Floral top from Bobeau; rust fleece cardigan from Rainbow shops; jeans from Charlotte Russe; vintage headscarf

I did manage to see the tail end of sunset one evening when I raced straight to the harbor before even going home. I felt guilty going without Caleb 😦

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If you watched my plus size Fall Haul vlog on YouTube a week ago you’ll know I *planned* to send this Old Navy dress back, as much as I love it, because it was a little “hip bump clingier” than I like. BUT, once I tried it with the black cardigan, I decided to keep it. And I’m glad I did. It *does* need an old school full slip underneath as the brushed cotton fabric is going to really stick to tights once it gets a little colder.

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Plaid dress from Old Navy; black duster cardigan from Old Navy; oatmeal cotton cloche from Headcovers Unlimited

I did manage to get out one evening to see a documentary called “Swim Team” with some friends, about a swim team in New Jersey made up solely of young adults on the autism spectrum. The film covered their challenges, struggles and successes. It was very sensitively done and really a nice film. The film-maker was there at the screening to answer questions so that’s always an added bonus.

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It’s been a long weekend for me. And I STILL hardly did anything, ha! I’d had plans to do some blog shooting with a friend on Friday but when I woke up that morning it was like a mini polar vortex had swept in over night and I made the executive decision that NOPE, we were not going to stand outside all day in the freezing cold, taking pictures of one another.

OH – another little exciting thing happened this week for me…but you’ll have to wait til Tuesday’s blog post to find out about that. Heh heh heh. Don’t’cha hate when someone says, “I have a surprise for you…but I’m not going to tell you what it is” ??

Here’s hoping for a more productive week ahead! Did you guys get as set-back with the time change as I did??

Week in Review: Week 89

This past week gives a little preview of the cold season to come with fewer outdoor activities. Between some colder temps, a 2-day power outage, and a big work event…I didn’t do much this week.

I finished up last week’s challenge to take a black-and-white photo of my life every day.

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Sometimes I think he’s dead. And my heart stops.

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I swiped this pic from my niece. It’s my adorable GRAND-niece in her Halloween pj’s. I can’t even.

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Trick-or-treater sighting.

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The troublesome tree.

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Had dinner with friends one night. My food was horrible but Carvel made up for it. Some people have never heard of Cookie Puss. Have you?

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Saturday night’s work event.

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And now it’s another rainy Sunday, which I’m grateful for as I don’t feel obligated to go out and do anything on a dreary rainy day. And it’s going to get dark extra early this afternoon…and forevermore. Did you remember to set your clocks back??

 

Week in Review: Week 88

Started the week last Sunday with another day-trip, this time up to 7 Lakes Drive in Harriman State Park with a couple little detours to Croton Dam and Sing-Sing Prison.

But first, donuts 🙂

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The foliage was just about to hit peak…

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We had dinner at a cute place on a marina…

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That was also five minutes from Sing-Sing Prison.

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Caleb had stayed at my ex’es for two days and when I picked him up he had an upset tummy…that lasted all week. Poor boy. Poor Mom, mopping all through the day and night.

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Found some pretty foliage spots right in my own backyard (figuratively).

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Got sucked in involved with an online photography challenge of posting a black and white photo of my life every day. Four days to go.

One of my outfits-of-the day. This one has a little story that goes along with it, if you don’t follow me on Instagram…I was browsing in a plus size store that afternoon and there’s a girl and a guy looking through the racks near me. I hear the guy say “what about this?” And the girl goes, “are you kidding me? Who puts a big girl in stripes?” So I stepped into the aisle where they were right next to me and said, “uh, hello?!” Ha. She looked a little embarrassed and tried to backtrack by saying yeah but those are skinny stripes look at the one he’s holding its wide stripes” (like THAT matters!) and I just said WEAR WHAT YOU LIKE!!! and went about my day. I considered it my little teachable moment.

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What I’m Wearing: Striped dress from Old Navy; Military shacket from Charlotte Russe; black flats from Payless; vintage headscarf

I puppy-sat a couple nights.

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I had dinner out with a friend one night…and am working on this week’s vlog…and that’s the week! Next week, HALLOWEEN…and setting the clocks back, ugh.

Hope you’re enjoying the season!

Bettye xoxo

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Week in Review: Week 86

After my week of feeling cranky, then my week of getting out Every Damn Day…the pendulum swung back to the middle this week and I just had a nice quiet week and enjoyed it.

Peeking. Always peeking.

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This is what I’m currently reading. It hasn’t really grabbed me yet but I read so many good reviews on it that I’m trying to stick it out. I never read “The Jane Austen Book Club.”

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I puppy-sat a couple days this week.

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Last show of summer…

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First show of fall.

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This lil guy found a warm spot in the sun.

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I came home Friday to a leafless tree.

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And now it’s weekend. Continuing to feel a little better every week. Taking it easy today, tomorrow I hopefully have plans with friends. And you??

Bettye xoxo

Weeks in Review: Week 83-84

Hey, cats & kittens! Sup??

I’m sort of over my cranky hump of last week because I’ve been forcing myself to go out, for better or worse. When you don’t feel well for a long time you just sort of get used to staying home…but I had finally hit the wall. So, while my legs are not really any better at carrying me around, I’m making them do it anyway even though it’s a struggle. Eventually I get home and collapse on the bed – for hours. But til then…I’m gettin’ out, baby!

I read “The Girls’ Guide to Hunting & Fishing.” It’s not my usual MO, but I liked it. I liked the characters, it was an easy, fast read…and I’ve already bought something else by her which I will hopefully like as much. I give it a 3.5 out of 5. That’s pretty good for me. I think I’ve given like 3 books a 5 in my adult reading life: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Power of One and All the Light We Cannot See. If you think we have similar book taste you can follow me on Goodreads.

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I puppy-sat two weeks ago. It was a beautiful day but no one wanted to sit outside with me.

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I started taking advantage of the beautiful area I moved to recently.

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Caleb is such a peeker*

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Just another beautiful sunset.

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Finally made it to a beach. It was just in time for the sun to go down, but still…

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I love this picture. Now, this has NOTHING to do with having cancer. But do other people see pictures of themselves and think “I have to tell someone I want this picture in my “life collage” at my funeral?” Maybe that’s just a regional thing where family members put together big photo collages for display at the wake or funeral service. I actually have a folder on my computer where I’ve started putting pictures I want displayed. Hey, that’s the last time I lot of people are going to see me – I’m not leaving THAT up to someone else. I have a *lot* of plans (guidelines?) for my funeral – and this goes WAY back before the cancer.

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Oh, it’s just a dog driving a BMW.

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I can’t resist a good sky.

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See above*

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A good friend made this beautiful bench for me. He’s calling it a bench. I’m using it as a table. It’s so smooth. I keep petting it.

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This bunny comes to the front yard every day.

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My friend Johnna and I went to a “doggy brunch” this morning. Cute concept but it was a little rough on Caleb. I brought a little rug for him to lay on but it was so busy he couldn’t really settle in. Getting up and down is hard for him these days so it can take him awhile to decide to lay down. Johnna’s 5-month-old Italian Mastiff , Shine, was *such* a good boy! He’s all velvety and loose-skinned and sweet.

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And that’s that! I plan on continuing to get out as much as possible. I have to start getting a LITTLE fit again so everything is not SO hard for me.

Have a good week, yo!

 

Week in Review: Week 81

It was a quiet week for me…in a good way.

Tuesday was my birthday and my lovely office-mates got me oodles of goodies!

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I got a bunch of emails from 1969.

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Caleb enjoying his new view.

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I’m enjoying my new view, too.

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Nature dancing on my wall.

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Wig shopping.

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After pouring spoiled milk over the last bowl of cereal I had to improvise breakfast.

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What I’m reading now. Janey loves when we stay in bed all day.

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Thinking good thoughts for all the people in the world being hit hard by weather these past weeks…hoping they all get the help they so desperately need…grateful (selfishly?) that my loved ones are safe. Hoping for an easier week ahead for everyone.

Bettye

Week in Review: Week 80

This was a week of rest – rest from packing and moving, resting from chemo. I feel so good in the new place. It feels very peaceful and relaxing. It’s good.

I spent a lot of time home alone with the animals this week. Caleb is so sweet to share his food with Miss Jane.

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Janey has so many new favorite spots in the new place.

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I did make it into work a couple days…it’s always sad to leave them behind.

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My sister asked if my hair was pixie cut length yet. Not quite. It’s still 5’o’clock shadow length.

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When you’re awake at 3am cuz foot pain is keeping you awake, you do scary face masks.

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OH. MY. GOSH. These are my favorite chip snack and I NEVER see them in New York. But they’re at my new local grocery store! Score!

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Ruh-roh. Had a blowout on the way to the airport to pick up my niece. Fortunately I was not yet on the parkway and I managed to find a tire place that was open on Labor Day and I was pretty quickly on my way. Still, a little unsettling.

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Was only a little late to get to the airport and we had a nice visit and dinner here in Northport before I had to drop her at the train to head into the city for work. It’s so good to have even a little time with family so this visit was really appreciated.

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And now Labor Day is drawing to a close…summer is drawing to a close…BUT…tomorrow is MY BIRTHDAY!!! Looking forward to that 🙂

Hope y’all had a nice holiday weekend.

Bettye xoxo