I have a bad habit of putting inordinate amounts of pressure on myself to get things done. Things that aren’t necessarily any type of emergency, but that I feel like I just have to get done…
…Oftentimes my own personal to-do list is highly unrealistic based on the time that I have to work with, and I have to talk myself down by reminding myself that the sun will still rise tomorrow if I don’t get all of the laundry put away. I’ve currently gotten myself backed into one of those corners, but this time the pressure to get things done is justified.
Awhile back (2 1/2 years ago to be sorta exact) I had a consult with a foot surgeon in regard to a bunion that was not only wildly ugly, but also was starting to become painful. It had taken me forever to go in the first place because when I thought of bunions I thought of my Grandma’s feet which were…shall we say, unsightly, and so it made me feel old. Once I did some research and found out that they had more to do with genetics (thank you Grandma) than age I got over myself and wasn’t quite so freaked out.
For a number of reasons, I didn’t have it done even though the surgeon assured me that it would only get progressively worse. First of all, I wasn’t a fan of the surgeon; he was of the arrogant variety so I wasn’t impressed. Secondly, I had heard that the recovery can be excruciatingly painful so there was that. Finally, and the biggest reason for the delay was plain and simple, the inconvenience. I would be in a boot for 6 weeks and I would have to stay off of it as much as possible so that the bones could heal. So for all intents and purposes, I’d be incapacitated. It’s my right foot, so driving would be an issue as would going to work, getting groceries, showering (at least until the stitches healed), mowing the yard…the list goes on and on. Yes, of course my husband would help out, but who wants to be unable to do the everyday stuff of life?
In any case, I have gotten to the point that the pain is constant and sometimes unbearable; it even wakes me up in the middle of the night and I’m obviously not even standing on it. Hence another surgical consult with a different surgeon. I’m happy to say this surgeon is much more personable; I can talk to her and ask questions and not feel like she’s talking down to me or that I’m bothering her. I’m not so happy to say, that because I delayed (ya, ya…I know) it is much worse and will require more extensive work to repair it. The surgery is scheduled for May 16th which led to my mini melt down this morning over the to-do list. There truly are things that I have to get done before the surgery.
It just so happens that May is one of those times of the year when much needs done, primarily because of the shift into Summer. The Winter clothes need to go to the attic and the Summer clothes need to come down; that I obviously have to do myself. I need to get all of my outside flowers planted; yes, someone else could do it, but that’s something that I really enjoy doing especially now that my daughter helps me pick out and plant the flowers. Our outdoor/patio living area needs to be set up; my husband does most of it, but there are things that take two of us to do. These are all things I normally start working on this time of the year, but usually I have as much time as I feel like taking; this year I have a deadline.
Now I just need to take a deep breath, step back, make a list and get myself organized so that I can get it all completed…
Is this dress not a breath of sweet Spring air or what? As soon as I saw it while visiting Boutique 16063 last month I knew that it was coming home with me. It has that boho vibe that is so me and the bright floral print and gorgeous turquoise color just sucked me right in. It’s lightweight so it will work all Summer long while also being a perfect layering piece for cooler weather.
I added the long vest not only for a little additional warmth, but also because it made the dress more interesting. I’ve always been a fan of the third piece rule and the vest worked well as my third piece. Technically, your footwear doesn’t count as a piece, but in this case I counted the boots. Originally I was going to go with my taupe otk boots, but I chose black instead because there is a hint of black in the print of the dress and also I thought the black was a little surprising paired with the more Spring-like vibe of the dress.
When putting together an outfit try adding a third piece (belt, vest, blazer/jacket, statement necklace). It takes an average outfit and makes it a standout.
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