Our home is on a high hill and faces down into the valley where the rivers meet and where there is a large city park. On Canada Day night, there are fire works in the park that we can see from our balcony and we're so high up that we look down at them. It's a completely different perspective, one that's still beautiful but not nearly as awe inspiring as seeing all those colors shoot up into the sky high above your head and rain down in sparkling trailers.
I think that's where I'm at. I have a different perspective on a once beautiful sparkle and I realize that without a flame there can be no fireworks. Thanks so much for the support and encouragement in the comments. It is much appreciated. I don't know if this current path will work out. It really depends on if I can handle the scents but I definitely want to give hair styling a try since it's something else I once enjoyed. If it does work out, great. If it doesn't, it'll be on to a new plan that moves forward.
On Saturday, I spent the day in Salmon Arm - a town just over an hour away - with a friend and along with Fabricland, we went to several clothing boutiques and home décor stores downtown and to two thrift stores. The first thrift store was having a sale - all you could stuff into a bag for $3.00. We shared a bag and I bought four items for $1.50 - although now - in retrospect - that seems a bit cheap. We could both have afforded a $3.00 bag - we just got sucked into the sale - VBG. That's the pile on the right.
At the second store, all women's clothing was $1.25 a garment. I bought the four items on the left for $5.00 although you can't see the black with purple striped pair of pants. It's tucked back into the pile. None of the garments fit me. I didn't even try them on. They're all starts - now washed, dried, and waiting in the stash.
The school that I'll be attending at the end of the month is right downtown Vancouver in a very showy, lots of boutiques, high fashion area of the city. It has a dress code that reads - as fashion is subjective and individual, we require that students look professional and fashionable, with the following limitations...
- no denim (jeans)
- no runners, sneakers, or athletic shoes
- no flip-flops
- clothes must be in good repair, clean, pressed, no holes or stapled hems
- clothing must not be too tight or revealing
- clothing must look professional, not too casual
- no athletic wear, this includes Lulu Lemon yoga pants
- hair and makeup must look professional and be done prior to class
- keep jewelry to a minimum
LOVE it! I know there are all kinds of opinions about dress codes but I think they're fabulous for stating expectations and a dress code is not a uniform. In the case of this school, they have an internationally, well respected reputation to maintain and a dress code is part of doing that. This one is not discouraging individuality; it's encouraging professionalism and self respect although I have every expectation that I'll be under-dressed since my small town is not high fashion. I'll worry about a wardrobe when I know where I'm working.
Although I'm looking forward to getting dressed up and going out - both with school and later with work - I doubt I'll sew any new clothes for the first class since it's in three weeks and more important than what to wear will be getting my body in some kind of shape to handle the classroom. I'm not used to standing nor using my arms for eight hours a day and I remember when I went to work at Fabricland several years ago that the first few weeks were excruciatingly painful. I practically crawled to the car my feet hurt so much. SO...
... this week, I'll go for a half hour walk every day and next week, I'll start walking for an hour. I have some light weights so I may carry them around too starting next week. Just in case. Not only will walking help to get me in shape for school but - PLEASE GOD - it'd be nice if it helped me keep off those ten pounds I keep losing and gaining back. I'd really rather work on the next ten - VBG.
Today, I'll be standing and working with my hands all day. I'm off to a friend's house to stamp, stencil, paint, and play with surface design. Pictures (hopefully) tomorrow.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a motivating factor to exercise