Because of scheduling, my usual Thursday Spanish tutoring session has been moved to Tuesdays for the next couple of weeks, starting today. Joy. Let me tell you, what with my yearning to be hibernating, it was tough to leave the house in order to teach that little angel (I feel like calling a 6-year-old a "little horror" on the internet would be a little harsh...oh. Oops.). Anyway, I just went with comfort and layering today:
Just your basic black outfit + grey boots but with a little addition of a maroon cardigan. As I think I've mentioned, I own three identical cashmere cardigans (purple, green, and maroon) and I wear them constantly every fall, winter, and spring.
... Yup, yup.
I thought, because my outfit is so basic today, I'd introduce you to an accessory that I try to wear as often as possible (and wore today), especially when I'm lookin' nice. Meet my fancy ring!
Trust me, my fingers are much more aesthetically pleasing in person. Anyways, isn't that ring a beaut? My parents bought it for me in the late spring of 2006, as a present for successfully completing my Ph.D. qualifying exams and becoming ABD (All But Dissertation). [I bet they didn't think, four and a half years down the line, that I'd STILL be ABD] They'd been looking specifically for a sapphire ring because my mom had one that I'd admired since I was a small child. She decided that, if they didn't find one they liked, she'd give me hers. But they found this one (which is actually prettier than hers - both she and I agree), and on super-sale, and had it waiting for me when I made a triumphal return home to NYC from Philly in May of 2006, mere weeks after the exams.
[A nice side story to this anecdote is that I brought my husband home to meet my parents for the first time on that very trip. They fell in love with him too and thusly the ring has a lot of positive connotations and happy memories tied into it.]
Anyways, that is one of my studlier pieces of jewelry and I love it dearly. It almost always elicits a comment and what most amuses me is that - since I wear it on my left hand, due to wearing my wedding rings on my right - I often get asked in disbelief, "Is THAT your engagement ring?!"
So ... I feel a bit remiss about something. I've been reading Sheila's blog compulsively since the weekend and noted that she often has pictures of her cutie-pie cat in her posts. In a short comment conversation, she noted that she'd look through my own blog to look for pictures of Amalía. And I realized: I'm a horrible cat-owning blogger! I barely have pictures of my adorable kitteh up here! I mean, apart from when I introduced her and the odd posts where she sneaked into the picture, there is no photographic evidence of Amalía on this blog. So ... to get us through the long winter nights, without further ado, here are some cute cat pictures:
Kitty taking a nap on the couch!
Kitty in husband's dresser!
Kitty sitting in a shallow box!
And, for those of us suffering the cold weather ...
Kitty wrapped up in husband's fancy scarf!
So there you go, people. I know no one asked me to put pictures of my kitten on this blog, but I wouldn't want y'all to think that I'm not a crazy cat lady. I am.
Oh, I am.
Maroon cardigan; Gift from mom, via Lord and Taylor
Black shirt: Tony's, a boutique in Old City Philadelphia, remixed
Black jeans: Bulldog by Urban Outfitters, remixed
Grey boots: Frye Paige Huaraches, by way of endless.com
Sapphire ring: Gift from parents
Cat: Mine, all mine [from Animal Rescue League of Boston].