Coffee Talk 03.27.22

Greetings on this last Sunday in March! I usually feel like this is the longest month of the year, but the months seem to fly by faster and faster, the older I get… even the “long” ones.

I think it also has to do with finally coming out of the fog of the Covid era. The world looks so much brighter now. I was thinking about this just the other day, when I returned to a place that I discovered and frequented during the early months of Covid restrictions.

In those moments, we were all just living our lives one day at a time, doing what we had to do. But looking back on it now, it all seems kind of dark and strange. I’m so grateful to be on the flip side.

Of course, there’s no shortage of other things to worry about in this crazy world, but let’s not focus on that today. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof, and all that.

So yeah, this week was a bit of a blur. I can hardly remember what I did.

The highlight of my week was a college alumni event I attended on Wednesday evening. My alma mater acquired a new president this year, and he’s touring around, meeting with alumni and generally getting to know the extended community of graduates.

When I saw that the event was being hosted at the home of old friends of ours, and because our daughter is a current student, I told Paul I thought we should go. He was like, who are you???

You have to understand, this is not the sort of thing I do. I’ve never attended a high school or college reunion, and I wasn’t the type of student who befriended my college professors, much less the president and his family.

Paul, now he was all about that sort of thing. He keeps in touch with a few of his professors, and he’s attended alumni events at his college several times. All that to say, he was perfectly willing to accompany me, but it was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

I’m glad we went, though. We had a good time catching up with old friends and making a few new ones, and it was nice to meet the president, seeing that my daughter is a current student.

Of course, I was all in a kerfuffle about what to wear. At events like these, I feel extra pressure to dress appropriately. Not that I consider myself an expert in fashion and dress codes, but I know a lot of people expect me to know what to wear.

Since I wasn’t really sure, I elicited some advice from our Facebook Group, and they were extremely helpful. I probably would have worn dressy jeans, and that would have been alright, but I’m glad I leveled up a bit more.

I wore a conservative business casual outfit with black pants and a sweater. A lot of the men were in sports jackets, and the women were in pants or casual dresses. Anyway! I will share more on that in this week’s What I Wore Lately. It’s time for me to get off the computer and get going with my day.

I hope you all have a blessed and relaxing Sunday!

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4 Responses

  1. I think one of the positive results of the pandemic has been that many of us are stepping out of our comfort zones in a lot of ways– in relationships with ourselves and others, in the way we’ve reprioritized things in our lives, and in our willingness to be brave and step outside of our boxes. I look forward to seeing what you wore as I do need those types of outfits occasionally. I bought two pairs of straight-legged dress pants last fall and wore them several times with a sweater. I’d love to find some appropriate blouses that are fashionable and appropriate for events like the one you attended.

  2. Oh, I’m so glad to know that I am not the only one that hasn’t attended any of my high school or college reunions. It’s not my cup of tea, either! I do stay in touch with one girl friend from high school, but not as often as I should. Have a blessed day!

  3. It was fun to see all the suggestions on what you should wear to your college event and your process of deciding what to wear. My husband and I attended the same high school and college so we enjoy going to reunions when we can. I also keep in touch with many of my high school classmates on social media even though it’s been MANY years since high school!😂

  4. Good Morning !!
    I believe you are an expert on fashion and your insights have helped me tremendously ! I’m constantly in front of people and lacked confidence in my style until I started reading your blog and your advice. I enjoy reading your remarks and comments. Thank you for your humble spirit and transparency. I live in the South and look forward to some warm weather styling for the work place.

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