Scarf Challenge Day 11

Today being a lazy, play-Flash-games, read-fanfiction, do-a-little-catching-up recovery day, I decided I’d finally try the “blogger” look.  It’s a simple scarf move–wrap it around your neck until you run out of scarf.  Tuck the ends in.  Voila!  A little slouchy, a little chic, a little I-wore-too-many-turtle-necks-as-a-child…

Anyway.  What do you think?  (The thing you can’t see in my fantastic Photo Booth pictures is that my shirt is very dark teal with horizontal black stripes.  Or is that black with very dark teal horizontal stripes?)  Earrings from my favorite jewelry-maker, Sihaya Designs.Photo on 2013-01-24 at 18.25 Photo on 2013-01-24 at 18.25 #2 Photo on 2013-01-24 at 18.24 #3

Day 21: Slow Recovery

My lightbox arrived yesterday, and huddling in front of it does appear to help with my Really-Not-a-Morning-Person brain and my mood. I plugged it in and basked in it for a half-hour or so, and decided that maybe I did have enough energy to go find the nearest English-speaking doctor’s office.

The doctor confirmed what we suspected: not broken. He said there’s a lot of blood and fluid built up in my elbow from the bruise, but that it should gradually abate over the next week and the swelling and pain should go down. He also sent me to the pharmacy to pick up paracetamol (I feel British!), an anti-inflammatory, and the French version of Voltaren gel, which is a topical anti-inflammatory gel that is PURE MAGIC. Smelly magic, but still.

I also burned through my bandwidth Skyping with my internet friend Liz, which cheered me up immensely. Not the burning through the bandwidth part, though–for whatever “bizarre” reason, I just can’t manage to keep my daily upload under 1.2GB and my daily download under 2GB. And *gasp* in all the reaching my bandwidth cap pretty much every day since we got here, not once have I attempted to illegally download anything! (I spend a lot of time internally wishing ill on whoever though this system would be a good way to limit piracy among French college students. Also on whoever decided to put bumpy wallpaper that practically brushes off the wall on walls in a DORM.)

So today I’m recuperating and pretending to work on grad school applications.

Also, this comic is pretty much my life.

Service Interruption

Welp, trying to head to a “language café” tonight, I slipped on black ice (I fail at snow) and have sprained my right elbow(possibly broken? I hope not–no swelling, but I can only straighten my elbow to a certain point, although I’d say that point is 170 degrees out of 180). At least it’s my non-dominant hand. And we have ice packs from the last time I failed snow.

I’m lonely and discouraged at the moment. Good thoughts, prayers, and distractions appreciated; platitudes not. I’m spiky and irritable enough that I told my husband all his cooking sucks just because I needed to lash out.

Ugh.

A Backlog of Scarves: Days 3 and 4

Shall we?

Day Three

I cheated.  I wanted to try out the “blogger look”you know the one, but I discovered that the scarf I wanted to wear wasn’t suitable for wrapping around my neck–because it was already an infinity scarf!  So I just looped it around twice, comfy- and slouchy-looking.

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My outfit that day was pretty awesome too:

Scarf and Shorts: Plato’s Closet  –  Shirt: hand-me-down (I think)  –  Tights: Target ($3!)  –  Boots (which you can’t see): DSW
Exercise Ball That is Stealing The Scene: Target

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Day Four

I cheated some more.  This is your standard overhand knot, but I used a Through The Wire Headband (in yellow, obviously) from Modcloth.  The zig-zag wire inside the headband/scarf keeps it in place and makes the ends stand out.  So a very polished look for .00001 units of effort.

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Shirt: Target  –  Cardigan: closet (I’ve had it since high school)  –  Scarf: Modcloth  –  Jeans: Kohl’s
Earrings: Sihaya Designs  –  Boots: DSW

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Day 10

Today was FULL OF SUN, which was an enormous blessing. Tom said that when he headed over to school this morning at 8 AM, there was a dusting of snow on everything, enough so everything was just barely touched with white and gorgeous.

Of course, I am a chronically late sleeper (and I stayed up until 3 AM last night? ooooops), so by the time I woke up, there were little fragments of snow between the tufts of grass, and little lines of snow on car bumpers. It was just enough snow to have turned to ice in spots with lots of foot traffic that are permanently in shade.

I know this because I went and got a bike today! Yay! My to-do list for today was extra-ambitious (particularly considering that I got up at noon? ahem), but I layered up in tights under my running tights and a shirt under my cold-weather running shirt and headed in to the city to get a bike.

Getting a bike was easy. Getting home was…not easy.

The bike paths are relatively well-marked inside the city, less so in the outskirts and suburbs, and suffer an enormous problem of indicating very clearly where a bike path ended (usually and a portion of needing to walk your bike amongst pedestrian traffic began)…but not at all clearly where the next bike path would be. And I discovered that my tiny bike map, showing major streets and bike paths, is useless when you’re turned around in the middle of several blocks of tiny residential streets, particularly with the level of extensive road construction that is going on everywhere.

I got turned around once, and when I realized how far back towards the city I had gone, I was not going to bike back up and down the huge hill I had come over to backtrack. So I made a big circle, and in the process found the riverside path next to the Metz Pompadeu (local arts center) and the Seille (the river that runs around Metz)—gorgeous.

Unfortunately, by the time I was home, I had spent an hour and a half biking around in the (literally) freezing weather, the sun had set, my muscles were (and are!) sore, and I was very dehydrated. When I got in to our apartment, I pretty nearly collapsed on the floor. My lovely (if begrudging and still exhausted from being sick) partner stripped off my cold outer layers, bundled me into bed, and fed me bon bons (if bon bons are “hot chocolate and some shortbread-ish cookies we had laying around” 😛 ).

On the bright side, a: Tom, who is allergic to the cold, was not out in the cold for two hours and b: I am getting a much better sense of the roads in the south and east of the city. I might very well be able to bike to church next Saturday without getting hopelessly lost!

Other bright side: catching up on Elementary and relaxing this evening. Will get to the rest of the to-do list (laundry, shopping, vacuuming, French lessons, grad school applications) tomorrow. In the meantime, I have a sexy husband ignoring me in favor of his computer. Time to go steal a couple of kisses. (And then watch the rest of Elementary–I went over my tiny bandwidth cap for the dorm internet, so we’re waiting up for midnight to finish the episode. Hee.)