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I need your help with something very important. But first, a quickie recap of Easter weekend.
I hung out at home by myself on Sunday because I couldn’t find anybody to watch Barney, and he’s not a very friendly dog, so I can’t just take him everywhere with me. However, it turned out that I was in need of some serious ME time, so I couldn’t have asked for a better Easter. Not to mention, I didn’t have all that candy and junk in front of me all day (which in itself was totally worth it).
I spent the day watching old Doctor Who and working on some stuff for an upcoming craft show at Iowa State. Since nobody else was home, I moved my craft stuff into the kitchen / living room area for better lighting and so I could watch TV on Mark’s awesome TV.
I made about 12 zipper bags. I need to take “official” photos of them so I have them for my records. Since I make these from scraps, every bag I make is different and I like to see all the different ones I’ve made.
I used the improv block that I made during my patchwork class for one of these bags. And it was by far my favorite bag of the day.
I also used up the last chunk of this paisley fabric that my friend Adria gave me a long time ago. It’s not really my style. But she was sick of it after making her mom a quilt with it, so she gave it to me. And now I’m really sick of it. I made what is quite possibly the ugliest bag I’ve ever made. Not my taste. But somebody will like it.
And I made cookies for this month’s installment of the cookie of the month club. I used Martha Stewart’s recipe for flourless peanut butter cookies and omitted the chocolate and nuts (yes — I did GF because I knew I’d eat some, and I’d be less miserable if they were GF) and put Rolos in the middle. They turned out highly addictive, so I packed them up and took the extras to work today (sorry Mark).
I used the rest of my “me” Easter day to pamper and go to the gym. There was a bubble bath and pedicure involved. Obviously no photos of the bubble bath.
I didn’t even think about the possibility of the gym not being open because it was Easter until I posted a photo on Instagram and Janetha commented about me being lucky to have an open gym. Instead of panicking, I took the chance and biked there anyway. It WAS open. I go to the gym at Iowa State and they aren’t closed unless the university itself is closed. If they closed on Easter, they’d have to close for every other religious holiday (it’s a public school), so they don’t close on Easter. The only reason they close on Christmas is because nobody is on campus during that time.
Note: biking to the gym + leg day is not advised.
And now for the serious business.
So I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it or not, but I’m going to this little shindig — the BLEND Retreat — next month.
Did I mention that? I thought I might have.
I’ve got my bed and breakfast booked for the drive there and drive back. The drive there might just be my old roommate, Nick’s, new place in Omaha, but the drive back stay includes a whirlpool.
But here’s where I need your help.
I’m shopping for a dress for first night there. Everybody’s doing it, so I thought I’d join. I don’t NEED another dress, buuuuut I want one. I’m hoping to get some opinions before they sell out on sizes that could potentially fit me.
I found this lovely site called Nasty Gal. Yeah. That’s the name.
And I have my choices narrowed down to these finalists.
Right angled sequin dress — $16 on sale
This one I’m kind of worried about belly pooch and the fact that my top isn’t that busty. I might get it and if it doesn’t work gift it to my friend Steph, who is a little smaller and a lot less poochy than me. It’s $16.
But then there’s this one that’s got the same issues as the first one, but it only comes in a small. And it’s also only $20.
Metal Mania Dress — $20.40
I like this one for obvious reasons. It also seems a little less structured than the one above it. I’m just worried that small is NOT going to fit.
But this next one is only $24. And I don’t see any issues with it. Other than the fact that I don’t typically wear white.
Georgia Lace Dress — $24
Hrm. Out of these three I like the second one the BEST but I’m really worried about the size. I should be asking Steph which one she likes the best. Ha.
And there’s this one. It’s Calee pink. And it is going to show off my back that I’ve worked super hard on the last few months. So I’m pretty sure I’m going to get this one. But I want to know which other sale dress I should grab. Or if you hate this one. Because if that’s the case, I’m getting two of the sale dresses.
Racerback Wrap Dress — $48
I need all the help I can get. Comments are appreciated! Thank you.
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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