Hello! Hello? I know you’re home.*
How is everyone holding up?
Restless? Anxious? Stressed?
You’ve come to the right place. A place where you can set all your cares aside for 90 seconds while you read this post and feel lulled into a sense of deep relaxation (for 90 seconds) listening to the soothing cadence of my written voice.
If I were speaking to you directly, you might not feel as relaxed. The Photographer’s chief observation after nine days of remote working is that I talk loudly into the phone.
I don’t know about that.
We’ll come back to remote work shortly, but first, let’s discuss the jacket I wore for my last in-person meeting, earlier this month.
This jacket — which you’ve seen before — is one of my spring go-to choices. It’s the perfect fabric (cotton boucle) and weight (mid-weight and lined) for those in-between-season days. And the colors — white and slate blue, which reads gray — are nice and light for the coming season.
This jacket is a boxy, motorcycle cut.
I have gravitated toward increasing the definition of my waist since I bought the jacket in 2014/15, so I decided to belt it.
Silver seemed a natural choice — a little distinguished, but relatively low contrast.
I bought this cheap belt very cheaply (final sale) on YOOX, not realizing that it had a logo tab affixed to the end.
You know how I feel about logos!
But from a distance, the tab actually looks like an innocuous graphic element. I think it’s OK. Regardless, I am not sure if I can lop it off. I think that would involve a very sharp knife, a steady handy, and some silver paint. I only have one of those things: a super-scary knife that I am practically afraid to look at, let alone hold.
Continuing my vow to wear jewelry every day, I added a brooch. My colleague thinks the brooch reads “Christmas” but surely there are year-round berries like these. Help, Directorate? Am I wearing an ill-timed holly brooch?
The fun of this brooch is not apparent in photos, but the berries are mobile. The are attached to the leaves with chains and so they move around and re-organize themselves periodically throughout the day.
Since you’re closer, you might as well take a look at the belt.
It’s ridiculous, right? But it works from a distance.
And now we’ve come full circle: Works From a Distance! Here are my observations on Day 9: I move around a lot when I am in my office! My daily steps have dropped precipitously. So, I need to get up and go for more walks during the day. Indeed, perhaps I need to walk around the block every 90 minutes. Also, I am spending more time staring at a computer screen and my eyes are drying out. Must find a way to fix that, too.
Please share your observations about working from home — the funniest or the most worrisome, or both.
I loved all of your comments on Monday’s post. The funniest was the suggestion that our pets may be feeling smothered by our attentions.
One important PSA: The Miss Fisher movie — Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears — is released and streaming. Unfortunately, it is only 1 hour 41 minutes long; I had been hoping for something closer to 20 hours. But I am very excited even for a taste.
Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Pants and blouse: JCrew; Brooch: Sonia Rykiel from The RealReal; Belt: TOMMY JEANS by Tommy Hilfiger
* In certain places, you are home unless you are a health care provider or other essential service provider. If you fall into either of those categories, I’d like to thank you for going to work and taking care of the rest of us. We’ll stay home and be sensible to minimize the risks to you, but are very aware of the efforts that you are making. Thank you, be careful, and stay safe and well.