Elizabeth Suzann Linen Bel Skirt (small, short) | secondhand via slowre 🙂
Entireworld recycled cotton tee (large, gift from Entireworld)
Birkenstock Arizona Sandals | secondhand via slowre
I love my job/s so much. I love doing this everyday and I love and appreciate all of you who follow along with me.
Just wanted to say that.
And because I talked about my morning routine yesterday I thought I’d mention my evening routine today. That’s easy, because I don’t have one. No, I sort of do, but I’d like to have a “healthier” one.
Lately my evening routine is try to stop working for a bit around 5:30 or so, go downstairs and have a glass of wine, some grass-fed cheese, Mary’s Gone Crackers (my favorite), olives, red peppers, and chill for a minute. While my stepson is here I try to prepare something for dinner, but it usually ends up being roasted vegetables (sweet potatoes, broccoli and red cabbage) and some quinoa or rice, and avocado or an egg, or whatever. Before summer I was cool with just wine and cheese for my dinner LOL.
Not super-healthy, I know. But I do make an effort to eat tons of fruits and vegetables during the day so I get most everything I “need” before dinner so I can just eat whatever the f I want. And Leo eats super-light for dinner, and usually at a different time than I do, so we never really coordinate eating together other than on weekends.
Then by 7 I’m done with the day and would watch something on netflix or amazon then go to bed around 9 and read for a little while. Since my stepson is here we play games or watch Shark Tank together for a while, and then I still go to bed around 9, but often it’s later.
In my head, I want my evenings to be as full and productive as my mornings, but I am NOT good after 5 or so. Especially not in this heat. I win mornings and SUCK at evenings haha. And I get really frustrated with myself for that.
Yesterday I sat down with a notebook and pen (with my wine and cheese) and wrote a little. I’m trying to write more. And I’d like for the evenings, after work, to be the time I sit and read non-fiction. I’m trying to read more non-fiction. I also have that quilt to finish LOL. And I got a sewing machine I want to start using.
Well, summer is hard because my “routine” changes so much, so in a couple of weeks I will work on creating a more productive/fulfilling evening routine, but for now, this is what it is.
But should I talk about the skirt for a second?? I bought this from slowre and even though I never considered buying this skirt from ES, I loved it when I first tried it on. The small is definitely the right size in this skirt, and I definitely prefer the short length on me. FYI, my linen florence pants are medium, and this made me wonder if I should have taken the small in the pants, but pants and skirts are totally different; I don’t thing small is my size in the florence pants. Anyway, I love this skirt so much and absolutely recommend it.
What’s your evening routine?
Hmm, routine? After I get home from work (5, maybe, 6 if I grocery shop) my husband and I exercise (30-45 minutes on treadmill or recumbent bike – we trade -while watching Jeopardy and House Hunters International), shower, dinner (hopefully I’ve remembered to defrost in the morning or at least when I come home at night…) I love to cook so I always make a full meal. Well, I’m trying to make simpler/fewer calorie meals, at least on work nights. But since I take leftovers for lunch, I need to cook something. TV + internet surfing + reading until 9pm, feed & put the cat to bed, make coffee (my coffeemaker timer is my alarm clock in the morning), try to remember to put on retinol & night cream (When I exercise, I always wash my face after showering – if I don’t exercise, I often struggle to remember my evening skin routine). Read in bed until 10 then lights out. Fortunately my husband and I have the same sleep schedule!
My evening routine is pretty consistent, because it mostly involves feeding DS age 4 (and DH lol) and getting the kiddo to bed at a reasonable hour. His sleep cycle is very conditioned by daylight hours, so he tends to go to sleep around 7-7:30 during the school year, and 8:30-9:00 in the summer. That’s fine with me. I usually start cooking around 5:00, and have dinner ready by the time DH gets home (6:30ish). Sometimes I remember to listen to music or a podcast while I cook. I often drink a small glass of something (wine, craft beer, local cider) while I’m cooking. I like to snack a bit on ingredients and tend to eat less of the finished meal, but there’s always leftovers. We don’t really eat lunches other than grazing on leftovers… 🙂 After we eat we go outside for a bit if the weather’s nice, and walk or do a bit of yard work (luck to live in a place where it tends to cool off as the day winds down). If it’s yucky weather, we all play a board game or work on a puzzle (DS is precocious in this regard). Sometimes we break out some ice cream for dessert, and about once a week I bake something along with dinner — usually a pie/crisp/cobbler with seasonal fruit and we eat some of that (the rest ends up being breakfasts!). I always, always make a pot of something hot to drink with everyone (DS just gets a teeny cup and I add some honey/maple and cool it down with an ice cube). Lately it’s been a really nice decaf loose-leaf green tea, but in the winter I usually do an herb blend with lots of nettles which seems to help with my indoor allergies/eczema/immunity issues. After that, I do toothbrushing, potty, PJs and tick check (very important in Lyme land!) with DS, read him a book or two, and say goodnight. I go to bed around 10:00, so that gives me about an hour, hour and a half to myself. Sometimes I read, sometimes play another more “grown up” board game with DH. Once in a great while we watch a movie or an episode of something — not big TV people. I really do sleep better if I avoid screens for that last hour before bed anyway. Right before bed, I brush my teeth, wash my face, moisturize, and that’s it! Sometimes I read in bed for a while if DH is staying up later, since I can never fall asleep when the lights are on in other parts of the house anyway. 🙂
Oh please don’t make me want that skirt (you’re kind of making me want that skirt)…
Evening routine: come home from work/school/summer camp/whatever, get homework started (for son), cook supper, eat supper with son & husband, clean up, make sure homework is finished, switch over laundry if I started it in the morning, hopefully sweep the living room and kitchen, maybe do something fun with son before getting him to get ready for bed. hopefully remember to get the laundry out of the dryer and put away, maybe have time to watch part of a game or read before heading to bed at 9:30 or 10.
I’m exhausted just reading that.
I love that skirt! I’ve been searching for one just like that. But it looks like I want it to on you, and yet, more straight cut on the ES website. I might just make do with my army green one and see if I wear it before I buy one in black. Now that I think about it, I also have an Eileen Fisher one in taupe. They’d all work with a white tee and black slides, so there’s that.
Routine…I guess we’re not very big on routine because Bill’s schedule is all over the place! He can’t schedule meetings during the day because people are working, so it interferes with dinner plans quite often. We really like to eat together, so I usually wait for him to get home (We’re right next door to the church….long commute, huh!?!) We sometimes cook together and then sit downstairs to watch one of our Netflix dark Scandinavian detective shows (For peaceful people, they sure do a lot of creepy serial killer shows!)
Bill goes to bed earlier than me. I’m a real night owl and could (and DO!) often stay up til 1:30am. Here’s how it goes: Me (In my head…I don’t talk to myself.) “I’m exhausted. I should really go to bed now, but I’ll watch the news.” FYI: The news here doesn’t come on until 11:00pm, so I watch it and it’s now 11:30pm.
Me:”Maybe I’ll watch Stephen Colbert’s monologue and then go to bed.” I watch it, it’s hilarious so I’m laughing a lot and it perks me up a bit. “Oh man! He’s got my favorite [actor/singer/newsperson] on. I’ll stay up for that, then go to bed.” I watch until 12:30am and say, “Seth Myers is pretty funny these days. I think I’ll just watch his monologue.” And you can see how I set myself up to be awake at ungodly hours! I sort of want to change that. Sort of.
What fabric is the skirt? It looks so much better than the linen gauze i purchased, which was VOLUMINOUS!
Grechen Reiter says
It’s the mid weight linen! My friend got a gauze one and actually it does look more voluminous – probably because the gauze fabric is lighter weight …this one falls beautifully 🙂
Curious….how do you “put the cat to bed”?
She’s indoor/outdoor with an rfid chip in her collar to get her in the basement garage. We feed her and shut her in the garage at night. And we’ve watched her on the security cameras – she gets into one of her beds after she finishes her dinner 😉
Evening routine. When my husband comes home from work we go to our local park for a walk . That gives us a chance to talk about the day. After that we come home and sometime between 7:00 and 8:00 we eat dinner. We tend to watch a lot of political shows at night and switch around to see how everyone is covering the day’s events. If not that, I try to get him to watch some sort of house hunting show (like Hoyaheel, I love House Hunters International ) or maybe we’ll watch Chopped–generally something mindless. Sometimes we’ll watch a movie (just finished a bunch of British new wave films) or a documentary. We also read a lot, both fiction and non-fiction. I’m not particularly productive at night either.. Trying to get back into knitting while watching tv which I used to do compulsively. Unfortunately I’ve had the same sock going for the past three months.
That’s so sweet!
I hope the regular linen isn’t heavier than the linen gauze, because the latter is very heavy indeed. I think that due to the puckering, the linen gauze has at least twice the amount of fabric in it per square measure than the regular linen. I’d be interested to know how your friend styles her linen gauze bell skirt. I’m sure there are many fabulous ways, but they have not occurred to me. (I even tried some of the stylings on the ES site, but maybe I’m too short, or not shaped “right” for those pairings? They look good on the page, but not so much on me.)
Grechen Reiter says
she wears hers with the petra crop in the same color linen gauze as the skirt – it’s very cute like that – on her anyway, the top is cropped and hangs nicely not too long over the skirt…
Ah ha! That makes sense! Kudos to her for figuring that out. Sadly I have no Petra top, and will not be investing in one just for this skirt, having always bought the Lara top in hopes it would work (didn’t, at least on me, but at least I can wear the top with other things.) Maybe I will follow the advice of others and make the skirt into pillows lol. Or curtains?
Grechen Reiter says
DO NOT MAKE THAT SKIRT INTO PILLOWS !!!
Hahaha!!!! That’s exactly what I thought when you were thinking of making your Sunja Link dress into pillows.
Grechen Reiter says
yes 🙂 i realized that … LOL