Monday, July 15, 2013

On Outlet Shopping

I recognize this is quite belated, but we went to the Aurora outlets (about 40 minutes outside of the city) on Memorial Day.  It was crazy traffic!!!!  We drove around the massive parking lot for some 1.5 hours before deciding to park off site and walk to the mall (risking a parking ticket, though I am under the impression cops out here are less concerned with these than they were in LA).  I did pick up a lovely Kate Spade bag for a steal (50% off everything!!), as well as some Seven for All Mankind jeans in my actual size.  I finally cleaned out my closet of all those jeans from college that no longer fit me.  It felt pretty good to spring clean.
I've been outlet shopping in California, but I think there are more outlets in a closer area than out here...or something.  Maybe people in the Midwest love a good deal??

On Life & Changes

Sorry for the lack of dedication to the blog lately; I've been pondering a job change and what job fulfillment means--some very mid-20s questions that trouble so many of us.  I've started looking for new positions that might be more financially beneficial at this point, but do not necessarily contribute to my career path.  We'll see how things turn out.
With the many changes over the past weekend (the death of Cory Monteith, the acquittal of Trayvon Martin's killer...) I've also reflected on the ephemeral nature of life.  Having lost a close friend a few years ago, this idea often comes to the forefront of my mind and makes me live a little distantly from the world for sometimes days at a time.  I recognize this dulled sensation and hate feeling it, but also have a challenging time escaping it.  In these moments, keeping in touch with the little things (cuddling my dog, the perfection of cold ice cream on a hot day) help bring me back to a sense of normalcy.  I hope these things keep you in touch with some semblance of "normal" for you as well.