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Igigi Back at Weetacon!!

As if I wasn't excited enough for Weetacon this year (and I am very VERY excited), I've just been given another reason to squee: awesome plus-size designer Igigi is once again giving us the opportunity to wear and review their beautiful garments!

If you're not familiar with Igigi, please follow the link to the website and peruse their gorgeous dresses, separates and accessories. Go on. I'll wait.

(Also, if you're curious, you can read my review of the Rosita dress I wore last year.)

Okay, now that you're back, do you see? Do you see, why I'm so excited?? Gorgeous, gorgeous dresses that are comfortable, beautiful and flattering, as well as easy to travel with. As  with Weetacon/Igigi Fashion Shows of the past, we get to pick three items we'd like to wear during a special evening fashion show, and later review for the Igigi website. (Which of our three choices we get is always a delightful surprise that is revealed as we touch down at St. Brendan's on day one of Weetacon!) This year I would love to try any of the following:

  1. The Isadora dress  - I love the black with a pop of red in the floral pattern on the skirt! It would be great for a night out, but with a camisole underneath, it could be worn to work as well.
  2. The Francesca dress in dark currant - Basic, but flattering and pretty! Again, just add the lace cami to cover the cleavage, and it would be great for work and play!
  3. The Tiffany dress in Jade - This would be perfect for work as it already covers the cleavage, and while the bright colour is a bit out of my comfort zone, but we all need to try new things, now don't we?

 Less than a month now till Weetacon. Can. Not. Wait!

Friday Five

Good Lord, but this has been the longest short week EVER!  I think there was an extra Monday and a couple of Wednesdays thrown in there somewhere. Gah! Anyway, here's what's been going on:

1.  At work we went live with our new case management system, Odyssey. It's an awesome program, but getting everything in the system, learning it, and figuring out all the glitches has been trying to say the least. In a few months, however, this thing will ROCK!

2.  I've been taking Arthrotec for about five weeks now, and while my pain is tolerable, it's still there, and so is the muscle and tendon stiffness and soreness. I think there may be more than just arthritis going on, but I haven't got my labs back, yet, so I have no idea. I hope to get those back, and get back in to see my new doctor soon.

3. Despite the pain and stiffness I went back to Kennedy Club Fitness this past Wednesday to work out with my trainer. I'm still not up to the level I was back in August, or even September, but I did better than a couple weeks ago. My mom says I should just take a few weeks off from exercising to let my body heal, but I just can't. I don't want to. And, besides, until I know exactly what's wrong, if I CAN go, I WILL go.

4.  I am SO looking forward to this weekend, I can't even tell you! There will be no yard sales, no home improvement projects (God willing!), and no running around like a couple of crazy people. Just a little light shopping, a little light cooking, and a lot of heavy-duty relaxing! (Wish me luck!)

5.  For your viewing pleasure, this morning's sunrise:


What's Up Wednesday!

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What I'm Writing:  Over the past few weeks I've started writing a couple blog posts, some letters to friends, and a small stone or two, and have finished none of them. Starting projects and not finishing them is becoming a very bad habit for me. One which I need to kick, like, NOW.

What I'm Reading: I'm about to finish The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo. I have truly loved and enjoyed this book. It's not quite a romance novel, but it's about being in love, and there's adventure and ghosts and a murder mystery and so much going on, and yet I never felt lost or overwhelmed. It's simply delightful and I highly recommend it.

As to what I'll read next, I have several actual real-life (as opposed to e- or nook) books to read: The Lake House by James Patterson, Murder in Mariposa Bay by local author Sue McGinty, and Archangel and The Shape Shifter's Wife both by Sharon Shinn. I can't decide which to read first!

What Inspires Me: Lately I've been getting a lot done around the house - selling stuff, getting rid of stuff, fixing stuff. Hopefully this "getting stuff done" will flow over into my writing!

What Else I've Been Up To: Work has been cray cray lately with the rolling out of our new case management system (Odyssey, for those who care). We went "live" this week, and between opening new cases in the new system and migrating old cases, it's been nuts. Odyssey is really cool, though, I must say, and once we're really up and running, I think everyone will really like it!

In other news, I'm starting to plan for my yearly trek to the Frozen Tundra (Green Bay, WI) next month as well as my summer trip to Victoria, B.C., Seattle, and Colfax, WA (for my high school reunion).

Have a great week! Cheers!