Disconnection

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A day of little sleep.
A day of barely functioning.
A day of minimal production.
A day of of waste?
Or was it a day of healing?

~putting one foot in front of the other~

Photo: Lane Coder - Underwater Photography

Trying to catch up

Vintage photo woman runningAbsolutely not complaining – dievca is grateful.
Just a little behind…ok, a lot behind.
What was added:

  • Back to work the afternoon of the “Red Eye” flight, thought there would be three days grace.
  • Caught up with Master – always an important Joy
  • Sold three eBay items while traveling, needed to ship immediately and the printer is out of ink
  • Sold four more items last night, again, no ink.
  • Co-workers begging to cram in meetings before Labor Day.
  • Most important, trying to get to Mom

How is your weekend shaping up?

 


Working on a new position…

1966_Vargas girl red nylons yoga

Well, my boss said that if I didn’t like working under him, I should look for another position.”

Hmm~ not exactly appropriate for many reasons from a boss, but appropriate if it was your Sir/Madame.


A grueling week has ended.


Something to beat the Slush on a Saturday!

dievca is off to work.
Here’s a little Sunshine for your day.
XO


For that Secret Santa gift….

So, your workgroup decided to do a gift exchange and the limit is $20 – dievca found the gift:

BeautyBlender Zodiac Make-up Sponge $20

dievca really hopes someone gets her one because the reviews on the BeautyBlender Sponge are phenomenal and with the zodiac sign it will make the gift “hers”. XO

Zodiac Collection

OK, so your giftee is male.  He might like the make-up sponge, but in case he flows away from make-up, perhaps a Swiss Army Walker kit will do it:

Swiss Army Walker

 


The look for less?

A vs. B

A:  Rag & Bone:
100% Cashmere Mock Neck Top $495
100% Cashmere Sweatpants $425
Total Cost = $920.00

B:  Winnifred Grace:
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatshirt $62
82% Cotton 18% Polyester Etoile Sweatpants $58
Total Cost = $120.00

It would be lovely to have either set.

But the green color, stars, and cost have bumped dievca into the ‘Look for Less’ choice.

Which option would you choose?


“If you can, do. If you can’t, improvise.”

A Gentleman stopped dievca in the back hallway of her building, she was walking her bike to hang it up in the bike room.

“Do you work in fashion?”
“No”
“You always have the greatest clothes and accessories!”
(WHAT?!?!?)
“Uhh, Thank you. Maybe I’m just trying to hide my short self in fine feathers.”
(Heh,heh)
“No – when I see you, you look great and always have fun things.”
(OK-Wow, Thanks.)

Let’s analyze what dievca had on (click photos for larger image):

 

Fun, right? Hmm~
dievca is not tall and elegant.
she’s not a model and won’t be in a street style photoshoot anytime soon.
But, she does do a lot of improvising!
XO

Note: The Zadig & Voltaire Sweatshirt is available and on sale, the Urban Outfitters socks are available, and the RE/done mask is available. Shoes, Backpack, Sunglasses, Tee, Pants, and J Crew Anorak might be on eBay.


Masked and ready

dievca’s schedule has shifted and at this moment she is back to work on Saturdays – masked and ready.
Here’s hoping that others are masked and regaining employment, too.
Thinking of everyone with positive wishes.
d.

Comic: Gary Varvel 2020

Lookin’ for inspiration & Takin’ Care of Business

Bachman-Turner Overdrive
Reminding dievca of her older brother
And getting some giddy-up to get moving to work on a Saturday.
Enjoy your day off…😘


After work — for your Sir/Madam


Keep it simple and clean.
Sexy will shine through.


When you work on Saturdays

Anouki Areshidze wearing knit saying “Don’t kill my vibe”, during Paris Fashion Week S/S 2019 on Sep 09/26/18 (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images – cropped)

Coffee
20 minute back resetting flow
Shower
Yogurt with berries
Bundle up like an Eskimo
Bike into work
Ready to go

DO NOT KILL MY VIBE…
I am pounding through the day.


she works Hard for the $


It was a long, arduous Saturday.
Please refer back to Saturday’s post
for where dievca’s mind has stopped.
(Does anyone have wine and all-ready-made chocolate cake for dievca?)


CONSENSUS CULTURE

A Danish retail chain called “Normal” offers this Ad on a Swedish storefront. Interesting choice for the target audience.

Conformity, most of the time

dievca runs into dichotomies within the Swedish Culture by pushing individuals to ‘shine’ (or standout) when culturally that act is a social kiss of death. Insisting upon change within a well-developed system?
Slow going….but that’s why they hired her.

The US has long been and remains an invented culture, full of disparate and changing parts. Those parts vary by race, ethnicity, class, and region, to name a few demarcations. Identities in the US are lightly held; there is always the possibility of moving to a different geographical and cultural location and reinventing yourself. Lots of Americans are at any time “on the move” in that way.

Sweden, like many European nations, has an old and deeply-rooted culture that manifests itself in dominant group norms. Reinvention is less possible and, it seems, less desirable to Swedes.

Those norms may have grown from the centralist history of their institutions. Sweden has long had one strong national government, a single state church, one public system of higher education, one set of national employment laws.

You must fit in.
Individuality is not usually prized. This may be one of the strangest traits of Swedes because their contribution to popular culture is so disproportionately huge relative to their small population.

Being a pop music superpower (Sweden is the third-largest producer of pop music after the US and UK) shouldn’t sit easily with a nation that frowns on those who drive flashy cars or exhibit any flamboyance. What about IKEA, H&M, COS, & Other Stories. Pop music, Retail and the arts, in general, are about expressing your creativity. How does this fit in with the country of ‘lagom’ (the Swedish word for ‘just enough’)?

Swedes (like many Americans) think that the way they do things is the best – their university degrees are better, their work practices are better, etc.

Annoyingly, unlike Americans, Swedes’ superiority complex is mostly warranted. After all, the Swedes are ahead of the curve on many issues.

But that doesn’t mean that newcomers to the country cannot offer a fresh perspective. Unfortunately, many Swedes have no desire to consider an outsider’s approach or listen to new solutions to old problems.

The attitude from the local Swedes is very much, “Oh, we’ve always done it this way, and we’re OK – why would we change?”

They just waddle along complacently, happy with their lot, not at all bothered that there is a whole world out there that might just, know how to do some things a little better than they do.

Modified and added to a piece from Paul Connolly – “The Local” August 17, 2015

Flying Away

After a lovely moment with Master, dievca is looking for motivational music for the trip. More than half this trip is work – she needs a giddy-up push.  But, there is a little jaunt to Portugal on the itinerary. That’s dievca’s moment to “Fly Away”.

Also, dievca needs to apologize – she’s really been negligent about connecting with comments, people and blogs. Yes, busy is a baloney excuse, she’s really hoping to take a little time each morning to reconnect on the blog. she misses all of you. XO


Coming Up for Air

Underwater Photography by Joseph Seif.

the final push
off the bottom

releases energy
and leaves a trail

the finish
blurs into the beginning

with a gasp
of air

dievca’s final push through an insane week concludes at 4 pm EDT


Back at it on a Monday!


Rejuvenated and ready to try, again.
How ’bout you?
Have a good week!


Master is helping his daughter move…

He’s Grumpy!
After the move Master is taking on IKEA bookshelf build detail:

dievca is just so entertained with the thought.
IKEA was a “Defining Moment” in Master and dievca’s Relationship.
(When dievca and Master survived an IKEA piece)


Running a bit late this morning~

dievca had a working dinner last evening in her apartment.  The number of attendees kept growing and good information was shared.

Monroe at the premiere party for the 1953 film, How to Marry a Millionaire. Robert Mitchum and Marilyn Monroe would start filming River of No Return

And then the bubbly came out:

George Best enjoying a drink.

Let’s just say this morning was sssslllloooowwww…

 

Morning after the Night before~


Being Passionate.

dievca went to a Bat mitzvah, last evening. It was the most formal presentation of a Young Adult she has experienced in the 16 years in the City. What she means is that the Rabbi was passionate, the celebrant was well tutored and it was a lovely service.

dievca is not Jewish and she doesn’t understand Hebrew – but, again, the Rabbi was so passionate and explained the service clearly, dievca paid attention and was engaged.

What it reinforced is that dievca ends up enjoying going on someone’s ride when they are passionate about their Life, Talents, Calling or Crafts.

What are you Passionate about?

Take dievca on your ride!


Coffee on the move today~

Good Morning!


Hosting 30+, gotta go~

So that Birthday thing?
dievca’s hosting 30+ on the rooftop to celebrate.  she has to work 6 hours, too.

Love to you on a Saturday – she’s gotta go!

Work outfit:

Party Outfit:


What to do in the European heat?

Temperatures in Europe are spiking.

“Warm Out?” … “Shut Up!”

After a long week of work, what do you do?
You head to friends and sit in the brown garden.


Take a beer and have “build your own” tacos.
Life is good with friends.
(yes, it was a light beer to start….the Czech beer was better)

PS. dievca’s hair looks like that popcorn~


Sommar Heat – Scandinavia

 

Photos: dievca 07/2018 Scandinavia

 


Monday Morning Musings (and questions)

Hello,
Good Morning! How are you?
I survived the weekend intact, did you? I am back at work bright and early this morning, too. It’s just that time of the year~

My blog is running out of media memory — has anyone else run into that issue? I have  some time before it goes, but the countdown has started — “what to do, what to do”.

At the same time this is occurring, I am starting to focus on setting up a third (count ’em) graduate degree program.  I came into a small amount of money and am looking at a scholarship.  We will see what happens.

Add that Master is having some heath issues — nothing serious, but enough to be a headache. I cannot help, so I keep an eye open and wait.

Overall, I am focused on certain pieces of Life and distracted by others.

I guess what I am asking in this post is —what do you think about blogging?
Is it a dying skill with Instagram all over?
Is it too hard to take time to read when you are bombarded by quick hits like Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc.?

What do you want to do with your time?
What do I want to do with my time?
Who should we spend it with?

Thank you for spending time with me. XO


God closes a door…

I got screwed royally by someone on Tuesday evening/Wednesday morning. It was the third time I went out of my way for this person and their child. I was trying to give them the benefit of the doubt, put down confusion due to lingual and cultural differences. I lost money, time and the chance to fly back to my parents this week.

Pissed….I was just pissed. Furious. Feeling used.

Then Wednesday afternoon, I had insult upon injury with this same person. Steam was coming out of my ears. A couple of friends talked me down, but they couldn’t contradict that I was f*cked over.

Look, we have all been here before~

But, after the shit — I had two excellent opportunities open up. One actually came back to me from 2010.  Soothing my ego, building up my self-worth. Putting my being screwed into perspective. It wasn’t me and anything I did – it was her.

“When God closes a door, He opens a window.”
how trite
how appropriate

What makes the cliché above all the more embarrassing is its bizarre origin. Given its pervasive use in the church, you’d think it came from some pseudo-theological work or apocryphal book—something close to the truth, in relative terms.

But no. Instead, it comes from The Sound of Music.

Let’s be honest. I got lucky that efforts from my past work came back to me in the form of positive payback. And I felt better when the crappy person started to do her same shit to someone else and I was able to warn them of the issues. They followed my recommendations.

Yes, I am going to run into the crappy person, over and over – so I plan to wear this t-shirt:

(click photo to buy)

Not sure if it is a reminder for me…or her.
Who am I fooling? she won’t get the reminder and I’ll need it.


It was a week…+SantaCon…

20171203_221430.jpg Don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!


Vacay from your Vacay? Not possible – so try to avoid cruel coffee!

Empty

It was a vacation where dievca was supposed to relax…
As you know (and you have probably experienced, yourself)
Family issues come 1st.
Much more important, of course.

But, its back to work and dievca needs this:

Coffee to wake the dead.

she’s praying that they don’t do this:

Cruel Coffee

That would just be cruel.
Cruel Coffee.


forked…

Fork DoneStick a fork in me,
I am done!

I gave it my all.
It’s time to recuperate.
To be still.

Then move on.
Change up the schedule.
Work new tangents.

Until I am cooked through,
again.