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Hi! I’m still alive and blogging. I’ve been MIA because I started a new job a couple of weeks ago, and it’s wearing me out! I used to be a librarian at a small, private, liberal arts university. I spent seven years there before leaving to take my new position as a librarian at a not-so-small, community college. I hadn’t started a new job in seven years, so I forgot how tiring learning all of the ins and outs can be! Also, I don’t know the exact numbers, but I think our last headcount was about 3x more than the institution that I left, and since I’m in Tennessee, that’s only going to increase as students take advantage of Tennessee Promise (the program that offers two years of community college free to new high school graduates). Phew!

I’ve been taking camera phone pictures in our break room restroom lately, so I didn’t think the quality was great, but after I uploaded them, I thought that they may be better than some of my camera pictures! 😉

Cardigan, pencil skirt, tights, boots

Ignore the stray hair and facial expression!

Cardigan: Gap Outlet
Camisole: Walmart
Skirt: Old Navy
Tights: Old Navy
Boots (in need of repair): Marti and Liz

Shirt dress, fleece-lined tights, boots

Ripped my last contact, so it’s glasses for me for a while!

Dress: Kmart
Gray Tank Top (Unseen): Old Navy
Leggings: Target
Boots: Payless

I think this dress is bright enough to count for the Putting Me Together Style Challenge #2: Wear a Bright Color! And, if I wanted to be technical, I could count it for Challenge #1 of wearing a dress too. 😉

Metallic details in fleece-lined tights

Metallic details in fleece-lined tights

And, on a random note, my parents, brother, husband, and I went to see the Blue Man Group in Nashville a couple of weeks ago (the day after my new job started!). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was amazing! Plus, all of them were in the lobby afterwards for pictures. The picture below features one of my new January purchases that I’ll talk about during my Budgeting Bloggers January wrap up post in two weeks!

Blue tunic and Blue Man

My brother, husband, and I met a Blue Man!

I love that my husband broke out his blue “marf” (his term for “man scarf”) for the occasion!

I want to try to include more outfits in my posts since it’s a lot easier to take a few secret pictures before work each day. I know that a lot of my favorite bloggers take pictures outside, and when it’s warmer, I might return to our deck, but for now, enjoy the lovely fluorescent lighting and sweet views of the powder room!


Please don’t leave yet, Fall!

I’m not a fan of cold weather. Last week, Tennessee, like the rest of the country, got hit with Novembruary temperatures. I was just getting used to the fall weather when that nonsense struck! Thankfully, we’re back to comfortable temperatures because I’m not ready to be cold all of the time!

This outfit was from last week, and I had planned to wear a giant infinity scarf that my mother-in-law had given me last Christmas, but by the time I finished getting ready, I was too hot to even consider it! I regretted that decision in my cold office that afternoon!


This is becoming the “Amber and K dog blog!”DSC05122


Sweater: Old Navy
Camisole: Walmart
Cords: JC Penney
Boots: Marti and Liz

I took a suggestion from Jen at Librarian for Life and Style and took an up-close picture of my accessories. I really like the way this turned out!


Earrings: Kate Spade, birthday gift from friend
Necklace: Claire’s
Wedding set: JC Penney
Gold and maroon ring: Old Navy

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!