I have not disappeared! The week following Labor Day took me into an unanticipated "Slough of Despondency". (see John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress if you want to know more about that allegorical location.) On Tuesday, some strange sort of body ache began. I chalked it up to wearing a pair of shoes I wasn't accustomed to and hoped to sleep it off.
But the problem persisted into Wednesday, with an additional problem in an online class. It came to light that my students were working from a different edition of our textbook than the course had been designed for! This has happened once before and it involved redesigning the course since it is easier to inconvenience one person than to ask 30 students to return a book
The pain persisted into Thursday--I was making health bargains with the powers that be and popping glucosamine and pain pills. I began to deal with the textbook problem, which seems to have begun with a clerical error somewhere in the pipeline. But I came home from campus to find my first e-mail from a disgruntled eBay customer. aaaaargh!
Friday, it rained. The pain disappeared.
It would be Saturday before I had my hands on the correct textbook and could redesign the course (hours of work). The body ache had passed and I had heard nothing more from the customer. All I accomplished last week was listening to a political convention on the radio and following Fashion Night Out on my Twitter feed.
Credit for the this look goes to Vix at Vintage Vixen who suggested weeks ago that a more creative use of a Chanel jacket might be to pair it with my cowboy hat. I liked the idea and don't do enough to subvert the looks we're fed. The jacket here is not the same one featured in August's Chanel post, but a new to me Ellie Tahari take with long fringe at the wrists and the hem. I've paired with a simple jersey tee, plenty of pink pearls and a new pair of Wrangler jeans. Cowboy gear is not so unusual in my neck of the woods, but here is the evidence: I'm back on my horse.
I'm linking up to Visible Monday at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style. It's unusual for me to succumb to problems the way I did this past week. I'm curious to know how my readers snap themselves out of it when it happens.