I Just Can’t

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I just can’t see one more barf-worthy political post on Twitter, Facebook, CNN, NPR, or Fox.

I can’t stomach one more idiot-generated false meme depicting an opinion as truth.

I can’t stand one more glimpse at corn on the cob hair or wooden doll forced smile.

I will stab someone if I have to hear one more word about who is lying, or who should be in jail, or who is going to MAGA.

I would sooner jump into a fiery pit of lava than look any of my four children in the face than have to tell them, for a variety or reasons, that I gave my vote to either of these two ass clowns.

All this being said, I JUST CAN’T! And, I won’t.

I won’t vote.

I won’t call it a waste. It’s not a waste to abstain from something you can’t justify with your conscience.

I won’t look at my daughters and tell them I voted for a man who wants to pay them less, condones grabbing women, forcing himself, and control their bodies. A man who thinks his power comes from his money.

I won’t look at my sons and tell them I voted for a man who belittles people because they were born in another country, may not make as much money, or have the physical capabilities that he deems worthy, or who would treat women in the way he does.

I won’t.

I won’t look at my daughters and tell them I voted for her because she is a woman. A woman who lies, cheats, and manipulates. A woman who can not begin to be a woman I would want them to grow up to model themselves after.

I won’t look at my boys and tell them that I voted for a woman who got where she is from corrupt power; through force and deception.

Whether you will or won’t, can or can not is all in your hands. I can’t and won’t try to talk you out of your choice. Democracy is a gift and the right to vote is as important as the right to abstain.

We have one more week of this Godzilla of an election process. I hope that when this is all said and done we will all step back and evaluate how we ended up in this catastrophe to begin with and make legitimate changes so that next round we can all feel confident and excited about our future.

 

 

Turn It Off

I spent a lot of time today wondering what the hell is wrong with the world. I played the blame game on Twitter and Facebook. I felt sick and angry and felt the judginess that I hate so much start to creep in while I couldn’t stop reading post after horrible post about the atrocity that occurred in Orlando last night. I’m angry.

I’m angry and tired of it all. I’m tired of the blaming and the name calling. I’m tired of the finger-pointing with no regard for the truth. I’m tired of opinions being stated as fact and having to, again, watch this country be an example of what not to do.

It’s not all Christians

It’s not all Muslims

It’s not white or black people or Hispanic people or Middle-Eastern men.

It’s not all guns, but the people pointing them.

It’s not all Hoosiers.

It is ALL OF US.

Merriam-Webster and dictionary.com give us a pretty good idea where to start and where to stop in one word. Desensitize.

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verb  de·sen·si·tize  \(ˌ)dē-ˈsen(t)-sə-ˌtīz\

Simple Definition of desensitize

  • : to cause (someone or something) to react less to or be less affected by something : to cause (someone or something) to be less sensitive

desensitize de·sen·si·tize (dē-sěn’sĭ-tīz’)
v. de·sen·si·tized de·sen·si·tiz·ing de·sen·si·tiz·es

  1. To render insensitive or less sensitive, as a nerveor tooth.
  2. To make an individual nonreactive or insensitiveto an antigen.
  3. To make a person emotionally insensitive orunresponsive,as by long exposure or repeatedshocks.
The American Heritage® Stedman’s Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
We are outraged but not shocked anymore. We are desensitized.
Turn the TV and the computer off and go look at that beautiful blue summer sky. Play with your kids, or your dog, or your baby chicks. Talk to your neighbor. THINK FOR YOURSELF!
Rise up, America. You’re smarter than this election, this media exposure and this bickering hatred that you’re being fed.
Turn it off.
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The Horror

 

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Everybody is all worked up over who is going to pee in the stall next to them and all I can think about is what’s going to happen if Trump is elected and has a meeting with the Prime Minister of any other country in the world. I’m not even kidding. Picture this, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia, sits at a round table with the Donald and Vladimir Putin: the conversation, already tense, turns violent when Trump opens his unfiltered pie hole and starts flinging ethnic and racial slurs across the table in a feeble attempt to make is point. ……………………… No thanks. Even if he has some valid ideas and points which I agree with, there is NO WAY I want that scenario to go down. This is terrifying! Whether I believe in anything he says or I don’t isn’t an issue for me anymore. Its all about tact, the ability to be civil and have people skills. I’ll happily pee in the Target bathroom next to someone who is transgender over the prospect of Trump in a Head of State meeting any day!

This is a real struggle for me and with an entire 196 days left of this campaign trail of tears and only a week until the May primaries in Indiana, I have some serious thinking to do. Its not easy and I can’t remember a time where I actually didn’t want to vote. Unfortunately if you’re reading this, I’m going to sort out my thoughts, as I often do, here. I’m going to talk to myself and you’re welcome to listen or close the tab. There are far too many issues for me to do them all in one blog and I don’t have the time to write every day, so I’ll do a few that are in my head and try to write more again sometime in the next week.  We’ll start with what is important to me. For the record, I’ve taken a great political online quiz and I came out 86% Bernie and some 70% Trump (whom I refuse to vote for based on the previously mentioned scenario), so you see the problem.

Numero Uno – No, not immigration, but while we’re speaking Spanish…. There is a reason people come to this country and while some may be up to no good, I believe that 99% of them just want to live life in the wild, wild west like they’ve seen in the movies. To me, you are welcome here as long as you’re paying taxes.  I don’t care if you speak Spanish or mail your dinero south of the border to support your family. I’ll have to give this one to both Kasich and Clinton if I were to combine their ideas. I don’t love either but a combination of these two would be okay.

2. The environment. – I love trees. I’ve planed fifteen of them so far this year and no, I’m not done. I think we need to do everything we can to cut carbon emissions, find better sources of energy and stop pretending that climate change isn’t real and grow hemp like its going out of style. Bernie, you’re my man on this one. The end.

Three – Healthcare. If you’ve never been sick or known anyone with a chronic illness then bless your heart, you are an anomaly. For the rest of the population who has a friend or family member, or even themselves who were unable to purchase or afford insurance before the “O” word came about a couple of years ago, this is not an all bad thing. Is it expensive? Is ice cold? Hell yes it is! Is it required? Yup. It has to be if we’re going to offer health care to the sick.  Do I think we should go back to how it used to be? Not for anything in the world. Here is why. I know that you don’t want to pay for the guy down the street to happens to be on Medicaid to have his appendix removed, but mark my words, you’re paying regardless. Your hospital bills are high to cover that guy anyway. The way I see it, universal, competitive healthcare (Medicare basically) makes sure we are all covered, being taken care of, and is the best and least costly prospect in the long haul. Looking at the increase in taxes with the prospect of a Medicare system vs. the cost of insurance plus hospital bills, I think we would be at the least breaking even if not saving money over time. Is it socialist? You bet your butt it is. Do I care? Not in the least. Again, you go, Bernie and maybe a little Hillary on the side.  Honestly though, she’s cold and I don’t trust her one bit, so I’ll take Bernie.

D. Laws, Laws, Rules and More Laws and Rules – Enough with the laws and rules already. You know what they say about self fulfilling prophecies or is that just a thing that education and psychology majors study? In a nutshell, what you set as the expectation is what you will receive. As I read more about the expectations we are setting for our country, its no wonder we falter over and over again. We are spoon fed bad news to sell stories on a daily basis. Positive news and happiness are a “treat” and the times we see the videos that touch our hearts and make us smile or tear up, we pass them off as a strange event instead of the normal. They aren’t odd and we aren’t bad! We look for the bad so we can have crap to talk about on social media and the beauty parlor or the coffee shop!  We see this all the time, every day on the news and we eat it up! I hate it and we’re all so busy bickering and calling names that we NEVER EVER get to the part where we actually mind our own damn business and offer hope to anyone! Instead of worrying about what your neighbor is doing that you don’t agree with, stop making laws to stop them and start living your life the way you know all the way down to your toes that is right. Stop taking rights and pushing rules onto other people in an attempt to control them.  Based on the issues I’m hinting at, I’m going to have to lean to the left again but Katich, you’re holding your own on a couple of these issues and so are you Trump. (If you’re wondering, I’m okay with guns, choices, bathrooms, free range children and chickens, GMO labels, and legalizing weed. I don’t think the minimum wage should be raised or that anyone should be forced to serve anyone in a private business. There.)

I don’t know y’all. There is a mess of messes out there and I can’t talk myself into anyone. Without sparking debates, which I can’t stomach anymore, how do you decide who is the best choice in a sea of bad choices? For tonight, my choice is Pinot Noir after a track meet.

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Housekeeping

Just a quick FYI because its sunny and beautiful today, and I want to get back out into the pollen sunshine. You won’t be able to find me at megandevito.com anymore but this blog will still be here in all of its glory of you to enjoy. You’ll have to use the address

http://www.megandevito.wordpress.com

Bookmark it.

Get some iced tea.

Go back outside.

Happy Springtime!

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(This is not my house or yard… )

Grab Your Torches and Pitchforks!

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Once Upon a Time there was a lovely gentleman. He was well loved and respected by those who know him. This man was good at his job and his co-workers and players alike, celebrated his accomplishments and supported him unconditionally.

Suddenly a “terrible outsider” entered the kingdom and disrupted the community’s perception of fairness and future, and the kind respected gentleman, while showered with support, became the center of a name-calling battle where some of his well-meaning supporters grabbed their torches and pitchforks and verbally attacked another gentleman, who may very well be, just as kind, respected, deserving, and able as the other.

…. Do you follow me?

I waited to write this post out of fairness and faith. I have only heard wonderful things about our high school basketball coach, and I truly believe that he is the man that everyone praises so highly. I’m sure he is kind and devoted to his players and students. I’m sure he would have done well at the position that his friends were hoping he would have handed to him. “He deserves it,” has been said over and over by countless people: some of whom have also said in the past that there is too much nepotism and “good old boy” politics in this town. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone because the disappointment I’m sure many people feel is real and fair to them. Perhaps if I knew him better or at all, I would feel the same way. I don’t know Coach Benedict and I’m writing this from the outside. I’m writing this as a community member who has students who play sports, although not basketball, and wants what is best for our schools.

I was asked before the Facebook trash-talk and posts began what I knew about Mr. Penrod retiring by several people, and I honestly answered that I didn’t know a thing about it, or if the rumor was even true. Things escalated quickly from supporting Coach Benedict to some people taking to persecuting Mr. Leitch with absolutely NO knowledge of Mr. Letich’s background, credentials, or regard for his character. It went from supporting someone they love and care about, to attacking someone they didn’t know. It went from caring to hating.

I was happy to hear last night when at a elementary school program, that the school board meeting went well and without any craziness. I was told that there was a large crowd and that about four community member stood up to speak in favor or Coach Benedict, as they had the right to do! They were respectful and did a great job of communicating their position on the Athletic Director’s job. I was also told that those who were so “loud” in Cyberville sat quietly but didn’t bother to stand up and say anything when they had the chance to be heard. ……..

I left feeling proud of our little town that we could disagree and still leave with our head’s high even in the face of disappointment by some. That all took a dump this morning. We went Donald Trump campaign debate style and verbally attacked someone’s sister in a parking lot because her brother got a job? PLEASE tell me this is just a rumor. Please tell me that we didn’t really lower ourselves to making threatening phone calls and sending letters to his home! Please tell me these aren’t the same people who are all for hiring outside the circle when it benefits them and then turn the tables when they didn’t get their way!

I am embarrassed. I can’t help wondering how our coach feels this morning after hearing these rumors. I’m sure he is embarrassed, nervous, ashamed, and disappointed as well since he will be working with the new AD, and since I have a feeling that he wouldn’t ever want anyone treated this way. Speculating is never a good idea and I shouldn’t put my words, or thoughts, onto Mr. Benedict at a time that is already stressful for him. It isn’t my intention to belittle him or his capabilities in the least but to vent my frustrations the actions taken by some when trying to welcome new people into our community.

So, without discounting anyone’s hopes or abilities, I would like to welcome Mr. Leitch to Columbia City High School. We have have great student athletes, a new building on the way, and not everyone will be so hateful as the small handful who have chosen to go above and beyond supporting their friend or coach.  I hope that your first impression will not be the impression you take with you in the end.

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Thanks Mr.

Last night while watching the Oscars via Twitter, I was also dipping my toes in Facebook land, something I try to avoid but unwillingly get drug back to out of iPhone app addiction problems. As I was scrolling as quickly as possible to miss the drama that lurks around every other post, I stopped on a friend of mine’s post, because she and I are on the same page more times than not: I was not disappointed. I would like to begin this blog by thanking a Mr. Jerry Christofferson, whom I have never met, but who gave me a good laugh and some blogging inspiration. You can click his name and read his Facebook post if you’re having trouble following along with my follow up post today. I loved his blatant use of humor to explain some things that run through my mind from time to time and MOST of it I agreed with, although I think calling people stupid for having different (and sometimes stupid) opinions is uncalled for. Here is my list of opinions based on this post. Thanks of the blog inspiration, Jerry!

Jerry begins with the idea that we need to take back America and you know, I think he nailed it. Who took it? Other Americans? Are we taking it back from some other country or setting it back in time? Do I think we have some kinks to work out? Hell yes we do! Have we always had kinks to work out? Did you study American History in school? We’re nothing but a bunch of kinks and bumps. We’re in a bump right now and once we’re over it, we’ll be cool for awhile then hit another one. It called progress. Its never easy and there is always one side that gets mad and doesn’t get their way. In the end, we would still be living in the 1790s without it.

Mexico… You’ve vacationed there? You like their food? You want them to keep their people on the other side of the invisible wall, or build one to keep them out? Maybe pack them up and truck them back across the line in the sand because…… They don’t speak English? They’re taking your jobs? They’re less human than you? I don’t understand this completely. What I do understand is that there are a lot of hard working families looking for a better life that come here because we area land of opportunity. They aren’t trying to steal your money, your jobs, or your free vaccinations at the clinic. They love their babies and they want to catch a piece of that American dream, the same way we do. If the Canadians were coming down illegally in masses would you treat them the same way? Give that some thought.

Ah democracy, it works so well, doesn’t it? That’s why we still use that electoral college. We are, in fact, a Federal Republic. So is Germany. So is Pakistan. So is Brazil, Indonesia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and a bunch of others. We are a bunch of individual states that elect our government. Actually,we are a bunch of states that let a small number of people (the electoral college) elect our government from a small pool of rich, powerful families… which, in a sense, makes us an oligarchy. No, we are not a true oligarchy but we aren’t a democracy either. We should work on that.

The next point that Mr. Christofferson made was one of my favorites. I am an Anderson Cooper fan myself but my dad likes one of those other guys on another channel. I also like Jimmy Kimmel and used to love Headlines with Jay Leno. Please, please, please for the love of God believe only half of what you hear on any and all news channels. You are their audience, and they make money from you watching and buying what they say. If everyone quit watching their news, they would go off the air.  (This is actually an excellent idea.) His advice to read from a bunch of different sources without the loud and overbearing voices of the people on TV allows your brain to make its own noise, and that is a beautiful thing. Think for crying out loud! Think! Facts are only facts when they are proven unbiasedly and that is a rare thing to encounter.

Science is good and sometimes scary, but it is also one of those things that can actually be factual, as long as its not a theory. Theories are fun; I have a lot of them and they are 90% false… albeit still really fun. However, Science is real and important, and it does not negate your believe system. This was a hard one for me to tackle since no one wrote about dinosaurs in the Bible, and I believe in evolution. You can do it too. Here, I’ll tell you one quick thing – we don’t have a polaroid or painting of Adam and Eve. They likely looked like monkeys. Its all good. God still made it all and started that whole big bang. And yes, it’s still science mixed with religion.

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Now, lets talk about the dinosaur in the room since we didn’t find him in Genesis. Global Warming aka Climate Change. Yes, I believe in in. No, my dad doesn’t. Here’s the thing… what if it’s not real and we go ahead and treat it like it is… just to be on the safe side. Let’s say we get rid of the smog and carbon gasses in the atmosphere, clean up the water and soil and dammit, its all a crock! What have we just waisted all that time making the Earth cleaner for nothing? Are you following me? Quit with all the chemicals in the food and the air and make it natural. Find ways to generate energy that are genuinely clean and then, THEN if its all a lie we still aren’t out anything and have a better home anyway.

Moving from the dinosaur in the room to the elephant in the corner that we all pretend not to see. Racism. I’m white, you guys. This is a topic that I don’t feel comfortable talking about which, in a sense, makes me racist I suppose. This isn’t a one race issue or a one time issue. We’ve been pounding this nail for hundreds of years and I would love to see it stop, but there is no way it is going to as long as we pretend that we are all the same color. I’m white. My friend is black. We don’t look the same. My student is Mexican and he doesn’t look like my son. Can we stop pretending we don’t see color and just leave it that we do, but we’re all human and treat each other with respect regardless of their skin color?

Moving on…….

American Christians, can we stop using this believe system as political agenda already? We are terrified of Middle Eastern countries for being religious radicals. I don’t know if we have noticed but we’re hedging a line here and its scary for me as a Christian! What happened to that “pray alone in your room” part of the Bible? And, did someone recently threaten to take your church and Bible from you, because mine are still functioning and okay. No one is out to get my Christmas tree or Easter eggs – I was just at Target, the holidays are alive and well. We are free to celebrate Jesus with our church families and our neighbors, even the Gay, Divorced, Black, Jewish and Muslim ones, anytime we want. As for the offended people who just like to raise a stink because they didn’t get their way about things, that is SO 2015.

Poor people are all around you and they are getting poorer. No one likes this and no one wants to have to give them money because, one, that means we are admitting they are poor, and two, we want to keep what we made. We worked our butts off for it! However, not helping them isn’t an option because we are decent human beings who want our society to flourish, and to help each child grow to their fullest potential. We want the kid who was born into a low income family who may have the cure for cancer locked inside their impoverished brain to succeed. That takes a lot of help and caring, and as nice as a hot meal from the soup kitchen is, it doesn’t solve their problems. People survive on fight or flight, just like animals and when the little girl down the street doesn’t eat all weekend or have heat for whatever reason, she isn’t going to be learning at school. Its a terrible and tragic cycle. Break it and don’t  bat an eye. Karma is a very good thing. ❤

Jerry, Jerry, Jerry… thank you for your words on education. Mr. Pence, take note.

ISIS is scary. Its a problem. Its a BIG problem but it’s not exactly as big and scary as those entertainers who are trying to sell you news want you to believe it is, because we do have one bad ass group of men and women protecting us. If there is one thing I think this country stands together on, no matter which side of the party line you fall, it’s that our military deserves our full love, support and major fist bumps at all times. Do not take a single one of them for granted, and for God’s sake, support them when they come home. They have seen more than I would wish on anyone and they should be given all the TLC and financial we can give them. Neglecting them should be a crime – do you hear me Congress?

Guns. We have guns at my house. My dad has a gun. I know guys and girls with lots of guns. They are responsible and yes, they can clean them and lock them up. They shoot for sport or hunting. They just like guns! Should they be allowed to have these guns? 110% yes! However, none of them is suffering from mental illness or a history of violence. Forget that last part. How many times do we hear that line, “He seemed like such a nice boy.” Seeming nice doesn’t mean you are nice, but a history of mental illness doesn’t lie and if those that want a gun really want a gun, they won’t argue about another background check. I won’t get into assault riffles because I don’t know enough about any of that but I said before that I don’t know why anyone outside law enforcement and the military would need one, and I’ll stand by that statement. Sorry collectors. You can school me and maybe I’ll change my mind.

I think I already covered the Muslim part. I’ll leave it at Westboro Baptist Church. Good enough?

Finally, my absolute FAVORITE part of what Mr. Christofferson wrote and what I brought up in the middle of a Donald Trump panic attack last week. “Unless you can trace your family line back to someone who made deerskin pants look stylish and could field dress a buffalo, you are a descendent of an immigrant. Please stop saying that immigrants are ruining our country. Such comments are like a giant verbal burrito stuffed with historical ignorance, latent racism, and xenophobia all wrapped in a fascist tortilla.” You guys, I cracked up and wanted to high five this guy and head to Taco Bell. What makes this country great and welcoming, what brings people from other places here is our heritage as a place of prosperity and refuge. Our ancestors, whether 200 or 2 years ago came here for a better life!

This was wordy and mostly a lot of disorganized blabbering but there was a lot said in the post that I needed to vent on. I’m always processing and taking in new ideas and changing what I believe and think. I hope you all will too. This election year is terrifying on so many fronts and we are at a tipping point with a total lack of trust between parties that has spilled over to our people. Enough with the finger pointing, the personal agendas and the closed off rhetoric; we have some huge problems and opportunities coming. If all the candidates would stop and think for themselves once, twice, and again it would be greatly appreciated. Now, let’s all do the same.

 

Stealing Stitches

I have this gorgeous human that lives with me. She is moody and sweet, crazy and quiet, a loner and the friendliest person you’ll ever know. She is my first baby girl and now that she is a teenager, she is so much of me I’m not sure what to think or do with her. There are times when I want to strangle her for being a weirdo and times that she is really the only person around who fully understands what I’m talking about – we are weirdos together!  While we don’t agree on everything (by a long shot) we do agree on the big stuff and we know how to disagree. As luck would have it, we also wear the same size and happened to get THE BEST STITCH FIX BOX EVER yesterday in the middle of this late February snow storm. So, while the kids and I were having Mario Kart races, painting, eating pizza rolls and living up a free day, Evin and I also got to have a big kid surprise. The question is, how long will it take before she starts stealing everything that came in the box. I can’t say I blame her.. I’ll just have to steal it all back.

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I have written in the past about how to save money and still be able to get your Stitch Fix on and I have stuck to that rule like glue! I don’t buy what I don’t “need” and I don’t keep what isn’t perfect or what I know I can get for less elsewhere. What I have kept has been unique, fit perfectly, and in my price limit. That is true for this shipment as well. I have to give a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has read my blogs (including you, Stephanie 🙂 ) and who have signed up to play with the styling feature that Stitch Fix has when you make an account. (If you signed up to try it and haven’t scheduled your first shipment yet, what are you waiting for?) It doesn’t automatically send you anything but it does give you a good glimpse into what you like and what you don’t and helps you evaluate some clothing styles to stretch your current wardrobe. I found out just how boring I am and have really tried some things I would never picked off the rack.  All you do is create a username and login and you can do the style tool. Piece of cake!

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Here’s a quick peek at just one of the segments. There are several…

If you’re hesitating to make an account because you’re afraid you’ll start receiving boxes of clothes, take a deep breath. You can just play around and check it out without being locked in. Its fun! Give it a go for a shipment or two once you’re set up!

Anyway, back to the snowstorm and all the craziness that comes to living in a house with four kids, sugar, paint, and freezing rain and snow. I knew my our shipment was set to arrive yesterday and, yes, I just got one a couple of weeks ago. I wrote about it here.  Everything in that box was soft and warm and so great for February but I was feeling the squeeze of having my Christmas credit card bill on my desk and we weren’t in love with anything enough to keep it so… *gasp* I sent it all back and lost my $20 styling feel. I expected to feel a little sick about losing that twenty dollars, but I had a lot of credit built up so it wasn’t that bad. I have to say that I am SO glad I did! There was a sweater featured on the Stitch Fix Pinterest Board the next day that was exactly what I had been searching for! I pinned that sweater to my board and scheduled my next fix to deliver ASAP! date-night_5

 

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I already have a similar necklace from Charming Charlie and the jeans, of course. Shoes are easy switch up and holy moly, it came!! I wrote in my note to my stylist, Stephanie, that I was dying for that specific sweater and she found it!! Oh my gosh, I am in love and so is my daughter! This sweater is tunic length and just fitted enough to add shape but not bulk. Its heavy but the weave and material isn’t winter specific at all. I can see myself wearing this all year long – that is if I can keep it out of Evin’s closet!

I need to back up to that last fix, you know, the soft one? Stephanie (my stylist for the last two stitches) mentioned when she styled me a few weeks ago that she read my blog and checked my Pinterest boards and I was flattered to say the least. She sent me things I had pinned and took the time to dig into what I really like. I was so happy to see her name when I opened the envelope again this time. She not only found that sweater, but added four other surprises that were instant keepers.

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This picture shows the Kut from the Kloth Denna Skinny Jeans. I mentioned in my note that I was looking for some new white or colored skinny jeans.  The white skinnies I had for the last couple of years didn’t fit well; they were low in the back and being the age I am, it wasn’t a pretty thing at all! These have a mid-rise and aren’t too tight or too lose. A girl I work with said that she heard that Stitch Fix had great jeans: she is exactly right. This is the second pair of Kut from he Kloth jeans I have kept. If you’re wanting a sure bet to start with, request the jeans! I have the skinny and straight leg jeans made from the Kut From the Kloth brand just for Stitch Fix. You won’t be sorry!  The top in this picture is the Collective Concepts Esten Button-Up Sleeveless Blouse in navy. Bring on spring! I have a cardigan I am going to throw over this top in the meantime but the way the material flows and hangs is perfect. This is the only piece to which my daughter turned her nose and to that I say, thank goodness! Its mine!!! (Again, the necklace is from Charming Charlie.)

This is one of those things that I have been looking at and wondering if I could figure out. Its my piece of adventure this fix and I took it on full force today. It’s funky, not something I totally understand, and the pictures do NOT do it any justice at all. I threw this on with a white long sleeve t-shirt and jeans to go to the grocery today and decided that I feel artsy and free in this thing and I’m 100% happy I kept it. After all, if I already knew I was keeping the white skinnies, the RD Style Blaire Cold Shoulder Pullover Sweater and the sleeveless blouse, I might as well keep this and get the 20% off for buying the whole thing; especially since I had a bunch of credit! If you’re confused, you save when you keep the entire box. This is the first time for me and my total out of pocket with my credit I had from referrals and the 20% off was less than $100! Not too shabby if I do say so myself!

Last and certainly not least or as Earth shattering is the Octavia Gracie Multi Stripe Infinity Scarf. Great… another scarf. I can hear you saying it now, don’t deny it. I was so-so until I tried it on with the jeans, my peach cardigan and went from meh to hellooooo scarf just like that.

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I have read so many mixed review on what my friend and other people have found in their boxes and it can be hit or miss but I have had such great luck that I will continue to look forward to that little brown box that arrives every quarter .. unless I get antsy and request it to come earlier. I warned you yesterday that I was going to write more Stitch Fix because its so fun for me. My next shipment isn’t until May 25 when we will be well into wanting summer fun. In the mean time, please ask questions if you have any and I’ll tell you how you can start simple and how it just gets better and better!

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