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I have some wonderful news! My supervisor has signed off on the current draft version of my PhD thesis, which means that very soon I will be able to set a date for the defence. My life can start moving forward again! Hooray! And huzzah!

Also, I am more than a week into the Project 333 challenge and have fixed the first 20 items. Here they are. Stand back and admire their glory.
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Actually, most of these are not the exact items, but I feel they represent them well enough. For example, my lighter coloured jeans have ripped knees and my black hand bag has added studs and spikes. But you get the idea.

  • Two wool sweaters
  • 3 t-shirts
  • One pair wool leggings
  • Two pairs of jeans
  • Two skirts
  • One wool and silk dress
  • One wool blazer
  • One denim waistcoat
  • One wool hat
  • One wool buff (another multi-way, multi-purpose item of clothing)
  • One pair of sunglasses
  • One pair of boots
  • Two bags
  • One ring

I considered the rules about jewelry and have put this ring on the list as a provisional item. I already have several pieces of jewelry that I wear every day (actually, I can’t remove them without special equipment… body piercings being what they are) but none of the rest of my jewelry is the type that I can leave on to sleep in or shower in. I have several pieces that I wear frequently, all of which are sentimental and special as well as amazing, but I decided to pick just one (so far) and wear it every day during this entire challenge. If I do another round after I will pick a different piece to wear every day. If I do manage to wear it every day, then it won’t count as a list item, but it occupies a place on the list for now until I see how good I am at remembering to put it on every day.

Some important things that stand out for me on this list. First, my favourite neutral is grey. I would never wear black at all, except so many very useful things only seem to be available in black. Second, my favourite fabric appears to be wool. Well, natural fibers anyway, because the non-wool items so far are either cotton or linen, but there are at least 4 more wool items that will get added to the list in the near future. I just can’t get on with synthetics, except for specialist sport clothing which I only wear while doing sports or sleeping (ever worn a technical sports t shirt to sleep in? Heaven.). Third, how the heck have so many people managed to create Project 333 lists with no hats?!? I assume they use umbrellas instead and have decided that umbrellas don’t count as accessories, which seems unfair to me. So far I have only used the wool fedora, but I have two other hats that I will probably be adding to the list when weather conditions make them necessary. Plus the buff can become a hat and you better believe I will be wearing it, possibly underneath a second hat, when the weather gets cold. Double hat. I will also be gloving and double gloving, with the gloves to be added to the list very soon.

The running is carrying on fairly well. I ran 7 kilometres on Sunday, and then 4 on Tuesday but will be taking a break for a few days since we have guests in town. My pace is still too slow to meet my sub-1 hour target, and I still need a short break to catch my breath at the turning around point, but I shall keep you posted.

Two new kick-ass goals.

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So, since I have been struggling with the fitness goals, and because things are so up in the air right now and I don’t feel comfortable signing up for any runs, I am setting those goals aside. This decision took a bit of soul-searching. I have to be ok with not reaching all of my fitness goals, and ok with not working on them right now, without being ok with quitting them altogether. This is just part of a acknowledging that life is fluid and unpredictable and that changing my mind and reorganizing my priorities to deal with life’s vagaries is not a bad thing.

But I do like to have some goals on the go at all times, and they should always be kick-ass. Naturally, I still have the goal of getting my PhD. That one is highest priority, and definitely a sound, kick-ass goal. There is still a lot of work to do on that, and it does involve some work every day. Nevertheless, that goal is clearly a career thing and I need some non-career goals to occupy my time outside of office hours. I have selected two.

First, I want to teach myself to double knit. I have been crocheting for a decade or so, but only took up knitting in January 2013. I have taught myself a lot, like stranded knitting, knitting in the round, seaming, etc. I have made some items that I am pretty happy with, including a pair of spats that I recently wore to a wedding (they received confused compliments, and some gifts for others (I promise they weren’t horrible). Now is the time to raise the bar again, so I will be making this pattern, in blue and off-white, as a gift for my partner. I made him a hat last year out of the same yarn, so it should be a nice set without being too matchy-matchy. I shall keep you informed.

Second, I want to overhaul my wardrobe. I have been researching capsule wardrobe plans, clothing challenges, etc. I have previously done a few wardrobe challenges, like the six items or less challenge, which was really enlightening and surprisingly easy. I have been wanting to do something like that again. At the same time, absolutely all the clothes that I own have to fit in half of a tiny wardrobe, slightly less than half of three drawers in a dresser, a drawer in a nightstand, a rack of scarves and belts, a rack of jewelry, a shelf for hats and half of one suitcase for out of season clothes. That sounds like a lot of space, and I honestly classify myself as a minimalist, but I am seriously struggling. I haven’t had a clear out recently, I have inherited a fair few new, high-quality and emotionally charged items, and I have purchased a few new things of my own recently anyway. For example, my partner encouraged me to buy a new dress for a recent wedding (the one with the spats) rather than re-wear the dress I had bought for a wedding earlier in the year. I thought the first dress would be fine for all the weddings I would need to attend for the next year or so, but the partner found it distressingly 90’s. I also bought a fedora in what a shop clerk described as `petrol’ coloured, and I picked up a few new things in the sales that perhaps I did not strictly need.

So anyway, I am feeling overwhelmed by the clothing, the lack of space and the emotional baggage. Thus, I will be overhauling the situation and using this blog as an emotional outlet and progress tracker throughout the process. What’s that? You are not interested in knitting or wardrobe organization? Well then, to quote Malcolm Tucker… Fuckety-bye!