The Lumberjack and the Lady

Well, hello there.

I’m not sure if I’m officially “back” yet, since it’s not 2012 and life continues to be unexpected, but I’ll be trying to blog whenever I have a minute (like today) because I realized yesterday that I miss blogging a lot. Except for the part where I have to take pictures in the rain. That, I could do without.

ย So my news might be a little anticlimactic for some of you, but two things: one, I got a tripod. Which means that I will now be able to take pictures in more places because I don’t have to search for a post or a garbage can or a barbecue to set my camera on, and I can take more angles and… do more stuff. This also means that when it rains, I can set the tripod and camera under a shelter, and stand in the rain and not worry about the camera getting wet.

I don’t really want to get wet either, but… y’know.

ย Second: I quit my job. I won’t be jobless forever– after the new year I’ll start looking again– and I don’t really want to say too much about why I quit because… it’s just not relevant to you guys. But it was a sticky situation and, while I still like my old boss and love my old coworkers, I couldn’t deal with a lot of the things that were going on.

Mostly, it was just too much stress. My job was making me cry, and I’ve always said that if a job makes me cry a lot, it’s not a job worth having.

And third… well, I do have more news, but I think I’ll save it for another day. Because I’m mean like that. I have to keep you coming back, don’t I?

If you noticed that most of these pictures have some sort of blur in them, it’s because I have to get used to my camera’s timing again. Going for 21 days without taking pictures has messed up my sense of timing. I’ll get back with it, I promise.

Also, by the time I got to taking detail shots, the mist had turned into a downpour. So I didn’t get a picture of my owl earrings, which were a Christmas gift, but I’ll show them to you later.

You might not really be able to tell, but I dyed my hair back to mostly normal. The red is still pretty apparent, but this is more what my hair looks like when it’s its natural color.

ย Sadly, I’ve lost some weight so this ring doesn’t fit me as well as it used to. It slides around a lot. Oh well.

ย I have to say, these shoes are the most impractical shoes I’ve ever bought. I got them years ago, and lost them for an entire year, and just recently found them… and I am so not going to wear these anywhere where standing is imperative.

They’re pretty, though.

Also, this skirt’s tag says “Fashion for 5’3″ and under.” I have to say, if you were 5’3″ or under, this skirt might make you look even shorter. But I could be wrong.

I hope you all have a fantastic Wednesday!


  • margareteselene

    I’m so jealous, I wish I could quit my job but I have a phobia of job interviews so I am trying to hang on to my job for now because I’m on a quest to be published and don’t really want to go to all the trouble of finding another job when I’m not planning on keeping it for that long. I am counting down the days until I can someday tell my boss that I quit. Enjoy your freedom! ๐Ÿ˜€

    I really like your hair, it looks good any color but I especially like it how you have it now.

    • Mara

      I think I’ve gotten lucky with job interviews, because they’re never as scary as I think they’ll be. But I know what you mean! I hope you get published soon!

      Thank you!

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  • Emily

    :'( Been so long! But it’s incredible to hear from you. Wish you all the best with your job, sounds like good and practical advice to remember about it not being worth it if a job makes you cry. Will be praying that you find peace… and another job that you like ๐Ÿ™‚
    One more thing. You’re looking incredible ๐Ÿ˜€ That sounds faintly stalkerish of me but… oh well ๐Ÿ˜›
    Happy New Years! Can’t believe it’s… so soon! >.<

    • Mara

      I know! My resolution this year is to get back to regular blogging (aka… at least three posts a week.), and so far… I’m not doing so great! But I think I’ll be doing better soon.
      Thank you! Faint stalker. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy (late) New Year!

  • Asia Morela

    Welcome back! LOL
    You are totally right about the job; whatever the reason was that made you upset, something needed to be done! Glad you took the step and are willing to look for something new in January. ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Your hair now looks like a mix of your natural colour and former dye, or maybe it’s just these pictures. ๐Ÿ˜› And ha ha ha, I like your comment about the skirt for 5’3″ and under… it’s a strange concept altogether IMO.

    • Mara

      Why thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

      It could just be the pictures, but it is also a mix of dyes. I don’t know that I’ve ever actually had my true natural color on the blog, since I dye my hair so much. But I’m going to let it grow out to natural, because I do like the normal color and I don’t really want to have to cover up colors once it gets longer. Takes too much dye.

      Isn’t that such a weird concept? Although I guess it could be like the store for Big & Tall guys… just… opposite.

  • Jamie Rose

    I love the color of your skirt. The tag on it is definitely confusing. Maybe it was meant to be a full-length skirt for a short person? I’ve never tried to pull off a floor length skirt and I’m not sure I ever would. It works much better on a person of normal height like you! The plaid top looks great with it too. Glad you’re back!

  • Demy

    Hi! This was not exactly what I expected to hear, but I guess that sometimes we just have to quit the things that make us sad. So, congrats on making your life better! I hope you’ll find something you’ll like from next year ๐Ÿ™‚ And…a new tripod? NICE! I’m sure it’ll be a great convenience for you! Love the hair as well… Actually, your hair looks amazing no matter how you dye it or anything! You’re pretty ๐Ÿ™‚
    And as for the look, this skirt is the most adorable thing ever! Look at this color! WOW! It looks really pretty with this shirt! And the shoes are indeed gorgeous, worth suffering ๐Ÿ˜›
    I would keep on coming back any ways!
    Many kisses <3

    • Mara

      Yeah, there were a lot of crazy things happening in December! I still have more things to tell you all, but timing is everything. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you! You’re sweet. I’ve missed your comments! <3

  • Heather

    Okay, so I know that you love shopping at thrift stores and I have no idea if you are comfortable with online shopping but I was browsing a website and I kept thinking of you and your style. Finally, this owl necklace did me in:

    I had to send you this link. I have no idea if I’ll ever get anything from here, but I know it all makes me drool for more money to actually buy something. I wish I lived closer to a thrift store, dangit…

    • Mara

      I do buy things very sparingly online. I like to touch things before I buy them (which sounds weird… but um… yeah.) But that necklace is so cute! It actually matches earrings someone gave me for Christmas. Oh, temptation. It’s adorable!

  • Avra-Sha Faohla

    What went through my head upon reading that you quit your job: (1) Oh, no! She’s unemployed! (2) Oh, yay! She’ll be more active in the cyberworld again! (3) Oh, yay! She’ll have more time for WRITING! (4) Oh, no, look, she said her job was making her cry. (5) But oh, yay, it won’t anymore!

    “Sadly, I’ve lost some weight so this ring doesn’t fit me as well as it used to.” This is one of the reasons I like you! Other people would be glad their ring doesn’t fit if it means they’ve lost some weight, but you’d rather the ring still fit, and a pox on losing weight. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mara

      Haha! I love all your reactions, they cracked me up. Those were basically my feelings, too. ๐Ÿ˜€

      Yeah, I’m an odd bird like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t feel like I need to lose weight. I like being the way I am. And also, I have a lot of clothes and rings that would no longer fit if I lost weight, and that’d make me sad. So there. ๐Ÿ˜€