MLK day special: OOTD + apartment tour part 3 + Freddy’s DNA ancestry test results!

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Happy MLK day everyone!  I spent my day off doing what I love to do most:  stay at home.  I walked the dog, picked up some groceries, cooked, and finished up Fire and Fury, snapped some OOTD photos, and snuck in some pics of the BF’s home office space.

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I’ve been wearing these carpenter pants a lot lately and today wore them a little lower on my waist than usual.  I wore these out with leggings underneath and then on its own when I was at home.  I even mopped the floors with these pants on.  I wanted to experiment with wearing a baggy top with it and took out my 7 year old uniqlo knit oversized top and layered it over this tank top.

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So much drape.  I love it.  Then I got all fancy and took out my old AA corduroy jacket and layered that on top, which made the whole silhouette even baggy-er.

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Now moving on to part 3 of the apartment tour.  The BF occupies the room adjacent to the living room.  He has a lot of electronics and musical equipment which has been challenging to work around in our small apartment.  Historically the room has been an irritating mess with cords and knick knacks all over the place, but finally after almost 6 years of living here we decided to invest in some cabinets and soft baskets to contain everything.  The BF has been tinkering around with his setup and I think he did a nice job of making his very complex setup look very neat and clean.

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Here’s the view of the space from the living room.  We moved the carpet into the office space because I prefer to use a bare floor for Barre3 work outs in the living room.  Plus Freddy loves to play with his dolls while lounging on the rug next to the BF  while he is on the computer.

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The BF bought this standing desk from Ikea.  He got the cabinet from Ikea too.  I advised him to stick with all white to make his space look more streamlined.  The desk has a lever that allows you to crank the height up and down. Underneath the carpet, there is an orthopedic mat that makes it more comfortable to stand.  He beefed up the desk by adding a keyboard tray and attached a monitor stand that allows him to rotate the screen vertically.  He also added some plastic hooks to store things like his headphones on the side of the cabinet.  He’s got a microphone and a sound machine hooked up to his computer as well.  Everything connects to the TV in the living room and the Korg piano across the room.

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This thing has weighted keys and can play hundreds of different instruments.  He also has an electric and acoustic guitar, but those are stored under our bed for now.  The rest of what you see here is a basket of toys for Freddy, a wall basket that stores my TI-83 calculator from high school and some mail.  And an ottoman that we use to store millions of extra cords, with our xbox rock band guitars.  We are in our 30’s but we still play like children.  When we’re in our 80’s we’ll probably still be playing video games.


And now for the grand finale!  My dog Freddy’s DNA ancestry test results came back.  We were eagerly awaiting the results for about 3 weeks now.  I gifted the DNA test kit to the BF for Christmas.  When we adopted Freddy, the shelter told us he was half border collie and half australian cattle dog.  He looks like an australian cattle dog except a little taller and thinner.  He has a really kind and gentle temperament.  He’s able to communicate like a human and learns very quickly. We always felt very lucky to have him.  And we always attributed this good qualities to his border collie roots, but it turns out he’s not border collie at all!

He’s 25% Australian cattle dog, 12.5% Staffordshire terrier, 12.5% Chow Chow (!!??!), and 50% “mixed breed”.  We met his mother at the shelter and she looked like a border collie.  Now we’re starting to wonder if she was really his mother or if the test is messed up in some way?  I was a little attached to the idea that he was part Border Collie, and I’m mourning that, but it’s OK.  It’s good that he is very mixed.  More genetic diversity usually translates into better health and that’s what’s important.  Has anyone else done the DNA test?  Any surprises?

[outfit:  cuyana silk tank, uniqlo knit oversize top, black crane carpenter pants, everlane crossover slides, american apparel corduroy jacket, baggu crossbody bag]

18 thoughts on “MLK day special: OOTD + apartment tour part 3 + Freddy’s DNA ancestry test results!

  1. Love how your place it set up! I did a DNA test for my dog Hachi, who we thought was a mix of chow chow and golden retriever. He ended up being 12.5% chow chow, 12.5% shar pei, 12.5% german Shepard and 12.5% akita, 25% border collie and 25% ‘hound group’. The DNA test was totally worth it because we never would have guessed he was so mixed!


    1. Oh wow, thats such an interesting mix of breeds. We’re thinking about a repeat test using a different company down the road to test the reliability of the tests.. but not sure if its worth the money right now. Thanks for sharing!


  2. I’ve enjoyed seeing the photos from your apartment! K and I also enjoy video games, him a bit more than me (or rather, he tends to be the one who buys consoles and games, and then I enjoy some of them). We both played Zelda: Breath of the Wild when he got a Switch, and I can’t wait for the main series Pokemon game that’s supposed to come out on the Switch.

    Freddy is a cute dog!


    1. Thank you! My brother and “The BF” was plays a lot of Zelda. I never played it myself but have spent a lot of time watching other people play. Also seems like every week the BF is playing a new game. Hard to keep up with it. He buys consoles and games and sometimes I partake, like you. It’s a nice thing to have but not something I’d spend much of my own money on. In the past I’ve spent many hours playing sim city and starcraft.

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      1. My computer gaming vice was The Sims, back in the day, both Sims 2 and 3. I loved making little houses and downloading a lot of custom content to make things pretty. Sadly, the game doesn’t generally run very well on Mac laptops, so it’s not something I get to indulge anymore!


      2. So much fun designing cities.. I’d always put the speed on fast forward too and watch it grow. I primarily use mac too and recall it not working well when I tried to get back into it in med school… probably for the better because it would have sucked up so much time then.


    2. That’s exactly like Z and myself. He’s got all the consoles and games and I “backseat drive” with him on some. We’ve been playing Zelda a lot lately. It’s so good!


  3. You look so comfortable in that outfit! Aren’t your feet cold in those slides? I guess because I know you’re in NY it makes me shudder to know people are wandering around with exposed feet in this cold – even indoors! I’m always bundled up in my house and have been wearing multiple socks lately!
    It always makes me happy to know people are playing video games. I don’t think anyone is too old – ever -for them. 🙂


    1. this is for indoors only… actually while indoors I tend to get too hot because our radiators go a little overboard sometimes. Back in Cali we never used heaters so it was on average more cold inside than nyc oddly enough. When I go outside I put on huge thick layers my one winter puffer w wool socks and boots but that would be the same OOTD pic repeated. And yes never too old. In the future the games will be more insane too.


  4. My sister and her husband adopted a dog, were told she was a border collie / cattle dog mix and they did the DNA test–and found out she was 12% Shiba Inu?!?!


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