Sunday, August 2, 2015


According to Facebook (which would never lie to me) and my list of holidays, today was Sister's Day.

See?  Anna and Elsa would never lie to me either.  It would be rude.

It turns out, I have a sister, and she's pretty fabulous.

This is us on the day of her 8th grade graduation.  I was in 1st grade.  Weren't we cute?

Here are our shoes on Easter in 2010.  Seester Easter feet!  I didn't even have a shoe blog then and she still took a shoe picture with me.  Because she is awesome.

In her honor, and in celebration of sisters everywhere, I leave you with this (make sure you check out their fab shoes):

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bread and Wine

I'm preaching tomorrow, which means I'm working on my sermon this afternoon.  Yes, I'm still allowed to preach, I'm just not allowed to wear a collar or stole while doing so.  You could preach, too, if you had a mind to.  Anyone can preach.  Anyhoo, tomorrow is one of the many bread texts that happen during this particular round of the lectionary cycle, and I was thinking I would do tomorrow's post around bread since that's what I'll be preaching on, but it turns out that today is Lammas and Lughnasadh.  What are Lammas and Lughnasadh, you ask?  Well, you could have clicked on the links and saved me some typing, but whatever, I'll tell you.  

Lammas:  "In some English-speaking countries in the Northern Hemisphere, August 1 is Lammas Day (Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas, "loaf-mass"), the festival of the wheat harvest, and is the first harvest festival of the year. On this day it was customary to bring to church a loaf made from the new crop, which began to be harvested at Lammastide."

Lughnasadh:  "Lughnasadh or Lughnasa (pronounced /ˈlnəsə/, LOO-nə-sə; Irish: Lúnasa, /ˈl̪ˠuːn̪ˠəsˠə/; Scottish Gaelic: Lùnastal, [ˈl̪ˠu:nəsd̥əl̪ˠ]; Manx: Luanistyn, [ˈluanɪst̪ən]) is a Gaelic festival marking the beginning of the harvest season."

See how appropriate it is that I'm working on texts that have to do with bread?  At least I think it's appropriate.  So in celebration of bread texts and harvest festivals, here are some shoes that make me think of both (also communion):

I kind of wish I had these to wear to preach in tomorrow.  Except, of course, that they would be terribly itchy.

Maybe these would be less itchy?  But you know how I love to preach in heels (or out of them, as the case usually is).

Or these!  Lots of colors to choose from, but still going with the theme.  I love a good theme shoe.  And, I'm guessing (hoping) these wouldn't be itchy.

I've posted these before, and I think they're kind of cool if they were a decoration on a food table, but I keep seeing pictures of people actually wearing them, and that's just gross.  Even I won't go that far for a theme.  I know carbs are bad, but just avoid them, don't shove them on your feet!

Moving on to the grape portion of today's events.  How cute are these?  They are definitely going into the imaginary canvas shoe collection!

I posted this before in the black version.  It's pretty crazy.  Does it really need the fake grapes?  It might be kind of cute, if oddly shaped, without them.

And, of course, the finished product.  I liked the plaid shoe wine holder.

So, bread and wine, and random harvest festivals.  I think you can probably work with that to find a way to celebrate this first day of August!

Friday, July 31, 2015

No Shoes

I've been headache-y, grumpy, and ininspired the last couple of days, so no posting. I'm still not feeling any shoe inspiration, but thought I would give you a quick froggy tour.

This picture is the result of another surgery today. Soon there won't be any fabric left to stitch back together. Chalupa just can't not gnaw on poor froggy. But only original froggy. Froggy 2.0 is a different story. I ordered another one a couple of weeks ago so we would have a backup, and here is the result:

2.0 gets nothing but calmness and snuggles. I have no idea what goes on in my puppy's head. 

Hopefully I'll be back to shoes tomorrow! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Can't

I was supposed to help the hubby with a project today, but the headache I went to bed with took the night to get progressively worse.  I managed to a few things, but for the most part I stayed home, snuggled with puppies, and put ice packs on my eyes.  Now I think I might have sinus infection, or at least sinus crap.  Either way it's rude.  During the times when my eyes didn't feel like they were going to pop from the pressure I managed to finish reading Jesus Freak by Sara Miles.  I have a huge long list of books I'm trying to catch up on, and this one needed to be finished so I can return in to the library.  I like my theology best in the form of humorous, often slightly snarky, spiritual memoirs, so this worked nicely.  And then I had to go look up "Jesus shoes."  First, I'm shocked I've never done this before.  Second, I wish I hadn't because now I can't unsee them.  And if I can't, you don't get to either.

That is a LOT of white Jesus.  On shoes.  I don't know why I'm shocked, since I've found all kinds of weird stuff on shoes.  I just can't get on board with these; they actually creep me out.  I don't even find them funny, just weird.  Poor Jesus...we're always trying to force him into weird boxes (in this case, shoe boxes!).  I really hope the guy has a sense of humor.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weird Day

As far as random holidays go, July 27th is a good day.  First, did you know that it's Take Your Pants for a Walk Day?  I didn't either, but now we do.  I guess as long as you're wearing pants and walking, then you are celebrating this day properly.  I wore shorts today, so I think I failed.

I think I've posted these before, but they're still incredibly weird.

At least this combination isn't attached like above, but I think I may have just gone blind.  Why would anyone go here?

Today is also Bagpipe Appreciation Day.  I, for one, appreciate the heck out of bagpipes.  I know they aren't for everyone, but I'm a fan.  I like to pretend it's because I have Scottish ancestry.  You know, instead of muscle memory, ancestor memory?

Bagpipe socks.  I had no idea these existed.  I don't think my love of bagpipes extends to a burning desire to wear bagpipe socks, but I'm not judging those who do have that desire.

To celebrate Bagpipe Appreciation Day here is Amazing Grace on bagpipes and pipe organ.  It's not my favorite version, but it's pretty darn good.  Sadly for Take Your Pants for a Walk day, the bagpiper is wearing a kilt, but not all holidays can coincide perfectly.

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Today was a good day.  Well, not so much for the hubby, who woke up with an icky tummy and thus couldn't participate in the good day.  Poor hubby.  But I got to drive to the East Bay and meet a friend for lunch.  But not just any friend, a friend I worked with at Christikon (Lutheran summer camp in Montana), and whom I haven't seen in almost 20 years!  Which is just crazy, since I know I worked at camp no more than 5 years ago.  It was really great to see her again and finally meet her hubby.  They have 2 children, a boy who is 7, and a girl who is 4 (she is 10 days younger than Laughter, and clearly they were both born under a very dramatic aligning of stars).  Their son spent the time telling me all of the Alcatraz facts he learned on their tour.  He was clearly fascinated, and he definitely paid attention to the audio tour.  Their daughter chatted about lots and lots of different stuff and may or may not have been thinking of a way to steal my wedding rings. :-)  It was so much fun, and so so wonderful to see her again after all of this time.  JJS looks great and seems happy, which makes me happy.  Her suggestion for tonight's blog was Wisconsin (where they are from), and plaid.  So here we go:

Of course when I looked up Wisconsin shoes I got sports results.  I don't know a lot about Wisconsin, so I didn't look up anything more specific.  I do know Bucky the Badger, though, because a friend of mine from Texas went to school in Madison.  Bucky was pretty much the first mascot I could recognize outside of the mascot from my own alma mater.

And of course the Packers.  Just makes me think of cheeseheads.  I kind of like the yellow one, though.

Moving on to plaid, which is more fun.  These look very bright and summery to me.

I like these too, but maybe they're a little more springy looking?   Or even fall?

I think JJS  was wearing Birkenstocks today, or at least sandals that looked like Birkenstocks. I opted not so be a shoe stalker for once in my life and didn't ask, but I thought some plaid Birks would be fun.

And these are just adorable.

I have no idea if JJS wears heels or not.  We worked at summer camp, so most shoes were very very practical (Camp/Author Friend's ginormous platforms notwithstanding), and I wasn't in a shoe phase at that point, so didn't have a lot of conversations about them.  Regardless, I thought this was a very cute plaid wedge.

So it was a good day, and I am happy I got to spend part of it with JJS and her family.

Saturday, July 25, 2015


Apparently today is National Day of the Cowboy or some such thing.  I have a healthy respect for (real) cowboys and cowgirls, but have never had a burning desire to be one.  I also have a VERY healthy respect for cowboy rear ends, but that's a post for another time.  And even though I don't want to be a cowgirl, or wear the boots, I still like to look at the fancy ones, so tonight's shoes will all be really girly cowgirl boots.

See?  Fancy!

Ooooh...purple for The Bean and Flower, butterflies for Double A, and turquoise for me!

Or, just blue for me.  Because I'm selfish like that.

And of course green for all of my green freaks out there.

More turquoise.  These (actually all of these) would look cute with a dress.

You know I love a red boot.

I think I'd like these better without the brown.  I like the yellow and pink.

So, happy cowboy day.  I hope you celebrated appropriately.
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