Thursday, January 19, 2017

Uncle Chuck

My mom called this morning to tell me that my Great-Uncle Charles died yesterday.  It wasn't unexpected.  He just celebrated his 90th birthday and has been in declining health for awhile.  I'm feeling sad and a little nostalgic today in light of this news.  I hadn't seen him in many years, so that makes me even sadder.  I recently wrote about him, so today I'm just going to direct you to that post because I'm feeling a little funky right now and don't really want to go look for shoes.  I will say, though, that I am grateful for the many wonderful memories I have of Uncle Chuck and of the love I always felt from him.  He will be missed.

Actually, you know what?  I changed my mind about looking for shoes.  I give you this one picture of Chucks because it is fitting and the colors cheer me up:

Monday, January 16, 2017


Apparently this week is just going to be one of eye-rolling experiences.  It's Monday, so second day of the week, and I'm 2 for 2 so far.  At least I didn't set any alarms off today. This afternoon the hubby asked me to go to Home Depot to get some stuff for the office.  We had a gift card from last week when we returned a few things, so off I went.  I got in the car and went on auto pilot.  I got to the store, got the stuff, got in line, and checked out.  When it came time to pay I handed the cashier the gift card to which she replied (in a completely disgusted tone), "we don't take Home Depot cards."  Which was when I snapped into reality and realized auto pilot had taken me to Lowe's.  "Oh good grief," I said, "I can't believe I just did that!"  In the meantime she is making all kinds of faces at me: rolling her eyes and bugging them out, looking at the guy behind me and making more faces.  I told her I was really sorry but that I actually needed to use the gift card so I needed to not complete the purchase.  She heaved a huge sigh and said, "really?" with more faces.  I apologized again and walked out.  Was I a moron?  Yes.  But seriously?  The entire encounter took about 2 minutes out of her entire day, and I only had 4 items.  So it's not like it was a huge effort on her part to reverse the process.  Maybe she was having a crappy day or something.  I tried not to meet her rudeness with more rudeness, but I was annoyed and embarrassed.  Boy, do I love being a total moron 2 days in a row.

Moving on.  Today's Facebook memories reminded me that January 16 is Appreciate a Dragon Day, which is what I wrote last year's post on.  I know I did it last year, but I figured dragon shoes would take my mind off of my moron status.

Dragon shoes!  I don't think my dragons care about my shoes one way or the other, as long as I give them warm baths and yummy meal worms.  And occasionally snuggle them.

This picture is from Saturday morning.  Squirtle kept leaving to go explore and try to jump off the bed, but Bulbasaur and Charmander just snuggled right in on my neck and shoulder and hung out for almost an hour.  Also, if you had asked me 7 years ago if I would ever have (and enjoy having) bearded dragons as pets, I would have said no way in heck!  Never say never.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday School

The Hubby and I have been crazy busy at the office since I got back from Montana.  Which is good, but as we don't currently have internet at home, and I'm busy at the office, I haven't been posting much this year so far.  Oh well, busy at work is good, hopefully it will turn into lots of good stuff.  Right now I'm hanging out at Starbucks for a bit before going home.  I taught Sunday School this morning.  I'm always a bit awkward at church as it is, given everything from the past few years, but this morning was extra-special-awkward because I set the alarm off.  I  got to church, and went into the main building to get the key for the classroom, which is in an annex.  I went in and thought I heard a car alarm go off, but didn't think much of it.  A few minutes later the pastor's husband came to drop their daughter off for Sunday School and told me I'd set the alarm off.  All I could do was stare blankly and say, "um...what alarm?"  This is what happens when you spend 7 weeks in Montana.  They've had problems with break-ins in that building before, and apparently had another incident right before Christmas, hence the alarm.  It was an innocent mistake, but I still felt like a dork, especially when it got brought up in announcements during the service (just in passing, not in an accusatory way, but still, most people at this church don't even know me, now they just know me as the moron who doesn't know about the alarm).  Sigh.  I know it's not that big of a deal, but I was feeling weird already this morning and then the universe had to take this opportunity to remind me that I'm so very not perfect.  I need to look at shoes.

I typed in "Sunday School shoes" and for some reason saddle shoes were quite prevalent.  I'm not entirely sure why, but they make me smile, especially the polka dot ones.

Awww...this is more what I was picturing.

These are pretty much what I wore as a child, either in white or black.  I would have probably been wearing knee highs with them, though. 

Maybe not this particular pair, but this is closer to what I might wear to Sunday School now.  Or at least several years ago.  I don't wear heels much anymore, and my shoes this morning were totally boring.

I like this, but wish it didn't have the lace panel.  I love the color, though, and definitely needed some blue to cheer me up.

I'm off to do laundry (woohoo!).  I hope your morning was less breaking-and-entering-y than mine...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017


Happy New Year!  Yeah, I know I'm 4 days late, but I haven't posted yet in 2017, so you're getting a belated greeting.  I've been soaking up as much family time as possible this past week because  tomorrow I get on a plane and head home.  You're probably thinking, "it's about dang time she went home."  And you're right.  I've been here for 7 weeks, which is crazy.  Awesome, but crazy.  Oh, and I feel compelled to tell you that I have been working the whole time I've been home.  Not as much as I would have if I'd been in the office, but I work several hours in the morning during the week because there are things that need to be done that I'm in charge of and no one else at the office does.  There.  I feel slightly better now that you know I'm not a complete and total slacker, just mostly a slacker.

Anyhoo, as I said, I leave tomorrow and while I'm super excited to get home and see my hubby, I'm also very sad to leave my family.  It's just so nice to be home and get to participate in all of the family stuff that I normally miss out on.  There are still about a million things I wish I could have done while I was here, and I still didn't get to spend as much time with my aunt and seester as I could have, and there were friends I didn't see at all, and I always still have guilt when I leave.  Yes, I know I have issues.  Plus, tonight was saying goodbye to Double A and The Bean and that is always REALLY hard.  Not that it's not hard to leave everyone, but there are special circumstances that make those 2 really rough.  I won't embarrass them with being mushy on the blog and talking more about it, but I am sad right now.

Moving on.  Want to look at shoes?  Since I'm going home tomorrow tonight I typed in "travel shoes" just to see what came up.  Here are a few of the pairs that popped up:

For some reason these 3 popped out at me.  I'm not sure I would ever buy brogues, but I like all of these colors, and these would be practical for traveling.  Contrary to what you might think, as much as I love heels, I don't actually wear them much, and I never wear them when I fly.  Women who go racing through the airport in 6 inch heels.  More power to them, but I can't do it.

 This looks really comfy and snuggly.  If they have good arch support they'd be great for traveling in the winter.   And they slip off and on, so they make going through security easier.

I love this color.  Except for the snuggly part, I could say the same thing about this pair as the one above.

Love this color, too.

Now I must go finish laundry and pack and then hopefully sleep without having more crazy anxiety dreams.  Wish me luck on all of that!

Friday, December 30, 2016


Today was a VERY busy day.  Double A, The Bean, The VH, Flower, Pippi, Tink, and Laughter were all here for Holidays!  Holidays is the tradition we started when DJ was 4 (she's 19 now), and try to do at least once a year, where we celebrate a bunch of holidays in one day because I'm usually not home for most of them.  So today we did:

Easter.  Each kid gets to dye 6 eggs, then we send them off on an errand and I hide the eggs (obviously it's too cold for the bunny to come do it).

Thanksgiving.  We eat Thanksgiving dinner, but very pared down.

We celebrate birthdays.  Each person gets a cupcake.  We've started doing only 1 candle for each, because between 7 kids and 4 adults, it would have been something like 304 candles.  11 are easier to light and blow out...

4th of July.  We got outside and do sparklers and smoke bombs.  There isn't always snow like this year, so this time we got to toss the smoke bombs in the snow and watch the results. 

Halloween.  We do face paint and the kids trick-or-treat around the house.

St. Patrick's Day.  We do a treasure hunt with clues to follow to find the Leprechaun's lost gold (gold wrapped chocolate).

Are you exhausted reading about it?  Because it's exhausting doing it!

We then all wore our matching owl pjs to the movie.  Because I am a dorky aunt who makes her nieces do stuff like that.

The movie was Moana, and it was a lot of fun.

Finally, today is Shoetopia's 4th blogiversary!  I think this shoe is hilarious and adorable.

Everyone is supposed to be spending the night, but sadly Pippi had a horrible headache all day and decided she wanted to go home after the movie, and Tink decided to go with her.  The VH has family stuff tomorrow so she couldn't say over.  I still have 4 kiddos sleeping over, though.

Speaking of kiddos, all of my nieces are amazing, but can I take a minute to brag on Double A and The Bean?  They still love to do Holidays, but they are also great with helping with the younger kids.  They're great with kids in general, and love hanging out with their cousins.  They are patient and kind and loving, and it makes my heart happy to watch them.  But now my happy heart and I are going to bed.

Thursday, December 29, 2016


There is a group of deer that wanders in and around the parents' yard:

This is from the front porch.  Yes, the neighbors have a caboose.

This is the back porch.

And this is the backyard.  Aren't they sweet?  I don't have to live here, so I love seeing them and watching them.  Mom and Dad do have to live here, so they are less enamored with the deer pooping in the yard and eating everything.

Obviously tonight's shoes shall be deer themed:

Why does this shoe have a hood ornament?

These are actually pretty sweet, but I would have to have a very specific occasion for which to wear them.

Awwww.  I love these.  Still can't think of where I would wear them, though.

But wherever it is, the PB could also go.

Yay, deer AND Christmas!  Or not, but they kind of look Christmas-y to me.

What is even happening here?  These make the hood ornament shoe look sane. the color...?

Much better.  I couldn't leave you with the insanity above.

Today was awesome.  The auntie, seester, Double A, Bean, Flower, and Laughter came over for a crafternoon.  The seester and I crocheted, Double A painted rocks, and everyone else kind of rotated around through various crafts.  It was a lot of fun.  The auntie and seester went home before it got dark, but Double A and the Bean just left and Laughter and Flower are having a sleepover.  Not a bad way to spend the 5th Day of Christmas, if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Good Morning

I was going to do a different post tonight, but in light of Debbie Reynolds dying today (my heart breaks for that family), I'm going to give you this instead (everyone, but especially Ms. Reynolds, is wearing great shoes):

If that doesn't make you smile, not much will at this point.  I love this movie, and I love Debbie Reynolds in it.  What an amazingly talented gene pool that family had.

And because this is a shoe blog, here are a couple of pairs of blue dance shoes for you:

Maybe in my next life I'll be badass like General Organa while also having the dancing and singing ability of Debbie Reynolds...
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