Thursday, March 15, 2007

Warning: This post has nothing to do with knitting

It was 70 degrees and sunny here yesterday. Instead of cleaning all the plaster dust off every surface in my house (we had four rooms painted last week), I sat outside on my brick patio and basked in the balmy weather. Which reminded me of sandals.


I saw this pair of red sandals in a catalogue that I just fell in love with and now I want to go shoe shopping. Not yarn shopping (because, to borrow Barbara’s complaint, I’ve lost my knitting mojo), not bathing suit shopping (I desperately need to do this but you know how much fun it is), shoe shopping! Yes, I know this plays into the worst stereotypes of women’s bad habits but I’ve decided that there are good reasons we like shoe shopping above all else:

1) You don’t have to take off your clothes to try on shoes.
2) Your shoe size doesn’t fluctuate with your weight (except after pregnancy when my feet went up a whole size!).
3) A great pair of shoes can jazz up the oldest, dullest outfit in your closet.
4) You don’t have to buy anything else to go with the shoes. Well, maybe a bag but it’s not a requirement.
5) Shoes don’t require hemming.

So what do you shop for when you’re feeling good? How about when you’re feeling bad? Is it different?

12 Comments:

Anonymous google said...

I head for B&N and have a latte and curl up with a good book. That's what I want for both. I am not a shoe person.

11:56 AM  
Blogger LauraP said...

I'm not a shoe person, and I loathe clothes shopping in general. Never met a bookstore, yarn shop or garden center that didn't perk up my heart rate though - good day or bad day.

12:32 PM  
Blogger Fran Baker said...

You know we all hate you, Nancy. Right? There you are, sitting on your sun-drenched patio with balmy breezes blowing. And here we are, still praying for spring.

That said, I'd love to shop for shoes but ... just as you've lost your knitting mojo, I've lost my shopping mojo.

I have to admit, however, that I share Laura's passion for bookstores, yarn shops and garden centers. All I can add is, Hurry Spring! Oh, and have fun.

12:44 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Purses! And more purses! I admit it: I am a handbag ho.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Oh yes, bookstores! I adore bookstores but if you could see my TBR pile--just the one on my bedside table--you'd know why I avoid B and N right now. I think my husband would divorce me if I brought another book into the house.

Fran, if it makes you feel any better, the temperature is dropping rapidly and we're supposed to get snow tonight. :-)

Wendy, I used to be a handbag ho too (in fact, I once worked in the handbag department at Abraham and Straus--sheer heaven with the employee discount!) but now the only new ones I buy are for evening. I decided that it takes too long to move the contents of my daily purse from one to the other so I keep the same old boring one all the time (except the summer-winter switchover).

4:30 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

BTW, I did sneak in a trip to Marty's (awwwk!) today and bought a darling pair of bronze flats with little cutouts in the toe area. They're Aerosoles so they have a cushiony sole (a requirement for my comfort). However, no red sandals so I'll have to go in search of those when I have more time.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I comfort shop yarn (of course) and knitting knick knacks that I think I can't live without. Sadly, I also comfort shop Haagan Dazs Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream when I'm feeling down...not so good for the hips, but it does boost the spirit.

When I'm in a great mood I tend to shop for yarn (see a pattern?), haircuts and kitchen gadgets. Nothing makes me happier than I already am than some new fangled kitchen gadget!

5:26 PM  
Blogger Barbara Bretton said...

I'd like to be airlifted into the center of a giant crafts store and left there for a week or two. (You know the kind: yarn, oil paints, decoupage, cake decorating supplies, shiny ribbons, woodburning kits, everything a wild craftswoman loves.) Then I'd like to be transported to Office Max or Staples and allowed to run wild. One of my favorite Christmas gifts was the time my husband set me loose in Staples with two carts! Sheer bliss.

9:05 PM  
Blogger Nancy Herkness said...

Haircuts, Kristin!?!?!? Isn't that dangerous? I'm a big chicken when it comes to haircuts. It's the same old, same old for years. Then I'll get bored and cut off an inch. :-) And I so hear you on the Haagen Dasz, except for me it's Entenman's chocolate chip cookies which are equally bad for the hips.

Barbara, I too adore an office supply store. My pen collection is a thing of beauty.

9:20 PM  
Blogger Sharon Hurlbut said...

Good, bad, it doesn't matter. It's always chocolate.

11:45 PM  
Anonymous Theresa S. said...

I just indulged in a little comfort shopping yesterday. I bought new storage bins for my stash, and now I get to spend a few hours today sorting and organizing it (read: "playing with it" :D ) which makes me very happy.

I'm seriously contemplating buying one of those drug dealer scales so I can more accurately split my big sock yarn balls. That would add another dimension of yarny goodness to my interlude this afternoon.

What do I buy for comfort besides knitting stuff? Lately, not much. An occasional lunch out, because it's nice not to have to cook sometimes.

10:23 AM  
Blogger the BookWyrm said...

I think that only a writer (or an English major) will truly appreciate the beauty of a good stationary store. Pen shopping tends to be how I cheer myself up, too.

And Fran? Sorry. But it's lovely out here in Cali, too.

~Nicole

6:29 PM  

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