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January 17th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

While you all have been having cold weather, it's been record breaking sunny and warm here.

BUT, that sure changed the last few days. The COLD has definitely arrived.

Actually, it was hard to work Saturday because it was so sunny, warm and gorgeous outside. So Sunday I made the family go for a walk. I thought a hike might be perfect, but we were all a little too lazy to go anywhere but out our front door. For the best. We walked about 1/2 way around the lake, but once we turned around the COLD wind was blowing in our face. It was like we walked a good 1/2 mile or so before we realized how freaking cold it was. Guess the wind was pushing us along? We were going to let the kids play at the park a good hour, but changed our mind to about 10 minutes. BRRRRR. At least we got a nice walk in. It was about 50 degrees Sunday versus 70 degrees on Saturday. If I had known, I would have worked Sunday instead.

We've still got sun, but it was freezing this morning. It will be nice to get some rain. I think weather has been more on the normal side, but I just remember endless endless snow and rain the last 2 winters, so it's been weird. I know I usually have a winter setting on the lawn irrigation but I don't have the foggiest what it was since I haven't used in about 3 years. I have just been flipping it on once a week, and turning it off not wanting to leave it on during a freeze. My dad asked if I had been over-watering. HA! I said "under watering." Forgot what to do when it isn't raining all the time.

For summer I have the irrigation set to come on twice a day because it gets so hot. (Not every day, but maybe every other day). So this basically means for 3 years we have been watering twice a day or never. Nothing in between?


It's official. It is IMPOSSIBLE to find shoes. I am so frustrated. I am returning all the shoes I bought last week. I kept one pair which I thought would be perfect, but they are too tight in the toes. I am keeping them in the hopes of stretching them out over time. It's all I got.

My problem is big/wide feet and apparently complete lack of "in styleness" of flats and low heels these days. This has been going on for years, but usually Payless has SOMETHING. All Payless has right now is really uncomfortable shoes. & maybe only one or two styles in a large wide. Rolleyes

I increased my price range significantly and still can't find anything, anywhere. So, not sure what to do.

The really high heels are the best I got (bought them a bit ago and they are comfy for what they are). I am giving these shoes a week, but they are killing my feet in the interim. I went back and read the reviews again, so don't think next size up will help.


BM has been wishy washy about track. He didn't want to do it, but now he does want to do it. So I sent dh off with a check and an application last night. He came back with the check. Track is cancelled. It's a bummer for BM, but can't say we are upset. There are other options but they are all competitive. He is only 8. We are going to put that on the back burner for now. We are going to focus on tennis as a winter sport. Er, maybe spring. I had been thinking of doing lessons with him, but work is crazier than I thought it would be. So, will see. Maybe we can do tennis in May.

Not doing track will save us a LOT of gas and time. I will re-divert that $150 to other sports/activities for the kids. The cost was really the least of it. The traveling and time commitment was pretty intense.

Of course, the reason I signed him up is the kids LOVE to go to the track down the street. So we will probably do our own unofficial track practice. We've got a track, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and some walking trails and bike paths. I think I prefer "track when we feel like it" versus 3 hours a week on cold nights! We have plenty non-structured activities to keep us busy and fit.

8 Responses to “This & That”

  1. PatientSaver Says:

    People say all the time that you can "break in" shoes, but I have never thought that was the case. If they don't feel good when you first try them on, don't count on that changing. I've wasted a lot of money on shoes that way.

    there's a store at the mall by my called comfort shoes. Don't know if it's a chain or not, but they specialize in wide shoes, and I've bought several pairs there I'm happy with.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Unfortunately, I would not know fashion if it hit me smack on the forehead, but I remember that K-Mart used to have a lot of wide dress shoes in stock. And that included black leather flats, which is one of my mainstays.

  3. baselle Says:

    I know that I'm either lucky or gutsy or both, but I have been known to pick up a pair at the thrift store.

  4. anonymouse Says:

    Merrell makes some nice shoes and they tend to be on the wider side. They're pricey but I've found they're worth the extra $$. Dansko also has good shoes but sometimes hit or miss with comfort.

  5. frugaltexan75 Says:

    I hear you loud and clear on how frustrating shoe shopping can be! I'm like you - prefer flats or low heels. I also add in that I want a closed toe and heel - no pointed toes!!! Then of course the size 8 - 9 wide width .... Finding shoes that fit well AND that I like is miserable. I try to do it as rarely as possible.

  6. acirone79 Says:

    I stick with my danskos. I have worn them everyday for two years. They come in wide, tons of colors and look cute with jeans.

  7. acirone79 Says:

    I should also mention I have wide feet myself.

  8. monkeymama Says:

    @FT - I am size 9.5-10.5. Ugh! (Though I couldn't imagine what it's like to have any bigger feet than that - know it could be worse!)

    But that reminds me why it's probably been extra hard for me in recent years - feet grow during pregnancy. I used to just be a plain old size 9 wide. Yeah, that may be a lot of my problem. I looked at zappos yesterday but everything my size was out of stock.

    Of course, men's shoes is the obvious solution and what I sometimes do, but doesn't work for low heels or more feminine type work shoes. Wink

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