Drought

I came home the other day and posed a question to my patient husband:

Do you have any idea how long it’s been since I bought a pair of shoes?

He barely paused before answering, sincerely:

It’s been a long time! What…2 months?

It’s actually been 3. I haven’t bought a pair of shoes since my birthday shoes. And before that it’s been a few months as well. When I brought this up on Twitter, Megan wondered how it was possible, what with my membership to Shoe Dazzle. The reason for the drought is not for lack of browsing, shopping, and trying on. The great shoe drought of 2013 is cause for great concern. You see, there aren’t any good shoes out there. I’m being serious. Right now the only thing catching my eye are these:

 

Daffodile_2

Hello, lover

Sadly, the $1070 price tag is a little more than I can afford.

Honestly, I have been looking. I have a gift card from my birthday to DSW that’s burning a hole in my pocket. The shoes there have me worried about where fashion is heading. It’s low. And ugly. These are two things I don’t do in shoes. Unless they are Toms. And even Tom is branching out. DSW has continued to come up short. Kim Kardashian? Awful. I am disappointed and horrified about the direction she’s going in and I’m not talking about her pregnancy fashion. BTW – maybe lay off calling the pregnant woman fat, you asshats. Here’s a few examples of what options she’s been sending me recently:

 

Vixen

Manon

 

Yeah. The best part is that first pair, there are only 5 left available and they cost $119. Yep, Kim went and changed her structure again. She’s carrying some designers now but the prices have gone up and now shipping IS NOT FREE! Also, she keeps telling me she’s given me a free $10 to join the “VIP” section but it costs $10 a month so I WON’T BE FOOLED! Also, the shoes on the Dazzle are getting dangerously high. And not in a good way. In a stripper, cheap way.

You see my concern now?

All that being said. There are a couple shoes in the running for my affection right now.

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Fun or cheesy?

Steve Madden 'Dejavu' Pump

What do you think? Time to make it rain?

Get your life together

Last weekend Running Drinking Buddy and I went to the Midland in downtown KC to see Jillian Michaels speak. The show was called Maximize Your Life but I kept saying I was going to learn how to get my life together. It was…well both over and underwhelming.

Her website calls it a “unique, live experience sharing her keys to Health, Success, and Happiness”. OK. The first portion was about health. Healthy eating and working out. I was bored. Under whelmed. Feeling I’d wasted my money. Because I know all of that. We all know all of that, right? Eat less. Move more. I know all about how they list sugar 5 different ways on an ingredient list so that sugar doesn’t show up as the #1 ingredient. I know that eating organic meat and dairy can help you lose weight because your metabolism isn’t fighting with all those chemicals. In fact, reading her book, Master Your Metabolism, is what cause me to go organic in the first place. In fact, you could say Jillian made me a vegan(ish) composting, microwave hating hippy. When it was time for intermission I was wondering why I was spending my Sunday evening there hearing things I could quote myself if needed when I heard the woman next to me say “I can’t believe you have to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound”!

Seriously. You know that, right? All of you heard that one years ago and have since heard it a million times, right? It was perplexing to me because if you are here listening to Jillian, you must be a fan of hers right? So you’ve seen her shows or read her books or something, right? Guess not. I wasn’t looking for eat less, move more because I know that. I preach that in my head. But what I do is sit at a computer 10 hours a day and then sit in front of a TV until it’s time to go bed while eating whatever looks good and is fast. What I wanted was something to spur me to change for real this time. Something to help me stop talking/bloging/thinking about living a healthy life and to start actually living a healthy life. Jillian said she doesn’t life working out. But knows she needs to in order to live the life she wants. She said you have to figure out your “why”. Why to eat less and move more and once your why is big enough you’ll live a mostly healthy life. I guess “I want to look hot” isn’t a big enough why to make me actually do anything.

The second half of the show was heavier. She talked about the rat race we all buy into, she talked about how we work jobs we don’t love and live lives we don’t love because that’s what society tells us to do. She says you shouldn’t do that. Instead, find your passion, live a life you can love and be proud of. Yep. Sounds right. Of course there was so much more to it and it was thought provoking and motivating and at times scary and often funny but I walked away wondering how I’d let it impact me or what I would do to change.

I guess I’m still trying to get my life together. The next 3o years, huh?