Sorry! Couldn’t Resist!
It’s Nov. 10, 2009. So my post time is 11, 10, 09, 11:10:09! COOL!
Bare Feet Shoes
I’m taking a break from my day-by-day travelogue to talk about my shoes. Yes, you read that correctly – my shoes.
I first saw shoes like these on a guy at Robek’s the smoothie shop my kids love. They looked like the toe-socks I used to wear when I was a kid, only with rubber soles.
I embarrassed my sons (an every day occurrence in their lives) by striking up a conversation with this fellow I had never met before. I just had to know about these funky shoes. He told me they were made for people who wish to do barefoot running. But that they were so comfortable, he likes to wear them all of the time.
I had no interest in barefoot running unless I was on a sandy beach. However, I had to investigate these shoes further. I did a search on the internet to find out where I might find a pair to try on. I located City Sports in Bethesda, MD—a store that carries them and made my way over there. They were a little pricey for something I wasn’t really sure I needed (okay, rephrase that: for something I knew I didn’t need).
Nevertheless, I tried on every model they had, and read the little brochures with info about these ingenious, unique footwear. The promotional brochure listed activities for which the shoes are made. Lo and behold, one of the activities listed was canyoneering. I had just finished planning our first bucket list trip. We were going to be spending our entire family vacation exploring one canyon after another. Canyoneering? There was my justification. I needed these shoes.
They look goofy, you say? Who cares? They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. Better than other sneakers and running shoes. They’ve proved perfect for the hiking and climbing I’ve done all week! Once I get back home, I plan to wear them to walk the dog, go to the gym, and just around the house.
The headlines are all over the news about the salmonella outbreaks linked to peanuts from my home state, Virginia. I have visions of that beloved Mr. Peanut trading in his tuxedo and formal attire for an orange jumpsuit with his inmate number printed on the front.
This morning, the Washington Post reports that the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) has filed for bankruptcy protection. The photo of Stewart Parnell, PCA’s CEO, is plastered right there on the front page for all to see. Only to my surprise, Mr. Peanut does not wear a top hat and a monocle. The photo of the CEO oflooks nothing like I expected. He looks, well . . . how do I put this? He looks more human than peanut. Not only is Mr. Peanut producing a product that is tainted, he’s a fraud!
I have been trying to eat more heart-healthy foods lately, and eat fewer sweets. So why does this news impact me? For some reason, now that I know these peanut buttery treats are off limits, I want them even more! I have peanuts on the brain! I am going through serious Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup withdrawal.
Today’s weather is sunny and clear, and already a few crocus bulbs are popping through the soil. That means that spring is on its way, and summer won’t be far behind. With summer, the jingle of the Good Humor truck fills the air on my street each evening. (Yes, that still happens where I live!) I am fearful that this year, my favorite treat from the Good Humor Man will go from being a “Nutty Buddy” to just a plain Buddy, I don’t know what I’ll do!
Why? Mr. Peanut, why?
Tonight was the first night of Hanukkah, and I gave my three boys some new games for their Wii game system. Normally, my husband and I reserve our gift giving for our children. However, tonight I got a huge surprise!
I received the coolest gift from my husband and kids tonight. A splurge of a Hanukkah gift, a brand new Kindle! If you haven’t heard of this device yet, then you haven’t logged on to Amazon.com lately. It’s plastered all over their home page.
To clue in those of you who don’t know, a Kindle is an electronic book reader. It is so amazing! I can download books, newspapers, blogs, even my own documents and read them on this lightweight, paperback-sized device. The screen is easy on the eyes. I haven’t tested it outside yet, but the directions say I can even see the screen clearly in the sun.
I already purchased my first Kindle novel. I chose Q & A, a novel by Vikas Swarup. It’s the novel on which the film, Slumdog Millionaire is based. I recently saw the movie, a heart wrenching story, but beautifully told on film. As a writer, I’m anxious to see how the author spun the original novel. I usually do it the other way around (book first, then movie). This will be an interesting switch!
I’m interested to know if any of you have read an e-book. Or would you?