Archive for January, 2011

Shoeper Challenge Part 3 (17 pairs under my desk)

These are the shoes that have been “living” under my desk at work.  Sometimes they come home for special occasions, but for conveinence, I wear them most often at work, so I wear flip-flops, “errand” shoes, sneakers or boots on my commute, and change into one of these for the day at work.  When I counted them in my head, there were 17 pairs, but oops!  When I counted in real life, there were 3 pairs I’d forgotten about (2 at the far right side of the 1st picture).  Those might not get saved.  We’ll see…

In no particular order:

39.  Black chunky-heel loafers

40.  Black & white houndstooth wedges

41.  Black & tan button slides

42.  Black patent Buckle heels

43.  Black patent wedge sandals

44.  Gray mary-janes

45.  Pewter high-heel slides

46.  Brown chunky-heel loafers

47.  Nude bow/jewel flats

48.  Tan ring cone-heel sandals

49.  Brown T-strap wedge sandals

50.  Brown kitten-heel slides

51.  Red block-heel slides

52.  Red wood-heeled stiletto slingbacks

53.  Red & white nautical heels

54.  Purple wedge slingbacks

55.  Teal studded peep-toes

56.  Brown shoe-boots 

57.  Tan low-heel mules* (1st pair that might not get saved)

58.  Black leather slides** (2nd pair that might not get saved)


Nice Rack!

No, not that kind of rack.  Get your mind out of the gutter, would you?  I obviously am referring to my new shoe rack.  It’s not terribly fancy, but it it small & compact, but holds 30 pairs of shoes.  These will all be part of my shoe challenge, and they show off my shoes much more than the last picture did.  This is all the ones at home that I’ll wear in the winter, plus some of the prettiest ones that are (obviously) for summer only.  The few pairs left in the closet are definitely summer only, so won’t be seen for several more months anyway.  You know, because we’re supposed to get EVEN MORE snow this week.

So without further ado, here’s a much prettier picture of about half my shoes.  Is it Feb. 14 yet?

Nothing to see here

Weekly WI result:  lost 1/2 pound

New Subtotal:  18 lb. lost, 36 to go.

I hate to admit it, but I think I’m going to have to find a way to fit exercise into my life, even though it’s still ridiculously too cold & snowy to do anything outside for a few more months.  Oh, and not to mention that I don’t actually *like* exercising.  If I can actually make this ambition a reality, I’ll let you know in the context of a future WI status update.

Shoeper challenge part 2 (7 plain ones)

In case it’s not self-explanatory, these are the boring shoes in my closet, but they’re boring shoes that I want to “save” in the shoe challenge anyway.  Some of them I wear pretty often.  Others I don’t wear as much, but I want to keep them, so I’m comitting to wear them, and document what I wear them with.

One pair was purchased specifically for touring a coal-burning power generating plant.  There were very specific requirements, and despite the extent of my shoe collection, NONE of my other shoes fit the bill.  They had to have a heel (no ballet flats or wedges), but a low one (no chunky heels or any height at all).  They couldn’t be open toe (no sandals, flip-flops, or peep-toes) or open heel (no slingbacks, slides or mules), and they had to have a non-slip sole.  Sneakers were also prohibited, but I forget why.

So, I ended up buying a pair of black loafers (the ones near the center with the silver bar on them).  That was in 2008.  I don’t think I’ve worn them since, which is kind of surprising, because while my taste in shoes has evolved and become MUCH more eclectic (and eccentric?) since then, I used to wear low-heel black loafers all the time.  I mean really, ALL.  The.  Time.  In law school, I actually wore through the soles of a good pair in less than a year.  Since then, even my loafers had a heel on them for work.  So, I’m going to go back to my student roots to save the plain black loafers, whether they’re pretty or not.

Detailed inventory:

32.  Tall black boots

33.  Black shoe-boots

34.  Black buckle loafers (the power plant touring shoes!)

35.  Black loafer mules

36.  Black ribbon ballet flats

37.  Black “errand” flat mary-janes

38.  Brown “errand” flat mary-janes

Shoeper collection – part 1 (31 pairs)

I know this is not a great picture, and that it’s not showing off each off each pair to their best advantage, but these are the “pretty” shoes in my closet.  There are a few more pretty pairs I keep @ work, so I’ll have to get a separate picture of those, but this is kind of like a sneak preview of the shoes that the 2011-2012 shoe challenge will display.

I know you’re on the edge of your seat to see what I’ll wear with all these shoes, so don’t even bother denying it.  It’s OK.  😉  Even better, if you want to join me, click here to sign up, and see Shoeperwoman’s rules.

Here’s a detailed inventory, starting with the back left corner, then going back to front through the rows, in order from left to right.  This is 100% NOT likely to be the order in which I wear them, but here they are:

  1.  Tall gray slouch boots (2010 Christmas gift)
  2. Beige espadrille flower slides
  3. Black patent cork-heel stilettos
  4. Red suede low-wedges
  5. Cow-print peep-toes (red heel)
  6. Maroon chunky-heeled mary-janes
  7. Brown crocodile slingbacks
  8. Green bow ballet flats
  9. Maroon patent flower peep-toes (January 2011 purchase)
  10. Black & white flower flip-flops
  11. Brown rhinestone low cowboy boots
  12. Gray stiletto booties
  13. Black & fuschia cone heels (2010 Christmas gift)
  14. Giraffe print peep-toe slingbacks
  15. Black beaded flip-flops
  16. Black low-heel slides
  17. Gray strappy stilettos
  18. Silver dress shoes
  19. Beige Vivienne Westwood “seals” (January 2011 purchase)
  20. Silver wedge flip-flops
  21. Black & gray gladiator sandals
  22. Red patent faux-espadrille heels
  23. Navy & white bow sandals
  24. Leopard print flats
  25. Pewter jeweled flats
  26. Black cork flip-flops
  27. Yellow wood-heeled stilettos (January 2011 purchase)
  28. Royal blue patent buckle slides
  29. Denim wedge slingbacks
  30. Houndstooth cap-toe ballet flats
  31. White cork-heel slides

The Choke Hold

Beachroad pigeon

Image by Pandiyan via Flickr

So, after bath-time, and a rousing version of The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog (by Mo Willems), which coincidentally, is impossible to read aloud without laughing, I tucked my sweet darling daughters into bed for the night a few minutes ago.  As usual, the minute I tell them “Good night,  I love you,” is the minute they transform into snuggle-headed ninny-muggins, a lesser known derivative of cotton-headed ninny-muggins*.

Anyway, it’s a good thing Sabrina thinks a minute is 1 second instead of 60, because she asked me to snuggle her for 6 extra minutes.  Teasingly, I told her “no, maybe I’ll snuggle you for 7 minutes.”  Then, she said “8 minutes,” to which I responded “maybe I’ll stay for 10 minutes.”  From there, she went whole hog, and asked me to stay for “100 minutes.” and I heartily agreed, knowing that as long as I counted to 100 (seconds), she’d be appeased.

It’s been a challenge getting her to actually STAY in bed after bedtime, so I’m doing this with an ulterior motive, but that doesn’t make it wrong, right?

Anyway, not to be out-snuggled, Roni asked if I’d snuggle HER for the next song on their lullaby CD that we play every night, which really would have added about 7 minutes to the whole routine, so I told her no, but that I’d stay for the rest of the first song.  She agreed, and I layed on her bed with her until the song ended.  When I lifted up my head to go, she tightened her grip on me, right around the neck.  It was just so cute I had to laugh and lay down again.  This was repeated 5 or 6 times, until Sabrina opened her eyes, and asked “WHAT are you laughing about, Mommy?” — as if Roni had told me some great joke, and she didn’t want to miss it. 

It was just one of those perfect moments where everyone was calm & happy, and my heart just swelled.  Eventually I had to break the choke hold by telling Roni I was going to laugh so hard, I’d pee in her bed if she didn’t let me go.  So I made a cursory stop in the bathroom so I wouldn’t be caught in a lie, and then I headed downstairs, without any whining or begging. 

Hallelujah, and sweet dreams to all!  🙂

*Bonus points for anyone who can tell me what movie contains cotton-headed ninny-muggins, without using Google, an iPhone, or any other web-assisted search or device.**

**Bonus points are not redeemable for cash or any other prize of any legal value, other than bragging rights that you know about cotton-headed ninny-muggins.

What were you doing @ 5:45 this morning?

This is what I made @ 5:45 this morning.

It’s from Cooking Light, September 2003.  Here’s the recipe if you want to try it.  It makes 1 loaf, with 14 slices (for the nutrition info to be accurate — obviously, you can slice it bigger if you like, but if you do, it’ll be more than 187 cals./slice).  I put it together in about 20 minutes, and it baked for just over an hour (my oven runs a little on the slow side):


  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  cup  sugar
  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1 1/2  cups  mashed ripe banana (about 3 bananas)
  • 1/3  cup  plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla extract
  • Cooking spray


Preheat oven to 350°.

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

Place sugar and butter in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at medium speed until well blended (about 1 minute). Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add banana, yogurt, and vanilla; beat until blended. Add flour mixture; beat at low speed just until moist. Spoon batter into an 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

Nutritional Information

Calories:   187 (21% from fat)
Fat:   4.3g (sat 2.4g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.3g)
Protein:   3.3g
Carbohydrate:   34.4g
Fiber:   1.1g
Cholesterol:   40mg
Iron:   1mg
Sodium:   198mg
Calcium:   20mg