Archive for July, 2011

I love these flowers
Does anyone know wh

I love these flowers
Does anyone know what they’re called or if they’re hard to grow?


At least it’s not SNOWING!

At least it’s not SNOWING!

Daddy’s Girls
…can’t go anywhere w/o s

Daddy’s Girls
…can’t go anywhere w/o stopping @ Dunkin’ for coffee. *don’t worry – it’s decaf.

Shoeper Challenge No. 37 of 60 (Fioni by

Entry #37 in Shoeperwoman‘s Shoe Challenge.

And because you can’t see the shoes that well in the photo above, here’s a close-up on them.  Please forgive the lines on my ankles.  I’d been sitting on my leg, and I was too impatient to take another picture after the lines had faded.  Sorry about that.

Shoeper Shoe Challenge Catch-up (aka Challenges #32-33-34-35-36 of 60)

So, I’ve been on a little bit of a shoe-saving kick in Shoeperwoman‘s Shoe Challenge.  I’ve saved 5 pairs since I last posted.  To justify my delay, I was out of state for the Fourth of July week for vacation without my laptop.  And I lived to tell the tale.  Incredible, right?

We had a great time in York, Maine, going to the beach almost every day, so I spent most of the week in beach flip-flops, which don’t count for shoe-saving purposes.  But I did bring one cute pair of flat sandals (Payless) for walking around York’s Wild Animal Kingdom and shoe challenge number 32.  The double-ankle buckles are a hassle sometimes, but I like them enough that I don’t mind.

Last week, it was back to work as usual (mostly), with Wednesday off to bring my dad to the cancer center for his weekly appointment, and I managed to save four more pairs.

33.  Roni spent the week with Auntie Joyce though, just like last summer, and Auntie Kariann took Sabrina Monday night & Tuesday night to go with Joyce & Roni up to northern New Hampshire for a trip to Santa’s village.  So Jim & I even managed a week-night date on Tuesday for me to save my leopard-print “Vegas” wedges (Naughty Monkey).  We saw Horrible Bosses, which we both thought was hilarious, after dinner outside at The Cheesecake Factory.

34.  These are super-comfortable, I think the brand is LifeStride.  I got them on a shopping day last summer with Andrea.  This outfit with the lightweight turquoise skirt is what I wore to my dad’s appointment.  He’s more winded lately than he had been for the last several months, but he re-gained 4 more of the 40-ish pounds he had lost, so that was exciting news.  He’s still eating pretty normal too, which makes me happy.

35.  Thursday, I went with a basic LBD, but I stepped out @ lunch to donate blood, so I had a stranger take a picture of me by this funky sculpture, just for a change of scenery from my back porch.  I only realized later that the grass obscures your view of my purple low-wedge slingbacks.  If I had to pick a pair of shoes that would be my signature, it would be these.  I love them, and don’t know anyone else (in real life, at least) who owns & wears purple shoes.  At least not anyone over the age of 8.  Roni & Brie probably have friends who wear purple shoes, but it’s not really the same, is it?  I can wear these with so much more than plain black, but haven’t had a chance to photograph them until this outfit.  They’re by Etienne Aigner.

Because you can’t see much of the shoes here, I took another picture on my parents’ back porch so you can see them better.  You’re welcome.  😉

36.  To close out the week, on Saturday, I brought the girls to swimming lessons, then went to a friend’s birthday party, then to Auntie Joyce’s for family dinner.  So I wore my black cork flip-flops, that I think are pretty, but still comfortable.  These are also from Payless, and I’ve had them for longer than you’d expect Payless shoes to last.  I’ll be sad when they break and I have to throw them out, because they’re a summer staple for me.

And there you have it.  Now I’m all caught up on my shoes, and you’re caught up on the highlights of my past two weeks.  And of course, while the girls were away, everyone involved said they behaved like perfect little angels.  And they’re always sweet little things all happy to see us when they first get home, but within 24 hours, they’re right back to bickering, and their usual whining and non-listening, which forces me to re-adjust fast to “mommy mode.”  You would think I would learn to expect it by now, but I’m a total sucker.  Every time people tell me how well they behave, and how nice they are to each other, I foolishly expect it to last longer than it does.  Ugh!  I really just hope it carries forward to the day they both move out of my house, that they’ll get along and treat others (and each other) with kindness when it counts.  Out in the “real world” as adults.  I’ve got about 14 + years before we get to see how that works out though.  Stay tuned…


Beach finds

Brave explorer

Roni on vacation