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Edginess, Quick Movements and Impulsiveness

When I first heard about Carl Honoré’s book, In Praise of Slowness, my life was out of control…to the point I constantly felt overwhelmed. It took a tragedy for me to slow down and take stock. Over the last few months I’ve made some pretty big life changes, and have had more time to slowly digest this book while putting some of its ideas into practice. That doesn’t mean I’ve achieved perfect balance yet. Far from it. I am still incapable of pacing myself in certain situations. I can’t always stop myself from racing through the things I enjoy (Friday night the husband came home with a book I wanted to read - I devoured it overnight). The inverse is true for tasks I don’t relish, but still need to take care of. But hey, I’m a work in a progress.

Now for some fluff. I’ve been a tomboy since I was a little girl, but I have always loved shoes. Yesterday I stumbled across the dreamiest pair. Italian, of course. These lovely open-toed slingbacks have wedges made of real wood, and the uppers are the perfect shade of green (ficus leaf, according to the description). But a) they’re leather and b) sticker shock, they’re $395!? Why can’t someone - I’m looking at you, matt & nat - replicate these for me in a vegan-friendly synthetic leather, for oh, about 1/10th the price? A girl can dream.

Bonus: Let’s see how often I can post about Iceland. Obsessed much? Well, Jimbus just took a trip there and the Iceland Airwaves Festival is right around the corner, in October. Naturally I would love to go.
Plus: Another place I’d love to visit…Portland, in general. But the Out’n'About Treesort, in particular (a lucky co-worker of mine took a dream vacation there a while back). I made the mistake of showing the site to the little man. I mean, this is the kid who wants to live in the Ewok Village (who doesn’t?) so yeah, of course he would like to stay in some amazing treehouses. Looks like we’re not the only ones interested. Soon reservations will be taken for the summer of 2007. Doh.
And: Another co-worker sent out a link to this bizarre mash-up, Cosby Bebop, from YTMND. Even creepier than House of Cosbys, because it co-opts my beloved Cowboy Bebop.


  1. chel wrote:

    Those are cool shoes! Shoes are such a challenge for me. The non-leather issue is only part of it. I have do do a fair amount of walking in my daily routine and I like to be comfortable. The solution is I have what appears to others to be shoe store under my desk. But still I don’t like being the dork wearing New Balance sneakers with a dress when I walk across the river for a meeting. Also, it’s inconvenient to have shoes that only live at work and therefore can’t be used on the weekend. What Ib need: Cool, extrememly comfortable, non-leather shoes.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 12:34 pm | Permalink
  2. jennifer wrote:

    been reading your blog for a while now…finally am going to leave a comment.

    Target has shoes almost exactly like that at their store. granted they are not real wood, but they are wedge-like, and they come in black and brown - for about $21. i bought some and they are very comfy.

    just thought you could check them out :)


    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 7:44 pm | Permalink
  3. shokufeh wrote:

    Cool treesort. I think my brother (who lives in Portland) has told me about it before… maybe his friends stayed there? Will have to find out.

    Monday, May 29, 2006 at 10:46 pm | Permalink
  4. Chel, right there with you.

    Jennifer, thanks for the heads up! Those are cute and much much less than $395.

    Shokufeh - oh, neat. Let me know if you find out anything more about it. Oh, and it figures, the weekend you came to visit was so very cold. One week later, the temperatures jumped 40 degrees with record-breaking heat. Mother Nature is especially fickle in Minnesota.

    Tuesday, May 30, 2006 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

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