I mentioned that I finally caved in and invested in new sneakers (or trainers, to you UK-types ), didn’t I? Well, it was a fleeting kind of love. While we were out for our inaugural longer walk, my cute shoes began slipping a bit too much in the heel area. They’d felt a little loose in the store, and the sales assistant showed me how to take care of that. I’ll demonstrate for any other loose-heeled peoples:
Note that there are two "finishing holes" on the shoe. The first one is generally used for store display. The clerk explained that by moving the lace to the uppermost hole, I could get a tighter fit at the back of the shoe. She also suggested that after slipping the shoe on, I tap my heel against the ground before lacing to get the back part of my foot snug in the shoe.
Could it really be that easy? Well, maybe for some folks, but not for me. It seemed to work fine on the short walk, but on the longer walk…not so much and the more I wore them, the bigger they felt!
Back to the store I went, and I was lucky enough to get the same clerk. We tried a smaller size in the same shoe, and then we tried another shoe entirely. This one, to be precise:
I’ve never owned a pair of Saucony shoes before, but I do now! These are soooo comfy! I took them straight out for a longer walk yesterday, and they did just fine.
And this is why I prefer shopping for sneakers/trainers/runner-walker shoes at a store that specializes in them. In addition to good shoe-buying guidance, I also had the opportunity to try the shoes out “in action”, so to speak, and then was able to easily exchange them when they didn’t work. (I didn’t have the same experience at one of the so-called big box sporting goods stores and had to use my “Don’t make me call your corporate people and raise a stink about this” voice.)
In other fascinating Cammy news…
I’m enjoying my week across town house/pet/plant-sitting. It’s nice walking and riding my bike in different areas. Also, I’m enjoying trying a few new-to-me restaurants. Here are few scenes from the week, so far:
I don’t think this mural on the Greenline was there last time I rode in this area. Nor was this…tree sock(?) there:
I don’t know why someone would knit a sock for a tree, but I’m not quibbling.
There’s also a graphic image right in the middle of the path:
Jackie Kennedy Onassis, maybe? I can’t tell, but when I pulled to the side of the path to examine it more closely, I found a whole sculpture gallery hidden in the brush! Here’s one piece:
Love it! In case my iphone photog skills are confusing, it’s a Bank of America base with an oil can tin man in baby shoes sitting in theater seats. Behind it is a found object piece that I think is supposed to represent a tombstone. I’m pretty sure someone is making a political statement.
I think it’s cool that one of the residents whose property backs up to the path would go to the trouble of installing his art pieces there. (Memphis readers, this is the section just east of Waring. When you see the JKO image on the pavement, look to your right.)
The variegated hydrangeas on the left are new-to-me. I love that there are two different flowers. Also love the hydrangeas on the right, which might be the most vivid blue I’ve ever seen!
My wanderings also led me to a new thrift store where I purchased a souvenir of the week:
It’s got the look of mercury glass, which I love, and at 30¢, quite the bargain buy. I’m supposed to be on a tchotchke diet, but a little splurge now and then doesn’t hurt.
And on the topic of splurges…the meal of the week, so far, is the half-muffaletta I chose for lunch one day at Yang’s Deli.
Despite friends’ advice to give this place a try, I wasn’t truly expecting a muffaletta from a plain little half-deli/half-Chinese-food restaurant would be so delicious, but was it ever! It wasn’t authentic NOLA, especially after I ordered it without salami or onions, but the bread was a dense Italian sesame bread and the olive salad on top was rich with garlic and spices. The half-size can’t be much bigger than your average Subway sandwich, but the olive salad (in all its healthy fatness) ensures you’ll stay full for hours. In fact, I won’t order this again unless I have someone who’ll share it. Or if I don’t have other plans for eating that day.
Yesterday’s excitement hit late afternoon:
Fortunately, this was taken from the safety of my car–not from my bike! Lots of lightning in this storm and several hours of rain. The plants, flowers, and crops needed it. A woman with two labs who like to play ball toss as much as they like to breathe didn’t need it so much. On the bright side, I didn’t have to water the outdoor plants this morning!
Uh-oh, I hear warning woof-woofs in the other room. Probably another dangerous Pekingese walking down the street. Besides, I think that’s enough trivia from my week.
Question for the weekend: what’s the best sandwich you ever ate?
I hope you’ve all had a splendid week and are looking forward to a wonderful weekend!