A New Year And Sparkly Shoes, Too

by Joan on January 9, 2012

Happy New Year!  I hope your transition into 2012 has been a smooth one. We’ve been cramming 30 hours of living into 24 hour days as usual, but I’ve been trying to catch up reading my favorite blogs and reducing the huge pile of unread magazines on the coffee table.  I don’t know why I feel so damn guilty when I curl up on the couch and read, but I do.

All this reading has lead me to believe that EVERYONE, except me, is making a list of goals for 2012.  (Apparently we don’t call them resolutions anymore – I have no idea why.)  I’m bucking the trend and skipping this particular new year’s tradition.  Just thinking about all the things I’d like to get done/changed in 2012 makes my head swim.  I think it’s because mostly I just want to do LESS in 2012.  So there.  No lists for me.

Looking back, Christmas was a grand success around here.  The Just The Right Things recommended items that made their way under our tree were right on target.  Very Excellent Husband Don loved (and needed) his Bringrr.  Libby and I both like our Invisibelt (it’s very functional, even if the plastic is kinda cheesy.)   My Bedphones are awesome and my ears are much happier.

The holiday gift winner was a last minute purchase I made for Sawyer – Buckyballs.   I saw them in early December at Urban Outfitters and didn’t buy them because I thought they were overpriced.  I finally succumbed and got them with my Amazon Prime and they arrived on Christmas eve.  He hasn’t stopped playing with them.  The shapes he makes are AMAZING,  and you can practically see his brain working while he crafts a new design.

However, the best gift went to Libby  – it was for her birthday, not Christmas.

Recently, Ms. Puzio, a good friend of mine (and Libby’s third grade teacher) came over with her grandkids to hang out with the chickens.  The girls had on shoes with the blinky lights that flash when they walked.  Libby commented how cute they were and said, “I wish Mom had let me wear those when I was a kid.”

HUH?  What kind of crabby mom raised that girl?  Oh yeah, that was ME.  I was that mean mom.

She didn’t have Disney shoes either, and boys had to grow up without cartoon character shoes as well.  Plus, no branded t-shirts or sweatshirts.  No Ariel pjs, no Barney backpacks.  It was my rule.  If Disney (or Gap, or whoever) wasn’t going to send me a check to advertise their product, I was not going to let my kids be walking billboards.  It was my own little rebellion against the commercialized world.

Apparently, it left a small, sad scar on my daughter.

But hey, I don’t need to fight those fights anymore.  And lucky for Libby, she got small feet from me…feet small enough to wear kid’s shoes.  So Libby got some light up shoes for her 22nd birthday.

The toes AND sides of the soles flash!

Hopeful they’ll keep her out of therapy!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

NancyG January 9, 2012 at 7:25 pm

You got the Invisibelts? I can’t wait to see them.

Lori January 9, 2012 at 7:43 pm

That totally cracks me up!!!
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Joan January 10, 2012 at 8:01 am

Nancy, it’s INVISIBLE – you can’t see it! :-)

Terry January 15, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Just ordered invisibelts for Lindsey and me! By the way, she and Nick never had flashing shoes either, but I did buy them Barney and Baby Bop costumes for Halloween one year, so I did support the Barney merchandise kingdom. Of course, you were making your kids’ costumes BY HAND every single year and showing the rest of us up! Glad Libby has a little extra flash to show off
in her step these days!

Joan January 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Terry, I apologize for my costume making insanity all those years. The kids don’t remember a single one, so I’m not sure why I did it, except for that whole mom insanity thing. I’ll never forget Nick’s zookeeper costume. It was my favorite. And for the important night, Halloween, apparently I was the “costume foul” award recipient every year. Sorry, John! They could have had much more candy if they weren’t alway tripping over a costume part!

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