Category Archives: Boots

What a difference… um, three years makes??

I can’t believe it’s been almost three years since my last post.  I love to write.  I love to connect online.  Why oh why am I not blogging?

Dogs have gone from 2 to 4.  Jobs have gone from 4 to 1.  Car has gone from old Mazda to new Kia.  All and all things are movin’ on up!

Sadly my footwear selection has gone from fab to drab.  I still have all of my snazzy shoes/boots, but due to back and neck issues I am forced to wear flats, and pretty much the same flats every day.  I’m trying to figure out how to post footwear photos that don’t bore everyone to death.  I just might have to include the whole outfit (which would require a mirror which is currently problematic…).  I did get a new pair of Manitobah Mukluks so I thought the least I could do was include them.  They are so cushy and cozy and the Vibram sole keeps them from being a mushy mess when transitioning from outdoors to indoors and vice versa.


Anywhoooo.  I’m making the commitment to blog once again and I want to incorporate more interesting topics such as the books I’m reading.  I’ve just finished all of the Louise Penny Gamache mysteries (addictive!) and just started on Miriam Toews new book All My Puny Sorrows.  As always Toews does not disappoint and I am thoroughly enjoying the read!




Little Miss Glass Half Full!

For some unknown reason I started the day at 4 am.  I woke up incredibly happy that it was the weekend and even though it was the middle of the night I could just roll over and go back to sleep, and most importantly sleep in… and then I realized it was Tuesday… wah wah…

At the bus stop this morning I ended up waiting for the bus with a woman I’d never seen before.  We weren’t talking but we both turned at the same time to watch a car turn the corner dragging something along underneath it.  She looked at me and said “That can’t be good.” to which I replied without thinking “I hope it’s not a body.”.  She turned to look at me with an amused expression and I added “Well we do live in the hood…” which she found hysterically funny and said “Well aren’t you Little Miss Glass Half Full today!” and we spent the rest of our time waiting for the bus giggling!

All day I couldn’t get this out of my head and I decided that although my earlier comment about the body doesn’t really reflect it, I actually am Little Miss Glass Half Full.  I know it may be obnoxious to some but I’ve decided to embrace the title, grab the tiara and wear the sash.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Pollyanna or Mary Sunshine but on the whole I’d generally say I’m a fairly happy individual.

I think what makes me a happy individual is perspective, one of the greatest gifts I have received.  I’ve had some really difficult times in my life but I’ve also travelled extensively in developing countries and have seen what difficult times truly means.  I have experienced losing someone I loved to murder, drug overdose, suicide and accidents.  Although I won’t ever forget the pain of these losses and I don’t want to minimize them in any way, they really do put into perspective the meaning of a “bad day”.  A bad day is a day when you lose someone you love.  A bad day is not when your hair doesn’t turn out or you miss the bus or you spill coffee or some jerk cuts you off or someone just does something that pisses you off or any of the hundreds of potential events that people use to define their version of a bad day.

This totally doesn’t mean I go through life never being angry, lonely, hurt or frustrated – trust me, I have at times deserved a sash and tiara for all of those titles as well!  What perspective has given me though is the guts and tenacity to fight for what I believe in and to stand up when it may be uncomfortable to unpopular to do so.

As with everything positive, there is also a negative side to the gift.  I am easily frustrated with people’s behaviour when they are petty, selfish or ungrateful.  I’m never sure what the pay off is for someone being consistently impossible to deal with or someone purposefully making my job/life harder by their selfish behaviour.  Rather than being frustrated I try to look at these people through a different lens.  Right or wrong I automatically think they must have had a wonderful life, where the most important person is themselves and they have never experienced anything big enough or awful enough to make them grateful for what they have.  Sarcastic?  Definitely.  Incorrect?  Possibly.  But if someone could explain to me the pay off for treating other people poorly I’d appreciate it as I’d love to add this knowledge to my perspective lens.

On a completely different note, of course I couldn’t speak of being grateful without mentioning my second pair of Fluevog boots.  I am incredibly grateful to own a few pairs of this wonderful footwear, two of which are tall boots.  I previewed the lovely red pair of Fluevog Operetta Maria’s in this post.  Today I pulled out and polished my gorgeous grey Fluevog Operetta Rubini’s and took them out for a spin.  Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of we actually wearing them because I left work in a hurry because I had to get home for an appointment with a gas meter reader.  I was running late and forgot to snap a photo before I changed into jeans as I didn’t want the meter guy to think I spend my time hanging around my house all fancy like that!

Anyway without further ado may I present a stock photo of Fluevog Operetta Rubini’s in grey:

Fluevog Operetta Rubini

Seriously, with boots like these on my feet how could I be anything but grateful?

Time to pull out the big guns baby!

February has been really difficult.  In spite of it’s status as the shortest month this little guy has really been giving me an ass kicking thus far.  (Although in defense of poor February, who I thought of quite fondly up until this year, I think that any month that starts with a drop kick to the heart wouldn’t be my favourite no matter the number of days…)

Today in particular sucked.  It sucked initially merely because it was Thursday and not Saturday.  I woke up this morning elated that it was Saturday and I could sleep in (um, not so much).  I got to work and my laptop is completely dead (scary black screen of doom).  Throughtout the day I didn’t leave the office for a minute I was so busy  and now we are in the middle of an insane blizzard.  I’d call a do-over if it didn’t mean extending an already looooooong week…

In honour of my craptastic start to the day I decided I needed to pull out the big guns.  Nothing in the world makes me happier than these boots.  OK well admittedly there are many things that make me happier than these boots, but I wasn’t wearing any of them on my feet today.

Oh hello lovelies…

Fluevog Operetta Maria in cherry red *sigh*

 And now for a close-up…

Fluevog Operetta Maria detail

Seriously, who could be depressed in these boots?  I mean the sole itself says “your love makes me sing” on the bottom.  Who could ask for more?  They are like instant happiness, a big fat dose of amor, a smile for my heart and damn they are comfortable.  When the day is awful and things need to change, nothing beats these show stoppers!!!

Tomorrow is Friday and then I’m on holidays.  I am ever so grateful that I have enough Fluevogs to carry me through the next 24 hours..

What a difference a week makes.

OK so last weekend was MUCH better than this weekend, in spite of fact the Packers won the Super Bowl (woot, woot!).  I tried to make the best of it by keeping busy and spending a lot of quality time with the dogs but it still kind of sucked…

Because I didn’t really leave the house a great deal, my footwear for the weekend fell basically into 2 categories:

1. Horrendous Birkenstock clogs bought by accident a few years ago – comfy as hell but heinous in appearance.  Let’s face it, they pretty much suck the sexy right out of the room.

Similar to mine but mine were originally pink and patterned and are now dyed black

2. Black shearling boots – somewhat like UGGs but made in Canada with a grippier sole.  No need for a photo as I’m sure you’re more than familiar with the UGG style of boot.

I did manage to bust out my trusty Aldo Jezek’s for a trip to the local casino where my Dad and I hit the buffet for dinner Saturday night.  (Thus providing an glaring example of why last weekend was so much better than this one.  Last weekend romantic dinner, this weekend casino buffet with Dad.  ‘Nuff said.)

Friday I’m in love…and National Wear Red Day to promote Heart Health for Women

Ah Robert Smith, you certainly know the way to a girl’s heart.  After a long tough week there’s nothing I love more than Friday!!  

I didn’t take a picture of my boots today mainly because the temperature rose to +3C and my boots were dirty by the time I got to my bus stop (and I had just polished them – arg!!).  So a product shot will have to do. 

Aldo Jezek

So this is what my black boots from Aldo look like when they are clean and not attached to my feet.

February 4, 2011 is National Wear Red Day to promote Heart Health for Women.  I had actually planned to wear my red Fluevog Operetta Maria boots as my red item, but with all of the slush they didn’t even make it out of their protective storage bag!  I adore my Operetta Maria boots so much I often hesitate to wear them because I am terrified of something happening to them.  They are a delicious candy apple red and a perfect heel height… sigh, but I didn’t get to wear them today.

Blah, blah, blah boots, now let’s get back to the more important issue of heart health.  Please consider the following facts:  
• Women are more likely than men to die of a heart attack or stroke.
• Women are ten times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from any other disease.
• Women are six times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than from breast cancer. Cardiovascular disease kills more women 65 years of age and older than all cancers combined.
• One in eight women between the ages of 45 and 64 lives with cardiovascular disease.
• One in four women over 65 lives with some form of cardiovascular disease.

Now I realize that there are various hereditary causes of heart disease, however there  some factors we can control to prevent heart disease:
• Stop smoking or being exposed to second hand smoke
• Stop eating high-fat foods (fried foods, luncheon meats, high-fat dairy products, etc.)
• Start eating more high-fibre foods (whole grains or cereals)
• Exercise more than four times a week
• Reduce your weight
• Reduce stress

So today I wore red in memory of my Mom who passed away from a heart attack in Oct. 2007, Mrs. L, beloved mother of my friend Krishna who had a heart attack and bypass surgery this week and my colleague Laurel who had a heart attack and bypass surgery last week.  Please repost any and all of this information as I’m hoping every women has the opportunity to learn about the risks.  My colleague who had the heart attack last week is in her early 50’s.  This isn’t our grandma’s disease anymore ladies, it can be right around the corner unless we take care of ourselves.

Thursday I don’t care about you…

OK so I was a big loser and already forgot to take a picture of my footwear and it’s only my first solid week of posting.  Today I wore my brown Aldo Anelli boots that I purchased on deep discount way back in the spring on my trip to the TdotO.  The main reason I bought them was because they zipped up the entire way when I tried them on.  It was like an Aldo Warehouse miracle – boots almost never zip up on my soccer girl legs without significant stretching!!

Aldo Anelli

They have the same sole as the boots I wore yesterday but they are more strappy on top.  Meh, you’ll see them on my feet sometime soon – they are one of my footwear workhorses because of their sensible grippy sole.  (An essential asset way up here in the land of ice and snow!)

I also did something this afternoon that I swore I would never do again.  Nothing scandalous, but rather unexpected.  I did a contract last year that I vowed I would never, ever repeat, yet somehow I found myself accepting the offer to do it again this year.  (This must be what giving birth feels like – super painful at the moment but the feeling fades with time…).  I know I’ll rue the day I accepted the challenge once again, but I missed the people I worked with and dammitall my house needs a new roof and my poor soul needs a hot holiday, so the extra money will come in handy…

Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday too…

You know it’s a craptastic week when you’re already humming “Friday I’m in Love” on Wednesday afternoon…

Today’s footwear choice was brought to you by a misinformed weather prediction.  The CBC and Environment Canada predicted a high of -13C today (which to the rest of the world might seem insanely cold but in my city that’s a nice day!) yet somehow it managed to stay in the -20’sC because of a wicked windchill.  I normally swath myself completely in down and shearling for my trek to work, but today anticipating a balmy -13C I wore skinny jeans tucked into unlined leather boots.  Cute, but not nearly warm enough (Brrrrrr – icicle toes!)

Business in the front..

Biker on the side...

I like these boots but I’m not in love.   I bought them on deep discount at Aldo just before Xmas 2010.  I consider these my “placeholder” boots until I can afford to buy the much coveted Fluevog Bondgirls *sigh*…  “Some day my prince will come” and clearly my prince is John Fluevog and he’ll arrive bearing his complete ladies line and all my favourites from seasons of yore… *double sigh*.

These boots were made for walkin’

OK not literally and certainly not outdoors in the land of ice and snow, but these purple boots are precisely what you need for walking out of someone’s heart or having someone walk out of yours.

Unfortunately today I can attest to that fact 😦

A much richer purple velvet in real life!!

Nice heel height for ass kickin'

Apart from the obvious joyousness merely wearing purple velvet boots can bring, these boots do double happiness duty as they were actually a gift from my wonderful generous colleague.  So no matter what type of adversity I come up against I can just look down and remind myself I am loved and appreciated by people I truly admire!

Now that’s some fantastic footwear!!

False start… whoops!

OK so the initial enthusiasm I had for my blog faded when I returned home to Winnipeg and became insanely busy for 2 solid months.  On a positive note I did however acquire a fantastic pair of sandals (at full price) and 2 pairs of boots (on DEEP discount) while in Toronto so at the very least I was happy to look down at my feet and appreciate my purchases!

Being insanely busy also meant that my ability to maintian my healthy lifestyle also met with a few “speedbumps”.  OK if I’m being honest there were several times when it actually came to a crashing halt (I had a slurpee and cheetos for lunch one day – aieee!!!)   I’m back to walking 7kms every night and eating close to the source (as opposed to processed crap).

I’m back at it with a new and improved attitude – blogging all the way!!  I hope to post this weekend about the fabulous Winnipeg Folk Festival – what I wore on my feet and what I ate, oh and maybe even some stuff about the actual music – can’t wait!!  Woo hoo!!