There's No Business Like Shoe Business

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I got new shoes.

Like, running shoes. [There go the people who thought this was a fashion post.]

We had quite a bit of dough in Dick's Last Resort Sporting Goods gift cards. My good old Montrails, while amazing, were worn out. Let's just say there was a hole my right pinkie toe could peek out from.

We hit up DSG and I tried quite a few pairs on. I knew I didn't want anything with intense foot support - I am used to light shoes that let my foot flex and do its thing, so I didn't want to end up in something restrictive.

These are different shoes, and despite liking the look of the white ones, I went with the ones on the right because they had a more relaxed fit.

You know, cuz paleo grok wouldn't have had shoes or nuthin'

So, I ended up leaving with a pair of Asics that were very low support. They seemed great and I was extremely excited about the look and color(s) of the shoe.

What was I thinking? I don't wear pink!

But then, later that night, I tried them back on with my most recent pair of socks and I. HATED. THEM. They felt tight, kiddish, whatever.

And I immediately went online and looked up my old pair of Montrail Bajadas.

When I first got into Montrails, I was a Treadmill Terry. I watched TV on the treadmill in Chicago and didn't really stray from that. Now, I am running all around Grand Rapids.

So, I feel like I've finally earned them. Their description as being tried and true for the streets and trails? It finally rings true.

And now they're mine.

First day out, I ended up on sand. Now that's a fabulous thing for trail shoes!

These retail at $109, but by ordering them on Amazon prime in a less popular color (gray instead of the orange I had last time), I cut the cost down to $69. Which is the same price as the shoes I bought at Dick's Sporting Goods and later returns. So, it was even steven!

LESSON LEARNED: Stop going to stores to find new shoes. Stick with what you've got and keep ordering more.


  • What are you running in?
  • Where do you get your running shoes?


Rambling Wednesday

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I was going to give you a post on some delicious non-dairy pumpkin spice oatmeal I made last week. But, I'm not in the mood to edit pictures and I'm short on time, so instead, here's some rambling.

1. I'm loving DesignCrush's 365 Days of Quotes (on Instagram - find her here). As a self-employed blogger-slash-marketing-consultant-slash-graphic-designer-slash-writer (phew) who got out of the rat race to do what I actually wanted to do, this one really got me going.

2. My site header and navigation links got a bit of a makeover last week. I just wanted something extremely simple that left a ton of white space, like my consulting site (which is STILL prettier).

3. WEDDING SEASON IS COMING. Or rather, it's here. I have a few weddings in a row coming up, and my husband is standing up in two of them. I am super pumped to have the excuse to get all dressed up and take pictures of my man in a suit. There's nothing better than the man you love all spiffed up. Right?

4.Now that it's getting chilly outside, do I have the license to binge-watch TV without feeling guilty? We had a James Bond marathon on Sunday Afternoon (highly recommended). I've also been binging on Blacklist (James Spader outclasses everyone, and the main character is an awful actor but so. so. pretty) and Once Upon A Time (yeah, I'm late to the game. also bad acting here, but I'm a sucker for fairytales). Somebody tell me it's acceptable to watch this much TV while the weather sucks. Ready, set, go. 

5. I am eating this coconut fried shrimp (paleofied!) as often as I can. But, instead of getting complicated with the ingredients, I have totally streamlined it for everyday use -- all I use is precooked shrimp, dip it in whisked egg, and then dip it in coconut flour before frying it in coconut oil. That's it. Four ingredients. No almond flour, no spices, nothing else. Well, besides maybe the five pounds of sriracha I dip it in.

6. Go do 20 push ups, like now. Great, now you're never going to read my rambling posts again out of FOFE (Fear Of Forced Exercise).

6. My dog aka my assistant likes to come over to me, pretend she wants to nuzzle, and then turn around and stick her butt in my face. Like, she wants me to rub her hiney and she knows I don't want to and SHE IS TRYING TO TRICK ME. What is this garbage?


  • WHAT ARE YOU BINGING ON TV RIGHT NOW? How I Met Your Mother just showed up on Netflix last night and we immediately watched 3 episodes. I forgot how ridiculous that show is. What else is good?
  • WHAT FALL STUFF ARE YOU EATING? I'm deffffffinitely getting at the pumpkin. It's probably time to get spaghetti squash'in, yeah?
  • WHATS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE? "We can complain because a rose bush have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses." -Abe Lincoln. 
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