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Monday, June 23, 2008

Fun Monday #11 - Manic Monday #3

I've 'borrowed' Hula Girl's Fun Monday Logo for today.
Isn't it lovely? I need to make one of my own soon.

Hula Girl of Growing Older But Not Up is hosting Fun Monday today and writes:
"I used to be a journalist you know, and I love prying information out of people...and I’m really nosey….ridiculously nosey. After much thought and consideration I’ve come up with the following topic….clothing…specifically clothing you can’t get rid of. We all have at least one or two items of clothing that we can’t part with, even if we can’t or don’t wear them. I want to know about yours. Show us if you have pictures or describe it in detail. Model it for us if you dare. Nothing naughty please-we don’t want to see your backside (or your front side) in that thong you foolishly bought in Cancun on vacation. Is it your old FFA jacket from high school (which my husband has)? A Grateful Dead concert t-shirt from 1978? A shirt from an old lover or that size *&! pair of jeans you hope you get into again one day? Or maybe the really large pair of jeans you wore before you lost 100 pounds or your grandma’s vintage wedding dress. Dig around in your closets and find something you want to share with us Monday. I can’t wait to see and hear about your choices."
My challenge today is to decide what to choose from many options because I'm not only a recovering pack-rat ... my sister tells me often that I'm "true to my clothes" ... meaning I keep them a LONG TIME and wear them even when they're 'well-worn' ;--)

First ... I have MANY pairs of comfy and colorful shoes, but these two get worn most frequently even though they're old and well-worn ... just because. The sandals on the left are Merrills
(at least 10 years old and possibly older). The clogs on the right are Keens (probably 7 or 8 years old).

Although I own the Keen clogs in 3 other colors, I've never been able to find the Merrill sandal again after purchasing this pair at REI years ago. It's a testament to the way these shoes are constructed that they're still comfortable after all this time.

The jackets in the collage below are old favorites too. I've show the front & back of each ... just because. All 4 jackets are much too large for me these days and I can't remember the last time I wore any of them ... but I love them all for various reasons.

I purchased the warm jacket top left while in Alaska to take a bicycle tour down the mountain (after riding up on a train) in the rain because it was just too cold there for any of the winter clothes I brought with me. Not surprisingly, it's NEVER been cold enough for me to wear it here at the beach in Southern California ... though I have worn it a few times in the snow when visiting the mountains close by.

All 3 of the other jackets are from Chico's ... what once was my favorite women's clothing store for about 8 years. The warm jacket on the right is just funky & fun. The two at the bottom are both velour-type 'dress up' jackets ... but can also be worn with jeans. I'm not quite sure why I keep them now that I've gotten rid of weight ... except that I loved them when I bought them and feel 'attached' as I do with many 'things' in my life ... for they bring back memories.

If I had time ...(and my computer was being more cooperative)... I'd share more, but methinks this will have to do for now.

Questions for Manic Monday #122
1. Are you a talker or a listener? Is it ever possible to really be both? I suppose I've been a 'talker' most of my life ... (what teacher isn't?)... but over the past couple of decades I've evolved into more of a 'listener' ... so I believe it's possible to be both. Actually, I always listened to my students ... and asked lots of questions too ... so maybe I've been both always.

2. Do you think God has a sense of humor? Actually yes ... and the older I get, the more I believe this to be true ... however I also believe God weeps at some of the things mankind does (and doesn't do).

3. Do you believe in love at first sight? Have you ever experienced it? When I was young, perhaps I did ... though then I didn't really understand love as a verb. These days I'm less inclined to be swept away spontaneously by my feelings.

Click for others participating in Manic Monday this week.

Did you know that Wimbledon starts today?
I can watch TENNIS when my
laptop overheats today.

Thought for Today
"Advice to children crossing the street: damn the lights. Watch the cars. The lights ain't never killed nobody." Moms Mabley


Molly said...

Your shoes do look comfortable. I wear Teva sandals in the summer and Crocs most of the winter for comfort. The jackets are lovely. Congratulations on the weight loss. I have just discovered Chico's this year. They do have some nice things.

Hula Girl at Heart said...

Shoes! I forgot shoes. I could do a whole other post on shoes I won't throw away but should. Thanks for opening up your closet today!

Teena in Toronto said...

I'm too jaded to be spontaneous in love :)

I played too :)

Jo Beaufoix said...

Those shoes look so comfy and the jackets are fab. Well done on the weightloss.

Momisodes said...

Ah, those shoes do look comfy. I think I had sweaters very similar to those once. My mom still had them up until last year, and I finally convinced her to donate them to a homeless shelter.

daddy d said...

Some many pieces of clothing make me think of so many tools. There are never enough of either.

Melissa said...

Wow...I'm surprised you actually posted during the High Holy Days of Wimbeldon. :)

And I'm starting to like things from Chico's. I'm not sure what this says about me.

Betty said...

Those shoes do look comfortable. I'll have to try that brand as I have heard other good things about those.

I have so many jackets and lots of tops to wear with jeans, etc. I didn't play today as my grandson had my computer tied up all day. That's okay. I was just glad to have him here.

The Gal Herself said...

Your Manic Monday responses show how you have evolved over time, (from talker to listener, in your perception of your relationship with God, less spontaneity in your emotional responses) and it's very interesting. Thanks for sharing, and thanks for visiting my post.

Aoj and The Lurchers said...

There is nothing quite so nice as a comfy pair of shoes!

Hootin' Anni said...

What a great idea. Shoes. Y'know? I never thought of shoes for this theme. And boy howdy do they both look VERY comfy.

Love the sweet array of different jackets too. VERY colorful.

storyteller said...

Molly – Actually, my feet are BARE most often around home. I wear slip-on sandals year round when I leave the house unless the weather is cold or rainy. Then I switch to clogs. My sister wears Teva sandals and my friends wear Crocs … but for some reason neither brand feels good on my feet. Merrills used to be my favorites, but these days I love Keen shoes.

HulaGirlAtHeart – One day I set out to count the number of pairs of shoes I own … then decided it might be embarrassing to know and share the number. I have finally stopped buying new shoes, even when tempted.

Teena – The older I get, the wiser it seems to be cautious in ‘new’ relationships.

Jo – Thanks … and ‘comfort’ is a priority for me, especially when it comes to my feet.

SandyC – Oh my … I’m not sure I’m ready to donate these ‘classics’ to a homeless shelter, but I do drop bags of clothing, purses, shoes, etc. off at a variety of charitable enterprises regularly as I continue to ‘simplify’ and ‘declutter’ my surroundings.

Daddy D – Isn’t THAT the truth! We each ‘collect’ what works for us ;--)

Melissa – Very funny! Yup, Wimbledon started Monday … and I was home to watch all 8 hours of coverage on ESPN2 though I did so using my DVR so I could fast-forward through commercials and take ‘breaks’ to walk Molly and take care of other matters. This morning I’ve got my Photoshop class … so I’ll be playing catch-up tonight and tomorrow. As for Chico’s … I’ve not shopped there (or anywhere for that matter) in over a year, but I used to walk through several of their stores weekly and almost always came away with something.

Betty – I’m glad you enjoyed having your grandson visit. REAL LIFE does take precedence over this virtual world ya know ;--)

The Gal Herself – Visiting you was my pleasure and now that you point it out … I suppose these responses do illustrate my ‘evolution’ over time.

AOJ – Yez … keeping my feet ‘happy’ has been a priority throughout my adult life ;--)

Hootin’ Anni – Funny how shoes came to mind before anything else. I used to wear more ‘colorful’ clothes, but lately find myself choosing more black, white, and shades of gray.

To all – I enjoyed finding and responding to your comments here this morning and hope you’ve checked the little box to receive this in email. If I've not been by your blog yet, I'll drop by later this afternoon when I return from class. May you have a peace-filled day, every day ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

ShannonW said...

Nice shoes! Great answers this week. I enjoyed reading your post.

Sayre said...

I love your jackets!!! If those were mine, I'd never get rid of them either!

Anonymous said...

I love those sandals. They do look comfy.

Unknown said...

I like your jackets and the shoes do look comfy. :)

storyteller said...

Shannon – I’m happy you enjoyed your visit and my Fun Monday post ;--)

Sayre – I do love them all … and perhaps I’ll wear them again now that I’ve shared. If not, perhaps I’ll find a way to let them go. De-cluttering and simplifying are priorities for me these days, though progress is slow.

Robinella – They are! I wish Merrill still made this style ;--)

Lisa Marie – Thanks. I’ve found it interesting to see the kinds of items participants have shared this week.

To all – I appreciate your visit and wish you each a wonderful Wednesday.
Hugs and blessings,

Tina Coruth said...


Great shoes and Jackets! Your shoes always look sooo comfortable. Those are my kind of shoes.

I love that quote from Moms Mably. She was one insightful woman. I loved her humor.


storyteller said...

Tina – Ohmygosh! Here’s another comment I missed, but am delighted to find today. Those Merrills and Keen shoes are very comfortable … almost like wearing nothing on my feet at all. I do love the jackets, but don’t know where I’ll wear them now that I don’t go many places any more. I love Moms Mably’s insight too ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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