Monday, March 26, 2012

Random Happiness and Dangerous Information

Bats on car
After some initial skepticism, I have come to like the new bat decals on my car. I just needed time to adjust, I suppose.

Roof happiness
My homeowners claim for hail damage was accepted.  Insurance will cover the cost of replacing my roof.  Yay!  I'm just waiting for the $$$ to land in my account, then it's off with the old roof and on with the new!

Funny photo of "Ed" and me
I’m usually not one to post photographs of myself, but I rediscovered a funny one while sorting photos.  I think it’s hilarious because it looks totally fake.  It looks like someone badly Photoshopped an extreme closeup of my head onto a photo of Edward Scissorhands' doppelganger walking past the Hotel Monteleone.


Purple toaster
I went to Target for a new toaster.  Based on the display models, I chose a silver one.  When I went to get one from the shelf, I saw that it was also available in purple.  Squee!  Purple toaster came home to live with me.  Purple toaster makes me inordinately happy.  I'm going to eat toast EVERY DAY!  :D
it's even shinier and more fabulous in person



Dangerous information
A bit of background on this one... I have bad feet (not bad as in they sneak off at night to rob liquor stores, but bad as in it's hard to find shoes that even come close to fitting them).  Most shoes hurt my feet, though not all in the same way; I dealt with this by rotating among them - pinchy shoes today, squeezy shoes tomorrow, chafy shoes the next day, and so forth.  In fact, I used to choose my outfits based on what shoes I could tolerate that day.

What changed?  I took a job that allows me to wear New Rock boots every day if I want to.  For me,  New Rocks = comfort.  My interest in them was originally piqued by the looks (Buckles! Shiny metal bits!), but it was the comfort that won my admiration.  New Rocks are the exceptionally rare footwear that don’t make my feet hurt... and I love them for it. :)

A few days ago, I discovered that New Rock World offers custom boots. :o CUSTOM NEW ROCKS.  Choose the colors, the type of sole, the buckle style... everything.  This is dangerous information.  I can picture my feet blissfully cuddled in purple-and-black New Rocks... the temptation to buy is strong!  The cost is 280 Euros/$375 US, which is roughly 30% more than the already pricey cost of standard New Rocks.  I'm typically very frugal, but love makes one do crazy things. ;)

Anyone else ever find something that was so perfect for you that money almost didn't matter?

28 comments:

  1. I'm glad for your good news! Money almost does'nt matter when it comes to the renovating of the house. If I'm going to live in it I wan't it to be perfect :)
    Your purple toaster is gorgeous!!

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    1. Indeed. I want my home to be so comfortable and pleasing to my eye that it's always my favorite place in the world.
      It's silly to be so excited over a purple toaster... but I am. :)

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  2. Oh maaaaaaaaaaaan I wish you hadn't mentioned this MY POOR BANK ACCOUNT! :D

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    1. Yeah, I almost wished I could unlearn about it. Almost. ;)

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  3. I love that you can customize New Rocks, my friend showed it to me and I made a pair covered in spider webs (hahahaa), it's in my "I would like" list.

    Glad things are on the up and up in terms of your roof and new purple toaster =D And the picture of you is funny and awesome!!!

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    1. The online tool for designing the boots is fun to play around with.

      Thank you! I don't really know why, but that picture strikes me as hilarious.

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  4. God, I love New Rocks...and I want 'em so badly! I'd willingly spend a lot of money on shoes...I would..

    BAT DECALS. Yes.

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    1. Boots are one of the few things I splurge on. They're worth it. :)

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  5. Duuuuude. Happy feet, happy life. BUY BOOTS.

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    1. Very true. It's hard to be anything but cranky when my feet hurt.

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  6. YAY for the roof claim!! I agree with linnea-maria - my home is my sanctuary, and I strive to make it perfect for me! Glad to know you won't run the risk of a leaky roof ruining your hard work on the interior.

    Purple toaster FTW. I'd be topping that toast with loads of grape jam, for sure. :)

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    1. If water from a leak made my wallpaper fall off, I'd probably sit down and cry. :P With the roof fixed, I'll feel safe to resume work on my ceiling.

      Grape jam is an absolute necessity. Mmmm... jam.

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  7. Nice toaster! My partner is excited that she bought a purple kettle with matching lime green toaster ;)

    I will definitely have to get some bat decals for my bright yellow little car ... yes, yellow is the new black, heh :P

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    1. I've seen lots of brightly colored kitchen wares lately... including kettles shaped like various veggies and fruits. Fun stuff.

      Just think of the yellow as a bright moon the bats are flying across. ;)

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  8. I totally get what you mean about the feet. I have large, wide, flat feet with weird toes and most shoes are uncomfortable in some way or another :( I would love to try New Rocks when I have the money but alas unemployed = poor :(

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    1. Width is the biggest issue for me. I have wide feet with narrow heels and bony ankles... "duck feet" as my mom says. :/ And I don't like my toes. I won't wear open-toe shoes.

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  9. You might like the book "Make Your Own Shoes" by Mary Wales Loomis. It tells how to make your own shoes, but also how you can make a last that is customized for your feet.

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    1. The idea of custom shoes has crossed my mind many times. It would be awesome to have shoes that really, truly fit my feet.

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    2. The methods are simple enough -- it's aimed for a home shoemaker. The only problem is the resulting shoes can be a little flimsy since they don't have as much hardware holding them together as a factory shoe. The book specifies that they're "good enough for ladies shoes."

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  10. Grabby hands on those boots!! Being frugal also means buying nice things that will last a lifetime. :)

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    1. also sorry... don't know if you've seen this but i have a facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/248527528567367/

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    2. Agreed. Being frugal is about making wise money choices, not about buying the cheapest every time. I also think one can be frugal without having to feel deprived.

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  11. I have those same bats! What a great idea! I was trying to figure out where to put them. Love your blog =)

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    1. Hooray for the bats! Thank you!

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  12. That toaster is fabulous!!!

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    1. I do love that toaster. :) And it's a major improvement over my old cheapie.

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  13. I just found this blog and this post. I have been looking for nice shoes that aren't the gaudy, cheap, Goth kiddy kind. I ended up buying a pair of Doc Marten's with one buckle, and they're quite nice, but those New Rocks, wow, have they got quite a variety, even after eliminating the gaudy ones.

    Are they a publicly traded company? You might want to buy some stock before I buy all their shoes.

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    1. Yeah, the range of styles is broad; everything from sneakers to cowboy boots. Buy all you want... but leave some size 41s for me. ;)

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