Greetings ducks! This post promises to be short and sweet! It was a cold and rainy day in Minneapolis and Mr. Bug and I ventured out to go shoe shopping this evening. He needed new running shoes and I tagged along, feeling all virtuous for entering the hallowed man-space called Dick’s Sporting Goods, and just LOOK at what greeted me when I walked through the door!
[image Golf Skorts]
Golf skirts! Can you believe how cute these are? There were a whole bunch of cute skirts and matching little sleeveless button up shirts. Everything was pink. I had no idea that golf clothes were so cute! Perhaps this is a sport I could get into! We got a set of clubs for me when brother-in-law-bug was getting rid of his, but we’ve never gone out to use them. Mr. Bug isn’t a huge golfer – I think he went out during his bachelor weekend, but only a couple of other times in the last few years. But, an activity where I can be outside, wear skirts that otherwise would only be appropriate at Halloween AND drive a little cart around? That sounds perfect!
Speaking of physical activity, I know this pops up now and then on blogs, but what do all ya’ll do for exercise and what do you wear? My primary ‘workout’ is a two and a half mile walk with Lucy the bear most evenings. We walk pretty fast and I usually just wear whatever I have on, except I switch my shoes for something more comfy and if it’s super hot and sticky and I’m wearing a dress, I might put on a pair of bike shorts underneath the skirt. My walking shoes for the last two years have been a pair of red Keens – impossibly comfy, wonderfully open to the world (I hate wearing socks) and hideous.
[image Keen Shoe Sale]
Sadly, my Keens are pretty worn out and my birthday is THURSDAY, so after we got Mr. Bug’s super fancy Asics at Sports Authority, we headed over to the Mall of America to hunt down some birthday-walking-shoes for me. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but Mr. Bug is an elite marathon runner – he’s run over 30 marathons and has finished all of them in under three hours! As such, he’s serious about his athletic shoes and expected the same from me. I, of course, am serious about finding the perfect pair of slightly ironic, referential pair of sneakers. Kangaroos would be best, but I also found some Pumas and Nikes in appropriate shades of fuschia and lime green. Sigh. After trying on pair after pair of cute, yet flimsy sneaks, I finally gave in to Mr. Bug’s increasing frustration and tried on a few pairs of real, live, athletic shoes. Seriously, ducks, I think the last pair of sneakers I owned may have been the ones I had to buy that fateful basketball season of my 10th grade year when I succumbed and tried out for the cheerleading squad. I made it, but mostly dressed up as the chicken (OK, Golden Eagle), which was oddly a bit cooler than wearing the super bulky 80’s style cheerleading sweaters with the turtlenecks! Anyway – it’s been years since I’ve owned real sneakers.
Guess who’s now the proud owner of these pink and white Nike walking shoes? They do have some pink on them, although it’s pretty pale pink, not the blinding neon I had a hankering for! I like the little swoosh on the toe!
Oh, sigh. They just so…big. Mr. Bug assures me that now that I have appropriate shoes I will likely experience a lot less sore leg muscles. And that does sound nice. I wore my pink converse sneaks on the walk yesterday and by the time I got home, my calves were certainly complaining.
I know Gertie brought up workout wear and style last year – I don’t remember exactly when, but I know it was pertaining to hula hooping, which seems to lend itself well to stylish workout wear! Of course, my two activities – dog walking and just-started bike riding also seem to lend themselves to stylish workout wear! I’m not sure how my full circle skirts are going to look with my new giant sneakers!!
Almost time to sign off, but first, since we’re talking workout wear I had to include this image from Minneapolis-based Foat Design – they make completely awesome yoga wear (and other things) that make me sort of wish I was a yoga type. Some of their stuff is even made from recycled clothing! I’d like to try to work some of their design details into a project sometime!
[image Foat Design on Facebook]
Second? Let’s just admire my bike again, shall we? Mr. Bug and I went on a very short bike ride over the weekend. I’m getting better – meaning I can turn corners – but hills still scare the bejeezus out of me! Even slight slopes have me gripping the handlebars tight enough to break ‘em in half!
So here’s to spring and getting let out of the house – what’re you wearing on your flippers??