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Thank You, Thieves

January 2nd, 2009 · 15 Comments

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I’m trying to look on the bright side of the theft of my belongings that occurred as we moved.  The brown pair of dress shoes they stole had gotten a bit too big as my feet have shrunk from weight loss.  Now I get to replace them with a comfy, new pair that fits just right.

(Note the low heels on the shoes.  I wrote a post a while back about why I gave up high heels for good.)

For my other pair of replacement shoes, I’m considering splurging on a pair of boots.  Earlier in my life, every pair of boots I ever tried on was too tight in the calves.  I even once ordered a ‘wide calves’ pair that was too narrow! (I’m not complaining about my legs; I think I have shapely gams.) Now that I’ve lost most of the weight I’ll lose, I tried on a few pairs of boots when I was at an outlet mall, and all but one pair fit my calves.  I didn’t buy any that day because I was not spending money I didn’t need to spend . . . but now that over half the cost of the boots will be paid by my insurance, why not?

My friend Thomas S. always has fun or funny shirts.  They aren’t the sarcastic kinds of shirts—those really don’t do anything for me.  They’re usually just clever in some way or bring up nostalgia.  (I often don’t even recognize what they’re about, but my husband does.) I need to replace several knit shirts and t-shirts that were stolen. On a whim, I asked my husband to stop at Junkman’s Daughter in Atlanta to see if there were any trendy shirts there that I liked. I discovered I’ve outgrown most of what they carry, but I did love a couple of the t-shirts.  So I bought them!

Where the Wild Things Are is one of the greatest children’s books evuh.

I actually hate most puns, but I love the bunny shirt anyway.  And fitted t-shirts–yay!

I’m trying to be careful about replacing things—not just replacing them just to spend money (that’s about as healthy as binge-eating, for me), but because I actually need or really want the replacement items.  Unfortunately, the theft occurred after I’d pared down my belongings to include only what I was sure I wanted to keep, so that means I do have a decent number of things to replace.

So . . . boo on losing things, but yay for the getting the pleasure of picking out good new ones.

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15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kristen // Jan 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    I’m trying to replace things with nice quality items, too…basically because I really hate shopping right now. I’ve only gotten a few things out of necessity and because my husband was with me (and talked me into looking).

    Cute shoes. 🙂

  • 2 Hannah Celeste // Jan 2, 2009 at 3:40 pm


    I really like those shoes. I am thinking I should get something similar. I was wistfully mentioning to my husband last night that I wanted to wears heels yet really didn’t because I am always afraid of twisting my ankle and all that. This would be a good compromise.

    Have a great day,


  • 3 Kate // Jan 2, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Sally – I hear ya. I’ve been doing the same. And honestly, I finally get it. Now instead of buying cheap shoes 3 times (because they wear out and die), buy one pair that is worth .

    And for t-shirts? Here are the ones I adore:


    😉 Happy New Year!

  • 4 April // Jan 3, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I always pretend that I wouldn’t want to wear boots like those, but secretly it’s because I know my calves are too big. *sigh* Maybe I should put up pictures of you instead of me to encourage myself? Hmm…

  • 5 Kay // Jan 3, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Go get you some hot boots! Love the t-shirts!

    Purging can be healthy. I’m sorry yours was unintentional.

    I just cleaned out my cookbook shelf and sold two grocery bags of pasta and dessert cookbooks to Half Price Books. This gluten-free transition has more steps than I ever dreamed. I hope a spring garage sale will bring closure.

  • 6 margaret // Jan 4, 2009 at 11:12 am

    your new stuff is great. glad you have found some good replacements. i love the wild things shirt!

  • 7 Linda // Jan 4, 2009 at 11:42 am

    A few weeks back, I read many posts from your archives including the one you wrote about ‘no more heels.’ I’m so glad you are revisiting this topic. I would also like to know where you found those cute shoes and boots! I’m vegan, and I’m guessing they are leather, but I’m asking just in case.

  • 8 Sally Parrott Ashbrook // Jan 4, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    Linda–I feel honored you took the time to read through some of my archives. 🙂

    Those shoes are from Zappos.com. They are leather. Are you familiar with Earth Shoes? They make some great and cute vegan shoes. An investment at that price, surely, but one that should give you years of return. (I love my pair of Earth shoes, though unfortunately they have gotten a bit too big as I’ve lost weight! I wore them yesterday with 2 pairs of socks.) 🙂

  • 9 Alisa // Jan 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

    That first pair of shoes are EXACTLY the pair I have been looking for. Could you tell me what brand / model they are? Thanks 🙂

    Sorry for your loss, but yeah for bringing in the new!

  • 10 Meg Wolff // Jan 5, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Yea! on your T-shirts, you look fantastic & happy! Cool about the boots, too. I like the name of that store, Junkman’s Daughter.

  • 11 Lori E. // Jan 5, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    I love that Wild Things T-shirt!

  • 12 sally // Jan 5, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Alisa, here’s the link: http://www.zappos.com/n/p/p/7440365/c/328.html

  • 13 glutenfreeforgood // Jan 5, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    Go for the boots, Sally. You deserve them. 🙂

    Yes, I loved Where The Wild Things Are, too! That’s a cute t-shirt to go with the book.

    Here’s to a healthy and happy 2009!
    Best wishes,

  • 14 Kath // Jan 6, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I’m so sorry you’ve lost some things, but your attitude shines. I love the 2009 self-care theme, we’re thinking about it too, my sister and I.

  • 15 gaile // Jan 6, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    oo those shoes are darling, and the shirts – absolutely adorable on you! LOVE the bunny shirt! 🙂

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