Monday, June 25, 2012

The Commoner Drops a Jean Size

Summer for me always starts with two large binges.  I must go through this process simply to purge myself of the doldrums of a Northern California spring (kind of cold and windy) and the prospect of a summer filled with relaxation and free time.  Those two binges are-eating and shopping. 

I run a lot and I drink a lot of water-especially coconut water.  But other than that it's candy, and other things that are really bad for you.  I've since sworn off candy but that's a story for another day.

The shopping is another issue, and there's nothing you can do except work your way through it.  It was on a shopping trip with my friend Orian at the Calvin Klein Outlet that I by chance decided to try on a cute dress that was in the fitting room, rejected by some other shopper, that I decided to try on-yes it's that bad.

Now Orian is an attorney and her husband is an executive at Pepsi, she lives in Atlanta and is one of my best friends-she's still a commoner though-her obsession is Coach and we have a coach outlet.  But I digress...

Well that pretty little dress was a size 6-I didn't care I figured I was trying stuff on anyway let me try it...and IT FIT-in fact the sales woman insisted it was too big and got the 4 for me to try.  Although that fit -it was a little too short...and I bought it!

The next day I was at the Eddie Bauer outlet.  (I told you this was a problem).  I was trying on shorts-it's my theory that everyone should wear shorts if they aren't working.  No matter how nippy it may be or how heavy you may think you are-if it's summer and you aren't working you should be wearing shorts. 

A few days later I was going to San Jose to meet my son for lunch.  He works in a mall and I was walking through Macy's when I found another size 6 pair of shorts-of course I bought them.

Okay one more test-this time the ultimate test of all-that's right jeans.  And I had to know I was getting them from a place that was true to size.  Meaning they couldn't be oversized so off to the GAP I went.  Hello!!!! They fit-I could bend I could zip, they went over my legs, I could sit.  These were the ideal jeans.

I didn't buy them though.  Although I'm a chronic shopper the rule is -never pay full price.  I filled out one of those survey receipt things though and I have 20% off coming to me-I will buy those jeans.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Commoner Buys New Running Shoes


I reached a milestone last week.  One I waited for a long time to make.  What is it you wonder?  A weight goal am I 120 pounds yet?  A 50th birthday?  A special anniversary?  A million on Bejeweled?  Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.  It was 300 miles on my running shoes which meant it was time for a new pair! HURRAY

So off we went to Running Revolution in Campbell.  A fancy shmancy running store where they fit you for your shoes and then they sell them to you.  I'm so excited that I can't wait.  My one stipulation was that I had to have Nike's because I sponsor them remember?

So we walk in the door and it's really cool.  Running things everywhere, hats, shoes, watches, tops, bottoms, socks....everything you could imagine.  But wait-we were here for shoes and the first step was the dog machine thing. 

Now one thing you probably don't know about me is that I'm really short-5'4".  Which isn't a big deal on its own.  The big deal is that no one ever believes that.  Besides the fact that I almost always wear a heel, I  also have hands and feet the size of a 6'5"  NBA player.  I'm not kidding.  I should be at least 6' to carry off this part of my anatomy.  

It's been this way since the 8th grade, and most people aren't really aware of it because I never play up my feet with fancy shoes or pedicures.  

That's an important part of the story  because the first thing that they did at Running Revolution is fit my feet.  In one of those silver things like I used to use at Buster Brown when I was 4. 

So it was no surprise when the hipster runner guy pronounced a number and width only produced for women giants.  I was unperturbed by this fact and moved on to the next portion of the 'fitting'.

I put my feet in some really cool goo thing -like those gymnast mats.  Ooh hipster runner tells me-you have a high arch.  That makes a high arch, wide, and amazonian.  Please step on the tread mill we want to see your running stride-BAREFOOT.

So I step on and I plug something to my shirt or something and I start running barefoot, on a treadmill, in a store, in my street clothes.  I do this for about a minute-which felt like a century and then I was told to get off -without breaking my face.

Well turns out I run like a duck.  Feet (super large feet) pointing out, high arches, ankles flexing on landing, like they were going to snap.   I need stability shoes, here are your 71 dollar insoles (no obligation) move over to Kim she'll find your shoes.

Well to make a long story short-Kim came out with a pile of like size men shoes because apparently my shoe size is so rare in a women's cut.  I wasn't having any of that or my new shoe size.  I said thanks for everything and marched down to Sport's Authority, where I got the Nike I wanted in the size I wear at a great price.

I could hear them whisper as I left the store,  "There goes the short girl with the HUGE feet in a size we don't carry."