Monday, February 1, 2010

FLIP FLOP ON THE FLIP FLOPS


It’s been eleven weeks since my foot surgery. Where has the time gone? I’ll tell you where – a whole month of trying to hobble around on crutches and a scooter-walker, having to wear a big, clumsy shower boot, use a shower stool, be helped OUT of the shower boot and OFF the stool, slipping and sliding in the snow, crashing into door jambs, climbing stairs on my derriere (oh, the indignities!) THAT’S where it went.

And now that I’m back on my feet and out of the surgical shoe, a Frankenstein looking device that straps onto the Frankenstein looking foot, I can wear real shoes! Yay! Or so I thought.

I was able to get the Oogly Foot, as I affectionately call it, into my New Balance athletic shoe by loosening the laces and spreading the shoe as far as it would go, but not into my winter boot. For our trip to Key West, I was sure I could wear sandals. Not so! Sandals have straps, straps don’t stretch, and the Oogly Foot complained loud and long about being crammed into anything tight. I was stymied! Then I looked around and saw – FLIP FLOPS!

If you were with us last year, you might remember that I wrote a blog about how I’d worn flip flops as a youth but just couldn’t get into them in m adulthood. All that has changed. I am now a convert. I can wear them on the Oogly Foot! I even found a cushy pair in black patent for dress-up that has a side strap that velcros, so I can adjust it! Does it get any better than that?

So all of you who wrote back then to say you loved flip flops, I apologize. I should know that whenever I say I will never do something – I end up doing it. Do you know what I mean? Has that happened to you?

And there’s another plus to the Oogly Foot experience. I’m giving it to my sleuth, Abby Knight. It’s her turn to suffer now. Tee hee. Let her deal with a killer on the loose while trying to keep her balance on those Evil Crutches! Good luck, honey. Misery loves company.

And speaking of company, SLEEPING WITH ANEMONE, the ninth book in the Flower Shop Mystery series, joins its sisters on bookstore shelves tomorrow! February 2nd! Oh, the surprises in store for Abby – and for you. Not so much for Oogly Foot. Not for awhile.


What's your "I said I'd never do this"?

16 comments:

Sheila Connolly said...

I never thought I'd talk to Lee Child about sex.

Mason Canyon said...

What amazes me about flip flops is that there are so many different styles nowdays. You can find them with beads, ribbons, fur, feathers, and all sorts of things on them. Years ago they were just plain, not anymore.

Heather Webber said...

Mason, Happy birthday!!!

Sheila, I smell a story there!

Kate, congrats on the new release. I need to get my hands on it. And I love flip flops, always have, always will. Just wish I could wear them in winter.

I flip-flop a lot. Part of this is that I hate making decisions, fearing I'll make the wrong one. That and I'm finicky. One day I'll like something, the next day not so much...

Shannon said...

I swore I'd never be a stay at home mom. Now, one law degree and three kids later...well, here I am. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be anywhere else. I think it still amazes my parents who thought I'd never marry, much less have kids.
Regarding flip-flops, if you like BLING (and here in Texas we love it) try Yellowbox brand. Very comfy and totally acceptable as Sunday best, at least in the summer. Panty hose--never, never again. Had enough of those with suits and heels to last me a lifetime.

signlady217 said...

I can't wear flip-flops, or any kind of sandal that has that piece that goes between the big toe and the next. It always hurts and rubs a blister. Too bad, 'cause I've seen some really cute ones out there. So it's either a different kind of sandal or tennis shoes when I go out, and barefoot in the house.

Maggie Sefton said...

Glad you found the flip-flops, Kate. There's always a place for those things. And, yes, definitely let Abby share your pain. I put Kelly Flynn on crutches with a broken ankle and cast in DYER CONSEQUENCES and channelled all those old memories of hobbling around with a cast on my broken ankle from years ago. heh heh heh

Book Dragon said...

welcome to the dark side, from someone who lives in her flip flops.

as for "never again"? I'm not sure... I'd say children but my youngest is 20 so that's a given even if friends say I'm not too old.

I think I'll go for pantyhose also. shudder

Kate Collins said...

Yellowbox brand! I've never heard of it but will look it up. I found a pair of Eccos that are so comfy -- cushy on the foot, grooved to fit, with a strap that adjusts. Only comes in black, though, so I'm on the lookout for a dressy white pair. I'll check Endless for Yellowbox. Thanks for the tip!

Kate Collins said...

Sheila, You are so bad.

Shannon said...

If you are ever in Canton, Tx for First Monday Trade Days, there are several vendors that sell Yellowbox. Otherwise, it's hit or miss in the stores. I gave a pair to my MIL in Michigan and she gets so many compliments...everyone wanting to know where she got them. I guess they are not widely available just yet.

Jessica said...

I couldn't survive in the summer without my flip flops! I wear them until there is snow on the ground and I'm getting weird looks! :-)

My never again...letting someone else make decisions for me!

signlady217 said...

I have to add a big "never again" to the list: if something happens to my husband, I'm not planning on getting married again. Several of my friends are on that ship with me. We love our sweeties dearly, but when they're gone, we're done! My husband and I just celebrated our 24th anniversary in December, so we'll see how the next 24 go!

Kate Collins said...

I'll add a "never again" on putting up with an insulting person. Life is too short to waste it on nasty people.

Next2perfection said...

I live in Florida. Flip Flops are a must! And we can wear them all year round!

Carol Brown said...

My "I'll never do this": I was never going to drive in Jacksonville, Florida (uttered when we moved away from there when I was 12 and I had watched (and ridden with) my older brother learning to drive there. In fact, I was never going to live there again. And, I was never going to teach school. So..... guess what I ended up doing for 21 years, and WHERE I did it? And, yes, driving every day.

Kate Collins said...

Carol, you are the perfect example of a "never say never." Ha!