Today I did the usual swing through Target, bought the usual necessaries, and then decided to hit DSW Shoe Warehouse. I need new running shoes - my beloved Saucony shoes are no longer as supportive as they should be, they've gotten a little too relaxed and comfy, if you know what I mean. My feet have been a bit achy. It's time to demote them to yard shoes, just in time for the great yard work push that must begin when I return from Asheville.
I also wanted to get a basic pair of hiking shoes. I hiked in my Beloved Saucony Shoes last year and while I do not blame the shoes at all for my gasping, sorry-ass Little Middle Aged Engine That Couldn't performance, I did feel they weren't the best footwear for the trails. This year I am averaging a brisk 10-15 miles a week on an incline on the treadmill or on the elliptical at the gym, so there should be no pathetic gasping. My feet deserve "real" shoes, which would also be useful for days in the field at work.
DSW had not a single pair of hiking-type shoes at all, though they always had them in the past. I walked past rows of them for years when I didn't need them, but when I go looking for a pair - nada. And not a single pair of Saucony running shoes in a size 7. So I came home and hopped on Zappos and ordered what I wanted.
This is becoming the norm for me - whether it's pond filter parts or yarn or now shoes, I can't find it in the stores. Just as I have been cured of casual yarn shopping, the shopping gods have conspired to cure me of any casual shopping at all, by never having anything I need when I decide to go looking for it.
Attention Shopping Gods: I've purchased new running shoes and hiking shoes, you may put them back in the stores now. You guys are a riot. Really.
The Redskins are on at 4. I'll be watching. I'm finally watching football again. I'll alternate between working on the 2nd Red Scarf and bagging another bag of miscellaneous for Goodwill, and yelling at the television, because I do love football.