Saturday, January 22, 2011

- Am I Doing This Right?

Dear Minnesota,

I am clearly from North Carolina.  I say "ya'll" a lot and don't have the appropriate clothes to survive these temperatures.  I wore sweater tights tonight when it was -3 outside.  I have never experienced negative temperatures for any extended period of time.  I don't really know what it's like to be around this much snow every day.  I know this is obvious to you, and that is why I need your help.  I'm trying to fit in, but I don't know if I'm doing it right.

For example, let's discuss snow boots.  I have never owned a pair but I figured they would be necessary here.  I looked at them online before I moved.  For some reason I didn't order any.  I don't know why.  Five minutes into my first walk with Emma I realized that they were a necessity.

So I ordered some.  These.  I was really excited when they were delivered.  Especially since the salt/snow mix had damaged the pair of boots I'd been wearing out.  But as soon as I put them on I knew that they weren't quite right.  I hated the way they looked on me, which I know, is a bit shallow - because it's a snow boot and it's all about function, but that really is an awful boot height that just accentuates how short my legs are.  More importantly they were IMPOSSIBLE to walk in.  The calf had no bend so I had to walk while holding your lower leg straight, like I was a pirate with two peg legs, and that was weird.  I mean I'm not trying to stay single forever and looking like "that pirate girl" isn't going to do me any favors.  It was obvious that they were going to take a lot of breaking in and I didn't like them enough to go through that.  I did some more research and decided to order these.

These are infinitely easier to walk in.  They need a little breaking in but nothing like before.  Since the boot is taller they look a lot better, and a taller boot means that more of my leg is warmer and all waterproof and stuff, although I still feel like I'm wearing moon shoes.  I'm sure that they're the right size, but they just seem so big, especially in the width.  But what are snow boots supposed to look like?  Minnesota, am I doing this right?

I decided to keep them because I don't know that it gets much better.  I wore them when I walked Emma this morning and my feet were anything but cold and they seemed to have good grips.  Speaking of Emma, she's been wearing her argyle sweater through this cold snap.  She seems to not mind it like she does her coat, so I've been leaving it on her all, it's flippin' adorable.  Sometimes I feel like she's fitting in better than I am.


i suwannee said...

Emma! I lover her! Is she a schnauzer??

Laurie Elaine, Ph.D. said...

She's a scottish terrier, but Rowdy has me totally thinking we need a schnauzer in our family!

Mams said...

OMG, Emma is waaaay to cute in that sweater. I do miss that little furball!

I love your boots and from what I can tell look preety awesome!