Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Worth Every Freakin' Penny

In this rather crappy economy, I can't help but look at some of my purchases with pride. To me, they are exactly as the title of this post suggests: worth every freakin' penny.

Let's start with my amazing pair of ostrich boots that I bought on a cruise we took in February, 2007. From Fall to Spring, they're a staple in my wardrobe, & I can't think of anything I want to wear more. I actually look forward to cooler weather because I get to wear my boots. Here they are, on the dashboard during a trip to Balducci's Winery this past Sunday:


The photo doesn't do them justice, but trust me....they ROCK. Plus, they're so comfortable! We bought them in Cozumel from Roger's Boots. Doug & I had consumed several margaritas in preparation for dropping some cash on them, & I think we did a great job! I was good cop, Doug was bad cop. Or rather, the older Mexican guy hit on me while I spoke to him in somewhat-acceptable Spanish & called Doug a cheapo. Doug played the grumpy Gringo & I played the slightly-tipsy, long-suffering wife that really wanted a pair of cool boots...& SHAZAM! A deal was struck, & I have the coolest boots ever. Not exactly black, not really charcoal gray, & could almost be navy blue...I love them. Yeah, worth every freakin' penny.

Another purchase that I'm thrilled with is my brand new moccasins from Canada. On Thanksgiving evening, Doug & I went to Monica - one of my very best friends - & Cory's house, & she was wearing what looked to be the most luxurious slippers ever. I just had to have them! Luckily for me, she was heading back home to Canada over Christmas, & she said she'd pick some up for me...& she remembered!



(Now, Monica would be my very best friend if she would've actually bought them for me, but oh well...)

Monica brought these beauties to me this past Saturday night, & I couldn't wait to put them on after the hockey game! Bella knew there was a foreigner in the midst immediately, & she wanted them BAD. She knows bunny when she smells it...but she can't have 'em. Just as I'd hoped, I put them on when I got home, & ahhhhh.....FANTASTIC. Again, worth every freakin' penny.

One more, & I'm going to bed.

As I mentioned in my last post, Doug & I went to Time For Dinner last week, & Doug put the Artisan Chicken out to thaw this morning (at 4 o'fucking clock - yeah, he's working overtime again, which means I am, too). It has blue cheese in it, & I didn't think any of the whites we have would work...& I feared most of the reds that traditionally go with blue cheese (Cab Franc, Cab, etc.) would overpower it. What were we to do?? As good fortune would have it, we stopped in the Ballwin Wine & Cheese Place to check on a potential dog sitter for the Luces (for our boot-buying cruise in February - ok, the boot-buying is probably just me), & we couldn't leave without buying some wine. 4 bottles, in fact - they had a great sale, & uh, we were running low... We bought the Feudo Arancio 2006 Pinot Noir for - are you ready for this? $7.99. Yeah, I know....scary. But hey, at that price, & the fact that it was a Pinot from Sicily, it was a curiosity that had to be satisfied.

So tonight, while mulling over our wine choices, we decided to go for it. The food smelled delicious, & I couldn't wait. However, when I first tasted the wine, it was just ok & I had a metallic taste in my mouth. Doug said he got metal on the nose. Oh no....

Never fear, kittens! One bite of the chicken, & all was well in Doug & Claire Land. No more metal, just good food & good wine....

Worth every freakin' penny.


LucyinStLou said...

Thanks a million for checking on the dog sitter for us! I'm glad you got some good wine deals out of the visit.

I see the slippers are surviving Bella! They look wonderful.

Claire said...

Oh, no problem! Like I said, I hope it works out.

Oh, Bella can't have my slippers. They're hardly ever off my feet if I'm home. But oh, how she covets...

Becky and the Beanstock said...

Too funny! I recognize those boots. :) They DO rock.

Sheila said...

I know all about worthy shoes. I bought some Danskos six years ago and haven't taken them off since. The way I look at it, you average the cost of the footwear over the amount of happiness you've derived from them. Usually turns out to be mere pennies a day!