May 15, 2012

Shoe Shopping

The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.
-Erma Bombeck

My mother was the queen of window shopping. We use to go into Exeter or Portsmouth or Manchester New Hampshire and walk through shops, pretending we could buy anything we wanted. We would try on clothes and shoes, we would even show up at Macy's to have our makeup done. It was pretty fun and set me up for a long life of validation through window shopping, which is much safer (and cheaper) than validation through actual shopping.

So, for the past couple months I've been "visiting" these shoes at JC Penny's. Nothing creepy, I just go in every couple of weeks and try them on. They were $35 (also known as 3 1/2 hours of my life) and way outside my price range. But, when I went today, it was a graduation miracle! My shoes were on sale for $14, which is very fortunate because I needed some professional looking shoes for my interviews. Sandals, while comfy and convenient, don't scream "responsible adult".

Here's some truth from a vehicle dweller: It's not easy to roll out of the car looking classy every morning! It's not like I have a huge wardrobe or even a place to hang clothes up.When I walk to the showers I need to be carrying everything I need for the day and there's no full length mirror. See? This is probably (duh) why people who live in their cars have developed a reputation for being unkempt. So, in closing I argue that $14 was a small price to pay for being the decently dressed car dweller and it might just convince someone to put me in charge of young minds. Thanks JC Penny.


  1. this is the part that intrigues me most about vehicle dwelling (because i REALLY want to do it) do you get ready? what do you do with your clothes? how much clothes do you have?? sorry those are personal, i just love your lifestyle!

    1. All of those questions depend on what type of vehicle you're living in, but it is certainly doable. When I moved into the Jetta I cut my wardrobe down to four pairs of pants and a dozen or so shirts. WAY more than I need, but it's nice to have options:)


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