Sunday, June 28, 2009

My Quest for Coolness



While vacationing with family in Rome at the end of May it became warm enough to wear my capris. My daughter and sisters, however, were appalled at my choice of acompanying footwear--a clunky, but comfortable pair of black athletic shoes and black anklets. "You can get by with those with long pants, but not capris and shorts, " they said. "Please wear your sandals, you're embarrassing us."

So I wore my sandals and wound up with blisters on both of my little toes.

I've been home a little over a week now, and yesterday afternoon I decided to search for more "hip" footwear. First, I bought eight new pairs of socks of the type my daughter and sisters specified, low-cut, with elastic around the ankles. Then I looked for a shoe with a slimmer design that my decidedly unhip orthopedic inserts would still fit into. I found success for a modest price at my local Big Five.

"So what do you think?" I asked my husband as I modeled the result. "Am I cool now?" (Why I asked him I don't know. His sense of fashion is even worse than mine.) He shrugged. "At our age, probably the best we can hope for is to be a little less uncool," he replied.

I nodded thoughtfully. "I can accept that." Fashion coolness may always be beyond my reach, but becoming a little less uncool, is an aspiration that just might be within my grasp.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Home Again After a Fabulous Trip



I returned home on Tuesday after three fabulous weeks in Italy and Norway that included time spent in Rome and Florence, and an incredible road trip around southern Norway with astounding views of fjords and rocky snow-capped mountains, and a wonderful stay with the family of my daughter's boyfriend.

It was great traveling with family--my parents, two sisters, and my daughter were with me in Italy, and my husband flew out for the Norway portion of the trip. After catching up on email and clearing my desk, I'm finally getting back to work, but I have lots of photos to help me remember the good times.

Top picture: My husband Mark and I above Bergen in Norway.

Bottom picture: My daughter Emily and I in front of the Duomo in Florence, Italy.