If you ever wondered if God answers prayers, I'm here today to tell you, indeed he does. Or it could be that, in this case, my husband read my blog and plans to hold me to the promise of never again asking for another pair of boots!
Remember these from a couple of weeks ago? And remember my (ridiculously goofy) passionate prayer that God would deposit $400 into my checking account if he wanted me to have them? Well Shawn handed me $400 a few days later and said, "Go buy your boots. You deserve them." I buy my clothes at thrift stores. On my best-dressed days my outfits usually cost me a grand total of $10-$15. I know some of you who see me in person regularly on my best-dressed days would find that to be very believable. But the point is my entire wardrobe probably didn't cost $400 so the thought of spending that on a pair of boots is hard for me embrace. If you can afford it, I don't think owning $400 boots is bad. It's just new territory for me. Photography equipment is a whole different story. I'd have no problem dropping $5000 on the camera and one of the lenses I want!
I've tried to give the money back to Shawn several times. I offered to buy groceries with it. I offered to put it toward the boys' upcoming sports programs. I think he's starting to get irritated with me. It's time to spend it. He's trying to do something nice for me and I'm not doing a very good job of showing gratitude. The problem is when I finally went to hit the purchase button at Anthro a few days ago, the boots were out of stock. Unfortunately, they are the only store I've been able to find that carries them. I was mad at myself for not buying them as soon as Shawn gave me the money. But then I started shopping around and found several pairs of Frye boots that I like almost as well as the Anthro boots. Almost. Like if the Frye boots were a 5-Nut Brownie from Huston's Restaurant and the Anthro boots were a 5-Nut Brownie a la mode, I'd choose the 5-Nut Brownie a la mode. Unless, of course, I was lactose intolerant. Or unless Houston's happened to be out of ice cream. But even without ice cream, a 5-Nut Brownie is heavenly and I'd savor every bite. I'd still rather have the Anthro boots since they are so unique! However, I'll be just as content with a pair of Frye boots. Here's where my new problem comes in. I am terrible at making decisions. With the Anthro boots, there was one option. With Frye boots, there are just too many.
My first choice was Veronica. Isn't she beautiful? I went to Nordstroms when I was in KC and tried these on. They even met my new-shoe rule. New shoes must be as comfortable as slippers if they are going to come home with me. I'm not sure why I continued looking but I did.
And Maxine caught my eye.
And, finally, Belted Harness. I think I'm attracted to her rebel qualities. She's different from all the other girls. She wears her sides shorter than the other girls. Her toes are square. She looks tougher. Either tougher our cuter. I can't decide. Even her name is different. Belted. Isn't it beautiful? Well, no one is perfect. Apparently her mother didn't take a stand against her father like I did when Shawn wanted to name Caelan after his great grandpa. His name was Hobart.
Now I just need to make a final decision. When I started looking, I was looking only at knee boots. I kept thinking that I never wear skirts or dresses. I think the last time I wore a dress was around 1992 and it was floor-length. And skinny jeans? Forgetaboutit. I hated them when I was younger and more patient and flexible enough to fight with getting them over my feet and ankles. And when I was more toothpicky-shaped. So I wondered, will anyone ever see the beautiful tops of these boots.
When I found the Belted Harness boots and decided they might be the boot for me, I immediately thought that the knee boots would look better with dresses. And this is what it's like inside my decision-making mind.
I'd love to have opinions. Which of these would you choose?