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Surprise plans 
24th-Jan-2015 07:03 pm
We had surprise plans this weekend. Not that we were planning a surprise, but that we were surprised with plans. We didn't think we had plans, but it turned out that we did. In fact, we'd had an inkling that plans were in the works, because we knew Gaston and Alice had a thing nearby last night, but Gaston had only mentioned it once in the past, and it was all along the lines of, "I'm trying to decide exactly what I want to do," so we figured the best way to not be annoyed with the world (as tends to happen when we have tentative plans that turn out not to happen) was to carry on as if there were no plans. Then Gaston called yesterday and said, "You know we're coming tonight, right?" And that's when we said to each other, "Oh. I guess we should vacuum." Darn cat allergies.

So not only were Gaston and Alice going to crash at our place after their thing nearby...oh I should mention that first. They had a couple's cooking class, and they would have been happy to share their leftovers with us, but they knew we didn't eat anything so they figured (correctly) that it was a pointless offer. However, for dessert they made panna cotta, which they told us was like vanilla pudding and therefore probably not objectionable. We'd seen it on MasterChef many times, because it seems like panna cotta is The Dessert to make if you want to impress the judges--the contestants are always making it, like it's some big thing. So we tried it and it was alright. Looking it up at Wikipedia, it seems like it's probably more like flan than pudding, but then again, in Japan, flan is pudding (or purin, which often gets translated as pudding), but anyway, I prefer the texture and milkiness of puddings so I wasn't really impressed by the panna cotta. But we're glad we got to try it!

Anyway, not only were Gaston and Alice going to crash at our place after their thing nearby, but Gaston even had plans for us this morning! They were determined to buy us a Christmas present, and since Athena's shoes were like a million (very close to ten) years old, that's what they wanted to get us! But then Mom got us shoes for Christmas and Gaston was disappointed to have been thwarted in his plans. We mentioned that we would like to get new church shoes, because the ones we have, while fairly easy on the feet, offer absolutely no cushioning. So when we end up walking to church, things get a little painful, and that's why we thought we'd like new church shoes. And this morning, Gaston and Alice made that wistful dream(?) a reality!

And we got some pretty nice new shoes, but since we were at an outlet store and we have big feet, we couldn't get matching pairs. That wasn't quite so much of a problem except that Gaston was pretty insistent that we should get shoes with heels, and we at least wanted to be the same height. But we kind of wanted shoes with heels anyway, so it's probably for the best that he talked us out of just going with some flats. We haven't worn heeled shoes in...well, we wore some when we went to the Nova interview back in 2006 (I remember the year because we went home and Kingdom Hearts II was a massive help in getting over the stress of that whole day--not that it was a bad day, but driving three hours for a job interview that would either take us to a foreign country for an indefinite amount of time or reject us isn't exactly a relaxing pastime), but that was a one-time thing, and before that we hadn't worn heels since...maybe high school.

Fortunately, we were able to find heels that are stable enough that we can actually walk on them, and we even think they're pretty cute. They're from a brand called Clarks (or maybe Clarke with an E, and maybe there's an apostrophe, or maybe I added the S, or maybe we could go check the shoebox but pffffffft), which comes highly recommended from Gaston and Alice, both of whom pay much more attention to shoe brands than either of us (granted, that's a very easy feat). Anyway, we'll see if we still like them when we're done with church tomorrow.

Now our friends have gone off to San Diego, because Gaston's brother is playing in his first professional roller hockey game and they're going to cheer him on. They'll be back tomorrow night, and of course they can't come by without a trip to Disneyland, so we'll be going there on Monday morning. This makes us regret quitting work early yesterday, but only a little. We might regret it more on Thursday night.

Today I'm thankful for another visit with friends (we had a little bit of fun with our new handbells), Gaston and Alice being so kind as to buy us new church shoes, getting to try panna cotta, not having to worry about a ride to stake choir practice tomorrow, and having cute new shoes to wear to church tomorrow.
25th-Jan-2015 12:16 am (UTC)
Cute new shoes, oooh!! But you can't spend all that time describing how you got new shoes and saying they're cute, and heels!, and then not show any pictures!! Look 'em up, maybe there are pictures online! Let me seeeeee!!

I remember (big chunky early 00s style) heels being a Big Deal in high school, and then in college I was all about cute ballet flats and Heels were the Enemy. Somehow a few years later almost all my cute/dressy shoes started having heels and I only have like one pair of (mostly) flats for every-day. (but for this season, it's all heels all the time because both my pairs of my winter boots have pretty significant heels.)

This is such a Stereotypical Girl comment. Oh well. Have fun with your new shoes tomorrow!! :D

edit: also, isn't it a good thing that you couldn't get matching shoes? If they're different, you can trade (I'm assuming you wear about the same size), so it's like you've got two options to choose from!! Like, bonus! :D

Edited at 2015-01-25 03:20 am (UTC)
25th-Jan-2015 04:37 am (UTC)
You think if we're too lazy to go check the box to find out what brand they are we would actually seek out pictures of the shoes? Clearly you expect too much of us.

...Okay, okay, here is the first pair, and here is the "less cute" pair, although we tend to prefer more simple and unassuming styles so we like it well enough.

We always hated the big chunky heels. When we saw them coming into fashion, we were like, "Whyyyyyyy?" and we cared about as much about fashion then as we do now, so you'd think we'd be indifferent, but that's just how much we hated the chunky heels. We like the heels on the shoes we bought because they're more like a boot heel and that just seems more logical while being stable enough for our untrained legs to stand on. We get new shoes about once every eight years (maybe slightly more frequently with church shoes; the ones we've been wearing are only about a year old), and we usually try to get them as simple and unassuming as we can find.

Nothing wrong with being a girl! You were born that way, after all.

I think you've probably seen the shoes by now, so you know they're not that different. Also, all our church clothes match, and while people keep asking us to dress differently, we think with our current selection of dresses that would only confuse them further: "Wait, wasn't Alethea wearing that dress last week?" So you're right that having different shoes is a good thing, because it will help people tell us apart...but only if we never trade them.
25th-Jan-2015 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yay!! Thanks for humouring me and taking the time and effort to find pictures of the shoes you got! They are both very cute, and I'm glad (reading your latest post) that they were comfortable too!

I'm going to credit your dislike of chunky heels to your being just a bit older and wiser and less easily swayed by fads than I was at the time. Or you just had better taste all along, haha. Part of why I liked them was that they were the opposite extreme of the so-skinny-it-could-poke-an-eye-out heels that look ridiculously impractical and uncomfortable. And they also had rounded/blunt toes, which also goes against pointy-toes, which I never liked. (except when they're like in fairy tale illustrations, where they twirl all the way up...)

I guess that's a good point about not trading shoes/clothes if you want people to tell you apart. But the shoes you got really aren't too different in style, and probably people won't start inspecting your feet to determine who's who, so I think you could get away with it if you wanted... :)

Ugh, now I'm totally online-window-shopping for shoes. Like I need any new ones... But there's so many cute ones!!!
26th-Jan-2015 11:27 pm (UTC)
We're glad you appreciate what we do for you! XD

Haha, well that our taste is impeccable goes without question. At least no questions from us. ...Actually, no, sometimes we do question our taste, but only when it comes to fashion...which is of course what we're talking about...eheh.

You also make an excellent point about how the shoes won't really help anyone tell us apart. Your theory was proven by the fact that one of the little girls in Athena's Primary class noticed me down the hall (several yards down the hall, to give her at least a little credit) and said, "You have the same shoes."

Be strong, lys! Or, I don't know, if you have extra space and money, then...
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