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Shoes – parte deux

I’m feeling a little shoe love over in the comments on my last post. Thank you to everyone who has shared their shoe stories 🙂

Until about five years ago, I had almost no shoes. My feet are broad and hard to fit, and all the shoes they made in my size were made for nannas who liked bowling. Or The Queen, who may not have broad and hard-to-fit feet but who likes the kind of shoe that is made for them. Beige with buckles is really not my thing – although apparently just about everything else is.

(Having typed that, I Googled “shoes beige buckles” to look at the images. And there are no Nanna-shoes there! Even when I added “Grandma” on the end, I still didn’t see the sort I was thinking of. “Old lady shoes” works, though.)

And – well – then I discovered that there were a couple of local shoe shops that sold shoes in my size! PRETTY shoes in my size!

And along the way, I may have got a little carried away.

Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White 1 1
Pink. Or Purple.
1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1
Beige. Or Brown. Or Taupe.
1 1 2 1
Black. Or Grey. 2 2 4 2
Navy blue.
1 1

The really awesome thing about that matrix? Is that I have something in EVERY COLUMN for pink or purple (and I only have one pair of purple shoes). And I also have a pair of pink fluffy slippers, as of Wednesday night.

And oh phew. Because I mis-counted when I scrawled this matrix on the tram, and I thought I had 31 pairs of shoes. And then I found one I’d missed and I was a little embarassed, thinking I had more than enough shoes to wear a different pair every day of the month. And Fraser was giving me not a little grief about it. But I don’t.

Also, many of my shoes come with AWESOME STORIES. Like:

  • The $350+ pair I got OMG FOR FREE. Because they were on sale at $49 and I had a $50 off voucher and thought I would be cheeky and ask if I could use it and the woman said ONLY FOR ONE PAIR so of course I went and bought another pair for $49. Because, $350 shoes! For $49! And for free! That was $700 of shoes for $49! Even better than $350 of shoes for free, apparently.
  • And the boots that are not Yuck after all. Even though the sales woman kept telling me they were. Eventually I realised that she just had a very thick accent and was trying to tell me they were made of YAK. They are furry on the inside and when I wear them, I speak to them with a thick central European accent.
  • And the fuchsia snakeskin patent leather shoes which are just amazing because FUCHSIA. And SNAKESKIN. and PATENT. I’m on my second pair and they were the last pair left in that style and they were IN MY SIZE AND REDUCED TO $49. Which is apparently my Magic Shoe-Shopping Price.
  • And the grey suede boots that are so awesome that a woman felt me up in Kmart the one and only time I wore them. There is no more to this story. It was surreal. She complimented me on my shoes then grabbed my bum. (They are actually the aforementioned FREE PAIR which has two stories about it. I can DINE OUT ON THESE SHOES.)

It’s time to accept that I have a shoe problem.

I noticed last week that my go-to pair of slate grey work shoes is looking a bit ratty. It must be time for a replacement.


Posted by on May 3, 2012 in be happy, shopping



I surveyed my Facebook friends this week, about how many pairs of shoes might be considered “too many”. The verdict was that most are too disinterested to respond.

Of those that did, however, the general consensus was FIVE.

That’s right. Five pairs of shoes is too many.

I think even Fraser has five pairs of shoes. See diagram below. Almost.

In fairness Kathy went to 10, and Mousey even allowed up to 15. But that was the highest anyone went, even though I tried to skew things by offering increments up to forty.

Dear Friends,

You suck at validating my shoe fetish.

Love, Melissa xxx

I got excited and drew some Matrices. To represent the Need For Shoes.

Here is Fraser’s:

Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners
Black Work shoes Crappy sandals
Brown Hiking boots

4 pairs.

OK let’s try the kids.


Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners
Black Dressy shoes
And another more casual pair on order
Ugg boot style things. She wears them as slippers. Bought in Albury last year when she was hideously sick & couldn’t keep warm.
Brown Everyday shoes. Kind of groovy. A pair my mum bought her that probably don’t fit any more
Green Everyday shoes. Soft and fairly worn.

Note please the count: 7 pairs of shoes. Owned by one of the people who said 5 pairs was too many. QED.


Casual, Rubber-soled Flat, dressy Heels Boots Sandals
White Runners (they are purple too)
Black School shoes
And another pair with gold bits
Purple Last year’s boots. Tragically, probably outgrown.
Gold and silver Can I count 2 pairs of Jiffys here? She wears them as slippers at school and everything.

Yah. Not so great. Not really breaking any records there.

My matrix – once created – turned out to be a really good way to keep a log of all my shoes. A LOG OF MY SHOES. Which is itself one of those statements that suggests that the two shoe shops and I should perhaps have a parting of ways – for a time, anyway.

It is also a pretty fabulous way to frighten Fraser.

But I may never live it down.

And so – having set the scene – I will try my poll again.


Posted by on May 2, 2012 in be happy, shopping


Shoes. Another flowchart.

Melissa wants new shoes but her family do not share that wish

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Posted by on April 14, 2012 in flowcharts, shopping


I give up!

This tracking-spending thing is dumb.

Today’s spending:

  • Parking $17 (probably refundable from client but the “receipt” button was hidden so I don’t have one)
  • Diet Coke $6
  • Hot Chocky meeting with client $3.50
  • Forgot to have lunch. As in, completely forgot. All I ate before 6pm was a banana before I left for work. And half a bottle of Diet Coke. And the aforementioned hot chocky. $0 but not the good kind.
  • Claratyne to deal with MASSIVE hay fever attack. $30
  • Barley sugars to soothe throat enough to chug Claratyne $4.50
  • Bigster’s German lesson $50
  • Misc groceries $30 but when I look now it is mostly junk food that I didn’t actually eat, just bought. Oops.

Oh yeah.

And the Christmas shopping that I did at 2:30am because I was still working.

Let’s not go there.

Meanwhile, in more exciting activities, I managed to shock MYSELF with something disgusting I said to a friend. Not sure I shocked her, though. Just me.

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Posted by on December 14, 2011 in shopping



Bought less today (I think)


  • little Christmas thingies for the girls and my work’s potential KK ($38)
  • Lunch with colleague ($24)
  • Apps ($7 or so) (oops)

NOT glass for our front window, because the *(*#@#% glazier who Fraser contacted did not show up. Yeesh.

Oh – and I made F get pizza for dinner because I was so tired by the time I got home that I literally could not stand up any more.

I took Bigster to school late today, because the police were coming. In my parent wisdom, I judged it more educational for her to watch them fingerprinting our front door than to go to the first half of her double Art class. I’m comfortable with that decision.

Oh yeah – and the whole fuss for 16 hours or so about NOT TOUCHING THE DEADLOCK? Apparently it’s really really hard to get prints off a deadlock so they didn’t even try. Aarrrgh – we had been going out the back door to avoid having to touch it.


Posted by on December 14, 2011 in house, shopping, Uncategorized



Yikes – AKA What I bought today

I am starting to wonder whether I need a 5-step program. I seem to buy more stuff every day – although it is all “necessary”.

Take today, for example. I bought:

  • A diet coke. Actually, I bought two, because the second one was only $1 instead of $4.20. And I will drink it tomorrow. Total: $5.20
  • Lunch for me and my mum. She was in town so we caught up for lunch. I had a salad plate and an orange/passionfruit mineral water, she had a panini and a flat white. Total: $24.50
  • German textbooks for the Bigster. Bought online as I couldn’t find local copies (they were cheaper online). Total: $78.90
  • 5 free books for my Kindle. Total: $0. Yay!
  • A $500 “gift card” for the supermarket. As we get a 5% (or so) discount on these, I am trying to use them for grocery shopping. Technically, Fraser bought this, but it was at my instigation.Total: $477.
  • Another $500 gift card for the other supermarket. Being shipped. Total: $478 (who knew that there were so many variants on “5%”?)
  • Bigster’s remaining text books for next year. (Had ordered some online at a discount). This is a bit of a scam. If you want them in February, you have to order by December 16th and they take the money as soon as you pay. Total: $258.25

Total for today: $1321.85

Not included:

  • Morning coffee (boss bought it) – approx. $3.50
  • Tram fare (on smart card) – approx. $6
  • Postage of Secret Santa gifts (Fraser’s) – approx. a lot.
  • Bigster’s lunch (“Dad made me a DISGUSTING sandwich so I bought something.”)
  • Paid cleaner $160 as Fraser forgot to leave money last week.

Then I got home and discovered evidence of an attempted breakin. Fortunately they did not get inside and did not steal anything, although there will be a Glazier’s bill tomorrow. There is something weird happening in our street – our neighbours had a sort-of breakin last night, and Fraser thinks that he heard our gate open around that time. It’s deadlock time!


Posted by on December 12, 2011 in shopping



… and I still never remember to take them to the supermarket!

I washed a load of “green bags” today. Technically, they are all different colours – but they’re the nice big non-woven poly bags.

They say a lot of things about us:

  • We read The Age and have been known to go to museums and/or art galleries
  • We have holidayed in Lorne
  • We mostly shop at Coles
  • We support the Anti-cancer council and have participated in the Mother’s Day Classic
  • We flirt with concepts like “natural produce” (but see above re: mostly shop at Coles)
  • We have children (or have very strange taste in adorable bunnies and Fifi and the Flowertots for adults)

Mostly though, what they say to me is:

  • How the hell can one family have TWENTY ONE envirobags?

The really sad thing is, this is probably less than half of our supply. Sure, they’re good for carrying games – but there are some stacked beside the game shelves for that. And it’s good to have some in each car, now that we are a 2-car household after I successfully stole my dad’s Daewoo.

But not, perhaps, 21.

I hope our local Coles still has those recycling boxes to collect envirobags to turn into car tyres or wearable art or plastic currency notes or something.

Now to decide which ones to keep …

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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in decluttering, shopping