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By Jill Greenwood

Everyone has an obsession or two (or fifty judging by our group of ladies), but today we wrap it up. And I thought I had the perfect post last week, but I failed to take one, tiny, insignificant thing into account: the first day of school. Ah . . . that pesky thing that pays the bills: my job. School started on Monday of this past week (yup, I even wrote a post about it), and yet this morning came around and I forgot all about the carefully laid out plans of photos and research and crap. So you get old photos with a list of my obsessions. Sorry

1. Red shoes: Not like the cheesy soft-core porn that used to run on Cinemax – and probably still does – but actual proper red shoes. I bought my first pair about a four years ago, but they weren’t quite right. Fast forward to Las Vegas in September of 2010 and a beautiful pair of Marc Ecco red patent leather pumps found their way into my suitcase. I thought that they would be something just for going out (because I go out all the f-ing time), but I started wearing them to school. And then a pair of red TOMS for the summer. Followed closely by a pair of red glitter TOMS just because I wanted them. Funny thing is, red shoes will change your life. Sounds silly but they really do. There’s nothing like having a really shitty day and looking down at your feet and seeing something peppy and bright staring back at you. Don’t have a pair of red shoes? Look for some at the store. Can’t find them? Buy a pair of socks . . . or undies. Who the hell needs to know you have red knickers one but you!

2. Tiny houses: About three years ago, I stumbled upon the Tiny House blog, and I was smitten. Cute, little houses all under 1,000 square feet. Each inch packed with space saving design. Amazing! Our house – the starter that we bought 13 years ago – might qualify for some as a tiny house for some since it barely reaches 1,300 square feet, but for the two of us, it seems large. My dream house? It’s barely 500 square feet. My mom thinks I am bat-shit crazy for wanting a house this size. “You’ll be on top of each other all the time. You’ll never have your own space,” she will constantly say when I bring it up. Quite frankly, I don’t care. A two-bedroom house with an open living-dining-kitchen area works well for me. Even having a loft over the main living space would be perfect. Once the tiny house bug bites you, it’s probably not going to let you go.

3. Pens: I am a certified pen whore. Seriously . . . pass me a pen, and I’ll tell you within five minutes if you have a keeper or not. I think teachers are the best at figuring out which pens work best. My personal favorite? The Pentel EnerGel and taking one of mine is an act of war in my book. Don’t touch my purple ones, but I’ll give you my blue ones (because I hate blue ink, which is the only color my husband uses). Then again, Pentel has its drawbacks for journaling, so for that, I’ll only use Paper Mate Flair . . . just about any color, but I like to write in the black ink. And their InkJoy pens? Sucktacular . . . can’t stand them.

Thumb back through the August archives and take a look at what we were obsessing over in August. You’ll see our love of power tools, water, llamas and alpacas, randomness, peach pies, chowder, cities, Karma, and what it means to have the fiercest group of women in your corner. And lest you think that it’s all puppy dogs and rainbows and unicorns squirting bubbles out of their horns, September is right around the corner . . . and we’ll be writing about the things that chap our asses. Things that really piss us off. Things that make us see red. And I’m not talking about a pair of sex-on-a-stiletto pumps.

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  1. August 31, 2012

    Red shoes are probably my favorite things in the whole world.

    • Jill #
      August 31, 2012

      They really are an awesome way to start the day ;)

  2. August 31, 2012

    Haha. You are awesome and this post just made my morning. I agree about the red shoes. I don’t currently have a pair, but I do have red undergarments (like you mentioned) and I swear I feel more powerful and grounded when I wear them. No one sees them, but I think I radiate the bad-ass quality of my underwear. I’m a pen obsessor too and there is nothing worse than the classic Papermate Eagle. I think they purposefully put a miniscule amount of ink in them.

    • Jill #
      August 31, 2012

      The best part about Paper Mate’s website is the way that they categorize their pens. One of them is listed as Urban . . . and it’s a freaking pen! Make sure you rock the red undies some time this week (or a bra).

  3. August 31, 2012

    Hey, September is a theme I could write about everyday! What a fun summer with you ladies. Thanks!

    • Jill #
      August 31, 2012

      I think it’s going to be a great, great month :)

  4. kate #
    August 31, 2012

    Yes! I’m a tiny house addict! So, so want our next one to be tiny. Alas we live in oil country and the mcmansions are springing up as far as the eye can see ’cause the $$$ is flowing (not our way, ’cause drilling for oil is clearly far more important than educating the children of the oil folk). Building something tiny would be against the local zoning and building code laws. It must be enormous and ostentatious or it’s illegal. Maybe someday. In the meantime we are in our 1200 sq ft 90 year old home. On the upside, we have our very own ladies of the night out front (on our side, she’s larger, super friendly and has an odd john wayne-ish gait; across the road, she’s skinny, has three teeth and is not so friendly)

    • Jill #
      August 31, 2012

      I’ve never understood the whole zoning laws issue surrounding smaller homes (other than the political aspect). I’m hoping to get my students to study this over the course of the school year because I think they would find it interesting.

  5. September 1, 2012

    Great stuff. I may have a similar “small house’ bug. I have 4 kids and the “big house” but now find myself pulled over on the side of the road admiring mobile homes with their tiny porches thinking…”wow, I’d love to have that someday”.

    • Jill #
      September 1, 2012

      I never noticed all the smaller homes around me until I started walking in the mornings. Now there are so many that I’ve lost count. Eventually, I’ll have the tiny house of my dreams, but it’s going to be a while.

  6. joelynnej #
    September 2, 2012

    I totally get the tiny house thing now. SO parking my house with wheels in your tiny driveway!

    • Jill #
      September 3, 2012

      Deal! Compound . . . here we come!

  7. September 3, 2012

    I totally agree with the red shoes!

    Love the tattoo that goes with them btw! :-D

    • Jill #
      September 3, 2012

      Why, thank you! I love a good red tattoo, but the ink drives me batty :)

  8. September 5, 2012

    I can feel a pair of red shoes coming on…………. I think you’re right, they’re a ‘must have’, for all sorts of reasons.

    And Tiny Houses! OMG – I NEVER KNEW!!!! How cool…………? Only VERY! Ace! I am now hellbent on building one in the back garden. Well, hellbent on making husband build one in the back garden.

    On pens: I have accidentally stumbled upon (aka stolen from my daughter) a Cola scented Uniball Signo. It’s making some beautiful words for me, loving it.

  9. September 5, 2012

    I will take the red shoes and pens, but not the tiny houses. I like the Pentel too!

    • Jill #
      September 6, 2012

      Everywhere I walk, I keep seeing tiny houses . . . and I really want to knock on their doors and ask to see the insides.

  10. September 6, 2012

    I love everything you do! I’m more of a freshly sharpened pencil girl though.

    Red shoes are heaven.

    • Jill #
      September 6, 2012

      Pencils grate on my teeth (and I’m a teacher). No clue why but they drive me nuts.

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