On a scale of one to ten, my stress level has been hovering around twenty for the past few days. In addition to the regular stresses – doing two jobs at once at work, uncertainty around our adoption process – I am knee-deep in a situation I just can’t talk about on the blog. (You know it’s really something if I can’t blog about it; I think we can all agree that I’m pretty darn open here.) This situation and the associated stress has been permeating every waking minute of my days and keeping me up at nights. I’m hoping there will be a positive resolution soon, but I’m not holding my breath. Don’t worry, it’s not my health, marriage, employment, or anything of tremendous importance to my life in the long run. But it is upsetting and taking up an incredible amount of my time and energy. Sorry to be so vague, but I needed to let something out without getting into any details given the public nature of this blog.
Given the aforementioned high stress level, I spent this weekend de-stressing as much as I could. For the first time in a few weeks, I actually managed to avoid working over the weekend. I slept in, watched mindless television, baked, exercised, spent time with my honey, knitted, and enjoyed ample beagle snuggle time. The only thing missing – besides a visit to a spa, which was just not in the cards – was some good old-fashioned retail therapy.
So, while out running some not-so-exciting or therapeutic errands, I went to my favorite place for shoes. I was looking for a couple of things in particular, namely some basic heels to replace a couple of pairs that have seen better days but are staples in my work wardrobe. I didn’t find the shoes I was looking for, but I convinced myself that it would have been depressing if I left empty-handed, so I let myself browse for a while. I couldn’t quite get into the sandal selection yet, but I did pick up a couple of new pairs of fun shoes. (I’ll just have to go back in another month or so for the sandals!)
I think these are my favorite:
[Please ignore the ridiculously obvious dust on my dresser. So embarrassing!]
Fun, huh? I think I will wear them tomorrow, in an effort to ward off more stress and to perk up a Monday. Let’s see if that works!