“There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good.” ~Edwin Denby

Okay, so Beth (my flatmate) and I are going out dancing tonight. It’s going to be really fun and we’re going all out. I went shopping earlier today and bought new shoes. This post is for the sole purpose of showing off those shoes.

Now as pretty much anyone who has ever met me knows, I’m not much for wearing high heels. As much as I love the look of them, I tend to avoid them. Usually my excuse is that I don’t need the height. After all, at 5’8 I am quite a bit taller than most of my friends with a few exceptions. Therefore, why bother feeling like a giant when I could be completely comfortable in flats. The real reason is mostly because my feet are minuscule and my balance is terrible because of it. However, tonight I am going to make an exception and wear these:

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It’s hard to tell, but there is probably at least a 2 inch heel (maybe 3). So … wish me luck!

Update:

After 2+ hours of dancing, I managed to come away with minimal blistering and my feet weren’t very sore.  I credit the Party Feet that I bought.  Consequently, they cost the same as the shoes and so the question remains: did I get a sick deal on the shoes (yes) or did I get ripped off on the rubber inserts (maybe, but it will probably be worth it in the long run … that is if I can figure out a way to get the shoes back with me …).

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February 29, 2008. Random. Leave a comment.

“Oh, it’s fine Scottish weather, madam. The rain is falling straight down and slightly to the side like.” – Braveheart

Today I went to Stirling with my flatmate to visit her family. Stirling is about a 45 minute train ride away from Edinburgh and home to the Wallace Monument. Maybe some of you have heard of a little movie called Braveheart? You know starring and directed by Mel Gibson before he made any racial slurs. It is also home to Stirling castle. Another interesting fact, according to Wikipedia, is that one of its twinned cities is Summerside, PEI. That’s kinda cool.

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February 29, 2008. UK. 1 comment.

“Plant carrots in January and you’ll never have to eat carrots.”

Today I went on an excursion to the Botanic Gardens. Think public gardens but way bigger and fancier. Having an extensive background in Floriculture (a well kept secret that I’ve only just started admitting in public), I thought the gardens would be an exciting, well interesting, place to visit.

I decided yesterday that I would be making this trek today. Of course, me not being much into the planning meant that I didn’t bother to check the weather forecast. I also didn’t bother to look out the window before I left the flat. I mean, c’mon who does that? Prepare for the weather? Psh! Turns out I should have. It misted the entire time I was out and on the way back it started to rain. By the time I got back to the flat, my pants were wet all the way up to my knees. But was a little rain going to stop me? Not once I had it in my head that today was the day I was going to go to the gardens.

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February 25, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

So I know I’ve been super slack on updating lately, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been doing anything. I was home sick most of the weekend, caught a little bug or something that made me unfit to really try and accomplish anything all weekend besides watch TV. I caught up on Lost and Smallville though so that’s something.

Anyway for those who don’t know (and I expect that includes most of my readership), Edinburgh is broken up into many different sections: Old Town, New Town, Leith, Haymarket, Calton … and I’m sure there are quite a few others. The area of town I live in is Old Town, right near the city center. This is where most of the tourist sights are as well as the tourist shops. I’ve done a lot of wandering around this part of the city and feel comfortable enough that I don’t really get lost anymore.

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February 18, 2008. Edinburgh. 1 comment.

“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” – Albert Einstein

Over the last 2 days I’ve been really into the touristy thing, well as into as a big slacker who doesn’t get out of bed until 11 even though most things close at around 5 can be. But over the last two days I’ve managed to hit 3 museums and a science based theme park (if that’s the right description). Now I know what you’re thinking, mostly because I’m thinking it too. Three museums is a lot. One might say almost too much history. However, they were very small museums, think about 3 hours of museum time total. That’s not actually that bad at all, and they were all free which is even better.

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February 14, 2008. UK. Leave a comment.

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