Anybody working today?

Is anybody working today? Since Saturday was Canada Day, did people take Friday or today off? Since tomorrow is the US independence day holiday, I’m wondering if people are taking today off as well as tomorrow. Me? I’m not really working although I’m trying to. I had to go to work because I have shipping to do and because I was expecting my sandals (Keen) to arrive via UPS. And they did! I’m very happy with these. Sturdy enough to bike in but lighter weight than my Sauconys. I bought these sandals a half size larger as over 60% of shoe reviewers on Zappo said these ran small. I don’t think it was necessary to buy the larger size and am now wondering if there’s some kind of size inflation going on or whether it is consumer expectations driven that the shoe’s sizing runs small. If anything, I thought these were a little wide (my feet are not narrow). My vote is that other than width, these run true to size. Idly, I’d been wondering whether -or rather, when- the consumer push for sizing evolution would hit shoes and I’d say it has. At least in one small segment of the shoe market; anecdotally of course.

Speaking of sizing, there’s yet another article in Business 2.0 about the seemingly endless market opportunities for product developers catering to burgeoning US waistlines. Cheap and tacky puns aside, it’s worth a read.

Returning to the holiday, how will you be celebrating? If you’re a vegetarian, some holidays are worse than others; barbecuing outdoors is obligatory on July 4th. Barbecuing vegetables just isn’t as fun so we’re thinking of starting a new tradition and eating only fruit although the boy votes for including s’mores. I’d have to admit that the flats of cherries, strawberries and nectarines at Sam’s Club were the inspiration for that idea. I always thought fruit was interesting because it is so portable and comes pre-packaged. Often, you can eat the packaging. I guess vegetables are similar in that regard. At Sam’s, we also saw some miniature watermelons, a little larger than softballs. I asked the clerk if people were buying them because they were cute and he said they were. They were cute but expensive; we didn’t buy any. We bought a larger one tho; we like to make juices of the melons by throwing the fruit in a blender. In the southwest, these are called “aguas”. Melon juice is too delicate to concentrate and freeze so we drink a lot in the summer. It works out because this part of New Mexico is heavily agricultural with melons everywhere -even on roadsides. Come fall, I’ll be sure to photograph the miniature decorative melons that grow like weeds along the roads. People back east pay lots of money for those, using them as harvest decorations at Thanksgiving.

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  1. Mike C says:

    We’re working today. Not tomorrow though.

    We’re celebrating the 4th of July by going to a baseball game and watching the hometown nine beat the tar out of the Chicago Cubs. (Its also going to be $1 hotdog day, which is always a nice bonus.)

  2. Esther says:

    I’m working today. I am sooo behind on projects and I am very unmotivated to keep up. In an attempt to not get further behind, I must work today. Tomorrow is our family barbecue and I am bringing my own organically grown strawberries, yum!

  3. J C Sprowls says:

    Taking every chance I can to rip thru the to-do list. I’ve moved the commercial Singer out of storage (and up to my 3rd floor attic apt), finished building, painting, and mounting (in some cases, re-mounting) shelves to organise the work area(s). While I have the table saw out, I may tackle a couple other projects… but, that’s tomorrow.

    Have peach agua chilling in the fridge for dinner. I cheated, tho’… I buy the Jumex nectars, which easily make a 64oz pitcher. Though, I saw white peaches on sale… perhaps there will be some Peach Bellini in my future.

  4. Beverly says:

    Saturday was our “official” holiday but we were closed today too (just because we could). I took the opportunity over the weekend to commandeer help to move 5 huge fabric shelves (a total of 20’long by 6′ high) from one end of the shop to the other. That meant unloading, dismantling, reassembling and reloading hundreds of bolts of fabric. We had to stop after several hours and go back to the house for a dip in the pool and a barbeque, as the shop was very, very hot (someone had turned the A/C off over the weekend – groan) I sure hope I like the new fabric location better, because I am certain my friends will be out of town the day I decide to move them a second time. lol

  5. Alison Cummins says:

    I had today off so I gardened for the first time this year. The garden’s a mess. Canada Day I spent with a friend at the hospital.

    Barbecuing vegetables? Yummy! Much better than boring old hotdogs and burgers.

    Mix the following: cubed tempeh; cubed pineapple; small tomatoes; whole mushrooms; sliced bell peppers; quartered onions; zucchini chunks; anything else you want. Toss with sesame oil, crushed garlic, grated ginger, soy sauce and balsamic vinegar. A little while later, skewer and barbecue or toss into a barbecue wok (

    The first Moosewood cookbook has a recipe for fruit salad. Instructions go something like “slice and core apples; slice and core pears; peel oranges and remove flesh from skins; [etc etc etc]; gaze fondly upon labour-free berries.”

    Strawberries and blueberries are in season here and we’re eating a lot of them fresh at the end of the day with just a little dab of ice cream. Lunch on a hot day could be a julius: milk, ice cubes, a little frozen orange concentrate, frozen berries, a little sugar and maybe a dash of vanilla. And then blended.

  6. Josh says:

    I worked today but only til 12:30. Tomorrow I have to work the entire day. We have a family barbecue at my brother Jay’s house but I will not be going this year as it’s too hot and quite frankly not my style of party. I’m eating watermelon today too. I ate half a watermelon today and I’m going to eat the other half tomorrow. I hate 4th of July because it’s hot and gross and fireworks don’t amuse me at all.

  7. nadine says:

    Hi – Yes, working today in Brooklyn in my studio but only part of the day because a big T Storm is expected and I want to watch it from the safety of my couch.

    About your comment regarding “shoe size evolution”. It’s not true – as in consumers dictating shoe sizes based on marketing or vanity. Accessories manufacture doesn’t work the same way as clothing. Shoe sizes fluctuate because of the type of shoe form “last” that they are made on and also possibly the country where they are made. The “last” widths are engineered by fit specs from the fashion company and usually all the shoe labels they own fit the same way. A company like 9 West puts a lot of engineering into their shoe fits because they are mainly a shoe company. A clothing company that offers shoes just has the licencee make them or a factory make them and may not check the fit as intensely as a shoe company would. Keen shoes are considered sports specific or ath-leisure and are engineered according to their specs. I believe the wider width is due to their understanding of the foot and desire to avoid foot problems common in other shoes. Also, can be true that sometimes a company will use a men’s shoe last in a smaller size to try to fit a women’s foot. Ie: Doc Martens which before they exploded as a fashion shoe initially avoided the costs of investing in women’s sizes and created women’s styles on smaller men’s last sizes which gave the shoe a wide and overly roomy fit.

    Just my 2 cents on the 4th.


  8. Alison Cummins says:

    I also wonder if the target market for Keens is 35-and-up and if they use a slightly wider last to accomodate a spreading foot and various bumps and aches.

    I know that when I was in my teens and 20s my feet were wider than the lasts my shoes were built on; now they aren’t. I don’t think my feet have mysteriously shrivelled up. I suspect that either standard sizing has followed the boomers’ requirements and gotten wider, or now that I am an old fogey I select shoes that target old-fogey feet.

    I am SO glad that old-fogey shoes are not fogey any more! I feel totally hip.

  9. Tom Willmon says:

    I wonder if your roadside melon is the same as our Buffalo Gourd up here. Utterly inedible, stinky, stringy pulp inside. An herbalist friend recommends making insect repellent from it. A couple local crafters decorate the dried gourds with shallow carving or wood-burning.

    Doing proper retired work today, mostly maintaining infrastructure on this solar-powered, roof-harvested-rain-watered, grey-water and composting nut-patch. Interspersed with house construction, slowly ramping back up.

    Later, treat will be a milkshake of Colorado peaches frozen last summer, a spot of honey, and the rich goat milk I get from a neighbor, thrashed up by an old, chrome-bee-hive-style Oster blender, two speeds only, thank you.

    I always enjoy your view of the Taos festival.

    Mountainair, (mid) NM

  10. La BellaDonna says:

    My nickel on the shoes? It has to do with the style/type of shoe, and nothing to do with “vanity” sizing. While most of the Western World apparently went up a half-size or a size in order to wear the recently popular pointy shoes, I went down a half-size – or a size. I started thinking that maybe vanity sizing had crept into shoes, until I tried on the various current squared-off and rounded-toe shoe offerings. Instant crippling pain, and I had to go up a size and a half to get them on – and then I clonked around with clown feet, because I have long narrow feet like chisels. Long, narrow, pointy feet, as it turns out. I suspect that the people who said that the shoes they bought “ran small” actually have “feet that aren’t like Kathleen’s”. In theory, I could write up the shoes I tried on as “run small”, when actually they’re just not “shaped for pointy feet”.

    (For those who really need to know, yes, it’s possible to have pointy feet. It happens when the big toe is not the longest toe in the foot, and it’s more common in men than in women, oh well.)

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