What Would You Do, Middle School Bully Edition

First, let me set the scene.

It’s 4:45 pm on a Friday afternoon. We are in the Shorewood Village complex witch houses the library, a mini-park, the village hall, and the police station, viewed from left to right across your imaginary field of vision.

Shorewood LibraryI pull up in front of the library to drop off a book. Before leaving the car, I noticed a group of 6 to 8 middle school aged kids (2 boys, the rest girls) rough-housing in the little park area. In the 15 seconds it takes for me to walk to the book drop-off and back to my car, I hear these kids loudly using foul language and sort of picking on the smallest girl. They didn’t look like they wanted to hurt the girl but she was pissed.

My Mark Skarich Switch was triggered but not enough that I wanted to insert myself in the situation. Honestly, I could picture it elevating to a “it’s none of your business, honky” scene and I just wanted to get to my hair cut appointment. So what did I do?

I called the Shorewood non-emergency number and said, “hi. I know I sound like an old lady, but there are some kids right next store that are picking on one of their own. If there is someone in uniform with nothing better to do, they could probably stand a visit from authority.”

Surprisingly to me, the operator didn’t sigh at my ridiculous complaint. Instead, she asked if it was a little girl and said that someone was already on it.

That’s why I love my little village.

But tell me, how would you have reacted to this situation?

And while you think about it… GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

These Shoes Are Made For Walking…

A few weeks ago, I put out a call for comfortable walking shoes before leaving for a work conference. Yep, I’m finally old enough to realize that it’s more important to have shoes that won’t tear up your feet than those that will win style points. Just point me to my walker now…

Anyway, I got lots of good suggestions; more than I can remember now. Overall it taught me one thing – when you find something that works for you, stick with it. It seems like every woman who responded suggested a different brand – Dansko, Naturalizer, Clark’s, etc. Some recommended I check out local shoe store, Stan’s, for a good selection of all of these options. I did and their service was great. Turns out my feet are two different sizes, so no wonder I have trouble finding shoes that really fit.

I purchased Earthies shoes from them on a Saturday morning. For the next three days, every time I went into my closet, I tried on the shoes. Each time my feet seemed wider and they got tighter. Uhoh.

With less than 24 hours before I was scheduled to leave for the show, I thought I’d check out DSW. Being the #golocal shopper that I am, I feel a little guilty going to a big name place vs. the local one, but there are some business models that are simply outdated. I’m afraid the old shoe store might be one of them. Anyway, I tried on a couple other Earthie options at DSW, but continued down the aisle to my old standby. Yes friends, I am either 14 years old or a suburbanite mom who wants sneakers for walking, but Skechers still do it for me.

Skechers Comfortable Walking Shoes Ever since the brand came out, I could count on them for having the cushion-y heel and good arch support that makes my foot feel all wrapped up and secure. These “casual sneakers” were no different.

I wore these shoes for all hours on the tradeshow floor and my back didn’t hurt at all. I can’t believe it. (Side note – after two hours on my feet in cheap-o Target flats this weekend, I had to come home to aspirin. This tells you what a old lady delicate back I’ve got.) I did get a decent blister on one foot (the bigger one) from the Skechers and whew – their odor guard could use a little help, but I would recommend these to anyone that’s going to spend a lot of time on their feet.

I’m lucky that my work is casual and these fit the uniform. If yours isn’t, I would still suggest these for vacations or Saturday morning run-arounds. For $50 (vs. the $150 I spent on the other guys), it’s well worth it.

So sorry to Stan’s and to the orthopedic shoe companies out there. Maybe I’m not ready to completely sacrifice style (or that week’s grocery bill) in the name of comfortable shoes. For now, this will work just fine.

A New Blogging Schedule and Two Brilliant Ideas That Will Happen

Hey guys! I enjoyed the month break from the blog. Well, that’s not true. I felt horribly guilty for not writing and had a million ideas flit through my noggin, but I was relieved not to have to keep up with a schedule. Now, I know no one except for me (or possibly my aunt Karen) expect a new blog post to be up every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons, but that’s the schedule I told myself to keep. Over this last month I realized that its not like blog income is paying the mortgage, so I can really do what I want.

If I say “write whenever”, that will very quickly turn into “write never”, so I’m going to try a new schedule of once a week on Tuesday afternoons. You might get a bonus post from me every now and then, but once a week should be manageable even with the 14 other shiny objects I keep my hands in at all times. So there’s that.

But on to the two other, brilliant ideas I had while I was away. I would put money on a bet saying that at least one of these things comes true and I don’t get any credit for either. Here we go.

1. Daniel Tosh To Replace Jon Stewart On The Daily Show

I tried and I tried and I tried not to like Tosh, but he’s just too funny. And smart. So it hit me – it’s his dumbass, hurt-the-handicap theme to his show that I really dislike. Put him somewhere else, like his stand-up routine, and he’s witty and on point. From what I’ve picked up on Twitter and the routine, it seems like he’s pretty with it on current events and politics. And if he can interview the guy who had the world’s worst resume with a straight face, certainly he should be able to handle Bill O’Reilly without punching him in the nose.

2. Target Get Liquor License To Host Happy Hour For Tired Moms

If you happen upon a Target at 7:30 pm on a Friday night, you will find cart after cart filled with a women’s dress, a package of men’s t-shirts, Honest Brand diapers, cheapie plastic hangers, one hot pink picture frame, two bottles of nail polish, three bags of Simply Balanced blue corn chips, two holiday-themed home decorations, and a half-empty Starbucks cup. (What you won’t find is the box of tampons the cart pusher came for.) Yep, it is mama’s night out and she’s making the most of it. She strolls through the book section and even spends a half a second thinking about the kids as she sashes past toys. You know the only thing that would make it better? Wine.

If customers were able to purchase an adult beverage from the little fast food restaurant at the front of the store, these mamas would spend even more time and even more money wandering the aisles and taking as much time as she can away from home. Somehow tie it in to the Cartwheel app and you’ll have ladies buying so much stuff they don’t need, it would be insane.

And the most brilliant money-maker. 

What do you think? Will either of these things happen?