Thursday, June 19, 2008

These shoes were made for graduating

Bubba is steadily improving--I'm touched by your interest in him. And seriously thankful for health insurance, because look:



So besides spending the night in the hospital, guess what else I did? I turned 35! And guess what else I did? I graduated!

I had a great seat, up front in the insecure over-educated section. Our speaker, Quincy Jones, with my very own camera:



But the funnest part, besides walking across the stage and talking with the woman next to me who did her dissertation on prostitutes in Russian literature, was take pictures of shoes. The university lets all, every last one, of its many thousands of undergraduates walk across the stage. Quincy and Russian prostitute experts can only amuse one for so much of that looooong procession, especially since Jeff was not getting my "Does it look like it's almost over yet?" text messages because everyone else was clogging up the airwaves with theirs.

So--here's some shoe photos. And I'm so not a shoe person. I even famously (in certain circles) once said, to much ridicule, that I wish that I only needed one pair of shoes. But this was interesting--and almost makes me understand shoe people. Maybe I'll go back to school and write a dissertation on the sociology of shoes.





















Those last ones? The most like mine.
Back next week!

31 comments:

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

This. Was. Genius! Numbers 5 and 6? I desire them.

The better baby? The PhD? Thank goodness and congratulations!

hippyhappyhay said...

Congrats all around...better babies, birthdays graduations, insurance!
I like the flip-flops, more my speed.

Mama Goose said...

Congratulations! What a lot to celebrate!

I am one of those one-pair-o-shoes kind of gal. I panic if I have to dress up and stuff my toes in to stylish torture chambers. Ever since I discovered the Dansko clog I can't take them off my feet. Ahhhh. Comfort. It's the only way to go.

ellen said...

Love the shoe shots!
Happy Birthday..
Happy Graduation...
Praise the powers that be for insurance....
And most of all, I am so happy to hear that your precious person is better.

Family Adventure said...

Haha! Brilliant distraction. If I could wear heels, there's a couple of those pairs I'd have loved. Seeing as I cannot, I think I'll stick to flip flops!

Congrats, again, on the PhD :) And I'm glad that baby is on the mend.

Heidi

Mary Alice said...

Congratulations....and awesome photo essay on shoes. That would make a good dissertation.

Stacy (mama-om) said...

You're brilliant!

Congratulations all around, and thank goodness your kiddo is better.

Jodi said...

What a great idea and funny too.

Mrs. G. said...

Yahooooooo....a healthy boy and a graduation.

smalltownmom said...

Congratulations! On everything.

I had to laugh at my son's high school grad because the girls were teeter-tottering across the football field in their totally impractical shoes.

Janet said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Congrats on graduating! Thank all that's good you have insurance...and I love the flip flop shots :-)

Anne-Marie said...

Scary $$ amount...

But look at the pretty shoes!
Judging by your selection, you have wonderful taste in shoes. You show great potential... ;)

(is it bad that I suddenly want to write a dissertation on the sociology of shoes? I guess anything sounds better than the one I'm writing right now...)

It was a big week for you and Bubba! I'm glad I could be part of it!

JCK said...

Did you recognize me? I was the one in the fishnets!!!! Dissertation on the benefits of drinking whiskey with chocolates and the ramifications on one's life.

Vanessa said...

Congratulations on graduating and Happy Birthday! Those last ones? Most like my favorite black Danskos! Loved seeing the shoes!

Cori@SAHMbles said...

I like the plaid ones.

All Adither said...

Love the red heels.

Manager Mom said...

Very cool... it is fun to imagine what the people attached to these shoes look like, and what lives they live...

Claire B. said...

CONGRATULATIONS NORA!!!

So much to celebrate. Especially the insurance part? No. . . the graduation part. . . No, the healthy baby part, for sure.

Melanie said...

Whew. On so many levels.

Minnesota Matron said...

A big hearty congratulations! My shoes would be the slip-on clog-like sandals with the green bows!

lapoflux said...

Glad that the Bubba is better.
CONGRATULATIONS on your graduation!! I am awed by your degree ;-)

apathy lounge said...

The shoe pics are genius! Congratulations on everything. That's a lot to be proud of.

She She said...

Glad Bubba is better. Nothing is more frightening that a sick child.

I lovethe plaid heels with the little bows in teh back, but I'm afraid the last pair are more my speed (early pilgrim).

Dr. Cason said...

I love the shoe photos. Makes me want to do a flickr mosaic on it. I'll put that in my list of things to post.

No Really? A dissertation on prostitutes in Russian lit??

I love the wheelchair tucked in there really shows the variety of people graduating. I now suddenly want to see everyones! Did you get more?

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I'm dying to know what their outfits look like!

TEOM said...

Sheesh, I hope the next thing on the family agenda is a long vacation...Congratulations!

Melissa said...

Congratulations (on everything) and Happy Birthday!

Rima said...

Those pictures are absolutely fascinating, and I would have totally worn the last ones, too.

Congratulations, and I'm so glad to hear that Bubba is going to be OK.

Jennifer said...

Wow! On so many counts.

First, the insurance bill made me dizzy. Yikes. And again, so glad he's okay.

Second, CONGRATULATIONS!! Go you!

Finally, those shoe photos are amazing. You could turn that idea into a book. Seriously.

Childlife said...

Ah, aren't those bills something else? They really need to send them with nitro pills.

And the shoes... I guessed wrong! I thought the second pair were yours ;)

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