Thursday, December 3, 2009

Blitz-It Friday # 34: new shoes

Have you guys ever noticed how hard it is to "do stuff" in bad shoes? I was trying to "run" this past weekend, and I couldn't even make it 25 yards without my shins hurting. And then I realized... I need new shoes!

Oh bummer! That would mean I would have to spend money and go into a retail store where thousands of things would be tempting me to buy them. Armed and ready for a "war in my mind" I stepped into the Shopko (in Belvidere,IL) and was instantly tempted by all things I am normally tempted by (pretty colors, cool designs.. etc in the form of clothing, linens and dishes). But I needed shoes. So, I got to the "Women's Running" section and found these: Avia on clearance for only $22.00! Yippee!!

So, I bought them AND a package of beef jerky. Why beef jerky? I was starving and needed to get home and eat lunch. (you had to know that, didn't you?) But the exciting thing is: I did not come home with ANYTHING else! No pretty sweater, no cool dishes, nothing, nada, nope.

And whilst I am humbling myself and telling the WORLD how hard it is for me to even be in retail stores, I can honestly say it is probably the only thing that has "saved us" this semester from going into debt. God promises to provide for our needs, but he doesn't always allow for a bunch of "extras". And it is this mindset that has forced my creativity to combine itself with frugality to produce the cool slippers, hats, and other stuff out of recycled things that we bought very cheaply or already had on hand.

Am I saying that YOU should not go into retail stores? No. Go! Especially if you can afford it, go. Our economy needs help. But if you really can't, then stay home and make stuff out of recycled sweaters, OK? Being financially stressed out is not having an organized mind. Then you have to PUT IT ALL AWAY when you get home and FIND NEW PLACES for everything, and that does not lend itself to being uncluttered either.

And you'll have less to BLITZ when you have less stuff. Which reminds me, are you enjoying the blitz posts? I mean really.. just kind of skip these if they are LAME and you do not want someone to tell you to clean up your house each week, OK? My feelings are not going to be hurt. But, if you want to keep at it for another week, I think I will also.

For the weekend, I plan to:

1) do the laundry and put it away
2) iron 10 things (or more)
3) make homemade peanut butter
4) work on slippers for gifts
5) clean up the craft room (again)

Do you have a plan for the weekend? If so, would you like to share it with us, link up. You can link up a plan or the result of a plan or both. I'm flexible.
If you are new to blitzing, here are some other links on the topic:

Basically, blitzing is forcing ourselves to focus for a set period of time on hands-on tasks.
Read about the: one hour blitz and staying focused.

Hope you can join us this week!

If you are new to blitzing, here are some other links on the topic:

Basically, blitzing is forcing ourselves to focus for a set period of time on hands-on tasks.
Read about the: one hour blitz and staying focused.

Also, blitzing with kids is a blast if you are an airchair general.

Glad you could join us! Now you have MANY choices about using the blitz. You are welcome to do/ try any or all of them.... and so many photos to choose from!

And for you guys who like to move slowly, try plodding.


Braley Mama said...

I too have to avoid the retail stores:)
My dad was raised in Belvidere...(I am sure that is spelled incorrectly, but I am from CA so I have an excuse:)

Herding Grasshoppers said...

Sometimes I think I was born defective, as a woman.

I seem to lack the shopping gene. I don't enjoy it. Especially when it's crowded. You know, the shopping maul. *shudder*

The boys are going to my folks' tomorrow and I thought about going out Christmas shopping, but I think I'd better stay home :0)

My office looks like the aftermath of an F5 Tornado and the rest of the Christmas decorations either need to get put out or go back to the garage.

Fun, fun, fun!

I'll link up if I get anything done!


Roxanna said...

We use to have Shopko's in Spokane(I grew up in Eastern WA) I can always remember going to them during the Holidays they use to be open till like 2AM during X-mas.

My DH all about wearing the proper shoes, he swears by insoles and really thinks they can make or break a pair of shoes.

I despertly need to get the house in order this weekend before the X-mas crunch comes this next couple of weeks maybe I will try the blitzing thing :)

Kristi said...

I'm the same as you. I know where my weaknesses are, and that is on the top of the list! I quit shopping for groceries at Walmart, because I couldn't stay in the grocery section. I'm not saving my family any money by shopping there if I come home with things I don't "need" and put us further into debt.

I linked to my post Wednesday on the Blitz I did last Friday. I was just too busy to get the post up that day! It was fun though, and I felt so great getting it done. To think it only took an hour and I've waited all this time to do it...!

Jena Webber said...

Braley Mama: I think that's the way I spell Belvidere also. What a small world. Miss America in the year 1969? was from Belvidere.. maybe your Dad knows her. (I read that in one of those trivia things)

Julie: Oh I'm jealous.. just jealous. I want that gene. I buy gift cards if I am going to buy gifts, just so you know that you CAN do that.

Roxanna: Do not try blitzing; you'll be hopelessly addicted and never the same. And neither will your house!

Kristalea: Oh, God bless you child! My one participant. And you did do some awesome creative things with your blitz! Good job.

Kristi said...

I'm sorry, the only reason I didn't link back, was because I wrote the post Wednesday, and didn't plan on linking it to yours. But this morning, I decided to go ahead and put it on, since that's what I originoanly done the project for. I did put a link of the words "blitz it Friday" in my post, and when I do an actual post on a Friday, I will mention your blog and put the full link on there! I know others would really enjoy your blog, and it would be nice for them to participate as well!

nruio said...

Hi there! I've enjoyed poking around your blog the past 2 days after a mutual friend of ours directed me to it. Now I know what to do with the new tennies my sister brought down for me last month!

Nikki R in Ecuador

Jena Webber said...

Nikki R in Ecquador: I think we have met. We had you out for pizza when you guys were in Rockford, right? I think you come to our chapel when you are in town. Are you Katie's friend? Oh, and new shoes are supposed to be worn, I know. It will be Monday before I put them on, since there's snow on the ground.

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Roxanna said...

Well because you told me NOT to do it know I want to try it :P

Ruby said...

Nice shoes. I am very impressed that you can run 25yard!

The Boojes said...

I started blitzing this week...I'm calling it the "naptime blitz" when both my kids are down (though maybe not asleep). I make a list of what I want to accomplish, and it seems best if I determine what order I want to do them. Then, what I've done, was rather than set the timer for a specified time, I set the timer on "count up" to see how fast I can accomplish it all (with an estimate/goal in mind). This way I get a lot done in under forty-ish minutes and then have time to "chill" while they are still down. Thanks for the blitzing idea! =)

nruio said...

Hi again! Katie is my new friend -- what a fun connection! And you are right -- you did take us out for pizza one time when we were there. That was a few years ago and you looked about 9.5 months pregnant!
I couldn't find your e-mail address to ask you a question about a quilt that once hung on the wall there at the chapel. Would you mind to drop me an e-mail sometime? Thank you!

Mrs. Parunak said...

Good for you for avoiding stuff you don't need. I get tempted really easily myself about accumulating stuff. My small house really can't hold much more, though, so that's a good deterant.