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May 27, 2008

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I'm all done communing with nature (and my bed) after a deliciously long weekend. The weather in Tennessee was so lovely I could hardly stand it. Too bad it's only 47 degrees in Chicago. News I learned upon returning: My mom read this post, decided to find out what Crocs are, became intrigued, and bought some just to spite me. (Okay, it wasn't just to spite me, but can you believe that? Reverse psychology truly works.)

40 comments:

Pintoo said...

which flowers are they, in the photo? looks so nice..

Pintoo said...

hope u had a great time.. welcome back again

zobars said...

I don't like crocs either. They are also not very safe as you must have heard. Cannot wait to read your next post.

Lisa said...

Haha, that's great. What color did she get?

I'm guilty to having borrowed my own mother's while gardening. :( I feel so dirty.

Marian said...

Great pic!

I couldnt agree more about the Crocs... why are people in love with them, no idea. I think they are aweful! Sacrifice design and taste over comfort?? hahhaa dont think so!

Love your blog. You should be dutch what with all the orange. You should feel really at home here!




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Tevita and Liz said...

ha! that mom story is hilarious. been reading your blog for some time and LOVE LOVE it. thanks for your awesome style and tutorials to boot!

Balkan Style Bloggers said...

That's hilarious. I hadn't really given owls much thought before that post, and now I'm like 'owls are a little cool.' If it truly is reverse psychology, you are brilliant! :)

Early Bird Special said...

I'm curious as to which flower that is in the photo too. It's very lovely!

Jess said...

I have no idea! It was growing in the tall grass along the road. I thought maybe I could stylize it into some sort of design or pattern someday.

lindseyrose said...

I have to say- I love crocs. They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn! I am so relieved they've come out with ballet flats. I ordered the ballet flat sling backs for this summer! They're definitely a little cuter. I know they're ugly, but I can't help myself!!

Julie @ Letter9 said...

I'm with you on the crocs thing for adults, but for little babies I just have to say there is nothing cuter. I just bought my 11-month-old a pair and they are so flippin' cute.

Those leather moccasins everyone puts their babies in are so hideous it's not hard to be cuter than them.

Grandma G said...

COMFORT, COMFORT, COMFORT!!! When you get as old as I am and your feet start to feel the wear and tear of all the miles, COMFORT becomes a lot more important than looks!

Besides, I only bought them for gardening (but found they're awfully comfortable to wear around the house, too!). ;-)

AND... I promised Jess I wouldn't wear them in public. (I think.)

Lisa, they're blue... sky blue, baby blue... something like that. And they're the ones without the holes in them (holes would not be good for gardening... but would make them cooler). So they don't look THAT bad! :-)

Thanks, Jess, for the great tip on COMFORT! My advice to all... don't knock 'em till you've tried 'em!! ;-)

Jess's crazy mom

P.S. I guess I'll have to do a blog post about them. But not today... I have something MUCH nicer to look at today. I had an incredible photo shoot this morning!! But wait awhile... I haven't uploaded anything yet. I just had to come here and defend myself first. ;-)

P.P.S. Sorry for getting so long-winded. It's Jess's fault.

Natalie said...

That's pretty funny about the Crocs. My mom swears by the comfort and she has knee and ankle issues, but I agree... they aren't much to look at.

s a n s k u :) said...

First I couldn't stand Crocs, then I started to tolerate them, then I bought a pair for my little girl. I think they are ok for little ones but I sure wouldn't wear them. I hope I won't have to take my words back in the future. :)

That is the most interesting looking flower in the picture. What on earth is it?

honeybee said...

Just don't ever take your dear mother for granted. I recently lost mine and miss her so much.

Jen Jen said...

OMG! I hate crocs too! I hate it a lot! It's so ugly!! Do you wear it now? I can't beleive it. You Mom is so lovely! haha...

Sara said...

Acceptable reasons for wearing Crocs:

1.)gardening
2.)you work in healthcare and you're pairing them with scrubs
3.)you're part of the under 12 set

Otherwise, it's next to impossible to support them on the basis of any aesthetic merits... They're not pretty.

Oh, and now there are high-heeled Crocs! (seen in Vogue and Macy's)
Double yucky!

p.s. Loved your post on the vinyl iron-on coasters. If I ever try to make them, I'll let you know how they turn out.

Janet said...

Crocs ARE the ugliest shoes around, but I have a pair. I love going barefoot, but I have stone floors,(rough on the feet) they are a must around the house. I try not to wear them out in public too much.

Allison said...

incredible flowers - what are those?

Tiffany said...

I live in Nashville, TN! Yes, you visited during a very lovely time of the year. The weather has been so wonderful. So glad you had a nice trip. Where did you go in Tennessee?

Vacuum Queen said...

Funny about the crocs...to add to Sara's list of acceptable reasons...my son is on a swim team and the team wears matching red crocs on deck and so do the parents who have to stand on deck and get splashed while we time the kids. So...we're all there, looking crocky, and I guess we're in it together. Fairly acceptable.

Anonymous said...

I said I would never wear them, but...One more reason to wear Crocs: pregnancy. I think they are the ugliest shoe on earth, but it's hard for me to tolerate anything else during the foot-expansion stage and exhaustion of pregnancy. Thanks for your post! Love the happy creativity. :)

jcaroline said...

My daughter has pink crocs, but she would fall under the 12-year-old set, wouldn't she? I agree they are ugly, but I am obsessed with ugly footwear. A form of rebellion I guess? Like not wearing makeup or clean clothes?

You go Grandma G. and wear those crocs wherever you want- with pajama bottoms if you want to.

Anonymous said...

I've always hated crocs, but last summer, 42 weeks pregnant, in the South, in August, I bought a pair (not the ugly "cayman" style) and wore them constantly because I couldn't fit my fat feet into anything else. Now, they are my gardening shoes.

Emily said...

Congratulations on being mentioned in Meg Allen's DIY web show thing. Well, they mentioned your blog. Pretty spiffy.

Grandma G said...

Ha! Thanks, Caroline! Just for the record, I don't wear makeup, either. I do draw the line at clean clothes, though (well, most of the time... not if I'm gardening in my Crocs, tho).

I bet your daughter looks a whole lot cuter in her Crocs than I do!!!

holly said...

oh my, well to add to the ugliness,
a shoe salesman recently explained to me how regular wearing of crocs can cause all sorts of damage to our bodies (something about muscle or joint issues, i don't know he lost me with all the doctor's language). basically, they're really bad for the way your body works.
says the salesman...then again this was a salesman talking, so i make no claims to the truthfulness of this information.

Astrid said...

LOL - I think your Mom is amazing, but I hate Crocs too! You've better be smart and remember that stunt for your future reverse psychology! ;)

Anonymous said...

i love this photo!

Kristi said...

where did you go in tennessee? it has been pretty here...

Mahan said...

Why anybody would want to purchase the most dangerous predator in Africa is beyond my ken. Those creatures nab an estimated ten people a day!

Or are we talking about something else entirely?

Incidentally, you DID perform the requisite Check For Wood Ticks, right, Jess? I'd be highly disappointed if you did not.

Heidijayhawk said...

is everyone having long weekend hangover? i love that your mom went ahead and got the crocs anyway!

Fer said...

Don't you just love it when the parents rebel!

I'm with you, I've seen more than enough crocs now.

:o)

Daphne said...

Dude, this Crocks debate is fierce. I sincerely doubt that they're bad for your body, though.

I too really want to know what this crazy flower is. I saw another slightly similar for the first time ever on Flickr and now I need to know both!

(here's the Flickr pic: http://www.flickr.com/photos/juliefrick/2531991622/)

Jess said...

I think the plant mystery is solved! I got an email from Angie who says:

"The flower is Asclepias variegata, probably. White Milkweed. Beautiful plant that is a valuable food source for Monarch caterpillars. Great one to have!" Thanks, Angie.

We stayed in a wonderful cabin we rented outside of Townsend, TN. We went there a year ago and had to do it again because we loved it so much. And Mahan, I did think of looking for ticks, but decided I'd skip it and wait until they swell up like balloons and become easier to discover. :)

Everybody, go see the video that my mom (Grandma G who commented above) posted on her blog. She discovered a little fawn and managed to film him. You'll love it.

sophie said...

great pic...

47cats said...

I like crocs! :) Glad you had a good time in Tennessee.
Lynn

Amber P. said...

I agree that Crocs aren't that great to look at, but I was willing to try them on because I am looking for shoes to wear while I irrigate the yard and garden once a week. But they were incredibly uncomfortable. Maybe my foot's misshapen. I'm not sure. But I did end up with a pair of the ballet flats and I hope they work.

Sounds like a lovely vacation.

Anonymous said...

Jessica,

Did you know that while in Tennessee that you were in "BIG ORANGE COUNTRY"??

You must google the University of Tennessee Vols to get a dose of just how important the color ORANGE really is to the residents of this geat state!

I am sure that if Pat Summit (the Lady Vols basketball coach) were to see the orange and white dishes on Etsy that she would get a set for sure! LOL
_______________
"readstoomuch"

Jess said...

I did know that, which made me quite happy. No wonder I like it there so much. And best of all, I saw a guy wearing a bright orange T-shirt that said "Real men wear orange." Loved it!

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