Monday, April 21, 2008

Stiletto Mishap Overture

Although I have had many stilettos mishaps in my life I have never documented any. Until today.

There was that Fall night in 1997 after a night of karaoke at Haggerty's, that resulted in chipping my two front teeth after clumsily loosing my balance in my Guess pumps. And who could forget St. Patty's Day 1999 in my green Banana Republic pumps when I managed to sprain both ankles?

This past Saturday yet another stiletto mishap took place adding to my growing list.

My husband fills root canals and drills cavities on Saturdays and I venture out with three children, on this family day, alone. With the kids out of school, I usually try to plan a field trip to keep us active. This Saturday, I bought tickets for the orchestra's performance of Dancing with Dvorak. The youth ballet danced alongside the orcherstra and we had second row center stage tickets. I had a bag of suckers to keep Fifi occupied. We were set.

After a quick breakfast, I dressed all three children in fancy theatre attire and started to work on myself. I picked out the cutest gold stilettos to match my bulky gold H&M bracelets to dress up my traditional all black attire. I grabbed our tickets and was out the door.

Half way to downtown, at 9:20 am, I realized Fifi had fallen asleep. I checked the tickets to make sure of the 10am curtain call. Flipping frogs... the time on the tickets read 11:00am. I could see the sky line of our downtown and heard Fifi gently snoring. What was I to do for 90 minutes, downtown, with three kids, no stroller, and no snacks?

I clicked my gold heels together.

I drove around to find a McDondalds and ordered some breakfast snacks to keep the other two busy and quiet. I drove around for some time hoping to find something to do.

The clouds parted and the sun shone down on the stadium. I drove closer and realized that in the grassy quad of the stadium was a FESTIVAL!!!! It was a "fan fest" for our basketball team. I found parking 1/2 between the stadium and the theatre district. A mere 10 city blocks separate the two.

We spent an hour shooting hoops, playing games, watching the cheerleaders, and enjoying ourselves. I allowed about 15 minutes for us to walk the 10 city blocks to the theatre.

I clicked my gold heels together and we were off.

Along the way Jay found a ten dollar bill, "Finders keepers!" Fifi watched the pigeons, "Bird." And Lola sang out loud. We started approaching the theatre district and I realized that it was quite empty. It was 5 minutes before 11:00am. Where we are all the people? I checked our tickets to double check the time. Check. And check the date. Check. And check the location. Flipping Frogs... Dancing with Dvorak was NOT in the theatre district it was at orchestra hall, by the university, a mere 100 city blocks away from us.

I threw off my heels as we ran to the car. I was dressed for the orchestra and not a hike through the city.

I frantically drove the 100 blocks barefoot. We made it and the performance was in full swing as we were ushered to our second row seats. It was amazing. It was delightful. Carnival Overture had the kids tapping their toes. I used Fifi's chubby legs to direct the orchestra through Johannes Brahms Hungarian Dance no.5 in G minor. We giggled. We danced.

It was the most amazing and delightful Saturday field trip to date.

Well worth the huge blister on my pinkie toe caused by my beloved gold stilettos. Now I can add April 2008 hiking the city, with three kids, in heels to my list of stiletto mishaps.
Sunday morning my toe, well was not looking so classy, I wore ballet flats to church and stumbled around all day. The husband, who is home on Sundays, took the kids on a fieldtrip to the zoo. He did not wear stilettos.

85classy comments:

Cheri said...

Oh, my! That little piggie said "wee wee wee" all the way home!

Wendi said...

Sorry to hear about your toe, but sounds like you had a great, fun-filled Saturday with the kiddos.

Stella said...

oh my goodness that looks TERRIBLY painful!!

Sue said...

You are a fun mom! And you even got a war wound for your efforts!

Mr Lady said...

That give me chills in my butt.

Someone Being Me said...

Ouch. I may need to see picture of the offending shoe to get a better idea of the cost of the carnage vs the cuteness of the shoe. I'm glad everything else went well for you though.

Katie said...

I bet that was well worth the awesome memories you and your kiddos made!! :)

cyndy said...

Ouchie! Poor toe. Did the kids put a band-aid on it for you?
I'm glad it was otherwise a great day! We had a wonderful weekend also. ;O)

pam said...

Owwey.. I'll see your toe blister with two Friday all day at work heel blisters.

Ashlee said...

I'll bet you were the sexiest gold heeled mommy running around town that day! :0)

MommyTime said...

What a great story. Where's the photo of the offending shoe? :) Don't you love taking the kids to the theater? My son loves it, and has since he was two. It's so wonderful to see their great expressions! Hope the toe feels better soon.

Beth said...

Ewwww...that's one ugly blister!

O.k., you must have been the best dressed mommy at the show. I don't own a pair of stiletto's and even if I did, I wouldn't have anything to wear with them.

You go girl! Props to you for a fun day with the kids and looking hot while you are at it!

giraffeparade said...

Uhm, that picture made me want to barf. Thaaaanks! ;)

Kristen said...

oh my goodness!

That was the best story.

I hope Mr. OhMommy will watch the kids as you go get a spa pedi next weekend. I think you have earned it.

You are beyond classy! Love that you can do all of that in heels. :-)

Eve Grey said...

Ouch!

jimaie.marie said...

ewwy owie!!

as sad and yucky your toe looks i'm dying to see the GOLD stilettos that caused this tragedy, they must be hot right??
:D
what a fun sounding saturday otherwise!!

beth said...

Ouch.

And as usual, your weekend activities put mine to shame!

Kelly said...

You definitely need to post pics of all of these cool shoes. I've been going crazy over cute new styles for spring.

BTW, I bought your card at Walmart the other day. It is so beautiful!! I don't know if I'll be able to send it away to someone!!

anglophilefootballfanatic said...

OUCHIE! I think you are an awesome mommy for getting your children to appreciate fine culture. I wish I could get my kiddo to sit still for mass, let alone for a performance in a theater. What's your secret?

zoeyjane said...

ouchie. this is why i will, time and again, choose the 14-year old boy-esque skate shoes over the heels. plus heels don't go so well with my yoga pants :P

Melisa said...

Props to you for going to all the trouble..I would have given up and headed back to the festival! :-)

Jan said...

I seem to be the only one who's glad your hubs didn't wear his stilettos to the zoo. And I'm really glad.

Mrs4444 said...

I enjoyed every detail of this post. Life is good (even with blisters).

LaskiGal said...

Thank goodness hubby gave you a reprieve. That poor toe is in desperate need of rest . . .

Tootsie Farklepants said...

I swear I can actually feel it on my own toe! OW!

Jen said...

Ouch! I would have cried when I realized I was in the wrong place and would have drove home. You, my friend, are much classier than I. Aside from you poor toe, i'm glad to hear you had a fab time!

Rhea said...

I'm hurtin' just looking at it. ouch.

Sounds like a fabulously classy way to get a blister though, so you're keeping up the theme!

Love the imagery of chubby Fifi legs directing the orchestra. hehe

tricki_nicki said...

If you're going to wear heels everywhere you go you need to keep some Moleskin in your purse. It works like a charm if you feel a blister coming on. Ok?

Sheesh, I'm giving unsolicited motherly advice. What is happening to me?

Huckdoll said...

Just seeing that photo makes me feel the pain. My right pinky is burning OHmommy!

TheVasquez3 said...

OUCH!!!!!

Chichimama said...

Owwwwww! That, I don't miss about my stiletto days.

But I am impressed by the taking of three kids to the symphony by yourself.

McMommy said...

Beauty is pain. Well, not always. But sometimes in the case of gold stilettos.

OUCH!

Kimber said...

Ouch! I hope it heals quickly. I have never worn a pair of stilettos in my life! In fact, I don't even own one pair--never have. I have alawys been aballet flats kind of girl but I think they are beautiful. How do you walk in those things? A tutrial please. Maybe a video tutorial?

I love that you take the kiddies to all of these cultural events.
It is so good for them.

Kim

P said...

Ow! Last December at my husband's work party, my feet hurt so bad from stilletos that I thought I would pass out. Really! I threw them away in the hotel room garbage can, never to be seen again.

Krystyn said...

Yikes, painful!

What a good mommy to go through that torture for your kiddos!

THopgood said...

I'm just dieing to see the offending shoe!

Irene said...

Aw! Poor toe! But it does sound like a fun day!!!

Although I cannot imagine walking around anywhere wearing stilettos and keeping tabs on 3 little kids. It takes some kind of woman to pull that off! Good for you!

Karen MEG said...

OUCHIE!!!! But at least you looked fabulous, I'm sure.

I get blisters from wearing flats ... not so sexy!

Sounds like an awesome day with the kids, though. Festival and an orchestra, sweet! Venturing in the city with them, sans stroller, you're my hero!!!

Chickadee said...

Sometimes looking good comes at a price...

Lisa said...

You are super woman! And that toe looks like it hurts - bad!
Put on some flip flops in honor of me today :)

Crystal said...

Ouch! It looks like that toe just might have been inside a pointe shoe and you might have been dancing with the youth ballet.
I think the reason I have an aversion to shoes that kill my feet is just that, too many years in pointe shoes.

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Could you warn me before you show me your poor, icky little toe? Yikes!

You need a cape to wear when you are living adventures like that one. Every SuperMom deserves a cape, after all.

Karen said...

Ouch! I admire what you do with the kids, they have the best childhood.

Does your husband wear stillettos normally when going to the zoo?

Lisa said...

Poor little piggy--but admit it you still love those gold shoes; you just can't stay angry at shoes trust me I've tried :)

MamaWise said...

Oh my! That looks like it hurt! I am just trying to imagine you shooting hoops in stilettos... priceless!

XOXO

Don Mills Diva said...

Sounds like in the end it was worth that nasty-looking blister...

Amy W said...

Ouch.

Ruth said...

Ouchy-wow-wow! (That's what I used to say when I was little, and a baby toe injury like yours calls for such language!)

Tara R. said...

Bless your heart! ♥ But, I bet you still loved marvelous! (Hope the pinky toe heals very quickly.)

Melissa said...

Owie! I hope that heals up quickly!

LunaNik said...

Is it wrong that I've been trying desperately to reach thru the computer screen and rip off that flappy piece of skin??? Grrrr. Drive. Me. Crazy.

The MomBabe said...

ouch!

You're such a good mommy. I would've been all "screw it" and drove home

Cecily R said...

See, this is why I wear flip flops. Although, mine have caused me pains this weekend...when and if I blog about that mishap, you will think I am an idiot....

And can I just say that I am IMPRESSED that a)you ventured out by yourself on a field trip like that in the first place and b)you rocked the gold stilettos in the process?

Your class DWARFS mine yet again.

renatamic said...

what us women have to endure to look good!! sounds like a great saturday for you and the kiddos! do remember for your trip to NYC - a pair of flats are in order!!

Amy said...

Ewww, I am not a fan of toes, especially with blisters!
And that's the reason I am in flip flops or barefeet 99% of the time!

Beth said...

I love this story - you told it so well. I thought the 'Dorothy' aspect was wonderfully written. This is why you are such a great blogger.

Oh and yes, sorry about the toe. What a great Mommy you are, I too would have just gone home~ unless, I spent a ton on the tickets!

Stephanie said...

Ouch! Those are no fun...

So how does your 13 month old sit still through that and mine will not?!

April said...

I tried to be you last week at work one day, wearing heels higher than I'm used to (which for me, for the past 5 years, has been like an inch). By the end of the day, I was almost screaming!
You still have my admiration, and now I know you're human, too!
Hope it heals soon...

greyst said...

OH NO! Your poor little toe! I hope it heels quickly. :P

amanda said...

oh honey!!

it is amazing what we do for the love of our shoes isn't it??

Nissa said...

That's Truly some classy chaos! :) You rock- I think I would've given up and drove home after realizing we were in the wrong place. I get all out of sorts when things aren't going according to plan.


Beauty is pain! lol

juliagulia said...

WOW!!
You are awsome. I honestly need a style lesson. I love shoes and stilettos are fabulous but what do I wear them with? Does anything go as long as you love the shoe? HELP?
Sorry about the toe but some shoes are just worth it.

Smart A$$ Mom said...

I feel ya-all the way over here! I don't have any blisters as my feet have grown accustomed to all my stilletos. The last two weeks of round the clock entertaining have helped with that-but the feet-THE FEET-they DO hurt!!!

Petula Wright said...

Awful mishap with the toe... sounds like something that would happen to me! I'm glad fun was had by all though!

Christy said...

You are one brave woman, not for wearing shoes like that (I do all the time too), but for venturing out on your own with the kidlets! Every time I try to do something by myself it is a disaster!

Kudos to you!

Jules said...

Yeeeowwww. And ouch!
Good thing you had a lovely weekend to make up for that nasty blister. I'm sending healing thoughts to you.....

Momo Fali said...

OW!!! Downtown caused my last blister too. After a symphony performance, I left the theater in bare feet and trudged along through cold puddles and city streets to our car. Yuck!

Amy Bell said...

that poor little stinky toe...:) karaoke..just did it this weekend with some college friends...oh my. i had ballet slippers on, though...:) i am dying to see the gold heels that caused the injury!

carrie said...

Ouch!

Well, it does sound like the pain was worth it! You are my hero -- I would've probably given up at that point and stayed at the festival! :)

I love the part about directing the orchestra with Fifi's chubby little legs!

CC said...

My personal shoe philosophy: If I can't start running after a crazed student down the hall and out the building, then those aren't the shoes for me!

Blessings From Above said...

Ouch...so sorry to hear about your toe. I can relate, that is what my feet looked like after wearing heals to Disney a couple months ago. All in the name of fashion! :)

Other than the blisters, sounds like a great day!

April said...

holy crap that is the most unhappy looking blister I've ever seen!!!

Petula Wright said...

I have an award for you... come by when you get the chance.

Jenelle said...

At least you looked classy. Sometimes a toe must be sacrificed in the name of fashion. This coming from a woman who rarely wears anything but Nike tennis shoes. :)

Mommy to those Special Ks said...

VERY glad your hubby didn't wear stilettos! haha

Victoria said...

Ouchie! Poor toe!

Jeni said...

That's an ugly looking blister there! Kind of makes me feel better now when I think about the clunky shoes I wear all the time now because my knees and legs (in general) do not like me at all if I try to wear anything else! At my age, I don't need to risk a fall, broken bones and the like so I will forgo the fashion and opt for the comfort of my clunky shoes now.

Anna said...

OUCH!

Rachel said...

OWIEEEEEE

Keri said...

OuChIe!!
I discovered that wobbling on cobblestone streets of Newport,RI is not the easiest of feats in Stilletos! But i sure deserved the wine at the end of the walk!!

momof3crazykids said...

Ouch!

Shellie said...

That pic makes me wince! Glad you had fun. Maybe some things are better done in flats :)

imbeingheldhostage said...

How did I miss this one? I had an anxiety attack when I got to the part where you realized it was at another place-- do I need to take demerol before reading any future posts on stilettos?

Joy said...

Ouch! But I bet you looked fab!

Just My Type said...

OK. Huge props for wearing stilettos after children. I should be daring. But I know better. I just had two major wipeouts in the last 7 days wearing wedges. I remembered reading this post and was inspired to write my own.

You are probably already back to being well-heeled. Loving the NYC photos.

 

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