It shouldn’t be this difficult! #socks

I need to vent. About socks.

Least you think I’m taking up your time for something truly ridiculous, I want to clarify that I’m talking about sage green socks. But not just ANY sage green socks. This is about sage green women’s socks.

What’s the big deal, you ask? Ha!

My husband is fond of pointing out that fashion designers cater to women because we’re more likely to drop $$$ on what we want. I agree with the latter part, but I’m not convinced of the first half after venturing into the world of socks. Guys have far more options than women do.

a pair of sage green women's loafers with gold embellishment across the bridgeRecently, I purchased a pair of sage green loafers. You can check them out at left. Aren’t they cute?

I bought them to go with a pair of sage green straight leg pants I have. Given I’m one of those people who like to color-coordinate their wardrobe, I wanted sage green socks to match the loafers.

There was a day I would have used ivory or eggshell, but I’m getting older and that can be a funky look. I’m not sure I can pull it off anymore, plus I already have some cool jade jewelry for contrast.

My first step was to shop locally. I had fun, and even bought a bunch of other stuff, including two more pairs of shoes and a purse. But I couldn’t find sage green. I couldn’t even find green.

No worries. We all know Amazon has everything, so I went there next. I scrolled through pages and pages of socks. Things with characters all over them, compression styling or heavy wool, none of which I wanted. Eventually I found a pair I thought I would work—except they were out of my size. 😦

I went back to the drawing board and discovered—shock of my life—that you can find almost every color imaginable in a sock…for men! I’m talking aqua, lemon, tangerine, lavender, tomato, peach, and yes—sage green! Seriously? Yet nothing for women. 😦

Eventually, I realized even Amazon couldn’t help. My next step was to consult Google, which delivered a ton of sage green matches—for men!

I was fuming. Until I hit upon an idea. If I could get sage green in a man’s sock, I’d buy a man’s sock. Easy peasy. I am just so freaking clever, especially when it comes to shopping. 😉

Once again I consulted Google, learning that my 7.5 shoe size is the equivalent of a 5 in a man’s shoe. Ha, ha, ha! I had beat the powers that be.

Empowered with new knowledge, I went back to Amazon and discovered pages upon pages of sage green socks for men. But my joy quickly turned to frustration when I realized that most men don’t wear a size 5 shoe. Reality check—none do. I even tried searching under boys, but the only results I got were for men. Apparently boys don’t care about color.

There went my sage green socks.

Back to Google again, and I found a “small men’s sock store.” Surely they would have my socks, right? Turns out they had small sizes, but in limited colors. No sage green.

By this time, I had invested over an hour in a search for sage green socks. I tried Google again, and after clicking through every link on the page one results, found an ad at the bottom for a sock store. Joy of joy, they had my socks—although it’s freaking ridiculous what I paid for them.

In the end, however, I conquered my quest and my sage green socks will be here this week. Happy, right?

Yeah…..except I’m eyeing up a pair of pink loafers to go with my pink pants. It’s like Lay’s potato chips—you can’t be satisfied with just one. 😉

Mae Clair: I Have a Winner!

I’m pleased to announce the winner of my $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble: Veronika

Congrats, Veronika! Consider yourself showered with confetti. I will be contacting you by email to see which you prefer (Amazon or B&N).

The overall winners for the hop are:
Kindle Fire Winner:
Angela Heart
$75 Amazon Gift Card:
Emma D.
Swag Pack:
Kim Brooks

Thanks to everyone who dropped by and made the hop such a success and special thanks to Carrie Ann Ryan for organizing it. I also truly appreciate the new “likes” and follows given my Facebook page and blog. You guys rock! 😀 What an amazingly fun hop!

~ooOOoo~

I don’t usually blog on the weekend, but I’ve got to share what happened yesterday, given the whole concept of the hop was to share thoughts about Black Friday shopping.

Yesterday (THE day of retail chaos) I ended up with some time to kill, so I decided to venture into the melee. It was around 1PM when I suffered this appalling lack of sanity. I reasoned the bulk of the crowds would be gone given most shoppers were up before sunrise. WRONG! Oh, how pathetically, dreadfully wrong! I shudder even now thinking about it.

But in my moment of bravery lunacy, I hit the local Kohl’s. The parking lot was packed (warning flag #1), but I managed to find a spot at the end. I told myself I’d driven that far, so why not go inside?  It was crowded – – okay, bustling (warning flag #2) – – but I thought “I can do this.”

Oblivious to the throngs around me, I picked up several items, then headed to the register. That’s when reality kicked in (“Danger, danger, Will Robinson!”).

I couldn’t see the end of the line. It was like one of those diminishing winding snake-things you see in a cartoon, wrapping from the front of the store to the back. On, and on, and on. I never did see where it ended. And the people waiting had CARTLOADS of merchandise. That’s when “I can do this” became “forget it.” I put everything back and left.

The good news is that I returned at 6:30 AM this morning and got everything I wanted for the same Black Friday prices. Best of all, there were only a handful of people in the store. Much more my speed.

Added bonus: I was able to drag my husband with me given he wanted to go out for breakfast (bribery works! :)) . So we hit Kohl’s, had breakfast, then hit Boscov’s. I can’t tell you the deals I came home with. Turns out I’m still a Black Friday shopper, after all – as long as it’s on Saturday!

I hope however you spent your Black Friday, you had fun!

Mae Clair: The Black Friday H0P is Here!

It’s here! The Black Friday Blog Hop has arrived!  If you’re reading this post, you’re probably not out among the throngs of shoppers competing for door-buster goodies offered at gargantuan discounts. Yes, it’s Black Friday, the day of retail chaos.

There was a time I used to enjoy Black Friday shopping. A friend and I would go every year. There was a camaraderie among shoppers as we all stood huddled outside store doors at 5AM, bundled into coats (I live in the northeast), armed with our colorful flyers, chatting about the items we intended to snatch up.

I bought my first laptop from a Black Friday sale many years ago, and got the last one in the store. It should have made me feel good (okay, it did) but I couldn’t help thinking about the people queued-up behind me who’d lucked out. If I’d arrived five, three, or even two minutes later that morning, I would have been hiking back to my car without a Toshiba.

It wasn’t long after that when I dropped the Black Friday routine. Maybe it was because the early-bird sale hours kept creeping earlier in the morning, defying sanity or, maybe, it was because the crowds didn’t feel as festive. Maybe I’ve just gotten older and can’t marathon shop like I used to, especially when I can do it online. Well, let me correct that:  I can still marathon shop, just not with crowds 😀

So to celebrate all those not wanting to fight the chaos of Black Friday (and for those of you who’ve already braved it and need a break), please join us in the second annual Black Friday Blog Hop! It’s a ONE DAY hop taking place today, November 23.

We’re giving away prizes, talking about books we love, and most likely eating leftover turkey. 🙂 And while we do that, EACH blogger is doing a giveaway. Yep! There will be over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $75 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more! 

You can find the complete list of participating authors HERE

Pretty impressive, huh?  If you’d like to be entered in my blog drawing to win a $10 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card (winner’s choice), please comment below WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. The winner will be announced tomorrow on my blog so be sure to check back.

And while you’re here although it’s not mandatory, please consider “Liking” my Facebook Author Page. I’ve made it easy by giving you the link and also posting it in the sidebar. Aren’t I thoughtful? 😀

I’d also LOVE if you would sign up to follow my blog my email (top of the sidebar). I enjoy blogging and interacting with my readers. Hang around and get to know me and my writing. 🙂

Finally . . . (Yes, there’s more. Consider this the fine print disclaimer, LOL) . . . while you’re here please take a peek at the book trailer for my time travel / paranormal romance, WEATHERING ROCK.

Caleb DeCardian, colonel for the Union Army during America’s Civil War, is transported to the present where he meets Arianna Hart. With her modern-day opinions and streak of stubborness, Arianna is unlike any woman Caleb has met before. And did I mention he’s also a super-hot, hunky werewolf?

WEATHERING ROCK is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (among other sites) so that $10 gift card more than covers it. 😀

Okay, pathetic author book plug is now over. Whether you’re shopping or chilling, I hope you have a blissful Black Friday!