Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nick Clegg's Heatwave Tip

Nick Clegg, our deputy prime minister, disclosed today that during Britain's current heatwave, he has been removing his shoes in his office, just like so many overheated office workers. It's nice to know that politicians are human just like us.

Why does one need to wear shoes in an office anyway?

Friday, July 12, 2013

Rurally Screwed: The Shoe Free Home

Rurally Screwed: The Shoe Free Home

"I’d tried to implement a shoe free zone in our house for years but Jake always poo-pooed the idea. He thought it was asking too much to expect him to remove his dirty boots and muddy shoes every time he needed to come inside and get something to eat or fetch something. I had no choice but to let it go and get used to the fine layer of dirt and grit always on the bottom of my bare feet.

But after he came home from Afghanistan, he sort of fell into the shoes off routine without much coaxing from me. I like to think it’s because he came around to my point of view (because he knows I’m always right — yeah, right); a house is so much nicer without muddy tracks and shoe dirt everywhere. Especially in an environment like ours where we’re always stepping in chicken poop and mud and other nastiness."

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Wildly-Domestic: Shoe Debacle

Wildly-Domestic: Shoe Debacle

"When I was young my house had a no shoe rule. When friends came over I would ask them to please remove their shoes as I did the “my parents are insane” eye roll. Teenage attitude aside, the habit taught me to be courteous when entering other people’s homes. I would always hesitate when entering and ask “should I take off my shoes?” Now that I own a home and am the “maid” I can’t help but want to implement my own no shoe rule. I’ve been known to cringe as guests walk across my beautiful hardwood floors as squeaks echo up from their mildly wet shoes. Or to voice out an irritated “TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES!” when I know they’ve been trampsing through mud and/or snow. But it isn’t just mud and dirt that I (and you) should be worried about. There are a lot of other dangers lurking into your home on the soles of shoes."