Toe Woes And Other Weekly Highlights

Finally! Pool season! I enjoyed my first splash of the summer on Wednesday, courtesy of my pal Olga, whose apartment complex has a pool. Usually, we get to have it all to ourselves between 4-6pm, before the wild hordes arrive. (The wild hordes comprising a mum and her two toddlers.)

The only bad thing about pool season is that it prompts me to contemplate my wonky toes. Actually, there’s aesthetically challenging parts to be found at both ends of my legs. But let’s not go there…

I mean... have you ever seen anything more crooked in your life?!

I mean… have you ever seen anything more crooked in your life?!

The next morning started with a nice breakfast with my friend Gill in a medieval church-turned-concert-venue-bar-art-gallery-and-cafΓ© round the corner. And it was a very special day indeed: It rained. No, it poured. In Toledo. In July. Totally unheard of. It’s usually dry as a nun’s nasty in these parts from June till September. Even the frequent summer thunderstorms don’t yield any precipitation.

The wee bowl of fruit salad was a surprise addition

The wee bowls of fruit salad were a surprise addition. A bit strange, though, as they had cucumber in them.

Later on, drinks with Maria:

There she is, perusing her water bill.

There she is, perusing her water bill. She’d not got to the bottom of it at that point, hence the glowing smile.

And on Friday morning, I was notified that I had shot to international fame once again: An article I wrote eons ago was published. Yup. In the world-renowned trade publication that is… Potato Business. Here’s the proof.

You’re all overwhelmed now, aren’t you, by the glamour and relentless excitement that is my life… and by my twisted tootsies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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70 thoughts on “Toe Woes And Other Weekly Highlights

  1. Anna

    Jenna asked me what it is you do for a living (besides this blog), and I think I did an ok job explaining – but now I have this brilliant potato prop!
    What is that sandwich behind the fruit salad? Must have details…

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  2. Debbie Smyth

    Are the wonky toes making you stand at a strange angle, or have you just been drinking too much?
    And “dry as a nun’s nasty”? You have a rare turn of phrase but I think I might start using that one πŸ™‚

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Funnily enough, I find it hard to walk in a straight line. Even when stone cold sober. Though I’d never thought of blaming it on my toes… you may be onto something there πŸ˜‰

      I didn’t come up with that expression myself – stole it from a friend. No idea why it hasn’t caught on yet!

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      1. Charlotte Steggz

        I have a problem with flat feet. I can’t really wear many kinds of shoes otherwise it feels like I’ve broken a bone, it’s so painful! So I feel your pain about problematic shoes!

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      2. ladyofthecakes Post author

        Aw, I have the opposite problem. My arches are way too high. I can’t wear heels. Wearing shoes with just an extra inch, to me, it feels like I’m on stilts!

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  3. linnetmoss

    Potato Business! That is hilarious!
    Your toes look fine to me. You have a long second toe and probably a good prehensile grip! That can be useful πŸ˜‰ As for me, I think I last wore 3-inch heels in the early 90s…

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  4. Heyjude

    I don’t think ANY feet are pretty. Best kept covered up. Unless you are swimming of course. Mine are a bit podgy now (like the rest of me) with very dry heels – so NOT nice in sandals 😦 Your ‘dry as a nun’s nasty’ almost made me choke!!!
    have a good day Simone πŸ™‚

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  5. freebutfun

    11% drop in the use of potato! I knew people were going crazy with lchf diet but that huge! I think the trend is wearing out now though so will be interesting to see if more potatoes are consumed again!

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  6. suej

    You certainly have a rare turn of phrase..the nun’s nasty must be one of the best yet! And I’m so glad you didn’t elaborate on the aesthetically challenging parts, that would have been information overload…. BTW, the cucumber in the summer fruit salad seems to me to be a nod to Pims

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  7. Expat Eye

    I have ‘Monster Munch’ toes πŸ˜‰ They’re quite the thing πŸ™‚ Very envious of your poolside frolics and your potato fame!
    Also love ‘dry as a nun’s nasty’ – was that a thing before or did you make it up!?

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      1. Expat Eye

        That’s my condition today πŸ˜‰
        Germany won again by the way πŸ˜‰ And I practised my little bit of German on real people in the bar! πŸ™‚

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      2. Expat Eye

        Ha ha! They were lovely! And very happy that I’m moving to Germany – they wanted me to move to their town and open an Irish pub πŸ˜‰

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  8. Jackie Cangro

    It’s sandal season here in NYC and I’m telling you that some things are best left covered. *shudder*
    The pool looks so inviting. I wish I could dive in and hang out until my fingers get wrinkly.

    Congrats on the article in Potato Business. I see that they are an affiliate of Potato Storage International. You’re moving up in the world! πŸ™‚

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    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      It’s only a matter of time until I conquer all… got my eyes firmly trained on Chips and Crinkly Cut Monthly.

      Incidentally, am always on the hunt for summer shoes that are airy but cover my crinklies.

      Join us at the poolside!

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  9. pollyheath

    Wonky-toed people unite! I have the typical toes of my mother’s family – all long, with the second toe longest. No shame though!

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  10. Kim in Fiji

    I was excited for you being a Published Author! until I looked at your article. My joy was quickly overwhelmed by the dreary news you reported…potatoes on the decline?! Horrors! I wish there was a link to the full article so I could ready your inspiring advice, whatever it was.

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  12. NancyTex

    Does anyone like their own feet? I have Flintstones toes. All fleshy and chubby (the big toe) but then long and skinny (the middle toe). My baby toes are tiny and have the teensiest tiny toe nails. Ed teases me when I get pedicures. Him: “how did they paint the baby toe nail, with a toothpick?” Me: Fuck off.

    p.s. Congrats on the potato reporting!
    p.p.s. You look stunning in that potato photo!

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  13. June

    I actually like my feet, too!
    Very sad to hear potatoes are on the decline. You wouldn’t think so here in Lithuania where they are part of most meals. I only recently saw the clip from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution where the school kids didn’t even know what a potato was and that chips were made from them, so I guess I’m not that surprised that they’re in decline. I love ’em!

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  14. joannesisco

    What is it about toes anyway? It’s a small minority of people who are happy with theirs … and I’m inclined to think that a big chunk of them don’t realize their toes are odd too.

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