I love my new shoes. I sound like a five-year-old. Ladies, remember when you got your first pair of Maryjanes. They were bright and shiny and fit like a glove. If you were lucky, your mother let you have one-inch heels. It was a real big girl feel and you were proud as a peacock to strut about. In fact, thinking back, I wore them so much that my feet were killing me most of the time. Guess what? This is happening to me right now. I have new shoes that I bought online so I didn’t get to try them on. They are gorgeous, a hot style, and at a great price so I couldn’t resist. They arrived and look as good in person as on the website. Plus, they had good reviews for style and comfort. I could never send them back. I wasn’t even tempted when I found that they were a bit tight. Maybe I needed a larger size but then I would need a padded insert if they were too big. Like most new shoes, I figured that they would loosen up in a short period of time. Meanwhile I would have to suffer. As you can see from this blog, it is not in silence.
So I ended up with foot pain and it brought back childhood memories. I wasn’t going to put up with it this time. My mom rubbed my feet and I remember the good feeling. Why not get the best foot massager for myself, one that I could use anywhere I want as long as there is an outlet. As I usually do, I went to the fanlistings for foot massagers to make sure that I buy the right one. I have relied on public opinion for so long that I can’t make a move without it. I wasn’t disappointed. I got my answer.
I love my new portable foot massager as much as I love my new shoes. It makes the soreness disappear in minutes. Aching feet are history. It is a relaxing and enjoyable experience, the kind you get in a massage salon. It is cheaper and more convenient as you don’t have to get in the car. My unit has all kinds of settings from low to high to vibration and there are attachments to heighten the effects. (Some come with heat but I don’t live in a cold climate.) It is worth its weight in gold. I am touting a foot massager to all you out there who wear shoes. Ha! I amazed that it isn’t a billion dollar industry. Forget spraying your shoes to make them looser. It isn’t that effective. A foot massager is the best answer. Think about how it would feel at the end of a long work day, especially if you have been standing around. Those who walk a lot will also appreciate this gadget. Thanks to the fanlisting, I made the right choice.
There is a lot of interest these days in natural remedies due, in part, to the environmentalists who tuned us into all the chemicals and toxins in anything from face cream and toothpaste to scrubbing cleanser. All our cleaning products are off their list of acceptable household treatments. Fortunately, we can buy “clean” items for various purposes and save ourselves and our kids from poisoning. You can also go online and get recipes for stuff to try at home. Do it yourself is the order of the day as we revert back to simpler times when technology hadn’t gone rampant. New products are effective but they are also killers! There is so much to pour over on the Internet that I have to rely on friends or people in my group to clue me in. Lately, they have been touting apple cider vinegar as a remedy for high blood sugar and diabetes while it can also strip mineral or hard water residue from all sorts of items in your home, according to Home Water Health. It isn’t for salad dressing anymore! It is a new wonder worker. If it works on my hair, why not the laundry or the bathtub. I can mix it with other non-toxic solutions.
I had to try it despite the tart smell. I have to admit that it worked well, as most home remedies do. I think I will start collecting the best ones for an e-book publication. I will entitle it “Try this at Home.” There will be a section for self-care and one for the home and yard. You can make soap, candles, weed and bug killer, not to mention a skin exfoliator and moisturizer. You can whip up most things in the kitchen with a few ingredients bought at the local market. People sell their homemade wares so that will be a final section of the book focusing on publicity and marketing. Every town now has a street fair or farmer’s market offering fruit, vegetables, homemade jams and soups, plants, breads, sweets, and honey. Everything is beautifully packaged. The ingredients are on the label. Candles and bath oils sell well. The standard brands are jumping on the bandwagon and manufacturing their own lines that mimic these handmade items. They promise safety and purity even though they are made in the factory—just with better ingredients. The problem is longevity as no additives and preservatives are included.
It would be fun to have a contest for the best do-it-yourself products that don’t get much attention. They are rarely advertised. I would love to discover some new remedies, foods, toiletries, and clothing made in precious, small quantities. I believe it is entirely possible to make a living on something like apple cider vinegar turned into a hair rinse. Enterprising people with a gift for crafts are part of this self-made crowd. Check out your local farmer’s market and see what is offered. It is an enjoyable experience and you get to meet great people.
My friend and I had a bet that we couldn’t find a product, person, or subject on the Internet that didn’t have a fanlisting. We have these games where we challenge ourselves to do the impossible. We will take a card or two out of a full deck and then play to see if someone can win anyway. We have guessing games as to who is in this or that movie or who sang a particular old song. Our research ability is called into question when it comes to the Web. But, in general, our games are all about memory and not skill. You have to recall something in order to look it up. As for fanlisting, I fancy myself as a bit of an expert since I love to meet people from all over the world on them. What is better than finding kindred spirits in the far corners of the globe? As a would-be, self-proclaimed expert, I proposed the bet to see if my friend was as savvy as I am.
We started with a bunch of mundane topics or obvious celebrities that we know have fanlistings. After this warmup, we wanted to make it harder. The bet was for dinner at our favorite restaurant. The loser treats for drinks and a lavish meal. I didn’t care if I won or lost as long as we could go and have a good time. However, we couldn’t come up with a bet that would be really painful to lose. To continue the game. I had a list for her and she had one for me. At the top was the Dyson vacuum cleaner brand. She wanted me to prove that it had more fans than the Shark. Frankly, I had no clue so this time, it was a challenge. I couldn’t say that about Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, the USC Trojans, or skiing in Aspen. These were no brainers. Of course, there were tons of fans. I had no idea there were so many categories such as music, food and drink, travel, famous people, hobbies, sports, animals, books, and TV shows.
We gave ourselves one half hour maximum so the game would have an immediate end. We didn’t want to do searches long into the night. The Dyson is certainly popular but it came in second to the cheaper and powerful Shark on this web site. I suppose half the world has one and the other half has the other if the fanlistings were any indication. These companies should blog about it as it is great publicity. I guess I have unintentionally done their job. Fanlists are like a popularity contest and everyone has their two cents. Fansites are the ultimate in admiration and devotion. The Dyson and Shark sites were full of testimonials and praise for superior products. Most people had had it with their old vacuum and were pining for something better. Alas, they found it.