No Room In The Inn, So We’ll Talk About Me Instead

December 29, 2009 at 10:10 am 27 comments

I was hoping to get to tell you all about my niece today. I planned to show you a few pictures and tell you how perfect she is but, no can do, my friends. My sister-in-law was scheduled to be induced yesterday morning at 5:00am but got a call at 4:30 saying that there were no available beds. Apparently a surge of pregos came in on Sunday night and the hospital ran out of space for them. I offered my stable but they declined. Even after I told them I’d clean the feeding trough and give them clean hay. (I’m hilarious.) Originally the plan was just to wait it out and the scheduler would call them when there was an opening. But then she spoke to her doctor and they decided to push it back a day. So another night of nerves, crappy sleep, and “oh my gosh, what’s about to happen” for Justin and Laura. (Get used to that crappy sleep thing, y’all!)

And now it’s Thursday, December 29 and we are expecting that it’ll happen any minute.

So because I can’t show you my niece, I’ll tell you a little story.

Once upon a time there was a girl named Chelsea. She had a blog and a cute sister. She didn’t know how to dress very well so she just stuck to what was safe. Sweaters, cardigans, t-shirts, jeans. These things made her happy. She wore tennis shoes, Reefs, and Sperry’s and rarely went out of that box. Then one Christmas her cute sister gave her a present. She said, “I’ve decided it’s time for you to dress cuter.” And she gave her this. The End.

(Not the dog, the hat.)

I have a bagillion hats. But they are all the baseball type. UT, Astros, Rice, camo, etc. I think they are cute… but apparently a girl needs a bit of hat variety in her life. Who knew? I opened the hat and told her she’d have to teach me how to use it. Then she said, “Show your friend Lauren From Texas, she’ll like it.” Well okay then.

My mother-in-law told me that as part of my Christmas, she wanted to buy me either a peacoat or boots. My choice. She also told me that she thinks I’m cute and this isn’t an effort to make me cuter. (Thanks MIL!) My first instinct was to go for the coat. I know coats. I LOVE coats. But Stephen said, “Don’t you have, like, a lot of coats?” Good point. So I kidnapped my sister and told her she was in charge of finding me cute boots. I gave her a budget and told her my only requirement was that I want black. And this is what I ended up with.

She swears they are cute. I told her that I was going to tell everyone I know that she picked them out and could she handle that sort of pressure? She assured me that she could. I had mixed feelings since, you know, my current boots say “Justin” on the bottom and are made for walking through manure. But I bought them and took them home. I showed Stephen and his first response was, “Why are they wrinkled?”

We are so hip.

I sent a picture of them to my cool friends. Lyndsey, Kelly, and Lauren. I told them that I needed their honest opinion. The verdict is in from 2 of the 3. They like them and are impressed because they are “definitely out of your box!” Which is a good thing, I suppose. Although I’ve stayed in by box for 25 years and I’ve got a husband, friends, and you seem to like me. Unless this is one of those train wreck examples… Feel free to NOT clarify that.

So anyways, that’s my story. Or maybe it’s the beginning of my New Story. Like, “In the beginning, Chelsea got Steve Madden boots.”

And it was good.

(I guess I should remind you to click here and enter the giveaway before it’s too late. It closes tomorrow.)

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27 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Taryn E  |  December 29, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I vote that both the hat and the boots are super cute!

  • 2. Caroline  |  December 29, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Cute. I still like my comfort zone! Have you worn either? I also hope your niece comes soon!

  • 3. osarah  |  December 29, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Ooh I like the new hat and boots!, but even more than that, I like Stephen’s response. 🙂

  • 4. Spotty Prep  |  December 29, 2009 at 10:54 am

    Love the boots!! I can so hear my husband saying the same thing.

    Sending good thoughts your brother, sister in law and niece’s way!!

  • 5. ThatMarriedCouple  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:05 am

    I would never be able to pull off that hat, but you can! And the boots are great! I like that they don’t have heels, too – I don’t really like that I have to tower above my husband if I want to wear cute shoes, so these definitely get the thumbs up from me!

    Can’t wait to see your niece!

  • 6. jill  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I think the boots are cute! As is the hat! I bought a hat earlier this month when I was in St. Louis, and I never really wear hats but it is cute 🙂 The boots comment from Stephen could have come right outta my hubby’s mouth, ha!

  • 7. Ginger  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:25 am

    At least you don’t buy crazy, fashion forward things and then NEVER wear them, like I do! I have some killer boots that I bought over 3 years ago and I’ve worn them once…under jeans. This winter is my winter to break that habit. I’m probably going to look stupid but I don’t care.

  • 8. Southern Gal  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:37 am

    You’ll have to let us know the minute that baby gets here.

    I can’t wear hats, but you look adorable in that! Good for your sister.

    Yay for boots! Good choice. I finally found a pair of black slouch boots that fit me last year. I bought myself a pair and a brown pair for my daughter. WE LOVE OUR BOOTS! My husband is a little shorter than me when I wear them, but that doesn’t bother him.

  • 9. Aunt Bonnie  |  December 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

    Man, I’ve been wanting some black boots, but you know my problem with shoes. When you wear a 9 1/2 AAAA, they’re hard to find! Congratulations on your first step…..outa the box:)
    Impatiently waiting for notification on “your niece”…
    See you soooon!

  • 10. Faith  |  December 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Love the boots!

  • 11. Angela  |  December 29, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    I love them both! Throw on a cute coat and you’re set! Or…you don’t even have to put on a coat to be cute, haha. That was just my vision!

  • 12. Kim  |  December 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I actually looked at those exact boots on my quest to find flat dressy black boots. I liked them a lot but they didn’t have them in my size.

    I hope you enjoy them! 🙂

  • 13. Molly  |  December 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    both are way way way cute!!!

    and by the way, I’m still mad about how darn cute you are in the morning. unfair.

  • 14. mom  |  December 29, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    you are one stylin’ daughter….

  • 15. Kaitlynn  |  December 29, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Wait, it’s Thursday???? 😛 I had to do a double take, I’m supposed to be somewhere on Thursday… Whew!

    Love the boots…I’m too scared to wear boots that are trendy these days. You know, like outside your jeans? Maybe your courage will inspire me though.

    Hope your niece comes soon! How exciting! I have a ten year old niece and she is pretty much awesome.

  • 16. Amanda  |  December 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    both are super cute! tuck your jeans into your boots, wear your hat, sip a coffee and you’re all set to be a trendsetter 😉
    Props to you though for stepping out of your comfort zone…that can be really hard!

  • 17. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair  |  December 29, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    Well I think those boots are VERY cute. And I love that he asked why they are wrinkled!! LOL

  • 18. Sister  |  December 29, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I know, I know. I did good. That hat rocks. TOLD YA!

  • 19. rachelheather  |  December 29, 2009 at 3:35 pm

    I just wanted to let you know that my family played Quelf last night. Funniest. Game. Ever. I convinced my mom to buy it based on your recommendation, so thanks to you I now have a memory of my brother-in-law ballet dancing around the kitchen. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  • 20. zburrows  |  December 29, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    you look SO cute in that hat. Your eyes are so beutiful and you’re so skinney 😉

    did 1 out of 3 of us not like the boots or fail to respond?

    Not that you dont look beautiful in everything you wear…. but I am happy Lindsay is getting your outside your box

  • 21. Sarah  |  December 29, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    The boots are great. Don’t be afraid to rock them! Tuck your jeans in and wear the hell out of them!

  • 22. That Pink Girl  |  December 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    Found your blog from the comments on Amber’s post about taking off your shoes. Cracked me UP that the only two people to mention where they were from – us Texans! So typicall, we want y’all to know where we are from!!!

  • 23. Stephany  |  December 29, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    I lovvvve the boots! So freaking adorable! And I’m praying your niece gets here soon!

  • 24. Chelsea Talks Smack  |  December 30, 2009 at 1:36 am

    ummmm, i want those boots.

  • 25. Lauren From Texas  |  January 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Just now catching up, don’t hate me!

    Um, your friend Lauren From Texas LOVES the hat! and the boots! OH my goodness those boots!

  • 26. Jimbo  |  January 6, 2010 at 11:52 am

    I am also just now catching up. I love the hat (although I thought she had initially given you the dog as a joke for the picture) and don’t understand anything about what makes boots “cute” so I won’t even offer an opinion on that.

    I’m with you on the fashion “box.” If it ain’t broke…

  • 27. Out of the Box « The Rowland Family Blog  |  January 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    […] I was inspired one day as I read through my daily blog reads. Chelsea over at Roots and Rings wrote this post and it challenged me. I have gotten into a rut and it seems that all I ever wear are velour pants, […]

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