It's nearly 1:30 a.m. right now. I'm wide awake (blast that Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!), and what else could I possibly be doing at this hour but researching what shoes to buy for my Italy trip? :) Those who know me well know I LOVE shoes. I have close to 40 or 50 pairs (but before you freak out, I did inherit about 30 some of them). I love them.

Tonight I went to Rick Steves' website to check out suggestions for my Italy trip, and lo and behold, there was an entire message board dedicated to the best shoes for international sight seeing. I've been thinking about what to wear, what to leave home and what shoes to take/buy for my trip. (It's the leaving home part that I'll find the most difficult. I've been known to pack nearly 10 pairs for my long trips.)

I am more than broke at the moment, and most of the shoes I'm researching are anywhere from $50-$100, but I'll factor that in, and I'm sure I'll be glad that I bought comfortable, yet stylish, shoes for all the walking on cobblestone roads I'll be doing. I am reminding myself by the minute that "My God will supply all I need." My little earthly eyes--actually I have quite big earthly eyes but that's beside the point--simply cannot see how some of the preparation will happen, but I know it will. I have had some unexpected expenses lately that have detracted from my savings, but I know God will provide. That's my mantra right now.

I have a lead on some airline tickets that won't cost me my first born child. I'm praying that works out. Then I've gotta save for the travel expenses within Italy, and of course, spending money. The biggest purchases I would like to make are one or two Italian leather purses (perhaps Valentino or Armani, etc) and a leather jacket from this wonderful leather store in Florence. Other than that, I think I'll just be buying gifts and things.

Well, I'm going to force myself to sleep now. I hope you all are safely tucked away in bed, dreaming. :) G'night, or Buona notte.

Posted by Portia at June 4, 2004 01:23 AM

So last night I counted and I have about 45 pairs of shoes. Mariah out! :)

Posted by: Emily at June 4, 2004 07:47 AM

Holy Moses! That is a lot of shoes! And I thought I had a lot!

Posted by: Kristin at June 4, 2004 08:27 AM

I read about Mariah needing 350 pairs of shoes for one concert...her mentor, Imelda Marcos said, "I did NOT have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand sixty." A couple of other Imelda-isms: "If you know how much you've got, you probably haven't got much."...."I get so tired of listening to one million dollars here, one million dollars there, it's so petty."

Posted by: Mutti at June 4, 2004 11:17 AM