You may recall that item #2 on my “30 Before 30” goal list was the Kentucky Derby. I picked out my derby hat over a year in advance and could. not. wait. for race day. Then, two days before, I was faced with a very upsetting reality – it was going to rain on derby day. 100% chance. The night before I left for Louisville, I started contemplating what shoes I would wear. Suddenly, I panicked. I had no shoes that could withstand the mud, rain, and puddles – particularly given the fact that I would be in a dress and very large hat with feathers. I realized there was no other option – i had to go buy rain boots over my lunch break on the day before driving out of town. And not just any rain boots…fancy rainboots. I mean, it is the derby after all.
Laugh all you want, but this turned out to be one of my best ideas ever. My feet were dry and warm throughout the miserably soggy day, which made for a much happier me. And my enormous hat doubled as an umbrella…perfect combination!
I know you’re confused about what the derby has to do with Switzerland. (And don’t worry – I left my derby hat in storage in the States to avoid shocking the Swiss.) Well, when I bought these boots, I justified it by saying that I would have them forever and would be able to wear them any time it rains. Unfortunately, now that I live somewhere where I’m walking in the elements daily, I keep forgetting to wear them!
Actually, I shouldn’t say that I forget to wear them. The bigger issue is that I NEVER check the weather. Seriously, without Al Roker in my life, I am lost. You’re probably thinking, “don’t you have The Weather Channel app on your phone?” Why, yes. Yes, I do. The question you should be asking is: “do you ever think about using it?” In which case, my answer would have to be, “no. No, I don’t.” The only time I remember is when I’m packing to go on a trip. And since I wasn’t going on a trip today, I wore ballet flats and proceeded to jump over puddles the whole way home – much less fun than splashing through them!
I started carrying an umbrella in my purse at all times…just in case. Perhaps the only solution to the rain boots debacle is to wear them every day…just in case.