Fourteen years ago tonight, I missed my flight from Des Moines back home to Washington, D.C. I was a few months into covering the 2008 presidential primary campaign of Mitt Romney for the Wall Street Journal. It was a big, all-consuming job, living out of a suitcase and chasing the former governor around the country. When I got the assignment, I decided I would put my personal life on hold. I was 27 and single. This was a chance to focus on my career.
But that night I was stranded in the snowy airport with a fellow campaign trail embed: Matt Stuart of ABC News. We had met a few weeks earlier in Sparks, Nevada, and saw each other again in Grand Rapids, Michigan. That freezing Iowa evening was our first chance to sit and talk, beginning at the gate of a very delayed flight and then at a table in the airport bar. The sky was pitch black, the snow was coming down sideways, and a bit of cork lingered in my red wine. The conversation flowed so easily, my cheeks hurt from smiling. All these years, and a lot of life later, it’s a reminder that something wonderful can happen when you least expect it.
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So Many Slippers!
Over the weekend, I posted a pic on Instagram of our family decorating our Christmas tree. The shot was filled with over-the-top holiday apparel but a few eagle-eyed folks — I’m so proud, truly — noticed I was wearing Adidas slides in lieu of slippers. Gah! The sad story is that the Birkenstock felt clogs I recommended last year and absolutely love...wore out much faster than I would have thought. It was such a bummer when the tiny holes grew on each side and the soles got sticky.
I’ll admit, I was never a big slipper girl before the pandemic. I wore them in the winter to keep my feet warm, especially as a kid outside of Chicago or early in adulthood in New York. But that was rarely an issue in California. When COVID kept us all trapped in our homes and foot health made headlines, I decided to face the fact that I need arch support.
For the last year, I’ve been house-shoe obsessed (hence the excessive wear on those aforementioned Birks). Adidas slides have been my stand-in for the last few weeks. Not the worst, but not the best either. So I used the Instagram question box to ask for your recommendation. I’m not joking when I say that this has to be the most answered question box of all time?? It was wild. Here are the top recs — I’ve ordered three and will report back:
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Five Things To Check Out This Week
READ / Jeremy Strong, who plays Kendall Roy on Succession, is a major Kendall IRL. This New Yorker profile of him was flying around my socials yesterday and it does not disappoint. Come for the next-level Method acting, stay for Michelle Williams talking about how he lived in her Brooklyn basement. (New Yorker)
LISTEN / The Venn diagram of my interests is a circle: Olivia Rodrigo on NPR’s Tiny Desk concert series. (NPR)
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