Normally, right now you’d be reading Afrobella of the Week. This week is a bit different. I don’t have an Afrobella of the Week, because I just got back from Chicago last night. No, my arms aren’t tired. But my feet are KILLING me!
Some of you might remember my shoe post, in which I admitted that my feet are Fred Flintstone flat. So I never torture them with heels, I always, always wear flats. But if your flats are too tight, you haven’t done yourself any favors. On Friday, I wore sneakers all day — but they were these adorable turquoise and lime Pony sneaks that are breathable and light, but just a smidge tight. (What can I say? I got them at Ross for a steal). We walked ALL over the city, through the Taste of Chicago (which was amazing, and not as horribly crowded as you’d expect. I had pomegranate barbecue chicken, which was delicious), down to Lakeshore, and over to the Shedd Aquarium.
If you haven’t yet been to the Shedd, and you’re into cool ocean life, you are really missing out. The place is huge, and there’s so much to see there! It gets a bit overwhelming. But the green sea turtle in the Caribbean Reef tank, the leafy sea dragon, and this colorful chameleon were among the coolest creatures I’ve ever seen. It was a great experience. But not for my feet. I really started to lag behind at the Shedd, and then after when we walked my mom-in-law back to the train station. But the trip wasn’t half over yet, there were many more bars to drink at, more restaurants to visit, and a Sox game on Saturday to attend. So more walking.
By the time I got on the plane yesterday, I could hardly get a shoe on my right foot. It ached, and was super swollen. By the time we got home last night, it looked like a Nerf football. I was seriously freaking out. But just taking the time to kick back (literally, and keep the foot elevated), and then soaking it in ice water (which initially hurt like hell, but totally helped over time), made a big difference. And now I’m back in Miami, where hardly anyone walks anywhere.
We went to Chicago for a really, really good friend’s surprise birthday weekend, and we kicked off Thursday night by going to Wrigley Field to see The Police. Let me tell you — forget the critics. I’d read reviews that said the band wasn’t in their best form, Sting’s voice didn’t sound as great as it used to… nonsense. At first Sting didn’t go for many high notes, but by mid-show, when they did “Can’t Stand Losing You,” he sounded practically perfect. And they put on an incredible show that included all of the big hits you’d expect, and a few rarities that you might not expect (Truth Hits Everybody, and one of my faves, When The World is Running Down (You Make The Best of What’s Still Around). WOW, check out how young and fine Sting is in that last video. He’s aged like wine, seriously).
Tomorrow will be back to a regular week in Afrobella, and I’m way behind on product reviews, summertime beauty stuff, and Ask Afrobella questions. So stay tuned! For now, here’s my favorite video by The Police. I believe the video for Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic was filmed in Barbados. It shows the band at their goofy, fun loving peak. And they killed this at Wrigley Field! Loves it. Happy Monday, bellas and fellas!