I’m taking time off for a summer break! I’ll be back in a few weeks with some updates. In the mean time, enjoy the start of the summer!
Living in NYC means having access to some of the best theater in the world. I made it a goal this year to see more shows, and I’ve been making good on that promise! In fact, in just over one week I saw four shows! Granted, the first was with a synagogue group and two were with my mom while she was visiting, but it still counts.
I’ve kept all the Playbills and most of the tickets, but they managed to find homes in various parts of my apartment. With all the show-seeing I’m doing, it felt like time for a better solution than mixed in with the piles of mail and magazines.
It occurred to me that they might fit into the small size binder like my race bibs. And I was right!
As I was putting this together, I realized I’m missing at least three Playbills. Hopefully this keepsake binder will prevent further books from going MIA. Now I just need more clear sleeves and binders!
Before this year, I ran only one race each year. Then I became good friends with people who run races all the time–and have even run a marathon and are planning on another! They got me into running races more frequently, and I’ve been looking for a way to store and display all the bibs I now have.
One of my friends has a special bib album, but it was more expensive than I wanted to spend. So I did what I do best and made my own.
My mom had made a family recipe book using a binder and sheet protectors, and that’s what I did for my race bib book. A quick swing by Staples, and I had a small binder (in my favorite color no less!) and some pages for less than $15!
I’ve taken pictures before, during, and after every race, and I knew I wanted to include some of them in the album. I placed an order at Walgreens Photo, since it’s quick, reasonably priced (especially with a coupon code), and there’s one around the corner from my apartment.
Then it was time to put it all together! I put the bibs on one side (with a sliver of the edges folded under so they fit in the sleeves), and pictures from the race on the other.
Before I moved to New York, I used to frequent the local cobbler and liked the work he did. After a bad experience (or two) at a cobbler in NYC, I researched how to replace the heel tips on my shoes myself. Turns out, doing it myself is much cheaper, quicker, and less damaging to my shoes! Win win win!
Enter: a pair of basic black pumps in need of new tips…
…and a pair of vice grips.
It just takes a minute to adjust the vice grips to latch on to the tip and hold securely.
Then–using the minimal amount of upper body strength that I have–I pull really hard until the tip comes out. Sometimes it helps to twist slightly to loosen the tip from the shoe.
For replacement tips, I like the Supertap tips from this retailer on ebay, as they’re $1 each (I buy them in packs of 10), come in various sizes and colors, and are rubber, which I think makes for a better heel tip than the plastic ones.
It’s hammer time!
Ta da! Basically brand new shoes.
Now they are ready for another week of hard working and walking around town!