Socks: I love you

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Smart Wool socks

I really love good socks. I L-O-V-E socks. Everyone gets socks from me in their Christmas stockings, I look at socks online, in stores, and at booths, and I talk about socks all of the time. I really love quality socks. I know that a lot of people like funky designs on their socks and I like that too, but a well-engineered sock gets me excited!

A well-engineered sock has features–features that solve problems. After all, socks were invented to solve problems, right? Socks were invented to keep your foot from blistering in your shoes, as well as keeping your shoes from dying a pitiful, uncleanly death from foot perspiration.

A poorly-engineered sock is truly irritating, both literally and figuratively. Poorly-engineered socks have caused many toddler meltdowns from my oldest son who is now 34 years old, and I am still suffering PTSD over one of those episodes. They also twist on your feet while you are walking, or they slip down under your heel. They also make your foot uncomfortable because they are too small, or too large. The yarn that they are woven with might suddenly break, creating holes. The type of yarn might not provide breatheability, or warmth. The weight of the yarn as well as the pattern of the sock might be too thin, or too thick.

You can see that we don’t give sock designer-engineers enough thanks. A perfectly engineered sock should come in sizes — Germany does that particularly well. I can get a sock that is just right for my foot, for my husband’s foot, and my giant-of-a-middle son’s foot. I can’t easily do that in the U.S.

The U.S. does have an excellent wool sport sock that is washable and durable. I do absolutely love this brand of socks, and I in no way have been compensated to feature this brand. I love this brand because of how well it is engineered. After I sat on the plane next to a designer for this brand, I really started believing in this brand. It is a pricey sock for the average person, however, these socks are durable, comfortable, and convenient to use. All of those factors reduce the overall cost of this sock. The brand is local to Coloradoans, it is sold at Nordstrom as well as from their own boutiques and online. It is Smart Wool — the perfect name for this product.

I hurt my foot over a week ago here in South Africa, where it is winter, and chilly, and uncomfortable. Part of healing my foot is wearing my comforting Smart Wool socks. They provide support, warmth, and since I purchased them in happy colors and designs, they lift my spirits a little. Also, these socks aren’t the thick wool socks that won’t fit into your shoes. These socks fit, stretch, and launder. I have many other socks that I love, and maybe I will write about them — especially my cotton athletic socks from Germany. But right now, I am grateful for my comfy wool socks.

 

P.S. I will debrief my 5-week packing for this trip when I get home. Lessons learned and successes to celebrate!

 

Zurich Airport

I like the quiet environment of the airport design in both Frankfurt and Zurich. Dark, hard floors. Dim lighting.

At Zurich, I also enjoy the high architectural glass silos, providing a view of the bottom (or top) floor. These periodic pauses sometimes have sculptures in them, reminding me of my own beautiful airport DEN.

Most of all, the prized Swiss chocolatier, L├Ąderach, has a beautiful and well stocked store.

Traveler’s 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want [when I miss a connection] [and I have booked my flights on a good airline like Lufthansa, Iceland Air, or their partners like Swiss Air] [and I have my luggage]. He makes me lie down in green pastures [like the Winterthur Park hotel] and leads me beside still waters [because all shops are closed on Sunday in Switzerland]. He restores my soul [with a stroll through beautiful parks and excellent food, like incredible Swiss cheese]. Yea though I walk through the valley of death [crazy angry passengers in the customer service line], I will fear no evil, for thou art with me [along with my taxi voucher, hotel voucher, and meal voucher]. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies [exhaustion and anxiety]. My cup runneth over [at the excellent Starbucks]. Surely goodness [from you O Lord] and mercy [I love free wi-fi] will follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord [this entire beautiful outdoors] forever. Amen.