After Bella’s performance at the doctor’s office my tennis shoes needed more than just a rinse. Ryan was a gem and put them through the wash for me, but they came out really deformed. I’ve put them through the wash before, and this wasn’t one of the side effects. It might be a blessing in disguise. Those shoes were on sale for twenty dollars when I bought them in Puerto Rico two and a half years ago. Running shoes have a recommended life span of six months. Now I spent the remainder of my Christmas gift money on new shoes and a non-knee-pounding workout video. The new shoes are as hideous as their predecessors. I like to keep with tradition.