I got my neato-keen new mismatched socks (one of my Christmas presents bought with gift money from relatives) in the mail today. You can check them out if you like:
abstract geometric socks
gradual stripe socks
star/stripe/dot socks (these ones were free, due to a promotion)
Mismatched socks make me think of the character Spencer Reid on "Criminal Minds," because he never wears matching socks (though this has never actually been *commented upon* on the show). In fact, if what I've read is true, the character was given this personality trait because the actor (the fabulous Matthew Gray Gubler) never wears matching socks:
|Matthew Gray Gubler
Notice the mismatched socks: stripes with polka dots.
Gubler said in an interview with About.com:
My grandmother told me at a very early age that it was good luck to not wear matching socks, which I've come interpret to as bad luck to wear matching socks because the one time I wore matching socks in ten years was when I was acting in this movie called The Life Aquatic. We were doing a moment where Bill Murray is leading us in exercises and somehow I managed to sprain my ankle on camera. It actually wound up being in the movie. I attribute that entirely to me wearing matching socks.
I've always found that trait charming in both the actor and the character, and I've been loving the socks I've been buying online, because I can get ones that complement each other without actually matching. I'm a bit more rigid than Matthew Gray Gubler (I blame a childhood in Orange County), so I'm not so big on the dramatically non-matching deal. But the kinda matching, kinda not matching thing makes me very happy. I don't like wearing socks -- I prefer to go barefoot or wear flip-flops -- so if I've gotta do it to avoid the cold, I want to make the socks a pleasure to look at while I walk around the house.
Speaking of flip-flops, today I painted my toenails for the first time in months, as the time change has inspired in me a hope of going barefoot in the foreseeable future. So my toenails are now a sort of light metallic blue. Like aluminum or something.
Shannon and I have begun rewatching Quantum Leap from Netflix (we both watched much of the show when it was first on the air, back in the 80's and 90's), and it's aged surprisingly well. (I tried to watch some MacGyver a couple years ago, and it was just terrible. Painfully bad. I couldn't even watch one entire episode.) We were inspired to watch it because of Scott Bakula's role in the "Chuck" episodes we watched recently. I've always been something of a Scott Bakula fan, so I'm looking forward to more QL.