The Mermaid that Got Away

I used to a personal stylist for Nordstrom … I worked there on and off in college and continued—on and off—working for the massive, upscale retail giant for a few years thereafter. And, unlike most of the “poor souls” working retail, I happened to love it … on most days. I mean hey, I was educated in some of the elusive houses—Channel, St. John, Kristopher Kane—and had the privilege of helping people find clothes that fit not only their bodies, but their lifestyle and personality. And I loved it! Loved the sound of my shoes clicking along the marble floor, loved the anticipation of what would be delivered on truck days, loved the killer discount and the glorious clothes I was able to add to my wardrobe that without the discount, probably never would have made it to my closet.

But. For all the things I did buy, and for all the things I didn’t (which, admittedly, wasn’t much), there is still one thing that eludes me … one thing I should’ve bought but didn’t. One thing that to this day, I still search for on Ebay … Mars and Valentine’s mermaid ring. Sigh. Maybe … just maybe if I sigh loud enough the siren will hear me and show up in my mailbox someday. She’s lovely, isn’t she?

What about you? Has there ever been a purchase you wish you made but didn’t? I mean we all have purchases we regret making, but what about the ones we pass by and regret? What is yours?

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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