Saturday, March 07, 2009

What a Croc!

I have been hinting and hinting and hinting for quite some time that I would like some Crocs, but my husband has been very non-responsive to this. In fact, he's been downright against it, saying flat out that they look ugly. They look ultra comfortable, though, and there are days in which I'm working where I'm on my feet for over 6 or 7 hours.

I went to Nordstrom Rack with my sister and saw classic Crocs (Crocs Beach, I believe) for $10 less than MSRP, but to my disappointment the small size was too small in length and the medium size was too big. I say that with the caveat that both were way too wide for me to be comfortable.

Yesterday, my sister and I went to the mall, and we stopped by the Crocs kiosk. My sister pointed out to me the Crocs that she had (Crocs Malindi), which had a slimmer fit, more exact sizing, and were OH SO COMFORTABLE. I got them in Berry:

I also got a pair of Crocs Olivia in Brown:

Aren't they adorable? And so comfortable! I especially like the rhinestone charm detail. The kiosk had them in red, brown, black (though none in my size), and new gold. I was going to get them in red, because, well, red is my favorite color and honestly they're Crocs and should be bought in fun colors, but my sister convinced me that since I was already buying the magenta Crocs, I should get a more practical color that would go with more of my clothing. I showed them to my husband last night, who didn't realize Crocs came in different styles, and said that they looked cute and ultra comfortable. The funny part is that I told him about the red-brown debate, and he said I should have gotten the red ones. Sigh. I am very happy with my Croc purchase, though. I'm going to take one of these pairs out today on the town. I have every confidence they'll be as comfortable as they were when I tried them on.


Monday, December 29, 2008

I tried so hard!

I have been trying so so hard not to buy anything for the baby. Especially baby clothes. I know academically that people L-O-V-E to give baby clothes, so in general I have been trying very very hard not to buy anything for the baby until after the baby shower.

But I'm now 18.5 weeks along, and it's the end of the year, and everything is on CLEARANCE. I have refrained from buying the adorable giraffe baby leg warmers that I need to have. I've walked away from adorable Pooh items. So, of all places, I broke down at Target yesterday and bought some cute DwellStudio baby clothes (just one kimono onesie and one sleeper!!!).

And this morning, in a fit of "If I wait, it might be gone..." thinking, I went ahead and bought this from

My thought originally was that I was going to register for it and see if someone wanted to buy it for us, but with it going on clearance, I decided I wanted it too much to risk it not being around in 3 to 4 months. We're going for a safari-esque theme, and we had mostly decided that the colors we're going to use in the nursery will be sage, aqua, and chocolate, so I think it will work just fine.

I'm very excited, and hopefully once the rug comes, it will motivate us a little bit to start shoveling out the room in preparation for the little Skittle!


Monday, February 25, 2008

My next digital camera?

So, I was wondering if it was true that digital cameras died quickly in cold weather conditions. Well, without a doubt, it is. Everytime Joel and I pulled out our little Digital Elph to take a picture in Vail, we discovered that our camera was dead.

I've been thinking about getting this freeze-proof, waterproof camera instead:

The Olympus Stylus 790SW seems to be made for the slopes. Plus I could take it to the beach and not worry about accidentally getting it wet. The big downside is that from what the reviews state, the picture quality is not the best, and I'd have to go buy a whole new kind of digital memory card. Decisions, decisions...


Tuesday, July 24, 2007

So cute!

I'm so late on the bandwagon! I just saw this on some blog. From the makers of those cute little photo minicards, Moo now makes sticker books! I need to get them!


Sunday, April 22, 2007

Digital Photography Primer

A while back, Joel and I decided on getting a digital SLR camera, specifically the Canon 30D with the Canon Zoom EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens. It is dramatically different from the little digital camera that I like to bring out with me sometimes and takes such good pictures that it's hard to believe we have been doing design work for so long without one.
A great online resource that I loved while we were researching cameras is Philip Greenspun's "Building a Digital SLR Camera System." I'm saving up for another lens, and I searched frantically for this article, and luckily, I found it again!

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Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sugar and Cinnamon Bear Come Home!

I've been thinking for some time now that I should have bought these cute sugar and cinnamon bear holders from The Container Store when I saw them. I've never had a sugar shaker, and it's become rather inconvenient to keep taking down the 5 lb bag of sugar anytime I want a scoop. So yesterday, Romeo and I went to Old Town, and we stopped in at The Container Store. Sugar Bear was 50% off! Yay! Sometimes, my indecision pays off!


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Gearing up for summer

Summer's coming! Summer's coming!

Last summer, I stocked up majorly on bikinis and sort of wasted the summer away by the pool. This summer, I'm on a concerted effort to take more advantage of LA and be more active. This includes the following activities that I've been wanting to do for a really long time but being lazy kind of interfered:
  • Skating along Venice, Santa Monica, and Malibu
  • Hiking with Romeo
  • Bicycling at Griffith Park, the Rose Bowl, and along the Pacific Coast

The first two I've always wanted to do but hadn't gotten around to doing. The third idea came from wanting to eventually bicycle through various parts of Europe, like bicycling through Tuscany or the French countryside or along the Danube.

All this, of course, means buying new gear. I have really cheap rollerblades (in-line skates, whatever) - the bearings are crap and the wheels are pretty small so there was never going any faster than 5 mph even with all the effort in the world. A better set of bearings would have cost more than the skates themselves. I gave my old bicycle away awhile ago because it was a heavy mountain bike and I hadn't used it in three or four years. So after thorough research and trying stuff on and everything, K2 seems to be the company of choice for my new blades and bicycle.

Here's what I'm planning to get:

K2 Athena 6.1

So the company also gives a portion of the proceeds to a breast cancer charity, which is nice, but the main reasons I've chosen to get this skate are:

  • Soft boot construction and high breathability will keep my feet more comfortable
  • There's a quick lace system which I really liked in the store
  • High quality bearings and larger wheels make for a faster ride
  • It's cute but not too strangely flashy

It's a lot pricier than what I was hoping to spend, but sometimes, you really do just get what you pay for. I was considering the Athena 2.1, but it doesn't have the quick lace system, the bearings aren't as good, and it wasn't as cute. Other brand ones didn't have all the features that drew me to this skate, so I guess this is it!

K2 T:Nine Whirlwind

Well, I decided that I wanted a road bicycle since I have never gone trail riding in my life and I don't think I want to start. I'm probably giving in to the hype a little about the K2 T:Nine line of bicycles being designed specifically for women by women, but I went to REI with Joel to check this bicycle out. I sat on another bicycle next to this one - a Novara Carema, which Joel said was a nicer bicycle. It was - better shifters and better seat were the two things I noticed, though Joel said it had better tires and rims as well. But the K2 Whirlwind just felt like it fit better. In particular, the handlebars on the K2 were smaller, and I could reach the brakes more easily (a definite plus!). The difference in shifters and seat and tires and whatever were probably worth the $300 difference in the two bicycles, but I'm not at the level where an upgrade in shifters is going to affect me much and changing out the handlebars would have been a big hassle and expense for a beginner like me. Plus the K2 Whirlwind has cute hibiscus flowers on it.

I've already started on hiking with Romeo. Hopefully I'll get started on the other two once I get the gear. The goal: a less lazy Tina!