My husband rules!

I have been BEGGING, BUGGING, and PLEADING every store within 30 minutes of us for a wii fit for months now. It was the whole reason I bought the stupid wii! Now, I don’t think I was a sucky customer about it, since I would always ask nicely if they had any, say thank you, etc, appologize for the fact that they were probably getting eleventybillion requests for the stupid things (I kind of hate Nintendo), but I still hated asking, knowing that they were sick of it, I was sick of looking, etc.
I had even signed up for wii fit alerts that set off my email, and alarm on my computer, and a text message when one went for sale on line. I tried about a 100 times with that, but by the time I got it in my cart, and tried to check out, they were always gone!
Finally, our friend Steve, who is the master of the sweet talk, got an employee at Target to admit that they had Wii Fits in the back, but couldn’t sell them until June 29th, because they were going to be in the ad that day. This was about 3 weeks ago.
So my husband, and our good friend Will, camped out in the Target parking lot. Will starting at 1am, Dan starting at 3:30 am. This after a day of HARD work catering, then working until close at the shop. They were second in line, got one wii fit each (out of the 13 that could be had) and after we got off work Sunday we played Wii Fit all evening! (Well, I played Wii Fit, Dan passed out on the couch from exhaustion).
I finally, FINALLY have a stupid Wii Fit, and I love it! I hula hooped, ran, skied, did step areobics, yoga, hit soccer balls with my head, boxed, it was great! (Even if my Mii did get fatter after my BMI test… grrr)
Then Dan wakes up and logs on… and beats every high score I had spent the last two hours setting! Gah!
Hope to get some play time tonight, but he found a cruiser bike for himself, so we might go riding instead!

My husband rules!

I have been BEGGING, BUGGING, and PLEADING every store within 30 minutes of us for a wii fit for months now. It was the whole reason I bought the stupid wii! Now, I don’t think I was a sucky customer about it, since I would always ask nicely if they had any, say thank you, etc, appologize for the fact that they were probably getting eleventybillion requests for the stupid things (I kind of hate Nintendo), but I still hated asking, knowing that they were sick of it, I was sick of looking, etc.
I had even signed up for wii fit alerts that set off my email, and alarm on my computer, and a text message when one went for sale on line. I tried about a 100 times with that, but by the time I got it in my cart, and tried to check out, they were always gone!
Finally, our friend Steve, who is the master of the sweet talk, got an employee at Target to admit that they had Wii Fits in the back, but couldn’t sell them until June 29th, because they were going to be in the ad that day. This was about 3 weeks ago.
So my husband, and our good friend Will, camped out in the Target parking lot. Will starting at 1am, Dan starting at 3:30 am. This after a day of HARD work catering, then working until close at the shop. They were second in line, got one wii fit each (out of the 13 that could be had) and after we got off work Sunday we played Wii Fit all evening! (Well, I played Wii Fit, Dan passed out on the couch from exhaustion).
I finally, FINALLY have a stupid Wii Fit, and I love it! I hula hooped, ran, skied, did step areobics, yoga, hit soccer balls with my head, boxed, it was great! (Even if my Mii did get fatter after my BMI test… grrr)
Then Dan wakes up and logs on… and beats every high score I had spent the last two hours setting! Gah!
Hope to get some play time tonight, but he found a cruiser bike for himself, so we might go riding instead!

My husband rules!

I have been BEGGING, BUGGING, and PLEADING every store within 30 minutes of us for a wii fit for months now. It was the whole reason I bought the stupid wii! Now, I don’t think I was a sucky customer about it, since I would always ask nicely if they had any, say thank you, etc, appologize for the fact that they were probably getting eleventybillion requests for the stupid things (I kind of hate Nintendo), but I still hated asking, knowing that they were sick of it, I was sick of looking, etc.
I had even signed up for wii fit alerts that set off my email, and alarm on my computer, and a text message when one went for sale on line. I tried about a 100 times with that, but by the time I got it in my cart, and tried to check out, they were always gone!
Finally, our friend Steve, who is the master of the sweet talk, got an employee at Target to admit that they had Wii Fits in the back, but couldn’t sell them until June 29th, because they were going to be in the ad that day. This was about 3 weeks ago.
So my husband, and our good friend Will, camped out in the Target parking lot. Will starting at 1am, Dan starting at 3:30 am. This after a day of HARD work catering, then working until close at the shop. They were second in line, got one wii fit each (out of the 13 that could be had) and after we got off work Sunday we played Wii Fit all evening! (Well, I played Wii Fit, Dan passed out on the couch from exhaustion).
I finally, FINALLY have a stupid Wii Fit, and I love it! I hula hooped, ran, skied, did step areobics, yoga, hit soccer balls with my head, boxed, it was great! (Even if my Mii did get fatter after my BMI test… grrr)
Then Dan wakes up and logs on… and beats every high score I had spent the last two hours setting! Gah!
Hope to get some play time tonight, but he found a cruiser bike for himself, so we might go riding instead!

New Bike!

I went and got a new bike yesterday! It’s PIIINNNKKKK!!!!

It’s a 7-speed cruiser, the seat is pink and white, it has super cute fenders on it… I’m in love!

Dan even took it for a spin!

I realized one thing about not being on a bike since 2000 though… I forgot how to ride! My first few minutes on it were VERY wobbly, but I got the hang of it after a couple laps around the block. Thought our driveway (hill) was still giving me issues by the time I quit riding. And I am too scared to attempt to bike down the hill!

I’m looking forward to riding though, and I’m hoping that Dan will find a bike that he likes soon so we can ride together. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to bike to work on the weekends and save a teeny bit of gas $$!

New Bike!

I went and got a new bike yesterday! It’s PIIINNNKKKK!!!!

It’s a 7-speed cruiser, the seat is pink and white, it has super cute fenders on it… I’m in love!

Dan even took it for a spin!

I realized one thing about not being on a bike since 2000 though… I forgot how to ride! My first few minutes on it were VERY wobbly, but I got the hang of it after a couple laps around the block. Thought our driveway (hill) was still giving me issues by the time I quit riding. And I am too scared to attempt to bike down the hill!

I’m looking forward to riding though, and I’m hoping that Dan will find a bike that he likes soon so we can ride together. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to bike to work on the weekends and save a teeny bit of gas $$!

New Bike!

I went and got a new bike yesterday! It’s PIIINNNKKKK!!!!

It’s a 7-speed cruiser, the seat is pink and white, it has super cute fenders on it… I’m in love!

Dan even took it for a spin!

I realized one thing about not being on a bike since 2000 though… I forgot how to ride! My first few minutes on it were VERY wobbly, but I got the hang of it after a couple laps around the block. Thought our driveway (hill) was still giving me issues by the time I quit riding. And I am too scared to attempt to bike down the hill!

I’m looking forward to riding though, and I’m hoping that Dan will find a bike that he likes soon so we can ride together. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to bike to work on the weekends and save a teeny bit of gas $$!

I lost a year of my youth!

Not really, but… the first week of June I was sort of bummed. Another birthday, another year older, etc. etc.
I’m not a big birthday fan when it’s for me at the best of times. But I just kept thinking, 27, still no babies, even closer to 30, blah blah pity party blah blah. All month it’s been in the back of my mind. Then my darling friend Rusty, at my friend Brad’s birthday party pointed out,
“You didn’t turn 27 on your birthday, you turned 28 right”?

Oh frack. Yep. I spent weeks lamenting the fact that I was 27… but I was really 28.

Gah.

*And yes to my already 30+ year old friends, I know I need to quit my bitchin. It’s not the AGE that was bothering me, it’s the fact that I’m closer to 30 with no kiddies, and I wanted to have them by the time I am 30. Make sense?

I lost a year of my youth!

Not really, but… the first week of June I was sort of bummed. Another birthday, another year older, etc. etc.
I’m not a big birthday fan when it’s for me at the best of times. But I just kept thinking, 27, still no babies, even closer to 30, blah blah pity party blah blah. All month it’s been in the back of my mind. Then my darling friend Rusty, at my friend Brad’s birthday party pointed out,
“You didn’t turn 27 on your birthday, you turned 28 right”?

Oh frack. Yep. I spent weeks lamenting the fact that I was 27… but I was really 28.

Gah.

*And yes to my already 30+ year old friends, I know I need to quit my bitchin. It’s not the AGE that was bothering me, it’s the fact that I’m closer to 30 with no kiddies, and I wanted to have them by the time I am 30. Make sense?

I lost a year of my youth!

Not really, but… the first week of June I was sort of bummed. Another birthday, another year older, etc. etc.
I’m not a big birthday fan when it’s for me at the best of times. But I just kept thinking, 27, still no babies, even closer to 30, blah blah pity party blah blah. All month it’s been in the back of my mind. Then my darling friend Rusty, at my friend Brad’s birthday party pointed out,
“You didn’t turn 27 on your birthday, you turned 28 right”?

Oh frack. Yep. I spent weeks lamenting the fact that I was 27… but I was really 28.

Gah.

*And yes to my already 30+ year old friends, I know I need to quit my bitchin. It’s not the AGE that was bothering me, it’s the fact that I’m closer to 30 with no kiddies, and I wanted to have them by the time I am 30. Make sense?

Tofutsies Yarn

So I am a BIG fan of Southwest Trading Company. I love knitting with their yarn, I love the colors, and I love the fact that they seem to use a lot of eco-friendly materials, such as bamboo and soy.
I’ve been really excited about trying out the Tofutsies yarn. Pretty colors, and come on, it’s sock yarn! I love sock yarn. Even before I liked knitting socks I liked sock yarn. It’s a weird thing.
Anyway, a discussion on Ravelry led me to the realization that Tofutsies actually uses shrimp and crab shells. Now, I have been a vegetarian since 1992/93. I don’t tend to wear leather, but I will if it’s used, or necessary. ie, there is not a good vegetarian substitute. For example, my skates. I don’t LIKE the fact that they’re leather, but I just could not find a vinyl alternative that would make me comfortable in the derby world. I know that other girls have, I just couldn’t. Also when it comes to horses. They do not make good “pleather” saddles. It is another thing that just does not happen. However, when I have purchased saddles, I’ve purchased them used. Starkey the mini horse has a mini saddle that has been around since the early 1950’s. A good saddle can last a hell of a long time if treated properly. Do I feel twinges of guilt about it? Sometimes. I like cows. I think they are sweet, cuddly, and have really cute faces. I don’t like it when they die. Which is why I don’t eat them, will always and forever lobby for cruelty free resources for goods, but when those cruelty free resources are unavailable, then I take what is available. Besides, I at least feel, in the case of my used leather goods, that I did not help contribute to the leather industry. Our house is a vegetarian safe home. Dan eats meat, but we have separate pans for it. You can not, in our house, use a “veggie safe” spatula to flip a burger. Once it has touched meat, it is not veggie safe anymore. You also can’t say, at thanksgiving, use a spoon in gravy, or a fork on turkey, then try to use it in the veggie serving dish. once it touches, that dish is no longer veggie safe. I do know that when I go out to eat, those places aren’t careful about that stuff. I just do what I can at home, and in my coffee shop, when we serve food, it’s done veggie safe. (glove changes between veggies and meat, etc)
Now, that being said, my knee jerk reaction to Tofutsies yarn was, “oh hell no! I won’t use that!” Which is okay. Because like I said, I LOVE so much of the other, cruelty free yarn that SWTC carries. But, after reading further on the discussion, with some input from one of the owners of SWTC himself, I realized that the shrimp and crab shells, called chitlin, were used in the yarn as a natural substitute to nylon. Not only that, these crab and shrimp shells were not harvested for the yarn, rather, they are the waste from crabs and shrimp used for food. Essentially, they are garbage. So this Tofutsies yarn is actually keeping the shells from going to waste. I am no expert, but a few claimed on Ravelry that the shells, left on their own, are actually bad for the earth. I don’t know if that is actual fact, but I could consider that a good thing.
I like to think of myself as a fairly reasonable vegetarian. I don’t eat meat when I know it’s there. No gelatin, fish, etc. I am not a fan of PETA, simply because I don’t like some of their marketing tactics. (women in lettuce bikinis, naked women in cages… funny how they never seem to feature a lot of marketing campaigns with naked men.) Also, I can not forget reading a piece of PETA literature aimed towards children, talking about how wool was cruel to sheep, and that sheep were slaughtered once they had been shaved. Um what? I grew up around sheep, pigs, and cows. There is no way anyone I knew wouldn’t keep their sheep happy for as long as humanly possible to keep producing wool! I mean, you don’t raze your field after one year of corn do you? I respect those that don’t want to wear wool, or use animal products in any way. Just personally, I believe that sheep and alpaca producing beautiful wool and not being simply used for meat is a good thing.
Okay, I went of on a tangent there. What I’m basically trying to say is, I am not sure how I feel now about Tofutsies. I think the yarn is beautiful. But I don’t want to see shrimp and crabs eaten and killed. But I do want to see us moving towards natural methods of producing fibers, so moving away from nylon is pretty rockin to me. (Though I feel like a bit of a hypocrite, since I will go through probably 50 pairs of derby nylon tights every year, and not feel the least bit bad about it) I also like that it’s basically trash, being used to make yarn. That is kind of cool.
This is one I’m going to have to think on for a while.