Saturday, April 18, 2009

Zero Dollars Per Gallon

Now that my hip surgery is over, I am in recovery and have not been allowed to exercise in months and months. My doctor told me to now bike and/or swim. So, I had to admit that my current bike was too small, as it's the same bike I have had since I was 13 or so. The Pink Schwinn. I have never ever ridden another bike, so I had no idea where to start or what kind of bike to get. But I knew I needed a BIGGER bike, and that I wanted to just bike locally, maybe to the grocery store and bike, stuff like that. I can't commute by bike to work because I work nights and have a 35 mile commute through some very dicey neighborhoods. So I did some research, tested out some bikes, and decided on a Specialized hybrid bike that I am enjoying very much.

But now that I found out about the new Bicycle Commuter Act, I am even more bummed that I can't commute to work. This new act, which started January 1 2009, entitles employers to reimburse their employees up to $20.00 a month to cover bicycle commuting costs, and was part of the Renewable Energy Tax legislation with the aim to give bike commuters similar compensation to people who receive credits for taking transit cars to and from work. Visit the League of American Bicyclists for more information!

And buy one of these awesome patches for your messenger bag.

"I Think You Might Be Confusing Tyranny With Losing..."

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"The Rotting Racist Underbelly of the Tea Party Protests"

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Friday, April 17, 2009

I Wish I Could Take Credit For This One...

Really? NO TAXES? Pfffffffffffffffft. Where would you drive your Hummer? Better yet, where would you protest? In the mud, where those tax-paid streets would've been?

If At First You Don't Secede...

The next Texas gubernatorial race cannot get here fast enough.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Stacy and Clinton Would Be So Proud

I haven't bought new clothes in a long time. "New" as in not from a thrift store or a resale shop. Owning my first home has monopolized most of my budget for the past year, and even for a couple of years before that I was paying of credit card debt and not spending much on clothes. Suddenly within the past couple of months I've noticed that not only do my clothes not fit anymore, but they are looking RAGGED. Pants are too short, sleeves are too short, and I don't have anything to wear to say, a rehearsal dinner. I already went through all of my clothes when I moved a year ago, and got rid of FIVE garbage bags of clothes and shoes. So I had already drastically cut out a good portion of my wardrobe. And for the past two years I have been strictly forbidden to exercise at ALL by two doctors and one physical therapist due to hip and pelvic problems, so I've gained 10 lbs. I am now finally allowed to do SOME stuff (bike, swim, hike, etc) so I've started to get back into biking, but in the meantime, my clothes just don't fit. Even dresses that fit just last summer are just too snug to wear out of the house. *sigh*

So I have to buck up and buy some clothes. I can't wear my chuck taylors, a t-shirt, and my worn-out chinos every single day. (I'm 29, not 15.) Luckily for me, JCrew always comes to my rescue. I can't afford their clothes at full price, but they usually have some really good sales. So I ordered two new pairs of their trusty TALL chinos in the next size up, a really cute cotton/silk lawn top that can be dressed up, and took a gamble on the "high heel flare jean" in the indigo wash (all on sale). They came in last night, and lo and behold, they ALL fit. The chinos are the perfect fit, and the heel of the hem isn't all ratty and worn like on my old chinos (probably 6 years old now). The top is perfect...doesn't need to be dry cleaned, is cool for these hot Texas summers, but just dressy enough. And the JEANS. So much cuter in person than online. Stacy and Clinton on "What Not To Wear" are always touting the trouser jean, and how it should be just 1/2" off the ground in the back when worn with heels, and I'm always thinking "yeah right, you're not 5'9". But these are L-O-N-G. I mean, I am wearing my second highest pair of heels today and they are touching the ground in the back. The rise is not too low, they have some stretch, and they have a trouser hem, not a typical rolled jean hem. No annoying embroidery or sequins or fancy-ness. Just a fabulous denim staple for the wardrobe. I have to say, I'm rather proud of myself. But I'm not throwing out those old chinos. I'm gonna roll up the right hem and use them as my new cycling pants...that way maybe they'll get loose on me again!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


Remember this post? Well, I just got the SAME DARN FORTUNE tonight.


Thursday, April 9, 2009

Grammar School

Somewhere out there exists a sad, lonely apostrophe with no job to do.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Blacking Out The Friction

Diane Kruger on her bike:

So I was doing my daily tour of TMZ when I spotted this picture of Diane Kruger riding what definitely looks to be my bike. Which is super-annoying because I hate having the same thing as someone else. She even has the same black rack on the back! Grrrrrrr. However, she doesn't have my super-awesome new matching black aluminum water bottle OR my even awesome-er Mexican wrestler squeeky horn. HA! Take that, celebrity I've never heard of.

me on my bike:

my awesome-er horn:

my awesome black aluminum water bottle:

rack on the back: