Friday, April 29, 2011

the answer to iphone ear

Have you ever had to make long phone calls on your iPhone and then you get off and your ear feels flattened to you head, so much so that you stress that you will have cauliflower ear like a wrestler? This handset would solve that problem. I would use this.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

bike ride no. 2

by Giro

I just arrived back from bike ride no. 2. 

My legs are wobbly and my wrists are shaky.  

We'll call today ride to work practice no. 1
I have some serious getting in shape to do.

I did not ride from my house to the studio because I'm quite certain I would not have made it back home.  It is a steady uphill climb from the studio to my house…a steady 2 1/2 mile climb.  And, since I have not been to a spin class in…oh..we'll just say it's been a long while….my legs are not ready for that just yet.  Instead I ventured around my neighborhood looking for the smaller uphill climbs (there are many) and I did them for at least 20 minutes it must have been an hour!  It will take many practice runs before I'm ready to make that journey.  Until that time, I'll be the one riding around my neighborhood in my daughters pink helmet (I must get my own) on my golden chariot, with legs burning like fire and sweating like crazy.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A new bike.

Parker has only 2 days off for Spring Break (it's hardly a break…more of a long weekend).  We couldn't take off for the weekend so instead we tried to do a bunch of fun things locally in between all the other stuff we had to get done.  We went to The Phipps on Sunday for the Butterfly exhibit.  It was great!  A newly hatched butterfly perched itself on Parker's finger.  She was thrilled.  We decided it must mean some good luck is heading our way.

Today we were expecting rain and had not planned anything.  I had to go into the studio for a few hours early this morning…while I was there, the sky cleared up just a bit and we decided to venture to West Newton.  A town about 40 mins. from Pittsburgh with a bike trail along the Youghiogheny River and a bike shop right on the trail.  I was anticipating renting a bike but secretly hoping they would have a nice looking used one I could pick up for cheap…and that they did!

I spent so much time researching the internet and asking questions on twitter about bikes and what would be ideal for living in Pittsburgh (a very hilly place) and what to use for my daily commute.  I did all of this knowing that as soon as I walked into a bike shop I would just see the one I wanted and that would be it.  Few questions asked: has it been tuned up? are the tires and brakes new? and be on my way.  That's how I tend to do things.  Research the hell out of it, then toss it all out the window and just go with what seems right at the moment. So, now I have a bike.  It's not the best or fanciest bike.  It's a very well used bike that cost $69.  $79 after I added a kick stand (is that dorky?). 

Parker and I took a 6 mile ride along the river trail.  It was 70 degrees.  We saw 4 water falls and tons of wild flowers.  It was a perfect afternoon.  My tush, elbows and wrists are quite sore which only means I need to get in bike riding shape, but if I ride it to and from work for a year, then I think it means I deserve to get one of those fancier, perhaps nicer riding bikes that I spent so much time researching.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Tastespotting Withdrawals

This afternoon, while looking through a few of the sites that are severe enablers to the afternoon procrastinators club, I noticed that Tastespotting was down. gah! and of course, I instantly felt like - wha! how can it be down? don't they know I wanted to look at pictures of food in order to gain inspiration for my Monday night dinner because the weekend is over and there are 4 more days until Friday and I just grocery shopped??? Well, I really wasn't that dramatic about it (mheh heh..maybe i was). But, while scrolling quickly through their Facebook page I came across a blog I had never heard of.  It has possibly the best name ever (you know, there's far too many blogs with really dumb names): 

The Cilantropist 

I hope she trademarks that. 
I've just skimmed through it at this point because I just only now found it, but it looks great! 
I'm a sucker for food blogs. 
They're among my favorite things on the internets.

now...what to make for dinner....

Friday, April 15, 2011

Hello, it's been a while!

Hi everyone!  If you're anything like me you've spent the last few weeks sorting through paperwork, receipts, payroll records and Quickbooks preparing your taxes…I think the accountants among us deserve a high five.  Such great (and tedious) work they do!  We hired an accountant this year and it has been the best thing we've done in so long - he's great.  If you're in the Pittsburgh area and in need of a good CPA, drop me a line and I'll send you his info.

We've had a lot happen since we last touched base.  The Cup of Jo giveaway was a huge success and did you see that amazing giveaway she hosted the following day!?! wowza!

We had a super nice write up on Hello Craft - based in my former home town of Washington D.C. (well, I'm from the suburbs, really…No.Va...God, I miss that town!).

We also released a few new bags, The Very Useful Tote, which has already been a huge hit!  And, the Small Messenger in gray, we sold out of the first set within a few days of getting it up in the shop and have been steadily sewing up more.  It's my favorite bag we make (well, today anyway…my favorite depends on the day, really…I love them all!). 

We've been working on building our little business and I'm excited to announce that we're working with a super talented photographer to style and photograph our next photoshoot…such fun to be able to turn the photography over to someone who I know can do it better than me.  I'm so excited and will share the photos with you as soon as they are finished!

The weather is finally warming up and I could not be happier…I'm such a slug in the middle of winter. Horray for spring blossoms, light jackets and summer ales.

AND! Handmade Arcade is this weekend!  I'll be there, will you? (ahem..i'll be there shopping..moop will not be a vendor...we're not doing craft/trade shows any longer)

Hope you're all off to a great weekend!