Thursday, March 29, 2012

three thrift thrive

I love the 1950's. I love the style, the era, the everything. I love the dresses, and the aprons and the houses and the hairstyles. In my mind I am living in that era. I can't wait to put a picket fence at the front of our new house and pansies along the footpath.
I started watching Mad Men not too long ago. (Though my husband and I gave up our tv shows for lent so I haven't seen anything since Ash Wednesday on february 13). I have only seen the first maybe 6 episodes and I know it's about advertising, but I care more about the styles of the show rather than the plot...though I do like the show itslef too.
About a year ago I purchased a working condition pressure cooker from the 1950's from Value Village . It came with the manual and in side the manual are great pics.
my pressure cooker
love it!

I also love tea parties. I recently purchased a great tea pot. It had been sitting on the shelf at VV for about 2 weeks. When I first saw it I thought to myself, if it's still there at the end of the week I'll get it. Then I forgot about it. the next week it was still sitting there so I snatched it up. I feel obligated to have a garden tea party with this. Who wants to come?

I also found this great knee length Guess summer dress. Perfect fit, cute sleeves with elastic buttonholes so that the fabric doesn't pinch your arms or bunch the dress when you lift your arms. A collar that you can pop up (I don't even know if that's cool), a great print, and the best part....pockets! Whoever invented pockets in a dress is awesome and deserves a prize.

Not this
something like this would
 be nice
So I have a new project in mind. This will be one of the most challenging projects I will do, and I'm not too sure if I will be successful. Fritz really wants to have a wing back chair in our new house. The thing is I DESPISE the fabrics on almost all wingbacks that I have seen. They all have this "hotel" fabric on them... you know, that beige or blue or burgundy with a shimmery stripes or argyle pattern in it. Ick . So the plan is to find a cheap/free wing back and reupholster it. I have reupholstered an ottoman,and I could do simple chairs like a kitchen chair. But this is going to be quite a challenge as I need to do specific sewing and piping and such. I have watched a bunch of tutorial videos so I feel somewhat confident enough to tackle this challenge.  Anyone have a wing back they'd like to get rid of?

Side story:
Have you ever seen that Fido commercial about how dogs and owners look the same? Whether it's the owners that begin to look like their dogs, pick out dogs that look like themselves or the dogs begin to mimic the owners is anyone's guess. I always thought this to be rather funny. Then I noticed something...

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salt Sensitive

This has nothing to do with thrifting, but I thought I would share....And I will get to the point after  2 paragraphs or so.

They say when you leave home and start University, you will gain about 15 pounds (6.8 kg) in your first year, Also known as "the freshman 15".  Well I nearly doubled that! During my second year, I decided to do something about it. I went on the unofficial WeightWatcher's pragram. By that I mean I did everything but go to the meetings. ( I'm not going to pay for some to say "you can do it!", when I can just go ahead and do it). The thing with "Diets" including the Weightwatcher's program, is that if you want to maintain the results, you need to stay with the program for life. Maybe not as strictly as when you first began though. The point of WeightWatcher's is that you eat the right amount of the right kinds of food, guiding you with a points system.  I ended up losing 40 pounds on this program, and I have maintained it for the last 6 years because I have never really quit the program. There were some things that I didn't follow in the program, one of them being eating diet products, and the other one of them being replacing regular dairy products with fat free ones. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up on a dairy farm, but I really don't believe that ANY dairy product should be fat free. But that's just my opinion.

A lot of the time when people look at the lable of a food item, they first look at the fat content and or the calories. Though these may be important, it is more important to look at the nutrients it gives you and also the amount of sodium. you need about 1500 mg (a little less than a tsp) everyday in order to keep muscles and such working properly, but if you get more that 2300 mg ( just over 2 tsp) it could lead to high blood pressure which leads to a whole lot of other illnesses you don't want. But if you get too little sodium, it could lead to serious damage also.
(based on a 2000 cal. diet)

So here's the real story realated to my blurb above:

The last day that we were in Disney world, we decided not to pack our own lunches and instead splurge a little by buying lunch there. So at Lunch time we went to Pinochio's Pub or somehting along those lines, I had my nuggets, Fritz had his Burger and fries. Beside us was this family of with three teens, and the one kid had a thing of fries, probably comparable to a medium at McDonalds. Then he takes out a package of salt and pours it ontop of his fries. No biggie, some people like salt on their fries. Then he pours another on his fries and yet another. I'm slightly disturbed already by the amount of salt he pours on what I thought were already salted fries, but then he shocks me even more by pouring two more packets not on his fries, but in his little tub of ketchup! I hope this kid has really good health insurance becuase heart disease is just around the corner for him if that's how much salt he eats!

I'm really into the Blue Menu products that President's Choice offers now. Alot of there foods are low sodium.  Here is a great example. I love corn.  I really do. I buy Blue Menu corn which contains 10 mg of sodium for 341 g of corn. Del Monte ( Not to target them, just first lable  I saw)  has 360 mg of sodium for every 125 g of corn. Lets do the math to make it clearer: (create equal amounts, do some division blah blah blah)

Del Monte: 125 g of corn = 360 mg of sodium
Blue Menu 125 g of corn = 3.7 mg of sodium

What grosses me out even more is Mr Noodles! In one package there is over 1900 mg of sodium and your daily requirement is 1500! I get chest pains just thinking about it or watching other's eat it. However I don't doubt that the kid in the disney pub would add 3 more packets of salt to his serving of Mr Noodles.

I rarely use salt in my cooking either. There are other ways to flavour your food. And if a recipe askes for a tsp of salt...I don't even bother, I've never noticed the difference. Don't get me wrong though, you need sodium in you diet. It's found in a lot of foods naturally. But adding 2 pakets to a tablespoon of ketchup is not a good idea, especially when the meal that comes with the overly salted fries is already atleast 5 times over you recomended daily intake!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Mickey Mouse, Roller Coasters and...Paula Abdul???

A quick blurb about where I was last week:

Last Sunday night, my husband and I departed for a one week vacation to the Wonderful World of Walt Disney in Orlando Florida. We booked everything that we could well in advance and researched the least expensive ways to make this holiday purchase. We booked our flight with Spirit Air... round trip for 2 people...just over $400.(If we did not discover this airline, then we would never have made this trip simply because tickets are way too expensive) found a hotel 5 minutes from the gates that offered free shuttle service to the parks, Rented cars through CAA for 1/2 the prices being offered in Florida and made our own lunches everyday to take to the park.
    We arrived in Ft. Lauderdale at 6 am, picked up our 2012 mazda3  and made the 3 hour trip to Orlando. Of course we stopped at Cocoa beach to look for "banana hammock man"( not sure what a banana hammock is? Google it...see the neon yellow/green one....that guy... shaven and very oily... and long golden locks on his Fabio. My apologies if you were eating)  whom we seem to run into every year , and to sip on a jug of freshly squeezed Florida orange juice.
    With in the first hour of our vacation, Fritz of course lost his credit card. It's a mighty good thing that we have two other wise we would have been in BIG trouble.
    The Weather was expected to be cloudy and rainy. However, the only rain we ever saw was the Monday overnight and the last night that we were there. The rest was hot and sunny!
We spent the next 5 days ( Tuesday Through Saturday) at the parks. 12 hours each do the math. All I can tell you is that we were very sore, tired and Disneyd out by the end of the week.
Do you think I would really pay that for a photo??

The main reason for this post though is to tell you this story:

At the end of the week, we were to pick up our rental car at a location near the municipal airport. It took a 1.2 hour bus ride and a 10 minute walk to get to the location by Signature Aviation only to find out that the Hertz car rental is closed for the day! How on Earth are we supposed to get to Ft Lauderdale???

So we went into the airport jet-fueling place and asked them. They went over our paper work and concluded that we were at the wrong location and that we should be one block over. So we started our walk to the next location only to be stopped after 5 minutes of walking by the aviation tech guy. He offered us a ride because apparently is a 5 km hike in the middle of nowhere. So now we are at the other other part of the airport and our ride has driven off.
"Fritz...I don't know if we are supposed to be here" I say. We go inside and ask the receptionist if this is so and so address. " yes it is" she says.
" Oh good!" I exclaim, " we are here to pick up the rental car that we booked and paid for."
"Alright, " says the lady. "Did you fly in with us today?" she asks.
"umm no...we are just here to pick up the car.."
"well I'm sorry but we don't rent out cars to just anyone. You have to have flown in on our private jets."
"excuse me???!"
     It turns out we somehow found our selves at a private airport for celebrities  to avoid the paparazzi! The receptionist was nice enough to let us use their phone in the pilot room ( with a big leather couch and big screen TV) to call CAA to figure everything out. After a big kerfuffle which lead to first not a single car being available for us at any location to them finding us a vehicle at a local Hertz to be picked up at 10:30, we finally had something figured out. All we needed was a taxi to get to that location. As Fritz was making these phone calls, I sat on the leather couch and observed jets coming in and people being escorted into private cars...I couldn't see who though.
So we go back to the front desk we went.
"Did you get things sorted out?" the lady asks.
"Yes we did. We just need a taxi now to get us to so and so address" Fritz says.
"Well I can call you a taxi. I know a very reliable service."
That's nice of here I thought. The she let us hang out  in the pilot room again. "I'll come and get you when your ride is here. "
So back to the pilot room we go to gaze out the windows at the jets. "Your cab is here" she says not to long after.
My cab is here?? I didn't see any yellow cab or blue and white taxi or anything that remotely looked like a taxi pull in. Either way we went to the lobby only to be greeted by a chauffeur in full uniform with the dark aviator sunglasses and the whole sha-bam.
"Right this way" says the Chauffeur as we are guided to our own private black Escalade, tinted windows and all. "no luggage?"
"No Luggage, "we say. "we'll explain.
So we explained the whole story and the Chauffeur went on about how we should fight for our rights and get our money back. And the whole time I'm thinking" this ride is going to cost our life savings...why coulding the receptionist call the yellow cab???"
"Alright'" we say how much do we owe you?"
"oh just give me $20"  As she writes a receipt for the $90 it would have cost us for the 10 minute ride. "make sure you get this refunded"
Our Escalade and Chauffeur drive off and we are now left at the Hertz car rental. Fritz organizes some things and I go in the to the office.
" I'm here to pick up the car we booked." I say
"Did you book it a while ago?" asks the man at the front desk.
"No we actually just had CAA book it for us about an hour or so ago. They said the car would be available for 10:30"
"well no body called here and we have zero cars available. They still have to be picked up form the airport." Says the man at the desk.
"Friiiitz!" I yell. "CAA lied!... there is no car!"
" I can get you car in maybe another hour." says the man behind the desk.
"That will have to do then" I say. And so begins our trip back to Ft. Lauderdale where we were hoping to spend the day at the beach , but ofcourse we had not enough time for that and so we eventually made our way back to the airport.
At the airport, we pick up our tickets, and head to the gates only to see that we are boarding with Paula Abdul. I never realized how petite that woman is. I could snap her like a twig. But I won't because I like her music.

*** I am of course not discrediting CAA, since they did get us inexpensive rental vehicles... but better research on their part may have helped. Then again...they did provide me with quite the adventure!***