I write about adventures of my semi-outdoorsy family of four, when we are not hiking, biking or camping, we are watching movies, playing board games, video games, going to cons, exploring towns, and doing other nerdy things. Bits of my 18yr marriage to the love of my life, our years as parents raising two amazing humans & my 40yrs as a feminist.
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Woohoo! I did a long-term review on REI Co-op Quarter Dome 1-person tent, Flash Insulated Air Sleeping Pad, and Magma 17 Sleeping Bag. Yes, it is a positive review, no it is not paid content or "advertorial". REI is making quality stuff these days. They have continued to listen to their members and they have been surrounded by well-known brands for years if they did not make a great product I'd be seriously concerned. I did have one gripe, read the full review at BicycleTimesMag.com
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I rarely post work-related thoughts on my blog. It’s a place for me to puke words every so often. But with quite a few friends asking for my feedback on Interbike, the yearly bicycle convention, and entirely too much to say for a simple Facebook post this will have to be the place.
Thoughts are broken down in this order below:
Indoor attendance & company feedback
The pros are very short and sweet. It was very refreshing to be in a new, beautiful location and I'm told the riding is great. (I did not ride, fighting a sore throat and the excess dust was not appealing to my need to heal.)
The cons. It took an hour to get to Northstar from Reno. The vendor area felt about the same quantity as last year, so pretty low turnout. There were only seven bike manufacturers that I counted. The line for the gondola was reported to be a long wait and added to long wait times to get a bike to demo. There were more e-mtbs than analog bikes. Last …
I'm going to be 40 in like 3 days! I'm supposed to panic right?!
It feels like most people have a sense of dread or despair for milestone birthdays like these. I don't feel that way. But I wouldn't say I'm excited either. Full disclosure I get really excited about finding a grey hair, "I'm Mom-the-Wise now!"
Birthday's are a day that I get to have all the say in activities and food choices, that's really enough for me. Mom's generally don't get that. We are often the ones who bend our wants to make the kids or spouse happy. But we are guaranteed two days a year where we can say, "everybody back off, we are eating pizza with pineapples and anything with dark chocolate!". Nom. Nom. Nom.
Comfortable bottoms for an active woman can be a challenge to find. I'm not talking about stretchy yoga type pants, I'm looking at jeans. I am not a fan of having to change clothes to be able to run around the park with the kids or hop on the bike to run to the store. The search for a pair of women's jeans that could accommodate these simple activities and not break the bank, has been a challenge.
The Kara Jean has fit that bill. I purchased these last fall and have been living in them for weeks at a time. I wear a size 10 and these have a little give after wearing them for a few days, but an 8 was way too small for me. The pants are low-rise and the materials is a nice soft and stretchy woven denim. They are machine washable and I have had no issue with them shrinking. The fit is flattering and these pants can be dressed up for work, date night or just chasing the kids around the park.
The Kara Jean retails at $85 and is available in different colors depending on the seas…