The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread

I love Lean Pockets. I love soft pretzels. So it stands to reason that I cannot get enough of the new Lean Pockets Pretzel Bread sandwiches!!! Seriously, I am already addicted! I tried the Roasted Turkey with Bacon and Cheese flavor, and was instantly addicted. I am the kind of person that can eat the exact same thing over and over again for weeks on end, so I have a feeling I know what’s for lunch for the next month or so!!

Ceiling fans

I know summer is a long way off, but I’m already looking at ceiling fans because I want to put one in my son’s room. For some reason, the AC doesn’t circulate very well in there, so that room is always hotter than everywhere else in the house.

Anyway, I was checking out a site that sells Hunter fans, and thought this one in the shape of an airplane was very cool! What little boy wouldn’t love this thing?! I need to start saving up so I can buy this in a few months.

RFID Blocking

The more I read about how identity thieves and crooks are intercepting signals from RFID-enabled products like cell phones, credit cards, and passports, the more worried I get. I mean, it actually sounds pretty easy to have all your data compromised just while you’re walking down the street or something. Maybe it’s time to start looking at rfid blocking wallets to carry these things in. The last thing I want is to have to deal with canceling a phone or credit card because someone stole my info. Yikes! Sometimes the high-tech stuff hardly seems worth it.

Getting closer!

My graduation date is inching closer and closer! I really feel as though I’m on top of my coursework right now, and don’t anticipate any major problems that might prevent me from graduating on time. I’m planning on having a small party for family and friends, so I’ve got to start sending out save the date cards soon. I’ll probably just have the thing at my house and have it catered. That would be easier than having to rent a party room at a restaurant or whatever.

Anyway, I can’t wait until school is over! I have enjoyed my journey and have been learning a lot of useful things that will help me in my career, but it’s definitely time to move on!

Fight Like a Girl Hoodie

Like many people, I like to help good causes when I shop for apparel and other products, so when I heard about the “Fight Like a Girl” clothing line from Signify Pink, I knew that was something I’d be interested in. Fight Like a Girl is a reference to breast cancer, which is one of the causes I’ve supported in the past.

I ended up ordering this unisex polka dot applique sweatshirt, which is one of the most popular items on the site since Sarah Palin wore it on her TV show. The hoodie was a bit expensive at $54.99, but again, part of the proceeds go to help a good cause (in this case, something called the Free Clinics of Iowa, which provides basic health care services to low-income families). All of the lettering and designs on the sweatshirt are embroidered on (or “appliqued”, I guess) and appear to be of very high quality. I love embroidered stuff because there’s no way it will fade or come out in the wash, so clothes end up looking new for much longer.

The sweatshirt is made from a cotton/polyester blend and is very comfortable. The sizing is “normal”, too. In other words, if you order a medium, it will fit like a medium and not be too big or too small. I know, I know… that’s a vague description, but it makes sense to me!

Anyway, I love this sweatshirt so far and definitely think it will become a favorite very soon!

Free Sample of Chia Seeds

I recently read the awesome book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall. In it, he mentioned that members of the Tarahumara tribe, who are some of the legendary runners that he profiles in the book, eat chia seeds as part of their ultra-lean, efficient diet. Ever since then, I’ve kind of wanted to try some chia for myself, so I was thrilled to come across this offer for a free sample of Greens+ Omega 3 Chia Seeds. If you want a free sample, all you have to do is fill out the online form right here at the Greens Plus blog. They only ship to the U.S. though, so everyone else is out of luck.

Can’t wait to get mine!

Garmin Forerunner 305

Now that I’ve been jogging for fitness for the past 2 years, I want to start moving beyond simply running for a certain time or distance during each workout. I want to be able to measure my progress so I can take definitive steps towards getting better. Towards that end, I recently purchased a Garmin Forerunner 305 watch.

The Garmin Forerunner 305 is a nifty workout tool that is capable of doing much more than recording lap times. It has many great features, including on-board GPS that links to Google Earth and other maps to track your course while you run. The watch also came with a chest strap/heartbeat monitor so you know exactly where you’re at in terms of your target heart rate.

In addiiton to GPS and heart rate information, the watch also records time, distance, speed, pace, and changes in elevation. All of the data can then be upload to you computer via the included USB cable, where it is automatically converted to neat graphs for easy comparison.

There are a couple different training parameters you can set on the Forerunner 305. For instance, you can set your workout to last for a specific length of time or distance, and the watch will beep to let you know when you’ve reached your goal. Or, you can set the watch for interval training, and it will beep at the appropriate periods to let you know when to go hard or rest.

I’ve been using my Forerunner 305 for just a couple of weeks, but I already love it! It makes my workouts so much more fun, and I love being able to upload my data to the Garmin website where I can compare it to other people around the world. It’s cool being able to see my routes and watch how my pace changes at different points during my runs. I’ve already shaved some seconds off my 5K time, and am looking forward to getting even better.

If you’re serious about running, I highly recommend the Garmin Forerunner 305. This cost about $135 + tax, and is worth every penny!

Edwards Singles: Key Lime Pie

The first time I ever had key lime pie was 10 years ago — in Key Lime, FL. Kind of a good place to make the introduction, huh? Anyway, I loved the stuff, and have been trying to find a good source ever since. I don’t bake, so there’s no chance of whipping up my own pie anytime soon. There are a couple of diners around my house that occasionally have key lime, but other than that, there’s really not much of a selection.

Then a few weeks ago, I noticed these Edwards Singles Key Lime Pie packages in the frozen dessert section at the grocery store. I don’t usually troll those aisles, so I’m not sure how long this product has been around. Probably forever, knowing my cluelessness! Anyway, of course I decided to buy a couple of boxes on the spot.

I have to say that this particular key lime pie isn’t all that bad, considering that it’s frozen. I like the serving size because I can indulge without feeling overly guilty. There are only 2 slices per box, which means there’s no chance of an all-out pig fest, and I don’t have to worry too much about portion control. The flavor is cool and refreshing, just as key lime pie should be. Of course it’s nowhere near as good as fresh, but I’ll take what I can get!