The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Wendy’s Pretzel Burger

Apparently Wendy’s is going to start selling a pretzel burger in select markets sometime in the near future. The burger will basically be a regular burger, but will feature soft pretzel bread in lieu of standard buns. No photos or other details of the new product were made available by Wendy’s, which is planning a summer or fall roll out.

I usually don’t go for burger gimmicks, but I’d definitely try this one. I love pretzel bread as it is, and adding a beef patty, cheese, onions, etc. to the mix sounds great! Hell, forget about waiting for Wendy’s…maybe I’ll just run to the store, grab the ingredients and grill a couple pretzel burgers up for myself!

Camper Suede Boots

camper suede boots I know this is the wrong time to be thinking about boots, but I was browsing through Overstock and saw this pair from Camper. They’re knee-high, made of suede, and look really soft and comfortable.

I have duck shoes for the winter, but really want to get a slightly dressier pair of boots that I can wear to a wider range of functions.

Although these Camper suede boots cost more than I’d usually spend, I’ve heard rave reviews about them, so I’m willing to give them a try next winter.

Tufts University T-shirt

tufts university I have no connection to Tufts University at all, but I still want to buy this t-shirt. Why? Because it’s where Berg, Pete, and Sharon all went to school in Two Guys and a Girl.

I know, it’s stupid to want something just because it’s very loosely related to fictional characters on a TV show that’s been off the air for a decade. But what can I say? Once I become obsessed with these shows, it’s hard to let go!

iTunes Movie Rentals

While I mostly love the convenience of renting movies from iTunes, one thing I can’t get past is that we can’t watch any bonus features unless we buy the film. This sucks because it doesn’t mirror what happens in the real world. If I get a DVD from Redbox, I still have access to the extras, so why should iTunes rentals be any different?

I won’t stop using renting from iTunes (the $.99 movie of the week is usually too good to pass up), but I hope this policy changes in the near future.

McDonald’s Strawberry & Creme Pie

I haven’t had dessert at McDonald’s in ages, but when I went there for a quick lunch yesterday, I decided to treat myself to a Stawberry & Creme pie too. I always thought those things looked pretty good, but never bothered buying one until now.

Anyway, I’ve concluded that I shouldn’t have done it! Not because the pie was bad, but because it was great! I can already tell that I’m going to be craving this thing again and again.

The pie features McDonald’s typical pie crust/pocket thing, and is stuffed with two different “tubes” of flavoring. On one side is a strawberry jam-like substance, while on the other is the creme part — which tasted mostly like creme cheese. The two flavors weren’t all that great on their own, but tasted wonderful when mixed together.

I think these Strawberry & Creme pies are a limited edition, so if you want to try one you’ll have to hurry.

Monk: The Official Episode Guide

monk official episode guide I usually don’t bother with “episode guides” and “companion books” for the TV shows I watch, but Monk is different for me. I love getting my hands on anything remotely connected to the show, which is why I recently purchased Monk: The Official Episode Guide by Terry J. Erdmann and Paula M. Block– even though I knew going in that the book only covered seasons 1-4.

I was very impressed by the thoroughness of this guide. It starts out with a Foreword from series creator Andy Breckman, and then gives some background information about how the TV series got off the ground. Next, brief biographies of the main characters are listed, followed by a chronological episode guide.

For each episode, the authors list cast information and important credits, such as the writer and director. Then a quick summary of the episode appears, along with some terrific behind-the-scenes tidbits related to the story, either from the concept level to the script to the filming. These details alone were worth the price of the entire book!

The authors also took the time to list the important clues for each mystery, a Monkish “idiosyncracy of the week”, and a funny or memorable quote from the episode.

The Official Episode Guide is available from the NBC/Universal store for $5, which is a bargain, but I paid a few bucks more for the Kindle edition so I can always have it within reach on my iPhone. Regardless of the version you choose, I rate this book a must-have for any fan of the show!

Water Bottle Waist Belt for Jogging

water bottle belt I tend to get a bit dehydrated on longer runs of 90 minutes or more, so with summer coming up I thought this would be a good time to buy a waist belt that can hold a water bottle. There are a lot of different ones out there, but I just selected a cheap, non-brand-name belt to test out. Looks like I wasted my money.

The first problem, which I didn’t think would be a problem, is that the water bottle for this particular belt only holds 170ml, which is about 6 ounces. That is simply not enough, which means I always have to stop and refill somewhere along the way. That obviously defeats the purpose, as I can just as well drink directly from any fountains I happen to pass instead if merely refilling my bottle. I wanted this bottle to free me from having to run routes that deliberately carry me past water fountains.

The second problem is that the water bottle, being as cheaply made as it is, LEAKS! Even when the top is screwed on tightly and evenly and when the spout is closed with the cap on, water seeps out of the top and soaks the holder (as well as my shirt underneath). Since there’s such a tiny amount of water in there to begin with, this is an unacceptable situation.

And the third and final problem I have with this product is that it is uncomfortable to use. When there’s water in the bottle, the belt bounces up and down with each step. Even when I wear it uncomfortably tight, there is still detectable movement. It’s annoying to have to constantly push the thing down so it settles where I want it to.

Clearly, there’s not much I like about this belt. Two of the problems (low capacity and leakage) can be chalked up to simple buying mistakes. I should have read some reviews to see what other runners recommend before buying this thing. But the third is something I think I’d run into with all similar products. I guess I’ll just have to keep passing by water fountains!

Me&Ro Charity Pendant

no more I was browsing through a charity website the other day and learned that Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order SVU wears certain Me&Ro pendants in support of her charity, the Joyful Heart Foundation. The Foundation’s purpose is to “heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic battery, and child abuse”, which sounds like a cause everyone can get behind.

Anyway, Hargitay wears (or has worn) two different pendants for her organization. One is a silver dog tag with the word “Fearlessness” inscribed on it and the other is the “No More” pendant pictured above.

I love buying things knowing that a portion of the proceeds will go to a good cause, so these pendants are definitely on my radar. The No More sterling silver pendant on a natural cotton cord costs $130, which, yes, is a bit expensive for what you get. But remember, it’s in support of charity, so why not!