Angel's back with us to share what happens when she vanishes for the day:
Every month or so, my little family drives up into Lancaster County, PA so hubby can do some thrift and antique store hunting. Its Amish/ Mennonite country, so the son and I get a nice lunch out of the deal and keep him company. Now, there are many reasons why I couldn't live up there, not the least of which is that it's a very "red" area, conservative in its politics and religion, but it's a beautiful drive through country and alongside farms.
The area is mostly known for its dairy farms, so there are many bucolic vistas of Holsteins and Guernseys happily grazing on grassy hills.
Lots of pretty barns.
But it's always fun to see the variety of animals being raised up there. Chickens, goats, ponies, miniature horses, alpacas, the great draft horses and mules and all the cute sheep. There was even a bison farm for a bit, but they've moved on to other ventures.
Today's SWL is from Scott, who loves roaming through living history...
Everyone knows about Pompeii. Old city, destroyed by volcano, tragedy beyond measure, great Bastille song. And I've been to Pompeii. Pompeii is cool, if you don't mind staying on the city streets and staring longingly into the ruins.
But what if I told you there was a place in Italy where you could wander madly through the ruins? Climbing under and over them, getting lost in them, without anyone complaining or kicking you out?
Welcome to Ostia Antica.
Seriously, this place is amazing. At one time, the city sat at the mouth of the Tiber River, and was Rome's port city, where thousands of tons of trade goods came and went. Silting from the river has now moved the coast about three kilometers away.
When we were there a few years back, Mark and our friends walked down the main road, but I was all over those ruins.
There's a restored villa, a stadium, two museums (including one with some amazing homoerotic sculpture and statuary) and even a cafeteria so you can grab lunch and go back out exploring again.
It's just a short train ride from Rome. Truly one of the hi-lights of our visits to Italy.
Today's SWL is from Angel, who sometimes gets frustrated with tech...
This topic occurs to me as I'm getting ready for conventions, but it's also getting close to That Time Of Year (not saying the Ch-word) so it's doubly relevant.
Shopping online encroaches on in-store shopping a little more every year. While Business News Daily asserts that the majority of consumers still prefer to shop in-store (WHY???) the fact is that most of us, 51% according to UPS, made our purchases online last year.
That's huge. I ask very little of a shopping website - don't care if it's pretty or runs on a mobile device, or is particularly fast. Really. Don't care. What I do want is ease of shopping. Can I find products easily? (e.g. Are there nice categories that make sense? Is there a good search function?) Can I check out easily, or has the merchant made it some convoluted process with different kinds of logins and no mention of payment types until I've jumped through a hundred hoops?
Lemme give you an example: A certain chocolatier's website I was on this week? Terrible. Maybe I was doing something wrong, but on the PC version of the site, there's no actual list of products. There are limited categories that make little to no sense. In order to find "nuggets" I had to know the name of the product and use the search function specifically. I could have signed up as a "Member" in order the check out, but I didn't want to do that. Instead, I used the "Guest" log in, only to find on the very last page of the purchase that I couldn't use PayPal with that login type.
In contrast, most book websites are set up for greatest ease of purchase. Various ways to search, easy checkout, generally clear payment methods, easy delivery options whether it's electronic or physical delivery.
This might be why I buy more books than anything else...
Hello! Welcome to another week of Stuff We Like. This week's edition is brought to you by the letters H and F, as well as the number 17. Freddy is hosting so keep ahold of your seat and enjoy!
I love hoodies. I won't lie. I prefer them over coats any day. I am a winter/fall person to start with, so when the weather turns I get excited because it means I get to snuggle into my hoodie.
I have a collection of well-used and loved hoodies. Some are lined, some not. A couple have been with me for years (I have a brown and white stripped one I've had for nearly 7-8 years.) I don't like the flimsy, hey this could be a t-shirt ones, but well-made heavier material that feel good when you slip into them.
The he one in the picture above is probably the best made one I've ever gotten, and despite it being in excellent condition, I will probably get another.
The brand is American Giant. They are American made and have a selection of more than just hoodies. When they first arrived on the scene the wait was months and months to get just a hoodie, and honestly, I understand why. They are so well-made, feel so good against you (and if you have skin issues like me this is glorious indeed) and fit nicely. They do start a little stiff but as you wear them, the hoodies get more and more comfortable, like a good pair of jeans.
The brand is a direct order - so no physical stores anywhere - but they do that to keep the cost down. The hoodies and whatnot aren't cheap, but you won't be needing to buy a hoodie often, though you may end up buying more because they're so comfy.
Hey everyone, Toni here for another episode of Stuff We Like. This week is going to be short and sweet as I just got back from a family holiday in Perth and have been struck down with the dreaded lurgy.
This week I'm sharing with you my love of Gold Class cinema. Living in Darwin, in the Northern Territory, this is something we don't have up here (A luxury they don't think we deserve ;)).
Every time I visit somewhere that has Gold Class, no matter the cinema franchise, I make sure to treat myself. I'm a big fan of the movies as it is, but being able to sit back on massive recliner chairs, and watch a movie as waiters bring you food and drinks at pre-ordered times is utterly indulgent. The cinemas have a cozier feel as there are usually only 30-40 chairs instead of the 150-200.
I've taken to spoiling my child (If she's with me) and taking her along as well.
While I was in Perth I managed to squeeze in two GC Movies. I saw Bridget Jones's Baby and Sully (Which I absolutely loved).
Even though the price of the tickets is high, it's not something I get to do every week, or even every month so I don't mind spending a little more and spoiling myself when I can.
Is there something you like to do every time you go on holidays? I'd love to hear about it.