(The Blog Formerly Known as "Countdown to 30" and "30 is the New Twenty")

Thursday, September 20, 2007

The Sky is Falling!

In the 11 years that I've lived in Minnesota, I have never understood the coverage of the weather during "storms." Tonight it finally hit me: the excessive coverage of storms is so they can show off their fancy storm tracking equipment. It is the only logical reason. Tonight's storm was pretty heavy, I will admit that. It is important to tell us about the impending storm, but when the storm has passed, we don't need to continue to cover it. Also, the entire weather team at KARE 11 was reporting. Plus, Mike Pomerantz was out in the backyard showing us the debris (tiny leaves and twigs) and the 1/2 inch of water. Oh my gosh! That is so informative! I don't have windows. It seemed a bit excessive. But, KARE 11 does have Viper 8D to show off.

This is such a Minnesota thing. Milwaukee and Chicago don't over do it on the weather--unless it is warranted. I know I was a lot younger when I lived in WI and IL, but I think I'd remember my favorite television show being interrupted and my parents ranting about the weather coverage.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Vera Wang Fashions for All

Over the weekend, I went to Kohl's to check out Vera Wang's Simply Vera Collection. It's a great collection, but of course Kohl's had to find a way to make it look cheap. My main complaint is how the merchandise was displayed. If I was running the show, there would've been stricter guidelines as to where and how the products were displayed. Her clothes were wedged in next to the Daisy Fuentes Hoochie collection that was on clearance. Not exactly where Vera belongs. The shoes were the worst: just thrown with the rest of the shoes with a little display. The signage and posters needed to be bigger, better, and more Vera. The signs just looked Kohl's. I think it needed to be more glam, sophisticated, and classier. I know this costs a lot of money, but they needed special fixtures that said classy Vera, not leftover Kohl's shelves. A build up of mannequins in the front, and a big flashy sign would've been a nice touch.

I know that the average Kohl's customer doesn't care about things like this, but little things like this make a difference. I had to walk through a big chunk of the shoe department just to find her stuff. You should walk into the department and instantly see her collection. Vera Wang is a wonderful designer that deserves a more sophisticated presentation.

Despite the less than stellar presentation, the Vera Wang collection is worth checking out. Although, the sizes were picked over in the clothes.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

I Deserve an Emmy...

I think I deserve an Emmy, not for my comedic wit, but for sitting through three hours of the Emmy Awards. Granted, I've been doing other things while it was on, but it's been pretty painful to watch. Super boring. I don't know what it is, but it stinks. Maybe it's the fact that I don't watch a lot of television. Or it is just bad. The best part has been the ads for Macy's featuring the celebrities that have lines at Macy's. I love the one where Martha's daughter is hunting for a dress and Tim Gunn takes some of Martha's bedding and makes a dress. That should be a sign when an ad is better than the actual show.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Straight Forward Music Snob

natalie dee

Time to Put the Tube Tops Away *

I am so excited that it is finally cool outside. Hooray! I can finally wear sweaters and sweatshirts again. Today I am wearing boots with my sweater! I can't even remember the last time I was able to wear boots. The best part is not sweating while standing still. And I can finally layer. So long summer! I'm bring out my jackets and drinking hot coffee.

*For the record, I do not own a tube top. Just thought I should clarify.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Gawkers, Go Home!

I was excited last week when I found the 10th Ave Bridge was opening up again--it would make getting around town much easier. My excitement quickly faded after I drove across it. It is now gawker central. I understand that some people might need to see the bridge first hand, but it doesn't seem to me like these are the people that come out to the 10th Ave. Bridge. It's the people with their video cameras and cameras taking pictures and video of the reckage. It is also very apparent that these people are bussed in from the burbs and aren't simply walking across the bridge to get to their destinations. It's turned into this giant super circus. There were a couple hundred people crammed on there on Labor Day. All they need to do is add a Pronto Pup cart and it could be like the State Fair. To me, it just seems sort of rude and inconsiderate to the victims and their families. Do we really need to come stare at the mess? I still don't like looking at ruins. It freaks me out. It scares me. To see people skipping over to the bridge is so nauseating.

The traffic is horrible on the bridge, too. The other day the car in front of me stopped (without giving me any notice) just to look at the ruins of the 35W bridge. I easily could've been in an accident. I laid on my horn. This didn't stop the people, they kept stopping all the way across the bridge. And I continued to honk on my horn. It really makes my drive to work a road rage filled drive.

I am hoping that the novelty wears off very,very soon.