Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Affordable Chic and Yesterday's Trip Home

Because I am not feeling the recovery, and fully anticipate a salary cut due to the lack of a recovery, I am all about recessionary chic - which the careful shopper can find at Target! I must admit, that I don't find as much at the Flagstaff Target as I do in the Phoenix or Louisville Targets but those are larger cities that cater to a more diverse market, I suspect. Happily, I know what I like and have the patience to wait and hunt for the objects of my desire until I find them. In this case, I am referring to little cardigans of the variety favored by First Lady Michelle Obama. No matter what you think of her husband's BFF Timothy Geitner (and in my case that would be "not that much"), Mrs. O is superb in every way imaginable including all that she has done to make it easier for me to find little cardigans that fall just between the waist and the hip. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mrs. O. I am convinced she could do a lot for bike commuting if it hit her radar.

Anyhoo, I found these lovely, classic, cable knit cardigans pictured above at Target this weekend for $22 each in a several colors. The sleeves are 3/4 length, the very best length for me. The cut is straight and hangs beautifully. After a day's wear it still doesn't look rumpled or stretched out in any way. The weight is light without being flimsy. I tried on several print cardigan sweaters as well, but found their cut and construction to be inferior. At $22 each, I plan to return to Target to pick up more colors of this affordable and timeless sweater, which in Flagstaff's cooler climate will be a year-round staple. Won't they be just perfect with the Breezer Uptown 8? That is the question, isn't it. Will my clothes go with my bicycle?

Moving right along . . . .

. . . yesterday I met my goal of skiing to work. The snow was compacted and slick enough to make it a very enjoyable experience, even in the areas in which I had to cut my own trail. Although I could have skied straight from the airport to my neighborhood I decided to take a detour into the clearing in the national forest behind the FedEx building. For Phoenix residents who want quick, inexpensive access to cross country skiing, one could easily take US Air up to Flag for the day, walk across the street into the national forest, ski break for lunch at the Pine Mountain Cafe, ski some more and take the late afternoon flight home.

Anyway, it was a fun trip home that didn't involve a combustion engine and left me thoroughly satisfied upon my return home. Moral of the story: when the bike is impractical due to road condition, skis might be the solution. I will be doing this again. Unfortunately, skiing in will not work for me as I would be too unpresentable for work and there isn't a shower in the terminal.


Dottie said...

Beautiful pictures.

I love Michelle Obama cardigans! Very flattering and classy. The thought of her getting behind a bike commuting message is too exciting to ponder.

bikeolounger said...

RATS on their not being a good way to freshen up before work!

Having ridden to work in hot weather many times, I find I'm able to do quite a bit with a small sink. However, I'm well aware that such tactics aren't for everyone.

At least you got to ski a while, though! We almost never get enough snow here for me to justify learning cross-country skiing. I suspect I'd really like it.

bikeolounger said...

I cannot believe that I typed "their" instead of "there." Sheesh! (hangs head)

Lady Vélo said...

They are lovely looking cardigans - especially the Green for Spring cycling :)

Very nice blog btw :)

Lady Vélo.