Stillettos: Stay Classy, San Diego

I have a pair of stilettos . They make me feel sexy. They are black and shiny, and I wear them with my little black dress. Admittedly, I don’t get to wear them much, but I do like to wear them. When I’m looking at them, I marvel how they make my legs look longer, and the fact that the way I have to stand in them forces my butt to tighten. The way they are made enhances sexiness by the mere act of wearing them. Good stuff.

Another thing I like about stilettos is the way they remind me of the high-class sophisticated ladies of the 1950s and 1960s black and white movies. When I wear them, I really feel like Audrey Hepburn: classy with a string of pearls and hair in a glossy up-do. And it kind of makes sense. The 1950s was the first decade to really see the popularity of the stiletto, as they came into fashion with their heels narrowing to a small point. You know, like the stiletto knife. The fact that they came on the scene when they did, is reason enough for my stilettos to conjure images of black and white glamour. (Yes, glamour – with the “ou”.)

These days, though, stilettos are no longer made with the heavy metals used in the first stilettos; now they’re light. Some stilettos are even made with the same kind of lightweight aluminum that is used when making fuselages for airplanes. The strength is necessary, or the spiked heel would buckle under the pressure of being worn. Even the plastic tip that used be on the end of the heel couldn’t stand the pressure, and often wore off. (Back in the 50s, 60s, and 70s, many workplaces had special covers for stiletto heels. This kept the metal point from ripping the carpet and scratching the floors after the plastic tip fell off.)

Stilettos are perhaps the sexiest shoe alive. And they are certainly made to evoke images of sophistication and class. And anyone can feel good wearing them. In fact, I think I’ll go put mine on now. So I can feel sexy while I made dinner.

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Healthy Recipes for the Family: What Are Ya...Chicken?

When people hear the word chicken, they immediately get bored. Instead of giving up on this monotonous meat, why not rethink your recipes?

When people hear the word chicken, they immediately get bored. Chicken has been used in the same recipes so many times that it’s no wonder your taste buds yawn at the word. On the other hand, we all know how healthy it can be. Chicken breasts are low in fat, yet high in protein. Plus, kids love them. Instead of giving up on this monotonous meat, why not rethink your recipes? Any recipe can seem new again if you do a little tweaking here and there.

Chicken salad is a classic dish and so are buffalo wings. Why not combine the two and create a dish your kids will love?

Buffalo Chicken Salad
Serves 4

  • 1 pound of boneless chicken breasts, baked and cubed
  • ½ cup buffalo sauce
  • 2 cup of celery, sliced
  • 1 cup of fat-free ranch dressing
  • 4 Kaiser rolls, toasted

1. Toss the chicken with the buffalo sauce and bake at 350 degrees until the sauce adheres to the meat.
2. Allow the chicken to cool and then chop into smaller pieces.
3. Combine the chicken, celery, and ranch dressing.
4. Serve on toasted Kaiser rolls with a side of baked potato chips.

Kids love chicken strips. Unfortunately, many versions are often deep fried, but not this one. These baked strips are perfect for dunking and as a topper for Caesar salad.

Chicken Parmesan Strips
Serves 4

  • 1 pound of chicken tenders
  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese, grated

1. Combine the seasoned bread crumbs and parmesan cheese in a shallow dish.
2. Dip the chicken tenders into the beaten egg whites and then into the seasoned bread crumbs.
3. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray and place the tenders at least ½ inch apart.
4. Spray the chicken tenders with cooking spray and bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
5. Serve with heated marinara sauce.

Remember, chicken doesn’t have to be boring to be healthy. You just need to rethink the ways you prepare it.

If you have any recipes ideas, improvements, suggestions, please comment below and let us know! Let us in on some of your secret recipes!

Climbing in Tater Country

Idaho might be best known for its potatoes, but if you’re getting ready to plan a vacation, you might consider this state for excellent climbing as well. Far from the potato fields, Seven Devils Mountains are home to some of the most rugged mountainsides in the world, and they present a unique challenge to the avid climber. Extending for nearly 40 miles along the Oregon border, the Seven Devils Mountains might make the perfect vacation.

Fortunately, this area of Idaho presents a unique opportunity for visitors, as there is far more to do than climb mountains. Several national and state parks are located within five miles of the range, some of which offer boating, kayaking, trails, cycling and horseback riding. When you’re tired of high elevations and craggy mountainsides, you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

For more experienced climbers, there are several mountains in Seven Devils that will test your skills and endurance. Devil’s Tooth, for example, is nearly 8,000 feet in elevation and has two summits, one of which is far more difficult to reach than the other. If you’d like to try the steepest side, you’ll need to be able to ferret out the most reasonable approach, which means that technical climbers will have the most success.

The Tower of Babel is another popular peak in Seven Devils Mountains, and is accessed from Sheep Lake. The mountain rises just over 9,000 feet in elevation, presenting almost limitless paths that jump from one rocky ledge to the next, presenting an almost spiral pattern that can be discerned from the ground.

You’ll find Class 1 hikes in Seven Devils Mountains as well as Class 5 hikes, but it is important that you know the area before you set out for a climb. The rock faces of the mountains aren’t always entirely stable, and taking a child on too difficult a hike could prove very dangerous. There are brochures and guides available all around Sheep Lake, Idaho, so make sure you check with the experts before you set out in the morning for some exercise.

If you get the chance, you should also visit Hells Canyon, which is the the deepest river gorge in the United States and extends all the way to Snake River. It is a glorious sight from numerous mountains in the range, and you can head off into the Wilderness from there.

Best Marathons: Calgary!

The Calgary Marathon was an idea conjured up over 40 years ago by an almost retired runner.

Now it’s one of the biggest marathons in the area. Get the background story about it. If you are like me, you can’t wait to retire. The idea of sleeping in makes you feel elated. It conjures up images of late mornings, warm Florida beaches and strong Margaritas. Yet, you know it’s a long way off. You know that come Monday morning you’ll be up shaving or putting on make-up in an effort to get out the front door and into an office. It’s a fact of life that helps pay the bills and put gas in your tank. However, the strong desire for retirement isn’t true for everyone. Some people get antsy as retirement approaches and search for new challenges. A great example of this is Doug Kyle.

Over 40 years ago, Calgarian Doug Kyle was about to retire. Consequently, in the 50’s and early 60’s, he was one of the fastest runners in Canada. This fact took him to the Olympic games in 1956 and 1960. Yet, on the eve of his retirement as a competitive runner in 60’s, he decided to face a new challenge – the creation of a marathon. In his mind, a marathon would put Calgary, a providence of Alberta, Canada, on the map. Also, it might bring the Olympic trials to the area. How hard could it be? Uh . . . It was hard.

Doug Kyle worked hard with another man, Bill Wyllie, to drudge up 19 runners for his marathon. It was like pulling teeth. Apparently, Kyle’s celebrity wasn’t enough to draw a crowd. Yet, he didn’t let this stop him. So, on August 10, 1963, the first Calgary Marathon (now referred to HSBC Calgary Marathon) was born. It was the first run of its kind in Western Canada. Today, the run is alive and well – it’s also full of runners.

In the most recent Calgary Marathon, a record was set for the amount of runners. Thousands of people show up now to support charities, volunteer, run, wear funky t-shirts and celebrate an event that is a few decades old. It’s a staple in the area. Isn’t it great that Doug Kyle didn’t just retire? In the year 1963, no telling what kind of trouble he could have gotten himself in. Or, he might have just fallen off the face of the earth and showed up years later on a commercial for dentures. Yikes!

If the Calgary Marathon sounds like something you want to run , check out its Web site at You’ll be able to get additional details and see great photos of the participants on this site.

How do you Zappos?

How do you Zappos?

With all the great customer service stories and blogs out there about, I haven’t really seen anything about how people shop at – How do you Zappos?

From my parents, siblings, and friends, to random people I’ve met, I’ve watched them all shop on Some of them are internet savvy, others are not. Some were eCommerce savvy, others have never bought anything online. The one thing I noticed is that each of them shopped on differently. Some of them would search for a brand, others would immediately click on the brands list to see the full list of brands available at, others would click on one of the links on the Homepage (i.e. Women’s Dress), while others would click on one of the New Feature spots. The one thing that everyone did know were the service offerings from this great company, in particular, Free Shipping & Free 365 Day Returns.

I just wanted to throw this out there. I shop on Zappos a lot. I mean A LOT! If you have ever worked for a retail store, you will understand what I mean when I say every employee shops their own store and they are really the experts at the store. They know what’s coming in, they know where everything is, and they can help any customer match items or find a similar item. The same can be said about Zappos employees. The difference is that we have a much larger selection with tons of new things coming in everyday.

I have a routine when shopping on This routine has been “developed” over time “practicing” the site and talking to various fellow employees/experts. What I wanted to do was to let you know what I do every time I go to the site. Here is my routine:

1. Go to
2. From the header, I click on ‘ New Styles
3. From here, you will see several links grouped by Women’s, Men’s, Girls, and Boy’s
4. I always start with Men’s ‘ Accessories ‘. Most people don’t know that Zappos is more than just shoes . There are socks , clothes , electronics , backpacks , women’s handbags , books , jewelry , watches , hats , laptops , cameras and more! From ‘Accessories’, I get to see what’s new for all things besides clothes, watches, sunglasses, and shoes.
5. I’ll browse through the first several pages until I start seeing things that are familiar to me (from the last time I looked)
6. Next, I go through and click on ‘All New Men’s Shoes’, then ‘Clothing’, then ‘All New Women’s Shoes’, then ‘Handbags’ for the wife. If time allows, I’ll check out the watches and eyewear

Did you know that Zappos is constantly receiving new items throughout the day, almost every day? Since I know this, I’ll check the site roughly every 4 hours and do my routine above. You will be surprised how many new things you will see every 4 hours. The other great thing about this routine is that I get to see lots of new stuff very quickly and not feel overwhelmed.

My other routine if I’m looking for something specific, is to use the Search box that is stretched across the top. Typing in a brand or a couple describing words usually does the trick. For stronger search capabilities (i.e. searching by personality – casual laptop bag), I like to go to the Zappos Zeta ( ) site. It works really well. :)

Anyway, this is how I Zappos. It works really well for me and I know others at Zappos who do have a similar routine. So… How do you Zappos? Let us know. :)

Good Grammar and Spelling Can Take You Far!

Ok, well at least to the Las Vegas Neon Sign Boneyard!

On the Content Team, each individual Coordinator is often writing hundreds of product descriptions on a weekly basis. At some point in the daily description writing process, the brain turns on auto-pilot and even the strongest spellers and punctuation artists (Ya, I said it) have blunders from time to time. That being said, I decided to challenge my Fashion Content Team (Detailers too, as they enter all of the data into our system) with an error free week. The reward? An outing to the Las Vegas Sign Boneyard for a tour of some iconic landmarks.

Tension was high the week of the error free challenge! We (myself included) were all checking and re-checking our product descriptions…knowing that our trusty team editor, Jen Brohl, was combing through our fresh content on a daily basis looking for simple typos, punctuation mis-haps (comma rules aren’t easy people!) and poor grammar—my absolute pet peeve! And we did it, proving to the world, or at least our world, that perfection is totally possible. I am so proud!

The boneyard was fantastic, despite the horrid July heat and not-so-typical humidity, and we had a great time taking advantage of the photo opportunities. We also learned a bit about Las Vegas history. For instance, Howard Hughes, who spent his last days as a hermit in a nearby hotel room, purchased the ‘silver slipper’ sign because its flashing lights were driving him crazy!

I encourage everyone, locals and tourists alike, to check out the boneyard, although you might want to wait for fall! The Content Team will be holding similar contests on a quarterly basis. Coordinators and Detailers, start brushing up on your skills now! (Jen, how did I do?)

Who are you and What do you do?

After the Las Vegas Encounter, where KY employees get to go work with Vegas employees, I realized there are far too many awesome people we work with in the warehouse that we don’t know that well! I’ve decided to interview some people I met on the Vegas trip that are also from Kentucky! I would like to get around more of the KY warehouse/Outlet store and meet new people. I will make plans to visit the Bowling Green Outlet store as well and share that experience too!

First up is Dan C. Although Dan and I do work for Creative Services in KY, I didn’t really know Dan that well until we went on this trip. I have to say, the Vegas Encounter is an awesome experience!

What Dept. Do you work in and what is your position?

My title is Photo Operations Supervisor. I work in the Photography Department and make sure that everything is photographed correctly and in a timely manner. Or goal is to get things up on site within 24 hours of their arrival in the warehouse.
Tell us a little bit about yourself: (Family, hobbies, pets, how long you’ve been/lived here)

I’ve lived in the state of Kentucky my entire life but I have done a lot of traveling when I was younger, so I can honestly say that there is no better place to live. I actually live in Louisville and am looking to buy a house within a year. My hobbies include playing Xbox, watching movies, as well as model railroading (especially as soon as I get a place with a basement). I have a pet chameleon named Dina and I used to have a saltwater reef tank until the temperature in the apartment got so high things started dying off. I hope to have that back up and running in my new house too.

What’s the best thing ever about working for!

Working with my friends and contributing to the amazing growth that goes on here.

Favorite food served at Zappos?

The chicken wings that we get once in a blue moon. Seriously- the second best wings I have ever had next to Spring Street.

What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?

Go to the movies.

What’s something you would like to do once in your lifetime with no limits? Example- (I would like to be a Tugboat captain! Seriously, that sounds fun)

Drive a really fast car cross country in the Cannonball Run. Do they even still have that?

Can you Name 5 animals with horns?

Jackson Chameleon
Satan ;-)

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Snowboarder of the Week: Shayne Pospisil

Young Shayne Pospisil is a rising snowboard star who earned his way across the Atlantic for Norway’s Oakley Arctic Challenge.

Shayne Pospisil says he does not know why Japan is the only nation on the face of the earth to have a snowboarding trick in its name. The 23-year-old emerging star only knows that it works for him, such as to the tune of a $5,000 first prize during the recent Paul Mitchell Progression Sessions at Breckenridge, Colo.

“I did a lot of Japans, and especially on one I went as high as I could,” he told an interviewer.

Nearly eight meters, in fact, in his most explosive Japan Air launch.

“You do a grab between your legs around your knees, fully tweaked,” he explained. “You want the board to hit you in the back of your head.”

If this sounds as though Shayne Pospisil is in a world of his own up there, well, he really is. Other boarders describe him as the best athlete, the highest flyer.

The Paul Mitchell triumph is only one on his list. He also captured the top prize at the inaugural King of Quarters on Aspen Mountain, netting him not only a cool nine grand, but also a free air lift across the Atlantic to the Oakley Arctic Challenge in Norway.

With his curly blonde locks, Pospisil has the look of a California surfer who never or rarely tasted snow as a little kid. Indeed, he didn’t start riding until he was 14 and he now calls Mammoth Mountain home. But actually he is among the East Coast’s Jersey products who learned to cope with what one writer described as “the savage icy pipes of Vermont.” He honed his all-around skills at Okemo Mountain Resort’s school under Coach Ian Kirk.

When not out on the circuit, he hangs out at Mammoth with Cody Rosenthal, Scuba, Alex Serokin, Joe Eddy and Nate Ferrell. This is all cool, although he may want to consider whether he really wants the closing portion of that live interview with Nate to be floating all across the ‘Net.

Pospisil has been sponsored for five years and he opts for a Venue Remove 156 board. He describes his stance as “regular” with a width of 22.5 inches.

Shayne Pospisil’s nickname reportedly is “Pizzle.” If this is true, he would stand fully within his rights if he simply prefers plain old Shayne. Regardless, his thrilling style is anything but plain.