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Wear, Watch, Want #63: The Sparkly Emergency Parka Edition

Wear, Watch, Want #63: The Sparkly Emergency Parka Edition

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Wear: North Face Far Northern Parka

Now is a fantastic time to buy a winter coat. Not only did I need a better winter coat, but winter wear is steeply discounted as, well, winter's on the way out. But I'm in Seattle this week and it's cold and rainy and I was not prepared. The North Face's Far Northern Waterproof Parka, which was originally $350, was on sale for $209. PLUS, when I went to the store to buy it, they said I could join their free loyalty program and get an additional 10% off, so my grand total was $203. This is such an insanely good deal that if you are even thinking of getting any winter gear I insist you check out The North Face sale. I went to a brick and mortar store because I wasn't sure about sizing (they have a great sizing tool online, but I didn't trust it. The tool was right, in the end). I could zip up the medium, but the large was more comfortable, so I went large (for reference, I'm generally about a size 8, with wide hips - the hips are what made me need the large). 

There are so many great features on this parka. It has little inner sleeves with thumb holes so you stay nice and cozy. The pockets are super deep so you won't lose your phone. There's a double zip, which, as a person with wide hips, I love and wish every jacket had. There is fur on the trim of the hood, but it attaches with a zipper, so if that's not your steez you just zip it right off, easy peasy. Oh! And the hood is deep, so it's actually functional! I've been wearing this non-stop lately and I absolutely cannot recommend it enough. It's worth $350, but knowing I got such a great deal makes it so much sweeter. 

Watch: ER

Did you know that every episode of ER is available to stream on Hulu? If you follow me on Twitter I've mentioned it once or twice. 

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I loved ER for so many years. I stopped watching it once I went to college (When I tell people I consider my PEERS that when I went to college Hulu didn't exist they look at me like I'm ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD), but I was a regular ER viewer for about a decade. 

Like I mentioned in the tweet above, I have been complaining about the lack of ER on any streaming service for years. My mom and I watched together, and on the day Hulu announced that all 15 seasons of ER were available to stream my mom texted me like, 'DID YOU HEAR THE NEWS???" I've been making my way through the whole series and I keep texting her about what's happening and her response is always, "I don't remember that." But at least she remembers that we watched together and that we loved it!  

ER is still such a compelling show that I get completely wrapped up in the action, even though I know what will happen. I could have given you a play by play of the episode where Carter and Lucy get stabbed, and STILL, when that episode came on I sobbed. I also got really pumped about the live episode because I remember all the hype about that episode when it aired on TV. It was such a huge deal. I remember the Today Show visited the set, I remember how they had the baseball game on the TV in the doctor's lounge that was playing the game that was happening right then, that night. I got so excited all over again!

If you, like me, have a whole slew of fond memories of ER, or you just love a medical drama, there are over 300 episodes for you to watch. FINALLY. 

Want: CRL "Sparkle" Cleaner

When I moved into my apartment four and a half years ago, I had to start parking on the street. It was a small price to pay for what turned out to be an awesome place to live. The only downside to parking on the street is that the passenger side of my car is hit by sprinklers ALL. THE. TIME. I am not the kind of person who gives a shit about my car, either. I make sure that it's running properly. I put gas in it. This combination of me not buying into car culture and my car constantly being bombarded by sprinklers has led to one side of my car having the most gnarly hard water stains. I have tried so many methods for getting these stains off, but I fear I let things slide for (years) too long. It's gotten to the point where I've started browsing car message boards looking for a solution, and I think I've found one worth trying: CRL "Sparkle" Cleaner. Some of the reviews make it sound like a miracle worker, which at this point is what my filth car needs. 

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