Alice

Even though we have been married for a couple of years we still enjoy "date night".

There are farmers markets every day of the week in Sacramento, but the best is the under-the-freeway market on Sunday – the fish, meat, honey, nut, veggie, wine vendors are all excellent.

You can always walk 1.5 blocks away to the Asian farmers market at 5th and Broadway, just don't buy a live duck unless you really know what to do with it – that one has even better prices but a more limited selection but the fresh tofu can't be beat.

There's also a midtown FM on Saturday and another at McKinley Park, also on Saturday I think, that are OK, but the one under the freeway at 6th and X on Sundays from 7 am to 11 is really the best one.

If you park at the end of the road at sutter's landing park, you can take a nice walk along one of the paths through the bushes to the water and the river bank is nice and clean along this area due to the effort by volunteers who keep it pretty nice and the water is sparking. You can put your toes in and walk along the sand quite a ways. You can also walk the bike path to the train tracks and see the bats come out just after sunset.

Alice

Pretty much all of South Sacramento between Elk Grove and Land Park/Curtis Park should be avoided, with the exception of Greenhaven, South Land Park, and Pocket (nice neighborhoods).

Tahoe Park and Elmhurst are good, Oak Park and everything south is bad.

Generally avoid anything North of the American River, and West of Business 80. That includes South Natomas, North Sacramento, Del Paso Heights and everything in-between.

North Natomas is generally nice though (North of I-80).

North Highlands and most of Foothill Farms should be avoided. Especially North Highlands. The closer to McClellan Air Force Base the worse it gets.

Some parts of Arden-Arcade should also be avoided.

Particularly the Northern part. Areas like Howe Park, Wyda way, Cottage way, Marconi Ave etc can be dangerous. Basically any place that has a collection of low-income rentals.

Parts of Citrus Heights, Carmichael, and Fair Oaks can be sketchy, but for the most part those are pretty nice areas.

The most popular neighborhoods in the city are Midtown, Downtown, East Sac, Land Park, and Curtis Park.

Tahoe Park, Elmhurst, and Med Center (North Oak Park) are also popular. West Sacramento also has some great things going on on the other side of the river. Greenhaven, South Land Park, and Pocket are the more suburban nice parts of the city, located further south.

If you don't want to be in the central city, generally the further out you go the better.

Folsom, El Dorado Hills, and pretty much all of South Placer County (Rocklin, Roseville, Lincoln, Granite Bay) are all idyllic suburban paradise's.

Further in than that you have nice suburban areas in Arden (some of the richest neighborhoods in Sac are in Arden near the river), the areas around Sac State, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Orangevale, La Riviera (except for a couple of areas around Folsom Blvd and Watt Ave), most of Citrus Heights are all nice.

Elk Grove is a big middle-class suburb.

Generally a pretty nice, safe place. There aren't any ghettos in Elk Grove, but it is very close to South Sacramento, especially in the northern part of the city, so there is some spillover in crime. Most of Elk Grove is very nice and there are plenty of upscale suburban areas.

Generally anything south of Calvine Rd is fine.

Rancho Cordova is a pretty diverse middle-class suburb. There are some shitty, dangerous neighborhoods, and some brand-new nice neighborhoods, and everything in between.

Just don't buy or sign a lease without checking out the neighborhood and doing research.

Sacramento is weird in that we have some really dangerous neighborhoods that are right next to some really nice neighborhoods. Often only separated by a freeway, railroad tracks, or major road. For example Meadowview is a very dangerous neighborhood separated only by an overpass from Pocket, a relatively wealthy neighborhood.

Also, depending on where you're from, a lot of our "ghettos" don't look like ghettos.

They look like typical suburban neighborhoods with single-story homes and relatively decent looking apartment buildings. Looks can be deceiving.

Do some research and ask questions. Check police records. Don't be silly.

Looking back on this, I forgot to add Hollywood Park into the nicer neighborhoods of the city. The area around Fruitridge and Freeport is a nice, quiet middle-class neighborhood that doesn't get enough love.

Alice

Sac has a lot to offer people. This list is by no means finished. For example I didn't add Granite Bay, our neighbor to the east, has an incredible network of mountain bike single track along Folsom Lake - beginner to advanced, and all on legal trails.

Lake Natoma has awesome dirt riding too, althogh some trails are not quite so, um, permitted. Check out Meetup for organized rides from Hammerin' Wheels and other groups.

  • Be amazed or creeped out by more than 7 million living and dead insect specimens at the Bohart Museum of Entomology in Davis.
  • Programmers, coders, entrepreneurs, makers, inventors, and those who aspire to be one of these--find workspace, resources, meet-ups, and classes at the Hacker Lab..
  • Pub crawls are the past, The Brew Bike is the future.
  • Get into a duel at Sacramento Sword School, Sacramento Fencing Club, or Hristov-Csikany Fencing.
  • Exercise your 2nd amendment rights on the ranges at The Gun Room in Elk Grove or The Gun Range. Rent one of their hand cannons or bring your own.
  • Build superior intelligence--or some sort of contraption to feed your cat for you--with the Sacramento Area Robotics Group.
  • Take your 4x4, dirtbike, or ATV off-road at Prairie City SVRA
  • If motorcross is your bag, hit the track at Prairie City MX (private track) or Riverfront MX Park in Marysville. Rental bikes and lessons are available at both.
  • Play a round of Citizens of Catan and enjoy a tasty brew with the enchanting /u/respectfully_disagre and her Beer and Boardgames group.
  • Buy some gold pans or a sluice box at Black Sheep Mining and head for the hills--just like the 49ers that first "rushed" to the area. experts say more than 80% of the motherlode is still waiting to be found--and gold prices are still higher than they've been in decades.
  • Borrow a boat and find the secret party island.
  • Like to Knit? Enjoy a good chat? Join a Knit and Chat at Knitique: a Yarn Boutique in Elk Grove.
  • Play disc golf at one of several courses in the area.
  • Can't get enough 2nd Saturday? Try 3rd Saturday in Roseville, 3rd Saturday in Placerville, or 2nd Friday in Davis.
  • Cast you some spells and slang them multi-sided dice at Great Escape Games in Sacramento, A1 Comics in Sacramento and Roseville, Olde World Gaming in Elk Grove, and/or GamersCircle Comics in Folsom.
  • Catch some indoor waves at Surf Xtreme
  • Paintball it up at Capital Edge, Surf Xtreme, or Davis Paintball,
  • Airsoft your ass off at Ukau’s.
  • Go Geocaching for one of the thousands of great hides in the area.
  • Join an intergalactic war for local landmarks and public art in the Google-produced, GPS-Dependent MMORPG, Ingress.
  • Hunt for ghosts with Elk Grove Paranormal Investigations.
  • Preserve and explore the area's unique history and heritage by joining or supporting groups such as the Sacramento County Historical Society, Preservation Sacramento, and Sacramento Modern.
  • Watch people drive really fast at Sacramento Raceway (drags), All American Speedway(short track), and Placerville Speedway (dirt).
  • Drive your own car really fast at Sacramento Raceway's Wednesday Night Street Legal Drags. You can run your mom's Hyundai, or...
  • Rent a Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, or Bentley from LA Luxury Car Rental. They'll deliver it right to your door.
  • Purchase the sweetest sweet corn in all the land at the Davis Ranch in Sloughhouse.
  • When you're done in Sloughhouse, head a little further up the Jackson Highway (just past Rancho Murieta), hang a left on Michigan Bar Road, and cross the bridge (it's safe, trust me!) for one of the most historic, beautiful, and adventurous road trips in the entire area. Make sure you bring a hearty vehicle (not a rented Ferrari) and avoid during winter and spring.
  • Grind some rails at Sacramento, Elk Grove, Folsom, Rocklin, and Citrus Heights skate parks.
  • Catch some air at Elk Grove, Oak Creek, and Elkhorn BMX parks.
  • Become a confident public speaker with the Toastmasters.
  • Take a short drive to Rancho Seco Lake for picnics, swimming, fishing, and hiking.Watch out for three-headed frogs.
  • Check out Sacramento's other professional sports teams--The Sacramento Sirens (women's tackle football), Sacramento Gold (men's soccer), California Storm (women's soccer), or Sacramento Surge (men's indoor soccer)
  • Enjoy the fast-paced, bonecrushing action of roller derby with the Sac City Rollers and Sacred City Derby Girls.
  • Join a bocce league at the East Portal Bocce Club.
  • Watch some slobberknockers at live Total Wrestling Federation and Supreme Pro Wrestling events. If you'd rather lay the smack down on some jabroni yourself, both promotions offer training.
  • Join a fraternal organization like the Elks or Odd Fellows for cheap drinks/meals, camaraderie, and old school cool--all for a good cause.
  • Explore the amazing Vernal Pools of Mather Field--an endangered habitat.
  • Buy some tricks, attend magic workshops, and become the next David Blaine at Grand Illusions.
  • Take in a sultry and sexy burlesque show--there's four local troupes to choose from
  • Learn about wild edibles in the area with the Sacramento Foragers.
  • Live your Hunger Games fantasies at the Discovery Park Archery Range and Wilderness Archery in Rocklin.
  • Football season is here! The Sacramento region boasts some of the best high school programs in the state. Check out top notch teams like Grant, Elk Grove, Folsom, and Del Oro to see potential division 1 and NFL players of the future.
  • Learn about bizarre and fascinating surgical implements of the past at the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical History Museum. Entry is free.
  • Partake in Mike Tyson's favorite hobby with the Fort Sutter Pigeon Racing Club.
  • If Live-Action Role Play (LARP) floats your boat, Sacramento Valley Amtgard has the battles, weapons workshops, and skills classes you've been looking for.
  • Become the king of Pho ("Pho King", get it? HAW HAW HAW HAW) or the apple of Daddy Dave Leatherby's eye by conquering some of the eating challenges and contests in the area. Make sure to take your Lipitor.
  • Take in a play at one of Sacramento's smaller, edgier, more contemporary community theatre companies--like the Big Idea Theatre or Kolt Run Creations.
  • Take acting classes from acting coach to the Sacramento stars, Ed Claudio.
  • Write and produce your own play at the Thistle Dew Theatre Playwright Workshop.
  • Enjoy some dirt cheap entertainment with one man band Winko Ljizz at the Acoustic Sanctuary.
  • Party down and help kids with the Active 20-30 or Women's 20-30 social clubs.
  • I don't know any chess puns to make here, but if you're into chess, you should join the Sacramento Chess Club.
  • Join a pickup basketball game at one of Sactown's best streetball courts.
  • Enjoy your favorite horror flicks in a whole new way with Amber's Sweets--one of the nation's premier shadow casting troupes.
  • Take butchering classes at Taylor's Market and become the master of meats.
  • Learn to prepare fabulous meals at home with cooking classes at Good Eats, Sac Food Coop, or Le Cordon Bleu's Bleu Ribbon KItchen.
  • See 1500-4000 year old petroglyphs, rock art, and grinding holes at the Maidu Museum and Historic Site in Roseville.
  • Take the plunge at SkyDance Skydiving in Davis or Parachute Center in Lodi.
  • If you'd rather fly the plane than jump out of it, take pilot lessons at Sacramento Executive Airport.
  • Produce and broadcast your own TV and radio programs at Access Sacramento.
  • Play that weird sport you always watch when nothing else is on during the Winter Olympics with the Wine Country Curling Club at Skate Town in Roseville.

Also the Ultimate Frisbee community here in California is very welcoming of those new to the sport. It is one of the fastest growing coed sports out there. Norther California is a huge center for this sports and most of the champions of world tournaments have originated in this area.

Alice

Zella for the win!

I should probably elaborated for those of you who have never worn Zella. It's a great brand with long lasting product. The leggings and other pants and capris are great fitting and very flattering looking. The best part is, if they start to pill or the seam starts to fray (it almost never happens), then you are more than welcome to bring them back to Nordstrom and exchange them for a new pair for free!

I managed to ruin my expensive Underarmor leggings since I apparently can't have nice things and purchased these as a replacement. They have held up to some crazy abuse and many washes (with subsequent drying in my always too hot dryer) with no fading, pilling, noticeable shrinking or stretching out, or otherwise lessening of quality.

Plus they feel like they are lined with a cloud. With the thickness and medium stretch, yet they don't feel tight.

I may have purchased them too big, but I haven't noticed much of a "compression" quality other than they are thicker than most standard leggings and seemed a bit tighter than average at the ankles.

The material is of higher quality and pairs well with some of my nicer knit fabrics. I plan to invest in another pair, maybe two. I'm afraid they will go away and be gone forever!

Back in Columbus my cheap option that I likes for the winter are Target's fleece lined black leggings from Champion.

Alice

I like to cook pork chops, the falvour, the texture, and the smell all make my mouth water.

I got sick consistently doing the old, salt pepper, then thyme butter way and have also tried the sweet and sour bell pepper recipe from Gordon Ramsay.

Now I have another one I want to try. And idiot proof recipe that I found. You need to sear chops in a pan that can go in oven- add can of mushroom soup and some of that liquid beef flavoring.

If you're really feeling trashy and wanna be a fat kid add shredded cheese on top when it's almost done. I like to serve on top of dirty rice. Sounds gross but is like one of those recipes everyone's mom made around here and is delicious and it makes my husband happy.

A good old fashioned oddity that my best friend makes calls for, cornflake pork chops. There is this recipe, or like we did when I was growing up, you crush your corn flakes, season with what fits your tastes, then melt some butter or margarine and cube up the pork chops into bite size pieces before dipping them in the butter. Roll in the corn flake mixture and put on an elevated rack on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350f for about 20 minutes.

It's deliciously odd. The corn flakes toast up and they seal in the moisture. I have introduced people to them and they were shocked at the recipe.

Alice

Take a cue from your coworkers. Professional but quirky is right for me!

What does your manager wear?

It's necessary to consider that even if to you their outfits appear boring, perhaps that is indicative of the culture of the office. The office on Parks and Rec isn't reminiscent of a corporate job at all.

In general, it's easier to have one quirky statement piece in an otherwise uniformly professional look. For example, ankle pants and sandals or other backless shoes were really not okay, but neon pink nail polish was - each office has a different culture, so be ready for what may seem like strange rules.

My philosophy is that if you stick with silhouettes that lean more professional, you can get away with more daring colors and patterns. For example, if you do a blazer and pencil skirt combo, you can probably get away with something colorful and quirky in your jewelry like a pair of loud geometric earrings or a chunky necklace. If you have a more unusual top in terms of shape, its better to keep the colors more business appropriate.

If you'd like to move up in a company, you should also remember that it's your skillset you want to be memorable, not your clothes.

While clothing can make a positive impression and be a fun means of self-expression, it can also make a negative impression, and depending on corporate culture, that's not necessarily something you want to risk. This information is valid for interview attire as well.

It seems like you have a pretty good idea for the direction you'd like to go. Without more information on the job, it's hard for us to judge if you're dressing appropriate for the situation, but remember that's really the paramount thing here.

You may want to consider that a lot of the items you posted that you enjoy are really trendy.

Trendy and "fewer, higher quality pieces" can tend to be conflicting ideas. There's nothing wrong with being trendy (assuming it's appropriate as discussed above) but if you're wearing the same loud print shirt every week, people may take note.

Finally, I think that animals do read as a little juvenile for a professional environment.

You might be able to get away with subtle animals like if they're small and repeating like polka dots like the fox shirt you linked, but a big animal on the front of something doesn't seem very professional to me, so I would vote no on the camel. However, you might be able to get away with a more prominent animal if it's part of a piece of jewelry, or a decoration on your handbag.

Jewelry pieces have more versatility too.