I know I’ve used the “best thing since sliced bread” before

But this time I mean it. Aftershokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction earphones.

These headphones sit in front of your ear not like earbuds…the sound is transmitted by vibration through your jaw bone. google it for the specifics..but the gist is, you can still here through your ears while listening to music or podcasts. Making it safer for walking, running and biking because you will be able to hear cars and people coming up behind you. The band loosely fits around the back of your head. They are comfortable…the sound quality is good…not expensive headphone quality but very good! When I stick my fingers in my ears, the sound is actually very, very good and they actually come with earplugs…probably for that reason.

So far they work much better than my other blue tooth earbuds. I have small ear canal openings and find the buds eventually irritate my ears until I eventually just pull them out.

Got these at Brookstone in Branson but they are available from Amazon!

thank me, later.

Until next time….

I feel like an over achiever

I exceeded my Fitbit step goal today….and made my stairs goal.  First time in a very long time.  I have gone through periods in my life that I felt compelled to walk…before fitbit or the other convenient electronics…I had to plan out my route by driving the route to figure out what kind of mileage I would be putting in.  We lived in the country and I walked gravel roads…3.5 miles if I was feeling lazy and 4 miles if I was energized.  At the time, I had a love hate relationship with gravel roads…I ate a lot of dust from passing cars and trucks, I cursed a lot of cars and trucks who made no attempt to slow down when passing a walker, I never felt safe listening to music on my “Walkman” “MP3 player” as loud as I wanted to….but walking on country roads was the time for me to think without distractions.  I loved the evening walks when I would come upon a hollow (a small valley for you city folk) and the temperature would drop and it would just smell different.  Evening with the sun going down always felt and smelled different than walking under a blazing sun.   I stopped walking for some reason.  life changed.  Not good or bad…just changed…I lost my groove.

When we moved to Missouri, I started walking again…not 4 miles but at least a mile and sometimes 2.  Its different walking in a neighborhood….more distractions, more people.  I am not a social walker.  I prefer to walk alone and I prefer not having to fake friendliness with the neighbors.  I just wanted to walk….and then I lost my groove again.  

Today, I felt like walking.  I was diagnosed a couple weeks ago with some “iron poor tired blood” ……in case you remember the phrase from geritol commercials.  The doctor has me taking a significant amount of daily iron to build me back up.  When I took Frannie on her late night walk, I realized that I wanted to walk me too…we walked down to the end of the street tonight instead of just 3 houses down.  Maybe I didn’t really just lose my groove…maybe I was just running my iron tank too low.  I have hope!

Until next time….