Some Stuff I’ve Bought Lately: Back in the Saddle Again Version

Dude, seriously, I’ve bought more than a few things since the last time I’ve written one of these, but I can’t keep up with anything any more. I’m exaggerating (slightly), but in truth I am a little scatterbrained. So this post? Is going to be a mish-mash of stuff. Just grab the saddle horn and hang on, partner.

(Sidenote, and one of my favorite parenting stories ever: When Tony was, like, two or something he had watched a tv show that featured cowboys. We don’t know how he got the phrasing mixed up, but when we all sat down to dinner that night – all, meaning extended family and all – he proudly looked around and offered, “HOWDY, FUCKERS!” Which was mortifying at the time, but my GOD if it doesn’t make me keel over with laughter even to this day.)

(He meant PARTNERS.)

On to the list.

We don’t have a The Body Shop anywhere around these parts, but we did have a clothing store called Body Shop when I was growing up and MAN, they sold some skank clothes, so I spent many years thinking the two stores were one and the same. It wasn’t until a year or so ago that I realized that Oh! People like the bath products, not the skank clothes! That makes a lot more sense. Someone had a bottle of this hand lotion in our bathroom at work, and I became addicted to the sandalwoody scent. Now it’s one of the more luxurious parts of my day, since Philosophy has been bought out by Coty and their lotions don’t have much fragrance any more.

So my old running shoes are REALLY old – almost two years old – so a new pair of shoes were required when I started running again. My trusty Mizunos had (unfortunately!) been retired, so I was heartbroken. They had just the right amount of stability without being ridiculously clunky. Someone suggested checking eBay, and sure enough! A new pair of Mizuno Nirvanas were at my door. I had forgotten how amazing new running shoes feel, and man, running is a lot easier on my old, fat joints now.

Speaking of old, fat joints, let me introduce you to my new best friend. Our company does a yearly fitness incentive where if we complete a certain amount of activity, we’re given a gift card at the end of contest. This year, they began integration with the FitBit Flex, and I LOVE THIS THING. It’s water resistant, so you can wear it 24/7, even in the shower. It tracks your steps and activity level when you’re awake, and tracks your sleep quality when you sleep. It has great mobile apps so I can see where I am throughout the day on my iPhone. I haven’t lost 30 lbs or anything YET, but I love seeing how I’m doing on my daily goals. The only drawback I’ve found is that it will trigger “sleep mode” when I’m burping the baby.

Okay, your turn: do you love your hairdryer? Would you recommend it to me? Mine is .. well, it’s smoking a bit and makes this buzzing sound when I turn it on and also it shorts the bathroom circuit out. So I think I may need a new one. Soon.

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9 Responses to Some Stuff I’ve Bought Lately: Back in the Saddle Again Version

  1. Lisa August 12, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    I have a deep, undying love for my Sedu Revolution. It’s compact, not very heavy, has a looooong cord, so you’re not tethered to the wall. And the cord is some heavy-duty electrical something, so it doesn’t kink up at the drop of a hat. It also dries SUPA’ FAST.

    WHY did I not think of eBay for shoes? Adidas stopped making their motion control shoes in narrow, so I went to the “cushioned stability” or whatever the other one is, and it does not work as well.

  2. Jesabes August 12, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

    I would loooove to have a FitBit Flex. My husband is dying to check one out, too, so he actually might buy it for my birthday present. Which sounds like: he bought you what now? But we’re both ok with it:)
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  3. april August 13, 2013 at 7:17 am #

    I love my fitbit Flex. Do you want to be FRIENDS??? It will make you feel better about your own activity level to stack against mine. 🙂
    april wants you to read ..Groceries and using what we have.

  4. Julie August 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm #

    I so want a fit bit. It’s on my list.

    Allure has a list of the top 10 hair dryers under $50 on their site:
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  5. CraftyHope August 15, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    So the stuff you’ve bought is cool, but Tony’s statement has me laughing HARD. I will likely remember it every time I hear Howdy, Partner again. . . .Toy Story will never be the same.
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  6. cagey (Kelli Oliver George) August 15, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I just bought a Fitbit Flex, too — I’ve only been using it for about 3 weeks now (and no, I haven’t lost 30 lbs either. heh) However, I LOVE it. I feel it keeps me accountable for getting my ass out of my chair and MOVING.
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  7. Nanette August 26, 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I’ve been jonesing for a Fitbit. Glad to hear you like yours!

    I got this dryer and have been happy so far:

    You can’t beat the price and the hundreds of great reviews. I tend to go between that one, our mutually fav Conair one, and just airdrying.
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