Tough Technology

March 22, 2016 at 2:15 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

I’ve been wearing one of those step-tracker/personal trainer doohickeys since the end of last year and I have to admit, I’m a little addicted. I personally sport the Jawbone, which I think it more stylish than the Fit-Bit while doing  basically the same thing. This contraption counts my steps and tracks my sleep, which is basically all I wanted it to do and it does come in pretty handy. It’ll track my calories too but I mostly like to see how far I walk and how much I sleep I get because it entertains and motivates me. Case in point: I’ve hit or exceeded my 10,000 steps every day this year! My sleep, on the other hand, isn’t as strong. And the Jawbone notices these things – then completely calls me out on it, which I guess is the whole reason I got it.



I worked an overnight at the Museum on Friday evening and I racked up over 17,000 steps by the end of the day (meaning midnight Friday night). But wait, there’s more! Since part of my job during these overnights involves making rounds through all of the exhibits to ensure kids and parents are eventually going to sleep, I keep busy long after midnight. As you can see from this screenshot, I walked over half of my daily goal in steps between midnight and 2am! And my whopping 2.5 hours of sleep was about average for the overnights, so there was no surprise there. But I did think it was funny to have my phone app lecturing me like my mom. It even told me to take a nap! Which I didn’t do. I’m a grown-ass woman who can sleep when I want and no pocket computer or fancy bracelet is going to make me do differently!

But really, I’m pretty tired this week and a nap sounds great. Is this what people mean about technology becoming smarter than us and taking over? Because if AI has a half of the discipline that my damn Jawbone seems to think I should have, we’re all screwed.


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Beauty Sleep

November 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Scott and I broke down over the weekend and made a purchase we’ve discussed before but never actually gone through with.  It started with talks of getting a new mattress, as mine is more than a few years old and leaves a little to be desired.  However, after pursuing prices and even prices including sales, we decided that an entirely new mattress will need to wait until, say, retirement.  What we did agree on is one of those fancy, 3 inch memory foam mattress pad deals.  And let me tell you, it was the right choice to make.

Worth. It.

We actually went so far as to visit a mattress store and I asked the guy there if they sold mattress pads.  He said they didn’t anymore and then let us know that they’re only good for about a month before they start to lose their shape and that anyone who wants a quality night’s sleep would choose one of his $3,000 mattresses instead.  Oh, and if we bought it in the next 15 minutes we could get an early bird discount and save $100.  Well that didn’t work on us and so we went to Bed, Bath and Beyond with one of those handy 20% coupons that never expires instead.  We found a great mattress pad (and it had a 15 year warranty, so take that Mr. Salesman) and went home happy.  It’s my guess that the reason the mattress store quit selling these pads is because they were putting them out of business but Scott wouldn’t let me go back to the store to share my opinion with the guy who worked there.  Instead, we went home and opened the vacuumed sealed bag, then watched in amazement as the whole thing inflated and turned our bed into a magical new sleeping spot.

I slept more soundly than I have in…well, a long time, and I almost called into work today to continue to test the whole thing out.  I guess we’ll see if we’re still happy in six months, a year or 5 years but as of right now, we’re both thrilled.  So if you’re looking for a cheaper solution to a bed of problems, consider giving this a whirl.  So far, my back and my wallet are both thanking me!



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