Can You Hear Me Now?

January 12, 2012

For the second time in the last year or so my Sony headphones bit the dust. I have never liked the ear buds that come with the iPod — maybe I have deformed ears. but they don’t stay in and it becomes particularly pronounced when I am on the treadmill. (Pre-busted knee, but that’s another story…) When you’re hitting your stride and the headphones pop out, that’s pretty darn annoying. So I have been partial to these Sony headphones that go across your head and stick in your ear. They are somewhat more stable. I had one pair for many years and then I stupidly jerked them while they were plugged in to the elliptical and it cut the cord. So I bought another pair, and in less than a year, they just snapped. I’m telling you they were much more cheaply made.

So I headed to Best Buy and I am happy to report that my choice seems to be a good one: Skullcandy Ink’d Ear Buds. They’re comfortable, they seem to stay in my ears and at $14.99, they’re easy on the wallet. There’s a slew of colors to choose from — I went with the red and black. Truth be told, I don’t love the skull on them, but I’ll sacrifice that for comfort and performance. (Although I should say my kids thought they were VERY cool.) Basically my motto is the less plastic the better, and after getting burned by my Sony headphones, I was definitely ready for something more streamlined.

By the way I know everyone is into those Beats by Dr. Dre headphones, but they are much more expensive and don’t seem to be conducive to sweating, so I am not suggesting the ear buds as an alternative to those or any headphones that are all about sound, just as a great option for the gym.

Off the Grid

We went to an interesting exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York, about how the city originally looked (think: lots of rocks and hills) and how they eventually set up the grid system of streets. It was pretty fascinating, all of the farm land which now is Chelsea! My kids were interested in seeing how places they hang out, like Union Square and Madison Square Park, looked way back when. It’s pretty fascinating to see when the Upper East Side was essentially a house on a hill. The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan 1811-2011 runs through April 15th. So go before you do your taxes!

Excuses, Excuses

I have been sick of my limitations at the gym since my injury, so on Thursday I was trying to psych myself up to go swimming the next morning. But my head was using every excuse in the book: “it takes too much time,” “it’s going to be crowded,” “I don’t know how the lanes work,” and on and on. But on Friday I pushed all negative thoughts away and went swimming, telling myself I’d do just 25 laps. And I am happy to report that it was good! Yes, it probably adds about 10 extra minutes onto my workout time with the changing before and after. And I have to remember to bring a plastic bag for all of my wet stuff. But the swimming was a good total body workout. I wasn’t sure which lane to head to but I quickly figured out “Medium” was for me. I ended up swimming 42 laps, and have decided to swim once a week, injury or not. It’s a nice change up to my routine. So my advice to all of you out there who are thinking of trying something new for the new year: you can do it! Just try it once, keep your expectations realistic and chances are you will like it. Really, what have you got to lose? Plus I think just the pure act of trying something new makes all of us feel great.

Etc.

I made brownies from scratch on Sunday — melted the chocolate and everything — and my family told me the Ghirardelli ones from a box are better. File that one under why bother. Guess I won’t be posting that recipe.

I have to give a shout out to all of you who reached out about my knee and plantar fasciitis! Special thanks to Beth from Boston and Carol from Philly, who both were incredibly helpful in offering up their professional opinions and tips for pain relief — a frozen small water bottle is good for rolling under your foot! I went to the doctor and am currently high doing Aleve for 10 days — after that we’ll evaluate next steps. The Aleve does help with the swelling, I’m happy to report.

Hope your week is going well!

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