Purisima Creek Redwoods, an hour south of San Francisco, is the Mt. Tam of the Peninsula. The parking lot is full, the open space preserve is busy, but as soon as you put in some mileage and hike toward the summit, you only see ripped mountain bikers with true grit. Can’t say I’d go again, I was rather bored with the redwood scenery that never changed despite the several hour hike. But the centipede and banana slug were pretty awesome.
I was contacted to provide an honest review of the Flips Audio headphones in return for the product. The unique feature of the Flips Audio is that the headphones can flip out, turning into built-in speakers.
Ever since the headphones arrived in the mail, we’ve been obsessed. These are the best headphones I’ve ever owned. I use them every day in the office to tune out coworkers having loud conversations or to listen to work-related videos and podcasts. The earcups comfortably fit around my ears and I don’t have a problem wearing them for long periods of time.
The headphones have become a traveling staple for our household. I own a dented 1998 Honda Civic with a basic stereo (i.e., the radio). Sure I can go out and buy all the bells and whistles of an expensive new stereo, but why when Dean and I can now plug the headphones into his iPhone, flip them out, and listen to our favorite music with the speakers. We tested the sound quality of the iPhone speakers versus the Flips Audio, and the Flips Audio headphones/speakers combo definitely won out.
Dean brought these to movie club, and shared the music he was listening to by flipping the headphones out. In the future, I can see us bringing these to a picnic or pool party, flipping out, and dancing wildly! So fun.
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I’ve been reading other bloggers post their 10 Things of Thankful which made me so happy to read. I am thankful for all the typical things you are thankful for: health, my husband, my family and friends, my job, and freedom. Here are different things that I’m grateful for.
I remember being sick right after college when I had a full-time job. The job paid little so when I went to the drug store to buy medicine, I distinctly remember having to buy the generic cold medication because I could not afford the premium brands. I felt very defeated at that moment, having worked my ass off and knowing that I deserved better. And I vowed never to be in that position again. It took me some time to get here, but I want for nothing because I fought and continue to fight to be compensated for my true worth. Takeaway: Don’t ever settle!
I’m thankful I never owned a TV nor am I a couch potato because watching TV is mindless, when you could be educating yourself or being productive. I grew up in libraries. Books were my best friend when I felt alone. Books were my ice-cream when I felt depressed. Books inform and educate, and will make you better. Takeaway: Ditch the TVs!
No or Low Technology
I am glad I grew up in an age where we didn’t have cell phones. I reminisce on the days when we were beholden to our word and meeting up at a certain time meant meeting up at that time! No texting that we were running 15 minutes late. It makes me sad that we can no longer enjoy each others’ company, that iPhones and iPads are so prevalent, that it’s now more important to capture the moment than to experience it fully. Takeaway: Live for the moment, not for the picture!
I used to think I had a great college experience, but that was because I didn’t have anything to compare it to. In retrospect, going to Cal was brutal. Organic Chemistry, Physics, Physiology. And don’t think it was just the hard sciences. My English courses (#1 English Department in the country) were just as challenging. Oh how I cried! My college experience taught me a lot about competition and persistence. After I graduated I felt like I could do anything I set my mind to. And I wear the scars with pride. Takeaway: Subject yourself to challenge and competition. It makes you stronger.
700 square feet
I feel very liberated living in a cheap (comparatively for San Francisco) 1-bedroom apartment with my husband. We don’t have a lot of stuff, nor are we emotionally tied to any of it. I’m actually very grateful that we currently don’t have mortgage payments. It’s very freeing to know that you can just pick up and go, and not have to worry about material things or finances. Takeaway: Stop buying more shit. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
Here are some interesting tidbits I’ve found journeying along the interweb.
This is a math formula that will aid you in making decisions. When house hunting or apartment scouring, divide the total number of expected viewings by 2.71. In other words, if you expect to attend 25 open houses, then 25/2.71 = 9.23. Right off the bat, dismiss the first 9 homes that you see, then put an offer on the first one that you really like after that. There’s some real academic research behind this formula! After seeing 9 homes, you are attuned to what really works for you and are able to make a decision after that. I presume the formula would apply to dating too
Speaking of dating, check out this super cute geeky couple who met as teenagers at an arcade. They’re engaged now, hence the NYTimes article. But seriously, they do not look a day over 16 years old. Arcades = fountain of youth
I am one of the few people who has a Blackberry instead of an iPhone or Samsung. I know, it’s sad, it’s a work thing. But Eric Schmidt, the Chairman of Google, raved about his Blackberry and it made me see my device in a whole new light. It’s true that I can easily crank out lengthy emails using its qwerty keyboard. Are people with iPhones able to do the same? Thanks Eric for making me feel like less of a loser for carrying a BB.
Finally, make sure to scratch India off your travel plans or bucket list. More and more reports of attacks on women.