Self-Emptying Robot Vacuums are a Game Changer

Over the past decade, I’ve had a few versions of the robot vacuum. I’ve never been very impressed with them. They got stuck, they’d stop because the bin was full, they never seemed to get the carpets and rugs clean. But I’d see one on Woot and think, maybe this time will


My Evolving Smart Home

Back in 2015 I gave a bit of insight into my home automation system using SmartThings….and then never said another word about it. It’s time I corrected that. The Limits of SmartThings Truth is, I didn’t stick with SmartThings for terribly long. SmartThings was a great starter system, and one I’d still


I’ve Been: Giving My Road Bike A Makeover

As I’ve written before, play is very important to me, it’s even part of my self-care. And one of my favorite ways to play is on my bike. But as much as I love to bike riding, I didn’t love my actual bike. The fit was a bit off. The brakes were


Product Review: Garmin Vivoactive 4/4s

Two years ago I bought a Garmin Vivoactive on my quest for a smartwatch to replace my Pebble. Shortly after, I upgraded to the Vivoactive 3 when it was released and became entrenched in the Garmin ecosystem. When Garmin released the Vivoactive 4/4s (and I found out about the significant discount through


Product Review: Goodr Sunglasses

We all hate ads, and how everything we do online is tracked to feed us more of them. Sometimes, the ads are so laser focused you can’t help but to click. That’s how I found Goodr sunglasses. Goodr makes sunglasses that are designed for either running, cycling, golfing, or what they call


Watching: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Before Marie Kondo’s show Tidying Up debuted on Netflix on January 1st, the only awareness I had of the KonMari method was watching Emily Gilmore declare her dining room chairs no longer brought her joy. One of my favorite scenes from the Gilmore Girls revival, but not really something that would get


Book Review: Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine

I’ve never been a reader of Outside Magazine. I’ve read some of their pieces when someone shared them. And I knew it’s where authors like Jon Krakauer got their start. But when I see the magazine on the shelf it seems so focused on gear, which isn’t really an interest of mine.


Stop Exercising. Start Playing.

Note: This post talks about exercise, and the pressure put on us to be “fit” to society’s standards. If this is the kind of thing that triggers you, here’s some goats in pajamas to check out instead. Society puts a lot of value on the size and shape of our bodies. Everywhere we look


Book Review: The Sky is Yours

I don’t like to review books I don’t finish. I don’t think it’s fair to the author. It could be their book just wasn’t for me. Or there might be a part further in that brings the whole thing together. But since I received The Sky Is Yours as a review copy,


Bullet Journal: One Year Later

I started my first bullet journal in October of 2016, making 2017 my first complete year with one. Being able to evolve the system to meet my needs is the primary reason I’ve actually stuck with it. I started with the original format, moved on something more elaborate and time-consuming, and now