The Chronic Consumer

I buy things — all the time!

Unique gifts for men

moss scuttle Now this is something you don’t see every day! I was looking around for a birthday present for my husband when I came across this moss scuttle here. I never even knew what a scuttle was until I read this product description, but now I think it sounds so cool!

I would love to buy this for someone, but my husband uses an electric razor to shave. Even so, I’ve bookmarked the page and will recommend it whenever I hear about someone that uses a straight razor and brush!

KT Tape for Running

kt tape I’ve been having some trouble with my knees and ankles while running. And though I knew the problems weren’t anything serious enough to require a doctor’s attention, I did need some extra help to keep powering through my workouts. So after checking around, I decided KT Tape could be my answer.

KT, or “kinesiology tape”, is supposed to provide flexible support for muscles, tendons, and ligaments. You basically just put the tape on the injured area (I personally checked YouTube videos for my problems and found several example vids from PTs and doctors) and then go about your business. KT tape is regularly used by high-caliber Olympic athletes, so I felt pretty good about paying nearly $10 per roll.

Unfortunately, I don’t think KT tape did much for me. I didn’t feel any different while wearing it, and still felt the same pains I did without the tape. Maybe I was applying it wrong or something (I doubt it). Whatever the case, I don’t think I’ll be buying this stuff again. I’ll keep using it until the roll runs out, but after that…I’ll stick to regular braces, sleeves, and stiffer athletic tape.

Get housecleaning help

Does anyone actually enjoy cleaning the house? Well, maybe professional cleaners do — but I certainly don’t. I have been neglecting even the most routine chores recently, so my house is looking and feeling rather ragged these days. And although I found for housecleaning services in the Raleigh, NC, area, that’s not going to do me much good since I don’t live anywhere near North Carolina. I just wish there were a comparable service with similarly low prices around me. I’d gladly pay someone to come in here and clean up so I can take more time off!

Getting behind on reviews

I’ve been getting way behind on my reviews lately, so I’m making a to-do list of sorts for myself. Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

  • Duet iPad app
  • My Macros+ app
  • Mizuno Wave Runner shoes
  • The Stick
  • Yoga roller
  • KT Tape

I’m sure I’m leaving some stuff off still, but this should keep me on track for at least a while.

Swivel recliner

swivel recliner I’m looking for a new swivel recliner like this one. I love my current chair, but it’s more than a decade old and is starting to get uncomfortably lumpy. In fact, my back starts to hurt when I sit there fore more than 15 minutes or so, which is why I need to replace it.

I really like the one in the picture here, but it’s from an out-of-state store. And while it’s great knowing I can find find North Carolina Furniture whenever I want, it doesn’t help much with my current quest.

And yes, I’ve searched for this brand at local stores, but with no luck so far. Guess I’ll have to keep looking.

The Stick Trigger Wheel

trigger wheel I have persistent muscle pain and tenderness these days due to everything from exercising too much to using the computer for 8+ hours daily. Going for a professional massage is the best cure, but I’m in no position to afford anything like regular sessions. So I bought this Trigger Wheel from The Stick instead.

The Trigger Wheel is a self-massager that is billed as being small enough to reach tough places that the Stick can’t: shins, forearms, wrists, etc. I am sore in all those areas, so this seemed like a no-brainer for me.

The problem is, the Trigger Wheel isn’t all that great a product. I have foam rollers and The Stick, and know how to use these things, so that isn’t the issue. The main thing is that the wheel on the Trigger Wheel doesn’t rotate very smoothly, which means I end up just pushing a round-edged object over my muscles. That’s okay, but not great.

A second problem is that it’s very difficult to generate enough pressure for the Trigger Wheel to make a real difference in certain areas. It’s good for the neck or forearms, but does practically nothing for my lower body. I always end up switching to my foam roller or stick for those parts.

Anyway, I’m pretty disappointed with this product. For $21, it should work a hell of a lot better.

Still checking on insurance

I’m still trying to get a lower insurance rate, which means I’ve been spending the last few days comparing quotes and reading different reviews like the ones for Don Allred Insurance. That agency sounds pretty good, but I’m not in their market, so I have to keep looking.

I wish getting quotes and changing insurance didn’t have to be so time-consuming. There are so many other things I’d rather be doing right now!

Adidas Springblade Running Shoes

springblade These Adidas Springblade running shoes came out a couple years ago (I think it was the summer of 2013), but I’d only ever seen them in stores. Until yesterday. Someone at the gym was actually using them on a treadmill! I wish I had the nerve to ask the guy how he liked the shoes, because I am truly curious.

They look kind of funky, but not totally off-putting. The price tag ($180) was the immediate deal-breaker for me, as was the fact that they weigh something like 12 oz. each — which is a heck of a lot for running shoes.

I don’t know. If I had a free pair or the opportunity to buy a pair for very, very cheap I might give them a try. Otherwise, just no.