Were you able to take advantage of any Cyber Monday deals today? I was pretty busy for the most part, so I didn’t have a chance to look around much. I checked the usual suspects, like eBay, Amazon, Overstock, etc. but nothing really caught my eye. I haven’t bought anything yet; however, there are still several shopping hours left in the day, so who knows what will happen between now and midnight!
No shopping post today. I just wanted to pop in and wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re able to spend the day with loved ones. And as you enjoy a massive feast while watching football on TV, please do take a moment to reflect on all the blessings in your life and give sincere thanks for what you have.
(BTW, if you’re planning to camp out for some kind of Black Friday shopping deal, stay warm and stay safe!)
I’m thinking about getting a new iPad, as I’ve had my iPad 2 for a while now and want to pass it on to a family member to replace his incredibly sluggish first gen iPad.
Of course, Apple just released some new models, including the iPad air and the iPad Mini with retina display. From what I’ve read, the two devices are virtually the same in every respect — except for screen size. The iPad Air gives you slightly more real estate at a cost of $100 above the Mini price.
I’m currently leaning towards the iPad Air, especially since I do a lot of work on the device. I can’t imagine trying to use a small screen all day for my spreadsheets and word processing documents. I often struggle with the iPad 2′s screen size as it is.
Anyway, I’m going to take a closer look at these two products the next time I visit the Apple store. I know I’ll end up getting one of them. I just don’t know for sure yet which it’s going to be.
I just spent about $175 on a Gore-Tex rain jacket and hat so I can keep up my outdoor running routine even in bad weather. Now I’m scouring the weather forecast for the next rainy day so I can test out my new purchases. Usually I hate rain, but I’m crossing my fingers for some now!
I’ve been running in my Merrell Pace Glove shoes for two weeks now and feel ready to pass final judgment on the product. I can’t continue using these shoes.
I actually like a lot of things about them: the zero-drop heel, the soft and flexible upper, etc. But what makes these shoes unwearable for me (at least for running) is how hard the soles are. My big toe mound (sorry, don’t know the medical term for the area) really suffered whenever I hit the ground in these Merrell Pace Glove shoes. Long runs of more than 10km became unbearable because of the pain.
I’m a forefoot striker and am used to minimalist shoes, so my problem isn’t a matter of experience. I really wanted to like Merrell, but the Pace Glove just doesn’t fit my style.
Halloween is not quite officially over yet, but I’m sure retail workers are already tearing down the orange and black decorations to make way for Christmas colors. Yes, the Christmas shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier every year, so I’m preparing to get hit with Christmas wish lists very soon.
One thing I know for sure will be on my nephew’s list is an Epiphone Pelham Blue guitar. He has only mentioned a desire to get his hands on one of these limited edition models about 100 times so far. With the Christmas shopping season in full swing, I’m sure the daily mentions will increase ten-fold.
I’ve found an epiphone pelham blue at musicians friend for a lower price than elsewhere, but it’s still out of my budget range. If we end up getting this for my nephew, it’s going to have to be a group effort between all the aunts and uncles, and maybe the parents as well. We’ll see!
I’m giving White Reese’s Peanut Butter Minis to trick-or-treaters at my house this year. I broke the golden rule of surviving a diet despite Halloween candy-giving by purchasing one of my favorite treats in anticipation of leftovers.
This time, I didn’t even have the willpower to wait for leftovers. I dove in about 2 seconds after I walked in the door, and haven’t looked back. These things are so damn good!
Oh, well… one bag down. I’m going to wait until the afternoon of the 31st to buy the next bag!
So has anyone been able to log on to the Affordable Care Act marketplace and sign up for insurance? I haven’t tried yet, but from the sounds of it I wouldn’t be successful anyway. The site has been plagued by problems, including errors, downtime, and endless waiting. It seems like it would be easier for me to get a burlington nc homeowners insurance quote than get individual insurance coverage from the government — and I don’t even live in North Carolina!
Anyway, I obviously have to keep monitoring the ACA situation since it’s the law and I definitely want to be in compliance. Let’s just hope things get better very quickly.