Tech Tuesday – the Misfit Flash

Looking for an affordable fitness tracker to keep track of your steps? Something similar to say, a Fitbit.  How about one that even works while you’re swimming, running, or playing soccer? What if you’d also like to track your sleep and not just the duration but the quality? Sounds like the price is getting higher and higher…or is it?

Fifty bucksRecently I read about the Misfit Flash, a fitness tracker that runs around 50 bucks. Fifty bucks! The Misfit Flash is actually a watch but it is so much more.

Check out the activities this thing can track!

Activities tracked

Yeah, swimming is on the list because this thing is even waterproof to 30 meters!

And check out the information it gives you:

Information relayed
And if you don’t want to wear it as a watch, you can clip it on. But let’s talk about the absolute best thing of all….

YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO CHARGE IT!  NEVER!

It operates on a single coin cell battery which lasts up to 6 months. This thing is always on, just pick it up and put it on and you’re good to go. Or just wear it continuously. I kind of dig the fact that you can clip it on, but I also like that you can wear it as a watch and that the band comes in so many colors. That’s a huge bonus in my book.

Now, to be fair, I’ve been reading about this product but I haven’t purchased it yet, so I can only tell you what I’ve learned from my research and not from experience. That being said, I am going to purchase one because based on all of the reviews I’ve read, it looks like a sound purchase. You can find reviews about the Misfit Flash all over the internet, here’s one that I found recently on youtube.

As with any product there have been a few negative points that I’ve read about. Some people have complained that the product seems a little cheap due to the fact that it is plastic and some people have complained about the lack of a heart rate monitor function but other than that, everything I’ve read has been positive.

If you have the time, visit the manufacturer’s website and let me know what you think.

How do you research a new fitness product before you purchase it?

Solar Panels, Ammo, a Telescope, our Paradise Compromised….

There’s a fine grain of shit that you people know nothing about….

In my opinion that was the absolute best line from the Walking Dead finale last night but don’t worry, there are no spoilers here, I just think that phrase best sums up part of my weekend….but let’s start from the beginning, shall we?

walking dead meme

On Friday night, Mom and I planned on going to Venice to work on the lawn and take care of the pool at the Englewood house. MacGyver planned on going out to our cabin to finish the plumbing.

We all ended up staying home.

Apparently the interstate we take to the cabin was closed for some type of new road opening and there was a horrific accident half-way between Clearwater and Venice so traveling would have been a nightmare therefore we all stayed home Friday night.
Actually, that’s a little white lie. Mom and I went shopping. Just a little shopping, Old Navy, Bed, Bath and Beyond and a few other places. So really, it shouldn’t even count as shopping, more like running a few quick errands and finding a few cool things along the way, yeah, that’s what it was. Anyway….

We all headed out Saturday morning at the butt crack of dawn, which by definition is 5:30am. The plan was to get to Venice by 7am and hit the Legacy Trail by 7:30. I was super excited because the cold front came down and it was awesome running weather. I went over the plan with Mom a thousand times on the way down: “You take the dogs out, I’ll get ready and hit the trail, afterwards we’ll take the dogs for a walk and hit some estate sales before lunch.”

Unfortunately I wasted my breath because when we got there we discovered the guy we hired to remove our shed had already done so, and the fence to keep the dogs in the backyard had been removed. There was also the matter of all the shed contents which were all laying in and around the backyard. I couldn’t leave Mom with all 3 dogs and that mess so my run would have to wait.

We took the dogs on a very long walk so they could pee on everything within a mile radius, and then we went shopping for a few hours. While we were out, I called MacGyver. He said he hadn’t made it to the cabin yet because he was pulling someone out of a mud hole and he would call me later. I always worry when he’s out at the cabin because people do get hurt out there sometimes so I was a little anxious until I heard from him again.
When he called, the signal was bad so what I heard was, “I made it to…..and….broken out……..squatting….idiots…..cops……closed the road by……range…..to the power…….stolen……can you hear me?”

After I had a minor heart attack I told him that we just now had a good signal and then I asked him to repeat everything, slowly. Apparently, someone had crawled up onto our roof and smashed out a window and broke into our cabin. He didn’t notice anything missing so he didn’t think they stole anything but he was still trying to figure everything out. He said it took him a while to get to the cabin because there were cops everywhere and they had the road by the gun range blocked off due to an accident.

Now, if you aren’t aware, our cabin is in a remote 10,000 acre subdivision of recreational land. There are no power lines, no city water, no sewer lines, it’s remote… and by remote, I mean really remote. How someone managed to break into our cabin is beyond me, but as the day went on we realized they were probably squatters and they did steal from us. The first thing MacGyver discovered was missing solar panels, then radios, then lanterns, then camp stoves, then boxes of ammo. Worst of all, they stole a very expensive telescope that I bought for the kid…those Mother F*ckers!

I hope I don’t find out who you are because I will seriously hurt you.

MacGvyer’s efforts to find whomever might have broken in were thwarted however because there was a horrible ATV accident near the gun range which happens to be very close to our cabin.  FHP and the police were there to investigate and they blocked everything off.

We found out late Saturday night that an ATV had hit a Side by Side and sadly, the driver of the ATV was killed. Our prayers go out to the family. Such a sad, sad tragedy.

Mom and I are still in Venice this morning. It’s been a hell of a weekend but in spite of everything I still managed to get in a wonderful 10 mile run on Sunday and another 6 this morning on my beloved Legacy Trail.

Running always makes me feel better.  Always.

Did you watch the season finale of the Walking Dead?
What did you do this weekend?
Has anyone ever broken into your house?

Friday with favorites and a fishbowl!

It’s Friday and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes I could, but we’ll go with that anyway. In truth the real thing that has me excited is the weather that’s coming down our way this weekend.

Weather
Look at this gloriousness, I cannot wait!

MacGyver has decided to go to the cabin because it’s probably the last weekend of cool weather we’ll be having until next winter. Mom and I are heading down to Venice because she is only here for another week and we like hanging out down there a lot. I’m seriously looking forward to running on the Legacy Trail especially in 50 degree weather, woot woot!

Since we’re talking about things that have me excited, let’s talk about this awesome video.

That video is on fleek!

I ordered 4 new t shirts this week and I seriously cannot wait to get them. I ordered these 3 first:

New T shirts

But then I found this one and went back and added it:

bwah ha haBecause I love it!

I ordered them all from look human. You can find them on their website, here.

And before I go, let me tell you about one other favorite thing that I discovered last weekend and I’ll be enjoying again this week.

fish bowl drinkThat my friends is a drink called a fishbowl and just for you, in honor of the weekend, here is the recipe:
10 Oz. Vodka
10 Oz. Coconut Rum
6 Oz. Blue Curacao
12 Oz Sweet and Sour Mix
2 Cups of Pineapple Juice
Mix all together.
Use 3 small fish bowls and line the bottoms with nerds candy and ice. Fill the fish bowls with the drink mix above and then drop 3 Swedish fish and 3 lemon slices to each bowl. Pour a little sprite in each drink for bubbles.
And there you have it! Not only does it look cute, it taste ah-mazing! Enjoy.

What are you doing this weekend?
What was your favorite thing this week?