Friday, November 28, 2014

The Holiday Patrol

aka The Black Friday Troupe

Black Friday 2004


Black Friday became a thing for me in 1997 when the Furbys first came out and everyone wanted them. I didn't really want one, I thought they were creepy, but I fell for the quest.  My aunts always went out on Black Friday and I never understood it until 1997,  I had my own car and I went out long before dawn to drive past a toy store and laugh at the people waiting in line for a silly toy.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

eek shopping on Thanksgiving!?


I used to be one of those folks who was adamantly against stores opening on Thanksgiving. Arguably, it still takes the fun and sport out of getting the sales but that's not my point here. All you hear in the anti-Thanksgiving shopping contingent is that it is unfair to the store employees to take them away from their families and it should wait until Friday. And they are wrong.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Fitbit vs Jawbone vs Fitbit

I've had a fitbit for years and have always enjoyed a gentle competition with my husband (which I ALWAYS lose) for steps. I started with the Ultra and when it fell apart I upgraded earlier this year to a new One. Earlier this month my company gave away Fitbit Flexes as part of a wellness program and I picked up a Jawbone Up just to see how it compared.  Here are my observations.



Fitbit One



It is a similar form factor to the Ultra that I was used to wearing, the fitbit itself is much smaller and can either be carried alone or put into a silicone case and clipped to your waistband or pocket. I use mine in the case. I originally ordered the burgundy but decided immediately that I hated the color and switched for a black, it's much better. Charging it is more of a pain than the ultra, you have to take the fitbit out of the case to plug it into the USB charger then put it back in when you want to wear it. It normally takes me about 20 seconds to get it back in snugly.  The display is an upgrade as well, it has a much clearer screen and tracks the same data as my ultra. All in all, I am pleased with the One.