The ukulele… it’s gotta be one of the most portable and entertaining instruments in the world! I first came across this instrument while listening to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. The sound just gave off such a positive happy vibe. Then, a super gifted ukulele player by the name of Jake Shimabukuro caught my eye while scrolling through YouTube. His rendition of this song was incredible! I was hooked and just had to learn to play. So, here’s what I did….
Learn how to play:
My favorite song renditions/fingerings/chords:
My YouTube Uke bookmarks
My uke: Lanikai LU-21C Concert Ukulele
I played around with a skateboard when I was a kid. I thought it was neat to hang with the boys and skate in the driveway/street. Well, I didn’t get much street time as the street was paved with loose gravel on tar — which melted in the Texas summers.
I came across this YouTube vid: https://youtu.be/jdJjW7pknfE and decided I wanted to give it a try. Why are so many middle agers trying something that kids do often?
Great advice on getting a skateboard and beginner techniques:
Which skateboard to get?
My current thoughts:
What I got:
What my husband got:
Any suggestions? What would you get?
I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.
CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble
First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1. There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly. One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.
The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low. I can only go one day between charges. Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics. Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger. So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!
Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2
Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review
CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2
My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:
- Battery life: Pebble 2
- HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
- Apps: Apple Watch 1
- Waterproof: Pebble 2
- HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
- Cost: Pebble 2
- Phone required: both
Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, I’m spending more and more time on the water! The calming and relaxing effects are pretty amazing as well as the vitamin D and sunshine!
I love my big surfboard (8’4″) and just floating on the water. An idea occurred to me to get a big raft. But that’s cumbersome. So, then I thought about practicing my turns and paddling strength in the pool. But what about a lounging island or floating flamingo? Boom: the inflatable SUP seemed like a perfect blend of relaxing raft and ocean cruising in an easy to handle, fold-up, easy-storage, and hide-away apparatus.
But which one do I get?
The decision was tough, but I love comparative graphs the Outdoor Gear Lab provides. And with an honest breakdown like that and comparing the different inflatable SUP brands… My decision was made. Plus, I love supporting local!
I’m lucky to live in a place that promotes my newbie surf adventure. Albeit, I’m not a water baby… waves that are over my head and currents that pull me under are definitely scary. But, I used to love boogie boarding as a kid and being on the water is nature’s meditative sanctuary.
Surfline: Southern California
WannaSurf: San Diego County
Surfline PDF for San Diego
Learning to Surf: My newbie thoughts
Some of my favorite places in the Southern California area:
La Jolla Shores, CA
Magic Seaweed: LJ Shores
Scripps oceanography Cam: Pier and LJ Shores
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