Posted in Life, Review

Learning to play the ukulele

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….

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Beginner Basics:

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Learn how to play:

My favorite song renditions/fingerings/chords:

My YouTube Uke bookmarks

My uke: Lanikai LU-21C Concert Ukulele

 

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Posted in Gadgets, Life, Review, surfing, Workouts

Skateboarding: A beginner’s journey

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.

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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?

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My current thoughts:

What I got:

What my husband got:


Any suggestions?  What would you get?

Posted in Gadgets, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Apple watch vs Pebble 2

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
Posted in Life, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Inflatable SUP

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? 

http://m.outdoorgearlab.com/Inflatable-SUP-Reviews/Isle-Explorer-11

http://www.isupworld.com/isle-explorer-inflatable-sup-review/

https://www.islesurfandsup.com/stand-up-paddle-boards/11-explorer-airtech-inflatable-paddle-board/

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!

Posted in Cars, Review

Land Rover LR 4

I’m obsessed with the body of the LR4.  It’s got a great look with great functionality — found that out by taking a test drive and really enjoying what it could offer through the dealer’s off road ramp and track.

The research:

http://www.cars.com/land-rover/lr4/2014/expert-reviews/

http://www.thecarconnection.com/review/1093771_2015-land-rover-lr4_safety_5

http://www.nydailynews.com/autos/latest-reviews/review-land-rover-lr4-lot-truck-article-1.1585791

http://www.edmunds.com/land-rover/lr4/2015/review/

http://usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/cars-trucks/Land-Rover_LR4/

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/automotive/land_rover.html

http://www.landroverworld.org/forums/showthread.php?t=19304
The 2017 Discovery (LR4):

http://bestnewsuv.com/2017-land-rover-lr4/

Posted in Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

My favorite surf places

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

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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

La Jolla Shores Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com

Swami’s/Boneyards

http://e.cdn-surfline.com/syndication/embed/v1/player.html?id=4789

Swami’s Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com
Scripps Live HD Surf Cam. Check out more Surf Cams at Surfline.com

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