Random Thoughts Thursday XXXVI

By , March 14, 2013 6:22 am
  • Last night, within moments of each other, the strap broke off of Steven’s Garmin, and the lock button on my phone broke. Hmm. I was going to ask you guys for ideas for date night tonight, but we might be going to the Apple Store. !@$%@!!


  • I couldn’t help but laugh when I got out of the train station yesterday morning and saw that sample bottles of some new 10-calorie soda were being handed out! I just started reading “Salt Sugar Fat” and the whole first section is on sugar, with a major focus on cereal and soda and how it is marketed. I am just getting in to reading about the soda wars, and I am finding it so interesting  The book is already affecting the way I think about these products!


  • If you have a smartphone, and are obsessed with dates/daydreaming about upcoming events, like me, you might want to download the Countdown+ App. You manually enter events, or link to them from your calendar or Facebook, and get… a countdown! Most of my countdowns right now are for trips and races. And… here is a picture of my phone. Because I can’t take screenshots anymore (see bullet #1). Anyway. I think it’s fun. 


  • Google. You piss me off. Again. That is all. 
  • I picked up this fabulous hair care product on Saturday, and I can’t believe how much nicer my hair has looked since I started using it. It is… a hairbrush! Yes. I have been using a comb for, oh, five years? No idea why.
  • Do you ever wish you talked on the phone with your friends more? I mean, the ones you can’t see in person. Texting, instant messenger and emails are great… but I like the phone… and Sykpe, too! I doubt that will change, just, uh, talking about it. 


38 Responses to “Random Thoughts Thursday XXXVI”

  1. Amy says:

    A plain old hairbrush? You crack me up! Are you sure it’s not a hairbrush app? 😉

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha ha! Nope! I have thick wavy hair and have been using a comb on it for years… every once in awhile I would sneak a use of my husband’s brush. But then I got annoyed pulling all my hair out of it. So, I decided to get my own! LOL!

  2. Michele says:

    A hairbrush?!?! You crack me up!! I expect some serious style now! hahahahaha! I have a brush and hardly use it except to dry/style my hair. I hardly ever brush my hair throughout the day!

    Sometimes I wish I could just talk on the phone, and I hate to say this, but I just don’t have the time! As horrible as it sounds, texts are the fastest and easiest thing! I do call my mom every week though, but she’s my mom!

    • kilax says:

      Ha ha ha! I hardly ever brush my hair… ever. So, I think that is why I am noticing such improvement. Note – did not brush it today – it’s on a messy bun on top of my head.

      Phone time IS definitely an investment!

  3. Maybe I should get one of those new-fangled brushes you talk about. I have 397 combs (to be exact) and can never find them when I get ready for work. I use hair clips to get through mess and put my hair in high bun. So sad.

  4. Valerie says:

    Yeah I keep hearing/reading things about soda (or “pop” as I call it), and how bad it is for you. I’m trying to cut it out of my diet. Pretty scary the stuff it can do over the long term! Fun stuff to look forward to in the next few weeks too!!

  5. kelsey says:

    I get so mad at my coworker for NEVER brushing her hair. I have a brush in my purse and I randomly go over and brush her hair. She’s got a rats nest in it!

    I don’t even know what I’m gonna do without google reader. I JUST learned how to organize into folders and now I have to use something else??

    • kilax says:

      I have feedly linked to google reader now and it imported all my folders and has a lot more options for how you view your feeds!

  6. Rachel says:

    51 days till the Wisconsin Half! Yay!

  7. Anne says:

    Google Reader, WTF??? I tried to get synced up on Feedly last night, since it’s supposed to be an easy transition within Google Chrome, and it kept bombing out 🙁 How am I going to read all the blogs I love? Type in individual addresses or something?

    • kilax says:

      I think Feedly was down last night but it’s working for me now. It synced all my stuff over from Reader. I just can’t figure out how to get it to stop marking things as read as I scroll. I thought I found how to turn that off but it doesn’t seem to be working. But it even has the same shortcuts as Reader. WOO HOO!

    • Erin says:

      Check out Bloglovin! It’s not quite the same as Google Reader but it’s got some fun features.

  8. Kandi says:

    I was just researching the beverage industry for work and got sucked in to a lot of stuff. Who knew it was so interesting?
    I don’t know what to do about the Google Reader situation right now… Let me know if you switch to a different program. I’ve read about feedly so far but don’t know anything about it yet.
    A hair brush? I have one of those but haven’t used it in years (other than the one time last year I tried to use dry shampoo and didn’t realize I had to brush it out of my hair! A comb wouldn’t work). Did you get a special kind of brush? Brushes scare me and my curly hair. I use a wide-toothed comb and only while my hair is wet.
    I am not much of a phone talker. I mean, when I do talk on the phone I enjoy it but I hate calling people because I feel like I’m imposing and then I talk and talk… so I usually don’t do it.

    • kilax says:

      I just switched over to Feedly and am trying it out. I think I am going to like it 🙂

      I just got a normal brush! 🙂

  9. Pete B says:

    I would be interested in reading that book. I like the title. Aren’t all “new” sodas just basically the same old thing in a different can with different marketing. Don’t get me wrong I like a soda once a month or so, but really, let’s all calm down. It’s basically just sugar + water + a other junk. “Meet the new boss, the same as the old boss.” BTW, soda really doesn’t make you feel full. At least fat does. (disclaimer: I think that most of this is true, but I am not a nutrition expert)! 🙂

    • kilax says:

      LOL. I like your little soda rant (I actually stopped drinking it years ago). It is sugar + water + junk, but the point of this one is that it had artificial sugar in it so it has less calories.

      And yes, your brain does not equate liquid calories to being full, so you can drink this stuff all day and keep eating too.

  10. When my Garmin strap broke I was DEVASTATED. Turns out it’s less than $10 to fix and literally took about 5 mins at the Garmin store. Dramatic much?

    Also, I’m so upset about google reader! Why???

    • kilax says:

      LOL! I should take this one in. A part of the watch actually broke too, but it still works as a watch, you know?

      I am so upset too. Sigh. I am checking out Feedly. Not to sold on Blog Lovin’. I don’t really care much about that page view thing. Feedly has a lot of cool options for how the blogs are presented to you.

  11. Erin says:

    I was looking for your reaction to the Google Reader news 🙂 Sounds like this is the perfect time for other RSS readers to step-up their game! I just couldn’t believe that the articles were saying that RSS is dead. Uh, what about the blogging community??

    And I love that you still call it Steven’s Garmin. When’s the last time he used it? 🙂

    You know what’s funny? I hardly ever use my hairbrush now that I wear my hair curly! So I have lots of extra hairbrushes. I could have given you one! I had no idea you didn’t use one.

    Also, I hope that if you go to the Apple Store they finally give you an upgrade or something. You have had more issues with that silly phone!

    • kilax says:

      HA! I know! I saw that too!!! RSS is dead?! HUH?!

      HA! Caught. I just feel bad that I got it for him and stole it. He could have used it at the relay but he used my new watch. LOL.

      So what do you use instead of a brush?

      Ha ha ha. I called Apple and they think I will have to pay to get a new phone unless the store feels like giving me a pass. Sigh. I SWEAR I TREAT THIS THING NICELY. WHY DOES IT HATE ME?! 😛

      • Erin says:

        So, what are you going to do about the Garmin? Tape it back together? I’ve seen people do that. Or just carry it in your pocket?

        I use a comb when my hair is wet and that’s it. Since I get my hair wet every day I don’t have a chance to use my hairbrush.

  12. J says:

    The lock button on Brian’s iphone broke months ago too but our phones are 2.5 years old, so we may get new ones soon but not sure. He just has to suffer lol!

    I hate that google reader is leaving. SO DUMB! thats where I put all my blogs that I follow! I’m researching other ways to keep track of sites/feeds.

  13. Melissa says:

    I was so disappointed to hear about Google Reader!!! I was going to come in and recommend Feedly but looks like you have already found it 🙂

  14. I am also pissed about the Reader. Eff you, Google and especially eff you twice, Google+.

    I have a countdown to the Racine 70.3 on my phone to keep me focused.

  15. Xaarlin says:

    Nooooo poor garmin and iPhone 🙁 get better soon! *hugs*

    Ooh the countdown app looks good. Writing it down now and will download later. I’m kinda using Wunderlist to mak lists of things. I like making lists. A lot.

    I wish I talked on the phone more with my friends. Instead we text or email… I hate how technology has taken the personal side out of communicating..,

  16. Emily says:

    I haven’t used a hairbrush in ages. Just a comb. Maybe I should pick up a hairbrush at my local superstore, too!

    Thanks for the tip on the countdown app – I’m on it!!!

    And I LOVE the Apple store. It’s a great date-night place! Isn’t it amazing how things do tend to break in bunches, though? I had a week once where I had car problems, toilet problems, kitchen sink problems, MP3 player problems, and knee problems all at the same time. Unbelievable!

    • kilax says:

      What?! What do you love about the Apple Store?! Going in there makes me so anxious! Teach me to love it too, please 🙂

  17. robyn says:

    Annoying when things break, the light on my fridge has just gone – grrr!!!! I’m not a soda person, and just don’t get the whole soda thing? Definitey into counting things down though!

  18. Alyssa says:

    I am going to be so lost without Google Reader. I am already upset with Google this week because they are transitioning Picasa pics to Google+ pics and now it is much more complicated to upload from my phone.
    I gave up all pop for 2013 so I have been taking note of the different places it is given away/advertised recently.
    I use a hairbrush every day so I have no idea how you have gone this long without one!

  19. Kim says:

    I am totally downloading that countdown app! LOVE IT!

  20. Losing Lindy says:

    pls call me, I would love to catch up via phone

  21. ChezJulie says:

    I am really P.O.ed about Google Reader going away. It is one of the widgets in my iGoogle home page, which is also going away. What are they doing to me!!!!????

  22. martymankins says:

    I wish I talked on the phone with my brother more. We don’t get a chance to talk, which is actually more defined as we don’t make time to talk. He works construction and can’t spend a lot of time on personal calls.

  23. Kayla says:

    That countdown app looks way nicer than the one I have on my phone. I may need to switch over. I bet you would have never guessed that I have a countdown app mainly for graduation! 🙂 I am so sad that google reader is going away. For some reason, some friends I prefer texting and others I prefer talking (but mostly talking) i do skype a lot with one friend but my family doesn’t skype much so I just talk on the phone with them.

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