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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Trump supporters say "Get over it and move on."

I'm going to admit that I'm very upset about the results of this election.  I don't know how anyone looks to Trump and says, "He's our guy."  Alot of blogs I read talked about holding their noses and voting for Trump and agreed with the fake rhetoric coming out of Trump's mouth.  He called Ben Carson a child molester, but then appointed him to be Director of HUD.  What?  Trump said whatever soundbite could be chanted or repeated easily, just like "Heil Hitler."  I've just discovered that even smart people have an amazing capacity for self-deception.

So, no, I'm not going to "get over it and move on."  Trump is a bully who called people names - and they stuck.  Lyin' Ted, Little Marco, Crooked Hillary.  Trump is actually the corrupt one, but people are willing to turn a blind eye.  Really people, I just don't get it.  As opposed to Bill Clinton's consensual infidelity with Monika Lewinsky, Trump bragged about grabbing women by the pussy and is accused of assaulting many women.  He is accused of fraud with regard to Trump University and settled the lawsuit.  He's conned people out of money they rightfully earned.  How can you look at him and say he's our guy?

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hacksaw Ridge film is less miraculous than the real story and totally worth seeing


Desmond Doss was a mere wisp of a man when he signed up for the Army.  Andrew Garfield's youthful frame was at least 10 lbs meatier.  Partial mountain goat genetics must have been involved because Doss was unbelievably athletic, and gifted with an intrepid heart.  His fortitude to follow his church's teaching fell beyond the lines of what most people can grasp, so did his heroism.  He wasn't going to back down about anything.  And he wasn't going to Lord it over on anyone either.

Andrew Garfield is a wonderful actor and that I really think we are going to see a lot more from him.  His portrayal of Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge captured a deeply faithful man's journey.  When I first saw a trailer on Swagbucks, I immediatly hotlisted it to see opening weekend.  And yes, part of it was because of Andrew Garfield.  He was a fun Spider-Man, but the only vestige of Spider-Man here was pure athleticism.  And I've seen him in a few other things which have convinced me of Garfiled's talent.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What about Wen?? Curiosity killed the cat

So, if you're like me and the curiosity starts to kill you, you go against the grain and order what everyone has warned you about.  It's true, there have been alot of complaints and even a lawsuit.  Women talk about their hair falling out.  Could it really be that bad??  I decided I haaad to try it for myself to see what the deal was - especially since Swagbucks made the offer irresistible.  They gave me 3500 Swagbucks to try it.  OK!  So, here are my thoughts about the experience.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Wide feet? Best hiking boots and running shoes

I have foot problems because I have wide toes!  And I'll be you do too, or your wouldn't be here.  The urban dictionary says we have "Elite Feet" because of our long BTs.  (BT=big toe)  If you have a wide foot, you may hit those problems more quickly than most.  I had a slip and fall a few years ago that really brought attention bunions and hammertoes, and made them activate.  In my effort to protect my foot, I started wearing Dansko and Sanita clogs.  And while those are great for wide feet, they aren't so great for wide toes because the toe cap is rounded and will push on your big toe - unless you have a short big toe, or your other toes are longer - these foot types will tell you something - and I've mentioned these before.
 which foot type are you

I remember searching incessantly one day for more information.  Sure, I could find something that was wide (like Danksos), but couldn't find something that was wide in the toes.  And finally, I did find it. And I realized that all of my sneakers, though they were reputable brands, did not allow my toes to spread out and act the way feet should - which is to grip and to stabilize.  Basically, if your big toe is the largest & longest toe on your foot, and all the rest taper down, you need footwear that accommodates that.  I think this image from the ALTRA website says it best.  And this goes double for hiking or trail running.

FootShaped™ Design

I bought a pair of Altras and I am very happy with them.  I can't walk very much because of the problems I have been having, but I am hoping I can keep walking more and more to get used to it, and work my way back up to being able to walk without pain.
So when my hiking boots fell apart after 16 years, I knew where to look - ALTRA again. A lot of hiking boots are too stiff and too narrow in the toes.  And that's some real trouble for the downhills - not that I do them now, but I used to.  This makes toe space even more important.  Merril was a little bit better than others, but still problematic.  I was told that Keen was a great option because they were wide in the toes, but they were a bit tight and pressed into my bunion.  I have to pass on that kind of pressure.  Altra's new Lone Peak 3.0 Mid Neo shoe comes with Polartec lining and is waterproof.  This makes them great for all kinds of cold weather trail running issues - as well as slogging in the slush.  But in comfort for your big toe with their patented FootShape toe box.

I'm super-excited about these shoes!  Now, if you want a trail running shoe without the ankle support, they have that in other versions of the Lone Peak 3.0.  They have a summer shoe in the plain Lone Peak 3.0 Trail Runner, and greater protection in the Lone Peak 3.0 Low Neo which has that Polartec lining and, but no ankle support.  And, of course, the greatest protection in the Mid Neo.  They have running shoes of all kinds.  I wear the Provision for just walking around and am quite happy with it.  Whatever pair you get, consider also getting some Trail Gaiters to keep out the sand or snow.

I really think Altra is the way to go for everything - running and hiking or just walking around town.  It's like running barefoot, but with some really great cushioning and support.

This guy from Youtube has a pretty solid grip on how these Altra Provision shoes work and their stabilizing properties in his review.  Totally worth looking at.  They have both men's and women's styles.

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Friday, August 12, 2016

Wide-toed hiking, running and casual shoes by VivoBarefoot

Barefoot running has its charms.  But since those barefoot running shoes are often hard to put on, most people are opting for other things.  Since comfortable shoes that allow decent toe spread are my current obsession, I want to share what I have learned with you - other wise it's not much fun to find things out if I can't share them.

Oh, so that's why they have different shaped shoes...

First of all, there is the matter of foot shape.  Some of you might have a foot with a longer second toe.  That kind of foot has no problems with regular shoes because it gives them room for that longer toe with a rounded or pointed toe box.  I have something between Egyptian and Roman.  And that means trouble for shoes because they end up not fitting.  My foot is wide in the front and narrower in the heel.  I've decided to give up designer and fashion shoes for the sake of comfort.  Mainly, I've started to have bunions, despite wearing only modest shoes for many years since an ankle sprain sidelined me.

One of the problems with this new view is that you often miss out of some element of fashion.  But I feel that VivoBarefoot solves that problem by having some cute flats and some alternate designs beyond just running shoes.  They even have hiking boots, rain boots, and water shoes.  As per usual, I think Amazon is the way to go with being able to try them on and send them back if you don't like them.

UPDATE:  Tried the Vivobarefoot hiking boots - these run a size smaller compared to Birkenstocks.  And they are great if you are going to hit dusty, dirt or gravelly trails.  Maybe rocky.  I don't do any of that.  What I really need is more like a high top or something like that.  Street shoes with real ankle support.  Like I said, Amazon makes it really easy to return things through their online system.  If you know how to use the internet (of course you do!) and your printer, you are golden.

Please check out my other recommendations:
Best running shoes for wide feet & toes
More best running shoes for wide feet & toes

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Olympic highs and lows for swimming - and what's with the team suits not being worn by all?

Maybe most people only have a passing interest in swimming, but having been on the swim team in high school, I actually get really into it.   It's amazing to see how things have advanced in terms of times and how swimming is different by these champions vs the rest of us.  But wait there's more...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

More best running shoes for wide feet & toes

Watching the Olympics really gets me wanting to jump back in there and try to get in shape again. I'm pretty sure it does that for you, too. One of the problems with has dogged me throughout the years is having to force my feet into shoes that don't fit right. And everyone thinks that if you are wearing flat and/or athletic shoes that you will not have the problems that many women have from wearing heels. Well, think again! If your running shoes are pinching your toes together, you can get bunions. It's not just from heels! So here is yet another recommendation: TOPO ATHLETICS. I've been obsessed lately with making sure I get shoes which allow my feet to expand properly. I have learned that there are different foot structures. Some people do not have a problem with pointy-toes shoes and don't need the room in the toe box that I need. And that's fine for them. I just know that I need room in the toes. But Topo takes it a little bit further than other modern shoe companies. In addition to offering support, their shoes encourage a more natural running stride. They have shoes which are graded from a zero heel drop, 3mm lower in the heel, and 5mm lower in the heel. These could be a game-changer. And, as usual, Amazon makes it easy to try them on with free return shipping if they don't work out. I'm ready to try them for myself!

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Best running shoes for wide feet & toes

Have you ever noticed that most running shoes pinch your toes? Have you thought about trying barefoot running shoes to let your toes be freer? Or did you just give up and stuff your toes into your shoes anyway. I've seen women with horrible feet- huge bunions that made it difficult for them to walk. Just look at any podiatrist website and you'll see what I'm talking about. I was determined to avoid the problem by not wearing heels. But there is more to it than that! Your toes need room to spread - and most shoes get in the way of that natural toe spread. Even clogs! And I'm sure you've heard that Dansko clogs are great for your feet! I have decided to get rid of all of my shoes right away - even the ones I thought were sensible - in hopes of making it so I don't have a problem - even the running shoes. So here is my recommendation for a great running shoe that I had never heard of before - ALTRA. They have them at Amazon.com. I also have additional recommendations for every day wear below:

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Be Frugal, Ebates, TopCashBack cash back programs offer $10 signing bonus

Check it out at BeFrugal - and please use my link.

 Ebates also offers a $10 gift card to sign up.

If you're at all like me, you're doing more and more shopping online.  There are some great ways of walking into additional savings though cashback programs.  My cousin said it sounded like a scam, but I think she may just not shop online like I do.  I have found that I pretty much know my size in things, and if something doesn't fit, I'm not shy about making a return.  All you have to do is click though some of these online sites and they give you coupons for some of your favorites stores and additional cash back which they pay out to you.  That being said, I'm going to explain the way it operates.  This, for me, started with shopping through the Upromise credit card which also has its own cash back program.  It was most worthwhile to use when you combined the credit card with the website's cash back, so when the credit card changed hands too many times, I stopped using the site.  Long story.

You may have seen affiliate programs for you as a blogger.  Think of this as one big affiliate program.  The website is offered an affiliate bonus for advertising on their website.  People who click through their website to make purchases earn them a bonus which they pass on to you for clicking though.  What I do is compare between multiple programs to see who is giving the best cash back.

So here's a list of other programs I use for comparison purposes.  All of them are free for you to join, and I recommend joining all of them because you never know what will come up in terms of great discounts.

CouponCabin runs featured specials on a limited basis which makes them worth joining and worth checking out.The sometimes off a signup bonus.

TopCashBack often lives up to its name.  Not sure if they are giving a signing bonus.

Swagbucks offers additional ways you can earn cash back like time-wasting videos, games, surveys, and even searching the internet.  I watch the movie previews regularly.  You also get credit at the store for printing out coupons from their website.  I've made a few hundred dollars which I mostly exchange for Amazon gift cards.  I've given some money to charities they offer on their marketplace.  They offer a discounted rate on your first gift card you order each month.  This means a better earning rate.  But really, I think of them more like Swag Cents.  1 Swag Buck is worth about 1 penny.  But they are one of the few sights which pays you for your internet searches, so it is worth having in your back pocket. 

And it wouldn't be complete without Shop At Home which offers the bonus of matching the cash back of most of these websites even though they don't give a signup bonus.  Check it out.

And they all have apps!  Please let me know how you're saving!

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Speck case replacement warranty review & how to

Speck makes it both easier and harder than Zagg to make a warranty claim.  On the pne hand, you don't have to pay shipping, like with Zagg.  But they don't have an online form.  You just email customer service!

On the one hand, I'm happy with how relatively easy it can be.  On the other hand, it's frustrating how much time and how many emails it took since they aren't clear about how to file the claim on their website. And on the other hand, I'm irritated with how the phone case materials lend themselves to ripping or tearing.

So you don't deal with the annoyance of multiple emails, I'm going to give you the skinny on how to get things in order for them.  List all of the following:

Name,current address, date of purchase of your phone &where purchased.
1.  Photos of the damage to the case
2.  A copy of your purchase receipt.

If you purchased your phone online, obviously getting a copy of the receipt will be very easy.

 Email your claim to customerservice@speckproducts.com.  Once your claim is complete, they say they will send it out right away.  I'm waiting.  I will update when I get it.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

How InvisibleSheild fools you, how they're great, and how to beat the system

I just put InvisibleSheild on my phone and I'm amused by how so many people think it's magic that you use their wipe and then put on the screen.  You see magic, I see an alcohol wipe.  Yes, that's right!  You're paying extra to "prime the adhesive."  And there is a replacement warranty!  No, people, you've been fooled.

What they did is brilliant, though.

They give you the alcohol wipe, a cleaning cloth, a "squeegee" and have given the shield additional plastic around it so that you can position it on your screen.  They call it "Application Gel."  Seriously.

That "application gel" (alcohol) allows you some small leeway to get those obnoxious bubbles out from between the screen and the protector.  But really, it's the evaporation of the alcohol which gets rid of ubiquitous and troublesome microbubbles.  There is no special bonding property which makes it actually a better product.

After years of never having problems, I dropped my phone and it the edge of a metal leg.  Darnit!  Putting a screen protector on AFTER was an exercise in frustration, but I had to do it because I was waiting for the right phone for me before I finally went for it.  I wanted the best bang for my buck and didn't want to get splinters in my fingers while waiting.  So I know full well that often that screen protector is the only thing keeping a screen together.

What they do that is brilliant is all about marketing.  They put it all together in one package which you pay extra money to buy.  That's brilliant.  I wish I had thought of that.  Application gel!  Hilarious.

And then there's the "warranty."  Sure, you can get a replacement, but you have to pay for shipping!  $3.99 for first class mail.  And I'm sure you have to pay the return shipping of your messed up shield - because guess what - if you don't mail it back, they charge you for the replacement!  BONUS to them.

BUT, I found a workaround!  And I'm passing it on to you.  Check out www.FreeShipping.com.  I don't blame you for not wanting to trust any company that offers you something that sound too good to be true, so I'll ive you the details on it..  They offer a free trial period, and it's about 11.95 monthly.  In exchange, they give you 10% cash back and pay for up to $10 on purchase shipping and return shipping.  It's ideal for someone who orders alot of things from online.  So, I'm going to make my order through Zagg and claim that shipping reimbursement.  Please click on my link. :)

In the end, my review is MEH.  You can get a cheaper screen protector, an alcohol wipe from a first aid kit, and a microfiber cloth anywhere.  You can even use something other than the "squeegee" they put in their packaging.  In fact, doing so will save you some bucks.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Tom's shoes gives back and so do I! $20 off for you!

I just made a second order of Tom's shoes. From the original idea that every pair of Tom's buys a pair for a needy child, there has been an expansion into new things.  For every pair of sunglasses, they support restored vision.  The marketplace supports other like-minded businesses.  Bags support maternity care and safe births.  And backpacks support anti-bullying campaigns.

There are super-cool new styles like cork platform wedges, espadrilles, Swedish Hasbeens type wood clog sandals (with padding in the foot bed), and the original basic shoes which all the cool people wear.  And T-shirts.  Sunglasses come in all kinds of cool styles - and most important to me, they have POLARIZED lens options.

The link I'm providing here is $20 for you and $20 for me.   Slip into Tom's today and support those less fortunate. It's cool.  And I think Jesus would approve.  There might be even better ways to raise money for services to needy children in 3rd world countries, but most of us just don't do them regularly.  So this way, at least you've done something to help.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Dieting AGAIN in the new year

You know exactly how it is.  We've all be here so many times ot the point where I'm thinking about starting a separate blog for the new year - one that is focused on dieting issues, since alot of people of I've seen around church seem to be among the beautiful people already and don't have any struggles with that.  I could be wrong.  But that's how it seems to me. 

I'm pretty angry about alot of this stuff and it seems like a separate blog would be a better way to deal with that.  I'm sort of sick of people at church assuming that I'm fat because I eat total shit all the time.  I actually had some guy insisting that God had called him to keep me accountable for my diet.  Grrrr.  That was the end of our friendship.

Seriously, do you ever wonder why God would allow people to have disease and discomfort?  I just don't understand why my metabolism doesn't work like everyone else's.  I wonder if I shouldn't post what I eat just so everyone knows.  I'm pretty tired of doctors assuming the same.  Every time I go for an appointment, I feel judged.  It's just not fair in a way that I just can't figure out.  Sometimes wanting something really badly and creating space for it in your life still doesn't make it happen.  The Secret can suck it.

So this year, I'm just biting the bullet and getting away from it all for a few days to see if I can get a grip on my health issues and some perspective on my life and current spiritual issues.  In college and high school, it seems like retreats are par for the course so that they can influence you to a certain outcome.  So, sometimes you have to just make one up for yourself.  I just don't know what I want to influence myself to do.

So, now it's a whole new year.  Will it be renewed and refreshed me?

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