Fitbits, flooring and frozen fruit
May hasn’t been a good month for electronics in our house.
There was the Fitbit Flex, of course, which died right after I finished writing my glowing review of it – as in, I literally finished working on the post, went to check my stats for the day and… yeah, no stats. Fitbit dead. Amber sad. And also a bit embarrassed to have just written a post saying, “Hey, everyone, look at this amazing gadget… which totally doesn’t work any more!”
Anyway, you’ll be pleased to know (Well, actually, unless you ARE me, you’ll probably be pretty indifferent to know, but hey: I’m going to tell you anyway!), the Fitbit has now been replaced, and I’m back to counting steps and checking my total every five minutes, to see if I’ve reached my target yet. No? How about now? NOW? Why is this taking so long, seriously?!
So I’m back in the game, but my 7-day total did take a bit of a hit from the downtime, and I had to restrain myself from messaging every single person on my friends list, just to make sure they weren’t judging me for my lack of progress. They’d have been totally right to judge me, mind you, because although my first thought when the Fitbit died was, “Oh noes! How will I cope without it?”, my second thought was, “Oh well, at least I won’t have to work out today!” And I didn’t, either. Because I really DO need that little rubber band to motivate me. Working out and not getting any credit for it would be like wearing an awesome outfit on a day you weren’t going to be taking outfit photos, wouldn’t it?
(Well, partly joking, anyway.)
Anyway, the Fitbit wasn’t the only electrical item to breathe its last this month, because my beloved Babyliss Big Hair also broke down last week. Now, I have a lot of different hair styling tools, and I DO actually use them all, to create various different looks. Of all of them, though, the Babyliss Big Hair (which is a rotating dryer, for those of you who’ve never heard of it: it’s basically a giant, rotating brush, which you use to smooth out your hair and create that “professional blow-out” look you can normally only get at the salon…) is the one I really couldn’t live without – as proven by the fact that I’m now onto my third one in about five years.
From that, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Babyliss Big Hair is a bit rubbish, really, and is constantly breaking down, but it actually isn’t: the fact that I’ve managed to wear out two of them so far is simply testament to how often I use it. And as soon as Terry – who was operating on the patient, in a bid to try and bring it back to life – sadly informed me that all hope was lost, and that I should prepare to say goodbye to my faithful hair styling companion, I got right onto the internet and ordered a replacement. I mean, I was joking when I said I couldn’t live without it, but I’m not joking when I say I really don’t want to and you can’t make me.
Having spent part of the week replacing things I already had, I decided to continue the trend, by choosing a replacement floor for our bedroom:
These are all of the flooring samples we ordered to try and work out which one we liked best. It took a long time, and a LOT of standing around examining them all in different lights, then walking over them in bare feet to see how easily they picked up marks (Our current floor is so high-maintenance that you only have to step on it, and there’ll be footprints on it. It. Drives. Me. Mad.), but we’ve finally come to a decision, and it should arrive next week sometime, as will my new dressing table (YAY!) and a bunch of other stuff, all of which I’m super-excited about. We’re going with white for the floor, which I know will be a controversial choice (Insomuch as someone else’s bedroom floor can ever really be “controversial”, I mean…), but we’re reasonably confident it’ll be easier to maintain than what we have now, which, as I said, shows up every single footprint, and every single speck of dust that ever lands on it.
The new choice is textured, which means those things won’t show up as easily as they do on the completely smooth surface we currently have. Our friends recently put down a very similar floor in their main living area (which obviously gets much more traffic than our 3rd-floor bedroom), and have told us the upkeep isn’t any worse than what they had before (Which was identical to what we have now). Obviously actual dirt and any spillages will show up more easily than on dark wood, but we don’t get much dirt making its way to the 3rd floor of the house, and we’d clean up spillages regardless of the colour of the floor they landed on, so I’m sure we’ll cope. Mostly, though, I just want a white floor. And, er, the heart wants what it wants, and all that.
Finally, what the heart has most wanted this week has been frozen fruit, which I’ve become completely addicted to, to the point where I’m having to ration it, or I’d eat it aaaalll day. This is a pleasant surprise for me, because normally when I get addicted to something it’s either chocolate or wine: I AM still eating chocolate and drinking wine, obviously, but I’m also eating this, mostly as an in-front-of-the-TV snack, and OMG, I LOVE it. For some reason, freezing fruit seems to make the flavour much stronger, and it also takes longer to eat this way, which means you get to enjoy it for longer. Gotta love that, right? The one downside is that it’s cold, which means it makes ME cold: I’m normally ALREADY cold, so that’s not ideal, obviously. I should probably cut back, really. Maybe next week. Maybe not.
HOW WAS YOUR WEEK?