Still Can’t Believe We Did It!

This falls into one of those “I can’t believe we did this!” situations.

And “I still can’t believe we did this!” a second time.

A couple of months ago, a couple friend invited us to the shooting range.  We agreed, figuring what’s the worst that will happen – if we hate it, nothing in our life changes.  If we like it, it is another activity we can do with this couple.  This is the first “I can’t believe we did this” moment.

Even though I grew up with a father who hunted, I was never allowed to go with him or to even think of touching one of his guns.  My father had a very “Guns are for guys” mentality.  (Actually, a lot of things were for guys and not girls.)  I had never touched a gun, John hadn’t touched one since basic training in 1975.   I’m a pretty hard-core gun control person – I don’t have a problem with people waiting to make purchases; guns should be locked up at all times; you name it, it probably applies to me, or really close to my beliefs.  John has always wanted to have one while we travelled but I resisted.

Well, we had a great time shooting the “twister” target.  I was surprised I even hit it!  K brought 5 different guns and his wife, K2, brought her 1.  We spent about 2 hours at the range shooting all of them.  K is extremely knowledgable and has a concealed weapon permit in California so I know he has been checked out and tested.   K2 took the CW course with no intention of carrying, but wanted to know all the laws and procedures just in case something happened while her husband was carrying his.

Here are my first 2 rounds.  Evidently, this makes me a good shot.

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A couple of weeks later, we went with them again.  It was just as enjoyable!  Maybe even more so since I knew I would be able to hit the target.  It was an exciting adventure!

This last weekend, we went with them for a third time.  After breakfast we went with them to the gun shop, figuring we would purchase the ammo they were replacing since they have provided everything thus far for our outings.

Now for another “I can’t believe we did this!” moment.  We purchased a gun.   John is happy we will have one with us while we travel.

We are not the least bit annoyed/disappointed/angry we have to wait 10 days before we can pick it up from the gun shop.

  • Please check my background!
  • Make me take a test!  We both took the California gun owner test (and passed!)  Why did we both take it?  I wanted to be sure we both could pass!
  • Make us wait 10 days!  Not a problem here.
  • Make us wait 31 days before we buy another handgun – OK by me!  How many do you need at one time??
  • Prevent me from carrying it all the time – another OK by me!
  • Monitor how much ammo I’m purchasing – another OK by me!

I don’t think there is a single gun law in California I disagree with.  Will being a “gun owner” change any of this?  Probably not!

 

Finally a “pedometer” I like!

Years ago, I purchased the Jawbone UP.  It worked perfectly until it didn’t!  The company sent a replacement for it since it was under warranty.  Again, it worked perfectly until it didn’t.  I liked it so much John got the UP24.  I upgraded to the UP2 that latched and then that one failed.  Trying to replace the new one coincided with the downfall of the company and they never sent a replacement (so sad – it really was a decent device.)  We both like the app and features offered.

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John was getting tired of his UP catching on things and wanted to upgrade.  With all the UP drama,  John opted for a FitBit Surge.  It has been a very dependable device for him.  John recently upgraded to a FitBit Versa and LOVES it!

Sorry no pic of his watch/tracker.

I tried finding a pedometer app for my phone that had many of the features I liked on the UP.  I have tried too many pedometer apps to document.  They all have slightly different features.  The downfall is that you need to carry your phone with you for every step since they use GPS tracking.  Now the search was on for an armband.  This also didn’t work as well as I had hoped.  Something about doing EVERYTHING with the armband on was annoying.

But I think I have found my favorite activity tracker – an iWatch 3!  I really didn’t want a fitbit when we were making the transition.  It seemed too ugly and big.  So here I am with a watch face that is definitely larger than the fitbit but so much more versatile.  It’s comfortable too!  I also picked the Sport Loop band instead of the traditional Sport Band.   I’m so glad I waited!

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I’ve had the iWatch for a month now – purchased on September 1 intentionally.

I walked 55.79 miles in September.  121,617 steps according to the Accupedo app (that’s a separate post)  I moved about 4053 steps a day.  Not perfect but it gives me a baseline to work with.

Now to get back up to my 10,000 steps a day!

 

All The Kid Stuff We Saved

If you are like us, you saved TOO MUCH kid stuff.  While we have decluttered the stuff, we found boxes of kid clothes.  Now keep in mind, our babies are currently 29 and 31 years old.  We still had infant stuff!

Most of this kid of stuff has been decluttered.  Now the challenge will be all the boxes of  school stuff.  How much should we keep to give to them?  I was thinking of dividing it into 2 boxes and letting them decide but that seems cruel!  My mom recently gave me a school box and I trashed all my report cards – it really wasn’t something I wanted and I’m assuming the kiddos will feel the same way.  They are less inclined to save things already.

They haven’t looked at it or missed it in all these years.  I haven’t looked at it or missed it in all these years.  I sure could use some simple advice from someone who has boxes of kid school stuff they’ve decluttered.  What kind of things did you keep?  Did your kids want any of the school stuff?

 

A few California population statistics

So yesterday’s rant about people who rant about California got me to thinking about population numbers.  Here are some statistics:

Los Angeles county has about 10,163,507 people in 2017.  This is more people than 41 other states!

Los Angeles county represents about 25% of California’s population.

If you combine to form the greater Los Angeles area (Los Angeles county,  Orange county, Ventura county, Riverside county, and San Bernardino county), the population is about 17,877,006 people based on the 2010 cenus.  (*I included Riverside and San Bernardino counties because a majority of their populations are within 60 miles of downtown Los Angeles.)

Only 3 states – Texas, Florida, New York – have a population larger than the Greater Los Angeles area.

The Greater Los Angeles area now represents about 45% of California’s population.

If our state/area is so horrible, why do we have so many people here?????

 

Sources:

http://worldpopulationreview.com/us-counties/ca/los-angeles-county-population/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_and_territories_by_population

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Los_Angeles

California Population. (2018-03-14). Retrieved 2018-08-1, from http://worldpopulationreview.com/states/california/

Visitors and No Stress!

I had several coworkers over this morning to prep for the new school year.  It is the first time we have done this and I VOLUNTEERED to have everyone meet at our house.

Just so everyone knows – over the last 3 years we have decluttered about 20,000 items from our house (some were from the garage as well.)  We rarely had people over before we began decluttering because the chore of “cleaning” for company was overwhelming to us.   With so much stuff gone, cleaning is so much easier – I still hate to do it but at least it can get done.

All I had to do to prepare for this was purchase a few snacks and beverages.  I also vacuumed and made the bed (the bed fairy was me this morning!!)  Everything else has been so easy to maintain that I really didn’t need to do anything extra to prep the house for visitors.

One person commented “I thought you said you had a small house.”  I replied that our house is about 1300 square feet (about 120 square meters).  [We have 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen/dining/family room.  She replied with “Oh, it seems so much larger than that.”  Is it because of the decluttering?  I’m going with YES!!

Feeling like decluttering the stuff has been worth it!!

Rant about people who rant about California

So this is a sorta rant post.  With the recent news that California is now the 5th largest economy in the world, why do people outside of California think that Californians want to hear how horrible our state is?

  • California has about 12% of the nation’s population.  Shouldn’t we get 12% of the electoral college?
  • Why should our environmental rules be reduced to federal levels?  We cleaned up our horrible pollution by enacting stricter than federal levels.  While we don’t have  the cleanest air, we have made great strides.  Anyone remember Los Angeles during the 60’s?  Buildings across the street were obscured by smog.
  • Why does everyone assume we are granola eating Birkenstock wearing hippies?  Ok, we eat granola regularly in our house and we wear Birkenstocks but I would never classify myself a hippie.  When our youngest went to college in Maryland and wore her Birkenstocks, other college students actually commented that they didn’t think of her as a hippie.
  • And not every Californian is a celebrity, knows a celebrity, or wants to live like  scripted “reality” shows.  These shows do not show Californians as we truly are.  Don’t judge me based on the state I live in.
  • Homelessness and drug use is a problem in many communities in the nation.  Why bash ours without looking at your own?  It is so much easier to “blame liberals” in California than to accept that this is a national issue.  Poverty, homelessness, and drug addiction is found in ALL STATES!

I think this in enough for today.

What would you like people to stop commenting on based on where you live??