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!

 

Guess we really need no-spend months now!

So you know those stupid postcards places will send you in hopes you are an impulse purchaser???  Well, they got to us!

Last Friday we received a postcard from Winnebago Motorhomes.  All it said was “Look at our new models”.   We are were not in the market to replace Winnie (so we thought!), but what the hey, let’s look on the website and see what’s new.

They have our current motorhome floorplan!  It is new and updated!  I happens to be a foot longer with an extra slide-out in the living area.  WOW!  We both said “I wonder how much different it is?”

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The Old floorplan

 

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The New floorplan – we have the table and chairs option with a buffet and retractable TV as well as the overhead loft bed.

So we search the RV sites and (unfortunately?) there are 2 at the RV place about 10 miles away.  What the heck, let’s go look!

Saturday we wander over and look.  The first one (2018 model) is really dark on the inside and while basically our floorplan, it didn’t really wow us.  Then the salesman says he has one on the lot that is on sale (about $50,000 cheaper)  because it is a 2017 edition.

OH MY GOSH!  It was love at first sight!!  We can’t believe someone hasn’t purchased this one!   We gush over it and then say goodbye.

When we got home, we measured the front driveway and (unfortunately??) the new one would fit in the driveway.  Now the real dilemma begins.  Do we want to trade up??

Our old motor home is a 2006 with 65,000 miles on it.  Any vehicle 12 years old will undoubtedly will begin to have problems at some time when we least expect it.  We have seen that some RV parks only allow vehicles under 10 years old.  Some also only allow class A.  Our old one is a class C.

After weighing the pros and cons of the purchase, we decide to go back for another look.  This time we are leaning towards purchasing.  As we approach it, someone is looking at it and acting like they really like it.  My gut does a flop and says “you can’t have it.  It’s ours!”

In case you can’t tell yet, we bought it on Sunday!  We were convinced to start this entire endeavor by a 20 cent postcard!  Can’t wait to pick it up!!

Air Fryer Experiment

Mother-in-law purchased herself an air fryer – and got to purchase a second one for 1/2 price! The joy!!

So she gave us one – not that we really need it!  We decided to test it out.

Results:

  • The chicken was awesome.
  • It thoroughly cooked a whole chicken in about an hour (35 minutes each side).
  • It didn’t heat up the entire house!
  • homemade gluten free onion rings were not awesome – sorry no pic – they were not photogenic!
  • Cleanup was a breeze.

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Final decision:

  • Kiddo #2 lives in an apartment without air conditioning.  We are finally experiencing normal temperatures but we have had 100+F days until last week.
  • Kiddo #2 works really long days – average day is about 14 hours, 6 days a week.
  • Kiddo #2 would benefit more than us with the mini convection cooker.  Cook a chicken on her day off and have food for the week!
  • Air Fryer is going to Kiddo #2!  She is actually looking forward to cooking whole chickens since Costco is too far from her now.  She was spoiled living in DC when it was 2 easy walking blocks away.

Instant Pot purchase, brown rice

We did it – we joined the fad by purchasing an Instant Pot today.  Why??  Our decades old crockpot “died”.  It has several dents and the handles have fallen off.  The High setting is too hot, low setting too low, and the warm setting doesn’t warm.  The lid handle was the recent calamity.  We adapted but it was getting to the point of frustration.  While researching a replacement (we use our crockpot frequently!), I stumbled upon a cookware category – Multi Cooker.

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For those of you like us who had no idea this appliance existed, it is basically a combination slow cooker, rice cooker, and pressure cooker.  We have a rice cooker we love and a pressure cooker that is only used when canning due to its size (23 quarts).  Not realistic to use to cook dinner.

The idea of pressure cooking is intriguing.  Cook it under pressure in less time.  The Instant Pot has a 6 quart capacity.  Our old crockpot was 5 quart so not much difference here.

Tonight we tried making brown rice in the Instant Pot.  On the stove top, it takes about 50 minutes and we have to worry about burning or undercooking.  With our Zojirushi rice cooker, brown rice takes about 50 minutes BUT is always perfect!  Even if we leave it on warm for hours after it cooks, it is still perfect.

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You get to stay!!

The Instant Pot brown rice was not perfect!  It cooked in about 25 minutes (a plus) but after sitting on warm for about 30 minutes it was on the dry side.  Guess we will keep the rice cooker.

Now to experiment with the pressure cooker feature!

If you have a great recipe for this device, let us know!