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05:21 am: 10,000 steps
My company is doing a "Green Month" program with various components, including a get-healthy bit. They distributed pedometers so we can all make sure we're getting our 10,000 steps a day.

I'm delighted to have the pedometer, as I've long wanted one.

But this thing is a piece of crap.

Yes, I'm going to whine. Yes, I'm going to whine about something that was free. If I can't whine in my blog, when can I?

I'm beyond frustrated with this frickin' pedometer. It tells me 3 miles is 4,000 steps (the interwebs, ever-so-trustworthy, tell me a mile is about 2,000 steps; I have a relatively short stride, but I'm happy to go with the average). It also tells me I've walked a step as I sit here typing.

When I've tested it explicitly (not, perhaps, as much as I ought, because my mind tends to wander with my feet), it under-counts the vast majority of the time. Whenever I walk, in fact. (I can't account for the inexplicable sitting-steps.)

I could deal with its being wrong (truly, I'm not that much of a whiner) if it were consistently wrong. But I do the same routes every few days (reversing them for variety) and it'll say 5,000 steps one time and 3,500 steps another. So I think I'll drive the routes again for official distances, and use the 2,000 steps=1 mile formula for figuring how much I'm walking.

Blargh.

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Back to your regularly scheduled Mommy-blog, Teddy is doing great. All traces of his cold are gone.

He loves school and they seem to love him. Any time anything science-y happens, he says "I need to tell Miss Mary Jo about this" (Miss Mary Jo is his teacher for science and geography). I asked Miss Mary Jo whether he follows up, which she affirmed that he does. I wish I could remember how she described him - eager? sharing? talkative? never shuts up? - dunno, but it was a clear contrast to when he started school last year and his teacher very tactfully asked "is he verbal at home?"

I hear a lot about Ryan. Ryan is his friend. Ryan may or may not be the child who introduced Teddy to Power Rangers and Transformers. Ryan will be invited to Teddy's birthday party, which will have a Monster Truck theme. Or Star Wars. Or Transformers.

I'm guessing I may not be able to get away with the family-only, eat-pizza-and-open-gifts party again.

We're on the 5th box of Bob books (among many, many others, natch), and Teddy is not diggin' them as much as previous boxes. It's long vowels, which are hard. I may suggest that we do another round with box 4. Dunno.

:shrug: As long as he's reading, I'm delighted.

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From:occhi_cinesi
Date:September 25th, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Most pedometers you get for free are crap. They usually cost $3-5 each. Even the $20-40 pedometers aren't very accurate. I''m assuming you did not have to measure out your stride to 'setup' this pedometer? This one you just slapped on and it measures movement. The little tiny piece inside that moves and is measured, is sensitive (good) but also easily broken (bad).

Now I know what to get you for your next gift (besides the yumminess you'll have this weekend). A most accurate measurement of distance. I don't know if I can get one for you by this weekend, but I will get one to you! Great fun!

Hope the birthday party is Star Wars themed! That will sure to get my dh out to ParTay!

Have you tried the Star Wars equivalent to Box 4 or 5 level of reading?
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From:katehaney
Date:September 25th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)

yep, slap it on

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It didn't register anything at first, but started clicking away when I fastened it to my underwear (now that's mighty comfy). Frickin' thing.

I drove less than half yesterday's walk this morning. It was 1.5 miles. :grr: Will drive the rest when I can.

We don't have any Star Wars books, but we do have Wall-E, Thomas, and Lightning McQueen. Good idea though; I'll have to look for some. I would think there would be LOTS available (though they have to be Episodes IV-VI, as Teddy hasn't seen the I-III, or any of the TV stuff).

I like the Bob books because they're so specific in the stuff they include, but the levels that some of the others show (Scholastic, maybe?) would work fine too. Thanks!

Edited at 2009-09-25 05:38 pm (UTC)
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From:swingchickie
Date:September 25th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
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i threw out my pedometer... it never measured the steps right. bleh.

hey, are you working in the city at all next week? it'd great to see you when i'm up there.
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From:katehaney
Date:September 25th, 2009 05:37 pm (UTC)

I wish I were!

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I'm going to be in town this weekend, but have to head back Sunday afternoon. :(
From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 28th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)

Dude craft

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I saw you had recommended this site for Best Craft site awhile back and I don't know how to get a hold of the guy but every time I open his site I get a warning from my virus protector that a virus is being detected. If you know how to contact him, can you pass this info on?
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From:katehaney
Date:September 28th, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)

Sure

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though I doubt there's actually any problem with his site... I have pretty stringent security settings, and I've had no issues. You might want to have a look at your system to see if there are any anomalies there.
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From:katehaney
Date:September 28th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)

Re: Dude craft

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Also, if you want to email him directly, it's dudecraft::AT::gmail::DOT::com

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