Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrr!r.r!.r.r!r. iday.

We need to about talk ear pod bud phone thingies.

I have thee nerdiest setup and I need your help. It’s because I have freakshow ear holes and nothing seems to fit! The earphones I currently wear have a cord. And they wrap around my ears. Bahahahahahah! Can you imagine? There I am, running down the street, focused on my training, with what looks like a damn stethoscope around my neck and dangling slash bouncing around my waist. It’s awful!

I need cordless, I know. But I need something that will STAY IN MY EARS. And not get sweaty. These are my problems. Tucking the cord into the side of the fanny pack is so obnoxious, you guys. I cannot. Yet I do. And I continue to do. So I need your help, runners, or really anyone who has good advice on ear pod/bud/phones that will STAY in my ears and not get sweaty and fall out. How does one even manage this? Are you dabbin’ a little Gorilla glue on the tips before each run because I’ll never get how they stay in on all of you.

Help me.

Have roly polies been awful this year? I feel like they’ve been SO bad this year. Horrifically bad.

So bad in fact they infested a few plants of mine and ate straight through them. Who even does that? I never knew roly polies had a vindictive side. I always imagined them as harmless bystanders of all other invasive garden a-holes. WRONG. They suck. They royally suck.

I researched it back in early summer and learned that you can a split an orange or lemon or lime in half, stick that in the garden and they’ll eat that instead. And they did! Except they kept going. They ate the orange and err dang thang around it. They are everywhere.

Do they even do anything beneficial for our ecosystem or are they just little pills?



(my mom might find that funny and that’s about it.)

Anyway tell me how you murdered the rolies and the polies.

The other day Will said to me, out of nowhere, “Ohhhhhhhh I thought you’ve been saying hysterical fiction! Like, really really funny fiction. But you’re saying historical fiction. Like history. Hahahahaha! I was was so confused.”

And that made the rest of my existence. Right there.

Okay: book and podcast updates. (by the way, I’ll have a dedicated Bev’s Imaginary Book Club post next week because we need to dive into three specifics and I mean it.)

I’m over halfway through Summerland by Elin. It’s from 2012, and it’s so good. Tragic and depressing, but her writing is always compelling and lovable. I need to know what Demeter said to Penny at the dunes, man! Why didn’t she break? Something is up there. After I finish this I have two more “summer reads” and then I’ll start collecting for fall. But we’ll touch on all this next week!

Podcasts: Over the last few weeks I’ve plowed through The Retrievals, Scamanda, Believe in Magic, The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling and one episode of Smartless. I also pop into Everything Is Fine on the regular. (All incredible and absolutely worthy of listening to.) I currently have two episodes left of The Girlfriends and OMG. OMGGGGG. He’s about to be so busted and I cannot wait. (It’s about all these ex girlfriends that get together and basically become detectives of their lives and put together a mystery of their shared ex boyfriend. It’s GREAT.)

Tell me what you’re listening to right now. And then tell me what I’m listening to after the above. You know my steez. Spill it.

Weekend plans?

We have NOTHING and it is wild. This is the last official day of this ungodly heat and I am so ready to not feel like I live in a toaster. I have eight miles to run in the morning (goodness gracious) but it will be mid seventies so THAT I can handle. Other than that, we’ll roll with the weekend and see where it takes us. (which is not like me at all so hold me close in your thoughts)

From this week:: Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls with Coconut Rice! Such a comfort meal right there. Yet fresh and fun. It’s a little laborious, but you’ll get in it and have the best time. I do plan to get back to three posts a week. It’s that whole back-to-school transition with a birthday thrown in with unruly heat that changed up my running schedule that wonked it all up. But we’ll get there!

Ear pods – help me.

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20 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Stephanie P August 25, 2023 at 7:12 am #
    If you’re into his kind of humor, Seth Meyers has a podcast with this brother - “family trips” and it’s hilarious!
  2. Kristin August 25, 2023 at 7:21 am #
    The only ear buds that will stay in my ear are the ones that came with my iPhone and others shaped like that. Everything else slides right out, so I am anxious to see what works for you. I thought it was just me! Pill bugs are decomposers, so they are generally good to have around if they aren't destroying things you don't want decomposed. Maybe you need to start a compost pile. That's where most of mine hang out. Good luck!
  3. Deborah August 25, 2023 at 7:21 am #
    Ok I have trouble with EarPods staying in my ears. For that reason I won’t buy EarPods for fear of them falling out. So I wear wireless but they are connected to each other. I’m a power walker. So only pair that stays in my ears are an inexpensive pair. Google’ Skullcandy Ink'd+ Bluetooth Wireless in-ear Headphones with Microphone’. Been wearing for years !
  4. AK August 25, 2023 at 7:33 am #
  5. Janel August 25, 2023 at 7:37 am #
    I too struggle in the EarPod department. Below is a link to what I use but I’m not a runner so not sure how they hold up running. These stay in my ears when I walk. Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth Headphones, Bluetooth 5.3 Earbuds with Immersive HiFi Stereo, 2023 New 48Hrs Wireless Ear Buds Over Ear, HD Mic, Comfortable Sport Earhooks, IP7 Waterproof in Ear Earphones
  6. Rachael August 25, 2023 at 8:29 am #
    I used to have beats sport ear pods that were connected with a wire, these are the new version. They were great, and then I switch to AirPods which sometimes fall out and it’s a whole thing.
  7. Sarah August 25, 2023 at 8:30 am #
    Two recommendations. First, AfterShokz are the only headphones I will wear anymore. They go outside your ears not inside so you don't have to worry about them slipping out. Also, they're tons safer for running bc you can hear other noises like cars. Trust me, they are amazing and will change your life. Second, I am currently obsessed with the podcast Bad on Paper. It's mostly about books, but also they're just lovely and funny and it's so enjoyable and light. Unfortunately, no advice to give on the most efficient way to murder roly poly's, but best of luck
  8. Kelly @ Turned UP to Eleven! August 25, 2023 at 8:50 am #
    Earbud / headphone help! Well at least I hope it is helpful. I got mine off Amazon - and my husband has a similar pair. They are blue tooth but also have a cord (to told them together) you can wrap it behind your head to rest on your neck or in front if you don't mind them flopping but the KEY for me is they have a small rubber part that slides into the top crook of your ear (I wish I knew doctor terms to tell you). You do have to remember to charge them and hook them up via bluetooth BUT I have' had them for about 4 years and use them on my Peloton almost daily). I don't know if this link will work but this is the pair we have (different generations mine are much older) but I really like them and that little BIG holds them in my ears - apparently my ear holes sweat a lot... SICK!!!
  9. Jenn August 25, 2023 at 8:50 am #
    Google open ear headphones....I prefer these when I am outside walking. That way I can hear what is happening around me. Enjoy the weekend and stay cool!
  10. Natalie August 25, 2023 at 8:58 am #
    Shokz headphones, they are perfect for running because you can still hear what’s going on around you and they don’t go inside of your ear like regular ear buds.
  11. Jenn P August 25, 2023 at 9:03 am #
    I have tiny ears and so nothing stays in either, but the Beats Fit Pro work great. For Christmas my husband got me the Shokx wireless headphones, which I LOVE. They don't go in ear, they sit around your ear and transmit the sound through bone conduction, like cochlear implants. I like them for a couple reasons. They're comfortable, they don't go in my ear so I'm not worried about them falling out, and they don't block my ear hole so I can still hear what's going on around me while I run. I live part time in LA and only run Sunday mornings when I'm there because I'm terrified I'm going to get hit my a car (because no one sees pedestrians or cares) so even when I was running with my Beats I only used one so I could monitor what was happening around me (also so I know when the murderer is coming up behind me). But with the Shokx, both ears can have music or whatever, and still hear cars and dogs and bikes and people and murderers. I have the ones that connect around the back of your neck - sometimes my pony hits it while I run and it feels funny, but nbd - but they recently came out with single ears ones that I'm interested in trying.
  12. Christine August 25, 2023 at 9:27 am #
    I too have tiny ear holes, and cannot understand how airpods stay in anyone's ears. I use beats by dre- they have a little loop that goes around your ear and they've never fallen out.
  13. Candace August 25, 2023 at 10:01 am #
    • Emily August 25, 2023 at 7:22 pm #
      Seconded!!!! They are bone conduction. I love mine, but I do use the more often at the office.
  14. Jennifer C. August 25, 2023 at 10:17 am #
    I love my Raycon wireless ear buds.
  15. Mary August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am #
    I really love the Everyday Earbuds by Raycon. I’ve also given them as gifts, and everyone has really liked them!
  16. Tina August 25, 2023 at 6:36 pm #
    I also have the Raycon earbuds and love them! I have not used for running only fast walking but have never had a problem! I believe they have a sale this weekend too! Good luck in finding the perfect pair for you!
  17. Mary August 25, 2023 at 9:04 pm #
    I really like my Powerbeats Pro for exercising and phone talking. They come with a few different eartip options so you can figure out which work best for your ear holes and noise cancelling level.
  18. Jess August 28, 2023 at 2:18 pm #
    Podcast recommendations: Sweet Bobby, Dirty John, Chameleon: Hollywood Con Queen, The Thing About Pam, Mystery Show (very light-hearted content from what I remember), and for more serious topics/mood- both seasons of In the Dark are the best podcasts that I have heard (the stories are heartbreaking and the reporting is incredible). The Retrievals was heartbreaking. Thank you for the recommendation.
  19. Becky August 30, 2023 at 12:28 pm #
    No recommendations for ear pods. We must have similar ears because I can't find anything that either stays in or doesn't hurt after 20 minutes or so. For podcasts, I really enjoyed The Dream series. For ongoing podcasts I love Armchair Expert, Sibling Revelry, You're Wrong About, How Did This Get Made?, and Brain Candy.

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