Michael Jackson, running earbuds, and guitar strings!


Hi friends!

I don’t know about you, but I’m still getting over the shock that November is upon us. Where has this year gone?

I got my run in early this morning so that I could get a couple things done before work. I’m definitely a morning runner. I’d rather get up at 4am to run before the day takes off, than run in the afternoon or evening. In my case, if my run doesn’t happen in the morning, there is like a 0.01% chance it will happen at all.

This morning I listened to Michael Jackson before my run and I feel like it really got me in the mood to rock the run. My younger brother and I used to dance to Michael Jackson songs when we were kids – there may or may not be an incriminating home video of us absolutely crushing the dance moves. I’ve always loved some good ol MJ!


This particular morning, I originally wanted to run 6 miles, but only made it 5. By that time I needed to hop off the treadmill if I was going to be on time. Even though I didn’t make it to my magic number 6, I’m still glad I made time to run.

Speaking of magic numbers, over the years I have found that my favorite number of miles to run in a single non-long-run workout is 6. It seems like that perfect “goldilocks” amount of time for me. I can get a decent workout in 6 miles whether it is 400’s, 800’s, a tempo, or a simple easy run.

In other running matters, my Jaybird Freedom bluetooth earbuds have officially bit the dust. 😦 I used these exclusively to run, so they got their share of sweat. I made sure to wipe and dry them after every workout, so I thought they would last longer than 3 months. With previous Jaybird earbuds that I have owned (like the Bluebuds), they died gradually before officially croaking. But the Freedoms died rather suddenly. I had just gotten done with a run when I noticed that the left earbud sounded crackly. Within minutes of that, the left side died completely. I powered them off, wanting to reboot them, but they never turned on again after that. Dead.

I called the Jaybird customer support who have always been awesome – but there was no hope. My Freedoms were a replacement pair for my previous dead Bluebuds, and thus were out of warranty. The agent was able to provide a 30% discount for a new pair, which is nice.


I loved my Jaybirds, but the truth is I have not yet decided if I will purchase another pair. What I liked about it was being able to run without a wire connecting my ears to my phone. What I don’t love is that each pair only lasted me a few months before dying. I’m not particularly hard on my electronics; I try to take good care of them and only wear them to run. But who knows, maybe that hour-ish of sweat is more than the earbuds can handle, even though they are supposed to be “sweat resistant”. So right now I don’t know if I can justify spending that much on another pair…

For now, I am running with my trusty JLab Audio earbuds which have never let me down. They are sweatproof AND water resistant, and have been going strong for the past 2 years. I bought mine on Amazon for $29.99, but it looks like now they are $24.99, and there are some fun colors too!

In other news, for as long as I can remember, Joel and I have always done our weekly grocery shopping trip together. We started going to the store together back when we lived in Texas, and have never stopped! Whenever we get to the checkout counter, we always see who can guess the price of the food. The person with the closest guess wins, and you have to be within $5 of the final cost (after tax). As you can see, my seltzer game is still going strong! I have been in love with citrusy-flavored seltzer for years.


Another thing we did was go to our local guitar store. We are hosting a “smores and song” night this week with friends, and Joel is playing guitar for that. He wanted to put new strings on his guitar, so we popped by to pick up some strings. Side note, I am VERY excited about smores! It is going to be fun sitting by a fire, singing songs, and hanging out with friends.

I haven’t been in a guitar store in years! The last time we were in one was in Houston. My siblings came down to Texas for Christmas and for some reason we stopped in to look at guitars. We ended up hanging out for a while in one of the rooms in the back. One of my brothers played guitar in a band, so he played a few songs and we all sang along as best we could. At some point a stranger walked in and turned out to be an amazing guitar player who knew some of the same songs, so he joined in too haha! Just one of those cool memories tucked away in my head that surfaces whenever I’m in one of these stores!


Something else I am trying to do is finish up my book club book, Swamplandia! by Karen Russell. I made good progress last month, but haven’t had a chance to pick it up yet lately. I still have a few days to get it together before our next book club meeting, so I plan to make significant headway this weekend. That is, if I can stay off Netflix long enough to pick up a book! Hah! Speaking of Netflix, please feel free to pass along your show recommendations… I binged watched Stranger Things 2 last weekend and am itching to get into another show (of course I’ll wait till after I’m done with the book though haha!).

What are your wireless/bluetooth earbuds recommendations (preferably sweatproof and waterproof)? Do you have any shows to recommend? 



17 thoughts on “Michael Jackson, running earbuds, and guitar strings!

  1. A timely blog. I was researching wireless earbuds just this week and had focused on three options; the Jaybird x3/freedom (not sure there’s much difference between these), the Bose Soundsport or the Jabra Sport pulse. I currently just use Apple earbuds and never had a problem with them going wrong even when I inadvertently dunked them in water, so to hear your Jaybirds not surviving three months of rigorous exercise doesn’t fill me with confidence especially as they were the ones I was leaning too. Decisions, decisions….


    1. Yeah, I can’t help but be disappointed in the Jaybird Freedoms. The rep I spoke with said they make a pair specifically for running called “Run”. Apparently the Runs are totally wireless (not even a wire connecting the earbuds). From what I hear, the Runs should do better with sweat exposure than the Freedoms did. Just something to consider. Best of luck with your hunt for a new pair of wireless earbuds! I hope you have an amazing day!


  2. I can’t speak to the earbuds (I’m one of those weird people who likes her morning runs without music…I do go outside though), but I can say I 100% agree with the love of morning running:) I’m up and outside for a run at 4:30am….its the best! Also, for me, if it doesn’t happen in the morning it doesn’t happen at all (and then I’m a grouch, lol).


    1. I totally get that! I always feels better when I get my run in. Thanks for taking the time to stop by Dawn, I hope you have an amazing day!


  3. my whole family gets into the how much do you think we spent/ and saved at the grocery store. I used to do it with my husband and then my sons got into it too. So now whoever is at the store likes to play along

    I can’t help with the earbuds because I’m not a runner… I only run if someone is chasing me and then I’ll try to talk them out of it first (:


    1. Haha! I totally have those days where I’d only run when I’m being chased too! Oh I love the grocery game! And I like that your while family gets into it. Hopefully our future kids will want to join in the fun too! Thanks for stopping by, I hope your day is amazing!


  4. Love Michael Jackson music– I did a flash mob to one of his songs at a friends wedding once. So fun!
    Sorry about the earbuds! I still have old fashioned ones because I have trouble with the wireless ones fitting in my ears.


    1. That’s so awesome! I’ve never participated in a flash mob but it looks like it would be so much fun! I know what you mean about the in-ear ones fitting, I always buy the foamy “sport” earbuds because I prefer a snug fit that won’t slip out while I’m running! Thanks for stopping by Julie, I hope you have a wonderful day!


    1. Oooh I will keep an eye out for the Vintage brand! Thanks for the recommendation Maureen! Seltzer is such a staple for me haha 🙂 I hope you guys have an awesome weekend!


  5. Hi Dawn – btw I enjoy your light-hearted talk, it’s comforting! And thank you for the like on my post st lotus4me.blog

    I would like to recommend (since you’ve asked) watching ‘Buddha’ 🙏🏽 on Netflix: it is in Hindi so make sure your subtitles are rolling. Nothing to do with conversion just some wonderful thoughts. It’s a great watch all-in-all. 🌙 Enjoy!


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