If you love wine as much as I do, you’re going to want to download the free Vivino app. And, you’re going to wonder how you lived without it. As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, I’m turning to my favorite wines to get me through the winter. What’s more relaxing than sitting in front of a fire, sipping a glass of wine?
What is Aaptiv?
Aaptiv is a fitness app available on Android and Apple devices. It provides on-demand classes in an audio format, wherein an instructor coaches you through various fitness routines.
Although Aaptiv includes workouts ranging from outdoor running, treadmill, elliptical to yoga, I will focus strictly on its indoor cycling classes.
If I took a moment before eating and paused to take a photo of my meal (whether or not I actually shared the image with anyone), would I rethink my food choices? What if I stopped counting every little calorie (and my resulting craziness that ensues) and focused instead on the visual presentation of the food before me? Would I lose weight?
As I don’t actually own a Peloton bike, I guess my answer to this question speaks for itself. However, I cannot deny that the Peloton Cycle is an ingenious product, well-designed, and absolutely fills a niche in our busy world, but it is a very sizable investment: the bike itself will run you $1995 plus $250 installation. Add in another $25 to $75 for weights
If you live in the New York metro area like I do, it’s not unusual to travel an hour plus to meet a friend. In fact, these are the friends I describe as “living close.” You find yourself alternating trips to each other’s town or trek to Manhattan for a change of scenery. Even if you offer to meet somewhere in the middle, it inevitably tends to favor one person. And, it’s almost always exhausting.
Just the other day, I was chatting with a local friend of mine and mentioned that I met up with an old friend for dinner, conveniently a twenty-minute drive for each of us. When she wondered how I figured that out, I told her that I use an app. “Of course, you do,” she replied. “You should put that in your blog,” she told me. So here it is. . .
As much as I personally rely on technology (and you can see from my blog posts that I absolutely do), I also sometimes long for the days of answering machines, CDs, and encyclopedias.
Technology creates a demand for instant gratification: we must know the answers to our questions now, you must respond to my text or email now. We cannot just sit and wait idly by. I think back to middle school when I conducted research in the library, searching through book upon book, photocopying documents and even using the time-sucking microfiche, and wonder how our children would manage. For instance, if I tell my 1st grader son that I emailed a friend’s mom to set up a play date and I don’t hear back immediately, he will ask, did you text her? If he asks me an impossibly hard question to answer and I am unsure of the answer, he inevitably asks, can you look it up online?
Is it a surprise he acts this way? When I watch a movie and an actor looks familiar but I cannot place him, I pause, read his IMDB profile, and continue the movie, content in my newfound knowledge. When I have a mundane question for a friend, I do wait until I see her next time; no, I immediately text her, expecting a response within minutes. If she cannot respond at that exact moment, I know I will receive a follow-up text explaining her delay (“Sorry, I didn’t see this earlier, we went to the movies).
This is the world in which my children will grow up.
Yes, I realize that if you have a teenager at home or work with a group of twenty-somethings, Venmo is very old news. However, when I mention Venmo to my group of mom friends, I tend to get blank stares and radio silence. Further, when I suggest that they pay me back with Venmo, they respond, “I’ll just give you cash or a check. It’s easier.” Actually, it’s really not easier.
Now that the school year is winding down here, it seems that every time I open an email, someone is collecting money for a teacher: dance, preschool, elementary, and coaches. More often than not, that email actually comes from me as I am the class mom for both of my children. Just this morning, walking into my daughter’s preschool, a gathering of nannies and moms awaited me, shoving cash, checks, and various papers into my hand as I passed them. If it’s not apparent from my earlier posts, I do not like handling cash. I either misplace it, forget who already paid, who still owes me, and I never have the correct change on me. I create lists upon lists to keep track of everything. Don’t you wish there was an app for this? Meet Venmo.