Happy Monday ladies! We are back from the island and staying inside until this thick smoke coming over the border subsides. My heart goes out to all those who live in close proximity to the fires all along the west coast. It is so terrifying and sad.
Here are a few things on my mind this week:
Because of some underlying health issues, the air quality here is a top concern for my family. Yesterday we headed out to purchase an air filter, given the air quality advisories in effect. There were flying off the shelves and not a lot of options were available in-store, but we were able to find this one that seems to be doing its job.
It’s unclear how long this thick smoke will be here for, but we’re planning to stay inside until further notice. I have never owned an air filter before but reading a bit further about them online, they do seem like a very smart (even outside of wildfire season). They will clean from the air all sorts of things, like pollen, pet allergens, dust, smoke, bacteria, mold, and chemical vapors. We tried to purchase the Dyson model, but it was sold out at Costco.
I’m not sure where my brain was when I was packing for this trip, but I didn’t pack a single pair of sneakers! I did bring my favorite everyday sneakers but they aren’t right for the kind of walking/hiking we’re doing. I bought a pair of Sketchers for our first hike, but they weren’t sturdy enough so the next day we stopped into Nordstrom and I got these SuperRep Go Training Shoe.
They’re super lightweight and have a wide base so they’re very stable. The mesh uppers keep my feet nice and cool, which I appreciate. I ordinarily wear a 9 1/2 in athletic shoes but went up to a 10 in these, which is perfect. I’m not sure I would ever wear these for regular days on the run, but they sure are comfy.
Post hand surgery, I’ve been wearing a compression glove on my right hand to help with swelling, etc. It turns out they really do help and are very beneficial for arthritis pain too! The ones I was given from the physical therapist leave a lot to be desired style-wise so I’ve been shopping for slightly more attractive ones.
It turns out that compression gloves are available in several varieties:
- copper arthritis gloves -Copper is a bit of an old wive’s tale and reported to help with arthritis pain. People claim that tiny amounts of copper rub off onto the skin, which absorbs it into the body and helps regrow joint cartilage that has been lost because of arthritis.
- heated arthritis gloves – these are anatomically shaped to trap heat to provide warmth and compression.
- simple compression gloves – these are made from cotton and lycra which apply gentle compression.
I have no experience with anything but simple compression gloves and I really like them.
I will stay on the hunt for more compression gloves because I believe they will be a staple for me in the months ahead.
Do you use an air filter at home? Look forward to learning more about them with you ladies.