More on My Darned Watch

Shut me up!

My precious Apple watch, making me happy with its bright changing colors, while telling me useful stuff. I believe this is my ugliest strap.

For reasons I don’t really understand, I am still all fascinated by my Apple Watch. Besides, I need something to write about that’s not my current real fascination: the history of the old house in Cameron that we just bought. More on that later.

Awards. Ooh ahh. They motivate me.

The watch is one in a long series of fitness trackers I’ve used. While they haven’t turned me in to a lean, mean, exercise machine, I find that I’m one of those people who will put in a little extra effort “just to make the watch happy.” I was actually surprised to see how much I enjoy setting goals and making them, winning dorky “prizes,” and comparing myself to friends (though I only have one Apple Watch friend, my spouse).

My fitness tracker history

You can get one of these babies for just twenty dollars now!

I started out with fitness trackers by trying one of the less-popular ones, the Misfit Shine, which at the time didn’t look like a tracker or a watch and could be a necklace or whatever, and just showed your progress with lights that flashed your progress and the time. I got many, many bands, including blingy ones and ones. My favorite aspect of the tracker was that I could tuck it in my sock and it would track my use of my under-desk cycling device. Handy. (By the way, the new Shines look more like a watch, so check them out if you’re in the market.)

The Fitbit Charge I had worked great. And I had a festive, shiny band.

I got to wanting more features though, so I succumbed to the allure of the Fitbit. There were so many models that I had a hard time choosing. I went through two of those, and found my first one didn’t really do all the things I wanted. Once I upgraded to the larger interface, where I could see all my steps, heart rate, calories, and of course, the time, I was perfectly happy. I enjoyed the app on the phone, too. I think they are fine products and worth it, though I missed being able to wear a real watch (I have a nice one!).

The Apple Watch of my dreams

I really had no desire to get an Apple Watch, and tried not to watch commercials or learn about its features. I liked my Fitbit, and I thought the thing was way too expensive for something so ugly. But, as I wrote about earlier, when Lee got one for 50% off and then got me one, I was pretty amazed. I really liked that I could display what I wanted to see, I could get all my phone notifications on it (so I didn’t look at the phone in meetings; well, now I look at my arm), respond to texts, make it be a flashlight (just found that out), and even make brief phone calls!

That yellow thing is the new walkie-talkie feature, which I have no one to talk with on yet.

Heck, the new OS lets you do a “walkie talkie” feature. Now I just have to NOT try to get the newest version. I don’t want to be an early adopter, you know.

So, I admit it. I was wrong to think the Apple Watch was a silly thing for people with more money than brains. Besides, my new wardrobe of watch bands makes it not to unattractive after all. Another bias bites the dust. 


I find I get a lot of use from making the fitness tracker part of the watch, the date, and temperature on my display. Though some of the watch faces let you put more information on, the three things allowed by my fun mosaic face are plenty for me (my mosaid is formed from a photo of some flowers that I took).

This “normal” face is the kind Lee likes. You just touch the screen and make a phone call. And you always know the weather.

But it you run or do other workout stuff, one of the completely fitness oriented faces would be ideal. On the other hand, Lee likes his to look like a watch. Let me know your favorite settings or your favorite fitness tracker, and why. I still have an open mind.

Dang, I’m Busy

By the way, it’s taken me three days to write this up. December is sure full of things to do that interfere with your musing and pondering!

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

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