Regarding Gear

Yumbox Tapas Bento Lunch Box

Recorded on January 24th, 2017


I usually don’t eat too terribly at lunch at work. Lots of salads, a tuna wrap about once a week, and cheese pizza slices every so often. But if I take the nutritional high road, it’s expensive and a pain to assemble your plate from the same tired salad bar every day. (First world problems, yes, yes. Lots of people don’t know where their next meal will come from, and/or don’t have clean water.) But the temptation to throw money at the lunch problem every day is great, especially when you’re pressed for time.

This has all changed! Sarah discovered the Yumbox, a bento box that comes in all kinds of sizes and configurations. It’s leakproof-ish, with a fancy rubber gasket on the top lid that seals all the food compartments off from each other. It’s expensive (about $30), but it’s made well and if you amortize that cost over all the cheaper lunches you’ll be making at home in advance instead of buying them every day, it quickly saves money.

We got the Tapas “adult-size” model. It looks small, but when you open it up at lunchtime you discover how huge it is and how much food it holds. The little compartments encourage me to pack more healthful food in a bigger variety than I would otherwise, and I end the meal feeling totally full but never bloated.

You have to get one of these. Or not. Again, no affiliate links for me on this one.

When Your Phone Needs a Boost, Part II

Recorded on January 22nd, 2017

I wrote last week about the Anker PowerCore 13000 Portable Charger but had not had a chance to try it out. Well, yesterday’s Women’s March on Washington was our first real-world test of it, and it was more than up to the challenge. I fully charged my iPhone with it twice and it still shows four out of four bars of charge right now. That gauge isn’t scientific, but it leads me to believe that we’d still be ok if we had to charge another phone fully.

It’s small and light enough that you can forget it’s in a coat pocket, or even a jeans back pocket if you’re walking around. The matte plastic finish is easy on the eyes (no painted plastic!) and it has rounded corners which make it easy to grip and unlikely to slip out of your hands.

If you’re going to anything like a protest or a hike where you’ll be heavily dependent on your phone and away from a power source for many hours, you really have to get something like this. Just don’t forget to charge it the night before, and pack it with your USB-to-Lightning cable with the rest of your gear.

And no, there are no affiliate links to this product, again. I’m too lazy, again. So there’s nothing in it for me if you buy one.