After many months of researching, reviewing and studying our gear options the last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity from me on the purchasing front and a flurry of snow outdoors.
So its been snowing a bit the last week. I say a bit but judging by the meltdown in the First Capital Connect service maybe I missed something as I couldn’t get to work two days last week due to “adverse weather conditions”. Funny it had snowed for one day and all other train services I checked were operating even if the service was a little disrupted. On a more positive note though the kids school next door had a massive snowball fight which was fun to watch.
Since I was first prescribed with glasses for driving 10 years ago I have lived my life as a “glasses agnostic”. Since living in London for the last 6 years I haven’t really driven so convinced myself I could see fine. I have finally given in though and between Christmas and New Years I visited Optical Express for a laser eye surgery consultation. The consultation was very thorough and I’m really glad I finally got it done as it was interesting to find out what type of treatment I was suitable for. I freely admit I was lured in by the tagline of “prices from £349” however the end result for me was that due to the size of my pupils I’m only suitable for the most expensive Wavefront procedure.
Being in full cost saving mode for the trip ahead I decided the cost was above budget and to get myself a new pair of glasses instead. So using the brilliant service from Glasses Direct I had a few frames delivered to home for free and tried them out for a few days on friends. Decision made my new glasses should arrive in the next week or so.
Emma has also been looking at prescription sunglasses anticipating weather warmer than the snow covered ground outside has in mind, and today found herself a nice set of frames so should be able to get lenses for these in the next few days.
On today’s shopping trip we visited a few outdoor stores where I tried on a bunch of different light hiking boots. I’m planning to take a pair of MTB cycling shoes which have a good tread and I’ve used for walking, a pair of Teva sandals and a pair of boots that will be my multi-purpose hiking and walking shoes. I decided upon the Salomon Mission GTX boots after trying on a few other pairs of Salomon and one pair of Keen Targhee boots. Putting the Keen’s on I initially felt very comfortable in them with the wide front giving my toes a lot of room. The Salomon Fastpacker was very light (around 400gm per pair lighter than the Mission) but had quite a “sneakerish” feel to it and although a high boot the ankle support was less than the Mission. So the Mission it was although surprisingly I found a size 8 to be the most comfortable when I normally take an 8.5 or a 9.