For those days when you absolutely, positively must hear every word Ron Swanson says.

This is Jack.  Jack is a Basset Hound.  Jack is loud.

Jack Reacher, Basset Hound

Jack Reacher, Basset Hound.
Jack is loud.

This is a drawing of my four-year-old son, Ted. (Is this not how parents protect their children’s identities online?)  My Paint skills are, perhaps, not the best, but it captures his particular joie de vivre.  And the pictorial representation of him uses the toilet about as often as he does, so it’s appropriate.  So, this is Ted.  Like Jack, Ted is loud.

Ted is loud.

Ted is loud, although not necessarily in this picture.

As I’ve mentioned previously, I work from home, and I work a LOT from home.  You can find me most days sitting on my spot on my couch with my laptop on my lap and an ice-cold can of addictive, chemical-filled nectar of the gods (Diet Coke) beside me.  I often start work within 5-10 minutes of waking up.  I stumble from our bedroom to my little home office, grabbing a can of nectar chemicals and Nutrigrain bar on the way.  I open the curtains, letting sunlight flood the room.  Still in my pajamas, I turn on my computer and sit down on my soft, comfortable couch to start my day.

Sounds peaceful, yes?  What I left out of that description is the behavior of the hell’s minion I share my home with—Jack Reacher, Basset Hound.  (Yes, we did name our Basset Hound after the protagonist in the Lee Child novels.  If you’re also a Jack Reacher fan and are pissed that Tom Cruise was given the role in the Jack Reacher movie that is currently in theaters nationwide, you can probably blame us.  I’m pretty sure God looked down on us and was like, “A ridiculously short-legged dog named Jack Reacher?  A short Jack Reacher? Would it work?  HELL YES, it would!”

In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
And God said, Let Tom Cruise be Jack Reacher, and Tom Cruise was Jack Reacher.
And God saw the Jack Reacher, that it was good: and God divided the fans from the non-fans.
And God called the fans nondiscriminating, and the non-fans he called unjust. And the fans and the non-fans attended the premier.
And God made the box office, and divided the studio heads who were up their own asses from the Lee Child readers who were correct: and it was so.)

I digress.  Jack Reacher the Basset Hound is, like Jack Reacher the book character, a powerhouse of righteousness, and he expresses his passion for all that is good in the world via his vocal chords . . . all day long, and ESPECIALLY in first 15 minutes after I get up.

If the weather is acceptable, we let the dogs out between 5-7 a.m. to work off some of their morning-fresh energy before the humans have to get up.  So, when I wake up, I walk out of our bedroom, grab my delicious can of chemicals and Nutrigrain bar, open the curtains . . . and let the dogs in the house, after which Jack barks and howls at me for 15 minutes to express his OUTRAGE that’s he’s been outside for 1-2 hours and also his HAPPINESS to see me.  He’s JUST SO HAPPY and also a little bit OUTRAGED, and HE IS GOING TO TELL ME ABOUT IT BECAUSE THAT SHOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED.

Then, Ted wakes up.  Ted really likes trains.  Ted likes to play train-related games on the iPad while I work, and Ted also likes to make train sounds, loudly and with great enthusiasm.  All day long.  While he’s doing that, Jack is alternately sleeping and barking, sleeping and wrestling with the other two dogs, sleeping and eating, sleeping and barking . . . and a little more barking, which often encourages the other two dogs, normally quiet angels, to bark. What does any of this have to do with a product review, you ask?

I’ll tell you.

I like to watch shows I’ve recorded on my DVR while I work, and oddly enough, I like to be able to hear what the people on the shows are saying to each other.  Obviously, if dogs are barking incessantly and a child is “Woo- WOOOOOOOO”ing all day long RIGHT NEXT TO ME, I can’t hear my shows, right?  Incorrect.

Enter my beloved Seinhauser RS110 Wireless Stereo Headphones.

Seinhauser RS110 Wireless Stereo Headphones

Seinhauser RS110 Wireless Stereo Headphones

These things. Are. Awesome.  We actually have two sets of them that we’ve used constantly for two years now, and they still work perfectly, as long as we keep them in fresh batteries.  They take only two AAA batteries per headset, so we bought a set of rechargeable AAA batteries and two chargers—problem solved.  It’s a small investment to make for hours of distraction-free entertainment.  While the headphones don’t completely drown out the noise around me, they are a great buffer, which allows me to work while watching or listening to my shows—and I can hear everything everyone on the TV says.  In addition, I tend to use them whenever I’m watching a movie, whether I need to drown out child and dogs or not, as they allow me to hear the dialogue easily.  Finally, they’re a GREAT investment for households with young children and/or for people who like to watch TV while working out on a treadmill or bike.  Parents can watch loud movies or shows after kids have gone to bed without disturbing the little rug rats, and fitness buffs can distract themselves from the futility of  running for 45 minutes on the treadmill to burn a grand sum of 250 calories by watching an entertaining show.

I love these headphones.  I can’t think of any disadvantages to them, really, except for potential ear fatigue, which is a problem for all headphones after a person has used them for an hour or longer at a time.  One note:  If you buy two sets of the same model and two different people are using them on two different TVs at the same time, there will be some static.  So, don’t do that.

If, like me, you hate a loud TV but love hearing what you’re watching, the Seinhauser RS110 wireless headphones are for you.  You’re welcome (because you’ll thank me).

Ron Swanson

Gratuitous picture of Ron Swanson
NBC’s Parks and Rec

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