Last September, I spent more hours than I care to admit researching wireless earbuds, checking sites (mostly RTINGS.com), saving the names of a few top picks to a Google Keep note, and setting multiple price alerts using camelcamelcamel. Two months later, I discovered that the Soundcore by Anker Life P3 Noise Cancelling Earbuds were on sale for $59.99, which matched the previous lowest price ever. (I would have received a price alert email from camelcamelcamel, but I hadn’t set up the price watch correctly.)
After waffling back and forth, I bought a pair, received them a few days later, and loved them. They’re comfortable, the sound quality is great, and the noise cancelling features are fantastic. I’ve even used them with noise cancelling active and no music playing to dampen the sound at very loud events.
I’m confident that more expensive earbuds would likely have better neutral sound or would be better for working out, but I feel like the Soundcore P3 earbuds hit the sweet spot of quality and value for the money.
Why do I mention this 6 months after I bought them? Because I still love them, I still use them when working out, and they’re on sale for $59.99 again today.
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Before I make my request, I’d like to make it abundantly clear that I consider myself immensely blessed. I thank God for my wife, my children, my home, and our health. I am also grateful that my children are growing up near their grandparents and extended family.
I also want to share regarding our circumstances to set the context for my request: My wife and I both work outside the home full-time, but do our best to make time to spend with our children. We have both chosen to prioritize our family over our careers. We have never regretted that decision. We are blessed with steady employment and we are grateful to be able to provide for our family.
Five years ago, my wife and I lost our second child to miscarriage. Seventeen days later, I wrote a post entitled “Heartbreak.” I haven’t written anything longer than a Facebook status update or reply on the subject in the years since, but that should not be misconstrued as willfully ignoring the loss or trying to gloss over it. The pain today is more muted than immediately following the loss, but, as I suspected then, one never truly “gets over” such a significant loss.