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Working on the Blog Again

With battling depression and more and a busy life, I’m going to attempt to get this back under way. I went through and cleaned out a bunch of stuff on my reader list so if I deleted you I’m sorry, but I needed to create manageability. I’m just one person and this is not a full-time job. This is just me rambling about whatever catches my eye.

I’m job searching. Trying to move toward the education or documentation sectors.

I first cranked up Day One 2. Which I thought had Publish… Turns out that it is present in Classic but not 2. The website says it will be added to 2, but hasn’t yet.😦 But has an app that works on Mac.

I’m re-reading Prudence since the next book Imprudence is being released on July 19th.

If you want to play the games with me just add me as a Facebook acquaintance.

Phone Games I’m Playing:
Disney Magic Kingdoms
Covet Fashion

You can see most of the fashion timeline at


Posted in Tech

2014 My favorite iPhone apps

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Waze kaart scherm (Photo credit: Henk-Jan van der Klis)

1. Audible

I need things to keep my brain active and off the subject of my life.

2. Pushover

This goes mostly with IFTTT. I can set up alerts such as the Full Moon. When I get an email that is “Important” according to Gmail (be sure to teach Gmail what isn’t important).

3. iOS apps Mail/Messages/Calendar/Reminders/Safari

I nearly live in these basic iOS apps.

Mail I have set up to sync with Gmail.

Calendar syncs with Google Calendar and the calendar on my Laptop.

Same with Reminders though I do have IFTTT set up to sync it with Remember the Milk.

4. Twitter

This is my communication method lots of time. I keep up with more friends here than I do Facebook.

5. Foursquare

If I ever go missing the cops can easily find where the last place I was.


I hate repetitive tasks, but I LOVE to keep archives. This does that and automates a few things for me.

7. Starbucks

I had been using this app quite a bit. I was addicted to my Carmel Apple Spice even though it doesn’t agree with my stomach. Apples have given me problems for years.

8. Mobile Banking app

This is how I usally check my bank account. I actually interact with my bank more this way than any other way.

9. Google+

I’m using this more than any other social site for promoting my iBooks.

11. Timehop

I like this app for seeing what was going on in my life on this day for previous years.

12. Waze

I travel a lot and don’t know where I’m going. So I find out what’s nearby by using the search embeded in Waze. Plus they know traffic because of the real time traffic updates from other users in the area.

13. Kindle

I love to read. However, moving with a large library every 3 to 6 months is prohibitive. So I have a Kindle, a Kindle app on my phone and a Kindle app on my iPad. I have my whole library down to about 3 lbs. A lot easier to pack up and move.

Posted in Journal

Daily Journal: Isolation and depression

Read the magnet. via tatianamik
Read the magnet. via tatianamik

One of the major feelings of depressions is isolation. This makes things worse for me. I am isolated. I am 1150 miles from home. I am 1160 miles from my best friends. It would take me 20 hours of driving time to get there. That’s 0 stops and praying traffic is decent in the cities. It was like 24 hours on the trip here. I make use of various things, texts, Skype, Ventrillo with my guild, Facebook, twitter to keep in some form of communication.  I have the cats but they are just not the same as human contact.  I don’t make close friends easily. There are many people I am friendly with, but none that are close as my 3 best friends. We can be apart for years, but the minute we’re back together we’re just the same as we were. I miss that. We were together for a while, but now life is spreading us out again.  But the fact that I work as a travel and I’m so temporary in an area complicates the isolation of the depression. Plus I’m night shift. I’m asleep while everyone else is awake. I’m awake when everyone else is asleep. The isolation is pretty well a fact of life. Some days I feel more connected to characters in fictional stories than I do real people. I see more of their lives. I think this is part of the reason I prefer TV shows over movies. I get to spend longer with the characters. I get into their lives. I spend a lot of time with audiobooks as well. Comments help, it’s like starting a conversation. I know someone is listening and wants to communicate.

Posted in Journal

Daily Journal: Today’s steps with depression

I forgot about the combination of the WordPress app and the Siri on my iPhone. This may be easier to keep up with NaBloPoMo than I originally thought.

I should’ve realized the depression was back because I hurt all over. My back and knees has been very painful lately. Even my shoulders and wrists are getting to be bothersome. My memory is affected. The other day I changed the pad in the cat litter box. I couldn’t scoop the box because of lack of energy, but I did manage to get the pee absorb pad changed. (I use a Breeze cat box system.) I forgot to dispose of the garbage bag with that pad in it. Brain is gone. But you got to take your successes for you can some days.

So Positives for Today:

  • I got out of bed and went to work. Usually with my depress I’m able to “soldier on,” but this is an accomplishment that deserves listing.
  • I got my pet in World of Warcraft. My main had already done the holiday so I had to bust out an alt to get the pet.


Posted in Journal, Tech

From Feedly: With 100K Titles In Tow, Oyster Brings Netflix To Book Lovers With New All-You-Can-Read Subscription Service

Screen Shot 2013-09-05 at 8.36.05 AMWhile the pace has slowed of late, thanks to Kindles, Nooks, iPads and the steady advance of mobile technology, the eBook market (and the demand for all manners of digital content) has grown steadily over the past few years. According to the LA Times, the total revenue generated from eBook sales in the U.S. topped $3 billion in 2012, a 44 percent increase from 2011. Meanwhile, across the pond, eBook sales quietly turned in a record year, with sales leaping 134 percent last year.


via TechCrunch




Would be interested, but my reading rate has slowed so much lately, I’d feel like I was wasting money some months.


English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de...
English: A Picture of a eBook Español: Foto de eBook Беларуская: Фотаздымак электроннай кнігі Русский: Фотография электронной книги (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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From Feedly: Hands on:’s Cal is a clever, sleek little calendar app

I’ve been experimenting with Any.Do so of course I had to try out their new calendaring app. Very clean looking, but the jury is still out on end fuctionality.

When it comes to third-party calendar and to-do apps, the App Store is flush with possibilities. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement or

Easy setup
experimentation. Cal,’s new calendaring app, attempts to show you your schedule in a way that lets you maximize your free time during a day. I took the app for a brief spin on Wednesday; here are some of my initial impressions.

Cal is a pleasure to get started with; you just press a few buttons to import your calendar settings and grant access to your contacts and you’re ready to go. You can toggle which calendars you’d like visible, set your default calendar for new events and your default list for new reminders, and when the week should start (Sunday or Monday).

Pretty pictures, clean interface

via Macworld


Posted in Journal, World of Warcraft

Daily Journal: Watched a movie

Byword (iPad)
Byword (iPad) (Photo credit: Frank Hamm)

So.. 4 times last week and twice so far this week. Tempest Keep hasn’t dropped a single pet. Starting to doubt I’ll see one. Wowhead is having issues so I can’t check other’s drop rates. I need to start hunting for an Unborn Val’kyr I’ve got a spare Undead stone to upgrade it once I catch one so it can even be poor and I’d take it. I just have to find the blasted thing.

Been trying to get Byword to publish to my blog. I’ve purchased the Premium edition, set up Evernote & WordPress, but it still fails at publishing. I’ve emailed support. I’ve tried re setting up the blog/evernote accounts to no avail. Oh well, we’ll see.

Went to see Star Trek Into Darkness. Loved it. Didn’t love the migraine & nausea after though. Had to drug myself to get rid of it. Which has made me very sleepy today.