Sunday, January 17, 2016

Things that Make You Go. . . What the. . . ?

There things in life that just make you shake your head sometimes. But this past week as been a perfect example.

It clearly was not a good week to be a celebrity. We said good-bye to David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Dan Haggerty,  Celine Dion lost her husband and her brother,  Natalie Cole, Lemmy.

This has been a seriously rough time recently for Hollywood and the music industry.

On a lighter note, YouTube is once again filled with things make you question humanity as a whole, seriously just because you have a cell phone with a camera (and I know a few people still using flip phones with no camera) doesn't mean you should post pictures of a family member attempting to do something like sing, dance, play an instrument, or string a coherent sentence together. It was a bad week for vid clips, as well.

At least, the debates are providing some comic relief in the midst of all this insanity.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Move to the Edge

As many regular readers here know, I am an Apple fan. I have have many Apple devices and have for years. However, recently I have lost faith in the Apple ecosystem. The products, marketing, lack of innovation has led me to be disillusioned by what was my favorite brand.

Most recently it was time for an upgrade to my phone. I was still using a 5c 16G. I spent several months examining the various phone options, Apple, Andriod, Windows. I decided on the Samsung S6 Edge Plus. I wanted something larger. Frankly, I don't think anyone can beat the graphics on the Samsung.

I went to several stores looked at everything. I was starting to feel like the experience was worse than buying a car.

The kind salesman at Best Buy told me to be prepared for it to take about two weeks for me to get used to the Andriod world versus Apple. But I have to say, that even though this is my first day, I am finding the transition quite easy. There are some things to get used to and I'm sure some things to learn.

So for now, as far as phones are concerned I am a convert away from the Apple ecosystem and I am enjoying living on the Edge.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Jazzy Christmas

Well my knitting friends, the time is here, our fingers are cramping from the late night knitting sessions to finish those gifts we thought would be done by now.

I know about you but I started back in August, with great plans, and I have been knitting daily, but still however, I am in a last minute crunch. I don't know how that happened. I actually think I am further behind than if I had waited and started knitting later.

But, the decorations are up, the tree is lit, there are children ice skating everywhere I go, despite the temps being in the 50s.

The holiday menu is up at the coffee shops (thank you for that one).

Local radio stations are playing Christmas music 24/7 and best of all, Dave Koz and friends gave a wonderful Holiday Concert.

If you like jazz and have a chance to see this annual concert, don't miss it. Really! DH enjoys Dave Koz, and I'm a big Candy Dulfer fan and this year both on tour together. It was a perfect evening.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are so dynamic, the air is clean and crisp. A cup of tea and a  fire in the fire pit. And knitting!

This weekend I finished a Waldo hat for my group halloween costume and a hat and scarf set for a friend of the hubbies.


I used Lion Brand Scarfie, that I found at AC Moore recently in the sale bin. It is gray and wine. I thought it came out nicely. The scarf if seed stitch the hat is a basic one with two and a half inch 1x1 ribbing and stockinette stitching.

I had a great many plans for knitting so many things for Christmas. I fear though I may be behind schedule as a co-worker reminded me on Friday just how close Christmas really is, or rather how close the deadline is for shipping things out to arrive in time for Christmas. It makes one start to chew the ends of the bamboo needles.   I hope that where ever you are dear reader you are enjoying clear skies and mild temperatures and some lovely refreshments.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Journey Continues

Great news, so far I have lost 6lbs. I have been in the pool two to three times a week with aqua aerobics and laps as well as a little weight lifting. My fitness coach Alexis is so patient and has a great sense of humor which is required if you use my name and weight lifting in the same sentence.

Alexis and I met on Saturday after an hour of water aerobics and an hour of volleyball (in the pool), for a 1/2 hour of weight lifting. We came up with a program for me to use for the next three weeks when we will meet again for the "official" weight in and measurements. Should be exciting!

This week I tried a new food item for dinner. Tomatoes from my own garden stuffed with couscous and quinoa. It was delicious.



Sunday, July 5, 2015

New Journey

I have joined the fitness center associated with our local health care system. This shall be an interesting journey.

Day One - I worked out on some of the cardio equipment and walked laps on the indoor track.

The Pros - I took the first step, and I walked into the gym, overweight and out of shape.
The Cons - You would think the seats on the stationary bikes would be a bit more cushioned.

Day Two  - I met a wonderful lady who has been a member for 8 years. Her name is Theresa and she is the member advocate. She was kind enough to give me the lay of the land, and reassure me that it was a judgement free place. Which so far has been true. I told her I wanted to try out the pool today and she let me know everything I would need was poolside, kick boards, weights for water aerobics, noodles, etc. And that Bill the lifeguard was very helpful. So I put on my suit feeling a little self conscious and entered the pool area. I headed for the exercise pool at first and did a few exercises. The lap pool only had one person in it, so I decided to try some laps. Knowing my form was rusty, I approached Bill the Lifeguard and asked if he had any advise.

An hour and a half later, I had attempted the frog kick, rather unsuccessfully. And semi-successfully learned the dolphin kick. Bill walking along the pool side coaching me.

The Pros- Made new friends, learned new swimming technique, Bill was clapping by the time I was done.

The Cons - My left shoulder hurt so badly today, I had to put some heat/ice therapy on it.

Fitness Center


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Flowers and Glitter

I usually don't go in for things that
frilly and flowery. It is just always seems like "too much", but once in a while I find a style that does appeal to me. And today was just such a day. I was in Barnes & Noble today and found a pretty little monthly planner. There is a lot of pink, lilac, teal and gold leaf. 

The use of paper calendars still hold a particular appeal to me, despite having a calendar on my phone, laptop and desktop. I still find something romantic about pretty planners and leather bound journals.