Saturday, June 23, 2012

Back (for reals!) and a someday maybe iPod

The last two weeks have been a whirlwind.  Two weeks ago Olivia and I flew out to Oregon for a fun week with my parents.  Bryan was supposed to start work that week, but didn't.  We thought the little things that would need to be taken care of for him to start work would be taken care of, but they weren't.  So then this last Monday we made a last-minute decision to go to Virginia for a few days to visit Bryan's family.  We waited for messages from Bryan's work telling us to come back so he could start, but the only messages we got were still, "We'll be ready for the next step in a few days," so we ended up staying in Virginia for the whole week, hanging out with Bryan's family and having a blast.

While we were in Virginia we celebrated two birthdays.  Mine was on Wednesday and Bryan's youngest brother's birthday was on Friday.  Lucky us, we got treated to double the amount of birthday outings and treats.  (Although my insides would have preferred, I think, if we had all celebrated with vegetables instead of cake and ice cream and cheesecake and frozen yogurt and cookies and candy.)  Having grown up as the perpetual little sister to so many older siblings, it's especially fun to get to spend time with Bryan's younger siblings.  They're not little anymore, of course, but it's fun to be older than somebody.  Well, mostly it's just fun to hang out with with them.  They're really nice, fun, funny people.  And even though Bryan's younger brother who's out making millions in California was probably calling to wish his little brother a happy birthday, I was still honored and delighted to get my own rendition of "Happy Birthday" over the phone.

Anyway, the point is, the last two weeks have been really fun and jam-packed with fun people and fun things, but they have also been busy weeks where I was away from the big workhorse computer that makes it ten billion times easier to download and edit pictures.  My little baby laptop is nice (and, thankfully, makes it possible for me to continue to send out Undies Patterns and Flashcards while I'm away), but it's a downright pain to write up full blog posts with all the pictures and edits that you've probably come to expect.  Hence my quiet on the blog front lately.

But all this quiet has left me with a million little things bumping around in my mind, waiting for a turn to get out in print.  For a brain that's used to a regular release in that way, it's hard to be away from this space I love.  And, as much as it's fun to leave people in suspense sometimes, it's not really fun as a reader to wonder where a blogging friend disappeared to for weeks in a row when you're used to a friendly visit every day.  Sorry for that if you've missed me.  I've missed you too.  And, were it not for the baby laptop's inability to function when faced with large picture files (and my little brother-in-law showing us his favorite episodes of Top Gear almost every night), I wouldn't have been so quiet.

So, here I am, back again, and with no plans to jet out again first thing Monday morning.  I hope and expect that I'll have the time and energy this time around to play some catch up on my week in Oregon and my week in Virginia, but who knows.  Sometimes I have fun playing catch up and sometimes my attention span is too short to focus on things that aren't present in my mind anymore.  Not that I'll forget all the fun times I had these past two weeks with people I love a lot, but there may or may not ever be a great cataloging of them here.

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And this has nothing to do with any of that, really, but I've been thinking about getting an iPod (this one, to be exact).  Actually, I've been thinking about it for years, but I haven't yet been able to justify the purchase to myself.  I think about buying an iPod on every return trip we make from Virginia, actually.  Not because everyone in the house has one, but because we eat so much every time we go that I come home in a food coma and new resolve to only eat vegetables for the rest of my life.  (And I'm not saying that because of my vegan mother-in-law this time.  I'm just saying that because I still feel full even though we got home hours ago.)  Anyway, what that all has to do with an iPod is that I'd really like to be able to use MyFitnessPal on an iPod.  I've used that site in the past and really felt like it was worthwhile, but I hate having to march down to the computer to enter everything in.

The problem is, that's really the main reason I want an iPod.  Likely I won't be uploading lots of music to it (though I just realized I could probably listen to my Pandora station on it, which is actually really appealing to me).  I don't really need it as a day planner, though I guess maybe I'd love it if I had it.  And I'm sure I'd use it to take pictures, but that's not even a major selling point to me either.  Oh, and in case you're wondering why I'm not pining for an iPhone, it's because I just plain can't stomach having to pay more than $20 every 3 months for a cell phone.  (We use Tracfone for cell phones and Ooma at home which is so cheap that it will make you feel guilty about your phone budget.  My apologies for that.)

And that's kind of the end of the conversation I have with myself ever time I think about forking over the money for an iPod.  Anticlimactic, I know.  Hence the reason I still haven't bothered saving up for one.  I'm just afraid it's one of those things that seems like it'll be a great idea, but really it'll just sit on a shelf most of the time and I'll feel guilty that I spent money on it.  Or maybe I'm the only one who feels that way about under-used stuff.

Anyway, truth be told, I really would like to be talked into buying one.  So, even though I don't have the moolah saved up for one yet, I'd appreciate any reasons why you think I should make the plunge.  I'm sure there are millions of things I could do with it that I just don't know about, but, well, I don't know about those things.  So please, enlighten me.

(And if I ever do buy one, I'll let you know.  Unless I'm afraid some crazy will come and steal it.  But probably I won't be afraid of that.  Maybe.)

So, well, there you have it.  I'm back and thinking about an iPod.  And fully stocked on fruits and vegetables.  May this next week at home be a calm, quiet, and healthy one.  (And a major thanks to all of the family members that have put us up and put up with us in the past two weeks.  We have loved loved loved our time spent with you.)

It's good to be back!


Kathy Haynie said...

I loved using my iPod for

Also, to my surprise, I love reading the scriptures on it. And checking email and yahoo news and favorite blogs and other websites, especially first thing in the morning while I'm still lying in bed, nowhere near the computer.

I love love love having a synchronized calendar with Mark. That might not be a big deal to you yet, but it's huge for the 2 of us.

I love the Contacts program on it. I really like the LDS tools app (free) which gives me a ward list anytime, anywhere. Also other wards in my stake.

I use the "Notes" feature a lot. Really, a lot more than I ever thought I would. All kinds of handy little notes to myself.

Anyway, that's what I use most on my iPod. I use it several times every day, way more than I thought I would.

Unknown said...

I'm reading your awesome blog from my iPhone (same thing pretty much) while I nurse my baby. :-)

Unknown said...

Okay I'm new to commenting! This is Jessica Tomlin by the way, how do I get my name to show up?

Josh and Alice said...

Brittany has an ipod. But it's an older one. But either way - she loves it and has her whole life on it.

Kristie said...

I am not an ipod person. But I have a Kindle, and I love it. I use it for scriptures and manuals at church (a lot of others use their ipods or phones), and my Kindle has myfitnesspal on it too. Along with a million of other things. I love that my Kindle has internet, and all the books that I can check out and read. My kids love it because they can watch a movie or play games while we are grocery shopping.
My hubby has an ipad and a kindle. He says the only thing the ipad has on his kindle is that the ipad is blue tooth capable. Other than that, he likes his kindle better. But I think we just like the android platform better than apple stuff.
Good luck. And get it. You will never regret it!

Unknown said...

Katie, I love your blog. My iPod is an extension of my brain. Love the calendar, contacts and notes, notes, notes - I have a list/note for everything (shopping, books to read, directions to places, things to do, patterns I have, etc). You might be surprised how much you'd like to have your music on the iPod. There are free podcasts you can download to the iPod and listen to at your convenience. There is a Kindle app (even if you don't have a Kindle). Reading from my iPod is not my first choice, but if I'm stuck waiting somewhere, I know I have something to read. I load pictures of things I've made onto the iPod. I even use the iPod to take a picture of the computer screen to remember something that I'm looking at (to make or purchase). I did purchase one app that is password protected for medical, financial and other more private info that I can have with me all the time.

alee said...

I like using the myfitnesspal app on my "non-i but still supposedly smart" phone. It is great and convenient.

I rarely use my ipod- I thought I would a bunch, and maybe I would if I was living my life a few years ago, but I just don't...especially since I have the like 3 apps I actually care about and use on my phone. Anywho, I know that isn't maybe what you want to hear but maybe it is worth looking into a kindle or something else if your main motivation isn't for music. My mom just got an ipad so she gave me her kindle and I haven't done anything other than read a book on it yet but it seems like there are a lot of fun things to do on there...someday.

Good luck!

Allynara said...

I don't use the myfitnesspal app on my Ipod, to be honoust, I've never even heard of it untill you mentioned it. But I still loooooooooooove mine!

My boyfriend gave one to me about 4 months ago and I just can't go back to a life without one! It's good for music, games, fitnessapps, healthapps, Face-time (skype but for your Ipod), messaging, ... But most of all: Books! I'm a book fanatic and mostly I read on my way to work and back. Untill I got my Ipod I used to take these really thick and heavy (but wonderful) books in my bag. But now I don't need to do that anymore! It's just comes in so handy! The only thing you can't to is call someone, but apart from that, this baby can do anything!