The Best Thing I’ve Figured Out, So Far, in 2011

So far, and it’s only the 11th, this is the best thing I’ve figured out about 2011: How to read library books on my iPad.

When I first bout the iPad, I could not find a way to read library books on it. I had a feeling that would change eventually. In an attempt to live up to my “living like I’m broke because I am” resolution I decided to look into this again. And voila! There it is. How to do it. I don’t have to write it all out again, do I? You can just follow the link if you are interested. It’s easy peasy.

The best thing about the library is, I’ll take more chances with books if they are free. Yes, I might read an entire series of moderately crappy books, but as long as I am entertained, who cares? They are free. I am not reading a moderately crappy series right now, I’m reading “Gone, Baby, Gone” by Denmis Lehane, Book #4 in a series of books with detectives Patrick Kenzie and Angie Genaroo.

Speaking of reading, I’ve decided to try to read 150 books in 2011. I’ve joined a Goodreads group that lets you set your own goals, if I make it to 150 before the end of the year, I’ll just move myself into the 200 books group. I think I’ve finished 14 so far. Click on the link in the side bar if you want to see the books I am reading.

Ok, that’s it. I had not posted since the 4th, and since I am trying to strengthen my blogging musckels, I decided I had better check in. Now I shall go back to playing WoW and watching it snow outside while my Fireplace blu-ray dvd crackles on the tv. Cozy!

Apple, Canada

Grabbing some Face Time

For Christmas, I got to upgrade my iPhone 3G to an iPhone 4. If you are from Canada, you probably know that took some effort on my part.

The iPhone 4 came out in Canada in what… July? It STILL takes a great deal of patience to get one, if you are trying to upgrade on an existing plan. If you go to a Rogers store, unless they’ve just received their shipment within the last 5 minutes, you won’t find one. And even if they did receive a shipment, it’s only a few phones and, chances are, there are people already there waiting for those few phones.

The place to go is the Apple Store in downtown Vancouver. The time to go is hours before opening. Actually, it’s not as bad as it was several months ago. People were lining up at 3, 4, 5 o’clock in the morning! Nowadays, you have to get there about 8 to 8:30. They open at 10. Someone comes out before opening and sets up appointments, they can only do so many upgrades a day. That’s the thing, they have plenty of stock now, but they can only do so many upgrades a day.

We got there about 8:15, and I thought it would be at least 9:30 before someone came out to make appointments, but they came out at 8:45. My appointment wasn’t until 1pm. But, finally, I got iPhone 4! The people at the Apple store are troopers. It’s crowded, people are frustrated and every single person I spoke with was patient and cheerful. The guy who hooked me up told me I have an American accent. Nu-uh. I’m PacNW baby, we have an anti-accent.

I have not yet tried out Face Time, but by playing around with the camera I can see there is no way to do it and not look like crap. So don’t use Face Time to set up a first date or anything. But if you can handle crappy, I’m available for Face Time.


Some bad habits I’ve picked in the New Year

I realize it’s only Jan. 3rd, but when it comes to bad habits, I’m aces.

1. Drinking diet pepsi straight from the 2 liter bottle. To be fair, Wil is not drinking diet pepsi right now. And I really do not like dirtying a glass for no reason. I call it efficient and GREEN. Wil calls it White Trash.

2. We Farm and We City. I never played Farmville, but I am guessing this is a similar idea. I play it on my iPad, but I get push notifications on my iphone when it’s time to harvest my crops, send an animal to the fair, or ship my cans of soda. I spend a lot of time downloading free partner aps and deleting them to get free coin/gold. It’s all about the coinage/gold, kids.

3. I’ve become nocturnal again. Went to bed at 7am. So easy to do, so hard to get back to normal.

So to hell with resolutions, let’s celebrate anti-resolutions!

What are your anti-resolutions?

Don’t have any yet? Lollygagger.


Here are my New Year’s Resolutions

Ah New Year’s Day. A day in which to make all sorts of new promises to yourself. Neat.

I made five resolutions this year. They are as follows.

  • Live like we are broke because we are. (Better chance of becoming non-broke that way.)
  • Eat more fruit and drink more water.
  • Private
  • Start the year with clean towels. ( I made that one while the towels were in the dryer last night and I like to have something to check off.)
  • Update the books I read on my Goodreads shelf.

I figure: keep it simple. Towels? Check. Books updated? One read this year so far, two currently reading. Check.

Ok, I have a ton of UNOFFICIAL resolutions. But if you don’t keep those, it doesn’t count. Because they are UNOFFICIAL. duh.