Friday, April 08, 2011

Yep, I'm still alive

I’m just jumping in real quick from here at work to let everyone know that yes indeed I’m still alive. Work has been on the stressful side. Although one of the two case manager positions has been filled and I now have one CM to work for again, the CM is very much a rookie, brand new to the place. So that puts a higher burden on me to ‘know’ the things she needs to know. At the end of the day though I’m too tired to think and have been filling my time with mindless reality TV (I know many people were shocked but despite having a great voice and being absolutely gorgeous, Pia did come across as somewhat forgettable so I’m not outraged at her ouster) and reading mostly good books – I should start writing up reviews for them.

I recently purchased a couple of big ticket (for me) items. I got a brand new flat screen 41 inch LED (I think) TV and an I Pad. With the first – I was putting off getting a new TV, since I couldn’t really justify the reason for getting one as the old one I had seemed to be working fine. I figured it would blow up one day and then I could get another one. But it was taking the slow route. Dark scenes were becoming almost impossible to see anymore so I figured it was time and I could stop denying myself something I really wanted – heh, heh, heh. It’s already paid off as I had a couple of friends over from work on Saturday night and we watched The Outsider. They were both suitably impressed with both the movie and Tim Daly as a wounded gunslinger being nursed back to health by a beautiful young Amish widow. For those not in the know, this is one of those rare things, a REALLY GOOD movie based on a romance book – The Outsider by Penelope Williamson.

With the second, the Ipad, insanity came over me on that one. I decided I wanted, nay, I needed one, completely ignoring the fact that it’s a small electronic device. But by getting them both at the same time, I did get a really good deal. Now while the TV is quite easy to figure out, as long as I don’t try and do anything like setting the time or adjusting colours, it’s not so the same with the I Pad. The first hurdle was getting internet access. I have Wi-Fi at home but Son who is getting Married Ryan set it up and I’ve no idea what the password was. And Ryan didn’t either. So he and Future Daughter-in-law who we are calling Kara came over and fixed it. He didn’t know how to lock the Wi-Fi so as it stands now I gather, if someone wants to sit outside my home, they can steal my internet. Rye’s coming back though to fix that issue.

Now I’m somewhat stuck as in order to actually do anything on it, I have to set up accounts. I don’t quite know why that is, I have a Twitter account and a Facebook account. And I did attempt to do a blog post, but I couldn’t get in the body of the blog. It went from the title to the tag line and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get in where I really wanted to go. And I’m too tired at the end of the day to really work on figuring it out *heavy sigh*. But once I do, oh yes once I do, things will be ever so much better. Though I swear small electronic devices are a real test.


Karenmc said...

Kristie, download the Twitter for iPad app and Friendly for Facebook (I'm not sure of the exact name 'cause I'm at work and the iPad is at home). Friendly uses the entire iPad screen, while FB hasn't gotten around to updating their app yet.

When you're browsing the app store (and boy, are there some great apps available), take note of the little plus sign on many of them. That means they're really designed for the iPhone and Touch: try to avoid those because they're calibrated at iPhone size. No sense in having an iPad if all the apps are tiny.

Be sure to download the Kobo ereader so you can see what your Kobo books look like on the bigger screen.

My iPad purchase was a total spur of the moment thing, but I haven't regretted it at all. I can watch mindless television AND do cool small electronic device stuff at the same time :)

D.L. said...

We can't live without our technology, but it might kill us in the meantime.

orannia said...

Thank you for touching base - I was worried.

And I bought myself a TV - 42" plasma - the darks were so dark when I watched a scene set at night I couldn't see anything and then I realized one of the speakers had gone. And it's huge!

Happy iPad reading. I love my wifi. I can lie in bed with my iPhone - last weekend I was looking for BSG fanfiction :)

Wendy said...

We were without wifi for several weeks and it almost killed us. Oh sure, the modem was fine and we could get on the Interwebs on our desktop, but no more using the laptop in the living room?!?! The horror! I finally had to succumb and hire a geek to come out and hook up our new router. It was too smart, or I was too dumb, so I paid the tech to do it for me. Best money I ever spent :)

nath said...

Hey Kristie! Glad to you know you're still alive :) Missed you a lot!!

Wendy - I was Kristie's geek!! I hooked up her router when I was there two years ago... Gosh, I feel so bad now, Kristie!! Poor Ryan! Although if he could unlock it, he should be able to re-lock it... no? Anyway, I hope that you have fun with your I Pad soon, kristie. By the way, I Pad 1 or 2? My friend says that once everything is set up, it's real easy to use it.

Leslie said...

I'm so jealous! I went to the Apple store a few weeks ago and played with the MacBook Air and the iPad2. Loved them both and wanted to buy on the spot! I resisted but they're on my wish list.

If you still need help with the Wi-Fi, let me know & I'll ask my in house guy, aka hubby. :)

Dev said...

I'd thought about getting an ipad, but I'm pretty much sold on the idea of the iphone, so I don't need both :-)

Janice said...

Hey Kristie, I just purchased the ipad2 on Friday, and I've downloaded 2 books already. :-)

I've got games, CBC, Globe & Mail.they have a ton of free apps.
Enjoy, oh and guess what colour cover I got?? HA