Ive been having a good time re-aligning myself to the Android OS again. I find myself searching for things less and less now that I've had my phone for a week.
A few things that I want to fix:
1) Photostream. My family loves the photo stream on IOS and I do too. I want to find a way to replicate that on Android, or find something easy for them to use as an alternative.
2) Messages. This one is more my fault, and now I have it figured out, I just need to fix my friend's phones! I forgot to turn off iMessage before I deactivated my iPhone and because of that everyone else who has iPhones, still thinks that I have one. As a result, iPhone friends who text me are not getting their messages through. The work around is for them to allow sms text when iMessage fails. It is under Settings> Messages. Once you set that, all is well!
3) Baby monitor app. I found a great baby monitor for android that works with our foscam. It has so many more options than our last one. The only thing is it is not playing in the background by default. I need to figure that out so I can monitor Cam while he is sleeping!
4) The Camera. It has more Mega pixels than the iPhone camera, but I'm not sold on it yet, I'm wondering if the stock app isn't the best, it seems that the pictures are very dark. I would like to find out how you focus on a spot and how to up the brightness easily.
Other than that, I am pretty happy. We will be saving a lot more $$ and once I figure these out, which all have a solution, I will be rocking and rolling with my Republic Wireless Moto-X!
The more I read the more I wish I had something profound to write about as well. It's a viscous cycle!
Its amazing to me how consumed our lives are. Every minute has to be filled with something. We constantly jump from one thing to the next, and then on to another thing! Let me give you a look into my day. wake up, get dressed, take the dog out, feed the dog, get lunch, drive to work (grrrr traffic), get to work, make coffee, work,work, work,lunch,work work work. homework, class, Drive home, take dog out, sleep. repeat.
Yikes! Now, I know that is not an exact portrait of my entire life, as there were some moments to come up for air, like on the drive, or during lunch, but during those times, I find that it is so tough, to just figure out what to do. My days, are so planned, that when I get to a point of free time, it's impossible to fully remove myself from what I have been doing to what I WANT to do. I find that my reading suffers because of this. I love reading, but it's hard to terminate what I have been doing all day and then to put myself in a place when I am fully aware of what I am reading.
This weekend we went to Vermont and spent time in a cabin in the woods. To me as a high school kid growing up in Vermont, it wouldn't have been that big of a deal. I am now a resident of Massachusetts going on 9 years now, and the slow pace of life for the weekend (with no power or running water I might add) reminded me how life should be: Slow. I do like having a busy schedule, but I feel that the way I was built is to be a slow, methodical person who is present in all situations. I know I can't buy a cabin with no electricity in the woods and live there. Kate wouldn't be keen on that, but I can strive for that simplicity in my life. As I said before, I believe that its how I am to live my life. I want to give life my all and be able to do everything that I do to the best of my ability.Let the simplicity begin? Lets hope so.
This is a term that I never understood before I started my Master's in Teaching degree. In the teaching realm, it's used frequently and tooo many times than I'm happy to admit, it flew over my understanding. I've built up a rough understanding that it is the way we teach our students, but I still feel that I don't full grasp this word and the ways that it is commonly used. I went to my favorite website: Wikipedia, and looked it up again. The entry on Wikipedia further muddied my understanding of the word, associating it with teaching, but not giving firm descriptions of what it is. I then went to the new wikitionary and looked for the definitions there:
The profession of teaching.
The activities of educating, teaching or instructing.
The strategies of instruction.
ahhh!! So, I guess I wasn't far off with my thoughts on this word. I knew it. I find that it takes me a while to associate a word with its meaning and then put that into my vocabulary. It's a big risk to be a new teacher and to use teacher words. You need to use them correctly!
I love politics. I find policy making fascinating, and politics really is war with the pen, instead of the sword. The problem is that when you would like to talk about current events or politics, people take these things very dearly. Some take criticism of their chosen political party closer to heart than country or even family it seems. I understand that too, We are pre-disposed to like everything that our parents like because that's how we are raised. If you grew up in a tight-knit, jesus-fearing, conservative family, Chances are good that you will also desire those things. It's not rocket science, I get it. I find however, that speaking in the presence of someone of a different political mindset 95% of the time will bring a conversation where all those involved believe they are right and that they must protect the banner of their chosen party. I wish that it was easier for people to understand that talking about politics is not an attack on you personally if a conversation is started questioning the party that you support. Like I said earlier, political affiliations in the United States are a brand you are given at birth, or it is something that is tattooed on and never removed. I wish that would change, I wish that people would keep their views, but listen to a conversation as it develops. If someone is complaining about out of control spending, then do some math and figure out is the claim has base. Put it in perspective, dissect it, chew it and spit it out. That's how we should be forming our opinions. Through research and experience. Pulling along with your party line on every issue from birth is a lazy way to stay interested in politics. Think about it, if you have the SAME opinion as the majority of your party, then you are akin to the lemming running with the pack. It's safe, and everybody is doing it, you feel good that everyone is doing just what you are, but it's the ones that slow down, look around and start to think about the world around them who truly have the best ideas. Because it's a long way down if you don't stop and think about what you actually believe in.
Or maybe by we, I mean why do I love to study the presidents? Because they are do fascinating!
Its the middle of a beautiful day, but Im here updating servers and worrying so much that I think minutes are being shaved off my life. This is one of those less glamorous days of working in IT. At least I can do it from home!
"Yesterday is History, Tomorrow a Mystery, Today is a Gift, Thats why it's called the Present"
-Kung Fu Panda
I have this problem today, nothing serious, but it is a problem: I can't focus on anything!
So, I figured I would re-visit my blog and write out all of the things that are currently on my mind, largest of them all is that I've had a strong desire to blog and maybe that would help me salvage the rest of this day.
First, it's great to write on my blog again. I used to write on this thing daily, it was pretty much a daily check-in with God, or where that relationship was going. It was pretty cool for me a few years back to verbalize some of things that I was learning. However, I got older and some of the things that I was learning about faith etc weren't exactly blowing my mind as they had in the past. It's ok, right? That's normally how it goes. I'm sure Moses even had his days where he was less than impressed with the magnificence burning bush right in front of him. but I digress...
Politics: While I don't think I will ever write as much as I used to, I would like to open my blog/thoughts up a bit to things in addition to theology. I'm superbly interested in the future of this country and am convinced that we are in the middle of a very trans formative time in our history. What happens now will dictate how we all live when we are older. Writing my thoughts would be cool to look back on later and see if I was right, or is I was/am just drinking the kool-aid of the media.
Education: I am still taking grad classes in education. I am learning a lot and think that the change from IT to full time teacher is going to be one of the hardest things in my life. I am excited about this and at the same time, the thought of me in a classroom with minds to mold is quite intimidating, but I am truly looking forward to this challenge. I hope to always be taking classes, and think I will always have something to write about.
Relationships: I'm getting married soon. VERY excited for that. I think that relationships are one thing that nobody can master. You never "get it". There is always learning to be done, everybody is different! We must adapt, try to understand others and where they are coming from and try to get along with everyone! Easier said than done, but it's a goal of mine to always put my best foot forward and be a good friend to my friends, neighbor to my neighbors and husband to my (future)wife.
Technology: I just got a new iPhone, and I work in the IT field. This goes without saying.
House Work: I'm the VP of my condo association, and am currently renovating my condo. I've done a lot already, and I am learning a lot!
So, I don't know if I made myself any more productive today. But, I am happy to get my thoughts organized. At the very least, blogging is going to enhance my writing skills, which have been on the shelf for years. I'm excited to dust them off and let everyone into a part my life, should you choose to.
illuminatedbeing)" href="http://evanworth.com/2011/12/a-great-many-people-think-they-are-thinking-when/" rel="bookmark">William James (via illuminatedbeing)
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.