Misc Monday ~ in which we talk about apps

It’s been a while since I had a post about smartphone apps, so let’s have another, shall we? First off, I have to start off by saying that we are an Apple family here, so I don’t have any apps on my list which aren’t on Apple’s list. Hopefully there is some Android cross-over for my non-Apple friends.

AutoSleep ~ I use this pretty much every night to track my sleep. It’s great: I can tell it when I go to bed, but I don’t have to. It figures it out based on things like whether I’m moving and whether my iPhone is in use. Then it tracks things like how restless I am and what my heart-rate is while I’m sleeping. (company website; Apple only?; paid app)

Paprika ~ LOVE this app! It’s what I use to organize my recipes. (I enjoy it enough that I have it on ALL of my devices.) I’m still working on typing in all of the recipes I have on hand-written cards, but it does make finding what I’m looking for — and trying new recipes — so much easier. (company website; Apple (iPhone, iPad, Mac), Android, Kindle Fire, Windows; paid app)

Crunch Time ~ This is a relatively standard match game, but it has Simon’s Cat illustrations. When you match chains of the same type of cat food/treat, they get fed to Simon’s Cat (and friends). Basic game, cute graphics. (website; Apple, Android; I think it’s free with add-on purchases?)

Pinterest ~ I’ve been loving pinning things. (I knew I would get addicted, which is why I took so long to sign up.) I’ve been trying to make myself try things from Pinterest, too, and have (off & on) done a decent job of that. But I like the app better than the website version of the site. (website; Apple, Android, online; free app)

Hamilton App ~ This is probably going to be a short-lived thing for me (since I’m not using it for the lottery entries) but it’s amusing for the moment. I think one of the things I like best is when the app is loading something it has a screen with the show logo and “WAIT FOR IT.” I love that song, so enjoy references to it. (website; Apple, Android; free app, though you can use it to buy things)

Tsuro ~ Neat game that really captures a board game feel on an app. This is one you can play socially, but I haven’t done that yet, instead only playing with the game’s AI. It’s got fun game mechanics, but above all it’s a pretty game. And easy to learn the basics of, as well! I think getting really good at it might take a bit more time than I’ve spent playing so far. (website; Apple, Android; I think this is a paid app that I got as a “game of the week” freebie… but I’m not sure)

That’s my current list. Do you have any favorite apps that I should check out?


WIP Weds ~ in which there are no pictures

Yup, you read the title right. No pictures. I don’t blame you if you want to stop right there and leave since there will be nothing to look at but words.

I have been knitting, though not a ton. Mostly on the second lace cowl (the one with the beads). I still love that pattern and the way it turns out. The beads make it that much better.

But there hasn’t been a lot of knitting because I have been doing other things. Reading some. Visiting with family. Playing video games (a bit of Morrowind now in addition to Stardew Valley – which I’m nearly done with for now). Cleaning up. Chores. You know. All the other little things which need doing and prevent obvious progress from being made on the fun craft things.

Beyond that, I’ve been staring out the window a lot. It’s been gray and rainy here in “sunny” California for quite some time. We have a few periods of sunshine, but there has been more rain than normal this year. You may have heard about the flooding and spillover from the reservoirs. It’s been strange, going from way below capacity to so full that the spillways have become rivers and there’s concerns about dam safety.

I am ready for a change. I love the rain, but I also love sunny days. Besides, I joke about it a lot, but sometimes I think that my favorite season is whichever season is next. I’m ready for spring.

Misc Monday ~ in which I become one of the 3%

I did something this weekend which I have been wanting to do for a while: I donated blood.

No big deal, right? Yay me. But, it got me thinking. (Part of the reason for the thinking was some of the paperwork & promotional material they had on hand at the donation site.) Why had I not donated before? I’ve been eligible (off & on) since I was old enough, and this is the first time I donated.

Well, I guess it’s the same reasons a lot of eligible people don’t donate. Too busy, too much of a hassle to go somewhere to do it, and – the big one for most people – NEEDLES. Ick. Giving blood for lab work is bad enough; you want me to voluntarily get a needle stuck in me?

And yet, I don’t really feel that way about needles. Shots are no big deal. Blood work (now) isn’t much worse. Just don’t make me watch the needle going in, and I’m fine. (When I was a kid the story was different and involved a tech trying and failing to find my vein multiple times, but that was then and this is now.)

Anyway, I finally got there, thanks in no small part to my dad booking the appointment for me. I’d been wanting to go donate, but he made the extra push that got me off my butt to actually do it.

And while I was there, I found out that only 37% of the American public is eligible to donate. Between permanent disqualifications (diseases, lifestyle, medications), temporary ones (shorter term illnesses, international travel, vaccines), and age restrictions, that leaves only 37% of the population who can donate. And of that percentage, only 5% do donate. In my specific area? Make it 3%. Yes. You read that right. Only 3% of people in my area donate blood.

And I hadn’t been… why again? Because it was too much of a bother.

Yeah. That’s gonna change.

With the current political climate, I’ve been trying to come up with things I can do to make a change for the better. This is one of them.


It seems today is my WordPress Anniversary. I have been blogging here for 10 years. Hard to believe, isn’t it? TEN years. That’s a long time. (This isn’t really my Blogiversary, though. I don’t remember when that is anymore. I started blogging on Blogger quite a long time ago and switched to here 10 years ago. I could probably figure out approximately when I started Blogger, but I’m not sure I want to fall down that rabbit hole.)

Anyway, lots has changed in 10 years. Even not counting the whole political and world climate – just in my life a lot has changed. Here are 10 things (which I am comfortable sharing) that have changed in my life since then:

  1. I met and married Mr. Wyrm.
  2. I moved to a new town. (Same general area, but a new town about 45 minutes to an hour’s drive from where I lived before.)
  3. I have a nephew now in addition to my niece (who recently turned 11 and is waiting for her Hogwarts letter).
  4. I have a new brother-in-law.
  5. I’ve been to see shows on Broadway on two separate trips. (And there will be more. Oh yes, there will be more.)
  6. I learned that I love cruising.
  7. I have changed jobs a few times. Still trying to find that perfect job… well, writing is still the job I want to do, but I need a job which will allow me to do both it and writing so that I can get a start at making writing my job.
  8. I got my Suzy-cat about 10 years ago! (I don’t remember exactly when, but about 10 years. I think just under…)
  9. I visited Walt Disney World! (I grew up going on Disneyland trips, but it’s only within the last ten years – specifically the last six – that I’ve been to Disney World.)
  10. I learned a lot more about what makes me me. That’s something that everyone should do in their life (and younger is better), but it does take a lot of introspection and not everyone is comfortable looking at what makes them tick.

Here’s to another year! Hope you’re having a great December so far.

(And if I’m scarce on here between now and the end of the year, Happy Holidays and have a fun and safe New Year!)

WordPress Woes

Just a quickie post today… I’ve been lately more and more annoyed with WordPress. I love so many aspects of it, but adding pictures that I don’t upload to WP has gotten increasingly difficult and stupid. I really don’t like the hoops they are making jump through. Between what WP allows me to do (this is the free version) and how Flickr is now providing links for sharing images, I get ticked off every time I try to do a picture-heavy post. Even three pictures now is “too many” for me to be happy about adding to a post the way I have been.

So. Any suggestions? New photo providers or blog hosts or both? Even (or especially) opinions on whether the paid version of WordPress is worth it would be much appreciated. I’ve tried Blogger before and would both consider going back, and would be hesitant to do so. (Variety of reasons.) Still. Opinions of all kinds are great. What do you guys use for blogging / pictures, and do you like how it works?

A Round Of Words ~ Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Wow. Can we just pretend this last week never happened?

I mean, as far as the Round of Words goes. Because really, it was a great week. Don’t get me wrong. I had a lot of fun. But it seems like most of the ROW80 stuff slid by the wayside, and was either not done, not attempted (ouch), or even plain forgotten about. I could blame Valentine’s Day. It was a great day, but nothing on this list got done that day. I could blame visiting with family today. Again, a lovely day, but I didn’t do much else. I had time to do other things in the morning, but didn’t.

Instead of blaming myself for things I know I should have done, though, I’m going to just wipe the slate blank and start again next week. I’m not even going to make note of the objectives I DID accomplish (like eBay and blog posting) because that will draw attention to the things that I did NOT do (like writing and blog reading). So. My total (and hopefully temporary) lack of focus will get jotted down in the books as fact, but otherwise ignored. M’kay? Great.

And on we go! ROW 80 Round One Week Whatever starts tomorrow (at least in my mind… I’m not sure if Sunday starts the ROW week, or if Monday does) and I will return to my goals with better focus tomorrow. I hope your week was as good as mine, but more productive!

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  1. Write (or edit, or worldbuild, or etc.) for 45 minutes on 3 weekdays per week. This will mostly be on T.
  2. Write (etc) for 1 hour on 1 weekend day per week. (Again, focused on T.)


  1. Write a minimum of three posts per week. (These can be scheduled in advance if needed.)
  2. Catch up with my feed reader by the end of every Sunday.


  1. Post a minimum of 2 auctions to eBay per week.
  2. Hydrate better. Drink the suggested 48 ounces daily, as tracked by Fitbit.
  3. Walk a minimum of 7,000 steps daily.
  4. Create a wedding to-do checklist, complete with due dates.

Christmas Surprises!

I’d like to wish a very merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate, and Happy Holidays to those of you who celebrate another holiday. There are so many at this time of year, and they all focus on peace and goodwill… AND PRESENTS! 🙂

Yeah, okay, so maybe that last isn’t part of the official religious holiday, but it certainly has become part of the modern secular holiday. May you have lots of good things coming to you! I had some surprises head my way…


This one wasn’t really a surprise, because I knew it was being made for me and my guy. But I didn’t know what it would look like, and I love the result. A LOT.


So does Suzy.


It’s really just gorgeous, and I’ve never had someone make a quilt for me before, but I know how much work goes into them. So this is very special.

My other recent surprise was a partial surprise as well. I knew this part was arriving


because I had won a contest from PBW (aka Lynn Viehl) not long before, and this was the prize. But there was a surprise included:


And that I wasn’t expecting! I am really looking forward to reading this book — well, all of them, truth be told — and so this was a really spectacular surprise.  🙂

May your holidays be bright and as filled with lovely surprises as mine have so far.

Note to cat: hairballs are NOT lovely surprises. Please do not surprise me with any of those.