Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!!
I've been so excited about what "I'm loving" this week that I almost wrote this entry yesterday!

I'm loving that soon we'll have our very own tandem bike!!
I cannot wait to play with this bad boy.

I'm so excited about it I even have a bell all ready for it!
And Lastly
I'm loving that we'll be on vaction soon! We're going with no agenda but we do know that we'll visit
- Colorado Springs
- Denver
- Estes Park
- Fort Collins
and we're hoping many little quaint stops *and local breweries* along the way!

Do you have any suggestions? I've never even been to Colorado!! Excited!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

There's an App for that...

I've been a card (phone) carrying member of the Smart Phone society for at least four years now and I must say I do not intend to ever go back. I love my iPhone & iPad. I utilize them everyday.
Here's some of my favorite Apps

- Lose it
I can log my exercise & calories on the Lose It app & keep myself in check with other Lose It members Like my Aunt & Uncle. They can see your progress only so they're like Santa, they know if you've been bad or good!

- iMap My Ride +
this App GPS to map your hikes, walks, runs, rides whatever you wish. The "real time" shows you exactly where you are, your average MPH, calories burned and how long you've been exercising. Bonus the "+" let's you post your exercise on Facebook, twitter etc. This holds me accountable to keep it up and go faster & longer! Viva la Bicycle Rides! :-) (I'm hooked)
Side note- thank the lord I'm hooked if my arse got any bigger I was going to freak out

- Instagram
I can go on and on about this app as I've done before , but I'll spare you. Let's just say your pictures + Instagram = much cooler than before.
Plus just an FYI #hashtags are so popular there for exposure and the Instagram community is really friendly & supportive!

- Camera+
square not your thing? They camera+ for editing as well. It's impressive! (no camera+ community but you can share your camera+ pics anyway you wish)

- Pandora
I'm sure everyone knows about pandora, it's amazing and then infinite musical possibilities for FREE make it one of my most used apps.

KIK is like text messaging but you don't get charged for texts just your Internet usage! Perfect for Ashley Love and I when we have full-blown-probably-should-have-just-called-you text message conversations. Downside- sometimes you don't always get a pushed notification that someone has sent you a message.

- Pocket God
This game is .99 cents and updates with new "challenges" weekly. It's a fun guilty pleasure.

- Cartoonatic
Our Niece Carlie loves this app with a touch of the screen you can be several different styles of comic/sketch/cartoon images. Pretty cute huh?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Our First Night

In the new house...

We've been moving things in slowly over the past couple weeks, last night we decided that we were situated enough to start staying the night there instead of the old house. We have a new bed and mattress and finally got to put them to good use. The bed is awesome!! It's quite a bit softer than our last bed so I slept like a champ. Even Hank this morning got up on the bed, did a couple of circles and laid down. He looked at me and said "I now know what heavens' clouds feel like, Rammy" and he continued to stay in bed until I made him get out!!
Right now we're toying with the notion that we will not have a TV in our house. We're also toying with the notion of not having any Internet in the house until we are done paying bills on the house and start paying only things like... electric, water, mortgage so on and so on. So what to do with our down time...
So far we have not had any down time in several weeks. We work on the landscaping, clean the house, keep the garage up, pack up old house, unpack into new house- find places to put things. Sort through EVERYTHING you should see my consignment/donation pile. Last night we worked on the house until 10:30 and decided to take a break. So I busted out some old college papers of mine from a Family Communications summer session class circa 2005 and read on. Oh the tales of how my parents supposably met (still fuzzy on the details). And more of the notable fights my brother and I had had in our childhood. Made me miss being young & made me really miss college. I get "down and out" about this time every year because I do miss College, UCA, Conway and most of all my darling Ashley. We met around this time 8 years ago.
I love & miss you Mabash!!

I'll post pics of the inside of the new house when the area is suitable for photographing.
What would you do with your down time if you were without TV & Internet?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Tour De Cure 2011

I'm so excited to say that I'm riding in the 2011 Tour De Cure.
I'm no professional by any means but I feel a great joy to have this challenge in my life and cannot wait to tackle it. 
Plus it's for a great cause, to END DIABETES! I've known too many in my life that have suffered with Diabetes and we all know that it's no joke. 
All the money you donate will go to the American Diabetes Association to help find a cure for Diabetes.

Support Me in Tour de Cure!
I will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising event. I'll be riding in honor of Bernice Milburn. (My Husbands amazing grandmother) Please support me with a donation by selecting the "Sponsor Me" button. Our efforts will help set the pace in the fight against diabetes. So let's get in gear and ride to Stop Diabetes!
Help Make a Difference in the fight against diabetes!
Each mile I ride, and the funds I raise will be used in the fight to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

No matter how small or large, your generous gift will help improve the lives of nearly 24 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, in the hope that future generations can live in a world without this disease. Together, we can all make a difference!

Thank you for making a generous contribution to this cause that is so important to me!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Over Connected?

I've been thinking about this subject for awhile and often wondered if anyone felt the same way.

You can:
call me
text me
email me at two different email addresses
facebook me
twitter me
linked in contact me
ebay message me
etsy message me
amazon contact me
instagram contact me
blogspot comment me
google+ contact me
kik me
gmail chat me
oh yeah and physically see & verbally speak to me

that's a lot of contact avenues.

I'm starting to feel a bit "bogged down" and over whelmed about it all.
It's nice to be easily contacted (I think?) yet it's kind of dangerous.

You can, that is if you really wanted to and tried figure out where a person is, where they're going and who else is out with them. From there you can go steal stuff from those people because after all you know they're not home now. They're "At the mall with ____ ____ and ____" that could be "mom dad and sibling" and your parents are none the wiser that you just outed that their house is empty.
Maybe I watch too much dramatic fictional TV but I feel that it's something to be of concern.

Kids and the Internet... I remember when I was in high school my aunt telling me about a woman who had a blog and on her blog she discussed how many weeks she was along in her pregnancy... a week before she was due someone some stranger who did their freaky stalker homework found her and physically took her unborn baby from her. SICK SICK. I've not heard of anything like that happening in quite awhile here in America (that was in MO by the way) but maybe people are protecting themselves better now.

I'm no expert but I know that when we have children James & I will be doing a lot of tightening up on our social-network avenues.
 Such as...
Facebook, I really don't want to be one of those moms that will not post pics of their children I don't think that's the problem. but if I were to offer a solution one would be to re-examine ALL of your friends lists and take off people who you wonder "hey, how'd they get there?" also did you know you can make a sub-style friends list. like I have one that is just simply "family" so if I post say a picture of little (insert whoever's name here) the only people who are actually friends with me on fbk that can see is are people in my sub-friends category "family". The only people that can see it on their page have to be in my family sub-list. IF that family member wishes to show the most adorable pic ever in the world to their entire world they can have that option to "post" it themselves.

Weird friend request story: I had someone add me a few months ago that I did not recognize, so before accepting I went to their facebook wall where we apparently had like 20 friends in common... this person was from and currently lived in New York (so said his bio) a "mutual-friend" of ours said "wow, you know a lot of Madison county people, are you from here?" The person replied back and said "no but I'm wanting to get to know people in your area"
WHAT THE HECK IS THAT!?!?!?!? Needless to say: DENIED! Ick! 

Now back to you... get RID of the year on your birthday on Facebook do you know how many times you've used that information for security reasons? "What's your mothers maiden name? What's your full birthdate?"See? Make your profile practically invisible to anyone that is not your friend. Get rid of all those "games and applications" those especially are crawling with virius' and bugs.

Protect your self from hackers and hacking systems. Get an antivirus, mal-wear protection and a firewall.
"But I'm on a Mac I don't need any protection" Yes, yes you do, no system is safe!! Make sure you keep your software updated on both PC & Mac. From what I've read with Mac your software updates also include defenses for your computers security.

Change your passwords often and make them complicated, a combination of word number and capitalization are generally the way to go ex. "blue123SKY" and so forth.

I heard yesterday "the only safe computer is a computer that is unplugged" meaning when you're not using it, turn the internet off, unplug your router etc. They're now making spyware that can get into your wireless router for information and also install keystroke software.

That being said, Internet shop at a minimum... most likely no site is 100% safe.

I LOVE technology so very much. I love that we can share anything we want to with the masses friend family or otherwise. The otherwise is my deepest concern.

All that being said, I've lost a lot of my nerd-wisdom and am not exactly caught up in what the best software protection is, but with a bit of research and help I can bet you'll be on your way to a more protected computer.

How are you protecting yourself?


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Our Wedding Video--- Clip!

We got our wedding video back this week & it's amazing!! Our videographer was so kind to put a portion of the video on the internet so I could show friends and family all of the "before the ceremony" stuff.
Thank you Aaron!!!

James & April from Imagine Film Company on Vimeo.