Category Archives: Technology

Each Day & Coloring

Each day is better than the one before. My stomach is not much of a problem anymore. My foggy headedness is cleared. I started working on the essay again.

I’ve been using this coloring app on my iPhone and iPad called Recolor. Coloring books for adults are all the rage now. It’s therapeutic. I’m sure coloring digitally doesn’t offer the same benefits of coloring by hand, but using the app is really fun. Here’s an article that discusses coloring’s benefits.

Here are some of my masterpieces. I’m quite fond of shades of blue.

Recolor town

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Recolor sun

Not Quite Real and a bit of Tech

I realized today that the pill I’m on for nerve pain is causing drowsiness. It makes me feel like I’m not quite in this world. Could it be that I will wake up to find that this MS thing was only a dream?  That’s a silly thought I guess, but I enjoy thinking of reality as being plastic.

I want to finish my position paper for class, but my head seems too foggy. In the paper, I’m arguing against a British guy who thinks libraries are over. They are not!  It will appear on my learning blog this week hopefully. 

I started to upgrade my iPhone 5s to the 6s plus online today, but the ship date would have been late April. So hubby and I will head to the AT&T store tomorrow. I’m getting the biggest phone! I probably should wait for the 7, but I just can’t.

  • I’m using technology to help manage my health. I downloaded an app called MS Self that let’s me easily record how I’m feeling each day. 
Screenshot from MS Self app

Screenshot from MS Self app

  • I’m using a biofeedback type of relaxation software tool called HeartMath.
Screenshot from HeartMath

Screenshot from HeartMath

  • I’m going to make better use of Evernote to organize my digital and real life.

 

Screenshot from Evernote notebook

Screenshot from Evernote notebook

 
I need a big phone!

We decluttered our kitchen medicine cabinet tonight. It’s really amazing how many duplicate expired over-the-counter medications we had. We have wasted a lot of money over the years!

  

I lost my Q

I have a Bluetooth keyboard made by EC tech. The q key falls off when I put the keyboard in my iPad bag. Up until today I could always find the key at the bottom of the bag and reattach it. Today I found the key had once again become detached. I reached into the bag and searched and searched, but I could not find my letter q. Did it come out the last time I took the iPad out of the bag? If it did it might be on the floor near my desk.

I can still make a q appear if I press the place where the q used to be, so all is not lost. Maybe I’ll spring for a pricier keyboard next time.

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Strange holiday

I don’t like it when a holiday happens in the middle of the work week. On Wednesday, I kept thinking it was Friday. Thursday felt like Saturday, and then like Sunday. I even thought for a few moments that Thursday was Monday. I was ready to gather the trash for Tuesday’s pick up.

I would have taken today off, but I don’t get days off. If I don’t work, I don’t get paid. I’m not bitter.

I was quite productive today. I worked on a screencast tutorial, with Adobe Captivate 6, about using the search feature on Box.com.

When you want to demonstrate how search works in an application, you need to have some documents to search. I spent a lot of time creating dummy documents for my search demo. I wonder if there is a place where you can download a bunch of random Word documents for use in projects like these.

That’s what I did all day. It was nice and quiet in the building because people decided to make it a four-day weekend. Sometimes I like the quiet, and sometimes I feel better when lots of people are around.

I remembered to call my insurance agent about our hail-damaged roof, but he wasn’t in. I left a message. I prefer talking to voice mail. I’ve always been a bit phone phobic.

On the topic of blogging:
I’m thinking of having theme days to make this blog seem like less of a hodge podge. I definitely need a regular content curation feature. I’ll have to give it some more thought.

I think I could go on and on, but I’ve got other things to do, and miles to go before I sleep. I don’t really have miles to go, but I was feeling poetic.

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A picture of my foot and some tall grass

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Done with Sketch app for iPhone and Aviary for iPhone

Sick Day

I’m sitting on the couch watching the X-Files. Sadie is on the couch with me drifting in and out of sleep.

Sadie the Chocolate Lab/Pit Bull mix is curled up on the couch fast asleepm.

Sadie sleeps on the couch.

I didn’t feel well last night and only felt like sleeping in the morning. I decided not to go to work today, so after getting up at noon I have brewed a pot of coffee and here I sit with my laptop and my pup watching the X-Files on Netflix.

A Starbucks mug

My coffee

I’m getting closer to knowing what I want to try and focus on in grad school. I’ve come across some articles on digital literacy and I think that topic interests me. I wonder if there is a way to combine communications and instructional design. I’m just feeling like I want to be a scholar of some sort. I want to be an expert. I want to be  taken  seriously be potential employers.

I need to make some Twitter lists to help me better consume the information that comes in about topics I might want to get all scholarly with.  That was not the best sentence in the world, but I’m going to let it stand. I understood what I was trying to say.

I am totally not paying attention to this X-Files episode. Maybe I should start over. Perhaps a nap is in order.

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