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Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Rockin’ The Block Or More Accurately My Nia Classes

Posted by terrepruitt on June 17, 2014

I teach Nia for the City of San Jose and the YMCA.  I have been teaching Gentle Yoga too, but that is different.  The Gentle Yoga classes are usually smaller both the actually room we are in and the number of people.  And with yoga we don’t need the music loud so often times my iPhone in the middle of the yoga mats serves us just fine.  But with Nia we need the music loud.  Not “Zumba-loud” because I still need to be heard over the music, but loud enough that I can hear my music cues and people can get a sense of the music.  With most of my classes the number of students is more than yoga and the venue is larger.  I actually have taught at some places where the audio system did not work so I tried using my phone and it did not have enough volume.  With Nia people follow my lead, but they also move their body in their own way so it helps them dance when there is music to dance too.  So since I teach in all different places and the audio system is not always the same I have a variety of speakers.  I had been looking at one for a couple of years, but never wanted to invest the money.  But one day my hubby and I were at Costco and we saw a device I had been looking at.  He wanted to get it.  I hemmed and hawed, but we came home with a Block Rocker.

I had almost bought one before but with every model they came out with something different so I was trying to decide which one to purchase.  Then they came out with a Bluetooth enabled version.  I wanted to know that I could still use an Aux cable because Bluetooth can be spotty.  I had not been able to determine that from my shopping online at first.  And then I forgot about it until I saw it in Costco.  We pulled it off the shelf and checked it out.  Read the box to make sure it would play music both ways — via Bluetooth or a cable.  And my hubby put it in the cart.  All the way around the store I kept thinking, “Yes.  No.  Yes.  No.”  and on and on.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaWe came home with it.  We plugged it in and hooked it up to our devices.  It was pretty cool.  Both my husband and I have used it around the house.  It does GREAT house sound.  Our house is an acoustical “weird-mare”, but it works great.  Both of us have used it out in the yard.  But none of that is in a big room with people in it.  And I am not complaining that the rooms I have been teaching in have sound systems.  That is GREAT.  I am very fortunate.  I have not had the opportunity to use my big speaker.

My Group Ex Nia Class with the City of San Jose on Tuesdays and Thursdays is normally held in the dance studio.  But this summer there is Summer Camp in there for the kids one week every month.  So at the beginning of the year my supervisor moved us from the dance studio to the Multipurpose room.  I didn’t know if this room had an audio system.  I have been telling my class for months that we were going to be in the MPR for a few classes this summer.  Then for the past two weeks I have been reminding them of the actual dates.  I would have been very upset with myself if I had shown up and not be prepared.  Here I have been preparing them for months and then I didn’t have music.  I am soooooooooo glad I thought about my Block Rocker.  This is EXACTLY what it is for.

I even remembered to charge it the night before.  Ya see it is a Bluetooth device and it has a rechargeable battery so it can be used totally cordless.  Squeeeee!

So I used it today and it worked GREAT.  I am super happy.  I love it when things work out.  I am so glad that Costco had it and it was such a good deal.  As I said, I had been shopping for them for a couple of years and was happy this one was priced lowest of them all.  Even though it was the newest model.

Here is some information copied from the ION website:

•Streams music wirelessly from any Bluetooth music-playing device or phone
•Works with iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Android devices, and more
•Input for a microphone (came with a microphone), instruments and other audio sources
•High-quality microphone included
•Built-in digital AM/FM radio and retractable antenna
•USB port for charging iPad, iPhone, or other devices
•Built-in battery provides up to 50 hours of use
•Bluetooth range of up to 50 feet
•High-output powered 2-way speaker
•1/8-inch auxiliary input for amplifying other audio devices
•Recessed wheels and telescoping handle for portability
•Rugged design to withstand heavy use
•Projects high-fidelity sound up to 150 feet away
•Built-in cradle for your smartphone, iPad, or other device

It does not have an equalizer so it will not be “perfect” sound.  It is what it is.  It is great . . . in my opinon . . . for exercise classes.  Oooo, I am so excited.  You know me, I like to share when I am excited about things.  When I learn of something that helps make MY life easier I like to share.  I like to let you know so perhaps it can help one of you.

Can you see yourself owning one?  Do you think you could use one?  Do you like to have people over for outside grilling and/or BBQing?

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Love These Words By Iain Thomas

Posted by terrepruitt on May 31, 2014

Ahhh, so sometimes I DO keep track of who posts what.  Sometimes when it is a picture or a meme I take a picture of it on my iPad or my iPhone.  That way I can go back and give credit to who posted and supply any other details.  I didn’t think I would be posting that Nia video that I used in my last post, so I didn’t think to document who originally posted it to Facebook.  Tonight I was looking through my pictures trying to find some inspiration for a post.  I found a picture with a quote that touched my heart when I read it . . . .that is why I took a picture of it.  My friend Michelle Casey had liked it or commented on it or something that caused it to show on my newsfeed under her name.  When I read it again just now I wanted to post it so I looked more closely to see who it was from.  I Googled the name in the watermark.  All that came up was a Facebook page.  I went to the “About” page of that Facebook page, it disclosed that nothing posted on that Facebook page was from the owner of the page.  She just found things on the internet and posted them on her page.  She said IF she knew who they were from she gave credit.  But every picture on her Facebook page had HER information.  And since it took me about 60 seconds to find the actual person who said the quote she posted on her page, I think that perhaps she doesn’t actually TRY to find the original author of the things she posts . . . but whatever . . . that is part what the internet has created.  Even me, I am going to use someone else’s words as a post on my blog because they spoke to me when I first saw them.  They are wonderful and I knew that I would want to come back to them and probably need to know who said them so I saved the picture to my device.  They spoke to me now when I re-read them.  They are the words of Iain Thomas.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaMy initial “Google” showed they were words from Kurt Vonnegut which caused my head to spin.  That seemed a little out of character even with my limited knowledge of Kurt Vonnegut . . . so I dug a little deeper.  I mean, one more “Google” and I found something that said “Be soft is NOT Kurt Vonnegut but Iain Thomas”.  A search of Mr. Thomas showed it was him.

So thank you Iain Thomas for saying something that resonates with so many.  Thank you for being so kind about how we just post your words about.  I first read your words when my mom was sick or dying and so they meant a lot.  And now that I am dealing with her death they are even more important.

I will strive to stay soft, especially when there is such a strong push for women to be hard.  I will work to not let the world make me so.  I will strive to not let pain be a catalyst for hate.  And I will continue to struggle against bitterness stealing my sweetness.  And I will stand tall and recognize the beauty of the world even when others try to dictate how I should feel, how I should act, and what I should see.  Thank you, Mr. Thomas.  I will strive to your quote.

Does this quote speak to you?  What do you think about it?

 

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iPad Planner And Voice Activated Camera

Posted by terrepruitt on April 30, 2013

Often times I want the applications on my devices to do something they don’t do.  When I remember that there is probably someone else who wants that too and I go look for it, I usually find it.  Recently I wanted a calendar with different functionality than the calendar that is part of the iPad.  I also saw a commercial where they had a camera that takes pictures when you tell it to.  So I went looking in the iTunes store and found two applications that I like.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThe iPad has a calendar program built into it.  I like it because it allows you to set appointments/events/reminders.  You can even set an alarm to remind you.  You can also type in things as events or appointments and have them “recur”, ya know standard electronic calendar stuff.  I wanted to be able to easily mark something, as I would on a paper calendar.  I wanted to just make a check or a mark.  I didn’t want to have to go in and create an appointment/event.  Especially since I found myself splitting the thing I was marking down.  Let me explain.  This past month I had a Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge going on.  The idea was to do three planks a day.  Sometimes I would do all three at once, but sometimes I would split them up.  So I might get up in the morning and do one.  Then have to go teach a Nia class and come back later that day and do the remaining two.  I wanted a calendar I could just mark a “1” on.  Then when I completed my three I could either change the one to a three or a check mark.

I found “A 2013 Planner” by Unidocs.  It is pretty cool.  I haven’t even really begun to use all that it does.  For now I was just making Xs, checks, and numbers on it.  But a glimpse at the other features makes me think it is pretty useful.  You can write on it or you can type text on it.  You can view it as an annual planner, a monthly planner, weekly planner, or a daily planner.  It really is like an appointment book planner, but on the iPad.  You can also include pictures in it if you would like.  It seems as if it can pretty much document anything.  I was just excited to find an app that I could easily notate on the calendar like a real calendar.  As I learn more about it, I can always share.

On to app two:  There is a commercial, I don’t even know what the commercial is for.  There are so many commercials like that now-a-days they are so busy being artsy I miss what the product is that they are actually advertising.  But in it there is a guy that says, “Shoot!” and his camera takes a picture.  So I thought, “There HAS to be an app for that!”  And there is.  It is called Vapp.  And it is nice because you set the sensitivity of the voice response.  So if you are in a heavy metal concert you set the sensitivity to HIGH so it won’t go off with every noise.  Then if you are in a quiet setting you set it at a low sensitivity so that if you just whisper it will take a picture.  So you can use this when you are trying to take a picture of yourself in a group or if you need to take a picture hands free.  It also has a timer, which times AFTER you tell it to take a picture.  It is pretty cool.

Since there are so many applications out there it is pretty easy to find ones that do what you want for free. I think I have only purchased two or three applications.

This is also the last day of the Multiple Planks In A Day Challenge.  As you can see by my planner, I missed a few days (the BIG X) and on one day I only managed to do one.  But I am satisfied with what I did.  Sometimes you start something, like a challenge, and things come up and then it really becomes a challenge to keep on doing what you started.  But then it feels good when you get it done.

There are a lot of challenges out there and there are a lot of applications.  I like to share when I find ones that I think are cool.

Do you ever want the easy of a quick check mark on  your calendar?  Don’t you think that having a voice activated camera is cool? Do you have any applications that you would like to share?

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Ninth Day Of Our Month Of Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 9, 2013

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Saturday and our ninth day of planking.  The nice thing about this challenge is even if it is your “rest” day in your workout schedule you can still get in some planking time!

I have another idea on how to time yourself.  Once you feel you have good form, your body is aligned properly, you can use a stopwatch type of timer.  I have one on my iPhone.  I would imagine other phones have something like it.  I know there are a lot of apps for timers.  Get into your plank position and then press start on the timer.  Check your form, get comfortable, settle in and then look at your timer.  I bet by the time you look at the stopwatch you will have already done the time you think you can do.  Then if you want you can hold it for a few seconds more.

This is a way for you to find out how long you really can do it.  Then you can add accordingly.

Also remember there might be days where the duration is less than normal.  It is ok to have a day that is a bit off.  Just get back to it the next day!

Whatever way you choose to time yourself is great.  This is just another way to do it!

How is your planking going?

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Little Tweakers

Posted by terrepruitt on January 1, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaI have already posted about one of the awesome gifts I received for Christmas.  I received another one that makes me so happy when I use them I just wanted to share. You might remember I bought a speaker for my iPhone awhile back.  I was so impressed with it I wanted to share about it because it is great to have a portable audio source, just in case.  It is really helpful when you are teaching a dance exercise class like Nia.  Well, more like it came up on Woot.  My hubby looks at Woot and he knows how much I love my other speaker so he asked me if I wanted what they were selling on Woot.  I glanced at it and said yes because it was LESS than I paid for my other speaker AND it was TWO speakers!

They are REALLY cool.  When my hubby showed me I hadn’t even read all the cool features!  First of all as I said, they cost less than my ONE speaker I originally bought.  They are black but when they are in use and they are open they glow blue!  These little guys are so cool.

They have their own bag, I love things that have their own storage.  They fit together and stick with magnets.  They have a volume control.  They have an audio in cord and a connection cord.  One speaker has the audio in cord.  The other speaker has the cord that connects them.  So you can just use one if you want.  BOTH cords retract back into their respective speakers.  How cool is that?  I had just been telling someone over Christmas that I think every electronic device that has a cord (whether optional or not) should have a place that the cord can be stored ON/IN the device.  But that is just me because I have what seems like a million cords and I don’t know all the devices they belong to.  So every time I put these speakers away I am so impressed because I just pull gently and the cord goes right in.  They are great sound for such little devices.

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaThis particular pair came with a “BONUS! USB wall adapter” which the package claims is usually an extra $19.95.  The speakers on Woot didn’t even cost that much AND it came with the additional adapter.  I loved them so much I looked online to see if we could get more.  We can, but at more than twice the cost and without the “BONUS”.  I don’t NEED them so I’m not going to spend it.  I just really like them and since the places I teach Nia at for the city of San Jose do not always have sound systems I was thinking I could keep a pair in my car.

The iHome/first speaker I bought does not have an electrical adapter.  It only charges off a USB.  So when I use it at a venue I am teaching at I have to make certain it is charged.  But these speakers I just got, I could leave in the car and not have to worry about them being charged because in a pinch I could plug them in and use them.  Also the iHome speaker does not have a volume control.  Which is fine, because the device it is used with does.  But I found out that it is really cool to have two options of volume control!

Of course these speakers would work with iPhones, iPads, iPods, MP3 players, MP4 players, and laptops!

Yeah, no post about goals and resolutions, just an excited post about something that makes me happy.  I hope you enjoyed your New Year’s Eve.  I wish for you to enjoy 2013.

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Amazingly Easy and Simply Making Life Easier

Posted by terrepruitt on December 17, 2011

I am so impress I have to share AND comment:

I love the list of 25 clever ideas to make life easier.  So amazing.  Some of the ideas I have seen before, some of them were new to me.  The are all pretty awesome.  I love the straw and strawberry idea.  Kind of funny using a straw to “pit” a strawberry.  Saves you from having to buy a tool for it.  Someone try the walnut on the wood and tell me if it REALLY works.  And for how long?  I mean I am thinking that it is just the oil from the walnut that moisturizes the wood so the scratch is concealed.  I bet you could use any oil to do that.  Regarding the TV, I guess if you HAVE to get crayon marks off a TV or computer screen you would be desperate enough to try WD-40.  Otherwise no way.  I can’t imagine putting WD-40 on a monitor.

I do know how to get crayon or wax off the carpet.  It might even work for other fabric.  Use an iron and a paper bag or any type of rough paper.  Put the paper bag over the crayon/wax and then run the hot iron over it.  The heat from the iron melts the crayon/wax and the paper absorbs it.  If it is a lot of crayon/wax it is not a quick fix, but it works.  I had a melted candle spill onto carpet once and I was able to get it all up with this method.  But it took me a couple of weeks.  I didn’t sit there for long, long periods of time.  I would probably do a bag at a time.  Eventually it all came up.

I love the apple idea.  I can’t wait to try that.  Seems like that would work.  The old, “put lemon (or citrus) on it” doesn’t work for me because it DOES leave a lemon taste.  I don’t care for my apples to taste like lemon.  Wouldn’t it be fabulous to pull out a pillow case full of the entire sheet set?  I like that idea, but my hubby does do the sheets like shown here and he gets them completely flat.  I have mentioned before how I can’t tell the difference between the flat sheet and the fitted sheet.

The bowl does kind of help the volume of the iPhone.  But you may know I have a little blue speaker, so I don’t need a bowl. Ingenious use of a wet-wipe container–storing plastic bags in it, but I just use a plastic bag to store my plastic bags and it works pretty good too!

I really want to hear from you to know if some of these things really work.  Can you really get sand off your skin by using baby powder?  Then how do you get the baby powder off?  Sand?  Or water?  Which you could have just used to get the sand off in the first place, right?

I would imagine that putting a velcro strip on the wall could help store a lot of things besides just soft toys in a child’s room.  Ok, I LOVE the wrapping paper idea.  It is pretty smart to use the ceiling of a closet to store wrapping paper, but my closet ceilings are REALLY high.  I actually have a wrapping paper holder that hangs in my closet.

I have heard of using a nylon over a vacuum cleaner hose to find stuff.  GREAT idea!  I recently heard of cutting Xs in a shirt box to make a cupcake holder.  Another GREAT idea.  I love the magnetic strip for storing bobby pins, but I honestly didn’t realize that other people used bobby pins any longer.  Shoes in a shower cap.  Great idea.  I use plastic bags.  The ones that the newspaper come in.  Or ones that might be around certain product you buy.

Plastic cups in a muffin tin held in place by a magnet as a craft caddy . . . . dare I say it?  That is pretty crafty!  Love the use of bread bag closure things as power cord labels.  That is smart.  But my bread comes with wire twists.  I have seen the ice cream cone cup cake thing before.  Have you ever tried that?  I have a friend that told me about popcorn in a regular paper bag in the microwave.  However I don’t buy paper bags and I have never wanted to put my food in one that I might have gotten from a store purchase.  A tension rod to hold spray bottles is a nice idea, but my cupboards aren’t that tall.  Are yours?  Mine could have hanging bottles AND stuff on the “floor”.

If I made hard boiled eggs, I would so try making them heart shaped.  But I don’t.  I also don’t have such fancy muffin tins.  But I bet it would work with regular muffins tins.  Aloe Vera in ice cube trays.  Oh my.  Will someone remind me of this when I get a sunburn?  This is GREAT.  Think of how wonderful that would feel.  I hear angels singing.  Gutters as planters.  Nice idea.  And it is brilliant to use egg cartons to hold ornaments.  Fantastic!

So that is my take on the list.  What about you?  Have you tried any of these ideas before?  Are you going to?  I really want to know about the walnut and how long that lasts.

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Flashing Is a Great Course of Action

Posted by terrepruitt on October 11, 2011

I never wanted an iPod or a cell phone until I started teaching Nia.  After I got it, I realized how great it is to be able to create playlists from Nia routine music and not have to burn a CD. Same thing with a cell phone, I have a business so I have a cell phone.  I don’t really need a cell phone, but a business does.  A business needs to have a number to use for business.  Which brings me to . . .  when I first met my husband he was a “Mac” man.  Always had been, always would be . . . . . until, that is, we moved in next door to a guy who gave us a computer that was not a Mac.  Then all of a sudden my hubby had something new to learn.  He decided to learn how to put computer components together to make a personal computer.  He realized that he could buy all the parts and put it together for a lot less than a Mac costs.  PLUS the money spent would allow him a machine that would be faster and more powerful than the least expensive Mac.  So we got rid of our Macs.  Then the iPhone came out.  At about that time I was thinking about getting a cell phone and I would need something to play music AND . . . . it was a new toy for hubby to have.  So we got iPhones and they stoked the burning embers of love for Apple that had never actually gone out in my hubby’s heart.  THEN he started working at a Mac company . . . you know one of those companies whose computers are Macs and not the “other” ones.  Then there is the iPad.  (eyes rolling). Whenever I have a problem with either of my “i-s”, my hubby says, “Well did you flash it?”

When we first got our iPhones, they had a few issues or kinks, whatever you call them it would often not work properly.  My husband being familiar with Macs figured out how to “Flash” the phone.  He said it resets the parameter random access memory.  This is the memory that is stored which allows the for quick start-up.  Since my iPhone frequently went squirrelly back then, I got really used to doing it.  I would do it probably at least once a week without being prompted.  Then with one of the updates it went away.  It either went away and then came back with another update or it changed.  I actually think it went away, then came back different.  The way the device responded when flashed was different so it seemed as if it was not going to actually do it.  Whatever the actual case was, I got out of the habit.  Plus the phone stopped being so buggy.  So not only did it change so I thought the option of Flashing wasn’t there, I didn’t need to do it that often.  So I forget that I can do it and sometimes need to do it.

Have you ever worked for a company that has an IT department?  When you have a computer issue what is the first thing the IT department asks you to do or ask you if you did it?  “Turn it off then turn it back on.”  Right?  And then even once you do that, if they have to come to your work area to work on the computer that is the first thing they will do again.  So we are all used to turning electronics off than on again, right?  That is the FIRST thing we do.  Well, flashing it is not quite turning it off and then turning it on.  It resets the PRAM.

Yesterday I wanted to listen to the music for a Nia routine for class, I plugged my little iHome Speaker into my iPad and it didn’t work.  I rolled my eyes and thought, “Well so much for that.”  I got my iPhone to see if the speaker worked with that. It did.  So I plugged my earbuds into the iPad to see if they worked.  They didn’t. So I just figured I broke it somehow.  I mentioned it to my hubby when he was on his way home from work and he said, “Did you flash it?”  I felt so silly for not having done it that I said, “Well, of course I did because that is always the first thing you ask.”  And then I went on to say that I didn’t and I hung my head like a scolded puppy.

I forgot about it until today and guess what?  Of course.  I flashed the iPad and my speaker works.  I got so caught up in telling my story that I almost forgot the point of this post—to tell you how to flash your phone.  Sometimes the rewritable section of memory get to full or a little messed up so it needs to be reset.  For the iPhone and the iPad, you hold the On/Off button down at the same time as the Home button.  Hold them both down until the screen goes blank AND the Apple logo appears.  Then let go and let the device do its thing.  Then it will be ready to wake up again shortly.  See if that works for you the next time your iPhone or iPad is acting buggy.  I don’t know if works for the other iProducts.  But it has always worked for mine . . . . . when I remember to do it.  🙂

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Little Speaker for the iPad, iPhone, iPod, iTouch

Posted by terrepruitt on August 6, 2011

Not too long ago another Nia Teacher and I were practicing Nia in a local park.  She had brought her laptop so that we could look at the DVD and practice the routine.  As you might realize it is very difficult to see a laptop screen outside when you are not right in front of it.  We were dancing to the DVD, so we were not right in front of it.  She also brought a long a little round speaker.  She hooked it up to her laptop to help boost the sound.  When we finally gave up on the laptop she plugged the speaker into my iPhone.  Cool.  It was round and had pretty good sound.  It had a little leather looking case and was it just so cute.  Of course, I wanted one.  It is perfect to carry around “just in case”.  I pretty much always have my iPhone because I have my music on it, but not everyplace I have taught has a sound system so a little round speaker would be GREAT!  It could fit in my purse.

So to Amazon I went.  I am the type that looks at something online for a little while before I decide to buy it.  I have a house FULL of stuff.  I do not need anymore stuff.  I am a stuff collector.  So I tend to hesitate before I buy more stuff.  When I looked online I was seeing a little round speaker for more money than I need to spend on stuff I don’t need.  😉  Right?  I mean, when I am buying something I can live without I tend to have a limit as to how much I will spend.  So I looked around on the website.  I was finding some nice speakers.  I read some reviews.  I looked here and there.

iHome mini speaker, rechargeable speaker for iPad, iPhone, laptop, MP3 playerI spotted a BLUE one (uh-oh, BLUE?).  It was round and cute and it was blue!  It was rechargeable so it doesn’t take batteries.  I really like that.  It also expanded to give you “larger” sound.  But since it was blue, cute, expandable and rechargeable I thought it would be more than the other speakers I was looking at, but lo and behold it was LESS.  And totally in my self-alloted price range.  But I still hesitated because I really don’t need it and even though I thought it was completely affordable I could always use that money for something else.  So, in my normal style I didn’t buy it right then.  I like to “sit on it”.  But then you know what happens?  I think about it all the time.  I end up in situations where, “Oh it would be perfect if I had that (fill in the blank) that I wanted.”

iHome mini speaker, expandable speaker for iPad, iPhone, laptop, MP3 playerWhen I always find myself thinking about the item for a while, I usually give in.  And I am so glad I did.  It is so cute.  And the sound is pretty good for the price and what it is.  The sound is WAY better than the sound that comes out of the iPhone.  A mini-speaker.  Yay!  Does it give GREAT sound?  No.  Is it stereo?  No.  But it give really good sound and I can hear the music much better than on my iPhone.

The description on Amazon says: “Speaker works with any 3.5 mm headphone jack, perfect for laptops, cell phones, portable game devices, MP3 players, etc.”  So you can use it on all of your devices.

It doesn’t come with a nice leather case like my friend’s but it does have its own little bag.  That is good enough for me.  I just like something that fits the device AND its cord.  Something some people might like is that its audio cord does not come apart from its charging cord.  I know we end up having so many cords that it is easy to misplace (or as my friend says, “Put away so well.”) some of the cords.  When you have a cord to charge the device and a separate one to use it sometimes the power cord can get lost because you don’t use it as often.  Well, these two cords do not come apart.  There is a little plastic separator that hold them together, it is the little square below the USB connector and the audio plug, and they are connected near the end too and become one cord.  The cords also have a build in “clip” to keep them neat and tidy.  In this picture it is to the left of the bag, the black plastic square.  Cool.  All built-in!

Blue things make me happy.  Blue things that are cute make me happy.  Blue things that are cute that allow me to hear my Nia music and all music better make me really happy.  And that it was less than $20 makes me so happy I want share!

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iPad

Posted by terrepruitt on March 19, 2011

I have had the opportunity to actually use the iPad.  This is somewhat of an update from my iPad Coolness post in which I said, “Oooo!” but didn’t really get to use the iPad.  This time I inherited one so I have it set up for me.

This version of the iPad does not have a camera nor a phone.  I have a camera and a phone with a camera so I am covered.  But I could see if you carry your iPad around it would be nice to have all of that included.  I understand that you wouldn’t hold your iPad up to your face, as you would a phone, but headset or bluetooth device could make it nice.

I do love the beautiful display.  It is sooo pretty.  I know that might sound simple, but . . . c’mon . . . it IS pretty.  It is crisp, it is clean–well, except for all of the finger prints on it.  Because of its amazing touch-the-screen technology and the fact that the screen becomes the keyboard there is always finger prints and swipes on it.  So some of its clarity gets dulled under all of that.

I was intrigued by the calendar function on the iPad and I have to laugh because I haven’t even looked at the calendar on the iPad this time.  I have been using it to play a game (We Rule) my husband and I play.  Because the iPad is so much larger than the iPhone it is much easier.  I have also been using it to do a lot of my work on the internet.

I had mentioned in my last post that I really like the way the webpages show up.  As you can see in the picture it shows the webpages that are open or easily opened.  There can be up to nine webpages available.  I like that since I am always going to HelpYouWell.com, the NiaNow website, my blog, my e-mail, my Yelp page, Nia Class info, and so on.  It makes it really easy to sit and “watch” TV.  While I am sitting there I can do research for a post.  I do enjoy the ease at which I can quickly surf the web and read things, but I do not like typing on the iPad for any length of time.  I would not choose to write a blog post on it. Often times I turn on a computer to comment on blogs or Facebook.  I am keyboard person.  I need the SENSATION of the keys.  The touch screen has me typing gibberish.  I am still learning, so my next post regarding the iPad could be that I use it for everything.

The iPad is heavy though . . . and I don’t mean it is HEAVY as if I can’t hold it or lift it, but when you think of the position in which you hold it it is heavy.  Now the iPad2—but that is a whole other blog post.  Since I do find myself setting it down a lot I end up looking down at it.  With a monitor (when I am on a laptop or a “regular” computer) at least I am looking UP instead of down—that actually can be another blog post too (hump back)!

I suspect that as time goes on I will learn to use it more and appreciate it more.  Now I am just experiencing the amazingness of mobility.  I am not at the point where I can give up my tower.  I am having to do without my tower at the moment because it is being worked on.  But it is four years old, by the time I need a new tower/computer (I am getting a new one this month), I might be fully integrated into this iPad thing.  It is amazing.  It is fast.  It is pretty.  It is the future.

Do you have an iPad?  Or Tablet or something like it (if so please share information because I would love to hear.  Since we were gifted iPads I have never done any research on the products)?  Do you have a mobile device?  Do you have a smart phone?

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Mango and Chicken Kabob

Posted by terrepruitt on July 1, 2010

I had a lunch date after teaching my Nia class on Wednesday.  I had mentioned, in a previous post that I wanted to cook more with fruit since we had a large amount of plums.  So, I was happy to try the mango and chicken kabob.  Obviously, I can’t take credit for cooking and/or preparing this.  I did not cook this kabob.  Worse, I took the picture with my iPhone so it is — well, the quality of an iPhone picture (it was actually so blurry I had to “sharpen” it with Photoshop).  As the waiter was setting the plate down, I thought, “Oh, I need to take a picture.”  But I forgot when the waiter brought another plate of kabobs that we did not order.  I think he just didn’t want her to feel left out.  I remember after I ate one!

Anyway . . . .GREAT way to cook with fruit.  I don’t think I would have thought to put mango on a skewer with chicken, but it actually works perfect because it cooks great.  I have determined a long time ago that it is too difficult to cook meat and veggies on the same skewer because in order to get the meat cooked properly the veggies get too done.  Or vice-versa, depending on the meat and the veggies.  So it is best–for us–to do them separate.  Plus separate allows for different seasonings and it keeps the meat separate from the vegetables in case there are persons who are not eating meat.

The mangos were cooked with the skin on and for the most part that made the skin very edible.  I didn’t even notice the skin until I got to a particularly tough one that was green.

So, yay!  A way to cook with fruit AND another way to use mangos.  I normally only use them in the cucumber mango salad.  I would have thought to make a salsa, but not to put them on a skewer especially WITH the chicken.  You might have noticed that this kabob has onions, red peppers, and tomatoes too.  I even ate the tomatoes (big deal for loath-tomatoes-girl), even though they were cooked.

Do you cook with mangos?  Do you make kabobs?  Kabobs are a nice way to serve food for a cook out, huh?  Have you managed to perfect cooking vegetables AND meat on the same skewer?

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