I got this

I haven’t done an update on my Kindle Fire in a while. I still think it is spectacular. The best thing is still the portability. While I’m working, I can check my email without getting up. I can watch Grey’s Anatomy (reruns) without my laptop. This goes for numerous things.

There is only one thing missing from my Fire: a Spotify app. Ugh, yes I know there is now an app for the iPad which does not mean an app for the Fire is near. šŸ˜¦Ā  I have every music related app on my Fire (IHeartRadio, TuneIn Radio, Stitcher Radio, Pandora, and more).Ā  Spotify is the best thing for music lovers. However it can get us music geeks in trouble. At first I was going through my music wish list and actually buying the albums that were great after listening to them on Spotify. I’ve had to stop that pricey habit.

I just read an article that compares Spotify and Pandora. To me there is no comparison. It is really simple. People who like to listen to full albums (like ME) will choose Spotify. People who like random songs and enjoy radio will choose Pandora. I’m not a huge fan of Pandora. Honestly I haven’t tried hard enough to get Pandora to create a sound for me. They just play random crap. šŸ˜‰ But music is music and sometimes I will pull up Pandora on my Fire while I’m reading.

Back to my Kindle…I definitely don’t need to take my laptop and Kindle Fire on a 3 day beach trip. (However, my Kindle Keyboard is a must. I read a lot at the beach). I will take my laptop because this will be his first chance to travel. šŸ™‚ But with the Kindles, there is no need to take a computer for such a short trip. I probably won’t use it…unless I can’t wait to upload pictures. But I have the room so why not take it? Speaking of reading: This will be my first 3D free book trip. I have so much room in my suitcase. I usually have about 3-4 books when I go anywhere overnight but thanks to Kindle, I don’t need all that.

My most used apps are:

  • Pulse (news from various sources)
  • Words with friends (I love word games. I usually like to play against a computer but I like WWF)
  • Tweetcaster for Twitter (easy access to all types of news via Twitter)
  • Bills Reminder (I rely on this app way too much)
  • Angry Birds (I just d/l this a week ago but I’ve played it a ton #late)
  • Netflix(This is the best freakin’ app. During slow times @ work, I can watch whatever I want. Since I’ve cancelled some of my bills, I have upgraded to the $15 a month plan. Streaming is unlimited…but everything can’t be streamed. The Wire – I’m looking at you).

Note that I haven’t listed any music/radio apps because I use different apps for different things. When I want to listen to the DC sports radio I have to use —–. When I want to listen to Rachel Maddow’s show I have to use another app. And then when I want to listen to another podcast, I have to use another app. This is frustrating and confusing. One day I went through 3 apps to find a Chicago radio station. I need a spreadsheet that lists who is on what. I’m seriously thinking about doing that because sometimes I just don’t listen because I can’t remember which radio app to use. Annoying.

Oh and the worst thing is still the battery life. I only charge my KK once every 10 days. I charge the Fire daily. When I use the Netflix app, I sometimes charge it twice a day.

The Fire is still stupendous! (PLEASE ADD SPOTIFY!)

Heart Skips a Beat

Bummed to hear about John Mayer having to cancel his whole tour. I can’t imagine how he must feel. šŸ˜¦ Music is his life, his career, his everything. Get better John. We will wait for you.

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Kindle FireĀ review Part I (I doubt I do a part II but you never know)

First my history: I have never had a touch device. I have never had/used a smartphone. The only Apple thing I have is the iPod. I have a Kindle Keyboard which is very different from the Fire.

It is heavier than I thought it would be. I cannot hold this in one hand and relax like I do with my KKĀ (kindle keyboard). I can barely read on it. I got a headache after reading theĀ  local newspaper for 30 minutes. I don’t think my Fire will be usedĀ for reading. I did try reading a book the next day and I didn’t get a headache. IĀ  was scaredĀ to read for too long. I will keep reading books on my KK.

All of the other negatives I experienced within the first hour of having the thing! LOL. Except for the web browsing experience. People complain about it but I really like it. The screen isn’t too small. It is fast. My main complaint is the battery life. I like to stream talk radio and music. That uses wi-fi. That eats up the battery. If a person plays game, they can turn off the wifi. But if you want to stream a movie, TV show, music (and some apps) then you will need Wi-Fi. People pretty much charge their Fires daily. It charges quickly using the adapter they give you. The Fire doesn’t come with a USB. I tried using my KKĀ USB to charge my Fire. I couldn’t tell if it even charged it! If it does it is realllllllly slow. I hate having to plug it in the wall because I have zero outlets in my room. Anyhow…

So since I won’t be reading on it…let’s get to the thing I will be doing: USING APPS. šŸ™‚ I’m obsessed with apps. Obsessed. I have a few that I love already.

  • Scanner Radio ProĀ – I have wanted a scanner for so long that I got the paid version. There is a free version of this app. I have to use headphones to hear anything clearly. (Side note: I get the volume complaints. They really need to fix this issue with the Kindle 2. Read any review to read about the volume issue). You can hear what you would think you can hear. Heh. Police, fire, EMS etc. You can listen to cities inĀ multiple countries. I listened to the popular Chicago station. I listened for about an hour before I heard something really distrubing. I wasn’t expected it because for the wholeĀ hour it was basically “people with weed” sightings. And someone got hit in the head but the person was okay. And then to hear something so tragic with NO follow up. I had to stop but I doubt I give it up.
  • HotmailĀ – I have 3 main email addresses. Hotmail is one of them. This app is free. What can I say? I love my email. I use the app that was already on the device for my Gmail account. I’m going to set up another app for my Yahoo email soon. Using apps is just waaaay easier than using the web plus it is easier to know when you have new email.
  • TuneIn RadioĀ – free app. I’m using this now to listen to talk radio. (This guy is ranting about Ayn Rand for some reason. How random). This is the closet I will get to having satellite radio. Ahh, I love renting a car with satellite radio. When I have one, I will just sitĀ in the car and listen to the radio. The difference is the stations of TuneIn have commercials. You can pretty much listen to any channel in any city. Music and talk. Love.
  • Tweetcaster for Twitter. Free. If you love twitter you will love this. However, if you turn the Fire off (or just wi-fi) it won’t show ALL the tweets you missed. Not a huge deal to me.
  • Pulse. My favorite app. This app is already loaded on the Fire. If you like to read news or just stuff on the net, you will LOVE this app. I already have too many favorite topics so I’m going to have to build a page two. I’m trying not to do that. Anyway it is awesome. šŸ™‚ The ESPN app is a major fail. I was so disappointed. But fear not! Pulse has ESPN and Yahoo Sports covered.
  • YP Local Search and Gas Prices. My favorite part of this app is being able to view movie times and restaurant menus. It also shows the cheapest gas in your area.

I also use Bill Reminder, ColorNoteĀ (not impressed yet), Pandora (same as on the web), TapatalkĀ Forum App, and TV Listings. ESPNĀ is the worst app. I hate it. :/ Note how I haven’t listed any games. That is because I mostly play Scrabble and Monopoly. I play those on my laptop so I feel no need to get it for my Fire. I am looking for a great word game. I’m willing to pay for it so it has to be the best. I’m doing my research.

I think the Fire is great for kids. Mainly because most of the availableĀ appsĀ seem to be games!! That is slightly annoying. Yes there are adult games too…but I don’t want to get addicted to playing so I’m not touching them.

Overall, I love my Fire. IĀ do keep reminding myself that I can return it in 30 days and get all my money back. Ā But what are the chance of me doing that? It is just a toy so far but I’m trying to find productive apps (games, games, games). I’m using ColorNoteĀ to document everythingĀ important I do each dayĀ since I have a horrible memory. It is supposedĀ to beĀ a to-do app but I don’t like it for that. I’m still looking for a good To-Do app and something I can take really good notes with. I haven’t tried QuickProĀ yet (the free version is preloaded on the Fire). That may fill the need.

I feel like I’ve been typingĀ forever. I’m sure I forgot to mention something – like how good the movies look, for example. I’m done for now.

always been a quitter

I’m in love with my Kindle. I’m going to blog about it two days in a row. I found something even more dangerous than books….APPS! I didn’t know the Kindle Keyboard AKA Kindle 3 had apps. I brought 4 yesterday. 3 were .99 and 1 was 1.99. I didn’t go to nuts. The best one is the calender because the two days before I got the Kindle, I was searching everywhere for an electronic scheduler/calender. Everything came back to “get a smartphone”. LOL. Well I can’t afford a smart phone with the monthly payments. So I started looking for PDAs. How old school is that? I was desperate. šŸ˜‰

The second best app is the notepad. Everything below the line in this post is what I typed during my lunch break, using the notepad app. Love it. I got it for doing my grocery lists. But now I can quickly blog anytime I want. I also brought Scrabble and a yoga app.

When I said the Kindle 3 was a tad slow, I was referring to going to websites. Of course it is slow. Mine doesn’t have 3G! This probably won’t be my last Kindle post. It seems like everyone got a kindle or nook for Xmas. Yay for e-readers!

One bad thing: I broke down and brought a cover for my kindle. $30. THEN I found a headphone case that fits my Kindle perfectly!!! UGH! Amazon already shipped the cover so I’m going to keep it but I really wished I would have realized that my kindle could fit into the damn headphone case. I just don’t want to scratch the screen. I don’t need anything fancy. Oh well.

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(This is what I typed during lunch after reading a chapter from a 3D book).

If I quit my job, it might seem brave to others but I’m a known quitter. I give up when I know I can’t succeed. I didn’t join the army because I knew I would not pass basic training. I don’t regret this because I know I would have failed that. Even today I’m 100% sure that I couldn’t have done it. For a perpetually confused person, I know some things about myself. I know what I can do and can’t do.

I do runaway a lot though. I’m the queen of avoidance. That is my form of quitting. So if I quit my job, I would be giving into avoidance. That is not the only reason why I haven’t quit though. The real reason (besides basic fear) is social anxiety and what would I do next? it isn’t like I have some secret dream job. I don’t have any talent. Etc. etc, I mean I have a ton of interests but that is it. And most of the things I would really consider pays near minimum wage or less than what I make now. An example would be a job working with animals I’ve done my research on the pay of those jobs.

So yes I currently hate my job – except when I can do it alone in a quiet room. I dread getting up in the morning. My work and life is suffering. But at this point, I don’t think quitting is the answer.

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I went to yoga yesterday. We had the regular teacher back. I was not impressed. Plus her class was too beginner…even for me. The teacher also said, “I feel like I’mĀ  teaching an advanced class” so I wasn’t the only one in the wrong place. I’ve taken 3 classes at this gym for $20. I’ve gotten my money’s worth. I don’t know what I will do next. Everyone says beginning yoga lasts for a year…at least. Well not at this gym. If I can find a good time for “fitness yoga”, I would like to try that. I bet that is challenging.