Somewhat Sweltering

Testing the steadiness of my hands with a new camera/phone

Testing the steadiness of my hands with a new camera/phone

Okay, so those of you who live more equatorial than I do might not find my distress at the weather the past few days too dramatic, but taking a truck to the garage when the thermometer on the dash (outside temp) said 104°F because the air conditioning didn’t work and the thermostat for the cooling system was stuck anyway…

I wasn’t the only one sweltering that time.  My poor truck…  😦

There have been some excellent moments these past few days though.  All is well, and too soon, the snows and ice will come, and I’ll be wishing I didn’t have to bundle up so much just to be comfortable.

Just can’t please me….  😉

Row80 Check-in & Assessment

It hasn’t been the best week for actual goals, but sometimes things just happen.  Some of this is an awareness that things that have been in transition are finding their base-points and having to figure out how to best incorporate the new changes for our family.  Things are being done that have nothing to do with my ROW80 goals, but they need to be done.  Little things like my homeschooling paperwork for the Boodle since our hopes of getting him back to Catholic school are on hold for a time…

At least the Boodle has found he can keep in touch with some of his friends from there with email and online gaming.  And the occasional get-together is sweet too.

So, without further apologies…

    • Goal: spend ~three hours a week delving into writing craft related learning
    • Progress: still reading Steinbeck’s Journal of a Novel though I don’t think I reached exactly 3 hours this week.
    • Goal: Hand-write new words daily! (the Five Sentences thingie)
    • Progress: umm, yes, no, maybe…  not really sure here.  I wrote, but since it wasn’t daily, I guess I can’t call this a “check”
    • Goal: typing two pages a day of old notebooks into the computer
    • Progress: um, heck no
    • Goal: maintain local critique group submission of excerpts and critiques during non-NaNoWriMo months
    • Progress: no
    • Goal: return to regular posting in the WIPpet and WeWriWa blog hops
    • Progress: WIPpet–yes; WeWriWa–on hold till September since I’ll be out of town next week and cannot promise visits.
    • Goal: sponsor duties for the ROW80 twice a week
    • Progress: on track
    • Goal: Explore my creative side daily
    • Progress: not…well, maybe; I guess taking photographs counts
    • Goal: Daily languages (except Sundays)
    • Progress: on track
    • Goal: daily exercise amounting to a minimum of 30 minutes a day
    • Progress: easily (so nice to have something I’m doing well on here)
    • Goal: Discover something “new” to me (this one is easy, but daunting too, since I have to resist the urge to follow these cow trails)
    • Progress: A FB friend posted this link about a physicist and her choice of career change…  and I found myself delightfully mired for several days, absorbing her career and choice:
Just some goldenrod, but OH!  Golden!

Just some goldenrod, but OH! Golden!

To add to that last goal:  I’ve spent discovering new things about my new phablet.  So far I’ve learned I do not like the Duolingo app for Android (so very glad I kept my old iPhone4 around as my puttering device), that I am even more in love with the stylus and native handwriting tools than I’d ever expected, and the camera is frighteningly capable.

Handwriting on a phone is nothing like handwriting in a notebook mentally for me.  There is a “processing difference” that happens when I see the text converted, when I know I need to be on guard for some of my quirky character names, etc.; I don’t create so much on the phone yet.  Perhaps that’s something whose time will come eventually.

That’s Life though…  a learning process.

20 responses to “Somewhat Sweltering

  1. We’ve been having some sweltering weather over here (Michigan) for the past week, so my sympathies. I saw a meme on FB that had a picture of a ice truck and snow drifts that said: “You don’t like summer…well, this is coming in 17 weeks!” We are so hard to please indeed.

    So, handwriting on your phone? I’m not familiar with that type of phone, but it sounds really cool. I’ve been meaning to “write” on my phone for a long time, but just haven’t had the motivation. Could help with my productivity. (I do have Storyist on there. And on my iPad….)

    Best wishes for a good week.


    • It’s been fun trying out some thing for on-the-phone handwriting, though for most things, I don’t think I would want to rely on it. In a pinch however? It’s been a god-send. And this is from someone who managed ~4000 words during a NaNoWriMo on her iPhone 4 once because it was the only way to get the words down while her husband was driving. 😉

      So… it can be done. Try it… what’s the worst that happens? You don’t like it and don’t try again? Or you try again and get better… or it becomes that thing you use to capture the quick idea, but not much more? Doesn’t sound like too much of a loss any way I see it.


  2. My first comment got lost in cyberspace so let me try this again.
    Since we have six months of cold and below freezing temps where I live (or so it seems most year), I refuse to complain about any heat that we do get. When it gets above 80 here people are whining and cranking the AC. I’m like – bring on the heat! Good luck with your own heat down there. And best wishes with continued progress on your goals.


    • Actually, both comments made it here (one found its way to the spam folder for some reason, and since this one was here, I deleted it)

      No… no heat for me. I love the cooler weather. Thing is, I can almost always find more things to put on to keep me warm, but there’s a limit to how much I can take off before someone calls the police. 😉

      But thank you for the well wishes.


  3. I will have to read some of your older posts about this whole handwriting-to-phone thing. I’ve always wanted to like that feature, but I agree- there’s some sort of uncomfortable time lag and it doesn’t feel natural. We will indeed figure it out eventually….


  4. Yup. Gotta keep dancin’ – I mean learnin’….

    Looks like there was both progress and insight….oh, and beauty.

    A good week, the way I see it. ❤


  5. It’s been sweltering here, too. Been staying inside with the a/c units on. Hopefully with the rain we’ve been getting, the heat will break.


    • I don’t know if it’s the same for you down your way, but the heat has finally eased up a bit here. Not so much the humidity… but I’m NOT complaining (much). Last year we used the AC a total of three days. This year? at least a few weeks’ worth. 😦


  6. Congratulations on your goals! Funny how one person’s easy is another person’s… well… Let’s just say 30 minutes of exercise a day sounds awesome to me!! Funny, I’m getting used to a new Android device too, and what I can’t stand on there is the Twitter app. Duolingo is okay on it, though I’ve changed my settings to say “no audio lessons” and it *still* asks me every day to speak into the microphone…
    I don’t mind the heat, especially because ever since we moved to Switzerland, I don’t have to suffer through the terrible horrible awful humidity of Montreal 🙂


    • I haven’t tried the Twitter app yet. Or the Facebook one… there are a lot of apps I use on my old iPhone4 that I just haven’t felt inspired to transfer to my new world. The biggest killer I’m finding is the amount of ad-ware and nag-ware that seems baked into the phone. I never got the level of advertising on the iOS devices I get with this new Samsung. UGH! It’s enough to make me want to jailbreak and root the device.

      LOL! I hear you about the humidity. I mean, I know how Montreal can be muggy all too well, and we’re just a little over 200 miles south of it… But since I’ve never been to Switzerland, I can’t compare to there.


  7. Wow, those pics are awesome. My phone takes lousy blurry pictures. Maybe I need an upgrade.


    • I don’t know. I remember even my 20 year old flip-phone could take okay photos as long as I made sure to line up the focus right. What kind of phone do you have? There are tricks with each, I suspect, to get the best out of the one you have… I’m only just learning some of the tricks with mine. These pictures you’re seeing? Trust me when I say that I deleted three times as many….


      • I have a very cheap flip phone. I suspect you get what you pay for.

        On the other hand, it’s been recently upgraded to an LG. I probably ought to try the new one out.


        • I don’t know what service you use but, if you want a nice reliable phone, go to and look at their refurbished iPhones for sale. The 4 and 4s models are workhorses! My husband’s old 4 is still going strong at 8 years old.

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