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Hello. I'm still here. Still reading all your posts, just been in a period of internet quiet.

So, I've been working a *lot* lately, both on the road and in the French Market and the pen shop. The market has been pretty good recently, and this has allowed me to actually buy something I've wanted/needed for over a year. That's right, I have a smart phone. After much research and back-and-forthing, I chose the Droid Razr. In Purple. To match my fountain pen. Yep, that's me, feet planted firmly in two eras. It's very shiny. I've had it two days and am figuring out how to make it dance. So far I've gotten it set to Swype, which I love, downloaded Dropbox, downloaded a Dr. Who ringtone, figured out the navigation feature, and a few other things. Stuff I have not figured out yet: how to get it to use a different ringtone for text messages vs email notifications and how to turn off the 4G feature so that it will connect to the web only if there's a wifi connection available (which will also, I understand, save on battery life). If you know the answer to these, please do let me know.

Otherwise, life goes on. Smudge the cat disappeared as suddenly as he showed up, and I suspect he was re-claimed by his owners, or by someone else. I'm not terribly sorry, as he was an incredibly destructive and disruptive influence on the household. Spot and Moo Cat are integrating nicely, and Beamer has actually tolerated the Moo Cat on my lap next to her (!), although there was some ear-flattening and growling when he leaned a little too close.

I'm trying to get out more, socially, and have made friends with a bunch of people from the market. They hang out at a local gay bar, which is pretty small and low-key and features art on the walls, so I may go there after work more often. The only drawback is the cigarette smoke.

My current room-mate is leaving April 15 (while I'm at the Woodlands, TX show, of course), and I am corresponding with someone who sounds like an ideal candidate. We'll meet after I get back from Woodlands.

(I feel I should have used bullet points. Oh, well. I trust you to visualize them if you want.)

The landlord is planning to tear out my bathroom (the only one with a bath/shower) as soon as the room-mate leaves, so I will be shower-less and living alone until that gets finished. The floor is cracking, and the state of the underfloor is, apparently, alarming. He wants a month and a half to do the work, so we're shooting for a June 1st availability date for someone to move in. In the meantime, they've offered the use of their shower upstairs. I'm still a little uncertain about this.

I'm still making my own bread, and trying to eat just one slice a day. I'm back on the eating plan, as I've managed to regain some of that lost weight. So far so good, and I'm down 5 lbs from starting it up again. Today I made several batches of my low-fat hummus, so I'm well and truly back on track. I'd forgotten how delicious it is, so I'm looking forward to having it for lunch again. Dinner has been huge salads of spinach, red bell pepper, seedless cucumber, 2 oz feta cheese, and a quarter cup of toasted sunflower seeds. Yummy, and pretty balanced. I like the seedless cucumber and am looking forward to having some with the hummus.

So that's the current state of things. I've had things to say over the months, but not found the will to put fingers to keyboard. I have, however, been keeping a paper journal for about a month now, so I may post some highlights from that.

OK, off to a baby shower. Love to all of you (whoever is still reading and even those of you not. But how would I know?).

Date: 2012-04-07 08:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My favorite app is Evernote, which I have installed on both the phone and my laptop. Content between the two is synchronized in "the cloud" which I find really helpful for school reading -- I can take notes on my phone, and then they're available for paper writing or review on the laptop.

The app I use most often is "WordzUp," which is a Boggle-like word search game. It's pretty configurable and has a great dictionary based on the scrabble dictionary.

Date: 2012-04-08 12:23 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Cool, thanks. I'm trying not to install any games. I ran the battery down to almost nothing in just one day doing nothing except checking email, texting, and downloading apps. I kind of wish I'd sprung for the extended battery version, now.

I installed Evernote and will check it out. It looks super useful, especially for things like information about hotels and show details.

Date: 2012-04-07 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*waves* I'm still here. :)

I also love Swype, though have had one or two instances where I really needed to read the word Swype thought I wanted and still haven't figured out why it won't recognize a couple of contractions.

The salads sound very yummy, indeed!

Date: 2012-04-08 12:27 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
*waves back*

I've had a few instances when Swype didn't give me the word I was looking for, but I just typed it in and that worked fine. I've been pretty impressed with it so far.

Very yummy, yes! I just got back from the store with the ingredients for at least four nights worth. Once I hit on something I like that conforms to the eating plan, I tend to stick with it until I get utterly sick of it. In the case of the hummus, that took 2 years. I have about three dinners I can make easily that have very few calories, but this is the easiest to make on the road. No cooking at all!

Date: 2012-04-08 05:19 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ivy
Yay smartphone! I need to replace mine soon but I haven't decided on a candidate yet. Maybe my next one will have a recent enough OS to support Swype. [grin] Hope your next trip goes well!

Date: 2012-04-11 03:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Oh, I love the Swype sooo much, and it is apparently resident on the Droid Razr. Something the Verizon guy didn't know. (Hah!) I also like the big screen and slim body, but I am not so much with the liking as far as battery goes. I'm beginning to think I should have gotten the Maxx, which has a bigger battery. For a mere $100 more. *sigh* I've finally figured out (read successfully googled) how to turn off the 4G function so that the phone isn't constantly looking for it, which they tell me will really help on battery time. We'll see.

Date: 2012-04-08 05:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nice to see you back.

Date: 2012-04-11 03:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Thank you! Obviously, I still suck at replying to messages in a timely manner. I see the message, think "I should respond to that," go on to the next email and then somehow be of the opinion that I actually *had* responded. The brain, it is going.

Date: 2012-04-08 08:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Some of us are still here. Glad the selling is going well.

Date: 2012-04-11 03:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Thanks. Our upcoming show is one we haven't done before, so I'm hopeful that we get a good response.

Date: 2012-04-10 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you're still here. David really liked the gingko candle holders.


Date: 2012-04-11 03:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile]
Thank you for still reading, and I'm so glad David liked the glass. That particular color isn't available at IKEA anymore, so they're a rare thing indeed.


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