May 17th, 2018

Finding the right stuff

It was not that easy to get up this morning at 4:30. Sleeping in on Wednesday ruint me. But, the very minute I hit the water, all was forgiven. It was a glorious swim. And so worth getting up.

I did hit Yet Another Snag with my swim music player. The Amazon music player - set to offline - wouldn't play because it wasn't online.

Then, when I got home, I learned that Google Music is for sure going to be phased out sooner rather than later.

1 + 1 = Finally, I bit the bullet and got Spotify. Really, Spotify has it figured out. No guessing where shit is or how to get it. Big buttons on my tiny, postage stamp sized player screen. All the music I want, downloadable. Continuous play - shuffle or no. Easy peasy. I even found playlists for swimming.

It seems silly to pay $10 a month for something I really only use an hour a day but I'm tired of fighting it.

I also reset the player to factory settings and built it from scratch. It now now much snappier. So. Whew.

I should mention that for now Google Play Music is going to be left alone and the price I pay is going to be grandfathered and I probably will keep it for ad free You Tube. I don't watch much on You Tube - usually just pop over there to figure out how to do something. So many of those videos are such crap that I already have to skip around to find the meat. Having ads on top of that junk is just more than I can handle. It's a quality of life issue. And the Google Music app is ok. Although it will not work on my swim player so it's kind of useless mostly.

All of these $10 and $5 a month for this and that are really kind of insidious. It's not so much the money as it is the monthly decisions - is this worth it? yes? no? Every single month. When it's something I know I'm going to have for a long time and there's an option, I'll pay by the year. But, lots of stuff does not have that option. I think my new game plan is to pick an amount - $50? $75? $100? per month and just order up whatever I want as long as it does not exceed my monthly allotment. If I want more, I delete something. But, otherwise, no decisions. I need to chew on this some more but I think I'm getting close to a plan.

I have been looking for the perfect coffee cup for a while and I think I finally found it. I wanted one that was bigger than 12 ounces and kept coffee warm for a while and had a handle and a lid and wasn't stainless steel. This coffee mug met all my requirements and then some. It's coated in enamel so the steel part is mitigated. It keeps the coffee so hot that I have to leave the lid off for about 5-10 minutes in order to cool it enough to drink. It's got a nice, wide ass that makes seating it on the fly less prone to spilling. I'm a happy camper coffee cup wise.

The other day, I reswizzled my closet for warm weather clothing. I'd forgotten about a lot of the short sleeved shirts I made last year. It's such fun, now, to rediscover them all, once by one.

Someone finished the jigsaw puzzle in the lobby. I have the next one ready to go. When I finish this entry, I'll go down and tear up the finished one and set out the new one. I hate the part where all you are doing is flipping the pieces so they are right side up but it has to be done so I might as well get it over with.

Well, that sucks

Across the street from me is an office building that is leased for offices by Capital One. When they moved in about a decade ago, they put a Capital One ATM in the lobby. It's one of the many handy things about my Capital One accounts. Until today.

I went to walk around the block and thought I'd just get myself some cash while I was out and the machine is gone. Gone. As in not there. At All. FUCK.

The next closest ATM charges me $3. I generally take out $400 so the fee is a small percentage but a giant annoyance on principle. I do have a credit union account and there is an office right by the pool. I should check and see if that ATM is available 24 hours. That's a possibilty.

Still now I'll have to plan and think about it and grrrrrrrrr.

BUT this totally does not suck...

I was playing a picked-for-me list on Spotify on my phone. I hit stop* and said 'Alexa, play spotify' and it picked up THE SAME SONG and kept going on with a better speaker! (Turns out I can skip this step which is even better - hands free!)

Then just to see, I said 'Alexa stop' and then hit play on my phone ... it just continued the same song on my phone.

I have out-cooled myself now.