June 11th, 2019

The night visitor

I woke up about 1:30 this morning and had a terrible time for the next 3 hours. I was coughing, I couldn't breathe through my nose, I couldn't get comfortable, I adjusted the bed 8 ways to Sunday, nothing helped. I felt miserable. I decided that I'd call the lung nurse practitioner for an appointment this morning. Then I decided no, I'd do the prednisone first. They tell you to only take prednisone with meals so my plan was breakfast, start the course. Fuck this. I'm too old to put up with this shit.

Finally I got up at 4:30 and went to the pool. The first few laps were a little rough but after that, smooth sailing. It was a really good swim. No coughing, no breathing problems, nose fine and not stuffed. And that's how I feel now at 8 am so no prednisone. Weird.

The sun came out very early this morning so the heat is on. Hot today, way hotter tomorrow. I learned many summers ago that if I can capture the cool in my house in the morning, I can pretty much keep it all day. So the door to the outside is shut (it's my only access to outside), the insulated shades are down and the a/c is on temp set. It will kick in if/when it gets any warmer in here. I think I'm safe.

I will be going out in it later today when my Echo Auto arrives. I will brave the heat to install and test. Oh! I just checked and delivery is 1 stop away. Cool. Maybe I can test while it is still cool!

Other than that, today will be inside. I have sewing to do and I need to find a new audio book. I started one a couple of days ago but instead of getting more interesting, it's getting annoying. So... the end.

Guess I'd better go get some clothes on and get ready for new tech!!


Echo Auto

This is mainly for jocosa who asked...

It finally got here at 2. Geesh. Dear Amazon delivery map, I wish I could quit you. But, I can't.

And, sadly, I'm afraid that I will not be able to take this hardware and sling it back into Amazon's face as punishment for making me wait so long for one of their stupid invitations to buy. First test says I'll be keeping and enjoying it.

The Roav Bolt (a similar gizmo that cost twice as much and uses Google Assistant instead of Alexa) was easy to install and worked great. The problem with it is Google Assistant. It could be, in fairness, that I'm just not Google Assistant friendly. But, it's always hated me and still does.

I want to get in the car to go to the pool and say Good Morning and have it give me the weather, the traffic report and then the news. (Google's list of news sources is impossible. And has only one from the Pacific Northwest and that's the Tacoma paper.) It mostly always starts right up with the weather and the traffic and then I get 'from the Tacoma News Tribune ' and then nothing. If I then give it the preferred command 'listen to the news', I get OK Here's the News. From the Tacoma News Tribune and that's all. About once every 20 tries I get the full news.

The Echo Auto is cute. And is small enough to sit nicely in my car which is kind of a miracle in itself. I don't have that many places for shit to sit. (The Roav is just the cigarette lighter plug.)

It was dirt simple to install. I mean really a little anti climatic. I set up my Good Morning routine and tried it out. (Alexa has far better news sources.) and it ran through them fine and dandy. Although the Seattle Times is read by a robot and sounds pretty hilarious. How, does Alexa know where I 'work'?? I know how Google knows. But, did it tell Alexa? hmmmm

It also serves as the bluetooth receiver for everything so I can use it for Google maps and Google music and anything else on my phone in addition to all the Alexa tricks. I am just so much more comfortable with Alexa and how she operates and she really does like me lots. She never doesn't listen and always does what I want and nicely. Google Assistant could take lessons.

Both of them, by the way, require that your car radio stay in AUX mode. So, you can't listen to the radio and ask Alexa anything. She will ignore you. People on Reddit think this is a problem. I don't. One of the reasons I want this is so that I do not have to listen to the radio any more.

So... jocosa check in with me along about Friday to make sure, but I think you might have to break that box open after all.

bloody hell!

Yesterday, after blowing my nose all day, I had a small nose bleed. It rarely happens and this one lasted about 3 tissues worth. Tiny. Cut to today.

I was on Amazon clicking for a return. It's a 'free' return but they were telling me I had to mail it and they would then send me $3.50 for postage. The cheapest mailing was $8. WTF? So I decided to get onto chat and ask if I couldn't just drop it off at the usual place.

Zoey was wandering around and decided to walk across the keyboard while I was setting the chat up. And then I started coughing and coughing and coughing and just as I finally got the damn cat off the keyboard, the chat guy came on and I'm coughing and typing my request and all of a sudden my nose starts gushing blood and Zoey decides she's not done yet - back and forth across the keyboard - and I'm still coughing and bleeding and grabbing tissues as fast as I could. I was trying to find the hands to tell the chat guy that I had an emergency when he typed 'hold on while I check on that for you'.

Seriously, I hope someone was on the Nest cam to see that. What a 3 ring circus. Finally, the coughing just stopped which was weird. And Zoey gave up and left and then the chat guy did just what I wanted about the time the nose quit bleeding.

Whew. My blouse is now soaking in cold water. Thankfully, I didn't bleed on the furniture. Zoey got some treats and all is now fine. But it was a wild ass few minutes there.