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Things I Love: Bluetooth Keyboard

When I got my first Android phone I had to purchase a Swype style keyboard. I loved that thing, and even moved it to my second phone. Most phones and tablets come with a Swype style keyboard now so it’s not a big thing anymore.

As much as I love it, it gets tiresome in the middle of long conversations or when I’m just feeling lazy.  All of my devices have Bluetooth and I have a Bluetooth keyboard for the Kindle but it’s tiny and doesn’t lend itself to typing a lot.

I finally decided to get a full size Bluetooth keyboard and they can get expensive.  I found this one and I LOVE it!  This is the myKeyO Full Size Bluetooth 6-In-1 Keyboard, Stand and Organizer. I found it on eBay but it was $10 cheaper on Amazon with free shipping. The seller even sent me pairing instructions in English prior to the arrival of the item. A+

20150804_233144I got the white version, but it also comes in black and pink (for a higher price).

20150804_233154It has storage underneath (headphones not included, those are mine) and places for pens and business cards on top.  The holder on top holds both my phone and table with their cases on!

It paired easily to my Kindle, my cell phone and even my laptop (the one I recently spilled soda in, OMG). I think black or pink might have been prettier but the white works fine for my purposes.

PS. My laptop doesn’t have Bluetooth but I got this adapter several months ago. It works fantastically and is super cheap.

The other night I had a sudden inspiration for a blog post for a freelance client. My Samsung Galaxy Note 4 was paired with the keyboard (I had just gotten the keyboard and was fooling around with it) so I opened Google Keep and quickly typed nearly an entire blog post on my phone!

I plan to keep it in the kitchen area, which is where I spend most of the day. It’s a great stand to look at recipes and I can send messages and type things up when inspiration strikes.  I was worried I wouldn’t use it much but it has proved to be invaluable I highly recommend it.

Some notes:

  • Apparently the number keys on the side don’t work with iPads, so take that into consideration.
  • This is not rechargeable and requires to AAA batteries.


Writing Day

Cybill Shepherd
Cover of Cybill Shepherd

Today is a writing day.  There are things I have to write, and things I want to write, and all of them need to come out of me today for various reasons.

I’ve been doing a bit too much reading lately, I think.  Although, if you believe Stephen King, an important part of the writing process is reading.  I believe that.  I’m currently reading Cybill Disobedience on the Kindle (the book is free as of right now) and enjoying it.  I’ve always admired Cybill Shepherd, and I love this book so far.  She’s far from perfect and that makes her more likeable.

I’m sitting in the living room right now, facing the direction of the dining room.  The late evening sun is filtering in through the blinds, all muted gold that will melt into dusky purple as night falls.  There is lemon & dill cedar planked salmon with wild rice and vegetables for dinner.  The combination of light and the promise of a healthy meal tonight is making me feel happy and content.

I’ve been doing some behind-the-scenes work on the blog.  There are many things I’ve been wanting to accomplish with the inner workings, things I wasn’t sure could be done, and certainly not by someone as technologically challenged as I.  With some creative searches and some patience, I can honestly say that everything is humming along exactly as I envisioned.

I hope your weekend has been fruitful and/or relaxing.

Night Out

Nook and Kindle
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Last night was one of those perfect fall nights in Florida.  The weather has gotten cool enough to be bearable, and the snowbirds aren’t here yet, so you can still get a table at a restaurant, if you choose to do so.

A girlfriend of mine called and asked me if I wanted to meet her after work at the Starbucks located in a Barnes & Noble.  We met up, took our iced chai out on the patio, sat in the waning evening sun and just chatted.  It was a really nice couple of hours.

Afterwards I wandered around B&N, and I even checked out one of the many Nooks they had on display.  I decided I liked my Kindle much better, but they are kind of nice.  There are a ton of Nook accessories, something the Kindle lacks.

So I checked out all of the clearance books, found many I would probably read if I didn’t have an ereader with over 400 books on it, and bought none of them.

Before I left I hit the ladies’ room (it’s a long drive home) and found one of those old school “sanitary napkin” machines.  Have you ever purchased from one of those?  The last time I did it cost 10 cents, and the sanitary napkin was about 4 inches thick.  It was like riding a mattress.

Anyway, the machine made me laugh, so I snapped these pictures:

I love how it says “Call Custodian or Matron”.  So retro.

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Still Alive

Hey there… just a quick update to let you know I’m still alive.  Here’s life as I know it at the moment:

1.  Still using SparkPeople – down 23 lbs since January 25.  Some days it’s easy, some days it’s hard, but every day it’s worth it.

2.  Tried yoga for the first time last night.  It was Leslie Sansone – You Can Do Yoga, a very good place to begin since my only other yoga anything was Wii Fit
yoga, which I have a tough time with. Trying to keep that little dot within the circle stresses me out.

3.  Still loving my Kindle.  I read a little something on it every single day.  In fact, for my birthday all I got was Amazon giftcards. I haven’t used them all up yet because I’m trying to be conscious of my purchases – what do I want to keep forever?

4.  Speaking of birthdays, I had one last week.  I turned 38, and I’m telling you, I don’t know how it will beat 37, but it had better try.  I love getting older, I really do.  I love looking back on my life and seeing how I’ve grown and changed.  I like myself a little more every day.  That may sound strange, but I am more awesome than even *I* realized.

5.  I’m contemplating what to do with my life next.  My job is rapidly approaching a dead end.  Actually, I think I am at a dead end, I’m just keeping my eyes shut tight so I don’t notice just yet.  I’m gearing up to take a huge leap of faith very soon.  Probably before the end of the year.

Lots of irons in the fire, plus plates in the air and all that.  Still tweeting, etc.  Say hi!

Got It!

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On the way home from work last night I got a call from Irish informing me that a package had arrived for me.  I asked from whom and he said “Amazon” so I got very excited.

Yes, the Kindle did arrive last night, and I am in love with it.  I had already “pre-ordered” some books for it.  I’ve got about 133 of them on it so far, and I’ve only paid $1.24 in total for the books.

Currently reading:

Miss Match (it’s a cutesy little Christian romance – free!)

Kama Sutra (downloaded from gutenberg.org and not anywhere as pervy as you might have been led to believe)

I like the voice feature.  I love the portability, the built in dictionary, and being able to make notes.

I also started a free 2 week trial of The Daily Oklahoman.  I got the first issue when I signed up last night and today’s issue was on it when I woke up this morning.  Gotta love that!

And – I’ve already dropped it.  It was a horrible slow-motion sequence involving removing the charger.  I wanted to die, but luckily ’tis ok.  Will be more careful in the future!

Dislikes:  the sound the “next page” button makes when you click it.  That might be annoying to other people, as well.  I only really noticed it when I was reading in bed last night and Irish was trying to sleep.  He didn’t say anything about it, though.  Also, PDFs are unwieldy.

Tonight I’ll spend some time figuring out all the functions.  There has to be a way to copy and paste, yes?

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Happy Easter everyone!

I spent a lot of time yesterday reading up on the Kindle because I am so excited that mine will be here next week.  I have a good friend who has one who is teaching me a few tricks to get me started.

Yesterday when I was looking at the Kindle page on Amazon again, I noticed that the Kindle for Blackberry is now available, and I got excited about it.  When I tried to download it to my Blackberry I was informed that my Blackberry Curve is not a supported device.  Boo!

I only own one ebook as of right now, and it’s The Spark.  I bought it through B&N, and I read it on their ereader on my Blackberry. I *think* I have now got it converted so it will work on the Kindle, but I won’t know until the Kindle gets here!

I did a search on “first book you bought for Kindle” and I don’t know why, but I was amazed at how many different types of books people used as their first purchase.  I was hoping to get some great ideas for my first purchase, and all I got was overwhelmed.

Meanwhile, I was reading some blogs and ran across a couple of Rumi poems and remembered how very much I love Rumi, so I’ve decided that my first purchase is going to be A Year with Rumi: Daily Readings (only the Kindle version).  I will probably download his love poems, as well.

Here is one of my favorites:

Those who don’t feel this Love
pulling them like a river,
those who don’t drink dawn
like a cup of spring water
or take in sunset like supper,
those who don’t want to change,

let them sleep.

This Love is beyond the study of theology,
that old trickery and hypocrisy.
I you want to improve your mind that way,

sleep on.

I’ve given up on my brain.
I’ve torn the cloth to shreds
and thrown it away.

If you’re not completely naked,
wrap your beautiful robe of words
around you,

and sleep.

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