Saturday, January 19, 2013

Charge me up before you go go

 Being a gadget girl has it's disadvantages.  Sure I can multitask in a single leap, make my way around the US like Lewis and Clark and keep up with family and friends with a touch of a button.  But without power, I am left in the dark, lost and no way to get a hold of anyone.  So power is of the utmost priority for me.  I am always in search of it and in my house, I am not the only one.

A common conversation in our house sounds like this:

Me:  "Anyone seen my iPhone chord?"
Daughter:  "Oh yeah, I took it because I left mine at _____ 's house."
Me:  "Well, let me have it back, please."
Daughter:  "But I haven't picked mine up yet"
Me: "Too bad...let me have it."

So we spend the next few days passing the cord back and forth. Until....she takes it to her friends house and forgets that one also. (sigh)

Then there is the second scenario.
Daughter: "Can _____ borrow your cord? She is spending the night but needs to get up for work in the morning?"  (note...we have alarm clocks in the house but no one uses them).
Me: "What about me?"
Daughter:  "Mom, she isn't going to take it and she is our guest." (sigh for me teaching her good manners)

Well this past holiday season, I decided enough was enough and I found these 4 way chargers from Brookstone.  I loved them so much that I bought one for each member of my family and my daughter's closest friends.  And as each one opened their gift, I told them to just keep this in your car/purse and you will never be powerless again.  I recently used it on a trip to Fort Worth.  You can charge pretty much any gadget with it and charge them in a variety of ways.  Which is great, since I have to charge my Iphone, my headset and my bluetooth keyboard.

The hotel conveniently had power outlets in the base of the lamps (no getting down on hands and knees and reaching behind the bed for a powersource...thank you Comfort Inn).  I just plugged the power into the base, connected the correct attachment and tada...I am charging.  

But I don't have to plug into an outlet, on the left you can see the car charger and to the right is the USB so that you can power via computer or other USB power source.  But that is not all.  Up to this point, it is pretty ho hum, right?  I mean sure, one gadget to charge several types of gadgets via several power sources, what is the big deal?

The big deal is the 9 volt batter you see in the picture.  You see, if you are not near any power source, can you say airport, beach or sight seeing on vacation, all you need is a 9 volt battery.  9 volt batteries can be found anywhere.  And if you have one, you have power for your gadgets?  Don't believe me?  Well just look.

This is my iPhone being charged by a 9 volt battery.  A 9 volt battery will fully charge your IPhone.  Ok, close you mouth. All of a sudden you know you need this thing.  I bought mine on QVC.  But you can buy it directly from  Brookstone.  

So if you are  a gadget girl (boy) and worried about being unplugged, you might like this gadget.  It does not charge my iPad. (booooo).  But I am ok with that.

So here is a question for you.  If you should lose your phone or it should lose charge, can you call someone?  Do you have any phone numbers memorized?  Are there any phone numbers you should have memorized that you don't?
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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Paparrazi! Paparrazi!

Ok, call me addicted, but right now the flavor of the month, is researching anything photo/video.  Maybe it is my ADHD but I can focus, no pun intended, on a topic for days and consume as much information on the topic as possible. 

Last night I was listening to  Paperclipping Roundtable and Izzy mentioned photojournalism and Rangefinder cameras.  I had no idea these creatures even existed.  So what did I do?  I googled it and read more about it.  According to Digital Photography School a rangefinder camera is great for photojournalism because they allow you to be more stealth when taking a pictures in public or at an event.

Confused?  So was I!  So if you don't feel like you need all the little details of the rangefinder, here are some basic facts.
  1. You use prime lenses only (so you don't zoom etc)
  2. The view finder is not centered above the lens so what you see is not exactly what you capture.  (So don't use it for any closeups)
  3. It has a mechanism on it that allows the user to measure distance between subject and camera.
  4. But for me the best feature is that I can seem inconspicous at family events when I want to take candid pictures.
  5. Ok, Ok....and I love the retro look.
However they are crazy crazy expensive so they don't even make the "want" list. They make my " in your dreams if you ever win lotto" list. 

However, on my journey to find an image for the GIF (iPhone tripod mount...not going into details about excitement is what I have to say next.....

I found this iPhone Rangefinder!  It is an Iphone case that turns your Iphone (sorta) into a rangefinder phone.  You view through off center viewfinder, you can use lenses (you can buy case with lenses or without).  It has a place for straps so you can wear it around your neck.  The bottom has universal tripod mount thingy ( I am still learning my terms). And it is just darn stinkin cute!

The iPhone Rangefinder at the Photojojo Store!

Wear around your neck!

The iPhone Rangefinder at the Photojojo Store!

Choose different covers!

The iPhone Rangefinder at the Photojojo Store!

Some of the other features are a Tripod mount on the bottom, magnetic lenses that attach to your lens, viewfinder and real shutter button.

Oh there is also an app at the app store called View Finder Classic that will calculate distance from subject.  It is 99 cents?  WHAT not free?  No, not free but close to it.

Now this will go on my want list! FYI....I have not been contacted by them or anything.  I just found this product and I wanted to share it.  If you have this, please leave a comment and let us know what you think of it? 

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Monday, January 7, 2013

Quick cupcake tip

Over the Christmas season I had a delimma.  You see, my husband works for UPS, so Christmas is the busiest time of the year for him.  He plays Brown Santa from the Monday after Thanksgiving until 11pm Christmas Eve.  At 11 he hands the reigns over to Red Santa so that Santa can fill this world with magic.

So I end up going to all the Holiday events alone.  :(  One night, while at a friend's house, she served these delicious cupcakes.  I had to share them with my hubby. Which means they had to survive the journey home.  Now, I hate squashed food and my hubby is no different.  We looked around her kitchen for something to pack the cupcakes in to keep them safe.  Cellophane over small paper  One paper plate over another paper  Cute cupcake (let' s face it,  I am the worst at returning kitchen ware.  (The secret is out....letting me borrow something from your kitchen is practically giving it away to me.)  

And then it donned on me...Solo cups.  Did you know that many normal sized cupcakes fit neatly in them?  They do!  And...And...get this...those cups fit in your cupholders in your car.  CAN YOU BELIEVE IT!  So it serves several purposes. 1.  You can only take home as many cup holders you have in your car. (Great if you have no restraint against the yumminess of cupcakes)  2.  Frosting doesn't get squashed.  3. Your hubby gets a nice surprise after spending 14 hours being Brown Santa

Whoda thunk it?

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Friday, January 4, 2013

Where has the year gone?

Can you believe we are already at the first weekend of 2013?  Where did the first few days of 2013 go?  No, seriously, where did it go?  It feels like just yesterday I was thinking, "Man, what am I going to do with 4 1/2 days off of work?"  I started to make a list of projects that I was going to complete, the first one being....take the tree down.  Well it's already the 4th, the holiday is over and the tree is still up and no projects we completed.

To make myself feel better, I am going to say I believe the decor should stay up until Three Kings Day (which is the 6th).  Whew!  Well that gives me until Sunday evening to take down the tree. Besides, my house seems so bare when I take down the decor. Let's face it, I feel confident in temporary decorating that lasts six weeks but when it comes to making decor decisions that should last for years....I'm paralyzed. So that is part of my paralysis by analysis.
Meanwhile, while I work on that, here a video on embossing. I love embossing on pages and cards.  It allows you to add texture to a page or card, without adding bulk.  I hope you enjoy.  Comments are always welcome and subscribe to my channel by clicking the subscribe button.

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