Double Digits. Do you remember when you turned 10 years old? I remember that it seemed like a big deal at the time. I had lived through my first decade. I never had any real big parties for my birthday, it was in the summer, and I lived outside of town. I remember the day I found out in grade one that my phone number was long distance and nobody wanted my phone number to call me. That broke my little six year old heart. I didn’t understand what it even meant at the time, except that none of my new friends wanted to call me because of my phone number.
I am still feeling a bit out of the loop in the modern world. My household budget does not have room in it for a cell phone. I don’t NEED it to survive, I am getting along just fine without it. However, I work in the industry, and it is hard to not want to be connected in the land of text messaging as it happens, literally all around me every day.
I don’t want just a cell phone when I finally get the go-ahead from my hubby to get one. He manages our household budget, and I am eagerly awaiting the day when I can make plans for purchasing things like the next pet we bring home, 2 cell phones, attending an event that I really want to go to, my next bottle of wine, and a second car. For now, we make ends meet, and we work hard to get what we can within our budget.
One of the most important features for me when I finally do get a cell phone will be to get one with a really good camera. I use Pixabay and Canva as resources in most of my blog pictures. The picture above was actually taken by me with my Olympus 2.8 x Optical Zoom 5.0 Megapixel camera. I try to get good quality pictures with it, but sometimes they are a little out of focus because I am not a photographer. I will need a camera that is so advanced that it makes me appear to be a good photographer so that I can feel more confident about sharing my own pictures here and on my website. I am still working on that project in the midst of everything else, and I have a lot of the planning done in my head, just not executed on the internet. It will happen. I am going to plan a launch for it, and I hope that all of my current followers here will follow me and the blog to my website.
The other thing a cell phone is going to need for me to consider purchasing it is an ease of transferring the pictures for storage on my computer. I need the phone and computer to be able to work together. As I have a PC, I am guessing I may have to go with an android phone. I do know that there are many opinions out there about cell phones, and I would love to find out more information on which ones have the best cameras, work well for listening to music, and are easy to get to talk to my computer. It also needs to be reliable and wants to be easy to use. I have not yet owned a smartphone, and I am impatiently waiting for the day that I get to share my digits with my friends and family. It would be useful for blogging in my spare time, too, or checking out how the blog looks on a smaller screen.
With the recent change in Canadian Laws regarding unlocking cell phones, I am less restricted by what phone I can get, as I can use it with any Canadian carrier, including the company I work for; if I decide to go with that company. I am not as concerned with what provider I choose as I am about the camera. So I pose the question here: What cell phone would you be getting if this was your decision, with these requirements in mind? I know there are some people out there that are fiercely brand loyal, and that is OK, but if you only buy one type of phone, it may be harder for you to be objective in answering this question.
Double digits. Phone numbers. Megapixels. Optical Zoom. It all goes back to numbers. Which I am not all that crazy about. I am passionate about writing, and in the Blogging world, a good quality picture can mean the difference between someone choosing to stop and read your article or not. Blogging is something I am still fairly new at, but I know it is something that I enjoy. I will keep working with the tools I have until I can purchase something better. So, I ask you, Treasure Seekers, what would you be spending your gold on if you were in my shoes?
If you are following my blog, you will know what I was up to yesterday, already. I will not go into the same story again, but it is still on my mind, of course.
Friday night had me decide to have a bottle of wine. It was a red wine, and it was truly terrible. I did not enjoy it at all, and will never buy it again. I thought about pouring it down the drain, but being half Scottish, I drank it instead of wasting it. The new wine glass (a 1 Litre Thundermug) fit the 750ml bottle nicely, and I sipped at it all evening. There were a large number of descriptive flavours on the label, but none of them shone through. It was muted abundance if that makes any sense. Hmm. If I ever make wine, that might be what I call it, but instead of being watery, and too many flavours, I will find a way to take a subtle flavour and enhance it. Muted Abundance. Well, at least I got something good out of the experience!
Roy had decided he was up for making tacos for supper. I think I should warn you that horribly bad red wine does NOT pair well with tacos. I doubt red wine ever pairs well with tacos. Had I known where the evening would have ended, I might have chosen to drink some of Susan’s tequila instead. Hindsight is 20/20. We then sat down to watch The Orville together. Roy had no idea what I was putting on the TV, but we rather enjoyed it. The obvious jokes were funny, and it was a show with a spaceship. We will see if it keeps us laughing, that was the pilot show. I had my bottle of G2 (Gatorade) chaser when I finished the wine and while I was eating my tacos. I can say that I had no hangover (yay!) but must confess to a night of uncomfortable indigestion.
Saturday was written about yesterday. However, after the event, we went out to supper with Andrew and some other friends. We had a nice meal, and the conversation did steer around Star Trek Discovery and The Orville. After that, we went to play pool at Dooly’s for an hour or two. While we were there, a Beatles song came on. I felt it was a message from Susan, as we were there with Andrew. “Paperback Writer” played, and it made me feel like we had her blessing to be spending time together as friends. It also told me that I need to get serious about writing if I am going to get my Fantasy Trilogy done. I was a little sad that Susan wasn’t able to be with us, but also felt that in a way, she was.
Here I am on Sunday, writing from The Second Cup, in Fredericton New Brunswick, Canada. I have to pass some time before going to buy fish food. We are out, and the fishies like it when we feed them. (No, they didn’t go without, we just need more.) As I am in the same part of town where the store is, it made sense to park in a cafe with my laptop, have my breakfast, and write. I am so happy with this laptop. I just had a brief discussion with the city mayor about the wi-fi signal here. I am in the front corner, far away from the counter, and I suspected that if I was closer to the back of the cafe the signal would be stronger. The Mayor confirmed this, as he is using his phone, and was moving through the cafe to find out if the signal changed. It did. For my purposes, it is a Sunday, and I decided that the location was more important than the speed of my internet connection. With a little patience, I am able to do what I need to do. It is a lesson in patience when the internet is slow, no matter where you are, or what you are working on. Today, I have decided to pace myself and make the most of my day, as tomorrow is another Monday.
Once I finish my errands, I am going to go prep cook and bounce the house. I plan to have a skype date with my cousin this evening and will be catching a live webinar this afternoon. I am hoping to meet up with a friend today, actually, there may be two friends I need to see, now that I think about it. So even though it is a day that I do not want to rush about to get things done, it will be packed full of many things that need to get done.
Wow. I am winning this weekend all over the place. I have so much going on, and I wanted to write to share some big news with you all. Big news. First I need to give you the rest of the story.
Friday night is a distant memory. I am still floored by the fact that when I checked my Blog on Friday, that I had 930 followers. I know there are more now. This little Blog that could (it is my nickname for this blog and a title I have used for a story on the blog) is just amazing. I am so thankful that there are people that take time out of their busy lives to read what I am writing. It gives me such a rush! It confirms that I am on my way as an author, and inspires me to keep going.I worked so hard on Saturday, I don’t even remember what else I was up to on Friday. Saturday was the start of something new. And big. Did I mention big? It’s huge.
I am in the process of building my own website. I took the leap, and have had a lot of friends want to help. I am working on leveling up! It is good to know that people support me and want to help. Technology is not my passion, but I am asking questions and trying new things all the time. It is still a lot of work, but now it is a little more familiar than the first time I started this blogging adventure.
I needed to schedule time away from the computer this afternoon. I was so focused on the new website yesterday that I spent all of Saturday online. I am thinking Saturday might be needing a new definition for me. It hasn’t been chore day for several weeks. It is hard to tear myself away, but necessary. If I don’t make time for prep cooking and cleaning, the week will be expensive and messy. So I am going to take a break from the computer today and get some other things done.
Before I left, I decided to try and start a movement this week. I called it #ShareYourLoveSunday and I made a graphic to go along with it. What do you think?
The goal is to start a discussion, based on love, positivity and good news. I have had a few people join in, so maybe I am starting to learn more about turning things around, and shaking things up in a good way. If you want to participate, leave a comment here or on my Tish’s Treasure Seekers Group on Facebook or @Tish MacWebber on Twitter. I wanted to start something small that could have a big impact. If you choose to join the facebook group, why not take the extra three minutes to join the Tish’s Treasure Seekers Birthday Bling Club? There is a form with 5 required questions and one optional one. I will be checking progress later on. For now, onward with the things that I don’t want to do because I need to do them, and also so I can get back to working on the things I want to do. What are you doing this weekend?