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Almost A Lemon

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Not the car but fun pic.

Almost But Not Quite a Lemon.

When we first made the move to the suburbs from the city, my husband and I prided ourselves on the proximity of our house to public transportation – I took the T into Boston, and it was fine to share a car. We were mobile, young, and both worked outside of the home.

Fast forward to the birth of our first child, my husband was gone all day – most importantly, with the car – and we realized we needed a second car. We went to our local auto dealership with our three month old (always a good idea for maximum focus) and negotiated a deal for a lovely used station wagon with low mileage and a pesky engine light that seemingly always flickered and then stayed on. The dealership promised to fix the light, and while I may have had a fair amount of spit up on my shirt by the time we signed the papers, sign we did.

That night at home during the usual 3 AM feeding, I realized I was concerned about the cost and the dependability of the car. What about that engine light? What if something was really wrong with the car? Would I know or just assume the engine light was faulty? I grabbed a legal pad and began scribbling. Finally, exhausted, I finished my work and baby and I went back to bed.

When my husband woke up the next morning (both baby and I were still fast asleep), he found a three page analysis of why we should buy out the lease of our existing car instead of the station wagon with the wonky engine light. It was in a Pro/Con format (as I was taught, thank you Dad), and I even ran numbers. And because I never run numbers, or even really, make lists, my husband knew this was serious. Pretty much I had reasoned that our existing car was a known entity with a known record, and the newish car a sort of scary unknown vortex of breakdowns and hefty repair costs (this was before sites like CarFax, people).

My husband agreed with me and while we were a little embarrassed (well, I was), we cancelled the sale of the car (which you can legally do – here is the info) and bought out the lease of our car.

That car ran like a top and was great until we had two little ones, a more often than not messy dog, and needed more room, and we finally did end up with a station wagon (named Mommy Car) IMG_0758which I drove for the next eleven years. So my #switchersremorse was buying a car and then un-buying the same car within 24 hours. You can change your mind. Sometimes it’s easier than you think.

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A Highlight Reel with My Motorola Droid

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device (a Motorola Droid)  at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

 

Yes, I am making movies now – well, more like a photo slideshow but it’s cool, right? Maybe it’s watching my kids so easily create videos (okay, one is a film student so I do have in-house tech support if needed), maybe it’s because it’s fun to put music and images together, and maybe because it is now so easy to do!

I went to a blogger lunch last week at the Tuscan Market (in Salem, NH – there’s one in Burlington, MA I’m going to visit next), and wanted to share the amazing food and atmosphere. Usually when I write a post, I make a photo gallery or post still images but I sort of accidentally stumbled upon this feature and was intrigued. And it was incredibly easy to do using my Motorola Droid. Really, I’ve always been a little shy to try making videos (high expectations here and all that), but I found the Android phone really intuitive to navigate on my own. Sure, it took a few tries to get the first video the way I wanted it (four attempts, to be exact but mostly because I was fussing with the length and the music), but I made the second video below in under two minutes and it was so much fun!

8 Easy Steps to a Video

1. Go to Camera Roll or Gallery

2. Select photos

3. Tap the box to create a Highlight Reel (next to the Google Mail box)

4. Add the Title

5. Choose Movie Length

6. Choose Quality (HD available)

7. Select a Song from available downloads (or check No Music)

8. Save and Share!

 

I’ve found lots of fun features on this phone but this is my new favorite. Get ready for more highlight reels! #VZWBuzz #VZBoston #sponsored

 

 

 

One of my favorite things…my Droid Turbo

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

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Flowers at the grocery store reminding me that Spring is near

 

I love to find things. I even have a category in the header of this blog: Finds – Chic and Geek – sometimes it is clear that it’s one or the other but sometimes there is crossover… like with my new Motorola Droid phone. It’s both awesomely geek and chic. Gorgeous, easy to hold, and sharp looking (I get asked about it all the time while I’m out and about) and it also has a state of the art camera (21-megapixel) and screen (5.2-inch Quad HD) that takes fantastic pictures that makes me look a little a lot more skilled than I am …and that’s always good.

So while I’m out finding new finds – new restaurants, shops, exhibits, galleries, artists and activities… I’m generally snapping pics. My family is so used to me making them wait to eat so I can get a quick pic that my kids grab what we call my big phone, and even take a few pics for me.

 

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Baking pic

 

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An easy weeknight dinner pic

 

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A salad pic (Vine Brook Tavern in Lexington,MA )
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Love this flatbread pic (also from Vine Brook Tavern)
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Salmon on a greens pic (Legal Seafoods in Dedham, MA)
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The crystal clear display of my Motorola Droid with some more gorgeous pics

So I’m looking forward to discovering even more fun finds and sharing them here! Heads up – I’ll be taking tons of pics for Newton’s Festival of the Arts in May!

 

Connecting with Word Games #VZBoston #VZWBuzz #ad

Disclosure: As a Verizon #VZWBuzz #VZBoston Lifestyle Blogger I’m a member of a pretty cool team of influencers who share information about mobile living. I was provided a device at no charge and compensation for my participation. There has been no editing by a third party, nor any promise of positive feedback. All opinions are my own.

I have always loved words. And…I talk a lot, read a lot, and even used to read the dictionary for fun. Oh, yes. Word games, crossword puzzles and jumbles (the Boston Herald’s best feature) are a blast. My (ahem) slightly competitive family used Scrabble® to pry me away from a book (Monopoly® just didn’t have the same appeal) by saying something about needing another player – not because I had mad skills or anything.

And while I love words, I am sorely lacking in strategy skills – yes, even very young children can beat me at checkers and chess is quite out of the question. So maybe I should hone those dormant skills? Good idea, but how? Well, while playing on, I mean, researching the features of, my Motorola Droid phone,  I discovered a ton of fun word games in Google Play. Hmmm…games…games with strategy?

Words With Friends – I had forgotten how much I like this game and rediscovering it meant reconnecting with friends and family members. Sign in through Facebook, and friends who already play are listed, you can invite friends, and there are also community matches. My game is a little rusty and, as previously confessed, short on strategy, but it’s fun to play and find obscure words that somehow glean the most points. Added bonus – you can write notes back and forth during your matches. Love the tag line “May the Best Friend Win”. Free.

 

 

Classic Words is a great game you can play solo if it’s not your turn (and maybe you are tired of waiting). Don’t be a nudge, play a round of Classic Words. You play the computer and the response time is super fast and a great way to hone your skills for when it is your turn.

 

 

 

The oh-so-aptly named Word Crack. Seriously, yesterday I had to put the phone in another room so I could get some work done. But then I pretend it’s good brain training to stave off the aging process, and it’s free. So, it’s all good.

 

 

 

aa – which you would think is about words but isn’t – it just looks like it. This is another good game for keeping the brain refreshed and strategy (yes, it appears random but there is a timing sequence to this – just try it once or twice and you’ll get it. Also free. There are also tons of strategy games if you click on the chess piece (I haven’t advanced to those yet).

 

 

The best place to find even more words …in Books (here’s the list of free books). Since the PBS show, Sherlock, does not come back for awhile – I’m reading (and in some cases re-reading) the Arthur Conan Doyle books to hold me over until the next season. I might also revisit some Bronte and Dickens – this is a great way to reconnect with old friends in books or to read some classics that you think you should have read already.

 

 

Of course, an even better place to connect with friends is in real life, and last week we did just that when a group of us got together at the Verizon Destination Store (745 Boylston Street, Boston) to play another favorite game…The Amazing Race!

A group of bloggers and their families signed up as teams but I was solo (the family was in all directions that day), so I gave a shout out for a teammate. The intrepid, and always fun, Lollie Weeks (The Fortuitous Housewife), bravely volunteered, and the impossibly incredible Kim Tolander (KimWorld) volunteered to be our virtual teammate for moral support.

It was cold, it was snowy, but we were excited! We were handed our assignments, a team number (15) and red bandanas for team spirit. Our task? To take group selfies at locations throughout the Back Bay and get back to 745 Boylston Street first.

Challenge accepted!  We grabbed a pic in the well-stocked Selfie Booth (and tried out an awesome selfie stick) in the very cool Verizon Store and then hit the streets. I have to credit my fast-moving partner for absolutely booking it from place to place – she didn’t even stop to add a description to our Instagram pics but spoke into her phone while we were running!

Despite incredibly stiff competition (really the times were only a minute apart) – Team 15 won! We ran into friends along the course and back at 745 Boylston Street, too – What a fast-paced adventure! The we explored the different areas of the store – playing with music at the Amplify It zone and trying out games at the Having Fun zone. There was so much more to do but Lollie and I had more running around to do! We made a coffee and tech date with Kim and we’re heading back soon.

Thank you, Verizon, for a super fun day with friends both old and new, and a chance to explore the new Boston Verizon Destination Store.

 

 

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