Writer’s Workshop: Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

Here are five things (well four things and one event) I’m loving of late

Mary’s Kitchen Appliances This past summer, we bought a couple of new appliances for the kitchen that have made life easier for her. First was an 8-Quart Instant Pot that she uses to make soup and chili and just about anything else in (I think it does great at cooking hot dogs), then a Breville Smart Oven Air that’s a convection oven, toaster, air fryer, broiler and so much more. These have expanded our culinary options and made life much easier for her, and thus for me. We rarely use the stove anymore.

Baseball Is Back! Full squad workouts have started in Florida and Arizona, and preseason games start next week. The season is a little over a month away, and while my favorite teams (the White Sox and the Braves) aren’t expected to do much this season, hope always springs eternal, especially during Spring Training. I once again have MLB Gameday Audio, which gives me the radio feed for all 2,430 regular-season games, plus all the pre- and post-season games. And I’ve just discovered an app that allows me to watch MLB Network free.

My Phone I upgraded my phone to an iPhone 8 with 64GB of memory from an iPhone 4 with 8GB of memory, and the difference is like night and day. It’s faster, for one thing. For another, there’s lots more capacity. I can actually do things on it. Plus, it has Touch ID, which is good because I’m not always having to flip over to LastPass, sign on to that, find the password for the site, copy it to the clipboard, flip back to the application, and paste the password in. I wish LastPass was a little better integrated into iOS applications, but we can’t have everything, I guess.

Musical Options I realized today that, between Spotify and Amazon Prime Music, I can hear just about anything I want to hear. Add in iHeart, TuneIn, and Simple Radio, and I can listen to radio stations around the world. Why would I want to hear a radio station from the Republic of Khakassia, you ask? Why not? It might not be a big deal to you, but fifty years ago, you needed all kinds of specialized equipment to be able to listen to radio stations from the other side of the world. Now you just need an Internet connection and a browser. (And, if that ain’t enough, I can also watch TV from those places via the Internet.)

This Story I saw this last night, and laughed so hard I couldn’t breathe. Some very strong language, which I swear made it that much funnier. And the comments were priceless. I hope you have no trouble seeing it.

What are your five recent favorite things?

20 thoughts on “Writer’s Workshop: Five Things I’m Loving Right Now

    1. Your comment got me thinking about Tim Lincecum, for whatever reason. Guess he left the Giants, spent a year in Anaheim/Los Angeles and sat out last season, now he’s looking for a job, and the Braves showed some interest. A few years ago he was the hottest thing out hhere. Weird how that happens… Longoria’s out there now, isn’t he?

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      1. Yes, we got Longoria and also got McCutchen from the Pirates (my hubby’s other favorite team). Timmy was great and I’ve heard he’s looking to come back. I think sometimes they get in their own head too much and that unglues them. Also, I think he had some surgery and it takes time to come back from that on a lot of levels as well.

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        1. I can see where Lincecum would have trouble coming back after surgery. His mechanics were unique and he was lights out when they were working, and I don’t see why he felt it necessary to change what was working for him. I wonder if it was a result of his impatience to get back to it, but I can’t see the Giants wanting him to come back before he was ready. I know they were using him in the bullpen at one point, and I thought that might help him come around, putting him there for a year and letting him get his rhythm back… anyway, that’s my thought.

          McCutchen should be lots of help. I’ve always liked him. Not as familiar with Longoria, but I’ve heard he’s good.

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  1. My hubby is listening to the first Red Sox exhibition game on NESN plus. I am surprised they are no televising it, it is only the sound on tv- strange.

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  2. This is an incredibly unique and original list! The Instant Pot really got my attention. I am not a gadget girl, but that looks like something I would get a lot of use from.
    I don’t think we have reached a high point in history when the phrase ’emus are not apartment pets’ does not go without saying!

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    1. I had enough trouble with her having a mountain lion.

      Mary used to use the slow cooker a lot more, but is doing almost everything she did there in the Instant Pot. She says temperature control is better, and it’s easier to clean. She gets a lot of use out of it.

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  3. I recently upgraded to an iphone with 64 GB too! What a difference it has made. I was constantly running out of space on my old 8 GB. Loving it!

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  4. Oh, I must look into the Breville Smart Oven Air. The stove we have sucks! We live in an apartment and have issues with the stove, which have been going on for over a year. Maintenance tinkers with it and gives it an okay. Then the problem is back the next day.

    Hooray for baseball!!

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    1. Mary loves hers because she doesn’t have to bend over to get stuff out of it. It’s all at eye level and is big enough to handle a roast but small enough that it doesn’t take all your counter space, and it doesn’t require any kind of different outlet. We love ours.

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    2. Mary said to tell you that she got hers at Bed Bath and Beyond because she had a 20% off coupon, because it’s a bit pricey, and that if you don’t want convection there are less-expensive models. Trust me, it’s been worth every dime, just in lack of aggravation.

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  5. I have never heard of such an oven! Fascinating. So glad you included a link. I am trying to learn more about baseball since my nine year old granddaughter loves the sport. She’s been faithfully watching the World Series since she was a little tyke and whoever she roots for has won each time.

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    1. The oven is a little expensive, but if you get a coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond it’s not too bad. It’s very versatile, and there’s a good chance you’ll never use the big oven after that.

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