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?