Thursday Things

Time for an installment of Thursday Things

1. When I saw an email for this new iphone I got really excited


Well, because I love my iPhone and the camera on it is great, but…


The new iPhone is supposed to have an even better camera

All you need to say is better camera, and I want this phone.

I took the eligibility “quiz” and it seems that November 2, 2012 is the magic date for me for when I could get this for $199.  But, in 14 months, they could have iPhone version 9 out.  Way too long to wait.  Sigh.

Can you say, hello Ebay?  I must source one of these bad boys, asap.  And not at $750 bucks which is approximately the going rate if you’re not currently eligible for an upgrade.  At that price, the camera on my current iPhone is “fine”.  I guess.

2. WordPress Bloggers, back up your blog.  It’s easy.

Install a plugin like this one, and then it will instruct you to go into your “Tools” from your Dashboard, click a few bubbles and the backup will run and will probably take a half hour or so to complete and you can have it saved to your computer, saved to your computer, or emailed to you.

It’s probably not “perfect” and if your site ever did get hacked like I thought mine did…

Or crash like mine actually did…

…Some form of backup is better than nothing.

Backup your blogs!

3. And while you’re at it, back up your computers, too, on an external drive

4. Limited Edition Caramel Tootsie Pops

I found a bag of them at my local Rite Aid this week. And have done plenty of damage on the bag.  Super tasty.  Sort of like butterscotch hard candies but a bit more caramely tasting with that lovely Tootsie center.

I love Tootsie Pops, big time.

And I love caramel anything.

Case in point are the Caramel Apple Bars so it’s no surprise I’m lovin’ the caramel Tootsie Pops

5. These Be Present Mobility Pants in Silver Fox

I just received them and I am in love.

I love the Be Present Mobility Pants in general and have a couple other pairs.

I wear them all the time.

To the mall…

To the hair salon..

Excuse the roots, that was the Before Picture

…And I just wear them everywhere.

They are lightweight, drawstring (hello comfortable!), wash up beautifully, air-dry in a hurry, fold up into next to nothing if you’re traveling, and have deep pockets.

Cannot recommend them enough or say enough awesome things about them.

I’ve raved about them in my Yoga FAQ’s post

And in this post

6. A Cookie Scoop

Katie recommended this cookie scoop to me and in the past I have attempted to use a cookie scoop but the dough has always stuck to the metal and the “releasing” mechanism never really properly released the dough, and I ended up have to use my finger or a spoon to get the dough off the scoop and onto the cookie sheet.  Basically more of a PITA than it was worth.  But I trust you, Katie.  I think I need this gadget in my life

Along with all these gadgets

Uniform-sized cookies are the way to go.  Not even just for “pretty food” purposes but so that bake in a uniform amount of time

So they all get done at the same time and there’s no violations of any Baking Rules, i.e. dry or overdone

I want to make Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies with a cookie scoop

7. The winner of the $25 Manna Bread Giveaway is:

kris (everyday oats) October 5, 2011

Favorite bread of all time…hmmm, this is a hard one! – I pretty much love ALL breads. Whole wheat, brioche, french baguettes, cinnamon raisin, banana, sourdough…you name it, I probably love it! ;)

Congrats, Kris!


1. What are your Thursday Things?  Have you seen anything interesting, fun, or that you’re pining away for?

2.  Do you have an iPhone?  Do you want one?  Anyone planning to get the newest one?

I never thought I’d be able to handle touchscreen.  I still make tons of mistakes when I’m typing and auto-correct is both a blessing and a curse, but my iPhone is light years ahead of my Blackberry and I couldn’t imagine not having an iPhone now.

I don’t use anywhere near what the phone is capable of doing but one thing I adore about it is the camera.  I’d surmise it’s a better quality camera than most other phones have and for me, the ability to take pictures of my day as I am out and about without having to lug a separate camera of any sort (from a small P & S to a huge DSLR) is worth it’s weight in gold.

Other things I love are Instagram, and all the apps that you can download (the picture I used in this post of my phone is old and I have other apps on it now)

I mostly use my Instagram, Twitter, and just check my email/Gmail from my phone

I thought I’d be able to comment on blogs with the the phone and that’s been a bit of a disappointment because although y0u can do it in theory, it takes about 5 minutes per blog to leave even a 10 word comment after you fill in your name, email, your URL, and then type the comment.  Lots of little boxes to click in and out of and fields to fill in, and it’s not practical from a phone, even a smartphone, in my experience.

The other drawback, because of the way Apple protects music, there is trouble interfacing between the phone and my iTunes and having all my music, all in one place between my various Apple computers and iPhones.  I have 3 computers: an old Mac desktop, my new Mac desktop, and my Macbook; and then the iPhone.  And that music is not all synced which is unfortunate because I paid for it.  I own it.  But they have these precautions in place to prevent music pirating.

If anyone knows a way to centralize your music so that all your computers and all your phones are all “current” with all the music you own, I’m all ears.  I have googled this and have talked to the Genius Bar people and I think I am out of luck.  I know others must have this issue too because many of us have an old/new computer or a desktop/laptop plus a phone.  But I digress.

All in all, I love my iPhone.  No plans to switch!

If you have an iPhone, what do you do the most with it?  What features do you love about it?

Keep those Silpat Giveaway entries coming!

53 comments on “Thursday Things”

  1. I love my iPhone. We just got them (and disconnected the landline) and opted to get the old version (3GS old) because it was free with our phone contract :) I’ve never used a newer one so i don’t know the difference and I still love it! Besides Twitter, Facebook, email and reading blogs i am slightly addicted to Words with Friends :)

    I dont know how you can sync all your computers but my husband and I are both able to put the music from one iTunes account onto both our phones with no problem. We even share apps. But we only have the one computer.

    • so you both have the same music, i.e. 1000 songs on each of your phones?

      see when i got my newest iphone, it wouldnt let me sync up anything that I had purchased with my old phone and I was able to get some of my itunes library on the new phone but not all of it. Such a pain, wish I could! I am definitely not re-purchasing all that music, that’s for sure :)

      • I think I figured it out – do you have home sharing turned on? If not here is the link from Apple explaining it. With it turned on you can share your iTunes media library between up to 5 computers or devices (phone, pod, pad)

        We also don’t automatically sync our phones with our iTunes account and instead just drag and drop the songs we want onto our phones (same goes for apps).

        Hope this helps!

      • thanks for the info and yes i do have home sharing turned on…for some reason on my new iphone, it won’t let me sync up all the stuff on my mac/desktop. My options are to remove everything from itunes on my desktop (no way!) or just not have my phone synced up to it (which is what i do b/c there’s no way i am erasing 5000 songs!) sigh.

  2. I am soooo sooo getting the new iphone! i’m running on 3G right now and i def need to upgrade!!! and i just recently found pinterest. oh my new obession!!

  3. I’m totally looking forward to the new iPhone, my 3GS is getting slow! :-P Luckily we’re eligible for it since our iPhones are over 2 years old and have survived the years of abuse nicely.

    Yup on WordPress, thanks for the reminder.

    1. Glass cutting blocks, iPhone 4S, and new winter running gear.
    2. Yes, yes, and yes. :-) I use it for so much, my running GPS, iPod, portably gaming device, email, messaging, research, reservations, and annoying my sister by sending tons of texts to her on her old school key pad cell phone that she can barely reply on. :-)

  4. There is something called home sharing on ITunes. I got my own laptop a year and a half ago after using the family computer for years because I needed it for schoolwork (I am only a high school frosh). I needed this to transfer my library of 500+ songs to my new laptop. In Itunes you go to advanced at the top, and then home sharing. YOUR LIFE WILL BE SO MUCH EASIER! Good Luck!

    • thanks for the info and yes i do have home sharing turned on…for some reason on my new iphone, it won’t let me sync up all the stuff on my mac/desktop.

      My options are to remove everything from itunes on my desktop (no way!) or just not have my phone synced up to it (which is what i do b/c there’s no way i am erasing 5000 songs!)…

      Wish it was as simple as turning on home sharing for me…sigh.

  5. Do you even need to ask what dessert if yours I would bake on a silpat? FLOURLESS. PEANUT. BUTTER. COOKIES. There’s just no other answer!

  6. I don’t have an iphone, but I think I qualify for a free one pretty soon here, so I may get one.

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