Time for an installment of Thursday Things

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

iPhone 4S is coming October 14. Pre-order online beginning October 7. Available in store at 8:00 am on October 14.


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

iphone with white case on home page

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

computer's silver external hard 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

Caramel Apple Bars

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…

averie taking picture in store mirror with pink purse and mac bag in front of her

To the hair salon..

Averie taking picture in hair salon mirrorExcuse 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

Be present made in the usa blue pants

6. A Cookie Scoop

Cookie ScoopKatie 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

Snickers Bar Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies

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!

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