you would NOT BELIEVE how practical this is! #14 will blow your mind.

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My TOP 15 list of incredibly practical pro-tips that will destroy any apple-chic sensibilities!

1)  Carabiner key-chain, attached to your belt-loop
2)  A phone case that attaches to your belt loop (actually, anything to do with belts and belt-loop accessories are a good idea)
3)  ACTUALLY FILLING your cargo shorts’ pockets with cargo
4)  Wearing a hat and taking the stickers off of it
5)  Socks and sandals.  Because, comfort.
6)  IF you have a smart TV, you don’t need an apple TV
7)  iTunes isn’t the only online music obtaining option
8)  If you don’t wanna carry a wallet, put your dolla billz in your SOCK
9)   Rubber boots are TOTALLY fine to wear on a date if it’s raining (if you don’t have rubber boots, just get a bag and an elastic band, and put the bag over your shoes and elastic-band em to seal it to your ankle.)
10)  Wearing a hat and curving the brim gives better sun-protection
11)  Cardigans are dumb, wear a sweatshirt for optimum warmth
12)  Wear those sunglasses that go over your existing sunglasses that cataracts patients have to wear
13)  TOMS shoes fall apart at an ALARMING rate.  Just sayin’.
14)  Fanny packs are actually super practical, tourists have no problem with them
15)  U2 isn’t the first band to give their music away for free, you can actually find a LOT of awesome music for free (legally) with a simple google search.

Well, the iphone 6 is chocked full of new features my android phone apparently already has (although i didn’t know it).  IF there is one thing apple is good at doing, it’s taking existing ideas and making them seem earth-shattering and exclusive.

EDIT- oh, i’m still gonna get that free U2 album.  Free music!~  yay!  (although, I use ad-supported Rdio, so… more free music!)

 

Coffee: my parental lifeboat

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My house is an average of 100 times louder than it was before we had Josie.  Coffee-dog is also much louder, as she is jealous of the attention Josie gets… and this is where the Coffee-drink comes in!

Here is my pro-tip (as if i’m a pro haha) to new parents, and parents to be!  have earplugs and coffee (the drink) on hand!  Earplugs to dull the noise, and coffee-drink to dull your headaches and keep you awake and alert!  Besides tasting good, I like to think of coffee-drink as borrowing energy, which will be important, as you will have NONE.  Some day, maybe nature will demand you repay all of the loans you’ve taken from the coffee-drink-energy-bank, but that day is not today!  Volume over-exposure and energy depletion are a battle we fight today and count the cost of later.  I am not good at writing math formulas, but if I were to speak it, i’d say it’s something like this:

The exponential decay of your energy level is directly proportional to the exponential increase of the volume level at your home.

Using this formula, you can set up parameters and determine how much coffee-drink it will take to bring your mind back to safety, should the volume/tired levels cross unacceptable thresholds!  As your energy goes down and the volume goes up, more coffee is required to bring those levels back into standard operating parameters.  Keep in mind, the amount of coffee required to get the levels back to normal is ALSO exponential, and because you will some-day have to pay back the coffee-drink-energy-bank, it is best to be in a constantly caffeinated state so that you don’t have to binge on coffee to catch up.