Cool Apps I’m Diggin

What are the apps on your phone right now? The answer is just as revealing of your personality as in woe-be-gone-days looking in you purse or wallet. Here’s a list what I’ve been diggin lately.

  1. flashlight — it is what it says; very handy when walking fuzz butt after dark #dawginthehouse
  2. flvto — converts YouTube videos to MP3s
  3. todoist — To do list and task manager
  4. habitica — is a free habit building and productivity app that treats your real life like a game. With in-game rewards and punishments to motivate
  5. level — simple way to track discretionary spending
  6. blender — use when creating 3D animation
  7. pocket — when you want to save longer reads or interesting content for later
  8. vivino — to scan wine lists, bottles in stores, etc. and instantly get ratings, prices, and descriptions (also stores what wine you like)
  9. garden — see a plant, take a pic and find out what it is
  10. shazam — point it at your radio to tell you what the song title and artist playing
  11. podcast republic — to listen to podcasts
  12. mapMyRide — for bicycling to tell me duration, speed, route, calories expended
  13. pacer — to count steps, calories expended, distance
  14. myFitnessPal — to track my food intake and exercise goals (#11 and #12 sync with it)
  15. ebird — bird identification and bird info

Work-Life Balance

Have you heard this yet?

Work. Sleep. Family. Fitness. Friends.      Pick 3.

Randi Zuckerburg (sis of Mark, Facebook fame), call’s this the “entrepreneur’s dilemma” according to her 2011 tweet.  Lately, I’ve seen this written about often.

The concept says a person can focus on three of the five, but can’t give sufficient time/energy/focus to all five.  I agree.  It isn’t a concept that is for entrepreneurs only.  We can’t have it all — something has to give.  And, this three-out-of-five concept is such a concise, simple description of what has been true for me for years.

Out of the five, I pick sleep, family, and fitness.  Believe me; I’m working, but I’m not dedicating extra time to grow a business or putting in exorbitant effort to get ahead in my profession.  Likewise, I have friends but cultivating many friend relationships, has never been my focus.

When I say, I “pick” sleep, family, and fitness, it all has happened naturally, subconsciously — completely without me knowing I was picking.

Sleep. I’m a person who needs a lot of sleep and values sleep over getting up early or staying up late to hang with friends.

Family. I have four kids and while they were in my house, I always said I didn’t have time for friends. Now, that the kids are out of the house, it still is true because keeping up with the lives of grown children, is actually more work.

Fitness. If you would have unexpectedly asked me if I focus on fitness, I’d have said no. However, looking at my time and what I don’t let get derailed with the other two life silos, I pick fitness.

So what three have you picked?



I am the luckiest woman! I have all four of my grandkids within the same metro area as myself and another grandson within a couple of states. A couple of nights tGrandkids_and_me_2017his summer, I’ve had them all stay overnight with me for a sleepover with their cousins. It’s loud, organized chaos.  It’s great to see them fight w/ each other, connive, laugh, cry, and love each other.

See? Luckiest.

– Namaste



So this happened last Friday.

My daughter has wanted to get mom-daughter tattoos for at least the last five years.  We’ve talked about different images and reasons why it should mean something to us. We never pulled the trigger though.

But this seemed right. An orange. On each of our arms. When my daughter was only a little girl, I used to let her stay up and we’d watch ER in bed while we ate oranges. When she eats oranges in bed with her son and daughter, she texts me a picture. I do the same when I am eating oranges in bed.  So a couple of days after she had texted me a picture, she suggested an orange. It was the right thing.

It felt like a bee sting. Electric. Then, after 20 minutes, annoying.

— Namaste