Month: May 2015

Month: May 2015

New Provider for Cable Television
Writings Sylvia Donlon

My cable bill is terrible right now. I just actually looked a the statement for the first time in a few months, and it was enough to make me sick, like literally sick. I do not know how they think it is okay to charge these bills, but I am going to switch my provider, or something. I am looking at cable-tv.com to see if there are other providers that I might be able to switch to in my area, and if so, what their prices look like.

I definitely want to get digital cable, because my kids would start a riot if we got rid of the digital cable box. I know that for sure. I mean I should tell them that we are getting rid of it, just to see what their reaction would be like. I should film it too, and maybe send it in and win some money. I don’t know if it would actually take the top spot on that show, but I know that it would be close. I think my kids watch too much television, and I will be the first to admit that, but it keeps them out of my hair, so I let them watch it a bit more than is good for them. But it is not like they have free reign on it, they still have limits, and none of them are allowed to watch television before they have finished their homework and also done all of their chores for the day. That is just a house rule and they do pretty good with the rules for the most part. So yeah, I need to figure out a way to keep the cable box without having to pay so much for the services that come along with it. Might be challenging.

Started to Work on Buying a House
Writings Sylvia Donlon

If you want to buy a house I have been trying to figure out how exactly you can do it. Of course I mean the fine details of getting it done are sort of eluding me. I realize that there are some basic precepts, for example you definitely need to get the down payment. Of course I pretty much thought that was the big thing you had to do. However if you visit site here you can see them talk about one of the things I did not know, which is that you need to get home insurance before you can even get the bank to make you a loan on a house. The underlying principle is just as simple and plain as it can possibly be, that being that the bank wants you to give them their money back with interest. Obviously they have to protect themselves from al sorts of things which are not all that likely, but which could happen.

Now for example if you borrow a hundred thousand dollars on a house, you probably intend to have the house. However it is possible that the house could catch fire or there could a hurricane or a tornado or something like a flood. After this event the house might be worth ten dollars, in which case you probably do not want to pay ten thousand times what it is worth to the bank. That is why you get insurance if you are a bank. Of course the chances are that you do not have to worry too much about some biblical disaster flattening your house, but as long as there is a chance you have to protect yourself from it. At least if you are a banker and you are in this business you have to do it.

I Needed to Downgrade My Operating System
Writings Sylvia Donlon

I am a big fan of change. I know a lot of people don’t like it, but that is definitely not me. I know that when things change, that it usually means something has been improved. I am also smart enough to realize that this is not always the case, which is what happened when the operating system that got upgraded on my phone was not to my liking. I wanted to go back to my former operating system until all of the kinks were worked out, so I did an online search to see how to downgrade ios to the previous version.

I knew that there had to be a way to do it, but I had not done anything like that before. I was prepared to spend a few hours to find out how to do it, but it took me just mere minutes to find what I needed to know. The website that I used was extremely informative on how to downgrade my operating system, and it did not take me long at all before I had my phone back to how I liked it. Everything worked perfectly once again, and that is all that mattered to me.

I honestly thought that it was going to take a lot longer to downgrade, but the site I used was both detailed yet simple. I knew exactly what to do because it was not described in extreme technical details. They even had pictures and a video, so someone like my sister, who is not technical at all, would have no problem downgrading her phone either. I will end up using the newer operating system once they have it sorted out, but right now, it just stalls a lot of the apps that I use on a daily basis. Getting my old version back was such a relief so I could use them again!

I Love My New Straight Teeth
Writings Sylvia Donlon

I used to have straight teeth, but over the years, they have become very crooked. Over time, I became very embarrassed of my teeth as a result. I have always wanted braces, but just did not do it for a variety of reasons. But a friend told me I should look for the best Invisalign braces dentist in the area to see what could be done for my teeth. She said that I would be able to get my teeth straightened without needing traditional metal braces on my teeth.

I had never heard of Invisalign before, so I started out by doing a little research to learn more about what this type of orthodontic treatment is. Unlike other types of braces, you are given aligners that can be taken out of your mouth as needed. And best of all, they are transparent, so most people will not even notice when you have them in your mouth.

Excited about the prospect of treatment that would be hard to notice by other people, I began looking for a great dentist in the area who could do the work for me. I narrowed down my options to one particular dental office located nearby, and I found so many people saying great things about the dentist himself. He was friendly and reassuring with me. I decided to let him do the work, and I am happy to say that after two years, I now loved my teeth and smile!

I really liked that I was not forced to keep the aligners in my mouth at all times. I was able to take them out of mouth anytime that I wanted to eat or had a really special occasion where I simply did not want to wear them. The cost was covered by my insurance, and the whole experience has been rewarding.

From Condo Life to Future Wife
Writings Sylvia Donlon

Thanks to a condo that I found at http://www.condogallery.com.sg/city-gate/, I was able to find a place to live, and a woman to love. I moved into the condo after living in a house with 4 other people during my college years. After college, we all went our separate ways in different countries, and I was the only one still living there. I looked for a condo and found the one I currently live in. While living in the condo, I met a girl who was living on the floor below me. We started having casual conversation each day, and eventually we started hanging out.

Our encounters turned into dates, and we became an item. Things between us progressed so much that we became engaged. I proposed to her at a restaurant and got down on one knee in the traditional sense. When she said yes, everyone in the restaurant applauded. Since we were getting married, it made no sense for both of us to live in separate condos, so she moved into mine. We had a small wedding with our closest friends and family members.

Whenever we tell the story of how we met to other people, sometimes it sounds a little corny to them, but we don’t care. It’s not everyday that a person can find the love of their life by moving into a condo. If I had moved into a simple apartment or continued staying in that house, I wouldn’t have found my wife. My wife and I hang out with the other married couples in the condo and they don’t seem nearly as happy as us. I think the reason why we’ve been able to have such a good relationship is because we have so much in common. We never get tired of seeing each other, even if we’ve been with each other all day.

A Pink Selfie Stick is a Great Stocking Stuffer Gift
Writings Sylvia Donlon

I bought my wife a pink Selfie Stick as a stocking stuffer. She uses it all the time. She is an amateur photographer who has a nice DSLR, tripod and other gear. However, it is the smartphone that you have with you all of the time. She keeps the Selfie Stick in her purse. It is not that big, and she uses it to grab stills and video of things she finds interesting throughout her day. She has become an expert at using the telescopic tube that her smartphone attaches too to take pictures.

I have seen her use it to take amazing shots outdoors and indoors. She has one of a nest of baby birds that was on a low branch just out of her reach. The video looks like a camera was hidden in the nest. She does crazy stills and video with it too. The perspective of getting the camera out away from your body for selfies is really neat. She has used it to take pictures of the kids and the dogs. The dogs look at it with curiosity, but they are not afraid of it.

It is just a telescoping metal tube with a foam handle covering and a device to attach your smartphone at the end. This one has a Bluetooth shutter remote as well. We use an app to make it work. Some phones probably have Bluetooth remote capability built into their camera application for video and photographs. You need something to be able to activate the shutter button. Some phones have voice capture capability where you say “cheese” or something like that. I think they all have a 10 second timer built in to take pictures or activate video record. That’s how you use your smartphone camera with a Selfie Stick for taking much better looking pictures and video.

Just Got My First Place
Writings Sylvia Donlon

I have to do a lot of things now, because I moved out of the dorms and now I am living about a mile from the campus of Johns Hopkins University. I am living with a lacrosse player I met playing pickup basketball games with. He is certifiably insane and I do not think I would want him to be my doctor, but I do not think he is going to stick with pre med either. I like him for this because he has money. For instance we are looking at information on Baltimore high speed internet access and I tell him that I can probably not afford the most expensive kind of internet. He shrugs and says that he will put it on his credit card, of course his credit card bill goes to his Dad who is a lawyer in Baltimore and his Mom who is a professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In other words he is not going to leave me hanging when the bills come due, at least not so long as his Mom and Dad still love him.

This is a really big deal, because I have only enough money to pay my share of the bill and my brother has told me about some bad stuff that happened to him and people that he knew at college. You go split expenses with a guy on an apartment, or maybe you share a house with two or more people. So long as everyone comes up with their part of the bills at the end of the month it is all great. In fact it is pretty cheap to live like this if you do it right, but if one person does not chip you are going to be starving or worse you run out of beer money.