National Coming Out Day

Just wanted to wish everyone a happy National Coming Out Day.

I came out to my family 16 years ago. While I haven’t always felt safe or comfortable with other people knowing who I am things have gotten better over the years. I felt alone in church, at school, in work but felt like the world was changing.

The last few years have been harder. There has been a lot of the ugly side of people come out and anger towards those who are ‘different.’ I still feel like there is a long way to go before people will be comfortable in my city. I fly my pride flag even with some members of the city having their flags stolen.

I am grateful for the progress made for gay rights over the years. I long for the day I meet someone to marry. I look forward to days when the world, country and even my city progress towards a more equal and loving community. It will get better.

Hygge Time

I’m so excited for the fall but am dreading winter. In Utah, the weather is starting to turn cold. It gives me the excuse to start cooking soup, wearing hoodies, lighting candles and drinking warm tea before bed.

The Little Book of Hygge is a fantastic book from Meik Wiking. I read it quite a few times last year and am just starting it again this year as the weather turns. If you are looking for a great book to help you find happiness when everything seems dark and cold, this is the book for you. Let me know how you stay postive and happy as we move into winter.

Meal Prep

I love doing meal prep!  I have been doing meal prep off and on for just over a year.  I recently have built a new home and one of the things I wanted in it was the ability to really spread out and do meal prep.  I am so glad I got it.  I love my island where I can lay it all out.Meal prepThis is one of my recent meal prep meals.  This week I did a couple of scrambled eggs for breakfast.  Yogurt with fresh raspberries as a mid morning snack and taco soup for lunch.  Meal prep is great because I can plan out what I am going to eat for the week, make sure it fits in my macros, run to the store and then get it all done.  It makes the week so much smoother, I feel like I eat better and I save money.




HomePod: Day 1

So I got my HomePod today.  I was disappointed with BestBuy.  I ordered the preorder through them and had a Feb 9 date but it was the ship date.  Setup was super easy.  My iPhone X instantly saw it once it was plugged in and away it went.  The trick with it is the “Home” App.  The HomePod settings all live in there.  I received a call from my grandma on it and the sound was really clear.  It was easy to trade it back off to my iPhone.  It works really well with the room setup I have with my hue lights.  So far, I am really impressed with the HomePod.  I am excited to play with it for the next few days.

WWDC 2015

This week was Apple’s World Wide Developer’s Conference.  I have not attended one of these but would like to in the future.  The event starts off with the Keynote.  I think Apple has found that more and more non-developers watch the conference and they have made the event more entertaining as time has gone on.  In the keynote, they gave a few short demonstrations of the new iOS, watchOS and OS X.  I am excited about the new watchOS, I may decide to try my hand at writing an app in swift since apple will now offer native app support.  I am interested to see how iOS 9 will know when I am in the bedroom, the kitchen, the exercise room etc. as it did in the demo.  I have seen rumors floating around the internet that the new apple tv will be like the base station for homekit and homekit enabled devices will all be hooked into that.  I am assuming that this is true and that siri will be able to turn on home kit devices based on that information.  With the watch demo, they had siri change turn the lights on in the kitchen.  I know some work arounds through ITTT that will allow this functionality, but not anything apple specific.  I am excited for the updates to Safari  on OS X like tab pinning and volume control right in the browser.  I like the side by side functionality of windows as well.  I thought microsoft had a great idea with that and am glad to see it come to a mac with a few upgrades like resizing of the windows automatically and the new windows management abilities.  I look forward to the updates and am sure more announcements will be made before the fall iphone launch.

Live A Better Day Challenge: Earning Awards

Yesterday, I was able to go for an hour long run.  I really enjoyed it.  It was so nice to get out and run.  I ran on a river trail and it was so nice to get away from the commotion and run along the river.  Because I was able to go for an hour, I earned some “Apple Awards”.  One award I earned yesterday was “Move Goal 200%”

Version 2

I kind of like the gamification aspect of the activity app but wish that it had a more competitive feel to it.  It would be fun to compete against friends and family and earn more rewards.  I am sure that apple has privacy concerns as far as comparing health data one person to another but with Jawbone, I was able to compete against my brother.  I imagine with further updates to the watch and more widespread use, these updates will come.  I understand that fitness is a very personal thing and that we are each only competing with ourselves but I also enjoy the drive that comes from knowing that my friend and family are also working at this.  That motivation helps me on days when I don’t want to get out and run.  I have set my own personal goals and am working diligently to achieve them.  I think the use of awards is a nice reminder to push myself to achieve my goals.  The Achievement section of the activity app on the iPhone keeps track of how many times I have received an award as well as the last date that I earned it.  I wish there was more history, but I appreciate the fact that it is tracking at least that much for me and it is a click away to see.