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Before seeing The Godfather II at the Michelob Ultra Cool Film Series at the Victoria Theatre, Beth and Kayleigh decided to go out to dinner (yes, for Beth’s birthday.  Don’t worry, she already knows it’s excessive).  I decided to tag along and they didn’t stop me so we headed to Roost Modern Italian in the Oregon District.  Having only been to Roost for a very yummy brunch, I didn’t really know what to expect for their dinner menu.  I was thrilled that they had so many vegetarian options but sad that they had very little to comply with my diet.  Since I was already there and sitting down and it was such a nice day, I just went for it and had a pasta feast.  It was totally worth it.

We sat on the patio to partake in the ambiance of the Oregon District and among other great things, saw one of my friends from high school sitting in and half out of a window across the street.  Since he couldn’t hear me, I made sure to tell him that we were worried he would fall out of the window via Facebook.  Technology is a wonderful tool for people who worry too much like me.

The weather was perfect for dinner on the patio and I hope we get a chance to go back before it gets too cold to enjoy it.  Since we had late spring weather in March, who knows if autumn will be early, too?

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I love photography but I haven’t taken the time (or expense) to actually learn the skill.  Thankfully, I have an iPhone and some geniuses created Instagram because now I get to produce slightly less terrible photos without knowing anything about photography.  The only problem is some of these photos are really precious to me and aside from this blog, facebook, twitter, and forcing people to hold my phone and flip through my pictures, I don’t have a way to display them.  Ok, so maybe that’s actually quite a lot of ways to display instagrams but unconnected people (like my grandmother) miss out.

Luckily, there’s a whole Internet full of options for printing and displaying instagram photos.  One such website called Image Snap prints your instagrams onto tiles, which makes complete sense since they are also square (how did I not think of this!?).  Ranging in price from $4-$35, these instant art pieces make displaying your creativity, your family, your pets, or anything dear to you that much easier.  I can’t wait to order mine!

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Palm Pixi Plus

After my Palm Pixi shattered, I wasn’t able to use the screen at all but the phone still worked.  Using my awesome research powers I looked up online how to retrieve the data off of it using the keypad.  I was able to pull most of my information off the phone but I didn’t do much with it after that.  Here are some of my favorite pictures from my Palm Pixi, which was in operation from 2010 – 2011.

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I don’t know how late I am to this party but today I discovered this very cool blog called The Burning House – a blog designed to make us think about what we would take with us if our houses caught fire.  It’s supposed to help us reflect on what’s really important in life.  It got me thinking about what I would take with me…

1.  Julia! – Because why get out of the fire if you won’t have a Julia! at the end of it?

2.  Make up bag – I hate to expose the extent of my addiction but there might be a thousand dollars’ worth of stuff in there.

3.  Purse – It holds so much of my life that even when I lost everything in the flood, because I had my purse, I could just move on without even missing work.  In fact, most people at work don’t even know I had a total-loss flood.

4.  Planner – My planner also holds my life, just a more concentrated version.

5.  *iPhone – Because I’ve grown very attached to this little rectangle of joy.

6.  *Husband – Because I’ve grown very attached to this PBR swilling, rock knowledge robot of joy.

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“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart. … Stay hungry. Stay foolish.”

– Steve Jobs addressing the graduates at the Stanford University Commencement, June 2005

There is something particularly humbling and terrifying in the death of a visionary.  We end up asking ourselves, “if he had lived, what else would have been created?”  With his guiding light extinguished, how can we continue to advance?  Will we improve, progress, adapt, and further technology or will we stagnate?

My family has a long running joke about the Jitterbug phone and how odd and insulting  to older people the advertisements were:  “The buttons are so BIG and easy to READ!”  “The ear cushion makes talking on the phone so much more COMFORTABLE!”  But truthfully I always thought it was just a good idea executed poorly.

The truth is, there are a LOT of people out there who would prefer a cell phone that just makes calls – not receive emails, texts, or Facebook notifications.  These people have had an ever dwindling selection of cheap, ugly phones – until now!  John Doe Amsterdam has designed a very cute alternative to the boring feature phone with surprisingly fewer features than ever.

It even has a built-in pen and paper!  Genius!

The Cat Scan is a blog featuring pictures of cats that have been placed on scanners.  The results are often distorted images of pink pawpads, fur, and tails.  So cute, and exactly the kind of thing that’s going to get me through a Monday morning.