Digital Subscriptions Worth My Keeping

Well, here you have it. Here is my digital subscription list. I do have one correction to point out that I just noticed this morning that I have my Blog Domain charge on there twice! I need to remove that.

I feel better now that I have a list. This does not include anything George and I have together, like Netflix, or Comcast. It’s just mostly my personal digital type subscriptions. Of course it does not list my cell phone itself or anything like that. And I don’t think I have any other ongoing subscriptions through apps. That I can recall! This does not include an app that was bought with a one time charge.

I just wanted to have a list of things that I use. One needs to know these things! I need to give it to George so he can stop these if something happens to me too! Eventually they would stop anyway when the credit card expired. lol

I stopped my Evernote premium subscription.

It was a pretty hefty price per year and I stopped it barely in time. I had already been charged the subscription in our bank account and supposedly it’s been reversed/credited back. I was told it was. I need to check with George to make sure. I want to say it was $87 or $97 – it was close to $100 per year. I needed it when I was doing the “side hustle” so I could have files with me on the go and on all devices so I could do the business in little sections of time on the go. Then I forgot about it. So I got rid of those files as if you had over a certain amount of storage, it would make you go premium. I had spent hours building Evernote and thought it was free until I reached a maximum and basically out of frustration had paid the subscription as I was deep into the organization of my files. This was such a money suck of an adventure to do the side hustle. I made money, but I spent more trying to get myself organized. Anyway I’m going down rabbit holes here which is what I do best! lol

Are all these subscriptions necessary or justified?

I’m going to say yes! When I look at what my goals are, what my entertainment is, my social life, my other expenditures, what I’ve given up this year —-YES!

For about $91.46 a month with my quick calculations I have enough to keep me wildly entertained and able to create, listen, learn and do most anything my heart desires, except for RVing of course, LOL.

I have what I need for the videos, for my entertainment during work commutes, the ability to listen to any song ever and download into my library if I wanna, as long as it is in iTunes. My social life basically sucks right now. Our life has slowed down tremendously, even though we manage to keep ourselves busy regardless. But point is we don’t go to concerts, movies, and quite frankly don’t go out to eat as much. I have also given up mani’s and pedis for a year. Gave up coloring my hair every couple of months! Even gave up hair cuts last year. I’m back on with those though but no coloring! Still only do mani’s on the occasion here and there instead of dropping the bucks on that every 3 weeks. And pretty much pedi’s only in sandal season and a periodic once a winter foot softening excursion around Christmas or January, lol.

So after consideration of all I’m doing, all I’m saving and what I’ve not been doing – I’m actually ok with this list. I’ve reviewed it’s necessity in my life and determined these things above can stay!

I do think we need to look at Comcast. I think we are paying for some things we are not using and need to right size it. And before retirement (4 years away, though) we need to look at cell phone bill again. I think we pay more for that than we really need, in fear we’ll go over. We need to look at our history and make that call. I probably use way more cell phone service though as I don’t have to think about switching to our home internet as we can use what we want(we are maxed out in coverage), so that will not be a good accurate thing to look at usage.

So what is CANVA?

I can use it for so many things. I can get graphics, gifs, jpgs, and create things for most any social media or blog posts. I can create phone wallpapers. And now they even have animation in your creations. I can download it without a background and can overlay it on videos. I can use it similarly to create graphics – almost as good as Paint Shop Pro, but not quite. It quickly serves my needs. I should use it more than I do if I had more time to be creative. I can use it on the go and across multiple devices. There is a free version but like most any other app – the premium gives you the services you want, and the free was annoying as the best things you like will be premium and it was always reminding me I didn’t have premium. After like the 10th photo I wanted and couldn’t have, and trying various other time consuming ways to get a background removed – I finally bit the bullet! lol lol lol. And I’m not going back. I love CANVA!

Epidemic Sound?

It has all the songs I can use royalty free on YouTube and other social media. They have me covered so I don’t get dinged with YouTube. They have so many songs on there and it also drops it into your iTunes as well once it’s downloaded. I guess that is an apple thing. It just appears in there somehow. It also has sound effects. I’ve been so happy with it. My only complaint is that their website was so pretty and then they made it all black! I don’t love that, but that is really a very minor thing as it’s content is amazing and the way it is laid out.

Tube Buddy?

I haven’t had time to do a lot of the learning on this one, but it has been critical and helpful in many ways especially with the Thumbnail for YouTube and also the End Screens. It also can help with analytics and key words. I’ve not had time to learn and play but I really want to. It’s on the list. I’m using it enough that I don’t want to go backwards to drop it. I recently found I have to be on Chrome and not Safari, as far as I know. Safari is safer on a Mac and Chrome has its deficiencies from a security standpoint. When I switched to Safari I lost my Tube Buddy. Drove me crazy trying to find it. But Google said it was extension on Chrome. Went to upload my video on Chrome and yep, there it was! Whew! I thought they had cancelled me. I was really confused. It doesn’t take much to get me confused either. Tube Buddy can help and I can use it more when I have time to learn.

Audible?

Well, I just really like having these books I can listen to when I’m on the road or stuck in traffic. I will likely drop this when we retire. I have so many actual books I will have time to read then. Even if we travel some, I will like the actual books better. Even RVing full time or in loops, I wouldn’t listen to them, but would prefer a book!

Apple Music and Apple Storage

As mentioned, any song, any time. I like the new song suggestions. This keeps me entertained quite a bit. I listen to music often, especially in my ear phones at work when I’m doing low level concentration activities. Not ever while doing payroll! Unless it is rain or ocean or monotone type stuff. And the storage for me was one of those “oh my gosh I’m so over this file project” after hours of trying to get my files organized I needed more space in the cloud to protect my working files for the videos so I gave in and upgraded out of convenience. I was hours invested in the project and now don’t have to worry about it anymore. lol. Plus George wants to do Garageband and it sucks the space!

Word Press Blogging?

Well that goes without saying. It’s long been determined that is worth it for me! It’s how I can live my life! It’s my therapy, it’s my photo album, it’s my journal, it’s my social life, it’s a lot and I’d be lost without it. It’s worth the extra for the perks I get for paying premium. I get bigger choices of skins to use for the domain, I get help if needed, a few behind the scenes perks, and bigger storage of photos and such. It was clear that a premium service was the way to go for me.

Domain?

It’s so much more fun to have “your own domain name”. Easier for people to find too without having to add “dot WordPress” or whatever to the title. That was gift I gave to myself a while back.

So I’ll keep all of these and I won’t feel guilty when I work Full Time, don’t have much of a social life, and have given up a lot of my costs. Now that I have done this exercise though, it feels like it’s a little more in control. I don’t pay the finances as George does. He doesn’t know what all this stuff is really I don’t think so I just needed to reconcile what I’m doing and make sure that I’m not being charged for things I don’t use. I will give him this list so if he sees anything come through other than this he needs to ask me about it.

OK I gotta get off of here and get into work!

I loved how the computer looked yesterday! Love this flight scene! And leaving you with Little Roo and his tummy time from day care yesterday! Apparently according to his Mom, he is going to be a social thing. He loves the interaction with others and it is making him sleep better. He is having a good time! This is making his Mom and Dad happier and less worried.

OK over and out!

Friday Morning Thoughts on COVID-19 through Coffee and Music!

So it’s Friday and that brings a source of glee that the other days do not. Right now Friday’s and sleep are “where it’s at“. Oh, Friday’s and Sleep and Weekends, can’t forget those.

And the coffee sure is good this morning.

So Day 2 of the Social Media experiment. I didn’t miss it at all and really didn’t even think about it. The only time I thought about it was when I saw the red numbers on my phone building. I have 152 notifications and 3 Instant Messages all unread and unlooked at. No bother. Nothing I’m itching to get back to.

My mind is a little blank right now as I type this. My thoughts are on the next video which I have worked on this week filming some. I don’t want to really tell you what all I’m working on. I’m getting some B Roll shots, which as I was telling someone – the B Roll shots are actually my favorite parts. I guess that makes them A rollers huh?

My mind is also on the COVID-19 which we can’t get away from it seems. It was nice that people were starting to get out and economy back open. We all kinda new it would surge back up again, but being the hopeful spirits we try to have, we DID get our hopes up thinking that we would go back to somewhat of a normal even though inching there. With the numbers surging, it has a lot of us thinking we are all just going to get it and then most of society will have the antibodies and then we can go on. But no, just when your thoughts are turning positive again, a study comes out about how the antibodies only help for a little while. So what? You could get COVID-19 over and over again? That study was from China so not sure I buy in. And what? So all the ones who are anti vaccine will change their mind and get the vaccine and then we will have who knows what in our bodies and then there are those rumors about putting things in our bodies that make you obedient and all that. Whaaaaattttt? Can we just go dig a hole already?

I watched a YouTube sailing couple’s show yesterday. It showed up in my YouTube suggestions. And the lady had just lost her spouse to COVID and was trying to figure out where to go from here. She didn’t want to sail by herself and was not sure she could. But she didn’t want to sail her boat. So she is hoping for a crew to sail with. It’s just so sad. I felt so bad for her.

So I go from thinking the loss of life is a small percentage and we all have a good chance of survival and then you hear of something like that – that just makes it more real. If they could just figure out how to cure/fix it for sure. Once on ventilator they say the survival rate is low.

So these are unfortunately where my thoughts are today. Just discouraged that the COVID-19 will be here forever – or at least longer than we want – we have already surpassed that point. I DO however, KNOW that people are smart and will figure all this out. It’s just hard to know what to believe.

I was thinking yesterday – do I know anyone that has even had this? No I don’t. Just random things like yesterday’s videos here and there where people have talked about it. All these people getting sick and you hear more of the numbers than you do any data from those who are ill. Do you all personally know of anyone that has had it? I suppose soon we will as the numbers grow.

I’m struggling a bit still. And yesterday was VERY Long despite being busy at work. I watched the clock all day. I think about COVID-19 a chunk of the day while I’m working. I try to listen to music and it brings consolation.

I made a note to share this song with you all as this song meant a lot to me. It’s beautiful. It’s a video/song by Bruno Merz. I love the part where it says “Everything will be Alright”. I needed that! I feel sometimes as if God himself picks my music line up. I truly DO believe He has the power to do that.

I enjoy food and it brings consolation. Talking with friends brings joy. Working in my office at home brings complete happiness. 😉

I know that Everything Will Be Alright. I’ve never been one of patience. God is certainly teaching that. We just have to keep finding the positive sides to everything. Find the good parts of the day. And today the joy comes from the fact that it’s Friday and two whole days to bless our homes and work on things we love to work on.

God is in Control. We that love Him and Know Him are in His hands. So go on and enjoy the coffee, your meals today (yum), your music line up, and give each other a cheer and a prayer with your coffee cup held high!

We will get through all of this eventually! Under HIS wing!

Oh and….we have a Dust Plume coming! :-O. But the murder hornets have held off for now!

Thursday’s True Colors

I’ve not had any Greek for a while now. I decided yesterday on a whim to use Uber Eats to order lunch. It’s a lot of food and typically I’m miserable after. But it’s so darn good. I decided to split it in half and eat half yesterday and the other half for lunch. That was a good portion. I enjoyed it so much. I don’t do Uber Eats very much, but on some days it’s really convenient. However, usually twice the price for delivery fees and tips.

I bought a couple of masks for George from my coworker. She has given me several free but I said I would buy some if she had masculine ones. She does such a good job and hers are so comfortable. The reason I’ve been gearing up on the masks (I have some ordered on Amazon) is that I get the feeling that mask requirement is going to become mandated. And sure enough our county it became mandated yesterday. And of course my masks have not arrived yet. I’m sure they are on a slow boat from China even though it says they are shipping from the US. Interesting when you look at the tracker it shows “shipped from CA”. However – normally you can see “scanned at this location” and then “scanned at that location” but there is no activity. So I am sure they are coming from some out of USA location and before it gets there it keeps just saying “Shipped from CA”. Once it arrives in CA from China or wherever, I guess it will start showing the scans. Does this not just get your gizzard? It says US seller. But I guess that is true. It’s still coming from overseas somewhere, lol. So that is pointless to say that. It needs to say US Manufacturer. I’ll be more specific next time I order. When I order Prime, I really want to get it in a couple of days as that is the service I’ve paid for, for prime. Grrr. Anyway we sit and wait but in the mean time he has these.

I texted him to tell him I bought these yesterday. No response. Am I the only one that their husband won’t respond to texts? Had I been any other person he likely would have at least responded something. I asked him about it and he said he got them but had nothing to say. I said “thank you” would have been appropriate. (??????). And so there you go. My life. May as well have been texting the neighborhood groundhog.

Things like this do not help the pysche. But then again I guess it is why I am here. Someone is reading, listening, and usually will respond. I think I’m a words of affirmation girl and I rarely get them. Heavens to Betsy I might get the big head and think I was someone important or worthy of existing. Anyway, he may hang the darn things from a ceiling fan if he wants. But I have done my part in trying to looking out for him to keep him alive, well, and from getting a citation or whatever they will be doing for enforcement. I do understand people get busy and forget to text back. But his wasn’t that reason. Maybe he thought he’d thank me later. Yeah we’ll go with that one.

Here’s our meals for the week. We eat well. I cooked spaghetti last night while he went to the store. We have a list on the right to “choose from” in the coming days. At least Eating is something we do well together. No problems there. We do manage to email back and forth on that at least. I guess it’s the subject matter that gets the attention. Food does the trick. It’s worthy enough to communicate about. Masks aren’t.

We had a storm come through on the edges of town right around sundown. It made for an excellent glow. The breeze was most awesome. Once the sun was down it was ugly grey but the breeze was still nice. These are actually photos with NO change in coloring.

Well I ordered this letterboard from Amazon to put in my office and it will be behind me on the wall when I film from my office. I will move the white board to the opposite wall. I think I also want a small white shelf to add beside it. And I will have a plant and an item or two sitting on it for decor. A work in progress but want to make it fun for the videos. I have to figure out how to move everything around on the other walls. Something I have to do usually with a beer in my hand mid afternoon on Saturday!

The next video is coming together! I filmed a small session yesterday. And I only have a couple of more things to video before it’ll be set to work on. So it looks like I’ll be able to pull these off about every 2 to 3 weeks maybe in my spare time. Probably by fall I will able to determine what a comfortable schedule is. Right now two weeks is tight and three weeks is doable. If I had to set a set schedule right now I would do two weeks. That just puts the pressure on. But supposedly people don’t want to subscribe if you don’t have a regularly set schedule. So eventually I’ll set one. I have also been looking at the music and I believe I’ve selected what I’ll use for this one.

So day one with the Social Media experiment? It went well. Did I miss Facebook? No not really. I accidentally opened it by habit once because of the red alerts. I think I have over 100 alerts and a couple of messages. How did it impact me on day 1?

Well I felt relieved and I felt a release of sorts. I was more in touch with myself and my feelings and my to do’s and my wishes. I felt a sense of achievement I was not expecting from your comments here and also some other’s comments to me. Others were proud that I had even taken the step to “try it” even. I hadn’t expected to feel I’d achieved anything on day 1. But apparently it is a bigger deal than I thought in others minds to be away from FB at all.

In addition, I finished a Bible Study on YouVersion at lunch instead of being on Social Media. I did not feel more alone. I guess I already felt enough of that anyway. Social Media was not keeping me company any more. It’s not a conversation but a political pull or an opinion play day. I quite enjoyed not seeing any of that mess.

I did miss wanting to post my Greek food, lol. But who gives a fire anyway? Only about 5 people were liking my comments and pics anyway. Probably weren’t even seeing my posts. And I did miss being able to ask why Trump was saying he wanted to defund the testing sites? I saw an article that said he said the numbers would quit going up if we quit testing. I didn’t see how not testing would help. I mean if you don’t want to know there’s a virus there, then stop keeping tally I guess and it’ll go away? I am not really understanding all of it. Do more testing, less testing? I guess I should not watch the news but had I not, I wouldn’t have known our county was requiring the masks. Everything is always so confusing these days.

Anyway – bottom line on 1st day without Social Media – was a success. I’m not having withdrawals but enjoying the extra time. Also listened to music yesterday. I have a song to recommend:

This is Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick’s version of True Colors as in the Troll movie. This song is beautiful they way they do it. I found this consoling yesterday. I hope you enjoy it. I listened to it on my iTunes. I made a note to mention it here on the blog and lo and behold there is a YouTube video. So enjoy.

And hope you have a wonderful day. It’s month end and quarter end so very busy and will be for the next month.

Take care! Only one more day til Friday. Thank heavens!