Blogging Apps Review for the iPad

BE write  
I recently downloaded BE write for the iPad as a blogging app, but it didn’t take me long to realize it pretty much drove me crazy. First of all, when you hand wrote anything, it was difficult to get the drawings to appear as images IN the text rather than behind or in front of text. Eventually I was able to correct the HTML, as seen in this entry, but it was way too complicated to do on a regular basis. Also, if you have more than one blog, as I myself do, (I primarily write in this one actually), you have to log out of one before logging into the other. AND BEwrite only allows you to type in portrait mode ( as oppossed to landscape) which seems really silly to me. 
However, BE write was not a total loss, as I really do enjoy being able to draw things out and save the drawings as individual images for inserting into entries, as seen in this entry. also, the support for this app is great, thus I definitely like the company that made the app.  
WordPress app  
This app provides very little quick buttons for HTML, and you cannot view blog entries in rich text as you write. The interface is rather boring and extremely basic.  
What I do like about this app though is that you can view, approve, and reply to comments. Since it is free, I download and use this app primarily for that purpose.  
I actually ended up not downloading this app, but strongly considered it. Blogtouch gets great reviews and is cheaper than blogsy, which I will discuss next. After my experience with BEwrite, I decided I wanted to contact blogtouch to find out more about it before purchase. I asked them about the rich text/HTML and the multiple blogs and received the following: 


“Apple with the release of iOS5 included some rich text functions, but they are very limited ie Bold, Italic, underline and and indent quote level, but it still doesn’t support all the other functions of rich text like colorizing text, inserting pictures, multi quote levels and many others, some apps appear to support rich text, but in reality, they don’t and still have to convert to HTML at publishing time.
We decided that at least at this moment in time that we would stick to HTML only as it get extremely complicated to do rich text/ HTML conversions via the iOS at the present time, we always wanted Blogtouch to be a rich text editor, and it may well still happen if Apple include more functionality in the future releases of iOS.”

They also mentioned that you can have more than one blog added at a time. After contacting a few users of Blogsy and Blogtouch, I was able to determine that Blogsy allows for many more rich text options and thus I downloaded it instead of blogtouch.
I recently downloaded blogsy and it is by far my favorite of these four blogging apps. My only complaint this far is the cost (4.99 seems rather expensive to this gal, personally). But I love it and it was well worth the cost.  First of all you can type the entire entry in rich text, including: bold, italics, numbers, bullets, indents, alignment (left, right, center) and font size, family, and color. 
Additionally there are undo/redo buttons that are quite useful. AND I can have more than one blog here, and view/edit all prior posts, pages and drafts from online ( something else you cannot do in BEwrite)
I think Blogsy’s claim to fame though is really their image services, which allow you to insert images from Picasso and other online sources and videos from YouTube. You can resize and realign images and videos directly in the rich text mode. 
I am a huge fan of Blogsy.
Hope you found this helpful!

I typed this whole entry using blogsy

Do you use an app to blog on the iPad? If so, which one? What do you think of it?


Heels are Overrated

Heels are Overrated

Hard to believe that I have literally watched an entire season of 24 in the past ten days or so. That’s a little much. I know. What is sad is that I only completed about 3-4 inches of the socks I am knitting. I’m really glad I decided to do this two socks at once thing. Or I never would have finished the second one.

20111230-020226.jpgAs you can see, the heel is a bit big too be honest… Which is rather unfortunate because a smaller heel would certainly have shortened the time a bit. I actually ended up having to do the heel a number of times before figuring out a way to do it successfully. The author of the pattern also provided a modification PDF to describe how to make them smaller. But I think her directions for the heel were a bit lacking. She pretty much told you to change only the first row of the heel and otherwise to follow the remainder of the pattern exactly. But first of all, this leaves you with a lopsided heel so I had to improvise a wee bit. And I made sure to have 21 stitches after the heel as written in the pattern but I think that should have been modified as well for smaller socks.

Ultimately I spent probably an entire hour just doing (and undoing) the base of the heel.
I do really love the colors though. I am gonna be relieved when I am through with these. I won’t let myself start anything new until they are done.

December Goals

I think it’s really important to set goals each month. So here are mine!

Don’t forget to leave me a comment and tell me yours!

Crafting Goals

  1. Finish these socks
  2. Purchase the yarn for my husband’s hat, I am thinking of making this one, though obviously in less girly colors.
  3. Post at least 5 updates here related to crafting specifically.
Medical School
  1. Get an 85% or higher on all 6 exams between December 9th and December 13th: ECR, Histology, Physiology, Anatomy, Embryology, Genetics
  2. Go to Anatomy labs prepared for the remainder of December
  3. Enjoy a few days medical school free of my winter break (before I have to begin prepping for the exams we have the week we return)

Fitness & Health Goals

  1. Workout 5 days a week starting today, December 5th
  2. Drink Shakeology 5 days a week
  3. Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep a night
  4. Reduce candy intake to no more than 720 calories a week (or roughly 120 calories a day, for 6 days)
  5. Post at least 21 updates to my health and fitness blog.
  1. Read a particular book that I promised my husband I would read
  2. Set up another meeting with our schools counselor (ie – try to regain my sanity)
  3. Help my husband finish his last three PhD applications
  4. Smile a LOT!

What are your goals for December? Share them here or link me to your blog!

Recent Movie Reviews: Immortals and the Muppets

My hubby and I try and go see one movie a month. But this month we got to see two.

The first movie we saw was the Immortals. 

We went together with another couple to dinner and a movie. I actually really liked the movie. And not just because Henry Cavill had a nice body. The movie was extremely aesthetically pleasing with beautiful cinematography. The plot was easy to follow, although with rather minimal character development. My only criticism was the many liberties taken by the writers. Now I don’t know much about Greek mythology, but I am pretty sure that the G-ds didn’t die. Also, it would have been nice for them to clearly name all of the G-ds, not just Zeus and Athena. That being said, if I was choosing between like and dislike – I would say like.

I would definitely recommend it and would give it 4/5 stars.

The second movie we saw this month was The Muppets

We got to see two movies this month, because this second one we saw at home with my family over the Thanksgiving break. Now I grew up with the muppets. Particularly the muppet babies. I loved the Muppets. Aminal has and always will be my favorite. My family and I used to watch reruns, movies and even listen to books on tape about the Muppets.

My first reaction to the movie, was if you don’t already love the Muppets, you probably aren’t going to like this movie. (unless you are a child under the age of 10 and don’t know the difference). To me, this kind of defeats the point, which I had thought was to bring back the muppets. They used a lot of old classy theatrical displays instead of really amping it up with new 2011 features. I found Amy Adams and Jason Seigel to be rather cheesy. and the Muppet characters themselves were very melencholy – not enough of the old rediculous interplay between them. I wanted to see more Muppets, and less of the Adams-Seigel drama, and frankly? I think I could have done without the singing (leaving in of course the rainbow connection which is a Kermit classic). I think of the “real people” cast, Jack Black did the best job.

Now, of course, it made me laugh. and I really do love the Muppets so I definitely enjoyed it.

Overall I would give it 3.5/5 stars. I would recommend it to people who like the Muppets and to those with children, but don’t make this your first introduction to the Muppets.

Anyone see Puss in Boots? My brother is raving about it.

What movies have you seen this month? What did you think of it?

Have you seen the Immortals or the Muppets? Do you agree?

Update on Knitting Two Socks at the Same Time

A long long time ago, I began some really awesome socks with some really pretty yarn.

I even posted a picture of the yarn and found a video about how to knit two socks at the same time.

But it took me quite a few tries to really figure out the technique and thus I had to keep restarting them. And then I found I got into med school, and there was finishing up my job, moving, traveling, etc and they got kind of lost for awhile. Not to mention I started that baby blanket for my nephew and that had to take priority in what little knitting time I did have.

So after months of no progress – I began again. I relearned the technique and got a serious start on the project. My socks are just over 1.5 inches, I have completed the cuffs, and officially done one row of the actual sock pattern (you will have to stay tuned for further updates to actual see the pattern of the body of the socks).

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What do you think? Have you ever knitted socks? What was your favorite pair?

If you are looking to learn, make sure to browse youtube, they have all kinds of helpful videos on how to knit. I would suggest you start with a scarf though, rather than socks. And feel free to ask me questions along the way if you get stuck!

Back to the Future

–I want to get back into blogging.–

I was talking to a classmate the other day, about how I USED to be a blogger. I used to blog about crafts and exercise, but since med school started, I hardly craft or exercise, so I have mostly quit blogging.

I had a really rough start here, to be totally honest. I wasn’t prepared for the academic load and I couldnt quite get into adequate study habits. I was slow to reach out for help and my academic performance was really taking a toll on my emotional status, which in turn further damaged my academic performance. But I think, for the first time, I am finally getting back on track.

I dyed and cut my hair and have refocused my thoughts into positive energy. I found a professor who is also NOT a visual learner who was extremely enthusiastic and determined to help me succeed in both Anatomy and Histology, the two courses I am currently struggling with the most. And? I am getting back into both crafts and exercise. And I am asking YOUR help to do them!

–Join Me in My Exercises–

I am starting an exclusive exercise group to begin after Thanksgiving. For 30 days, we are gonna take control of our lives through healthy eating and exercise. My only rules are you must commit to following your exercise program, and you must drink shakeology every day. Leave me a comment or visit my exercise blog if you want more information! The first five people to be officially enrolled get to join MY group. I hope you join me!

–As for crafting?–

I finally finished the baby blanket I was working on for my nephew that was born in August. Isn’t he adorable?

And I have pulled back out the yarn to make these two socks at the same time (I had to start it over because the socks were way too large, luckily the pattern had adjustments for small feet) and I am crocheting a hat for my cousins friend.

It’s about time I get back to my future.

If you were gonna make a change for the better, what would it be?

Up and coming, hair and dreaming

I can’t believe it has only been 3 months since my last post. I feel as though it has been at least 6. I am three months into medical school. But I don’t want to talk about medical school. I am drowning in medical school. I am really counting down the time until Tuesday Nov 1st and 10:30 am – when I am done with exams for a bit and can actually take some time to myself.

And you know what is getting me through it all? the fact that AFTER the exam I am going to make these amazing looking cinnamon role cupcakes:

Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Cupcakes happen to be my favorite thing to bake, and I haven’t made any in at least 6 months. But not I have lots of starving med students to share them with and won’t have to feel guilty for eating them all myself. The blog entry even has a homemade cinnamon frosting recipe to go along with it!

And then? After the cupcake making… I’m gonna take a bubble bath

And finally… the last thing I am super excited about doing next week… is getting a hair cut. I haven’t had my hair cut since May, just before my brother’s graduation. And I can’t even bear to wear it down. Its all boxy and blah. I have discovered that Sophia Bush has super thick hair and has had a wide variety of haircuts. And with my hair the length it is now. I want to model my next hair cut off of hers:


what do you think? Technically my hair is about an inch shorter than this, but it will grow and I want it to grow into this. So perhaps getting this cut but with shorter layers/cuts in the front top and around so that my hair will really look like this in a month or so… Just in time for the holidays?

Of course, if I could get my make up to look like this, it would be an added bonus

But seriously? What kind of medical student has time to put make up on… not this one! that is for sure. Doesn’t mean I can’t have pretty hair again though…