All day long I wanted to run off to Sherwood Forest


After putting on this outfit the other morning I felt like all I needed was a hat with a feather and a bow and arrow and I would be ready to join Robin Hood and his band of merry men :o)

You can read all about him here.

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The Nexus 7 tablet


I have been working lately transforming my blog into an actual working blog, not just a random post here and there. If I am going to do it I might as well do it right as they say! While doing so I have been researching ways to post easier and that's where technology comes into the mix. I work full-time plus an extra 10 hours in the evenings throughout the month, I'm married and have a needy puppy dog so time can be of the essence at times so the easier the better. I've come a long way in the last couple years, I now have my laptop, my wi-fi is set up (albeit slow), I have my smartphone with Mophie case for extra juice, and two cameras (one to carry around and one with different lenses). The next logical thing I needed was a tablet. Sounded so good to me I talked myself right into it! 

It takes time to learn each new thing so it can take me some time to get a handle on new things but in a little under two years I think I've come a long way. After getting something that makes life on the internet much easier I am then always amazed at why I waited so long. I wanted a tablet to be one of those moments. I'm happy to say it was! Since a tablet was something I wanted rather than something I felt I needed, or had to have, it was imperative that I stay within a reasonable budget amount. As far as content, my main concern was being able to download pictures for review so I could draft posts on the Blogger App. Even with a camera that has wi-fi built in, so I can transfer pictures to my iPhone without using my computer, it is still hard to see on either of those small screens if the pictures are really as good as I think they might be. Being a country dweller my satellite connection is extremely slow and can be more of a bother than a pleasure sometimes so I needed something to make it easier to look at pictures and work on draft posts at the same time. However, in looking at the best choice for me I noticed that most tablets do not have a SD slot for loading pictures or even a camera to take pictures (there is a camera for skyping on the Nexus 7 but I haven't used it). I knew there had to be a way to download pictures because I have certainly seen folks looking at pictures on their tablets. I was not concerned about taking pictures but more about getting my shots onto my device. I mean that was the main reason I wanted a tablet in the first place...gggrrr. In reviewing further I found out that with a simple cable, a memory card reader and an app my problem would be solved. I'm still learning the basics but I was able to copy my shots onto the tablet first try. Yay!

Since I have an iPhone and a slow wi-fi connection, I wanted an iPad with 3G capabilities (believe it or not the 3G is faster than the wi-fi although both are through Verizon). I also use iTunes quite often and all my apps are set up through Apple so I thought it would just be easier all around. Although, that notion went right out of my head when I saw the price ($629 was cheapest, plus monthly charges, yikes!). I certainly didn't need one that bad! lol Especially since I really could live without one. I was also unsure as to whether or not it would be something I would be able to use the way I wanted to or just be something that didn't work out the way I hoped. I also thought it would be nice to be able to read books and magazines (no internet connection needed), to be able to look at all my apps on a larger screen and play Angry Birds so I could actually see where those birds were flying to. Lots of pigs to be popped (I hate those guys after all!). It appeared I had a desire for more than just to work on my blog so after some prodding by my inner nerd I decided to do some more research to see if there was anything comparable within my budget which I was keeping at $200 or no go. Ok, let me be honest here, I probably would have went a bit more if need be but I am so pleased I did not have to with the Nexus 7.

I decided on the older version of the Nexus 7 which is powered by Google. It is on sale all over the internet and was perfect for my needs. 32GB at $199 with free shipping was a no-brainer for me. Within budget are two words I like to hear! Google sites are pre-loaded and ready to go with one sign-in. It even came pre-loaded with one of my favorite books, Alice in Wonderland. I was just saying awhile back, before I bought the tablet, that I would like to read that book again. I was really surprised when that was the free book included. Another one of those weird things that happen to me but that's another story for another time! To purchase items you go through Google Play which was easily set up and linked to my paypal account within minutes. I ordered The Colorado Kid , a Stephen King book which I have been unable to locate in stores. The series Haven is based on the book and with it returning with a new season it was first on my list to read. I also bought a subscription to Rolling Stone magazine and downloaded all my favorite apps. I also downloaded some music and a movie is next on my list. There is a new version of the Nexus 7 which just came out that some are calling the Nexus 7 2 which has better graphics, a camera and I'm sure other things that I don't know much about, which people really seem to like if you want to spend the extra money. The 32GB is selling for $269. For me the one I got is plenty good enough for me and I really love it! Let the blogging begin or continue as the case may be. What I want to know is why didn't I get one of these sooner? 

 

Not sure if you want one? Read an excellent review here.

 




Concert Series - Lynyrd Skynyrd


In February of 2011 it was announced that none other than Lynyrd Skynyrd was going to play a show at my favorite venue. Not until Labor Day weekend though. It was a long time off but, of course, we had to go. The Fraze only holds 4,300 so I knew I had to get tickets when they went on sale. I got tickets right off the bat and they were down front but for some reason I never noticed the "limited view" disclosure at the time I got the tickets. But, who cares, right? We were there! As it grew closer to the show it appeared that my hubby was not going to be able to attend with me and everyone I knew was already going or could not go, so that left my granddaughter. We had attended Miranda Cosgrove (see here) at the same place a few weeks earlier and she had attended the sold out Ringo Star and his Allstars show a couple years beforehand so I didn't have to worry about her being a newbie but I was a bit concerned about her being a child. A child at a Lynyrd Skynyrd show! lol I asked her if she knew who they were and she started singing Sweet Home Alabama so at least my son had enlightened her to the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd and she liked them. I explained to her that it would not be like Miranda's show and that she might be one of a handful of kids at the show. Most concert goers would be of the "good ole boy or girl" type and there was a good chance there might be some wild ones! I knew the party would be on! She was not to leave my side. And although that is most usually always the case I wanted to make sure she knew what she was getting into. She said she did and said she couldn't wait. It was on the Friday night so I picked her up after work and we were off. As it turned out she had a night to remember!

 



Once we got to our seats it was obvious we weren't going to be able to see the drummer. Ashley is a drummer so that disappointed her and she asked if she could walk down front and see him. I could see her so I told her that would be fine but if anyone told her to go back to her seat she was to turn around and come right back. They are pretty strict there about people staying put especially at the beginning of the show so I didn't want her to be surprised if someone said something to her. No one said a word. After she had stood there through a couple songs I thought I would go down and take a couple pictures and see if she was having fun. The minute I arrived there this fellow told me I had to go back to my seat. I told him I was just checking on her and would head right back to my seat. I then asked if it would be ok if she stayed, though. Well, the guy put his arm around her and moved her right up front. She was leaning on the stage!







It didn't take long for the guys in the band to notice her and after that she was their little darling! They sang to her, played to her and before long she was walking over to show off her guitar pics. The girl had herself an absolute ball! At the end of the show the drummer came over and talked to her and gave her a set of drumsticks. She told him she was a drummer too. He told her to keep up the good work and that he enjoyed seeing her in the audience and how pretty she was :o) I always knew they were a bunch of good guys but this goes to show you that they truly are. They made one little 9 year old girl feel very special! She will never forget it for sure!






 

I wasn't able to get a picture of the drummer so I borrowed this one from the Fraze Photo Gallery plus others for Ashley's custom frame.


Setlist:
Workin' for MCA 
I Ain't the One 
Skynyrd Nation 
What's Your Name 
Down South Jukin' 
That Smell 
I Got the Same Old Blues
I Know a Little 
Simple Man 
T for Texas
Gimme Three Steps 
Call Me the Breeze
Sweet Home Alabama 
Encore:
Free Bird 

 


I had this photo frame custom made for her at Hobby Lobby and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. She keeps it hung next to her drum set. 

Thanks go out to Lynyrd Skynyrd

You can read all about them here.
Gary Rossington – Guitar
Johnny Van Zant – Vocals 
Rickey Medlocke – Guitar
Mark “Sparky” Matejka – Guitar 
Michael Cartellone – Drums
Robert Kearns – Bass
Peter “Keys” Pisarczyk - Keyboards
Honkettes:
Dale Krantz Rossington – Backing Vocals
Carol Chase – Backing Vocals



Video: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of a Dyin' Breed"






Music Monday - Lady Gaga


Being a little monster myself I have been quite excited about the upcoming new album from Lady Gaga which is set to be released on November 11, 2013. It seems like forever since her last release. I had planned to wait to do a post about the new album once it came out but with seeing the Kia Soul Hamsters commercial every time I watch tv I guess I have her new single Applause on the brain and I love it. The commercial is so cute and the song is so catchy, what's not to love. Besides I couldn't resist posting this adorable picture of her and her little fellow, Fozzi. Now he's what I call cute!


Video: Kia Soul Hamster Commercial (Lady Gaga "Applause")
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Video: Lady Gaga - Applause







Butterfly


While walking around the yard the other day with my camera hoping to catch a pretty picture for Instagram I came upon this pretty little butterfly. Most times they are so elusive that I cannot get a photo but this little guy stayed put for a few shots. 



Photo Credit: Modcloth member Modlover

I have been eyeballing this pretty butterfly purse for some time now on Modcloth. I think my little butterfly buddy has talked me right into purchasing it as soon as my budget allows. Love it!  



Video: Lizzie Sider - Butterfly







The Harvest Moon


Last evening about 11:00 p.m. Fadra decided it was time to go outside and go potty so off we went. When I walked outside I was surprised by how bright the evening was. I have trees that are probably 100 or more feet tall so it's a rarity that I get to see the moon at all, very often. It so happened last night it was in just the right spot. I got spooked during the last full moon by a growling raccoon (at least I think it was a raccoon because all I could see were glowing yellow eyes) so after checking around for raccoons (or werewolves) to make sure one didn't snatch Fadra up, I ran in the house and grabbed my camera. Awhile back I finally got the zoom lens for my Nikon J1 camera and this was a perfect time to try it out. The moon always looks so small in pictures I wanted to see what my new lens would do. I was pleasantly pleased with the photos!

I wanted to post my photos along with some information about the full moon this morning and in doing some research it came to my attention that the moon last night was actually the first night of the Harvest Moon. No wonder it looked so special! I found a couple of informative articles you can read here and here. If you happened to catch a picture of the harvest moon yourself you can submit it to NBC News here. I submitted mine. You can read all about the full moon here on Wikipedia. I guess autumn has officially kicked off. The harvest moon will last the next few evenings so it's the perfect time to get that camera out and get yourself moonstruck. Just watch out for lunatics and  werewolves!




Video: Neil Young - Harvest Moon