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Book Review: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

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Brain Candy for Firefly Fans

Problem: Solved

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Ok, so I had a real weird problem while I was away from home.
hey @onedrive -- I have some tutorial videos in OneDrive that I need to turn into a playlist on my tablet. Is this possible or a pipe dream? — Annette (@daNanner) November 30, 2017


Of course, as of this writing, they still haven't answered me. Nothing I could find related to Microsoft, OneDrive, or any of the other MS apps worked either. This means I had to figure out a solution myself using the tools at hand.
Problem Solving Methodology On my Pixel C, VLC wasn't working the way I needed it to, but the other option to view the videos was Plex. Plex???? For playback of videos in OneDrive? Ok ... Hit Plex, voila! Video lesson played flawlessly. No buffering, no other issues I was experiencing with VLC. But I still really wanted a playlist, ya know.

So I remoted into my home computer (because who doesn't, and I couldn't create the playlist in the Plex app, that would have been lucky),
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grabbed the files…

Book Review: Artemis

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Artemis by Andy Weir

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


A little science/chemistry heavy...

But I expected that since it is Andy Weir. Rosario Dawson makes an amazing narrator for the character of Jazz. Thoroughly enjoyable on multiple levels. I was laughing out loud on multiple occasions and quoting bits to friends in random text conversations. I wouldn't mind listening to it again. Weir did a fantastic job creating a strong female character who is not (technically) a Mary Sue, she just has a lot of wasted potential and I found her to be relatable. The Lunar society he creates is very believable, and he goes so much into the science and chemistry that my eyes may have glazed over a bit.

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Extras: Audible also has a bunch of cool additional material like a map and unofficial guide to Artemis. Interactive dome maps and more.


Review: Pixel Buds!

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Unboxing

Pros
Google Assistant in my ear. It also showed me that I really need to clean out numbers for everyone on speed-dial. Took entirely too long when speaking because Assistant kept asking me which number to use for the various contacts I wanted to call. Instead of, you know, the one that I text and call all the time. So for all you conspiracy theorists, Google does not know all, even when it's on your phone. Either that or the AI needs a lot of tweaking.Google Pixel Help - Can it be broken? Just hand it to me. I'll QA that thing in ways you never imagined. via GIPHY The Google Chat help techs were good, even if I did eye-roll once or twice (because, help desk, and I am contacting you because I couldn't figure it out on my own and I am not a normal user).  I haven't had a chance to play with translation, but the Babelfish ability was the main selling point.

Cons This list was surprisingly easy to come up with starting within just the first few minutes of wearing…

Photo Friday: Weather

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Went for a hike. It started beautifully if a little humid. Opted to take a trail instead of staying on the paved loop. Hear a roll of thunder, hope it's just the train. If only we had been so lucky. I had just been contemplating my success at not getting muddy while at the park. Mother Nature has a sick sense of humor. Not only did I get muddy, we got drenched through! My shoes were squelching while running with Pluto who was having none of it. Just as I would get him down to a walk, another roll of thunder or flash of lightning would send him dashing off again! After the storm the clouds looked pretty awesome though. Only had the iPhone SE on me. Does that count for #shotoniphone?

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The Final Countdown?

I certainly hope so! I don't want to even think about having to take this test again! And if that unfortunate event should occur, I will have to take it before March 2018 when it switches over to the 6th edition of the PMBOK. I'm not sure my mind could handle the overload of information.

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But we're not going to consider that right now. I'm going to join the ranks of people who pass on the first try.

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They've even published their how-tos. I'm just trying to do it in a quarter of the time. Yeah. This is going to be epic.

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Wait, positive thinking. I know I can do this.

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I am so nervous. I keep forgetting that I have a study plan and that I have been studying, and yet if the test were tomorrow, I am not 100% confident that I would pass. So I need to study more until I hit that "know-it-all" level that my family loves me for.

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And then there will be much rejoicing.

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Menu Plan Monday: Fall Feasting

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The plan this week was to cook everything on Sunday and reheat throughout the week because evenings this week are hella busy. That didn't happen (but the house is clean!!!) I mean, look at those floors...




I managed to menu plan and place my grocery order on Friday for Saturday delivery (yes, my time is worth the cost) so that was an organizational win. Maybe you'll have better luck with AmazonFresh. I'll be able to make and prep at least two meals tonight, probably have leftovers on Wednesday, and we'll have to see how the week works out. Adjusting to being out of the house for 10+ hours a day is still happening.











Monday: Shepherd's Pie (recipe adapted from Caveman Casserole)


TuesdayMoroccan Chicken Stew
Apparently, when I nuked G+ I lost the photo to this one.

ThursdayBlackened Chicken & Avocado Sauce--Over Zoodles
This one is quick and easy. I'll probably cheat with some guacamole instead of making the avocado sauce. Finding good avocados in MA is getting…