Are we ‘fit’ for Japan?

Something we’re going to doing a lot of in Japan is walking. We’re gonna be on our feet a lot. And, we’re going to probably be up and out the door earlier quite a bit to make the most of our time there. So, are are we feeling fit enough for it? Are we nervous?

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Book Review: Untangling My Chopsticks

As Japan is only days away for us, it made sense for the next book I ready to be about Japan. Since I’m also a big foodie and love to experiment in the kitchen, I chose to read Untangling my Chopsticks: A Culinary Sojourn in Kyoto by Victoria Abbott Riccardi – a retelling of her stay in Kyoto studying the art of tea kaiseki.

Now I’m both even more excited for Japan and very hungry for it too…

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Google Translate – The Wor(l)d at Your Fingertips

Just a few years ago, a demo video of a translation app which used a smartphone’s camera to live-translate text in other languages went around and seemed like something out of science fiction.

Of course, a lot of what our phones do is way beyond what was imagined in the early days of Star Trek (admittedly, scanning an arbitrary area for life signs and specific minerals is still restricted to niche augmented reality games…).

But that live translation capacity right at your fingertips? That still seemed pretty far-out the first time we tried it, and yet it’s free on Google Play and the App Store.

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Pokemon Here-We-Go-Again

Today, I was supposed to do a book review. That became an issue, because I haven’t finished a book yet this year. I have been reading a bunch, when I’ve had the time/made the time for it, but the other problem is that the time I have taken to read has been spent burning through the book Caitlin already reviewed – Anna Kendrick’s Scrappy Little Nobody.

As much as I could rave about how she’s an empowering, earnest and witty pint-sized force of nature, that doesn’t really help with the plan to review a book you haven’t already heard us talk about.

But, it is Thoughtful Thursday – which we said was going to be partly tech reviews and partly reflective ones on things that get us thinking… and of all things, Pokemon Go hits both notes right now.

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New to the Apple Watch

I’ve wanted my very own smart watch for a while… I figured I go with apple only because I do have the rest of the ‘environment’ and I do enjoy that aspect. But a watch is a big buy and I’d waited and waited, regularly taking a peak at them in stores and trying to figure out what would be the point at which I’d allow myself to get one.

After Ed got his, I watched him use it and it made me want one even more. I also thought it would be nice to have for Japan in keeping myself organized. But it wasn’t either of those things that made me do it… I was having such a hard time at work that, after realizing we were doing quite well with finances, I’d tell Ed if I was productive one evening I wanted to award myself and get something nice for me.

So a few days later, I went and ordered my pink Apple Watch with the blue and pink band.

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