Trying new things?

The other day I was listening to the latest episode of the Fundamentally Broken Podcast, as you do. At one point they talked about, trying new things. This topic made me realized something about myself that I hadn’t thought about until today.

As most people did, I recently got myself some new toys, an iPhone XS and an Apple Watch Series 4. What I hadn’t thought about, which it hit me while listening to the show, is the choices I made this time around. Normally when getting a new device, whether it was the phone or the watch, I’d always pick space gray (black) for both. This time though, looks like I wanted to try something different. I got the silver (white) iPhone and same with the watch, silver, and I am very happy with this choice. I don’t think I have had a silver (white) iPhone since the iPhone 4s and I have never owned a silver Apple Watch. So see, I am growing and trying new things!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I think I’m done with my Micro.blog experiment.

My cluster of things

This weekend I decided to “clean” my backpack. This is something I tend to do every other month or so. I often throw random things in my backpack and after a while it just turns into a cluster of things. So I thought I’d post something about the usual things I carry with me in my backpack on a daily basis.

First of, my daily backpack is the SYNAPSE 25 by TOM BIHN and I love this backpack! It has lots of space and pockets for all the crap that I may or may not carry with me on a daily basis.

So here’s the list of some of the stuff and things I carry with me everyday. Items not included in this list, that I may carry depending on the situation are my Nintendo Switch, wet wipes and diapers (yes, diapers).

Something I liked this week volume 8.

Spider-Man

Finally! I have started playing Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4 this week and I think I now get why the hype. At first I was a little concerned that it was going be too “I-feel-like-I’m-just-doing-chores” type of game but it’s actually not bad at all. There are a lot of missions that may seem repetitive and “chory” at times but they aren’t too annoying. The upgrade system is simple and unlocking new costumes it’s probably my favourite part (I’m a sucker for extra costumes).

I am having a blast playing this game, I highly recommend it (go get it!). Specially if you’re a Spidey fan, you gotta play it!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I cheesed my pants today. 🧀👖

Something I liked this week volume 7.

Octopath Traveler

I got this game I few weeks ago but it wasn’t until this week when I actually started it. Octopath Traveler it’s a new JRPG (Japanese Role Playing Game) by Square Enix for the Nintendo Switch. The game has eight characters and so far, most of the game is finding these eight characters and going through each of their stories (or chapters). At least this is what I have been doing so far.

Octopath reminds me a lot of old RPG games I used to play like Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger and Children of Mana (which it isn’t that old, 2006 if I recall). The combat it’s turn-based system, very similar to some of the games previously mentioned, nothing too complicated.

So far I have gone through the stories of seven of the characters, one more to go before moving on to the next chapter. I would say I have got roughly eight to ten hours of gameplay so far and it’s been fun. It is definitely a change of pace from what I have been previously playing, like Destiny 2. Will see how far I’ll go before I either get bored or rage-quit it!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I got Spider-Man for the PlayStation 4, I haven’t played it yet.

Something I liked this week volume 6.

Seattle

He had a vacay! It has been a while since the last time we had a family vacation of sorts. Last weekend we took a trip to Seattle, rented an Airbnb for the entire family and stayed for 6 days. The ”premise” or reason for this trip/vacation was the Ed Sheeran’s concert at the CenturyLink Field. However, the reason I was excited about the trip wasn’t necessarily the concert, but the city! I love street photography and I thought Seattle would be the perfect scenario for me to go nuts — and it was. I’m not gonna lie, I enjoyed the concert a lot more than I thought I would, Anne-Marie opened the show and she was amazing, followed by Snow Patrol and they were awesome too and, of course, Ed Sheeran as the “main event”. I gotta say I was pretty impressed by his performance, I did enjoy him quite a lot. Also, this is the first time I have ever been in such a huge venue. Most of the concerts I have ever been in are in much smaller venues so I felt a little overwhelmed. Regardless, we had a good time and enjoyed the show.

But, like I’ve said before, to me it was all about walking the streets of Seattle and take pictures! We visited some places like The Pike Place Market, the aquarium, the space needle (of course), among other places. I don’t think I have ever taken so many pictures in my life in the span of 6 days. The “photographer” in me was in heaven. Food was also a big highlight, we went to a couple of restaurants, food stands, and whatnot. The best place I’d say we went was to Pike Place Chowder, probably the best chowder I have ever had in my entire life! The line was ridiculously long the first time we passed by during the weekend. Then during the week, we came back, the line was much more decent and then, we understood. If you like chowder as much as I do, you’ve got to go there.

I could go about the things I didn’t like but I don’t need that kind of negativity here. 😉

Here are some of the pictures I took on my trip. For more you can always check my Instagram

IN OTHER NEWS:

Why is summer still a thing??

Breaking Task Managers

Something that I have struggled with for years is managing time and tasks. Not the best organized person by default, also the most forgetful one. Always having ideas, things to do in my head and no system or way to recall them. Thats how it had been all my life until around 2010? If remember correctly, when apple introduced it’s own to-do list application, Reminders with iOS 5? I might be wrong. Anyway, that was the first to-do/task manager app I have ever used.

Then I discovered Clear, a very minimal interface, and gesture-based to-do/lists app. It was amazing to use and I got by with that for a long time. Then I discovered other applications over the years like, OmniFocus, Things, Todoist, 2Do, TickTick, among others. And yes, I own and have used them all. The one that I have used the most and always seem to come back to it’s OmniFocus, something about this app that clicks with my brain in ways the others have failed. Things 3 is another one that usually works with me pretty well too.

And yet, I struggled to keep up with any of them, there’s always a mental stress about having task managers, at least for me. Sometimes I find myself serving the app instead of the app serving me. I find myself indecisive about what application to stick with and switching/trying different ones way too often. So this week I have decided to break my tasks managers. I have deleted them from my phone and I am left with just Reminders.

Having the Apple Watch , I am a huge fan of the Siri watch face and how it shows reminders/tasks that are coming up. Also been able to dictate any tasks to Siri with ease (yes third party applications do have access to Siri but I find it that it works only 50 percent of the time, whereas with reminders, it works 90 percent of the time) Because the Reminders app is so “limited”, it makes it a much simpler system. On top of that, both my personal and work life aren’t so complicated that would require a complicated system to manage them, I think. All I need is a place where to put things so I don’t forget about them later. Then again this is just an experiment to see whether or not I can survive without a more “complicated” task managing system (I say complicated in quotes because things are as complicated as you make them).

All that being said, maybe I just haven’t found my ideal system or I’m just overthinking this way too much.

We will see!

IN OTHER NEWS:

I am going on a trip to Seattle this week, I’m very excited about that.