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Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: Yesterday at 08:31:07 pm »
We had another cloudy no-sunshine day today. (The sun was out for a short period on Tuesday, but by the time I went out it was cloudy again). I needed to do something to get a boost, so I used my Lifecycle. I'd only used it once since my wrist fracture 5-1/2 weeks ago and that was for 12 minutes. I was nervous about getting on and off the bike without putting my right hand down. I'm a bit more confident today. I used it for 24 minutes in sets of 12, 6, 4 and 2 minutes. I'm finding it OK to put my right hand down on the towel on the handlebar, but not to put weight on it. Part of the time, I put my elbow on it and tried to occasionally raise my right arm. While I was on it, I watched some Great British Baking Show on my kindle fire. I usually read while doing this, but I thought watching the show would make it easier.

Didn't get outside at all today.

I've been wearing my new Fitbit Versa 2 for a few days now. I am not sure, but I think it recognized my biking as a walk. I logged the bike 24 minutes in and will look at the app tomorrow to see if it shows as anything. I am not learning how to read this intuitively and have inquired a number of times on Fitbit's twitter page. I even had to use the chat to find where to set up the watch, because a set-up option did not show up until they told me to go to "profile."

I wasn't planning on tracking my sleep, but I've done it 3 nights in a row and find it interesting. All 3 days it rated my sleeps as "fair," but the best was last night (today, actually) with a 79 score compared with 70 and 72 the previous sleeps. I had 60% light sleep, a few deep ones and REM. I wake up a lot. (I knew that.)

We are in for another cloudy day Friday (maybe rain too) and sunshine on Saturday.

I texted the super about continuous lack of heat this morning. He must have done something, because we had heat for a short while. Temp went above 55 (to about 57), so we've had none since then.

Hope everyone has a safe and satisfying Friday. Welcome, HithyAnita. Where do you live (general area, at least)?

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: Yesterday at 08:14:21 pm »
milk chocolate
(I like the passing out of Godiva pieces)

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 27, 2020, 10:44:13 pm »
tax break

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:36:57 pm »
Earlier today I heard that the elementary school that is my voting place on election day was closed because of a certain number of Covid-19 cases. Some of the people on my neighborhood FB page were in a panic over whether they can vote there next Tuesday. I think it will be open, or if not, they will direct people in our district to another voting place. They might even have the school re-opened for classes by that time. It's PS 111 on W. 52nd Street near 10th Avenue.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:32:54 pm »

McCoy bar

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 27, 2020, 06:24:10 pm »
I found some inspiration today by voting! It was more exciting than I expected. I had been anxious about whether to walk to Madison Square Garden or take the train. Figured that if I took the train I wouldn't be out as long and wouldn't need a bathroom. I walked and it was fine. I heard from some people on FB (neighborhood page) that they waited 4 hours in line on Saturday, the first day of early voting. A friend in my nabe went Sunday and waited two hours. My wait (from getting in line to finishing voting) was an hour twenty minutes. I got in line on 8th Avenue near 34th. The line went south to 32nd and a long block to 7th Avenue to the front of MSG.

I never thought it would take so long to vote where I am, but I am glad that so many people are voting. The longest it took for me previously was in 1992 on a raining morning at John Jay College on West 59th Street. There was a big turn out for change.

There were a lot of chalk messages on the sidewalk during the wait about how important voting is. I took a few photos but they are not among the ones I posted below.

i wore this sticker afterwards and then stuck it on my kindle fire cover:

They gave me another sticker:

This was what I saw after I got to 7th Avenue in the front of MSG (I think you can also see there the front of the NY Times on 8th Avenue and the photos I took on West 46th Street, Restaurant Row between 8th and 9th, and it goes from there to some Columbus statue and Central Park South photos from last Friday):

I walked home by way of 34th St. to 9th Avenue and up to 54th (had to go over to 10th to my wine store to get a bottle). I stopped at Manganero's on 9th near 37th and took out a chicken parmesan hero. I saw a deli cat on 10th Avenue that I had never seen before. There is a deli next to 4 restaurants with outdoor tables. The cat was outside under some empty tables. She looks like a big kitten. She was very skittish and eventually made a run back to her deli. I did not try to get a picture.

Hope everyone is well. Wishing you a safe and nice Wednesday.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 27, 2020, 05:53:10 pm »
hand doctor

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 26, 2020, 07:26:53 pm »
private secretary

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 25, 2020, 03:53:06 pm »
restaurant order

Not Quite Kindle / Re: What are you doing while staying home?
« on: October 25, 2020, 02:59:44 am »
Sleeping late, watching tv streaming, cooking for myself (not baking), waiting for broken wrist to get all better (today is Day 36, which is 5 weeks). Short and long walks. After my wrist is better and strong and flexible again, I will get back to playing flute and maybe swimming (pool is open with sign up for appointments - one person to each lane). i froze my membership for a while.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 25, 2020, 02:55:23 am »
friendly dog

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 25, 2020, 02:53:13 am »
Anna, I hope you get good and boring results on those things.

After my big day on Friday (doctor and walking 4.1 miles) and staying up too late, I could not get up today until . . . 5. It was a dreary day outside, but tonight I watched a walking video of ActionKid in Central Park at 2pm and a lot of people were out there in the gloom. Lots of people picnicking and playing in Sheep Meadow.

I went out to get a few things at Amish Market. Got there 15 minutes before they closed (9pm closing). Then I took out from a new Thai restaurant called Three Roosters, which is next to the Thai place I took out from last Saturday (Won Dee Siam). They only have chicken dishes. I'd read in Gothamist about the fried chicken with fries and got that. It was SOOOOOOOOO spicy. I think it was all in the outside. I hope it didn't have that much salt, just other hot spicy herbs. I finished the fries, since I knew I wouldn't want to reheat them and I left about half of the chicken for another day. It was that hot. Something about spicy Thai though is that if you drink water it helps to make the hot feeling go away. It was even hot on my lips.

There were a lot of people out on 9th Avenue tonight, mostly for outdoor dining or walking. The temp was lower today, about 55 when I went out. It's 46 now and only going up to 54 at most today. I wonder if the heat will finally come on in my building? It's almost 6am, so it should, but I bet it won't.

Early voting started in New York throughout the state on Saturday. There were long lines and I saw a comment on facebook from a woman who waited 4 hours and said it was worth it (same voting place as mine). My voting place is Madison Square Garden (for early voting) and my plan is to go Monday with a back-up plan of going Tuesday (when it is open until 8 instead of 3pm).

Have a good, safe Sunday, everyone.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 23, 2020, 10:11:13 pm »
I am glad to hear about successful voting. Not to be political, but I heard today that a certain person has been suing battleground states in order to suppress voting.

I went back to the hand doctor this afternoon. They took another x-ray that looks good. This is Day 35 (one day short of 5 weeks) and the doctor said he sees a lot of bone there where the fracture was. Not completely healed, but there is another week for that. They removed the cast. A therapist made a removable splint that I am wearing most of the time. I should take it off for showering and two or three time a day to move my wrist and do some simple exercises. I'll see doctor in two weeks and he will decide if I need therapy (which I expect I will).

I left a little late and got there 5 minutes before my appointment. It's a two-mile walk. It was cloudy out with rain forecasted, but before I left the sun came out. I wore sunglasses. Had to walk fast. Afterwards the sun went in. I took photos of the East 64th, 5th Avenue and Central Park South. There are some pretty mums on the islands in the middle of Park Avenue. I took out a slice of pizza on the way home.

I am thinking about flute playing, but I know to wait at least 2 weeks. After another week, I might take it out of the case to see what it feels like to hold it. The doctor and therapist did not comment on it. The New York Flute Club is doing online programs in lieu of in-person concerts. Last night they had the first webinar with a well-known member. She compared Debussy Syrinx and another unaccompanied piece. It went on for 20 minutes and cut off and I could not get it back. It was on Zoom. I did try to get it back. Nothing has been said about it cutting off or how it went. I had other things to do anyway. There is a program this Sunday. During normal seasons, they have concerts, about once a month, on Sundays at a recital hall at Baruch College.

It's been warm with all the humidity. In the 60s today, but I sweated a lot outside.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 22, 2020, 11:24:41 pm »
We had gloomy weather Thursday too. No rain though, as far as I could tell. More of the same weather Friday. It feels warm because of high humidity. 64 now going to 67 later today.  I thought it was 3:15 when I got up but it was an hour earlier. I didn't realize until later when it was only 3:00. Friday afternoon I have an appointment to see the hand doctor.

When I went out to do a short run to CVS tonight, I saw the cat that lives across the street on the ground floor in her window. I had not seen her there for a long time. Here's a link to her. Not in good focus, but when I spread the iphone screen (even though I touched on the center to focus), this happens. I didn't notice the pumpkin and orange cup until after I posted to facebook:

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 22, 2020, 11:11:55 pm »
goose walk

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 21, 2020, 10:15:38 pm »
multi cooker

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:53:25 pm »
Boring exam results are good. Considering that I gained 20 pounds since March, mine were quite good on Sept. 2nd. I was afraid that my blood sugar would be high, but it was normal. It has not been high yet.

When I visited the hand doctor last week, he told me that my fracture is seen almost exclusively in people with osteoporosis. I do have osteoporosis in the arm, but have fallen before without fractures. From what I read online, a distal radius fracture is very common (that is what mine is). the doctor suggested that I work with my GYN about bone density. I explained to him that I'd taken Evista 6 months, which led to a pulmonary embolism. I don't want to trade the osteo problem for possibly fatal other ones. He thought that maybe in 10 years I'll fall and fracture my hip. (So far i don't have osteoporosis in hip or spine). One of the heavy-duty treatments for bone density is Prolia, which has a list of awful possible side effects.

Crebel, I hope you are doing well. I am also concerned with how long the therapy will be. I think my doctor said about two months. I am determined to get back to the flute when it's OK.

I had an appointment at the Apple store on 5th Avenue Tuesday night. I was leaning towards just getting a new battery, but I bought a new SE phone. The diagnostics showed a bad battery and phone being too full. I bought a phone with 128 GB instead of 64. This Apple store is open 24/7. I used to go to this one after work at 1am to look at stuff when I worked in that building (until 2009). The Lincoln Center location is closer to me but closes at 9 and didn't have any appointments available at genius bar until next Monday.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:23:33 pm »
executive secretary

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
« on: October 20, 2020, 11:22:34 pm »
Thank you, Andra. I am going to try again tomorrow. I got a new iphone tonight and spent 2 hours at the Apple store. I was leaning towards just buying a new battery for it, but there were other problems, such as the phone being too full, so I would have had to delete a lot of things. New phone has double the GBs (128).

Fitbit help did send me a message and asked which model of iphone I had with a troubleshooting link.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
« on: October 20, 2020, 02:32:52 am »
Now I am very unhappy with this Fitbit Versa 2. When I tried to set it up through the app on my kindle fire, it went into a loop of two different screens asking if I want to continue set up and it never progresses beyond that. I looked on their website for help and had to log in and it didn't accept the password I set up yesterday. (I made a record of it and tried a few times in case there was a typo.

If I can't set it up after I get my iphone fixed, I will return the Fitbit to Amazon.

I also tried downloading the app to my ipad2, but the app store doesn't have the set up app, only find fit bit and coach. The coach one said I have to have the latest IOS software in my ipad. I don't think the coach app has the set up anyway.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Let us Play Change One word Game
« on: October 20, 2020, 01:10:16 am »
wonder wheel

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
« on: October 20, 2020, 01:03:37 am »
Thank you, Andra.

I still haven't set it up, but I was preoccupied with getting a walk in and getting an Apple appointment for my battery dead 6s. My landline has also been dead and I just ordered a battery for the V-tech phone. No calls or texts until i get the iphone working. I might get the watch going now while the TV is on.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: Fitbit Fans (The Official Thread)
« on: October 19, 2020, 03:44:38 am »
Is anyone still using their Fitbit watches? I just bought a Fitbit Versa 2 (there is a 3, but the 2 was $50 off on Prime Day last week). I have never owned a smart watch. My iphone is going bad and stopped keeping my steps/miles as of a few weeks ago.  I couldn't even download the fitbit app on the phone just now. I put it in my Kindle Fire 8 Plus.

I registered with Fitbit on the app but have not set the watch up yet. I think it has to charge first and I plugged it in first thing. The instructions with the watch only said to download the app.

Let's Talk Kindle! / Re: kindle edition now counts as paper edition
« on: October 19, 2020, 03:34:42 am »
I had forgotten about Puzzlemania in the Times. It's been a few years since I have seen it. One year while I was at a friend's on Christmas (or Thanksgiving?) they had it and worked on the crossword as a group. I think I bought that paper too. I didn't know they had one in the spring this year. I subscribe to the puzzles online and do them on my laptop, not every day, mostly early in the week for the easier ones.

Not Quite Kindle / Re: The Good Morning Thread
« on: October 18, 2020, 03:08:25 am »
Good morning.

It was in high 40s overnight and at 7 Saturday morning. No heat inside yet. I do not like that I have to call the super every year and every time we don't have heat. There are 20 apartments in the building. This happens every year the first time it gets cold. It has been 67 inside and it goes up a degree from the steam of my shower. I think it got up to almost 70 on Saturday afternoon and back to 54 by the time I took a walk at 8pm.

I took out Thai food for dinner and it wasn't what I was expecting. Chicken basil should be sliced chicken, but it was ground meat. Won Dee Siam on 9th and 53rd. My fave place closed when the pandemic started. I had spring rolls too. It came with 3. I think 4 was the standard serving. There is a new Thai place two doors from Won Dee Siam. Might try that next time I want Thai food.

Crebel, you get quite the weather if it went to 20s.

Take care, everyone. Be well.

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