Dreamer’s World July 7 2016

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As Thursday begins, I am hoping to get out of the apartment at some point today and enjoy another day of my vacation. It would have been nice to go into Old Town Alexandria today, but it will be far too hot for walking several miles. I will try to do that another day or perhaps on a weekend when the weather is nicer and more cooperative. Since Hal (person) isn’t working today, I hope that we will be out together to enjoy the day.
     I don’t want to spend a lot of money today, but there are a few things that I need to get from the grocery store so I can cook some meals at home. Other than that, I might take Hal (person) to some places he wants to go. I do want to get a nice roast to cook in the crockpot, along with some green bell peppers, potatoes, and onions. Another possibility is picking up some chicken breasts so I can cook a few of them at a time here at home.
     I am still extremely happy with Project Fi and the Nexus 5X. I read that the next generation of Project Fi phones will be out soon, but I have no plans to upgrade until after I complete my extrication from my current cell provider. That will happen before the end of this year, I am certain. After that, I know that there will probably be another round of Nexus phones in 2017, so I can afford to take my time and enjoy the savings that I will recoup.
     One of the hardest decisions will be whether or not to just discard my old phone number and stick with the Google Voice number that I transferred to Project Fi. I think that it is time for a change, and only a handful of people will actually get the notification that my number has changed because I really don’t get many calls anyway. Again, this is something that I have time to prepare for without rushing into a decision.
     Hal and I did get out today, but we didn’t make it to the grocery store after all. It was insanely hot here again today and we were exhausted by the time we got home. While we were out, I did pick up a new pillow to try out tonight because my old one is several years old, and I often find that I wake up and have been sweating into the pillow, so it is time to get a new pillow.
     Since we got home, we have been waiting on a friend to call about possible plans to get together tomorrow. However since it is after 2100 and there has been now word from them , I believe this is a lost cause. I am not planning to hold tomorrow hostage at this point. If they call, that is great and we can see what might happen. If they don’t call, then there is no pressure on us to pursue the matter any further.
     I took these photos with the Nexus 5X today. I am very happy with the phone and the camera. Hal The Cat doesn’t seem to mind posing.
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Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamer’s World June 29 2016 – Google Fi and the Nexus 5X Day One

     I am counting today as the first day with the Nexus 5X on Project Fi. Technically, I got the phone yesterday, but since the case I ordered hasn’t arrived yet I’m not taking the phone anywhere yet. Once the case arrives, I will venture out with the Nexus 5x and see how the reception is and how the network provides me with coverage around here.
     I love the phone so far. It is smaller than the iPhone 6 Plus but that adjustment isn’t a real issue for me because the iPhone was actually rather clumsy at times due to its size. 
     I am really pleased that the Nexus 5x also works with the iGluco BG meter that I have. I was prepared to switch to another meter since the iGluco, as the name suggests, was originally designed for iOS. But the app is available on the Play Store, and I can continue using this meter. This is just a pleasant addition to the phone so far.
     I have had no issues at all with the phone or the network thus far. According to my account page, I have used a whopping 0.01 GB out of my 3 GB of allotted data for the plan thus far. Of course, I haven’t taken the Nexus 5x out of the apartment yet, and won’t until I have a case for it, but I can monitor the usage very easily with the app for the phone. If this works as planned, I will pay approximately $55 a month. $50 for the service and $5 for device protection and replacement. Of the $50, $20 is for the calling and texting and messaging with the extra $30 covering 3 GB of data at $10 per GB. If my usage doesn’t reach 3 GB, I receive a refund or credit on my next monthly bill. If the usage doesn’t reach 3 GB I can always reduce the amount of data that I want as well since wifi data usage does NOT count against that limit. If this works out and I were to leave my current carrier, I would save over $120 a month! The key is to not rush into a decision based on only 1 day. I need more time to see how well this will suit my needs over a month or two before making that decision.

Dreamers World June 25 2016 -Living And Learning

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 I have to admit that today has turned into an excellent day. What I feared was going to be a terrible experience as I messed around with various ways to get my blog posts published to different platforms has turned out much better than I expected. 
     I want to send a heartfelt and sincere “Thank You” to those who have responded as I went through this process. I am sincerely grateful to each and every one of you. It brightens my day to know that these words, often repetitive and off-topic, do resonate with others out there. 
     The main thing is that I have learned something new and meaningful for myself. That alone makes this a great day. The reason for attempting this is the strong possibility that I will be switching from an iPhone to Android in the near future. There is a wonderful app called Blogo that I have been using for about a year. Sadly, it isn’t available for Android devices yet. The developers have said that the Android version might be released early next year. 
     My reasons for probably switching back to Android after a few years has to do with cost, because iPhones are getting too damned expensive, and customization that I really miss when using the iPhone.  I ordered a Google Nexus 5x yesterday and am going to try out Project Fi from Google. Project Fi is an interesting idea that allows Nexus phones from Google to actually roam on multiple cell networks as well as approved wifi hotspots. The carriers that are participating are T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. 
     Another great prospect is the cost. The pricing options start at $20 and each GB of data afterwards can be purchased in $10 increments. 

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     While this looks like an outstanding value, I will try it for myself for a while and see how I like it. The cost means that I can continue my current service and not go broke at the same time.