First, I fell for Google Reader. Then, it was Google Calendar (I love love love having an easy way to keep calendars coordinated with Sam on a regular basis!). And recently, I made the switch to gMail (love the message threads - makes my inbox look soooo much cleaner). At first, I was a bit annoyed that there wasn't a good syncing program between Google Calendar and Outlook, because those Outlook pop-ups are essential for remembering appointments. But then I discovered Bubbles to solve that problem. This way, I still get pop-ups on my desktop, and though I can't tell the reminder to pop back up in 10 minutes, it serves its purpose.
The only thing left I wanted was a way to sync my Google Calendar with my iPod, so that I could take a quick look at my calendar if I was scheduling something when away from a computer. I couldn't get Outlook to easily import my the .cal output from Google Calendar, so I had kind of given up until reading Lifehacker today. My solution was clear - iPodCALsync, which avoids having to sync to Google and goes right to my iPod.
Yesterday, the heat went off in our apartment for the first time in over a month, so we (and by we I mean Sam at my begging) took the opportunity to try and change the valve on our main radiator to one that will actually be able to shut the radiator off. We've actually had our windows open since the heat went on to try and keep our apartment at a normal temperature since the "thermostat" on our main radiator does nothing. Sadly, Sam was only partially successful at getting the old fixture unscrewed, so we were unable to replace the fixture and we're pretty much resigned to calling a plumber to fix it, but it was still nice to know my husband can do almost any repair around the house!
After a hard battle with the radiator, Sam settled down on the couch, which Paris saw as a perfect opportunity to get comfortable, in amazingly close proximity to Maddie.