Question of the day (9th October).

If you got unlimited money, what would be the first thing you’d buy?

My answer:

I really don’t know. It would certainly be cool having unlimited money and never have to worry about that stuff, be able to help people and live the way I want, but it’s not like I have any specific things that I’d dream of buying or anything. My Mum keeps saying that it’s a good thing to buy some land and/or property if one can afford to, in a good location, so that you can either sell it after some time if need be and make some money on it or start some business there or have a place to go on holidays or something. While if my money would be unlimited, I certainly wouldn’t need even more, it would be cool having an alternative place to live somewhere else, perhaps something very fancy like a castle, or just a small, cosy hideout, be it permanently or at some specific time of year or something, or I could give it to someone else in my family who’d be in need of a place to live or start a business in, like, Olek is currently looking into finding himself one somewhere in the countryside and potentially farming or doing something that could give him some more profit than his small business already does.

But more realistically, I always like to think things through, so even if I did indeed plan on buying some land or property after acquiring all that money, it would likely be some time until I’d actually decide that I seriously want to buy it and where exactly etc. and in that time, I’d probably already buy stuff like groceries or books or something like that. 😀

You? 🙂

Question of the day.

What are three things you recently purchased?

My answer:

I was out earlier today, mostly because I needed a haircut. Obviously I paid for it but that’s not really a purchase. I’ve been having a mild headache ever since I woke up, which I initially didn’t think was anything serious so didn’t take anything for it. I still sometimes find it difficult to figure out what has the potential to develop into a migraine and what not so much, and how much I can wait, and I also don’t want to take the meds more than necessary just because my brain’s a little achy. Having this headache reminded me that I was running out of my primary migraine med, so as I already had a valid prescription I wanted to get it on the way back. By the time I left the hairdresser’s my brains were throbbing quite a lot more and I was feeling real nauseous and had a bit of migraine chills already. I think it was really fortunate that I had to go to the pharmacy, because this way I was able to take it before I got home, and if I had to wait until I’d be home I’d probably be sick enough by then that it would be too late for anything to work. Also it was quite a blessing in disguise that I got this headache today because otherwise I’m sure I wouldn’t remember to get the med. 😀 So thanks to the way things worked out, my initial symptoms haven’t evolved into a real, major migraine. It’s still a bit achyy and I’m still feeling a bit shitty but definitely manageable. So yeah, I guess the migraine med counts as the purchase number one.

Then I also wanted to get some groceries and so did Mum so I paid both for the stuff I wanted for myself and for what Mum needed. There were quite a few grocery items so practically more than three things. 😀 And as we were shopping in a bigger supermarket, which is not where we usually do, there’s also Mish food so I bought some of that as well.

What are yours? 🙂

Question of the day.

Hi people! 🙂

What was the last thing you purchased?

My answer:

I went with my parents and Sofi on Monday to do some shopping, Sofi needed some stuff for school and I needed to get myself a larger power strip for all of my newly acquired chargers and cables – to do with the iPhone. The strip I’ve been using for years is not enough for my needs at the moment, as it only has three outlets. I’ve actually purchased a new strip already last week or so, I bought it in iSpot – which is Apple’s reseller – I decided to buy it there as I had to get some accessories from them anyway so I got a discount for the strip – it was called Eve Energy Strip – and, as you could expect from Apple related stuff, the strip I got was smart and compatible with Homekit – so that I could control it from my phone, without having to dig my fingers into an outlet every time I wanted to plug something out or having to guess whether the strip is on or off as I had to with my old strip. With Eve, I could for example tell Siri to switch one outlet on, while all the others would be off, which was not possible with my old strip, which was either on or off, and so if you wanted something not to waste the energy you just had to plug it out. I really liked Eve and the level of control I could have with it, and how easy it was actually to use, but there was one huge problem. Despite the iSpot guy told me that it was going to have six outlets – three normal ones and three USB ones – it had only three outlets. Way too few for me now. I need at least six, ideally seven or eight. So as much as I liked Eve, I had to pack it away, and was going to return it once my Mum comes back from her trip in the mountains. I told Mum about that and she called the iSpot people, and the guy who sold me the strip was very apologetic, saying that someone in the magazine must have made a mistake and shipped the wrong one.

Mum came back last Saturday and we decided to call the iSpot general helpline and have them take Eve, while we would go to our local iSpot shop and get the right one in the meantime. Which we did on Monday. This new strip was called Koogeek and did have six outlets, although its cable was ridiculously short, which was a bit of a problem as the wall socket in my room where it was supposed to be plugged in is under my bed, so that meant the strip would barely stick out of there, and I would hardly be able to use my devices on the bed while charging, which I do a lot. But there was a much bigger problem with Koogeek, as it turned out when we got home. I installed the Koogeek app on my phone to connect the strip, and boy was I surprised by it! I think it must be some sort of a really geeky-techy app because I wasn’t able to do anything with it, absolutely flipping anything. The manual said I had to create a Koogeek account, and yes, there was a button called “Join Koogeek”, but when I tapped on it, it did nothing. Nothing was loading, opening or even trying to open, no communicate or anything. Oh well – I thought – must be something with VoiceOver. I’ve heard from people that some apps are so wonderfully made that when there is some sort of a checkbox, like for example when you have to accept privacy policy or stuff, for some reason you won’t be able to do it with VoiceOver, you’d have to disable it to accept or check whatever is required. I haven’t seen anything like this in my short time with iPhone but thought that must be the first time. I called Mum, disabled VoiceOver and asked her to look at it, but she also couldn’t do anything. There were a few other buttons as well and none of them did anything at all. We sat with it for an hour and both got very pissed, but it wasn’t helping either. In the end, Mum came up with an idea that I could return this shitty Koogeek thing, because even if there is some way for the initiated people to connect it to the iPhone, if there are problems with such a basic thing I probably would have more problems with this strip further down the road as well, and instead I could keep the Eve, which was still here, and get another Eve to go with it, and, with some rearranging in my room, have them both plugged in different sockets. This is some solution and after some thinking I decided it’s not that bad at all. For now I have my most basic stuff plugged into the Eve. Of course I could write to the Koogeek support now asking them for help, but with my luck with tech support people in all sorts of different companies I can’t see it could accomplish much and would be a waste of time.

Only then when Mum thought seriously about driving back to iSpot on her own (previously it was Dad who drove us) she didn’t like the idea. It’s rather far from us, in a big shopping centre, and Mum didn’t feel confident going there, as she doesn’t know the way there very well and she once got lost in that same shopping centre with Sofi as it’s really huge so she has like a mini trauma associated with it. And Dad definitely wouldn’t be up to going this far yet again, for such a trivial reason. So I decided to give the Koogeek thing to Sofi, who was very happy and didn’t care about the phone app and Homekit, and became even happier when she realised that, for whatever reason, her phone charger, which always made her phone act very weird while charging – it wouldn’t let her write what she wanted but would write some other characters or wouldn’t respond to her gestures appropriately – now worked just fine with the new strip. So that’s good at least.

But that means I’ll have to pay for THREE, not particularly cheap power strips, which is quite outrageous, and not fun as I’ve had quite a lot of expenses in the last few months due to the whole iPhone thing, especially with the headphones and speaker. At least I hope the two Eves will be usable for me for a very long time.

How about you? 🙂

Question of the day.

Hey hey people! 🙂

My question for you today is the following:

What was the first major purchase you made with your own money?

My answer:

Misha! Mum helped me a bit but I paid most so, at least in practical terms, I’m his owner. I’ve never regretted that purchase, obviously, and generally, I think it was the best one in my life.

How about you? 🙂