Hello! My name is Kristal, and I grew up in a small town in Texas where the only thing to do was play PacMan at the laundromat. Now, I live in Scotland! I hope this to be a fun, entertaining, and informative blog for my family, friends, and all you other people out there. Let the adventures begin.
I've posted photos from Seaton Park and the Brig O' Balgownie in previous posts (link1, link2), so I'm only posting pictures from the part of the walk along the river. You get there by walking down the stairs at the Brig O' Balgownie. At the Bridge of Don, you'll have to cross to road and continue down the street until you see the sign for the walk down the beach
Wow!! This week got away from me! This weekend was busy. We went to the theater to see the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. I was disappointed. It seemed like they tried to cram all 3 of the original films into one movie, which resulted in too much in the storyline with little character or plot development. Also, Michael Bay must have just transferred the Transformers soundtrack to TMNT because shredder sounded like one of the Transformers every time he moved. Lame.
On Sunday we drove south to St. Cyrus with Ana and Dan for a walk on the beach. It was raining at first but cleared enough for a nice evening. The dogs got lots of running in, so that was good! (Thanks to Dan for sending me pictures!)
I think smartphone users really love applications. It seems like there is an app for everything now. Let's get to the point. Here is my top 5 list. These are the apps I use the most and recommend to others.
Tectrify Temperature Converter
This app instantly converts between Fahrenheit (to the tenth decimal) and Celsius (to the thousandth decimal). As an American living in the UK where the oven is in degrees Celsius but my recipes have degrees Fahrenheit, I need this often!
iSyncr for iTunes to Android
Syncs your iTunes library from your desktop to your Android using either wifi or a USB connection. It's really easy to use. Install the app on your phone. Then, install the application on your computer. You can import your entire iTunes library including music, album covers, podcasts, and video. If you don't want every song, you can create a playlist on your computer and only import that playlist to your Android device. I'm really pleased with this app. Don't forget to keep both the Android and desktop apps updated.
MyFitnessPal and MapMyWalk
I'm listing these two together because they work well together. MyFitnessPal is a great way to keep track of what you are eating/drinking every day and the amount of calories in those items. I lost 6lbs in 2 months (I exercise frequently but didn't change that routine, just watched my calories.) using this. It provides caloric guidelines for you to follow depending on your selection of weight preference: lose, gain, or stay. It's easy to use. You can scan barcodes and the nutritional information will pop up with a choice of the number of servings you had. Many recipes are also easily found, especially as users continue adding the information. If you can't find something, you can create your own recipe and then enter the number of servings you had. The nutritional information is calculated as you add each ingredient via the database or barcode scanning.
MapMyWalk will use the GPS to track your workout, calculate the calories burned, and then send that information to MyFitnessPal to include in your daily calorie count. You can select the type of work out including hiking and dog walks.
Cost: < £1.00/year
This app is great for families who live in different countries. It allows you to send text and multimedia messages internationally with no fees. It works with wifi. It syncs with your contacts in your phone, so even if you don't use your mobile to call international numbers, it's best to add the numbers (with the appropriate country and area codes) to your mobile contact list. As long as they are in you contact list, when your friends and family download the app, they will be automatically added.
This app allows you to make deposits (up to a certain amount) from anywhere, schedule an appointment, and locate the nearest Wells Fargo ATM. It's been great for us living overseas because we have a rental property in Texas and other accounts in the US that sometimes results in us getting cheques in US dollars here. Typically, you'd have to mail in the cheque to a Wells Fargo branch to have it deposited, which could take up to 6 weeks. With this app, it's done instantly. It's also very secure. The app wouldn't even let me take a screenshot on my mobile BEFORE logging in.
Yesterday, my friend Kate and I decided to go on a day trip. Unfortunately for us, it was pouring rain and VERY windy. Unfortunately, for Kate, I didn't care. We bundled up and hit the road. First stop: Glendronach Distillery (pronounced "Glen-drawn-uk"). I didn't take many pictures because I have been there (blog link), but this time I got to do something new! I bottled and signed my own whisky. It's yummy!
Next stop: Huntly Castle
This is just the entrance, which I think might be part of the school now?
We didn't go in because the rain and high winds would have made it slippery and unpleasant. At least we got to see the castle. :)
eeek!! Cold! Wet! hehe :)
If you let the weather in Scotland keep you in the house, you may never leave home. Bundle up and get going!