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Sunday, February 26, 2017

IPad Pro Finally!

After Black Friday, I finally bought myself an iPad Pro.

I had purchased a Samsung Notebook 10.1 that I really loved.  However, there was a problem with the power button being depressed and the screen went black. I had the screen replaced by a friend, but he said that it was only a temporary fix.  Samsung would not replace the device so it barely lasted a year.  The major things that I loved about that Samsung was the multi-tasking and the pen.  I need the pen.  I used to draw and annotate as much as I could. I was able to print from it, but I had issues accessing some of my files from my other computers.  I loved watching movies and playing games on that thing too.  When it died, I set it on a shelf with thoughts of buying something more substantial.   I really wanted a iPad Pro when I heard about the Apple Pencil.  I had gotten a few iPads from donations for school. They had held up pretty well for years. Sometimes if something got on the screen of my Samsung, it would malfunction.

So I started looking at the iPad Pro, but the price was just too much.  I really didn't want to spend that much because I had just gotten my Mac Book Pro a year before.  Did I really "need" a tablet?  No.  I really didn't.  I went tablet-free for months.  Then, around Black Friday, I started seeing ads for the 12.7 inch iPad for less than $800.  I knew that I wanted the biggest "canvas" I could have.  I really missed drawing and doing art work on a table. I visualized how organized I would be with the iPad pro.  I would always keep it with me.  I would use it for everything!

So, when I saw a deal on Walmart for $725, I finally bought it.  I also got the Apple Pen for $99.  I was planning to wait and buy the "perfect" case and screen cover on Amazon.  My iPad came very quickly, but I had to wait almost a week for the Apple Pen.  I ended up buying a beautiful leather case  from KAVAJ on Amazon.  (http://kavaj.com)  I really love it.  I also got a case with a separate keyboard from Best Buy that I like, but am not using right now. I find the keyboard on the iPad is fine to use.  I bought a glow-in-the-dark Apple Pen holder for the charger and a magnetic pen hold for when I use my keyboard case.


Now, I can't imagine life before my iPad.  My favorite app is PDF Expert.  I downloaded my language arts curriculum and can annotate my lessons and units. There are times when I just put the iPad under the document camera to go over certain things.  Of course, my nephew had put many of his favorite games on it along side my favorite games.  I love the app Sketches and I am able to keep notebooks for everything from school things to handwriting to ideas.  My niece and nephew like some of the handwriting apps.  However, the large size is too much for them to handle. They prefer the 9.7 inch iPads/tablets.


I really like just taking a screenshot and then altering those images.  I haven't been writing as much as I would like, but I am amassing some ideas.  I still am working with paper and in my other notebooks.  The cost of this was huge.  However, I think I am saving money on "real" art supplies.  For example, I always am tempted to buy those coloring books. However, that is something I can do on my iPad.  (Also, it keeps me in the lines!)  I don't buy magazines or newspapers because I read a lot on my iPad.  Now, my ONLY complaint is that my shoulder hurts from using it so much.  I still read paper books in the bathtub, the day they come up with a waterproof iPad is the day I quit buying paperbacks (yeah, right!) 

I love doing school work in bed and being able to print to my HP printer in the other room.  I'm sure a lot of people don't use the Apple Pencil, but for me, it is a must. I frequently annotate PDFs.  I do need to charge it quite a bit, but I keep the charger by my pen so it can charge at night.  Again, I only wonder why I waited so long to get this device.   Although it is costly, I just cut back on my grocery bill, going out to eat, movies, and buying clothes/shoes.  I've been avoiding Michaels and buying any sewing fabric or supplies.  I wonder if this iPad actually saved me money!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Teeth Whitening

Every time I go to the dentist someone always says, "Wow, you have beautiful teeth!"  I am always like, "Really?" I am glad that I am cavity free, but I'm sure a lot of people are. Due to crowding, my one bottom tooth has moved.  Another thing I always think of is that my teeth are yellow! I guess I have this weird thing about teeth.  I always notice people's teeth.  If their teeth are really white, I am always very impressed.  I went to the dentist for a cleaning and check up this past week.  This is only my second visit to this dental office.  They are very thorough and do a great job.  On my last visit, they told me about the process to whiten.  I was really on the fence and tried another 6 months of store bought kits and home remedies. Nothing really worked!

So I finally made the decision to professionally whiten. They had a card of teeth colors and mine was C2, which was yellowish. They said that these colors whiten faster.  It was $295.  A technician came in and made a mold of my teeth.  She kept saying that I was easy to take impressions from and that she got the most beautiful molds she's ever gotten. That was weird because using all those whiten at home molds always made me gag and dry heave.  This was easy.  Later that day, the office called and said that my kit was ready.  I stopped in the next day.  I got a quick lesson on how to whiten. I started as soon as I got home. 
Original teeth color before whitening

Day 1 after first whitening

Day 2 

Day 3

The procedure is pretty easy.  They gave me a prescription sensitivity toothpaste that I brush with. I don't rinse after brushing.

 I have these syringes with the whitening gel.  I put a thin line of it in the clear molds of my teeth and put them in.  Then I am supposed to suck in my breath, so they seal.  Then, I take a wet toothbrush and clean my gums so the whitening stuff doesn't get on it.  I set my cell phone timer for 30 minutes.

That's it.  I have always had sensitive teeth, but I am not noticing anything too different. I keep going about 7-10 days until I reach my ideal white color.   They also told me to rinse after drinking coffee (or red wine, but I don't drink that).  I was also told to go to every other day if my teeth start to hurt.  The worst thing is that I feel like my teeth were worse than I though.  I now look at them and think, "Why didn't I do this before?"  I'll keep updating.  
Day 4

Day 5
     
        Day 6
     
Day 7
    
    Day 8
I thought that my teeth would be a lot whiter at this point:( I think I'm going to use more gel and maybe leave it on longer.  I have been rinsing my mouth after coffee.  Is this just the natural color of my teeth?  I guess I do see a slight improvement.  They said 7-10 days, so I guess I can't give up now.
Day 9
BEFORE
AFTER Day 10

This should be my LAST night of whitening.  I really don't feel like my teeth are even that much whiter!  I still have two tubes of the whitening stuff left.  I believe those are for touch-ups.  However, I wonder if I should just continue to try to whiten.  They really don't look that different to me...Is this $300 down the drain? 

Day 11:  I wondering if the light in my bathroom is bad.  I am going to take a teeth selfie in a better lit room and see if there is any improvement. 

In same light

Day 1                                                           Day 17 (11th whitening treatment) Better light picture!

I've come too far to give up now.  I have the gel for about six more treatments.  If I don't see more of an improvement, I will contact my dental office.  I still see that yellowish tinge.
Treatment 15 or so

I really wanted my teeth white-white.  However, they do look better!  I have one tube of the whitening stuff left.