I decided to skip NROLFW this morning. Stage 7 has been rough in the sore-ness department and I just want to make sure I’m ready to go for Gasparilla on Sunday. Instead of NROLFW I took Maddie for a long walk around the neighborhood and completed YogaDownload.com’s Yoga for Runners (you can download the 20 minute podcasts via iTunes for free).
Unfortunately, Maddie and I had a tag along on our walk. One mile in, a black pitbull decided to join us. He was wandering the street sans tags and wanted to make friends. However, Maddie? Not so much. The pit was super friendly – almost too friendly – and scared the crap out of Maddie. A forty pound pit versus a twelve pound jack russell terrier? Yeah, Maddie did not like those odds.
I had to pick Maddie up to stop her from whining and snapping. I’ve never seen her more scared of another dog before. The pit was friendly, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t intimidating as well. He continued to follow us, so I circled back and found the house I assumed was his home and stayed there until the pit eventually gave up and ran to one of the backyards.
Poor Maddie refused to be let down after that and continued to jump in my arms until we reached our front door. It’s one thing to carry Maddie down the street, but for a full mile back to the house? I guess I got my arm workout in for the day.
My breakfast this morning was a little mid-week treat.
Two slices of french toast (whole wheat bread that I dipped in an egg, milk, and vanilla extract mix, then fried on the griddle) covered with cinnamon apples and a thinned PB2 mix (who needs syrup when you have PB2?).
So. Good. I think it was the PB2 ‘glaze’ on top. I really enjoy PB2 because you can make it as thin or as thick as you want, which is perfect when you want to use it as a topping. It definitely added a level of pea-nutty goodness to my french toast.
What’s your favorite french toast topping? I think this morning’s combo just moved high up on my life of faves, right behind fresh strawberries and cool whip. 🙂
I have to give Walt Disney World credit, they scored major brownie points by offering free in-room WiFi (something new that they’ve only started including in the last year or so), but when the connection fades in and out – and is painfully slow at best – I would almost rather fork over the traditional $12.95 a day just to guarantee a stronger connection.
I wasn’t the only one who had problems with the internet – each member of my group had similar issues. Most of them had given up trying to blog while on property, while others got lucky with the hit and miss connection and were able to post snippets of the weekend. I promise that none of us were openly complaining, just merely making the observation that the WiFi, well, sucked.
It wasn’t until the third day (after spending 30 minutes trying to upload a post that wasn’t budging) I decided to break out the Droid Razr that Verizon had sent as part of their Ambassador program and put the Mobile Hotspot connection to the test.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure how the Mobile Hotspot connection would work with uploading a post. I typically blog in Ecto (a program that allows you to blog off line and simply press ‘publish’ when you’re connected to the internet or ready to post) which usually requires a strong internet connection to upload all the photos at once (especially when there are a lot of them). I’ve heard from folks with other Mobile Hotspot devices that the internet connection can be slow when connected, and I was afraid it wouldn’t be strong enough to upload a photo-heavy post.
I crossed my fingers, turned the Mobile Hotspot on, found the signal in my list of networks, and connected using the password provided through the phone.
Whoa. What a difference.
I was blown away by how fast the Verizon Mobile Hotspot connection was right from the start. Before I touched anything, I pressed ‘publish’ on the post and watched it post almost immediately. FINALLY. I literally jumped up and starting doing my happy dance. From there on out, I relied on the Verzion Mobile Hotspot for internet through the rest of the weekend. The only hiccup was how fast producing the signal drained the Razr’s battery – which wasn’t an issue when it was plugged in for charging.
With the Mobile Hotspot connection being as fast as it was, I can definitely see this option coming in handy during future travels where the WiFi connection is low, unavailable, or $$. Of course, this only works if the cellphone has great reception, but that’s a risk you’d take anywhere.
Does your phone have Mobile Hotspot? What has your experience been with it?
Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassadors’ Program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. All opinions are my own.