Apps I Am Obsessed With

As the pouring rain continues to pound on my roof and I wait for a pot of quinoa to come to a boil, my cellphone dinged.  “‘Boyfriend D’ didn’t answer correctly.  It’s your turn!”  Trivia Crack was calling my name.  Do you play Trivia Crack?  Tell me it isn’t absolutely addicting!  If you haven’t heard of it, Trivia Crack is just that.  It’s a game you have to play against another actual person that’s kind of like Trivia Pursuit.  You “spin” a wheel and one of six categories comes up: art, geography, science, history, sports, and entertainment.  The 7th spot on the wheel is a crown, where you choose the category.  If you answer correctly, you get the crown.  You need all 6 crowns to win (there is one for each category).  So how do you get a crown if you don’t land on it?  After 3 consecutive spins that don’t land on a crown, your 4th question is worth a crown.

Originally, I had no idea what to write about tonight.  Then my cellphone dinged and with it came an a-ha moment.  I’ll write about the apps I am obsessed with on my phone.  To start, I have an iPhone 5S with iOS 7.

Hang on…my quinoa is boiling.

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Where were we?  Ah, yes, I have an iPhone 5S with iOS 7.  In no particular order, I present to you The Apps I Use Most:

  • Facebook/Instagram/Twitter – You know, the ones for social networking.  Follow the blog/Finn.  I like Facebook to keep up with my friends and family, especially those I don’t see very often and that aren’t local (my brother lives in Israel).  I use Instagram to post pictures of Finn so I don’t annoy my Facebook friends with her cuteness (I used to post pictures of Finn the way people post pictures of their children.  What can I say?  Finn is my furbaby).  I use Twitter solely for the blog and to follow CrossFit/Paleo people and companies.
  • Swarm/Foursquare/Yelp – I used to love Swarm FKA FourSquare for checking in and gaining “mayorships.”  I don’t use it for much anymore unless I know there is going to be some kind of deal with it (check in at a restaurant and sync your AmEx to save $5).  I use Yelp for the same purpose, which came in very handy at CorkBuzz Union Square last Thursday (“Show this to your server and get a free glass of wine with purchase of an entree.”).
  • ResQwalk – Going for a walk with or without your dog?  Open up ResQwalk, select a rescue (I chose Double Dog Rescue as that’s where I found Finn), and click start your walk.  When you finish, click end.  Every Monday, ResQwalk announces their “pot” for the week (usually $1,250).  Each selected rescue gets the percentage of the pot that equates to their percentage of miles walked (for example, to use easy numbers, if a total of 1000 miles were walked that week and 50 were walked for DDR, DDR gets 5% of the pot or $62.50).   No money comes out of my pocket but some pennies do go to DDR and that’s never a bad thing.
  • WordPress – This is an easy place for me to see the new posts on the blogs I read (I’ll post about these at a later date if you wish.  Let me know in the comments.) as well as the stats for this blog.
  • LinkedIn/Pulse – LinkedIn is a good site/app for networking.  Pulse is a quick place to read articles by LinkedIn Influencers.
  • Goodreads – This is where I track the books I have read and the books I want to read. It’s perfect for book club if I’m at the library and can’t remember the book I need to borrow.
  • GoodGrapher – This is a free graphing calculator app.  It can’t do everything my old TI-83 Plus Silver Edition (did I just date myself?) was able to do, but it’s good enough for when I’m tutoring and need to quickly pull up this graph for my pre-calc student:
    rationalIn case you’re wondering, here’s a screenshot from GoodGrapher:
  • OpenTable – I absolutely cannot live without OpenTable.  I use this for making all of my restaurant reservations.  Each reservation gets you 100 points (they do have some specials for 1000 points).  At 2000 points, you can cash in for a $20 dining cheque.  5000 points get you $50 or 10,000 points get you $100 (I save mine for this).  I’ll make a reservation up two minutes before walking into a restaurant just to get my points.
  • HopStop – Do you live in New York City or another large city with a metro transit system?  You have to have HopStop.  This app gives you all of the walking/bus/subway/train/taxi (with approximate fare) directions you could possibly need.
  • Pinterest – First, follow me.  Second, I love Pinterest as a place to store links in one easy place.  For example, on my “Paleo Foodie Times” board, I have links to all of the paleo recipes I want to try.  Instead of Googling what I hope is the name of the dish, I just go to the board and find it.  Third, as you may recall from my Goals post, I’m trying to grow at work.  My wardrobe is a huge work in progress and I am trying to make it more professional.  Pinterest is a fantastic source of outfit inspiration.
  • CrossFit My Box – If you go to a CrossFit, see if your affiliate has an app for the schedule.  I can’t see WODs for the app but I can sign up for classes or cancel my reservation while I’m on the road.  If I’m caught in traffic and not going to make the 6 o’clock?  At my next red light I’ll open the app, cancel my reservation, and sign up for the 7 o’clock.
  • Games – Let’s do this all as one.
    • Jumbline 2 – Like anagrams?  This is for you.  I got my aunt and Boyfriend D hooked and Boyfriend D hates word puzzles.
    • Backgammon – Good Jew?
    • Subway Surf – Addicting in the sense of I MUST COMPLETE THE DAILY CHALLENGE!
    • TwoDots – Like Dots, but with a puzzle theme and goals to accomplish to beat a level (i.e. clear 50 blue dots).  There is the Daily Quest that keeps my coming back day after day.  I sorely need this since the developers can’t keep up with how quickly I beat levels.
    • Trivia Crack – Worth mentioning twice, but I won’t go into anymore detail.
    • Crosswords – Free daily crosswords but a lot of repeated clues.
  • The Weather Channel – Self-explanatory.
  • WhatsApp – Because texting Israel is very expensive.
  • Fly Delta/JetBlue – To track my points/miles and use e-tickets.
  • Google Maps – Because it’s great when you don’t know your north from south in downtown Manhattan and also works better than some car GPS units (not the kind that come with the car).

I have more apps on my phone but I don’t use them as often as I use the above listed ones.

Tell me, dear Fitters, what is your favorite app and what’s missing from my collection?

Also, if you’ve never made quinoa and are curious about it, it’s so easy:

Rinse 1 cup of quinoa in a mesh strainer.  Place quinoa in a pot with 2 cups of water.  Bring to a boil.  Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until all of the water is gone.  Cool and enjoy!  (If you want more quinoa, continue to use a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water.)

On that note, my quinoa is finished.  Time to remove it from the stove.  Until next time!

(These reviews are my own, totally uncompensated opinions. The apps featured here are all free and are the ones I choose to use.   Hooray for impulse downloads!)

7 thoughts on “Apps I Am Obsessed With

  1. Paulina says:

    Hi there! Really enjoyed reading about your favorite apps – I was hoping to reach you via email, would you mind sending me a note at the email address I’ve provided? Thank you!


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