Thursday, November 17, 2011

New Podcatcher

Last time I went to work, I left my mp3 player in my desk. It is too far to justify going back just to get my mp3 player when I have a new perfectly good smartphone that can download and play podcasts on its own. I finally had the impetus I needed to look into android podcatchers.

I settled on BeyondPod. It’s not free, but I just didn’t think I was going to end up being satisfied with any of the free options for the long haul and I didn’t want to shop any more. It impressed me in the trial period and I’m fully satisfied with its functionality. I do miss having a physical button for skipping to the next track, but that is the only downside to using my phone to listen to podcasts.

On the up side, there is a button for skipping 30-seconds and one for going back 5 seconds. When I skip to the next track, I have it set to delete the listened-to track automatically, so I never have to clean up after myself or get confused about which ones I’ve listened to already. The volume rocker does work even when the screen is off, so I don’t have to miss that feature of my old mp3 player.

Emergency Chocolate

New Picture (3)1/4 cup chips (I prefer mixed butterscotch and dark chocolate chips)
1 Tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup oatmeal (I prefer rolled oats)

Microwave chips and peanut butter on high for a minute. Mix.
Add oatmeal. Stir.

Enjoy. With milk.

Notes: Makes 1/2 cup- just the right size for a XS Round Bowl from Glad.This recipe actually makes just a little more than I want in one sitting, so I measure small. 2/5 of the calories come from the oatmeal, 2/5 from the chips, 1/5 from the peanut butter. The rolled oats take a bit of chewing, which allows you to savor the chocolate peanut butter that much longer and makes your brain think you’ve eaten a lot.20111117_201926-1

This isn’t something I would serve to someone, but when there’s no junk food in the house, it can be just what The Doctor ordered. Pictured is 1/2 a recipe.