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If you read this blog on a regular basis, you may know that I dropped my iPhone into the toilet.  I now have a replacement but being the iGenius that I am I still haven’t figured out how to load my music from my aging computer to my iPhone.   Life is rough and whenever I get in front of the computer at home my children claw at me to watch a Japanese cat jump in the box or to add another million hits on Gundam Style.  (My bilingual children seem to be learning Korean.)

Keep hope and information at your fingertips.  I try to fill samurai notebooks only with useful and inspirational information.  Sometimes I run into great quotes or plans that change my trajectory.

Keep hope and information at your fingertips. I try to fill samurai notebooks only with useful and inspirational information. Sometimes I run into great quotes or plans that change my trajectory.

While I’m hunting for the great Snow Leopard that will help me solve my music issues, I am relying more on other tools.   Notebooks and podcasts, oh my!   Since the iPhone drop incident, I’ve started to spend a little bit more time with my samurai notebook.   These are little notebooks that I put interesting and positive ideas and supposedly review on schedule.   (Two days, four days, 1 wk, etc).   I recently just reviewed a notebook that I won’t have to review again until 2015.  The nice thing about real notebooks is that you don’t need to worry about software updates, etc.    What inhabits my latest entries in my notebook:  the number of kanji I am studying (2893), fun snippets from Study Hacks,  notes from a teacher training that were actually useful, and notes from previous notebooks that I want to keep current.

Screenshot of some of the apps that live on my iPhone, including a Japanese/Japanese dictionary.  Without music, my iPhone doesn't have a soul. :( :)

Screenshot of some of the apps that live on my iPhone, including a Japanese/Japanese dictionary. Without music, my iPhone doesn’t have a soul. 🙁 🙂

When I’m walking around I’ve been hitting up Japanese podcasts.  My current favorites are The Lifestyle Museum and 日曜天国 (Monday Paradise).   Add a few Junk podcasts and I am good to go.

However, when I finally get to my laptop or computer, I sigh and turn on the tunes or the youtube music I’ve collected.   Music is so easy to work with.  Music is so much fun.  It’s why my little children are adding Korean to their English and Japanese palettes.  Hopefully, I can upgrade my computer and get my tunes back.  (Note to self:  don’t rely on one device to take your music around.)

Some fun podcasts.  If I don't understand the content, I listen to the tone of the voices and find something to enjoy.  The female voice in 日曜 is like honey.

Some fun podcasts. If I don’t understand the content, I listen to the tone of the voices and find something to enjoy. The female voice in 日曜 is like honey.  AJATT also recommends heading for the honey.

In the meantime, I’m trying to stay flexible like a true samurai, hunting the Snow Leopard, reading notebooks, listening to podcasts, and watching culturally uplifting programs like this.  I will survive.

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