Day 810: Improvements

Yesterday, I witnessed and participated in several improvements, including:

  • people working to improve coping skills and reduce anxiety, depression, and stress,
  • me overcoming anxiety and improving myself by singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”  at a party, and
  • comedian Steven Wright, creatively and hilariously  improving people’s moods last night at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre.

Today, I’ve witnessed and participated in several technological  “improvements” which have made it more difficult to:

  • share my video of my singing performance and
  • write this blog post.

At this point, despite several tries (and searches for help online), I cannot “improve” YouTube by posting  my singing performance there from my iPhone (done easily, twice, in 2014).

However, I do know how to improve this post with some photos from yesterday:











I shall now improve your understanding of those photos. Three of them were taken at the party. Also, I snapped the last shot after I FOUND A PARKING SPACE  DIRECTLY ACROSS FROM THE WILBUR THEATER!!!

Talk about improvements.

All right, dear readers (who improve my life, daily), I shall now try to improve this post (which I’m creating on my iPhone) by including  last night’s video the same way I include photos here (a feat of improvement, strength, and skill never before attempted by me).

Nope. Can’t do it.

Here’s another improvement I am noticing in myself, right now.

Often, when I cannot do something I’ve been able to do before, I get:

  • anxious,
  • depressed,
  • stressed, and
  • freaked out.

I hope it’s an improvement to this post to share that I’m not alone in this.

Here’s today’s improvement:

I am letting go of my disappointment in not improving this post in all the ways I’d like to, right now. I have faith that, with help from others, I shall be able to improve a future blog post with my video from the party.

I shall now further improve this blog post with this Steven Wright line from last night:

I was wondering how my life might have been different if I’d been born one day earlier, and I thought it wouldn’t be different at all, except that I’d have asked that question yesterday.

How might you improve this post with a comment, today ?

Thanks to everybody who improved my life yesterday and to you — of course! — for improving my world, here and now.

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34 thoughts on “Day 810: Improvements

  1. a passing grade
    is more than
    an understatement 🙂

  2. Reading this improved my day😄

  3. I changed my email password last week and since then my computer, iPad, and phone will receive email but not send it! Tomorrow I take them all to a Mac guy and hopefully he can improve them without sending me to the poorhouse.

  4. Its an amazing improvement to use your smartphone for posting Ann! Its one I am still working on 😉

    • I had to use my phone when I left my power cord for my laptop in California, Val. That turned out to be an improvement for me: it was much easier for me to include photos I took on my phone in a post I created that way. So now, even when I’ve got my power cord back, I haven’t gone back to posting on my laptop. Unexpected improvements are everywhere!

  5. I love the random banana peel on the snow bank Ann!

    I bet you could include your singing video by just copying and pasting the link. I know, I know, it’s not the same as embedding it, but I want to see it!!! ❤
    Diana xo

    • Copying and pasting what link, Diana? For now, the video is just on my iPhone. I can’t upload it to YouTube. I’m trying to use Vimeo, but that’s a new improvement and I haven’t figured out how to make that work yet, either.

      The holes in my knowledge about all this are many and big! I hope to improve this soon.

  6. I’m glad you witnessed so many improvements yesterday, Ann. It seems the singing you were dreading went really well! Sorry to hear that probems with technology stopped you from sharing your performance – but that means we’ve still got it to look forward to. May your improvements continue to happen. 🙂

  7. I thought you have been already improving all along. Doing this post from iPhone is not an easy thing.

  8. Ann, I was able to do it. You have to go directly to YouTube (mobile), to Your Videos, and on the right it says “upload”. It will give you access to your iPhone’s images and videos; then pick the one you want, and it will be uploaded directly to You Tube. Then, after it’s uploaded, there are three dots on the right; press those and a menu pops out; and then press “Share”; then press “Copy Link”. That’s it; then copy the link and paste in on the post.

    • That’s why I got the iPhone 6 Plus, because I can see these things better on a bigger screen.

      • But you don’t have to show that video Ann; I don’t have to “see” things in order to believe them; your presence here was enough today, so much for the video, and it really doesn’t even matter.

    • Maria! Thank you, so much, for improving my understanding and ability to do this! I’m uploading the video as I’m typing this comment.

  9. This post was improved by the suspense of not knowing when your Lion Sings Tonight will show up, and the hope that it will show up pretty soon. I loved your photos and am glad that you survived Snowmageddon 2015. I survived it with you — from a distance. 🙂

  10. I wonder if Aaron can post the audio of your song, along with an animation of Misheard Lyrics — Lion Sings Tonight. ~grin~

  11. If you can attach your iPhone to the computer you can transfer the video to your laptop or desktop. It might be easier to upload it to iTunes from there, if only because the screen will be bigger.

    • This is a great, improving idea, which I would have tried, except that Maria (see above) got to me first with her improvement.

  12. I experienced so many tech glitches this week that Day 810 is kind of like a big, family dinner party for me (the good kind, not the kind that movie scripts are made of).

  13. I want to live inside that comfort zone!

  14. I thought the banana peel was unappealing, even on that dirty snow, Ann.

    OK, I had some trouble moving videos from my phone to YouTube. Here’s what I did to fix it. I shut the phone off totally, not just let it go to sleep. You know, push the power button on the side until the white apple shows? Let it rest for a moment, then push the power button again, and the phone will start afresh. This cleared the path from video to the YouTube app, which then loaded my video perfectly.

  15. I cry when I can’t “improve” the little things. On little technological devices. Or on my new laptop. I almost cried here. I guess I identify with you. I am laughing at myself now, so that is a good thing. Thanks for this post.

    • You improved my world with this comment. Elva. Thanks for letting me know how you almost cried, laughed, and identified with me.

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