Busy, busy week…
I’m writing this on my new iPad, which is a challenge… But having invested my life savings and an arm and a leg in it I’m going to crack it if it kills me. My Ma always says, “Where there’s a will there’s a way, and you my dear have one of the strongest wills I’ve ever seen.”
She’s not wrong…
I discovered this afternoon, to my dismay, that you can’t actually blog from an iPad… Which is entirely why I bought the bloody thing… Because the sites like WordPress and Blogspot haven’t married up the touch screen interface with the host domain’s dashboard yet. You can’t upload pics or vids or docs which is obviously what I do a lot of, in fact it’s all I do, other than the actual text of my diaries.
However. Relax. I’ve found an app which is very clever and seems to work really well other than crashing occasionally. It enables you to post vids from Youtube and photos either from your library on your iPad or flickr, or images directly from the web. It involved the setting up of various accounts but that was relatively simple to do. I wanted to find a way of blogging whereby I could be entirely self sufficient with just an iPad so that when I travel it’s all I need to take. This app seems to be the answer.
It’s called Blogsy.
I may eat my words after I press the publish button and see the results of my endeavours, but fingers, toes legs and eyes are all crossed.
Saturday 17th September
Last Saturday I drove Isaac up to Leeds. The traffic was chaotic. We witnessed the aftermath of about seven accidents and every other car seemed to be piled full of cardboard boxes and duvets- a mass exodus of teens off to uni from every city along the stretch of the M1.
As always we passed the four hour journey (I know- very extended…) with pleasant conversation and an eclectic selection of music. Isaac is never anything but good company, a fact that never ceases to make me feel anything other than joyful.
The top pic is of Isaac’s flats, bang in the centre of Leeds and the bottom is of the architecture building. A wonderful structure, award winning, that looks like it’s made of rusty metal panels like an old ship’s hull.
Negotiating the one way system and ring roads of Leeds was not easy, which considerably added to our journey time and my frazzle-factor, but we finally arrived at The Plaza, Isaac’s home for the next year, a mere hour and a half later than our booked appointment time. No one was bothered however and we were greeted by a smiling rep, shown where to park and register and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Isaac’s on the tenth floor in a flat with five others- three girls and one boy. His room is a decent size and he has his own ensuite which is tiny, like an aeroplane loo. It’s all beige moulded plastic, but clean and functional with enough shelf space for a razor, shaving foam and a tooth brush and paste. (Just as well he doesn’t often wear make up or use many hair products…) Ha ha!
We unpacked his stuff, then re-packed half his clothes back in the suitcase for me to bring home again when he realised how much space he doesn’t have. (He must get his clothes collecting gene from someone… Can’t think who?) Made up his bed, found a home for everything, learnt why the Asda coat-hangers we bought were so cheap, discovered the local corner shop- very handy- bought loo rolls and washing powder which we realised we’d forgotten and Isaac made me a cup of tea before I left him pinning up all his pics and gig tickets on his pin board above his bed.
By the time I’d driven round the perimeter of Leeds at least three times and through it’s centre twice in an inept attempt to locate either the M1 or the A1-I wasn’t fussy as long it was heading South- I’d completely swallowed the lump in my throat and forgotten it was ever there. He’ll be fine. I know that. And it’s not like he’s not been away before. And he is a messy bugger. And noisy. But I do miss him.
I’ll publish this and see how it looks before I write up a whole week of drivel in case I find it’s got even drivellier thanks to the inadequacies of modern technology.
If it works all hail Blogsy!!!