May 25th, 2015

Memorial Day Weekend in New Hampshire, Part the Third

Today, we packed up. I had promised A. on the previous evenings' visits to the water park to bring a camera to take a picture of her on the little bench with the sign. I kept leaving my phone in the room, so this morning we stopped on our way to check out to get the picture. We checked out, stopped at Dunkin' Donuts, where the combined effect of Monday (vs. Sunday) and being about 30 minutes earlier meant the line wasn't nearly as painfully long as the previous day. We got to park without crossing the road (by the fence! I love parking by the fence. Fewer worries about the kids getting into trouble with cars), altho the Season Pass line was still ridiculous so we still just have our vouchers. We'll get that taken care of eventually. The kids played on the tree (forgot to mention: yesterday, I even got to have my Sunday phone call with K.! It was great! Wherever we are, we still get to talk to each other for about a half hour every Sunday. Highlight of the week!), then did Roarasaurus a couple times. They have been wanting to "ride alone", so we just took them around to rides, sat on benches and let _them_ wait in line. It was great.

R. and I had Dole Whips when the kids got ice cream (at the Make Your Own Sundae / Maak je eigen ijscoupe -- I think this is wrong. I don't think you should use eigen that way, but I'll ask my teacher). Then we got lunch at The Oasis, where the line to order was non-existent and they had food already in the time it took me to run to the loo.

The kids rode the Polar Coaster while we continued to read on electronic devices at The Oasis. We didn't even feel guilty taking up a table, because it was that empty.

We did a couple rounds at the flume ride, and then left. A. was sad to leave, but mostly quit complaining once we dug her iPad out and she went back to playing her Rail Maze game.

Once home, it was _so nice_ that I had made a point of cleaning some of the sinks, run the dishwasher and cleared off the island (and even made beds) before we left. Our normal cleaning on Monday didn't happen because of the holiday, but it was almost like it did anyway. We got stuff mostly put away (even did the laundry) and the kids are in bed. I'm headed there next.

A Few Remarks About the Apple Watch

I've already posted some partial reviews, but I wore both FitBit and the Apple Watch on a 4 day weekend trip to two regional kiddie amusement parks. One, Santa's Village in Jefferson, NH, has _terrible_ cell service, and what there is is EVDO, IIRC -- it just sucks the life out of your phone. They do have some wifi in the park. Next time, I think I'll just turn cellular off entirely. I did eventually turn off almost everything that I had using cellular data, because my phone just kept running lower and lower on battery, but which I believe, in the end, was the Weather App. The face I use on the Watch will include current temperature based on location and the Apple Weather app, which meant, well, you can imagine. Not Pretty.

The second and third days in the parks were at Storyland, in Glen, NH. Cellular is much better but there is no wifi (that I have been able to find anyway). They have only added digital photo options this year, so I feel optimistic that the future holds wifi altho probably not this year (Santa's Village has an app; to the best of my knowledge, Storyland still does not). No problem with battery life. I remembered to bring my kindle into the park these days, so I had something to do while waiting in line.

Step counts on the Apple Watch and the FitBit are not directly comparable, and I have no idea why. I first thought that it was because I was taking the Watch off to go into the water park, but then I started checking _before_ I took the Watch off (and yes, I put them both on at the same time in the morning -- I can't sleep with the FitBit on so I don't). The FitBit _always_ has a lot more steps than the Watch, even when the distance is the same (or even when the distance is greater on the Watch!!!).

For example, today's steps are 15,062 on the Watch, distance 7.87 miles. Meanwhile, on the FitBit, the steps are 16,801 and the distance is 7.33 miles. I'm assuming this is because the Watch figures stride at a different number than the FitBit (and presumably this can be adjusted altho I don't know how to do it on the Watch and have forgotten how to do it on the FitBit).

I did not find the Activity iPhone app until today, and I didn't find the step counter until partway through the weekend. I was debating whether I was happy with the Watch's summary of activity, which is kind of cool. It uses heart rate and steps to figure minutes of "exercise", in addition to the you-should-stand-up-at-least-one-minute-per-hour and a step counter/active calories meter. Once I found the step counter, I got interested in whether the FitBit and the Watch were the same. I'm not sure how I feel about the difference between the two, however, I don't feel any particular commitment to the FitBit beyond having Friends there to compare to. And I sort of really like the "Exercise" aspect of the Watch, in that it is measuring elevated heart rate.

The headphone pairing situation with the Watch vs. the phone continues to be spectacularly annoying, mostly because my headset wants to pair with the last thing it paired with, so switching back and forth is ... problematic, to say the least.

My son thinks that my Watch should be water proof/immersible. I don't disagree, but I took it off before I went to the water park, because I didn't want to tempt fate.