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There’s an app for that!

Want to learn an instrument? There’s an app for that.

November 29, 2012

At the risk of sounding like a spokesperson for product placement, I love my iPad. The last week has been beyond delightful on so many levels, including (but not limited to) my ongoing love affair with technology. To be honest, I did not feel that I could live in the country full time until the Internet was available in the Upper Delaware Valley. Although slow to start, it is now in full swing. Being able to live in this environment and take advantage of all that the lifestyle has to offer, while being connected to the World Wide Web, is ideal.

Prior to preparing my traditional holiday confection, I checked the app store on my notebook and discovered a baker’s dozen of free apps to aid me in my search for the perfect pie, including “Cupcake Heaven,” “Tiny Chef,” and “What’s for Dinner?” That said, I eschewed being online for Thanksgiving and left my mobile devices at home, determined to enjoy the company and revel in an old fashioned holiday with friends. With a little help from said apps, I made an appetizer and a dessert (both were a hit, IMHO) and the conversation and convivial atmosphere provided by hosts Ramona Jan and Andre Turan was fantastic. On Friday, I had chocolate cream pie for breakfast and looked high and low for Dharma’s Christmas outfit, since she had been asked to make an appearance at the annual James Dworetsky Holiday Parade in Jeffersonville, NY.

Empty handed and panicky, I checked for an app. Sure enough, “Image Mask Costume” and “Dress Your Dog” popped up and I breathed a sigh of relief, before finding her Santy suit buried in a closet. The parade, now in its 18th year, was a festively lit onslaught of holiday cheer, replete with floats, festooned fire trucks, candy canes and jolly fat men flinging treats to the kids, who shrieked with glee, shouting for a “pawtograph” as the wonder dog strutted her stuff down Main Street. Having discovered pages of parade apps, I made a mental note to download a few in my spare time and marched on.