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Field Notes on Resigning from a Job

Saying Goodbye

A year and a half ago, I left my accounting job to get married and move to a different town. Last week, I left my teaching assistant position to teach college. While my experiences do not make me an expert, I have made some observations. Here are my top five observations and advice for resigning from a job.

1. If you did a good job and got along well with people, coworkers and managers will be sad to see you go.

2. When you give two weeks notice, be prepared for an onslaught of writing procedures, communicating job duties, and sad faces. As word spread through the high school that I was leaving my last job, people’s faces would fall every time they saw me and remembered I would not be there much longer.

3. Write down the contact information for everyone you want to keep in contact with. You may think you will never, ever forget the email structure or extensions you used every day for eight years, but it only took me a year to get fuzzy on those things after I left my accounting job.

4. People who never seemed to like you or never seemed to notice you may go out of their way to wish you well or to say how much you will be missed. My favorite response is to smile and say, “Why, thank you!” Even while I am thinking, “I didn’t know you cared.”

5. Be gracious. Leaving is not all about you. Celebrations involving food were a big deal at both of my most recent jobs, so my departures were commemorated with snack days and kind words and lunches and lots of attention directed my way. As much as I would rather not be the center of attention, I tried to gratefully accept it all with gracious poise because I knew it meant my coworkers cared.

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Abby’s Apps: PhotoSync

Syncing Photos with Photo Sync | Abby's Apps at StairStories.comTitle: PhotoSync

Cost: $2.99 for iOS; free for Android, Mac, and Windows

What It Does: This app is a little more of a utility than some of the other photo apps I have shared so far. Its purpose is to let users transfer photos between devices. Both electronic devices must have the app open on the same wifi network and then can transfer photos both ways. It will also let users send or receive photos via Flickr, Dropbox, Google+, Facebook,  SmugMug, WebDAV, Zenfolio, Box, 500px, OneDrive, Google Drive, and more.

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Syncing Photos with Photo Sync | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

Syncing Photos with Photo Sync | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

Syncing Photos with Photo Sync | Abby's Apps at StairStories.comSyncing Photos with Photo Sync | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

What I Like: I appreciate being able to control which photos are synced between my computer and phone directly without having to email them or to use Dropbox as a go-between.

What I Dislike: I have no complaints about the app or its operation. I would like to know why, in researching this post, I discovered that they charge iOS users $2.99 when it is free for other users!

 
Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

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Abby’s Apps: PicCollage

If you have been following my 31 Days series, Abby’s Apps, you may have noticed my posting later than usual this weekend. I have been needing a bit of a break and the challenge starts to feel a bit like a chore at this point – at least for me. I still have lots of ideas and like my topic but the daily posting requires regular time and attention. If you are doing 31 Days, how are you feeling at this point? Do you have any rejuvenating tips?

Although this is the second collage app I have shared, I use both often as I make a lot of collages. I tend to make collages when I want to share a lot of photos without a deluge of my life in my friends’ feeds or when my photos look a bit grainy.
 

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Title: PicCollage

Cost: Free for iOS and Android

What It Does: Makes portrait or square photo collages in various formats.

What I Like: I use PicCollage for rectangular collages and I like the option to delete a photo and leave that window blank if I want to put text or one of their many “stickers” in the space. There are lots of options for free sticker packs, so I periodically scroll through and download the ones that look fun. In addition, I like being able to choose which part of a photo appears in the window (a feature missing from Diptic). Finally, the freestyle option is nice when I want to overlap or strategically place certain photos and the pre-made frames just don’t cut it.

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Comparison of Collage Apps | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

Comparison of Collage Apps | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

What I Dislike: First of all, I want an option to adjust the frames when a photo will not quite fit as I want. Second, I would like more free font options as the current ones are very limited. I usually work around this challenge by collaging with PicCollage, saving the picture, and then importing to Over to add text. (They do keep adding options, just not ones I love.) Third, I would like the developers to remove the mandatory watermark in the lower right corner but it is their prerogative since it is their app.

Have you used PicCollage? What do you think of it? If you have a different go-to collage app, tell me about it in the comments!
 

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

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Abby’s Apps: Diptic

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Title: Diptic
Cost: $0.99 for iOS and Android
What It Does: Makes square photo collages in various formats.
What I Like: Diptic offers a large selection of collage formats. More impressively (to me), it allows me to adjust the borders not only back and forth but also one end of a line at a time. That feature comes in handy when my photos would look best not just stuck in an arbitrary format of squares or rectangles.
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Making Collages with Diptic| Abby's Apps at StairStories.comMaking Collages with Diptic| Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

What I Dislike: I dislike two things about Diptic. First, there is no option to swap photos that have been imported into the app. If I decide the one on the left would be better on the right, I have to tap on each location to import the photo I want to that specific window of the collage. Second, the app seems to center each photo in its window and will not let me move it to center on something off-center. I usually work around this by adjusting the frames as I mentioned above.
Cola has gotten so big but still thinks she's a lapdog!

Cola has gotten so big but still thinks she’s a lapdog!

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!
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Abby’s Apps: Over (With Tutorial)

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Title: Over

Cost: $1.99 for iOS and Android

What It Does: The highlight of Over is that users can add text and shapes to photos. Over’s editing tools are minimal but convenient for tweaking a photo to make the text features look their best.

 

What I Like: The simplicity and speed of adding text and other features (like the arrows in the demo photos) makes it easy for me to take, tweak, and share photos in a matter of minutes.

 

Tutorial (to show just how easy it is!)

1. Choose a photo (or take one with the in-app camera).

2. Add text or a artwork.

How to Add Text to Photos with Over | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

How to Add Text to Photos with Over | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Choose Font from the menu and try out various styles.

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4.  Choose Edit from the menu and then Rotate to tilt the text whichever way you prefer.

How to Add Text to Photos with Over | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

How to Add Text to Photos with Over | Abby's Apps at StairStories.com

5. Save and share!

 

What I Dislike: The photo editing tools are limited and cannot not do everything I would like, but I use Snapseed for major edits.

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

 

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Abby’s Apps: Snapseed

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Title: Snapseed

Cost: Free for iOS and Android

What It Does: Users can edit, enhance, and share photos with multiple settings and filters.

What I Like: I enjoy how easy it is to make my photos look nicer than straight out of my iPhone camera.

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Original photo, imported to Snapseed

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Used the “Tune Image” tool to set Brightness +28, Saturation +26, Shadows +9.

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Straighten tool to adjust and crop +10.00

Vintage filter - one of many variations

Vintage filter – one of many variations

Drama filter

Drama filter

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Center Focus filter

 

What I Dislike: After I have applied changes to my photo, there is no way to undo the last change without completely starting over. I would like there to be an “undo” feature. The way I work around this is to save a version of the photo after each change so that I can go back a version or two as needed.

 

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

 

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Abby’s Apps: AutoStitch

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Title: AutoStitch Panorama

Cost: $1.99 for iOS and Android

What It Does: AutoStitch converts overlapping photos into whole panoramas and allows automatic or manual cropping. I have included step-by-step screenshots of how I stitched together photos of a downpour outside our house.
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What I Like: I usually do not remember to take specific panorama shots and this app lets me piece together my own. I have not tried the in-app camera because the built-in camera is handier. Nevertheless, I have had great success importing photos from other apps and even photos taken on my digital camera during our honeymoon!

Stitched photos from built-in iOS camera

Wyoming – Stitched photos from built-in iOS camera

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St. Thomas – Stitched from digital camera photos

St. Thomas - Stitched from digital camera photos

St. Thomas – Stitched from digital camera photos

What I Dislike: Sometimes the app seems to get confused if photos are added out of order. If I receive a message that one or more could not be stitched, I simply clear out the photos and start over, trying to select them in left to right order.

 

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

 

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Abby’s Apps: Slice

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Title: Slice


Cost: Free for iOS and Android

 

What It Does: Slice tracks shipments and orders by pulling the tracking numbers and other details from your confirmation emails. In addition, it monitors your past purchases for price drops and recalls. There are also other features like the ability to see spending history categorized by purchase type or vendor.

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What I Like: Since I live a couple hours from the nearest major shopping center, I make many purchases online. Slice notifies me when something ships, estimates its arrival date, and even lets me know when something has been delivered. (All those are dependent on the shipping company keeping the tracking data updated, of course.)

 

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What I Dislike: The categories Slice assigns to some of my purchases do not always match the actual item that I purchased. I did download an update to the app this week, though, so some of those issues may have been fixed.


 

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

 


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Abby’s Apps: Amazon

Review of Amazons' iOS App & Wish Lists| Abby's Apps at StairStories.com #31Days

Title: Amazon

Cost: Free for iOS and Android, and Windows Phones

What It Does: Almost anything that you can do on the Amazon site, except for downloading or streaming purchases.

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What I Like: It is handy to be able to look up books by a certain author when I cannot remember a title or to add things to my wish list. When necessary, I can also make purchases directly through the app.

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Side Note on Wish Lists: My family is spread across the state so we have embraced the Amazon Wish List feature as a way to show each other the sort of gifts we would appreciate. Giving good gifts is important to us but we do not always have great ideas. (Adult men can be hard to shop for, am I right?) Amazon’s Wish List lets us add things from other sites or from the Amazon site, as well as including notes like “I want a nonstick, twenty-four muffin pan but it doesn’t have to be this one.” When Brian and I started dating, he mentioned he was unsure what to give me for my birthday. I showed him my wish list and told him that, like my family, he was welcome to use it for inspiration, to purchase something directly from it, or to give me something not even on the list. For my family, sharing wish lists on Amazon relieves some of the stressful guesswork of gift-giving.

What I Dislike: When searching the normal site, I like to open each potential purchase in a different tab so I can compare features and prices but that is not possible with the mobile app.

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

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Abby’s Apps: Starbucks

This is the third in my set of favorite shopping apps (not my third favorite, the order of the posts is random). If shopping apps do not strike your fancy, hang in there until Wednesday when I start my favorite photo apps!

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Title: Starbucks

Cost: Free for iOS and Android

What It Does: Fans can locate the nearby stores, pay for purchases, reload or purchase gift cards, receive messages about sales and freebies, and redeem rewards.

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What I Like: When I originally joined the Starbucks Rewards program, I used a gift card that I reloaded as needed. (I lived at least forty-five minutes from the nearest store, so I did not use it often.) This app makes it easier for me to have my “card” handy without having to keep it in my wallet all the time.

If ever you go to Starbucks, I suggest using this app or even a gift card that you can register to earn rewards. Members earn a free snack or drink after every twelve purchases and on their birthdays.

What I Dislike: Sometimes the app’s store finder glitches and will not find any stores near me, but will find stores in the same area if I enter the zip code or city name.

 

Disclaimer: I don’t own or have any vested interest in this or any other apps nor am I responsible for how you or anyone else choose to use them. Do your own research and make wise decisions!

 

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