Saturday, December 21, 2019

Farewell, Wunderlist 😭 (I hate change)

This post is not sponsored by Wunderlist or Microsoft To Go... I just really loved Wunderlist and wanted to help my fellow aspies who also love Wunderlist to get through this transition.

One of my favorite (and most useful) apps, Wunderlist, is being retired in May 2020. As an aspie, I've benefitted greatly from organizing my life using this app. It allows you to create lists, and within those lists you can create tasks with a whole bunch of useful info in them.

For instance, you can make subtasks that make breaking down bigger tasks into smaller steps quite simple! You can set due dates and alarms, and attach files. There is also a handy little Notes section in each task.


Not to mention you can invite people to view or edit your list, assign items to specific people, and make comments.

I didn't know until now that it was gonna be retired, until I asked a friend to download the app so they could join a shared list with me. They were informed by the app that it was about to be retired and passed that info on to me. (I hardly ever update my apps so that's probably why I wasn't notified.)

Apparently, Wunderlist is being replaced by a similar app called Microsoft To Do. I freaked out when I found out (I'm an aspie, I don't like change!), but I calmed down when I realized just how similar Microsoft To Do is.

I was still worried that my items I have added to Wunderlist over the last 6-7 years would disappear!!! That would be like wiping my brain's memory because I rely on the app that much. I didn't want to manually add each item from Wunderlist to Microsoft To Do.

Luckily, there's a way to automatically import Wunderlist items into Microsoft to do. And thank gob there is!! I mean, otherwise I'd be copying/pasting 1,428 tasks manually. o__o


Here's a quick tutorial on how to import your Wunderlist lists and tasks.


Also, there's a dark theme! Again, thank gob!!! That's something that Wunderlist was lacking.
Similar to Wunderlist, there is also a desktop version of Microsoft To Do. Get it here.

Wunderlist lovers, I hope this helps with the transition. If you panicked like I did, it's okay. Change is a big freaking deal. At least there is an alternative that is very similar and doesn't require much work to switch over.

Alyssa signing off!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 5) Rest and Relaxation (FINAL PART)

Part 5 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Wed, 11/6) at 12:00pm CT.

In this final video of the series, I am resting, writing for my Vael fantasy novels, and I show you my sensory nook and TV/entertainment setup... and then bedtime!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 4) Computer Time! Facebook, AAC Phone Calls

Part 4 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Tues, 11/5) at 12:00pm CT.

In this video, I am working at the computer, on Facebook, etc. and I show you my custom AAC setup I use for making phone calls.



Part 5 premieres at 12:00pm CT tomorrow (Wed, 11/6).

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 3) Stimming & Doggo

Part 3 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Mon, 11/4) at 12:00pm CT.

In this video, I stim and I pet my cute doggo Sammy!


Part 4 premieres tomorrow at 12:00pm CT (Tues, 11/5).

Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 2) Autism and Driving: what happened to my car

Part 2 of "A Day in the Life" premieres today (Sun 11/3) at 11:00am CT.

In this video, I talk about Autism and Driving, and what happened to my car.



Part 3 premieres at 12:00pm CT tomorrow (Mon, 11/4).

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Day in the Life of an Aspie (Part 1) Morning Routine, Sensory Needs & Executive Dysfunction

New video series! I recorded my activities for one day along with reflections on my life as an aspie. In Part 1, I talk about my Morning Routine, Sensory Needs & Executive Dysfunction.

It premieres at 10:00am today (Saturday, 11/2) so be sure to watch it at or after that time!

There are 5 parts and I will be releasing them daily, so expect Part 2 to be posted tomorrow (Sun, 11/3), premiering at 11:00am CT!



Thursday, October 3, 2019

I Tried Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup with EBT and Here's My Thoughts

A while back, I was super excited that Walmart is now accepting EBT/SNAP/food stamps for their online grocery pickup service. Sensory-wise, the store is difficult for me to shop in, so this option is a lifesaver!
 



I only ever buy food with EBT due to being low-income, so I usually have no choice but to go inside grocery stores to shop since most places typically don't accept EBT for online shopping, delivery, or pickup. Since I tend to shop at Walmart anyway, I was eager to try out their pickup service now that I could use my EBT card for it.
Here's how it works.

1. Choose items and add to cart

Go to Walmart Grocery online, choose your location, and then choose your items to add to your cart. There is a $30 minimum for each order, so definitely use Grocery Pickup when you need more than just a couple cheap items.




What's handy is you can favorite items using the little heart ♡ button, which allows you to easily re-add items you frequently buy in your next purchase. I find this saves me a TON of time (and spoons!🥄), so I use it a lot.



2. Reserve a pickup time

Next is to reserve a pickup time and complete the order.



Note: If you miss your time slot, it's okay! Walmart will hang onto your order for about a week (I think? I recommend getting it the same day or next day if you miss it). Showing up late is okay, but don't show up early or the order will not be ready.

3. Choose EBT as payment method


Next, choose EBT as your payment method at checkout. You don't have to input any information from the card at this point. You will swipe your EBT card when you pick up the groceries. If you ordered any non-food items, you can use a debit or credit card to pay for those at the same time you use your EBT card (similar to how you might when shopping in stores: use the EBT card first, then the credit/debit card). 

4. Check in at the reserved time, when you're ready to pick up.

From the app (though I think you can do it from a PC browser too), click "check in" right before you leave to go to the store. I try to press it a 10-20 minutes before I get there, because this does save some time--they will prepare it so it's ready by the time you arrive. (though there will still be some waiting time; just less waiting time compared to not checking in) You can also check in upon arrival. I haven't compared wait times to an exact number, but I think it's been faster when I check in before arriving.

5. Pick up the order!

Drive to the Walmart location where you scheduled your pickup. Look for the big orange Pickup sign outside, there should be some special parking spaces with orange lines and numbered signs--this is the pickup area.



Drive into a parking space, make sure you're checked in on the app, and wait for someone to arrive. Give them the name on the order (or your name, if that's what you inputted while checking out), and they will bring it out to you. They will even load the items into your car for you! Make sure to pop your trunk or have your doors unlocked and tell them where to put the items.

6. Pay for the order.

The pickup employee will have a card slider if you chose EBT to pay. They may present the card slider either before or after they load your car with the items. As mentioned earlier, 
if you ordered any non-food items, you can use a debit or credit card to pay for those when you are presented with the card slider. Be sure to use the EBT card first, then your credit/debt card.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I have used Walmart's Online Grocery Pickup several times since they have started accepting EBT, and I definitely prefer it to shopping in stores when I don't feel like I can handle being in a public building (I get severe sensory overload).

However, there is more planning involved and the wait time can be a downside; especially in hot weather when my car's A/C isn't the best! The wait times seem to vary from 10 - 45 minutes, so make sure you've got some time to spare if you use this method.

Here are some pros and cons:

~Pros~

  • Saves time if you have a large shopping list, are a slow shopper in the store, and/or find it easy to get lost.
  • More Sensory Friendly! No enduring horrible florescent lights or crowd noise, beeping, etc.
  • Generally more accessible: i.e. in the case of physical disabilities where reaching the shelves and picking up heavier items could be problematic.
  • The groceries are loaded up in your vehicle for you! Another bonus if you struggle with this.
  • Ordering the items online can be much easier for some people, since it can be done from the comfort of your own home and is fairly straightforward.

~Cons~
  • The $30 order minimum can be inconvenient.
  • The wait time could be annoying as it can range anywhere from 10-45 minutes.
  • Could waste gas if you need to keep your car on for A/C, heating or music.
  • Almost as much social interaction as being in the store (minus the crowd) as you still need to tell the pickup employee where to put the groceries.

I'm definitely going to continue using Walmart's online grocery pickup since I find it useful considering my disabilities. Give it a try if you think it might help you too!


Use Walmart's online grocery pickup here.

Note: This post was not sponsored by Walmart or anyone else, I just really like surviving and am happy that Walmart is helping me do that.