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and the rain came down part 2

So I put off taking the phone out of the bag for just shy of 40 hours. I would have left it longer, the longer it’s in there, the longer I can hold onto the inane hope that it will start again. But Neil ripped the band aid this morning, and it’s gone. Surprise.

I’d already decided it will not be replaced with another smart phone, dumb phone, maybe, smart phone, no. I probably should have made this decision a few fixes ago, hindsight is 20/20. Neil is getting the latest iPhone when it comes out, in less than two months, at which point I can have his current one. I’m tempted to do without a phone till then. We’ll call it a modern day social experiment! We have an old, old, old iPhone, I would still have that for 911. I have facetime on the iPad. I mean when I was making a list (yes I actually made a list) of things I’d need to do without my phone, making calls didn’t even occur to me till #15

1. tell time outside – watch (would need to replace batteries or buy a working one)
2. period tracker (sorry guys, but this is essential!) – regular old X on the calendar (to later be confused with our X on the calendar for school days!)
3. couponing apps – Neil’s phone or iPad (thankfully I’d just submitted all my current stuff this weekend)
4. runs – le sigh, old school here will be hard, map miles before, add to website, music (I don’t know if I want to walk on the dark side here, can I run without music?!!?)
5. publix ad – iPad again, been making this switch anyway
6. Bible – it’s been a lot of years, but I could go paper again
7. ereader – this one will be hard, but I can steal the iPad from the children (Jena, reading over my shoulder as I write, gave audible protest to this one)
8. weather – it’s summer, the weather will be the same for another two months, my addiction won’t return till fall
9. music – computer for home, and I guess we’ll be all Story of the World audio for the car, 19 hours of fun!
10. facebook – computer
11. camera – been wanting to use the real one more anyway
12. gps – yeah i’m pretty much screwed here, no new places without Neil!?
13. banking – computer
14. texting – iPad when home, when out, screwed again
15. phone – family and friends can skype or facetime with the iPad, thank God the mortgage is done

So there’s my list, with comments, of course (who would I be without comments!). Am I forgetting something vital? I feel like I hit most of the things I use daily on my phone. Since I mostly work at home, this seems like it will be mostly a non-issue. However, when I leave the house, things start to get problematic. Granted I’ve gone months without leaving before, you can reference here and here to see why I was stuck in the house for almost 5 months. I’m not certain this situation calls for another house arrest. Perhaps a new places house arrest? Am I taking the social experiment too far? Perhaps, but the thought of making this some sort of experiment is actually somewhat exciting, I mean, I am nerdy like that. I need something to make me excited about this people. It sounds kinda freeing, to not have a phone for a while. I’ll have to relearn a whole different way of doing things. I’ll be a pioneer! (kidding, kidding, I know not having a smart phone is not the same as being a pioneer….) However, I am sure there are less extreme versions of the social experiment that would be acceptable as well.

So that’s where you all come in, help! Suggestions? Am I completely overlooking something major in my post phone traumatic state here? (not to be confused with real traumatic stress, you know, that actually matters) What do I have for options? Do you want to see the social experiment? Do you want to give me a phone? (kidding, kidding, maybe) Do you want to give me encouragement? (yes I know you do, so please do so, out loud, that’s why I love you people) So do what you all are so good at, help me please!

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i’m still in A shape

Remember, back here, when I learned I was too out of shape for this job? I was right! Just over a week ago I managed to pull a muscle in my back. For the 80% of you that have experienced back pain in your life (can you tell I like to research everything?), you can just imagine what that was like. Nothing like being incapacitated with four children running/crawling around. Good news: watching children with a bad back is not so bad. Children are apparently like ants and laying/sitting/stretching on the floor is like turning yourself into a picnic. Like moths to a flame or bees to honey (have I overdone the analogies yet?) they stuck to me like glue (had to get in one more!). So that’s what we did all day for most of a week. Then I hobbled around to make lunch and scooted up the stairs for nap time (yes you read that right and no I do not have video, thank god). Bad news: doing laundry, picking things up from the floor, vacuuming and doing anything requiring the stairs or loading kids in car-seats, virtually impossible! My house looked like hurricane Byce had hit, hard.

By the end of the week, when I could move again, somewhat, I started doing Yoga, via Netflix (have I ever mentioned my love affair with Netflix? Everything and anything my nerdy heart could desire instantly delivered on my phone). Wow a few days of that and I thought I was cured. I could move without pain, had full range of motion back, and then I stopped, for two days, and discovered how truly out of shape I am. It started to come back! I apparently have so little stomach/back muscles regular everyday activities are too much for me. I had blamed the original strain on lifting kids over a baby gate all day, but I had forgone use of the baby gate as soon as this all occurred. I had no more excuses, I am out of shape.

I have to do something. I had already decided that I wanted to walk/run more this year. It’s simple and easy, and that’s what I do. So I’ve set a goal, 200 miles this year. For all you experience runners out there, that’s probably a joke, but it’s where I am.  Actually that’s a lie, it is far above me! Especially once the hot season arrives in all its furry, but I’m still going for it. I’ve already been tracking my miles for fun (yes that’s fun for me!) on my phone since January. I’m currently at 23.38 miles, I need to get my butt moving. However, I also need to do some sort of muscle toning. Something for my abs and/or back. I have no idea where to start and I’m not doing straight up crunches everyday.

What do you all do? Anybody have any good routines? YouTube videos? Netflix videos? iPhone apps? Please leave them in the comments. I’m all ears.

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