and there you have it…



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!

and the rain came down

It’s not even funny. There’s a bag of rice on my counter, with a cursed little device in it. It’s going to stay in the bag for at least today, and possible tomorrow, depending on when I want to face it.

At this point, four phone fixes in, in a few short months, it’s embarrassing. I feel like I’m getting pay back for all those teenagers I judged in my years and years of no phone issues. Is the universe trying to tell me something, and I’m just not getting it? I mean come on.

Jena and I were out for a run. It was supposed to rain most of the night, there was a break (this is Florida) so we went for it. About half way through the flood gates let loose, we were drenched in minutes. My phone was in my belt, which is at the very least water resistant (I’ve rain in rain with it multiple times), but this was a torrential downpour and either direction we go we’re about the same distance from home. So on we go. About 8-10 minutes from home my phone cuts out and I dig it out of my belt and it’s swimming in water.

I thought lightening made me run fast (which by the way had not started yet), but a dead phone took the cake. I have never run so fast, we made it home and dripping water everywhere I threw my phone in rice. Neil patted it dry and resubmerged it and there it sits still. Taunting me.

The irony is (cause yes there’s more!) when buying cases I was debating between two highly recommended durable cases and opted for the one I got because it had good reviews for drops, and it has survived multiple drops! I didn’t get the waterproof one because so many reviews talked about how much of a hassle it was. It seemed to make the phone almost unusable, and I like to use my phone. So I said, out loud, well I’m not worried about water, and clicked buy on the other one.

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