Two weeks short of two years

It is no surprise or secret that I am hard on my phones. For a while the phone in my pocket had a life span of about 8 months. I have had phones dunked in juice, dropped in the toilet, they have nose-dived off of high shelves, been encrusted with goldfish crackers, stepped on, painted and much more. The boys are getting older and now that they have their own tablets I don’t have to share my phone (flipside: I can’t hold them responsible for ruining my phone). Elise is slightly more independent than she was 2 years ago, so our house is finally starting to be clean as the norm instead of the chaotic mess that it was when the kids were 5,4, and 1. Finally, my head is starting to clear from the sleepless fog that is parenting a kid under the age of three. All of that is to say that my smart phone died,  dead, not even a chance of resuscitation, a little over two weeks ago. I am hoping now that the boys won’t be playing on my phone, that Elise thinks my phone is just for taking pics, the house is clean(ish) AND my head is on straight, that my next phone will stand the test of time or at least make it through a two-year contract.

I am getting a new phone this weekend. My current phone finally gave out after almost 2 years of abuse by me and the kids. I still don’t know what finally broke it for good, the coroner’s report is still out but I am leaning toward Tim trying to fix it being the cause of death. It has been 2 1/2 weeks without a phone. I went crazy the first week , second week went better, but I still felt like I was forgetting something every time I left the house and now into the third week I am kind of enjoying it. And here I thought waiting 18 days to renew my phone contract would be impossible!

When it comes to phones I tell Tim what I want my phone to do. Taking great pics is number one priority, receiving and sending phones calls is a close second. I want to be able to share the pics I take and I want to be able to write and post on the blog. I thought that wasn’t too tall of an order until I started typing it out. Is it not INSANE what phones can do now? I am excited for a new phone but I think I will miss the freedom that comes with no one being able to contact me 24/7 and the pressure to reply to emails instantly. I have been checking email about 3 times a day for the 2 weeks instead of the average three times and hour when I have a working smart phone. Guess what? No one died and I didn’t really miss it that much. I did fall tragically behind on Celebrity gossip and sales at Gap but I think that might be for the better! Do I really care who was Best Dressed at the Oscars? Well Yeah I kinda do but do I need an email to alert me about ever sale my local Gap has to offer- really how many pairs of jeans do the kids and I need?!

The verdict? I am exited for the phone but maybe the whole “Unplugged Weekend” thing is something we should add into our schedule  Don’t worry Tim. I am thinking once a month, not every weekend. Zombies and Creepers would take over the world if there wasn’t someone there to keep them in check on a regular basis.

What do you all think? Maybe a little less connected is a good thing? I think I am going to unsubscribe to some of the deal alerts and gossips emails I get BUT I miss Instagram so much- I can’t give up my perfectly square overly processed pics. There has to be a happy medium somewhere, right?!


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