Monday, March 18, 2013

March Madness, Almost A Meltdown

Perception Is Everything

Hostesses: Moi and Megan from Growing up Is Kind Of Fun
Co-Hostesses this week:
Whitney from Everything Happens For A Reason
Rebecca from Puddle Of Grace
Michael from Crazy Tragic {Almost} Magic

I have gotten mixed answers as to whether I need to keep or delete my previous iCloud backups, so Saturday I tried to call Apple. The following conversation ensued:

Apple Dude: "M'am, your warranty is up, so we can no longer assist you. You should call your cellular provider." 
Me: "Hmm...Well they told me to call you."
Apple Dude: "Sorry m'am. I can't help you."
Me: "You can't be a human being and answer one simple question for another human being?"
Apple Dude: "Hold on. Let me ask the chick next to me. She has an iPhone."

Since when was it okay for a company to just stop helping you when a warranty was up? Shouldn't they be able to help you regarding their product no matter what? Just because Apple puts out books on their product that a user has to purchase $$$, doesn't mean they should be able to stop serving their product users. No, you money grubbers, that does not make me want to go buy an iPhone that is in warranty. It makes me want to buy a DIFFERENT BRAND. Gosh, we are all such suckers, and they know it.
Source: via Janna on Pinterest

When Will came home, we began talking about my dilemma. All of a Sudden, I got very emotional about it and didn't want to talk about it. You see, I felt that I had been dropping plenty of demands hints that I needed his help and my knight in shining armor hadn't figured it out. I am so used to him taking care of all of the technology issues and just saving the day in general that I didn't understand how he could let me feel so helpless when it came to this stupid problem.

Not only did he figure out the answer to my biggest problem (the iCloud backups), but he got me TWO books on the iCloud for my Kindle. Sometimes the hero just needs a little push ;)

+ Needless to say, my phone is still not updated, but I am closer to it!
+ I went to the gym four times this week and clocked 20 miles.
+ I have been taking my new camera everywhere, so now I have to install the software on my laptop, so that I can upload the pictures!
+ I loaded two boxes up for donations.
+ I am almost done with one of the two books that I planned to read, and now I have added two more to that list.

Now we all need better Blog organization, correct?
It's pretty much always on my to-do list, so I'm going to assume you are nodding your head yes. Our first lovely co-host today, has inspired me to be a planner, so read how you can get her plan of action FREE:

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When Janna asked if I wanted to be one of her co-hosts for March Madness because I am "awesome at blog organisation" I had to laugh because when it comes to my blog I feel anything but organized, however I knew why she was asking and that was because of my blog planner.

In January I took part in a swap and the theme was resolutions, I was paired with Sarah whose goal for the coming year was to be more organized with her blog and so to help her with this I set about making her a planner. I tried to think of all the things someone with a "big blog" might need and the finished product  consisted of a stats page, monthly view pages, weekly view pages, review and giveaway info, sponsor sheets, guest posting sheets and to do lists. 

When I wrote about this planner on my blog I offered to email the printables to anyone who wanted them and Janna was one of the lovely people who said "yes, please." I'm now offering the same to all of  you, just head over here where you can see pictures of each page and if you want me to send them your way just leave me a comment letting me know.


The always fun Michael, is checking in with her goals. I love how this girl keeps it real, and is holding herself accountable.

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{March Goals}

Go to the gym at least 3x a week I think I've been doing okay on this bu there's always room for improvement. I didn't want to go to the gym last Monday so instead I did weights at home and then did day 1 of the C25K program. However, Spring Break was this past week, so I completely fell off the wagon. Time to get back to it!

Start building my savings account  I've been being diligent about this. I am so insanely, unbelievably fed up with never having extra money if an impromptu dinner invite comes up. It sounds ridiculous but I always pay too many bills and then have maybe $30 in my account to last me the next 2 weeks. You know what that adds up to? A whole lotta missed shoes fun! 

Meal Planning I confess that I haven't been doing this at all. Mainly because when I decided to start doing it I had no specific plan in mind. Meal planning. That was it. Ok, well I've since revamped this and I want to have at least 3 meals planned out or prepped each week. Crock pot friendly recipes are a life saver so I'll be looking into those. Unfortunately, everything I keep seeing is cheesy fatty goodness so I'll be on the look out for lighter options.

Reorganize music and make new playlists I swear this will never be complete. I've very picky about how my music is organized. I just moved everything from my external HD back to my laptop, which was a pain. So far, all is good. I'm still redoing my playlists. 

Stay focused in school This sounds like it should be easy but it's not. I take night classes because I work all day. Commuting from Manhattan to NJ to get my car and then driving to school all within 90 minutes is not always easy. It makes for long, exhausting days and when I finally get home, all I want to do is crash. I need to work out a better system for staying on top of everything and still having a life. 


And our third fashionista, is Whitney!

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You will find her goals for March on her blog. She happens to be the queen of lists, so I was super happy when she asked to participate!

So how is everyone doing?
Link up, so that I can check your progress!


ifs ands Butts said...

Gosh dealing with cell phone companies is such a pain in the ass!

Helene said...

how rude was the cell phone dude?! that makes me mad. I am so clueless about iCloud. but 20 miles at the gym in 4 days?! that's amazing!

The Pink Growl said...

I had an issue with my iTunes a couple months ago and it drove me insane because I couldn't figure it out! I finally did, but it took a lot of cuss words and wine on my part - oh and time! haha I am the same way with paying bills. I am happy on payday because I can pay ahead on bills but then I pay too far ahead and I don't have money to play. Gotta find that balance! Thank you for your sweet comment on my Friday's post - I did some research over the weekend on BED and I am feeling a little more in control so we shall see how I hold up! XOXO

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Awesome gym time. I'm back on the exercise this week.

I had major issues with an update on my iphone, it was so frustrating. No one helped - no one from Verizon and no one from Apple!

Kristine -Heart Shaped Sweat said...

20 miles in less than a're amazing! Way to hit it hard! Glad hubster figured out some of the techie problems you're dealing with. Apple products are well known meltdown culprits of mine too!

Rebecca said...

You are doing brilliant with your goals. I hate icloud, I was fed up of everytime I plugged a device in being told that I didn't have enough space left, I went on a hunt on a google about how to sort my icloud and I cam across this which I found useful:

Jen said...

Wow 20 miles?! That is amazing! Great job. :)

Anonymous said...

You're kicking butt! I had similar issues with my phone. Apple is such a scam, and yet we keep going back for more. Mainly because when it's working, it's awesome. xoxo

Katie said...

i hate calling any company on the phone and almost always end up crying. i also expect my husband to handle anything technology related! you got so much done this month!!!

Cece said...

I hate dealing with technology related crap as well! It's so frustrating and I don't understand so I usually expect Mj to save me there too.

My-cliffnotes said...

I refuse technology in the home I make M do everything

Kate @ Daffodils said...

Kev handles everything technology related around here too. He will deploy with his next job and sometimes I get overwhelmed thinking about it because I've gotten so used to him being around and saving the day!

Jess said...

Yeah, I don't do iPhones for the very reason that you practically have to get a new updated phone every 6 months. It also makes me sad that all the really rad phone cases only fit the new iPhones... but c'est la vie! I love Apple products but not enough to keep up with the pace!

Jess said...

(or the price!)

Kristine Foley said...

Thats ridiculous about ure phone!!! :( Boo sorry! Yall r inspiring! I need to get my butt on my treadmill stat!

Nicole said...

That is crazy they wouldn't help you. I've never heard of that, but that's probably because I let Mark handle the electronics at our house too. I was frustrated Sunday and he got mad at me because I threw a fit... lol. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe he wouldn't help you, what a jerk. All issues technology related drive me up the wall ha ha.

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh man, sorry about the cell phone guy. What a mess. I'm glad your knight in shining armor came through for you. :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Haha wait...did the guy at Apple not have an iPhone?!

Nikki said...

How rude of the apple dude! I hate that crap!

Kelly {Sparkles and Shoes} said...

This post made me really happy!

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Kim said...

Sounds like you're doing great! Glad Will was able to ease your stress. :)


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