I love my new phone, I hate my new phone….

I recently upgraded my phone from a 3YO Blackberry to an HTC Aria.  It’s so small and fabulous and does such wonderful things; none of which I knew until I was coached by some family and close friends.  But I “absorb” much better than I read directions and now I can do tons of fun things on my awesome new gadget.  I love my new phone…

However, one day I returned home from the gym after a class only to find that my screen was cracked.  Cracked in a million little pieces… ok, only 10 maybe and the phone still works but I was devastated.  “Did I have phone insurance?” you ask.  Sadly, No.  I have never had to have it in all my years of cell phone use so I didn’t pay the $4+ per month to make sure that I could lose or break my phone.

I immediately got online and found a replacement screen for far less than a new phone would cost.  Downside #1, it had to come from Hong Kong.  Downside #2, I had to wait for it to come by mail from Hong Kong.  Downside #3, I am not a patient person.  Thirteen days later, it finally arrived with all the little tools that I would need to successfully change out my screen.

I got online and found a fabulous video to walk me through the process step by step.  Upside #1, the guy doing the amateur tutorial had an Australian accent.  This was going to be more fun than I thought.  Upside #2, the process seemed to be easy and would make me look like a tech-y genius when I bragged about installing my new screen with the digitizer and all!

Unfortunately, as I started completing the first couple of steps, I realized that the stupid Chinese company sent me the wrong “tool” to fix said phone.  I tried using little tiny standard screwdrivers to no avail.  I hit up friends, who are loaded down with tools and realized that the only tool they had was the one that the stupid company already sent me.

Days later, I still have a broken screen on my phone.  A replacement screen on my dining room table.  And NO tool to do anything with either one of them.  I hate my new phone….

Weekly Covet

I have done an awful lot of virtual shopping today and have decided that at least once a week, I will add the “Weekly Covet” item to this blog.

Today’s item, inspired by some red carpet sirens, are neutral colored platform pumps.  I am adding my “splurge” and my “save” favorites here.

Alexander McQueen $452.79

Aldo $90

Is it time to talk already?

Everyday Grant is saying more and more. His first word, like his brother’s, was “car” much to my amusement, being the car enthusiast that I am. Then he moved onto other “B” words like “ball” and names like “Bob.” Yesterday, it was “kitty” and today “cracker.”

I’m amazed that it’s already time for him to start talking. He’s 15 months… is that when Jack started building his verbal vocabulary? Everything seems to go so much faster with Grant that I forget when to expect these milestones.

And while he has been able to walk for almost 2 months now, often he chose not to. However, the last few days have his confidence high as he uses the steps or furniture to stand up and makes his way on foot through the house. Sometimes his balance is great and other times, he toddles along, hands outstretched for a better weight distribution.

It’s pretty exciting stuff, even the second time around!

First day of school

Jack started his second year of preschool today.  Last year, I was a little sad when I took his front porch “first day of school” photo.  This year, I couldn’t wait for him to start.

It’s 2.5 hours of baby’s nap time and Jack’s school day that I get to myself.  Oddly enough, I reviewed bills, emptied the dishwasher, caught up on the phone with a friend and picked up other parts of my house.  I really need to figure out what to do that would be more self-serving during this time…  perhaps when Grant moves to just an afternoon nap, I’ll be more inclined to visit the gym early and get that out of the way.

But until then, I’ll probably spend more time preparing my Momaha.com blogs before they are actually due to my editor!

Might as well face it….

I’m addicted to Glee!  A friend of mine talked me into giving this show a try.  I couldn’t be less of a fan of people breaking into song to tell stories (hence my total aversion to Broadway shows!) but she assured me that it was also smart.

So I started watching it on hulu.com and I’m hooked.  All the kids are great actors, most are fantastic singers, the script is really clever and it definitely appeals for adults.

Unfortunately, I received my next disc via Netflix and there are only TWO EPISODES on it, one of which I have already seen on HULU!  I’m so annoyed!

Little Black Sweats gets a new face!

Hi All,

LittleBlackSweats.com has a new home.  I moved it to WordPress for aesthetic and publishing reasons.  I hope you’ll enjoy the “new look.”

I’m also hoping that the easier publishing experience will force me to post more often.  I appreciate your readership and hope that you’ll visit often.

Thanks,

Amy

It’s that time again…

September has rolled around once again and it’s time to start thinking about Jack’s birthday party in early October.

We’ve done the Thomas the Train birthday party twice now because Jack’s obsessed with trains.  Last year, we did a pizza party with a Halloween theme.  It was planned very last minute but came out pretty cute, if I do say so myself!

But this year, I wanted to capitalize on the weather this time of year… when it’s fun to be outside in the evening… pumpkin patch style.  I’m thinking hay bales and s’mores.  White lights strung all around the yard and ghosts hanging from the trees.  I’m also picturing a really cute homemade scarecrow… now if I can only come up with a budget for said party… and more importantly stick to that budget!

It’s getting harder and harder as our very close friends and their families along with our families leaves us with a 40+ person guest list.  Not so good for the budget… but it always turns out to be so fun and what better excuse than your first born, to throw a great party!

Hmmmm, I’m going to have to get really creative.