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An unnecessary breakdown about my phone breakdoown

14 Dec

I had a bit of a breakdown yesterday. For weeks now my iPhone 6s has been randomly shutting off and rebooting itself. Apple admitted this was a known issue and replaced the battery, but the problem persisted. My phone was basically like the bus from Speed, except I had to constantly play music or Pokemon Go to prevent it from shutting off (which I admit is less dangerous than exploding). I was buying time until ios 10.2 came out, which I hoped might fix the issue. It didn’t — it bricked my phone. I was stuck with the dreaded restore screen, and I couldn’t restore or update because my phone would shut off in the middle of it.

Stephen came home right in the middle of it all and couldn’t understand why a phone could make me so upset. Of course it wasn’t just about my phone — it’s never about one thing. I was also stressed out about our new flat, which we’re still struggling to make feel like home. I had spent hours researching handymen to come replace our taps and fix our bathroom extractor fans and finally booked an appointment for Thursday, only to realize it would be cheaper if we bought the new extractor fans ourselves and just asked the guy to install them. It took me so long to get the appointment that I didn’t want to cancel it, but it meant I would have to spend the day extractor fan shopping after I spent the morning begging Apple to give me a walk-in appointment and fix my phone. Plus, I had my normal workload to get done too. Small problems in the grand scheme of things, but still problems.

I finally managed to pull myself together and switched into problem-solving mode. I started researching fans and stores that sell them. Of course none of them are in central London. Amazon had the best fans for the best price, but they wouldn’t arrive by our Thursday appointment if we ordered them Tuesday night. …unless we had Prime. So I signed up for a free trial of Prime and now the fans are scheduled to arrive on Thursday, with any luck at the exact moment the handyman arrives. Problem solved (hopefully).

Last night I constantly checked for Genius Bar appointments at the two Apple Stores near me, but their first available time was always next week. But then I checked this morning at 8am and there it was — 11am appointment today. So I schlepped my laptop and phone to the Apple Store, rehearsing my explanation the whole walk there. The Genius listened to my woes, typed a bunch of stuff onto his iPad, and presented me with a new phone, free of charge (even though I’m out of warranty!). It wasn’t that easy, though. He suggested I backup to iCloud instead of to my laptop just in case some software issue was causing my random shutdowns. So I sat at the Genius Bar while my new phone restored from backup then attempted to backup to iCloud … for nearly 3 hours. I was there so long my original Genius went on break. Luckily I brought my laptop and they have free WiFi, so I got a decent amount of work done. I’ve been using the new phone for several hours now and it hasn’t once shut down, so fingers crossed this means problem solved and my breakdown over my phone breakdown was unnecessary.

One final happier note:
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I finally caught them all! (And yes, I am still going to keep playing, because they’ve since added baby Pokemon and Pikachus wearing santa hats. And also I have a Pokeproblem.)

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Summer is the worst

7 Jun

Have I mentioned that I hate summer? Specifically running in the summer? I found this handy chart that explains how heat affects your running goals:

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When I set out today at 1pm it was 79 degrees (26C), which according to the chart is “extremely oppressive” and I probably should have skipped the run. But instead I decided to just lower my mileage. Instead of my normal Tuesday long run, I’d do a “short” long run of 6 miles. I stopped in my usual spot to stretch and get my audio book started before I set off. I’ve been listening to audio books on my long runs to help me pass the time and power through. Right now I’m listening to Game Change, which is all about the 2008 US presidential election. I was looking forward to today’s listen because I had finally gotten to the Palin chapters. But when I opened up iBooks, Game Change was gone. So were all my other audio books. I hadn’t updated my operating system or synced my phone, so I couldn’t figure out why they disappeared when they were there yesterday. I clicked on a bunch of tabs and finally opened up the music app, thinking maybe they somehow got moved. That’s when I realized all my music was missing too! Apparently all my audio files on my phone can just magically disappear without touching anything.
not even mad amazingSo it was not a good start to my run. Luckily I had just reactivated my Spotify Premium subscription this morning, so I listened to Tegan and Sara’s new album as I plodded along. The heat and humidity were oppressive though, and my “I’ll just do 6 miles” turned into “I will be lucky it I can do 4 and not die.” 4 is still better than none though!

And I know what you’re thinking — why don’t you just run earlier? That’s the obvious solution. Except it’s not easy. I like running, but I like sleeping even more, and I’m pretty sure getting a good night’s sleep is the healthiest thing you can do for your body. I could run first thing after I wake up like a lot of people do, but I don’t like running on an empty stomach. I’ve got a good system going that involves waking up, eating my overnight oats, working for a few hours, and then running. Why you gotta try to mess it all up, summer weather?

I’m experimenting with my summer running kit and added two new items: a visor and wrist bands. I picked them both up in the golf section of Sports Direct. I’m almost embarrassed to admit this, but I never understood the purpose of wrist bands until about two weeks ago. Sweat bands I get — they keep the sweat off your face, but wrist bands? Do they keep the sweat off your hands? Who gets sweaty wrists? But then I saw someone using them in a workout video and realized you use them to wipe away and absorb sweat from your face. Seems like a better idea than just using a tissue like I’ve been doing. I got the visor to protect my face from the sun. I always wear sunglasses and sunscreen, but lately I’ve been noticing more freckles and wrinkles on my face than I’d like and was hoping the visor would help. The jury is still out on the effectiveness of both my new kit items. The visor helps a little, but it also adds an additional layer to my already overheated head. The wrist bands work OK, but not with the visor as the brim prevents my wrist from reaching my sweaty forehead. They also got a little wonky when I put them in the washing machine even though I let them air dry. Alas.

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(When I got home I synced my phone with my computer and all my audio files came back, which is good, but I’m still curious how it happened in the first place and worried that it could happen again. I’m also mad I lost my place in Game Change. I am blaming summer for all of this.)