Tuesday, July 5, 2011

idon't know what I'm idoing

Hope you all had a good holiday. I can't complain. Or, I shouldn't complain, but I will. It all started Saturday night when we went to the ballgame. That only lasted about an hour before the deluge rolled in. Long story - short.....my blackberry died when the skies opened up and the exits were blocked. We were in the upper deck of Comerica Park and we proceeded to get drenched. I wish I could think of a word that is more water logged than "drenched". My shoes didn't survive either.

How could I manage with a dead blackberry? I Can't. The next morning found me at the phone store. It seems my blackberry is now obsolete. I wandered over to the iphones. My, aren't they intoxicating? Sleek, sophisticated, with all the bells and whistles. I bought one.

It's sort of mind boggling how amazing it is. It can do EVERYTHING. Sort of. Assuming the owner is capable of grasping it's brilliance. That seems to be the sticking point. I mastered emails, messages, maps, even downloaded apps. Not a problem. What I have spent a day and a half on is trying to get my audio books onto the thing. It's not a problem with the phone - it's a problem with my sadly screwed up itunes account. It kind of has my audio books all over the darn place. They sort of got put into "music" and then all the chapters got "shuffled". Oy.
I think I'll just give it a rest and then enlist the next 8 year old I see to fix it.

I'm kind of afraid to ask.... but what's the one iphone app that you can't live without?

That's about all the news here. I'm quilting and working on the next fabric group. Polly is expecting kids and grand kids later this week and we are expecting a house guest too. Otto is coming for his annual vacation with Gibby.

Laurie

29 comments:

regan said...

Laurie....you are too funny! I'm in the dark ages of cell phones....we don't text, we don't know how to receive one either.....and we were at the phone store today asking if our phone could please give us a beep to let us know we have a voicemail.....turns out, it can't! My old Motorola did....but this new one can't. Dang! We like to refer to our phones as 'the old people phone'....cuz it has big buttons, and big numbers/letters....no fancy stuff to confuse me! Yay!

So....apps?.....yeah, right! lol

Funny story.....several years ago, my cousin and I were at the airport, picking up my son, and he arrived, and at luggage pickup my cousin April said, "Oooh, Bill has a blackberry!".....and I seriously was looking for fruit!!

Yep....we're in the dark ages....and damn proud of it! lol

WoolenSails said...

I gave up trying to figure out how to turn on a cell phone, lol.

Debbie

Pookie said...

Hooray, congratulations on your new phone! I'm quite fond of mine (although for a long time the feature I liked the most about it was the digital timer, how boring is that?!).

As for apps, you can't go wrong with Angry Birds and Quilt Fab 2.0! Ooh, and IMDB, so when you're watching movies or tv and you can't figure out where you've seen that guy before, you can look it up super-quick on your phone.

Anita said...

I love your post, especially about asking the 8 year old...it's sooo true! I don't have an iphone, so can't give you any apps, but I know there are a ton of them out there. My friend told me about a quilt apps site, or just type quilt apps and you should get them. Have fun and can't wait for your new patterns, I'm already drooling!

Anonymous said...

Assuming the owner is capable of grasping it's brilliance. We need a song along those lines and then a collection and darn, after 21 months of having a smart phone, I could not get it to do anything and my daughter asked when was the last time I turned it off? well, I have never turned it off.... so it was the equalivant of RAM full, turned it off ---- way off and problem fixed --- and she is not even 8 years old - 38...... I got the fool thing because I am too young to check out on technology, but there continues to be the question if I have the brain power to keep up...... so back to quilting.....

little acorns said...

I love the 'Maps' app that comes with it. . . has helped me get 'unlost' a couple of times!. . . I also like the 'Voice Memos' all that comes with it. Didn't use it for a long time & now I don't know why I waited so long! - I use it all the time. For apps that I downloaded (not many I'm afraid) I do like 'WordSearch'. . . a great time filler (waster?) Give it time. . . I remember being overwhelmed at my iPhone when I first got it - but I wouldn't trade it for any other! (. . . but I do need to update. . . I'm still in 3G!) Have fun! xo, Bren

Vicky said...

I dread the day my Blackberry dies. Then I guess I'll have to move on to those I-whatevers. Thanks for paving the way for us!! :)

Stacey said...

Luv my iphone! I don't know about the "can't live without" but there are some cool quilting things out there...the Robert Kaufman website has a Quilt Calc app, that helps with "Quilt Maths", and I have also downloaded the app from the American Folk Art Musuem of the Red and White quilts...although that might be better on the iPad...more screen real estate to see those fabulous quilts!! But its all fun!

Lizzie said...

I seriously love my iphone. I don't play games on it but I do love the quilt apps. QuiltRef, QuiltFab and BlockFab are all free but there are some for sale too. I too love the digital timer but one of my favourites is the note facility, I just write my shopping list right on my phone and no more leaving it on the kitchen bench! A seriously senior friendly function... :o)
Lizzie
xxx

nngirl said...

Love the iphone! Wish I had one. My fave app is google maps.

lovetostitch said...

I am soooo cracking up!!! I only talk/end phone any ways, but when I got to Otto - loved those eyes!!!

My whole house is Americana, so the bed shot was pretty fantastic!!!

aztel2000 said...

I agree there is something screwy with the audio books in iTunes. I listened to what I thought was the second part of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest for a half hour before I realized the "parts" weren't listed in order. It took me a while to figure out that I had no idea what was happening in the story-duh! I wish I could tell you an easy way to get them on your phone, but I have no clue how I finally managed to get mine moved. I think the 8 year old is a good bet. My little niece has helped me out many times. The little ones also know all the secrets to win at Angry Birds.
I agree that the free quilt aps are great--I use them at the quilt shop where I work.
Karen in Breezy Point

Four dogs and one quilter said...

My favorite app is the Kindle reader for the iPhone. Nice to have the books I want with me when I have to wait for something/someone. Next would be Google Maps.

Can't help you with your Audio book problem, have never purchased an audio book. Get mine for free using itunes. Search for Podibooks.com in the iTunes store to see what's available or on the web for a larger selection. Free is good.

Quilt n Queen said...

Well Laurie....let me say, I'm still using a cell phone that has a pull out antenna. Technically challenged I am...my husband would be the first to agree....don't know what I will do when I have to learn to use the new high tech phones.....you are too funny.... have a wonderful evening...(:

Anonymous said...

I love the Words with Friends app. My sister lives 2500 miles away but we "play" Scrabble games via iphone and it doesn't matter who wins (she always wins)! What matters is we're able to DO something together!!

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

I just an app that takes my pulse with the camera. It kinda rocks...
I love kindle, twitterific and words with friends...

Stitched With Prayer said...

Okay, I'm the odd man out...or that would be the odd old lady out. I'm still using my Motorola Razor that I got in 2004. No texting, no internet, both blocked at my request. I do take pictures with it but can't get them onto my computer because the phone is so obsolete I can't even get a new battery for it. *sigh* Spent an hour at the phone store the other day and was offered a number of free upgrades, a couple of them 'Smart Phones', but I just want to use it for phone calls. Came home with my poor old trusty Razor. Don't know how long she will last, but when she finally goes, the services will be very somber. Okay, truth time, I would love a Smart Phone but my left eye is prone to retinal bleeds, so I can't look at computer screens very long before the vision clouds and the smaller the screen, the faster the vision distorts, sooooo....just for phone calls *sigh*. I'm so jealous, LOL. Hugs...

Sedjo said...

1st - one of my favorite things about Independence Day on blogs is how many of them are Minick & Simpson fabrics ~ so inspiring!

I just switched from my 'beloved' Blackberry to an iphone 2 weeks ago. It's growing on me...like everyone said it would. Still learning myself, but I like being able to check blogs with the Google app.

Library Gal Quilts said...

Hi Laurie i love my iphone and downloaded CT publishing quilt block app. I also love bejeweled..too much some days. I tell you though I love my little emoticons the most. Just adds so much fun to text messages. Also the bartending apps are fun! Now you can join the damn you auto correct club. If you dont know of those funny mis typings, google em. On your new iphone;)) Pam

Wendy said...

Enlist the next 8 year old....LOL, isn't that the truth! My phone is soooooo old that my kids refuse to be seen with me in public IF I BRING MY PHONE...how embarassing is that??? MY phone is 11 years old, you know that big black flip thing. I don't text, tweet, app, download, take pics or anything remotely acting like I live in 2011
Hopeless in Fl.
Wendy

Lorelei said...

Love my iPhone too! Best apps are Words with Friends and Hanging with Friends - download them and you can kick my butt at scrabble and hangman. ;) Regarding the audiobooks, I've had that problem too - give me a call and I'll walk you through it.

Lori

Me and My Stitches said...

Glad I'm not the only one! I just got an Android - for the purpose of being able to take debit/credit cards while vending at shows - which is awesome! But, beyond that - I don't have a clue how to use it or what apps are must-haves. I did hear that there is one that you can scan the bar code on food products and it will give you the weight watchers points associated with it. I need to find that one...

Jane said...

I love Shazam! If you are listening to a song on the radio you don't know who sings it or the name of it, you use that app and it gives you the name and artist and links you right to itunes so you can purchase it!! Have fun with your iPhone...I love mine!!

Linzey Joy said...

welcome to the iPhone world! Can you do facetime? That's what I call fun! My favorite app? I can't do just one - so hear goes:
pandora
dropbox
iheartradio
tuneinradio
talkingtom
gasbuddy
nook (app for books, includes audio)
culvers
attscanner
THAT'S ALL FOR NOW!

Tammy said...

What's an Iphone??? Does it quilt?

suz said...

I have a basic phone - make and receive calls and it takes voice mail messages. I did figure out how to take a photo and email it to my son - but I've only done that once. My son gets frustrated with me when I ask questions about the phone or the computer. He asked me what I did at work when things went wrong. I explained that I called the Help Desk and they can log into all my equipment and fix it! They even fixed my home laptop once!

Marcia said...

I got an I-phone several months ago and I LOVE it. My two favorite apps are Words with Friends and GroceryIQ. I also bought a quilt shop finder app, but I seem to know of more quilt shop locations than the app does! What does that say about me?

I love your Americana bedroom-so cozy and warm.

greg said...

Welcome to the land of the iPhone! I have four apps that I just cannot live without. IMDB is great for all kinds of movie/tv/actor info. I use Wikipedia ALL the time. And Shazam is kind of cool - it can identify music that's playing wherever you are and can link you to iTunes to buy it. And eBay so I can keep track of auctions wherever I am. (Oh, and People magazine is fun, too!)

Sherry said...

Hi Laurie, I love the look on Gibby's face. It is priceless. My favorite apps are "words with friends" and solitaire, plus the quilt apps. Good luck!

Sherry

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