Tuesday, July 24, 2012


This past weekend was the County Swim Meet!  Our team competed against 7 other area teams and for the third year in a row - WE WON!

Peter and Sarah each competed in two relays and three individual events.  And I am very proud to say that they lowered their times in 5 out of the 6 individual events!

My kids don't  win the races so we have been trying to stress to them that they need to race against themselves, against their previous times and not necessarily against the person in the lane next to them.  But at this age, I know it's hard for them to get excited about shaving 2 seconds off your previous time when you come in 7th.

They both worked very hard - we attended two practices 4 days a week for almost 6 weeks.  They got a lot of great exercise, they had fun with their friends and they both made some new friends!

We love swim team and are a little sad that it's over.  But now we've got four weeks to relax, sleep late, and enjoy the rest of the summer.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

So why didn't they let the adults in Charlie Brown have real voices?

So I drug my husband to the Sprint store on Tuesday night with two forms of identification in tow as well as my ill-functioning phone.

I was met with "Oh, your phone is messed up too? We've seen 5 or 6 of these today."

I was told by the Sprint store associate that Samsung's newest phone is running a  4.0 operation system while my phone runs on a 2.6 operating system so they sent out an update but apparently that update had a bug in it.

And while he was yammering on about technical stuff, I stood there like Charlie Brown hearing nothing but "mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah mwah". 

But I did hear and understand this, "Samsung is working hard with Sprint to get this bug fixed. There's nothing we can do about it here at the store."


"You mean I schlepped down here with my husband and two forms of identification and my ill-functioning phone for nothing?"

"Ummm, yes."

"How long does it normally take for them to get a bug worked out?

"Samsung is very good about things like this.  They will probably have it fixed in a week or so!"

As the associate was telling me this, he was smiling like he told me something wonderful and special and glittery.

So if you call me on my phone, I may or may not get it.  If you send me a text message, I may or may not get it. And if you send me an email while I am outside the house, I definitely won't get it.  

But there is an upside - I can still play Words With Friends!  

I guess it's true - God never gives you more than you can handle.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I know my husband loves me because tonight we are going to schlep down to the Sprint store....

Yesterday morning, after my run and before I hopped into the shower, I hurriedly checked my cell phone.  There was a message saying I needed to run an update. No problem.  I ran it and hopped into the shower.

When I got out, I could tell that some things had been updated and all appeared to be well - until I tried to check my email.  It would not load.  I started to panic.  I checked Facebook and Words With Friends.  They both loaded but were very, very slow.  I tried to send a text and it took forever for the keyboard to pop up.

What have I done?  What the heck is wrong with my phone?

I turned the phone off and I even took the battery out hoping that would solve the problem but I knew the update caused this problem and I would have to call Sprint. I hesitated before I called because I knew they were going to ask for my 10 digit PIN code which I don't have.  We have been Sprint customers since 1995 so whatever code we set up back then has been long forgotten.

But no worries you might be saying if you are a Sprint customer.  Just answer the secret question and all will be well.  Not for me.  My question is "What's the name of your childhood bestfriend?"  And the correct answer is "Amanda".

Amanda was my best friend from Kindergarten through 6th grade so I frequently use this as my secret question.  However, when I give that as my answer it always gets rejected.  Usually though the people at Sprint can help me even without answering these questions but they always ask them.  And I always feel like a jackass for not knowing my childhood best friend.

After a failed phone call to a nice person in India where she (accidentally, I'm sure) disconnected us, I waited a few hours, called back and spoke to someone in the States.  (And coincidentally,I'm sure, she did not hang up on me.)

The Sprint rep asked me both questions and chuckled when I told her I didn't have the answers.  She said she might be able to help me depending on my problem.

According to her, the update I was running, which I thought was from Sprint, was really from Samsung..  Apparently, according to the helpful US Sprint rep., these updates from the phone manufacturer can cause the phone to quit working correctly. 

She said I needed to have the phone reset.  Which she would be glad to do right then and there over the phone if I could only give her the 10 digit pin code or the name of my childhood best friend. Otherwise, I would have to schlep down to the Sprint store with my phone and two forms of identification. 

But get this - because the phone is in my husband's name - he has to schlep down to the Sprint store with two forms of identification and my phone.  The absolute last thing my husband has time to do is schlep anywhere.  But I can't even answer a call on my phone at this point so he is going to have to schlep down there. 

And you want to know what is really annoying? The reason the phone is in his name and not mine is because in 1998 we got the phones on a joint plan that was part of a Sprint Valentine's Day promotion - buy two phones for the price of one! - and that was my Valentine's present from him that year. 

The gift that keeps on giving!

Thursday, July 12, 2012


The kids had their final swim meet of the regular season on Tuesday and they both did really well!

Both kids swam freestyle, back stroke, butterfly and relay.  They have worked really hard this season and have had lots of fun. 

Next weekend is the County Meet.  Go Ducks! Quack!

Monday, July 9, 2012

It was perfect!

We are back from a week on Cape Cod.  The weather was perfect - except for a shower one morning, it was sunny, sunny, sunny and sunny!  The best week of weather we have ever had.

We spent most of our time on the beach.  When we weren't on the beach we were riding our bikes or eating ice cream. 

Beach, bikes, ice cream.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  It was perfect!

I'll be posting pictures later.