Tuesday, March 11, 2014

My iPhone was in ICE & SNOW for 44 days and it WORKS! AMAZING!

On January 26th, the windchill was -51 degrees and we had about 36" of snow on the ground with blowing and drifting.  It was this day, 44 days ago,  I suddenly realized my iphone was missing.  There were two possibilities.... it was somewhere in the house or out in the snow.  UGH!  My WHITE iPhone - in the snow?  It couldn't be.  I was doomed.

I have continued to look for it in the house since that day.  That was, until yesterday!  It was a warm sunny day here - about 50 degrees and the record breaking snow was FINALLY beginning to melt!  As I was walking along the sidewalk, THERE IT WAS!  Not my phone, but a small piece of my phone CASE laying there in the matted grass.  MYSTERY SOLVED - I did indeed drop it in the snow in January and it had been outside the whole time!  But now, how to find the actual phone.  I grabbed a shovel and began to try to dig into the copious amounts of snow still remaining along the sidewalk on the grass with NO luck.  I decided I just had to wait for further melting and so before I went to put the shovel back into the garage, I saw something.  THE REST OF THE CASE!  It was there, over 20 feet away from the drop point!  But how could that be...... And then it hit me!  THE SNOWBLOWER!

As I ran over to pick up the case, I was hoping it was still attached to the phone.... and it was!  Resisting the urge to pick it up,  I borrowed a friend's iPhone to take pictures of its final resting place.  I was flabbergasted by how it could have been chucked 20 feet by a snowblower and still be intact.  But it was and the mystery of my missing phone was solved.  My mind could finally stop trying to memorize and re-trace the steps leading up to misplacing my phone.  If you have ever lost an object, you know how excruciating and frustrating it can be.  It has been 44 days of trying to remember something that would indicate my phone's location.

When I got to the phone and picked it up, I discovered the screen was shattered.  Other than that, it was in great condition.  I brought it in the house and removed the decorative case and threw it away.  I dried off the phone and put it in a plastic bad.  Later that evening, I put it in a bag of rice and let it sit for about 24 hours.

After work today, I decided I was going to plug it is just to see what would happen.  And lo and behold, the charging screen came up!  OMG!  Are you kidding me?  I cannot believe it!

It took a while but at least it seemed to be charging.  And then it happened.  About 20 minutes later, I heard a few noises and my phone powered up!  You could have knocked me over with a feather - I could not believe it!  Not only that, the time was correct AND even adjusted itself for Daylight Savings Time!  OMG OMG OMG!  No way!

I have no service because I put it into lost mode with ATT that first day when it was missing.  And of course, I had NOT downloaded the all important APP - FIND MY iPHONE!  If you own an iPhone, iPod, or other Apple product, DOWNLOAD this NOW.  Through iCloud, it can show your phone on a map if you have lost it, and it can send a tone to it so you can listen for it.  It is pretty amazing.  I am not sure it could have helped me outside in the snow, but it is the first thing I am going to do when I get service restored.

When I bought my 4s in December of 2012, I did buy AppleCare a few weeks later.  I had AppleCare on my MacBook Pro and it was indispensable!  Any glitch that I had was taken care of absolutely free of charge.  Since I normally keep my phones for way longer than two years, I decided AppleCare for my iPhone 4s was the way to go.  It was $99 and it covers anything.  Even snowblowers.  ;-)  I will only have to pay $50 for a new phone but it will be worth it.  With shattered screen, I am concerned about cutting myself on the jagged glass or having pieces actually fall off the phone.  

So, there you have it.  My amazing iPhone story.  I can't believe it.  Record snow fall, weeks of below zero temperatures, deadly windchills, two days of rain and the crushing blades of the snowblower.  I am now an Apple iPhone customer for LIFE.   I am on my third Volkswagen convertible car because I believe in them.  I was in a very serious car accident when a giant Ford Bronco caused a terrible collision.  I walked away without a scratch.  A little VW against a big bad truck and my VW won.  I am loyal to the brand for that very reason - I have faith and they have  served me SO well.  This is the same loyalty I feel towards my Apple iPhone.  I know some people think it is all hype and that android is the way to go, etc.  But, actually, in my eyes, the Apple iPhone is pretty amazing.  I feel sorry for this little phone and all its been through, but it is a survivor.  I now know what the "i" stands for in the name iPhone........ INVINCIBLE!  Bravo Apple, Inc., and thank you for making such an amazing product!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pixies at the OSCARS...To Cut or Not to Cut?

I LOVE Julie Andrews!  She is totally one of my girl crushes!  And I have always thought she is just  the most completely exquisite human being with a tremendous sense of humor which makes her more endearing.  

But I have always loved her hair!  I can never imagine her hair any other way!  And, of course, she is aging so gracefully!  

And how great is this picture - so trendy even way back then?  And with with the pixie cut being so tres' chic, I am getting the urge to cut my hair.  

So watching the Academy Awards, I really noticed a great deal more short pixie haircuts on the women than usual.  And I love each one more than the next!  The amazing host, Ellen Degeneres - LOVE her - has always rocked the short cut and she looks gorgeous in it.  Although, back in the 1980s, she also had it quite a bit longer.  I think we have all had some version of this haircut at one point or another.....

The three women I noticed last night were Jennifer Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Kristin Chenoweth

First off, I love her.  I love that she seems like a normal person and yet she was super stunning at the OSCARS looking totally Hollywood glam.

I love that this cut is SO versatile that it can be worn in a bunch of different ways from casual to classic.

Here it is a little shorter which leads me to believe that she is growing it out now. 

Charlize Theron - is she always perfect?

Every time I see the J'adore commercial,  I am usually sitting on the couch eating something which is less than healthy.  And watching that commercial depresses me so I eat more.  LOL

LOVE Kristin - always the epitome of style and grace.  She really changes her hair up a bit!

I completely love this look on her!  

I remember reading when Anne Hathaway chopped off her hair for Les Mis and she sobbed for days.  (It was REALLY short) but alas, she has kept it and I think it is gorgeous.  Although, I can't help but miss her old hair too - she had such beautiful, long hair.

Such a difference with it short!  WOW!

I also LOVE Jenna Elfman's sun kissed short cut!  ADORABLE!

And I can still wear headbands and barrettes!

I always love Beth's hair on her blog at http://seersuckerandsaddles.blogspot.com.

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And who didn't love Kathleen Kelly's hair in You've Got Mail?  Meg Ryan was once the queen of hair before Jennifer Anniston took over!  Here was my version of her cut in 2000...

This is my hair now - on the longer side but thinning like crazy from my breast cancer medicine.  I used to have such thick and healthy hair and now it just makes me want to cry.

I have had a love / hate relationship with bangs and I can never not have them.  But they have been the bane of my existence.

And then there was the whole blonde period - I still love the Rachel cut.  (Stop laughing).

But actually, really, it is just hair.  When I was in cancer treatment, I lost all my hair and was completely bald which was SO easy.   I would flip on my wig and I never had a bad hair day!  I don't recommend it but at least there was an upside.  I am not sure if I want to cut it off - now that the warmer weather is upon us, it is nice to have to option of a pony tail or messy bun.  But I  know that in the coming weeks, I am going to be tempted to get that sassy, short cut just in time for SPRING!  But for now, as the snow falls outside my window today during this second week of March, I'm good.  :-)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

It's been all about SNOW and SOCHI!

I love the OLYMPICS!  I always have.  Growing up we would gather around the TV every night as a family and cheer on the USA.  It was so much easier when it was on one channel and there was no social media for distractions and opinions.  Those were the good old days.  Don't get me wrong, I love that it is on multiple cable channels and I can tweet and Facebook all about the Sochi games but there was just something magical about a simpler time when everyone watched the Olympic games because there wasn't much else on the other channels before cable.

I live in the Chicago area which can be described with one word as of late... SNOW!  We have been getting snowstorm after snowstorm and keeping up with the shoveling has been quite the task.  We are currently at the 5th snowiest winters here and it is nowhere close to being over.  There is seriously nowhere to put it anymore.  I have this mountain of snow at my front door that I think will melt by May if I'm lucky!

But like they say, when life give you lemons, make lemonade.  So I took advantage of our latest 6" of snow and marched out a big USA as a shout out to our athletes and troops overseas.

The rings on the house were made by my Dad for the Olympics back in 1984 and they have been displayed during every Olympiad since - summer and winter - spotlighted at night.  I love them.

The Olympic swag is getting more and more expensive since Ralph Lauren has become the official outfitter of Team USA.  I did get a pair of the GO USA mittens as shown above.  But as I was turning them inside out to dry after a shoveling episode, I saw the tag shows they were MADE IN CHINA!  Wha?????  Seriously?  If you recall during the past Olympic that Ralph Lauren designed for, his brand was lambasted because the uniforms for the American athletes were not made in the USA.  And yet, the Team USA mittens from the USOC were Made in China.  I don't get it.  But they are cute so I have been wearing them since I received them as a gift in December.

With regards to the quite unpopular Ralph Lauren Opening Ceremony Cardigan sweater, I LOVE IT.  I think the story of how it was made and all of the thought and hand crafting that went into it, I think it was spectacular.  And if you doubted it, how can you argue with the way that TEAM USA looked walking into the Opening Ceremonies awash in a sea of stars and stripes.  Bravo Mr. Lauren!

I am also quite the fan of the flag crew sweater by Ralph Lauren.  This would look great under a vest with the Olympic patch on the sleeve.  I only wish they weren't so pricey.  I will hunt these down on Ebay for years to come.

This sweater by Ralph Lauren for the closing ceremonies is my favorite.  The Olympic rings on the back are perfect and the front with the traditional reindeer and snowflake motif is quintessential Ralph.

The price of the TEAM USA cardigan was $598 and I was shocked to find out it had sold out completely online.  But then hearing there were only 324 available, I understood.  SO many people hated them and claimed they looked like a 3rd grade teacher's sweater, an ugly Christmas sweater, or a cardigan your grandmother would wear.  But I don't agree.  I think they are quite awesome and hope to own one someday.  Although, to see them going for almost $3,000 on Ebay .... well, that is a tad ridiculous.

So, I am looking forward to Spring - especially spray painting weather.  I have a few projects in the works - trying to give my ugly fridge a cheap makeover so hopefully I will be posting that in the next week.  The weather hasn't been my friend trying to bring molding in from the garage in 10 inches of snow.  Once the weather finally breaks, hopefully my lazy streak will as well.  Althought, the temperature is supposed to be back down to 3 next week.  I hope the Easter Bunny has a snowmobile!

Friday, February 14, 2014



I hope this finds your day filled with Love and Laughter.  I will spend the day with the boyfriend, cozy by the fire watching the Olympics from Sochi!  A delicious dinner and then all sorts of goodies such as chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, and wine.  Sounds like the perfect evening.  I don't mind spending the evening in - I have little desire to dress up in a dress and stilettos in this ice and snow.  Wool socks and cozy sweaters have been my wardrobe of choice since December during this epic winter!

I wish you all LOVE today.  Be if from your significant other, parent, sibling, best friend, son, daughter, husband, wife, it doesn't matter because LOVE is LOVE and there is nothing better in the world.  Single, married, gay, straight, I hope you spend the day surrounded by your most favorite people!   I love my readers and wish you a wonderful Valentine weekend!  Go Team USA!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

FROZEN! The Movie and Reality!

Hello!  Happy New Year!  It has been forever since I have posted but one of my resolutions is to blog more and definitely finish some, most and hopefully all of my projects which have been started yet never finished!

As I write this, the windchill is -44 degrees!  As long as the furnace is working and I have enough food, weather extremes such as this are always very exciting to me.  It has been a very snowy and cold winter so far here in Chicago but I don't mind.  In face, I LOVE it!  I love snow, ice and all things winter.

Which leads me to my latest obsession.... the Disney movie, "FROZEN"!  Have you seen it?  Anyone who knows me is full aware of my preoccupation with all things Disney.  I had high hopes for this movie but sometimes, you just never know.  I saw it over the Thanksgiving weekend and I fell in LOVE!  The story, the icy setting, the music, it is all perfectly perfect!

I purchased the Frozen Deluxe Edition soundtrack and it has basically been on repeat for the last month - competing amicably with my beloved Christmas music!  The songs are so fun!  And who can not love Tony Award winner Idina Menzel - broadway diva!  Her version of "Let It Go!" is chilling!  (No pun intended).  Lol!  The other songs such as "Love Is An Open Door", "Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?", and "Fixer Upper" have become fast favorites.  I dance around my house singing songs from this movie a little more than I should ever admit!  Billboard is reporting this could be the NUMBER ONE album next week on the top 200!  Another testament to how awesome the music is!

This has even been my cup of choice as of late!  I have decided just because we are grown up, we don't have to focus on adult problems and drama.   I am going to make 2014 a big year!  I can't wait!

Keep warm!  Happy 2014 and GO SEE FROZEN!  I guarantee you will LOVE it!  Trust me....