There are so many things shuffling around in my head. I really need to get them all out so I can think clearly.
The past week and a half has been pretty rough in terms of frustrations and stress. On Wednesday I made an attempt to install the new operating system that Apple released and in the process I somehow managed to turn my phone, my less than 6 month old baby, the one thing I input all my business contacts, calendars, everything on, into no more than a cute paperweight.
I tried not to panic. I went through the whole process again and again, uninstalling and reinstalling iTunes and attempting recovery for the phone and nothing worked. Faced with the possibility of losing everything, I made an appointment to bring the phone in to the Apple store for an evaluation.
...on the very same day as the official iPhone 4 release.
Have you ever been in an Apple store during a new product release? Yeah, me neither. Mostly because I am not an Apple product person, and also because you usually can't get within 50 feet of one when they have a new product out.
Thank goodness for appointments! Unfortunately the only one they had available that day was right at nap time.
But I drug the boys down there anyway and because we had an appointment I was able to go in ahead of the 100+ people waiting in line to buy iPhones. However, the store was so crazy that throughout the duration of my "one on one" time with an Apple "genius", he was helping other customers. Of course, that made for a very drawn out appointment and the boys were not having it. The thrill of the high stools and the excitement of being somewhere so busy and buzzing wore off in about 10 minutes. Then I turned into the annoying customer with one screaming toddler and one whiny 5 year old. It was fabulous. It turns out that the "geniuses" had no idea what was wrong with my phone; they had never seen that particular error code before, and so they replaced it with a refurbished phone. I was not too thrilled about the refurbished part - if I had wanted a refurbished phone I would have bought one in the first place. But, I had a phone back and the boys were beyond done so I took it and left.
Of course, I had lost all the information on my phone. All the contacts, all the set up I have spent months tweaking to my liking, everything. Then, when I returned home I spent another day and a half trying to fix iTunes on my computer so that it would even see the phone when I plugged it in. The issues with that had me ripping my hair out, but after googling and trying so very many different ways of doing it, I finally found a solution. I was able to sync my phone and get all my apps and music back. Then I had to spend a day just putting all my contacts back in the phone. It may be a while before I get all my client info back in there.
And in all of this, our CRV has been acting up. It has a problem with the muffler or something, and so we have been babying it and not driving it as much until we can get that fixed. Then mid week (when all the phone stuff was happening) the patch that Hubby put on the radiator blew and his second patch job didn't hold. So it was completely out of commission until the weekend. He spent most of the day Saturday replacing the radiator and some of the hoses and then on his way home from work on Monday something happened and darn thing is broken down again. We are probably looking at over $300 in repairs after fixing the muffler, plus whatever this new thing is. And of course, we don't have that kind of money just sitting around.
This happens every time you know - we hold on to our money for ever it seems and just when we feel comfortable purchasing something, everything else falls apart. I invested in my business and spent what I had saved up and now the car needs major repairs. Of course. I don't know what we are going to do.
I am trying not to get too down about it. I know I complain a lot here on my blog; but everyone needs an outlet and this is mine. I have to get the stuff out of my head and into the public realm or it drives me crazy. I'm not sure why that is - why I have to put it on something public, but it is much more satisfying that way. So, whatever - you don't have to read my sob story if you don't want to.
However, I do have some great things to keep me focused. I think a lot of the troubles we are going through are being thrown at us to distract us from all the blessings we are experiencing right now. I am keeping my eyes up and focusing on the good - Hubby's increase in side work and my business and all the changes I am developing; I think I have some pretty great ideas and a good direction - if only I can stay focused.
The devil has a way of interfering with all that. I am pretty sure we have had our fill; he can go away now, thankyouverymuch.