I was trying to break up frozen bananas for my new and favorite tummy soothing smoothie and decided the meat cleaver was my best option. Unfortunately my aim was poor and I missed the bananas and landed straight on my phone.
I need my phone like I need air. It has my calendar, my food journals, my email, camera, Netflix, my Kindle, my Nordstrom and Lulu apps, Blogger, and of course Facebook. So naturally I had to get it fixed immediately... Especially since we were headed for vacay.
Levi made me an appointment on Tuesday at the Apple Store in North Park. I figured I would return some things, get a little shopping done and spend 30 minutes getting my phone fixed. Wham, bam and home before school gets out. Sounds like a pretty great day to me. But no. Let me tell you about this place they call the Apple Store.
It looks cool from the outside of the store. There are trendy nerds dressed in red shirts carrying iPads, all the latest Apple gadgets line the walls and tables, and there are huge screens with gorgeous pictures of technology in the form of art everywhere. But when you walk in it becomes a frigid hell. Those nerds are actually carrying pitch forks to prod you into the next line or table where you will wait bored out of your mind because there is no cell phone service inside North Park. Your butt will become sore sitting on the modern torture stools but soon it will go numb because you will eventually freeze. They blast the AC because they want you to cry and give up. I'm certain of it. Despite my appointment time of 11:30, I did not get helped until 12:20.
This little pitch fork carrying, 19 year old, so-called nerd comes over to me and hovers above me while supposedly looking up my account. He starts pounding away at his iPad so hard that I think his finger is going to snap. After he has written a short novel he tells me he is going to take my phone and ATTEMPT to fix it. Despite having Apple Care he reads me off a long list of reasons they may find my Apple Care null and void and if that's the case I'm SOL or significantly poorer. So the demon nerd takes my phone and tells me to return in two hours. TWO HOURS!!!
I'm a mom!! I have kids to pick up and take to get hair cuts and after school activities. I do not have two hours to piddlefart around. So I call my trusty sidekick Jim (not true, he's Batman and I'm Robin 90% of the time) and he does it all. Total life saver!!
So there I am stuck in a mall without a phone and a whole 120 minutes to myself and I am miserable! I can't shop! What would I buy??? Nothing will fit in a month. I tried. I looked for sundresses that will fit loosely over my growing belly but everyone was still in winter mode. The kids are pretty stocked up on clothes but I searched sales racks just in case something amazing was hiding. I found enough that I was able to blow through all the cash I had pulled out for Hawaii. Aimless shopping is so dangerous.
I decided to have lunch and went to La Madelines to enjoy some tomatoe basil soup. That was awkward. Just sitting at a table all alone without a phone or magazine or friend was just lonely. And this elderly woman sat alone in the table across from me so we were facing each other and it was like we were eating together but not and we kept making eye contact but were too far apart to talk. So, yeah... Awkward.
My eternal two hours were finally up and I made it back to the world where 20 year olds were smarter than everyone over the age of 30. I once again waited and waited and was finally presented with my fixed phone and a bill... Despite Apple Care.
I'm so grateful that is all over. I managed to eat crap and drink sugar all day long and paid for it by throwing up in the parking lot. Eh... It's a part of life right now. I'm no longer even bothered by it. But the nausea is getting better and I am often reminded of the absolute blessing it is to be honored with the struggles of growing a child because I know this miracle should never be taken for granted.
Everyone should try this smoothie. It isn't just for those of us with alien prunes. That's right. The baby app said the baby is the size of a prune. My mom apparently checked her app before I did and sent me this pic.
Tummy Soother Smootie
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup frozen banana (do not have you phone nearby when chopping into pieces)
1 cup coconut water
1/4 cup parsley
1 TBSP avocado
1 TSP grated fresh ginger
1 TSP powdered probiotic
Blend well and enjoy!!