I apologize for the delay this past week, but I lost my iPhone. and yes, I have the Siri phone that pretty much could tie my shoe if I asked.
although it only took a week to get back, it felt like months. the insurance company couldn’t approve my claim and ship it fast enough. I even called because it had been over 24 hours since I faxed my paperwork, even though I’m supposed to wait 48 hours.
so what did I do for those very quiet 7 days? first, I went without a phone completely. it’s like quitting cigarettes cold turkey. I didn’t tweet, didn’t check in, didn’t pin any sweet pics – nothing. I couldn’t even hashtag during the super bowl with my followers (how tragic). if someone had to reach me, there was gmail. or the important people in my life have my boyfriend’s number and used that. then finally I got a replacement for the time being.
a wannabe blackberry looking pantech phone filled my void. app-less, front camera-less, touch screen-less and the Internet could only open one browser window at a time. I actually had to physically press “reload” each time I wanted to check my email. not to mention I had zero contacts in this phone. people were texting me, some of my closest friends even, and I had to respond with good ol’ “who is this?”
but what I learned…
not having a phone is wonderful. and I highly recommend turning off your phone for an hour each day. I finished two books and am already halfway through the third. I got to thinking about the book I want to write. I didn’t get distracted from work. I even caught my dad driving the wrong way and turned us around safely to an enjoyable dinner. I gave loved ones more attention and although I have been hit with a god awful cold, I’ve been able to do things with my full attention instead of being distracted because someone stole my mayorship.
believe it or not, coming from the girl who used to sob over losing phones, the world didn’t end. and I would be more than happy to leave my phone off during my lunch hour every so often.
however this time, I’m installing the find my phone app…just in case.