Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tres Cosas Jueves

1. Accommodations: Before my very first Mud Run, in Oct. 2008, I splurged and got a hotel room in nearby Oceanside. The last two years, I've gotten up at about 5 a.m., jumped in my car and driven down to the race. Guess which was better? Let's see... driving six miles to the entrance of the military base or driving 90 miles? Gee, that's a tough choice. Well, this year, I decided to splurge and got a room in Carlsbad, which is right next to Oceanside. Ultimately, I said "screw it." I will still have to get up early - and knowing myself, I won't be able to sleep past 5:30 anyway, but at least I will be much more refreshed at the start line than the last two years. Plus, my youngest brother is going with me so we're leaving a little early and catching a movie and having dinner somewhere down there. I don't get out much like that so that's going to be fun too. An awesome race weekend for sure!

2. Walking Away From My Addiction: For years, I've had a BlackBerry. I loved it. I didn't think I needed one when I first got one, which was I believe in 2006, but it came in very handy with my freelancing work. I don't know what model I had at first but I eventually upgraded to a Pearl and then a Bold. For Father's Day, Mrs. LB decided to get me an iPhone. Now, I'd been having some issues with my BB of late, mainly it was very slow. I'd go to use it and the screen would freeze, sometimes for a minute or so. It was the few apps that I'd downloaded that were slowing it down apparently. I could have gotten a newer model BB or just say goodbye and go the iPhone route. I actually had to think about it because I was so used to the BB, but in the end I decided the things I wanted from my phone went more in line with the iPhone. I used to get alerts every time I got an email or FB something or other, Twitter... but I didn't need to know that every time. Sure I had work emails but they can wait. None of them were life or death emails that demanded my immediate attention but sometimes I treated them like that. So my new phone is working out splendidly. I can do so much with it that I couldn't before, it's just insane. The one thing I need is something to carry it in when I run. My first two runs with it, I've had to just hold the phone. They were four-mile runs so it wasn't bad at all, but still would like to get that taken care of soon.

3. Apps: Here are the first five apps I downloaded in the order I downloaded them: Netflix, micoach, Flixster, AccuWeather, Facebook. I had all those but one on my BB. I couldn't stream Netflix on my BB but I can now! It's just crazy! I've only downloaded maybe 12 apps in all but that's enough to keep me busy. The worst thing I did was to get Angry Birds (and Angry Birds Rio, which is free) and let the girls play them. I've been asked a million times... "Can I play Angry Birds Rio?" already... Oh well. At least now I have the option of entertaining them when I need them entertained, like if they're waiting to meet a world-famous athlete... which they will later today...

3 comments:

Mark said...

Carlsbad is where I stayed the night before the race, too. I think it was closer than the place I stayed in Oceanside the year before since Carlsbad was right next to the 5 and the one last year wasn't.

Coy Martinez said...

I have a million apps on my Iphone that I dont use but the kids do! There's a cool photo one called FotoLR or something like that. I love taking pics and tinkering with them!

tahoegirl said...

Yes, damn that Angry Birds app. It's a time toilet for me.

Have fun rockin' the Mud Run.