Last week I went back in time, not quite as far as Michael J. Fox in his famous movie, but definitely back to the 1980's. The land of cash, check, and no cell phone. My first jut back in time came Monday when the credit card company called to say our main card - the one we use for everything - had been involved in a "merchant security violation" (aka our credit card number had been stolen). They expedited us new cards, but in the interim it was time to pull out the old, dusty check book and actually put some (gasp) cash in my wallet. If you are like me and don't regularly see cash, it, surprisingly, still works quite well. Checks, however, are still as much of a pain as their always were.
My full landing back in time happened on Thursday when my cell phone was stolen. For the better part of a week, I enjoyed life untethered from my smart phone. If you wanted to reach me, you had to go old school and call a land line or talk to me in person. It was totally liberating, though probably infuriating to those trying to get in touch with me. Sorry to all whom I didn't return your messages or texts.
Much like Michael J. Fox, I had to get back to the future. Thanks to FedEx both new credit cards and a new phone were promptly delivered. I arrived (somewhat) safely back in 2014, but in the Bay Area even cell phone grabbers are tech savvy. The unscrupulous fiend immediately turned off my phone and within 24 hours had hacked my security code. He also permanently blocked all of our security features to "find my phone" and to erase all my data. Luckily, my cell phone isn't exactly the bastion of sensitive data, it is filled up with a collection of kids pics and classic rock, which shouldn't put us at too much risk (at least that is what we hope).
The funny thing about life in 2014 and life in pseudo 1980, they are pretty much the same. Even without a cell phone, I managed to make appointments and get the kids the all their activities. I even managed to pay the bills. With all that free time away from technology, we took the training wheels off of Mick's bike and he took it from there. He is a two-wheel riding, big boy now. Sarah's basketball season came to a close with a big win over the other team and four baskets for Sarah. Jaley is ready to test again in Tae Kwon Do. Scott is off at a conference doing conferency things, like saying synergy and core competencies. Me, I am knee deep in contractors A-Z. From general contractors, to solar vendors, to landscape designers, I am trying to work out tons of details (aka budget) on our remodel now before we start - because it is so much cheaper to make changes on paper than during construction. As for the Jelly Belly car, we visited the factory a couple of weeks ago. It was a sugar high from start to finish - super fun!!!
That is life in the stroller lane.