1) My beloved HTC cell phone stopped working.
As I have written about here before, my HTC (yes, I am a proud Android-user!) is a miracle worker of sorts. The last time it died was after it helped me accomplish a great act of tzedakah in Atlanta . It died this weekend after no such great act of tzedakah unless you count not yelling at my kids (a lot) and falling asleep before Shabbat started as a great act of tzedakah. This left me cut off from the internet, text messages, and any phone calls and voicemails. As luck would have it, Fancy Assistant Brandon had borrowed my laptop for the weekend to do some accounting (since I don’t use my computer on Shabbat anyway), so I had no access to internet at all. I realized this weekend just how attached I am to my phone in ways I have never been before. I found myself obsessing/wondering whose texts I was missing, what news I was missing (Nelson Mandela, Aaron Hernandez, Kaley Cuoco dating Henry Cavill!?)…I felt very cut off from the outside world indeed. It was disconcerting and made me yet again appreciative of Shabbat, when I refrain from that kind of hysteria, if only for 25 hours. Read the rest of this entry →