No phone, no cry?

So I turned my phone into a paper weight by doing some custom upgrades to it. Everything was running perfectly with the upgrade. It was fast and nice and shiny. Then I decided to restore a backup and it’s non-responsive now.

Lesson learned. I’ve messed around with custom upgrades and got comfortable. Those disclaimers actually mean something.

I’m curious how the next days will go until I fix it or (more likely) get a replacement. I can already feel the slight sting and anxiousness of being “disconnected.” I’m not sure if that’s necessarily a bad thing. Life was fine before mobile phones, but this is also the first time I’m without any sort of phone (landline or mobile).

Until then, I’m only available via e-mail or Skype. :)

UPDATE: After letting the battery die completely, the phone ended up booting back up :) Life is good.

It’s time to kick my weekday TV/Netflix habit

I’ve been wanting to do this for some time, but I’m finally committing to no TV/Netflix during the week, except for my favorite PBS Newshour program :)

My nighttime routine for the past few years involved watching a few TV episodes on Netflix before going to bed. My favorite was The Office. I could blow through the full series and then gleefully press the Season 1, Episode 1 button, seemingly, into eternity. But no more!

I’m not quitting because it kept me up or disrupted my sleep.

The reason why I’m quitting is I really want that time back! The thought of how many hours I’ve spent watching and re-watching shows on Netflix is depressing. Sure, it can be a nice disconnection after a long day, but man will it invalidate hours of your life.

So here’s a few things I’m going to put in TVs place:

  • Playing my guitar
  • Listening to CBC Radio 2
  • Reading! Finally, I have such a list to get start on.
  • Lugnuts games
  • Walking

Help me stay true to this promise! If you can, wait a few months and then text, e-mail, or comment on this post to see if my TV is still dark on weekday nights. :)