Weekend Things & 10 Grammy Thoughts

Happy Monday!

Did you know last Friday was National Peanut Butter Day?  I was obviously prepared, but somehow managed to go the entire day without eating any.  I promise I’m as disappointed in myself as you are.

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I was all set to spend Friday night at home, cooking dinner and watching a movie, then Joey mentioned going out to see a movie and I was suddenly all “Happy Hour, movie theater, spend lots of money!”  Root Down did not disappoint and we are pretty pumped for summer when we can walk there!

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Joey played an alumni basketball tournament on Saturday.  He played 5 games in a row then took a 3 hour nap, but his complaining of being sore has been surprisingly minimal.  This is progress.  Meanwhile, I try to avoid anything that involves the word alumni.

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Sunday involved brunch downtown with Hannah and Josh.  We hadn’t really seen them since before Christmas so it was especially nice to catch up over Bloody Marys, Bellinis and brisket.  Justin Timberlake is part owner of the restaurant we ate at so everything was all Southerned out.  I just created a verb there.

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Other weekend tidbits included Captain Phillips, designing our Save the Dates, bottling our beer and of course, the Grammys!  The older I get, the more I question the talent of the nominees.  And I had a lot of thoughts about the whole thing.

1. Pharrel’s hat!  Okay, he took that right off Smoky the Bear, right?  It totally stole the show and I’m so glad he won so many awards because it meant seeing him on stage in that thing so many times.

2. Did anyone else notice it looked like Lorde had black ink all over her hands?

3. If you haven’t heard my Robin Thicke rant, consider yourself very very lucky.  I’m sorry but I can’t take someone talking about women that way seriously when they have been married to their high school sweetheart for 10 years.

4. John Legend was incredible.  His voice is the definition of magic.

5. We could’ve down without at least 8 of those head whips Taylor Swift did.  She also RUINED that Kendrick Lamar/Imagine Dragons performance.  “Down in the front!”

6. WHERE WAS JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE??

7. Paul McCartney & Ringo on stage at the same time makes my heart happy. 

8. I’m not sure I really like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (what is that hair cut??), but the message they promote in “Same Love” is one of the most heartwarming things I’ve ever heard and despite Madonna being dressed as a 1970’s pimp, that wedding ceremony was so touching.

9. Did anyone else see that guy spit on the stage during the Nine Inch Nails/Queens of the Stone Age performance?  What is it with men and spitting?

10. Honestly, as much as I love award shows, the Grammys seemed SO long this year.  Did anyone else find themselves begging for it to end?

10 Rules For Not Using a Phone Case

I have a theory about Apple and the iPhone.  That phone looks so dang cool without a case on.  Especially if you recently upgraded to the 5S in goooold (that was an Austin Powers reference).  It’s a real travesty to have to cover up the coolness with a bulky case.  Since upgrading, I’ve held off from buying a case and have yet to get a single scratch on my phone, so I think I’m pretty well qualified to give you the rules you must follow if, like me, you refuse to cover that gold (or “space gray”) with a case.

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1. Don’t drunk text.

And for a number of reasons, not just to protect your phone.  If you’re in a crowded bar and/or you’ve maybe had a few too many, it’s probably a good time to put your phone away.  You can pay attention to the people you’re out with instead.

2. Don’t toss your phone onto anything even remotely bouncy.

This includes your bed, your couch, a chair or the seat of your car.  I mean maybe I just have a terrible arm, but it’s easy to overestimate the force of your arm/distance to bouncy surface and before you know it, your phone has crashed onto the floor, which most likely isn’t made of feathers but something a little harder.

3. Don’t put your phone down near anything liquid.

At home, I typically eat on the couch in front of the TV (so sue me) off a foldable table that’s missing the rubber piece on the end of one of the four legs, which makes it both wobbly and hard to slide across our hardwood floors.  I feel anxious just thinking about sitting a full glass of water next to my phone on that unreliable contraption.

4. Put your phone somewhere other than your lap while driving.

Not that you should even be using that thing while you’re behind the wheel, but on the off chance you need it close by for directions, don’t do that thing where you keep in in your lap.  Inevitably, you will forget it’s there and get out of the car.  Then your phone will clatter onto the street, get all scrapped up and you will cry.  Or worse, it will fall into a puddle of water on the street curb.  Been there, done that…

5. Pay attention if you use your phone at the gym.

One time, I was using my iPod on the treadmill and the thing fell off, took a little ride down the track of the treadmill, got caught in that spot between the track and the side of the machine and basically got major treadmill burn while the track continued to spin.  The rubber case I had on it was completely burned off on one side.  I think I would throw up if that happened to my phone.  If you’re going to use it at the gym, make sure it’s somewhere it can’t fall.

6. Don’t let little ones play with your phone.

I’m sure, like me, you’ve seen kids that are better with electronics than some adults you know, but they also think everything should go in their mouth and don’t yet understand the concept of money or just how much phones can cost if you have to replace them.  If you knew my niece and nephew’s track record with phones, you’d know why I don’t trust them with mine.

7. Use caution when giving your phone to another person.

Can’t even tell you the number of times I say “and don’t drop that gold iPhone” under my breath, every time I ask a stranger to take a picture.  Not that anyone ever has dropped it, but you never know.  I’d just use your best judgment on that one.  A drunk stranger at the bar or someone carrying a phone that doesn’t even have a camera probably isn’t the best person to ask.

8. If you’re carrying a bunch of stuff, put your phone in your pocket.

I mean seems like a no-brainer right?  For some reason, I always find myself carrying a bunch of stuff from my car to the house — keys, random trash, purse, water bottle, etc. — and then trying to hold onto all those things while opening a locked door = accident waiting to happen.  If you’re going to drop something, let it be that trash and not your phone.

9. Your phone and your keys aren’t friends.

As in, don’t put them in the same pocket, because that’s the perfect recipe for a bunch of scratches on your phone.

10. Mind your charger.

Without fail, whenever I charge my phone at my desk, my charger manages to get wrapped around the arm of my chair so anytime I move my chair, my phone gets dragged along with it.  Thankfully, I’ve managed to notice before any major phone accidents have occurred.

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Do you have a cover on your phone?

What’s the worst phone accident you’ve ever had?

Side Note: I’m almost certain to drop my phone now that I’ve written this post…