Posts Tagged ‘family’

iLost my iPhone and iGot it back…

March 24, 2011

Here’s the story, since I’ve had many-a-comment asking me what the heck happened.  I lost my phone Tuesday a little after noon. I figured I had just left it at home. Upon arriving home and looking for it at the last place I swore I had it, I was sent in a searching spree. It wasn’t in the kitchen, wasn’t in my room, wasn’t in living room–wasn’t even in a hot chocolate box (yeah,  I found it there once).

You can get one for yourself, here.

The next day Mom called the AT&T store on her way home from work. She asked the person if there had been any outgoing phone calls since noon the day before. The AT&T rep, apparently a n00b, says yes. We deactivate my phone. Then I chime in, “Well, can he tell us the numbers that were called?”

Here’s my first AT&T Representative. Doesn’t look like he knows what he’s doing, does he?

Couresy: Flickr

I call back and a different rep. answers. He walks me through how to set up an online account to check the outgoing/incoming call activity. After twenty minutes on my almost-dial-up home connection, I have an account. But guess what? It takes 2-5 days for most recent activity to show up. Sigh.

So… I call again. And representin’ women power, this time around I find a woman rep. who actually helps. She says there were no outgoing calls–only incoming. She re-activates my phone. THEN, she says there’s a way to track your iPhone, even if you have nothing installed on your iPhone before you’ve lost it.

That third AT&T Rep had my back!

Courtesy: In Your Shoes

It’s called AT&T Family Map, and it’s actually a sneaky way for parents to stalk their children. First month is free.  I signed up and lo-and-behold! It showed my phone was on a boat dock about fifteen miles from my house! It said the accuracy was within 1.3 miles. HA! So there was an iPhone thief on my hands!

So my mother, brother and I decide to be straight up gangstas. We’re gonna go catch that phone-nabbin’ thief! I mean, just look at us–we’re scary, right?


So we hop in the van and are on our way! Pretty much as soon as we hit gravel we knew we were in for an off-road adventure. Next come the “DO NOT ENTER”, “PRIVATE PROPERTY” signs. Then…we hit the trailer park. A really, really janky, scary-looking trailer park.

We are only momentarily deterred, however, for THERE! Lo and behold, just like on the map, is the DOCK! The dock with the alleged thief! We park the van, walk down to the dock (very bravely, I might add) and have Mom call the phone. We’re looking all over this dock, in the boats, anywhere! No such luck. Don’t hear a thing.

We then have Jacob look up the phone’s location again on his iPhone. It gave us a specific address this time. So back in the van–it’s trailer number 30. We drive up the rows of trailers… 14, 15, 31, 16… wait. Yeah, there was a misnumbered one. We joked that he moved because he figured out number 30 was a thief, too.

Courtesy: MCFTV

We finally find 30 after turning around and heading back. Mom is too much of a pansy to knock herself, so me with my pro-knocking-on-people’s-doors-to-get-interviews self does it. Well, I try to, before my mother interjects with, “Wait, Christine! Don’t get out yet! Let me turn the van around in-case we have to make a run for it!”

I finally get out of the van, I’m trying to act tough, even though I know Jacob is laughing at me. I knock on the door, put my hands on my hips, and wait for a response. No one answers. I look through the window. I knock again. By this time, three people have come out to survey what’s going on. I signal for Mom to call the phone, she does so. I don’t hear it.

Courtesy: 4to40

When I get back in the car, she’s going, “Hello?”

Apparently, someone answered.

“Yes, I believe you have my daughter’s phone. We GPS’d it and we’re outside now.”

We were at the wrong house.

We were on the wrong street.

We were even in the wrong neighborhood.

My phone was located half mile from my house.

We canceled AT&T’s Family Map before we even got home.

Courtesy: basetree

So what exactly DID happen to my phone? Well, here’s where it gets rather amusing. I apparently left it on top of my car and drove down the road. You see, Dad asked me to empty the cooler, so I set my phone on top of my car while I did that. I also poured the water on my foot, this for which he made fun of me. I then, consequently, forgot about my phone and drove down the road.

The lady just happened to be checking her mail when Mom called. She saw something light up in the grass by her mailbox. She answered. Thank God!

My case was gone, it must have shattered when my phone hit the ground, but it saved my phone itself, so I almost feel like building it a little orange iPhone case shrine.

I hope the iGods treat my case well.

Courtesy: Flickr

So, it wasn’t a thief.

It was just me being dumb…and AT&T’s Family Map utterly failing.

Courtesy: PC World

At least Mary Pickford didn’t have to worry about setting her phone on a car and driving away…they all had cords!

Courtesy: Flickr


Goddess Diet on a New Year’s Dime – Day 6!

January 1, 2010

Christine’s Post: So my mother and I have come to the realization we can’t blog every day, but we will try to at least every other day! We had a great New Year – even a semi-low calorie one! We stayed in and had a whole house full of 10 people! We had my two nieces Ebony and Destiny, my step brother, my boyfriend, Mom, Dad, Grandma, my little brother Jacob and his friend AJ. What’s an easy, low-fat dinner for so many people? Tacos!

Tacos are low in fat if you use the right ingredients like low-fat shredded cheese, low-fat sour cream and lean beef. Refried beans are pretty fattening, but a couple spoon fulls isn’t too bad on the calorie count! It’s about 50 calories – 100 calories for a half cup – which I didn’t need. They have low-fat refried beans I am going to try next time! Lettuce and tomatoes are healthy for you and low in fat!

Here is a great, low-fat taco recipe from!

Tasty Low-Fat Tacos with Beef and Beans

  1. Put two hard taco shells on a plate.
  2. Put the stove on medium heat and add lean beef. 93% lean or higher is best. Cook a half pound (6 oz).
  3. Open a can of fat free refried beans. Heat a half cup in a pot on the stove on low heat.
  4. When the beef is ready, add taco seasoning.
  5. Place the beef in the taco shells first.
  6. Layer with salsa.
  7. Add fat free refried beans.
  8. Add shredded lettuce.
  9. Add fat free sour cream.
  10. Top with shredded fat free cheddar cheese.
  11. Enjoy! (You may need napkins).

That’ it!

So far Mom and I have been doing a great job on our Goddess Diet! I hope you have too and have been following and trying out some of our recipes!

We wish you the most success in the New Year! Let’s make 2010 a less-fattening one, shall we?

Low-Fat Drinks!

This would have been more helpful yesterday, but like I said, we had a full house! One of the biggest downers on a diet is alcoholic drinks! They are really high in calories and can put a damper on your diet. However, let’s be realistic… I can’t ask you to give up alcohol, so here are some low-fat drinks for when you’re feelin’ a little weak.

White Zinfandel is only about 80 calories a glass, depending on the brand. An entire bottle of Sutter Home White Zinfandel is 540 calories… not too shabby for wine!

Here are some hand websites for low-calorie drinks – they even give recipes and tips!

Fat Loss School’s Drink Recipes

Fat Loss School’s Tips

Love Your Margaritas?

I found a website that offers sugar-free margarita mix! Click here to check it out!

The Chaos of Family

So we all decided we had to hook up a DVD player in the main living room – something we’ve not been successful with before. Well, Andrew (the boyfriend) decided he “was not technologically challenged” and tackled the task with my Grandma and Dad…

Mom was very proud – especially when they completed the task!

Very helpful tip!

I have had it confirmed to me by two people (one my Aunt and one a doctor) that going under your target calorie intake can be a bad thing! It’s important to try and stay close to the 1500 or 1300 calories/day you’ve allotted yourself.


Two reasons, really. One is because your body will get used to the lower calorie intake and when you actually do eat your 1500 or 1300 calories, you will gain weight. That’s the opposite of what we want to do! You will gain weight because your body became used to a lower calorie diet and when you raise it back up to the 1500, your body thinks it is extra calories!

The second reason is something we humans call “starvation mode”. If you skip meals or starve yourself, the next time you eat your body will hold on to every calorie! It doesn’t know the next time it will get nutrients, so it clings on to everything in can get!

Post your recipes!

Post your low-fat, low-cal recipes for us to try and we will rate/review them!

The future Goddesses,

~Lisa and Christine

P.S. One week weigh-in tomorrow!

P.S.S I won tickets to see Chicago at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis! Thanks, 92.7!