Figured out that I will have to wait to get the new iPhone for a couple of months. Not going to be able to get out on my own this weekend for a night to myself but figured out a better alternative. Taking the time to mention a couple of birthdays of some important people.
I took the time this weekend to exhaustively dig into all of the options involving our iPhone services. It was an interesting mental exercise. We are on an older, grandfathered plan for the family, which is a pretty good plan. But planning on upgrading 3 phones means it made sense to dig into alternatives. What I found was interesting. AT&T (which is our carrier, I know groans etc. but it is the only major carrier that uses union labor, for what it’s worth) has a great family plan, Mobile Share. But what is not noted in the fine print is that unless you own your phones outright (that is bought before the plan or paid for in full) you will get dinged an additional 25$ per phone if you get the contract discount. I won’t go any further into the details, but what it boiled down to is that while we will get Kim her new phone now, Mom & I will have to wait until November (I know First World Problem.) But it was an interesting little mental exercise to try and figure this out, and then try and dig the information out of a chat session.
I was also hoping and thinking of getting out for a night to myself this weekend. But when I wrote my friends to see if they were role playing this week I was rebuffed (for some good reasons but still not going to rejoin that group.) My Blood Bowl league is on a semi-permanent hiatus so no games there for a while. So I thought, maybe there’s a movie out there that I want to see that the rest of the family doesn’t? Nope, no such luck. In the end I gave up on the idea, and will just wait to get a night out to myself. My plan is to take some time Saturday to go for a drive and get some pictures, for a little down time.
But the good news is that Kim & I have a date planned for Saturday, one of the great things about Jimmy getting older is that we don’t really have to get a baby sitter for a weekend night unless we plan to be out real late. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.
This weekend we will be celebrating the birthday of one of the hardest working people I know, my mother in law. I know I joke about her, and worry about her, but the bottom line is she is an amazing person, with an astounding work ethic, and just an amazingly selfless person. Last weekend we had a party for my step mother, who is another of those amazing women who just doesn’t understand the concept of rest and being selfish. Her actual birthday is this weekend so wishing her a Happy Birthday as well.
I am keeping things balanced. Some me time, some family time, some fitness time. I figure that is the key to sanity, maintain that balance as much as possible, particularly in light of the oncoming ‘month of birthdays’.