Apple is so strange…

I have yet to see too many major differences between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 7. There’s the obvious one, I.e. The absence of the Headphone Jack. This is, of course, so that they can sell their new Wireless Earbuds. However, they do apparently give you the option of wired earbuds. But how??? They got rid of the headphone jack??? Well, the earbuds for the iPhone 7 go straight into the charger port. So, you can’t really charge your phone and listen to things at the same time, if you choose to use the wired earbuds.

Apple was also kind enough to include an adaptor with each phone, which you can hook up to the charger port and the other end will connect to other headphones that you may want to use. Also, a lot of headphones nowadays are Bluetooth anyway so this adaptor may be moot (also the Bluetooth headphones are just nice since you don’t have to fuss with the wires). This adaptor adds a couple inches to the phone and it just seems clunky, especially if you’re traveling.

I just feel that the decisions they have made with this phone are rather odd, since they give you an alternate option in case you don’t like their NEW THING. Don’t want to use the wireless earbuds? Use the Lightning jack earbuds we’ve provided, free with your iPhone! Have other earbuds that don’t fit into our weird unique little slot? Use our clunky adaptor! I guess it’s a good thing that they give their users an alternate option in case they don’t like the changes they’ve made. But, if people potentially don’t like the changes they’ve made, then why make them? Was anyone clamoring for wireless earbuds? Did we all hate the earbud jack?

Thankfully, I’m content with my iPhone 6 as it is, earbud jack and all. Even if the new iOS 10 update makes your notifications look all weird and bloated on your home screen…

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Taking a Break

I don’t go in for long vacations. With my job, it’s difficult for me to take such a long period of time for myself but also I find week long vacations difficult to come back from and I find it even more challenging to adjust back into the regular work flow.

So I prefer to take long weekends here and there. And that’s what I did yesterday and today. I didn’t do much, aside from seeing a movie and dropping my little sister off at a bus station.

I needed the break too. Work has been very hard lately and there have been minor relational struggles in my life here and there that seem insurmountable right now…on top of that, I was beginning to get a dull ache in the left side of my chest every now and then. So, it goes without saying that I may have been letting my anxiety take control. And I needed time for myself so I took it.

Tomorrow, I’m going to get some important things done (helping Mom clean, packing things up, shopping online for a new bed, etc) hopefully.

On writing and not giving up

I’m so good at giving up and putting things off. My head is also good at convincing my heart that I don’t need prayer as much as I think I do. But, you know, I really do. There is a lot going on right now and I need help.

Last week, I attempted to form a habit of daily journaling, in an attempt to capture where most of my thinking is going. I forgot most days but I’m going to keep it going. It is only a couple sentences a day, nothing too heavy. But if it’s a big thought, I let myself go on if I need to.

In other news, this book has been my companion during my most recent reading slump.


Lately I’ve been trying to do two or three chapters every day so that I stay in the habit but not too much so that it feels like I’m forcing myself to read when there are other things that I could be doing. But why read at all if I don’t feel like reading? Why make the effort? Well, I know me and I know that the time I don’t spend reading will likely be spent scrolling through Tumblr or YouTube. Not bad things in and of themselves but I hate to catch myself doing either one for too long. And I would rather be reading. Even if I don’t feel like it in the moment.

I also saw this film this past weekend

 It was delightfully tense and well thought out. Also, it was the first really good film I’ve seen this year. It’s actually the first 2016 film I’ve seen this year at all! (I missed Deadpool but will get around to it when I get around to it)

Also, I like the way the new Spider-Man looks. There are those who think he looks too cartoonish but I love the design. His eyes are especially great as they are more expressive then previous interpretations. Also, the kid who is playing him is an actual age-appropriate youth! I have high hopes for this one.

October

Today I’m thinking about October, cold weather, how to get over/get through tumultuous feelings and prayer.

October is such a wonderful month. It’s finally fall and finally cold enough to drink hot tea again (one of my favorite pastimes).

But lately I have also been thinking about my own unbelief. When I pray, I don’t follow it up with faith. I don’t consider the fact that God is listening to me and that He will take care of all my needs. I just think to myself, “Well, I’ve done my duty and God will do what He can. In the meantime, I will get right back to worrying because an actively worrying mind is the only way to combat all of the things that I need to accomplish, right?” This is how my mind works, folks.

In the meantime, I have been watching this with Sarah bear and reading this very slowly. I don’t read nearly as fast as I used to before college (which wasn’t that fast to begin with) but I have learned to be okay with that. Reading is a hobby that I love and I decided a while ago that I didn’t want to add pressure to an area of my life that I enjoy because I have enough stress as it is!