I’m currently on my way to see Ushi’s puppywalkers, but more on that in a separate post.
I decided on Monday to go in and see what i would need to upgrade to n iphone. I was told that i would only need my bank card, so decided i’d go ahead and get the phone that same day. My c6 was okay but to be honest it started to take a while to open texts and sort of stuttered when it would start talking. I also thought it might be worth getting the iphone since all my ipad stuff would sink so thought it would be good if i couldn’t take my ipad or i needed to answer an email quickly. Part of me too was also wondering was i just getting it to get the latest phone but i knew it would benifit me.
Witin about 15 minutes all the paper work was squared away. It’ll be £47 now instead of the 10 pounds i was paying. But as well as the unlimmited minutes and texts, i have 8 gig of internet too if i ever did need it. I went away while they put ios 7 on it. I was amazed at just how quick it was and i thought it was cool how you could just back up from the cloud even though i didn’t have my ipad with me.
So after about an hour i headed back to get the phone itself. They turned on voice over and everything and we just stood and talked for quite a while since there were no other custumers. I couldn’t get over the size of the little box it came in. I’ve noticed with my nokia phones they have big boxes and a lot of packing to make you think you’re getting more in the box. The iphone is a simple little box no bigger than the phone. The iphone sits in a beautiful little craddle. When you lift that off you have a charger and a nice little square box that contains your earphones and that is all you get. I must say it was very well presented and that’s all you need really. No fancy boxes with so much packaging. I thought it really makes a difference how a phone comes.
When i got home i ordered me a boxwave buddy case with a keyboard. It’s basically a case for the phone with a slide out qwerty keyboard. The keyboard is blue tooth. It’s a slightly different layout than a normal qwerty but i’m getting used to it. The only thing i’ve noticed about the keyboard is if you’re in a low signal area it stops working especially on a train journey if it has bad signal. It is a bit sluggish to start with but once you get used to it it’s grand. I’m glad i have it now. I’ll probably just text and that but if i do need to answer an email i can or if i just fancy writing i can. I think it helped because i have the ipad too. We had a bit of trouble sinking it all but it’s all grand now. I just hope i don’t get bored of it and don’t give it up.
It’s been a while since i’ve blogged. I just can never get motivated. So i thought i’d write. I have another blog i need to write too for another website, but i’ll do that when the mood takes me as there is no rush.
So where to begin…The last time i wrote i was telling you all about how i had baught myself an ipad mini. I was really struggling to use it at that point, but i’m pleased to say me and the ipad are getting along rather well now thanks to the keyboard which i still use. I’ve taken it to meetings with
and have managed rather well with that. I’ve even downloaded a few games where you have to use the touch screen. I really don’t know why i was so scared. It’s a great piece of kit. I hardly ever look near the laptop now which i was surprised most about i think as i was so against using it. I just have no need to use the laptop any more. I can do everything on here. I even caught myself trying to double tap the keyboard on the laptop the last time i used it lol.
I got my c6 back and had to download talks for it. Back in march i think it was my phone stopped working. I took it into a phone repair shop but that didn’t work as they couldn’t fix it. I thought that the vodafone shop would send it away which they tried, and they sent it off three times because the Nuance company were saying that because the new phone that i had baught on ebay was white they couldn’t put the talks on it. It turned out that because vodafone didn’t sell the phone that it couldn’t be put back on. So i got it from
Where i could put it on for £50 because i was able to transfer it from my old c6 to the new one. So that was far better that the £150 i’d have had to pay if i couldn’t crossgrade.
I’ve been staying away with a friend recently. Her dog is called Zeta and the two have been getting on great. Ushi even gets on well with her cat which was what i was most worried about considering ushi has never lived with a cat.
I’ve done lots of new things whilst i’ve been with my friend and in fact, i’m here now writing this. A few weeks ago, i attended the
Open arts community choir
Which is a choir based in belfast for everyone whither it be that you have a disability or not you can still join. It was what is called their “Big choir night” which is where anyone can come and sing, and if you want you can audition to join the choir in september. There was tea and coffee and some of the members had baked things too so it was a good nights craic and i knew some of the people there. I used to be in the school choir so it was good to flex the old singing muscles again. It was amazing how quickly i slipped back in to it again. I used to not like the choir at school as it meant giving up my lunch time, and being a typical teenager i didn’t want to do that, but now i wouldn’t mind being a part of that again.
When we got home though it had tired Ushi out so much that she went straight up to bed so i couldn’t feed her because nothing would wake her. She was grand though and i’m sure she would get used to that kind of thing over time.
I also tried something called Gamalan which is like a javanese instrument. There are gongs and things called Sarons which are like zylaphones only nicer. It is a beautiful instrument but it was hard to keep up sometimes. You play it in your bare feet too which is kind of cool. I know it may sound corny, but it is believed that every note is a thread connected to heaven. I think that is a very nice way of looking at it because it’s not preechy but it does make you think.
I also attended a dance session with the group Luminous soul, which again is like the open arts choir only dancing. I only did the warm up bit as there was a performance that the rest of the group were doing which i’ll come to later. I just realised that it was the dance you did in your bare feet and the gamalan you just took your shoes off. They both were good.
I also met up with my friend Paul, went tandum cycling, went sailing with a charity called
Which i think i wrote about before but it had been a few years since i’d been.
All that has been on top of my guide dogs stuff. We had to attend a new speaker course, have had a gymcannah to go to, been in cookstown with a stall at a craft fair, been to our branch meeting, went to the Ballymena show, been to a talk, and been to Sainsburies where we are being considered for charity of the year.
I also attended an event in the ballymena library as part of a fortnight called Make a noise in libraries. This was to showcase some of the things the library is offering for it’s visually impaired users. I only went to show my face and see what is being offered. They are thinking of starting up an audio bookgroup. That personally wouldn’t be for me but at least they are trying i suppose.
We have met up twice now with a local puppywalker from belfast. Her pup is called Ritzie and she is only 6 months old. All three girls get on really well. I think it’s great for the pup having two older girls to play with and run with because it might teach her a few things. I think she is a very confident pup and i hope she does well and we’ll get to let our dogs run some more with her as she is a lovely wee thing. Her puppywalker is nice as well of course.
Last night i attended a performance called “Several stories high” which was a project funded by the belfast city counscil. The dancers, open arts choir and the gamalan had a few pieces and then the second half was the main bit. It was quite thought provoking as they had recorded stories of people growing up in belfast and a composer called Ian mccurdy had composed the pieces for it. There were actors reading some of the stories too. It was very very thought provoking and i could hear mumurs from the audience as they remembered all the things that were talked about and a lot of people could relate to the stories too. There was one bit that stuck out for me and that was when you were told about how in the war and that the falls road swimming baths were drained and all the bodies were put there. Golly that must have been so hard. It also made you think about how kids nowadays don’t realise how lucky they are. I know i sound like an old fogy, but the kids were always out on the street playing some kind of a game or other, but now, it’s very rare for kids to be outside. Yes they are out but there wasn’t any technology in the early days. God i sound really old now lol.
I enjoy having lots to keep me occupied. It’s a bit of a come down when i’m back in ballymena to be honest lol.
Well this monster didn’t seem so long now i’ve actually sat down and written it. It’s just so hard to actually get motivated.
Sorry this is so long, but i just thought i’d catch you up on things rather than leaving it much longer.
I hope you are sitting comfortably when you begin to read this lol.
I would like to thank Andrea my friend for having me and taking me to so many new things, and some old things too. It’s been great :).