Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Should Stay@Home Mom's Have an iPhone?

In the Knowing Me, Knowing You August installment, I mentioned most of my Internet happens via my iPhone. Truly, yes, it does. As a stay@home mom, no less. I fit most of this in while in line or waiting for my kids or husband. When I was on executive staff, I refused to carry a Blackberry. As a stay@home mom, I couldn't survive without my iPhone.

I check and respond to e-mail, Twitter, look up directions (saves me calling my husband yelling, "I'm lost! Help me!!), look up questions I have on my mind or how to tell if my kid has a concussion, catch up on people's blogs, check my bank balance, pay bills, all on my iPhone. 

My grocery list is in my iPhone. Same with a list of places I find out about to take the kids to, babysitters I meet at the playground, and great stores people tell me about. I have 2 weather apps that tell me the current and projected weather for my city, my mom's and my mother-in-law's cities.

If I want to call a company, I look them up on the iPhone and click on their link to autodial. I can save their phone and address to my contacts easy. I also use my calendar app so I can get multiple reminders. I even did the online registration for my kids' swim lessons on my iPhone while driving on the highway (I was a passenger). I used to Facebook on iPhone, but I'm trying to manage my time better so I took that app off. 

I could update my blog via my iPhone but I don't and I don't want to learn how. I think if I did that, I wouldn't have buffer time. When it comes to my blog, I usually think about what I want to blog about while driving or cleaning or something. I mull it over in my mind and then bang it out on my laptop. If I were to write things off the top of my head, once a month there would be some crazy crazy entries going down.

I have a Bible app on my iPhone with 15 different translations, including 3 in Spanish. No, I don't speak Spanish but that sounded impressive. I get a couple daily Bible reading e-mails, and a few daily bible verse tweets/e-mails.

I manage 5 Twitter accounts and 10 e-mail addresses on my iPhone.

There's an app to help you find the nearest potty!!

If I had my act together, I could play music for the kids or let them watch a movie while driving in traffic.

For awhile, I had the Complete Works of Shakespeare on there, but I don't have time to read 'real' books, much less on an iPhone.

To be honest, I prefer to respond to e-mails via iPhone. At the end of my messages, it says, "Sent from my iPhone." This means I can be short and to the point. I can have typos. No one judges me. "Oh, she's on her iPhone. She wouldn't have seplled that worong otherwise..."

And no, I do not have games on my iPhone.
I don't have time!


Mommy Project said...

i think i need an iPhone!

Shan said...

Oh I would love an iPhone, but I'm not giving in to the temptation - yet anyway.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It sounds like the perfect organizer. My DH really needs a good organizational phone... and he's been whining about this. We'll see.

Mommy Project said...

Updated to add: Dave got one!!! (I got the crappy freebie phone that does nothing but, well, make a phone call).