In the past I’ve posted random pictures I’ve taken. This one I took a couple months ago. I think what struck me at the time was this was a perfect image of how I, or I guess most people feel sometimes. I don’t want to come across as a pity party but you ever feel like where ever you go there is a dark cloud looming over you? Like everything is just working against you? Well this particular day this cloud was hanging out right over our house when I walked out. It wasn’t much bigger than what was shown in the picture and appeared exactly like that- no filters. I saw it and felt “Yep. There you are.” At least this time my dark cloud wasn’t invisible. It actually showed it’s face.
**Please note this picture was taken at the party which happened in January. It’s taken me much too long to get this post drafted.**
Living in New Orleans there is never NOT a good reason for a party. We attend many but throw none. This year is a bit different though in that we are engaged and it is a very exciting time for Cristina and I. In our engagement bliss, we thought this would be a perfect reason and time to get our families and closest friends to come together and have a little soiree.
I thought that it was going to be easy peasy lemon squeezy but realized shortly thereafter that I was being naive. I had envisioned a small personal gathering of family and friends but the number quickly grew. Cristina’s list was approaching small wedding numbers and I had expressed that this wasn’t the actual wedding but just close people near and dear to us. 🙂 Also when I originally envisioned this small intimate party I wasn’t really remembering that Cristina’s family actually lives here locally, whereas, my entire family lives in another country. After some discussion and going over the list a few times we reached our magical number of 60 people.
Well then there was much to do. I knew people who have never been to our house would want tours. Well that can’t happen unless the house is in the shape I would like it to be in. I have had plans to completely overhaul this under utilized room and as well as repaint the master bedroom and bath. There was also the issue of re-staining the deck that really was the focal location of this party. Mother nature beat us out on the deck staining but all other items on the checklist were completed.
The menu needed revising as the naive me hadn’t planned on 60 people. After a small panic I got my wits about me and got it done. My angelic mother was EXTREMELY helpful and came up with a few other items to cater as well that she would cover. I also tasked my sister with a couple of her signature dishes. Good thing I had their help because even though many people commented on the abundance of food we had- it all went! Which made me happy because that meant it was good.
Well families met, drinks were drank, food was eaten, DJ was popping, people danced, and the night was a success. If there was any regret it was that I never saw Cristina the whole night. Sure we got together for the occasional picture but honestly I was too busy playing host, making sure everyone had everything they needed, introducing people, visiting with everyone so that they were not left out, making sure everything was refilled, tending to needs, and before I knew it the night was over and I finally got some time with her. It was our engagement party and I never even got to enjoy it with her. I sort of didn’t really enjoy it at all since I was busy every minute. In expressing this feeling I was given some great advice by a friend named Sarah. She told me that when we get married we should promise to stay by each other’s side no matter what. That it had been a promise her and her husband had made prior to their wedding. After this party I could see how easy it was to get separated talking to guests, and so, I told my now fiancee that would have to be a pack we make. Based on this party I definitely don’t want the same thing to happen at our actual wedding.
Well even though the party was a bust for me I was happy to know everyone had a great time. Some people didn’t even want to leave! It hasn’t discouraged me from my next party idea which is a mustache party! Cristina will stick a mustache on her face if it kills her. (She isn’t a fan of this idea.)
“What? My iPhone? No sorry. I don’t let kids play with my phone.” This is an answer I have given several times when I may be in a location with children who are used to playing with iPhones and will ask any random person, “What games do you have on your phone?” Now I’m a bit of a control freak when it comes to my electronics but I never let kids play with my phone. Not even my own child. It’s not that I’m afraid of the random drops that may occur when being held in those tiny little paws because my phone is well protected by its case. Nope. What I will experience from those tech saavy little buggers is deleted apps, rearranged apps, 100s of pictures of inanimate objects like a table, piece of a chair, a ceiling fan, etc, selfies, deleted pictures, game progress lost, and the list goes on. To show them one thing to do isn’t sufficient. They want to dig around. Grrr.
Well maybe the scales have tipped because today (thank you Yahoo Tech) I read about a hidden feature that will assist us control freaks in appearing a bit more welcoming when you get the random “Do you have Temple Run on your phone?” There is a feature on your phone that will allow you to lock the screen of your iPhone so it functions in one app and one app only. Hallelujah! So take notes. Here we go:
1. Go to Settings > General > Accessibility.
2. Scroll down to the section labeled Learning and select Guided Access.
3. Turn on Guided Access.
4. Select Set Passcode. This is the code that will be required when the little one using your phone attempts to go outside the confines of the app you’ve allowed them to use. It is NOT the same as your Lock Screen Passcode but can be made to be the same if it is easier for you to remember.
5. Turn on Accessibility Shortcut. This basically enables a quick way to activate the protected access by clicking your home button 3 times.
6. After you’ve saved those settings, go to the app that the child has requested to play. Press the Home button three times. Two bars (one on the bottom and one on the top) should appear on your phone.
7. You can start by circling any areas on the screen you want to disable. After you draw a circle, it will become a gray transparent section that you can stretch and move around the screen. Anything that you circle to select will be disabled.
8. After you have successfully adjusted the sections you want to disable, go to Options, where you can turn off features like the volume, sleep/wake button, motion and touch. If that child is anything like mine the volume will be turned all the way up blaring it out loud for all to hear. Once finished (or if you have nothing you want to disable) press Start.
9. Once your iPhone is back in your safe possession you can get out of that mode by triple tapping the Home button again and entering the passcode you selected in step 4.
How easy is that?? To think I’ve been an iPhone user all this time and has NO IDEA that was there. They REALLY DO think of everything. Now will this allow me to start letting kids to use my iPhone??? Eh…….probably not. But having this feature will now allow my own Chicken Noodle to use it from time to time without fear of getting it back having to make all kinds of needed adjustments.
Just another option to make your life easier and secure. *sigh* 🙂