July 16th, 2007

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Schedule for Tomorrow

8:30am: Drive Jess to therapy.
9am: Call Gastro number that Mt. Auburn gave us and insist that they give Jess the appointment they promised they would try to give her tomorrow.
9:45AM: Accept defeat, and deal with the fact that her appointment will be on Tuesday instead.
10AM: Take Jess back home from Therapy.
11AM: Drive north to get the kids from Jason's.
1PM: Return home with kids in tow. Presumably having stopped at McDonalds or the like on the way home in order to pacify them.
2PM: Go into work in an attempt to make up for lost time.
2:15PM: Get call back from Gastro person telling me that they can fit her in today after all
2:45PM: Take Jess to doc
3:00PM: Get told that it was really just a mistake, and they'll have to see her tomorrow.
4:00PM: Curl up in a ball and whimper.

Jess got a CT scan. They found nothing. She had an extremely rude doctor who didn't consult her chart tell her that there was nothing wrong with her and that the pain medication she was on was unnecessarily strong. (This, when the morphine wasn't even able to alleviate the pain? Thanks.) He talked to the gastro department, which promised an appointment for tomorrow or the next day when we call tomorrow. Which means next month, based on past experience, but whatever.

As a result of the CT scan, we had Jay keep the girls overnight, so I'll be going up to get them tomorrow. We eventually got home around 6:30 after arriving at the ER at 1. Not the worst ever. (Better than staying overnight, in my opinion, since the drugs they were giving Jess weren't helping anyway.)

I crashed out for a couple hours -- didn't get much sleep last night -- and then went out to Cindarella's for a late dinner. Which was damn good, although my stomach disagreed and decided to get rid of it as soon as I got home.

Since then, I've just been dicking around online. I did get some good news about presenting at FOSS4G this fall, and was able to book hotel room with a coworker on Friday, so I'm excited about that.

Nothing much going on other than that.
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Cell Phone Death

So, my cell phone is officially dead. buttons 1, 4, and 7 don't work most of the time, in addition to the microphone being broken.

There is a phone I want (The Nokia N95 -- so, so sexy), but it is $750 retail, and no one is offering it with a plan yet.

I'm really tired of T-Mobile's lack of decent network speed. I want something that can get online and actually act like an internet connection. I'd also like a plan with some voice, unlimited texts and unlimited data for less than $100 a month. It seems like I can't actually have that with Verizon or Cingular/AT&T.

So, it looks like I'm going to be going with T-Mobile for a while longer. The question is, what do I do:

* Get a new phone via t-mobile, probably for free, but sign a contract for another year
* Get a new phone via ebay or something, pay a bit more up front, but no contract
* Get a new phone via a friend who has an old GSM phone lying around and doesn't need it. (Any of those around here? sderle and supersat come to mind...)

I really don't want to be stuck with T-Mobile forever, but I don't have much free cash to hand, and I don't want a really expensive plan.

Hopefully I'll find a cheap decent phone lying around that I can use for another 6 months, and then upgrade when what I really want is actually available...

(iPhone and openmoko are both decent options for many people, but most of what I do is texting or ssh while walking around. Neither of these have a keypad. Typing 'blind' is practically impossible for these things, and it's important enough to me that I can't give it up.)