How To Get Apple Merch When You Don't Live In Cupertino

For Apple Fan Girls, like myself, there is nothing more frustrating than wanting to get Apple branded mercy when you live nowhere near the ONE store on Earth that, legally, sells Apple logo products. In the past, this hasn't been a big deal. We have friends that go to Cupertino fairly often and, when we want something, we just ask them to pick a mug, pen, or t-shirt up for us. This has worked really well, until I found something that I needed to acquire before a hard deadline.

What did I have to have? First, this was really for a friend who is pregnant with her first daughter. It is an embroidered Apple baby hat (which I later learned is called a beanie). Once I discovered this hat was in existence, I search every potential place that could sell it. I scoured Etsy & Ebay; tried every keyword in Google; and eventually, remembered the Apple branded products that are only sold in the Cupertino store. Unfortunately, I thought of this about 3 hours after they closed.

The next day, Tori, the friend who had to have the beanie, patiently (ok, we we really don't do well with waiting) waited until the store opened & called them to confirm that a-they sold this beanie and b-that they would ship it to a very pregnant woman calling them the second that they opened. Enter California tax code and Apple can't ship the beanie - BUT they do sell it!

We now know there is a beanie at the store exactly 4.5 hours, by direct flight, away from Alexandria. Since we weren't planning on a trip to San Francisco in the near future, and Tori's due date is getting closer every day, we had to come up with a new solution. Enter TaskRabbit.

TaskRabbit allows you to hire someone to run errands or do tasks for you in certain areas of the US; most importantly, in the Bay Area. A few minutes later, we had an account and posted our task: go to the Apple Company Store in Cupertino, buy 1 pink baby beanie/hat and ship it. A few minutes after posting the task, there were several offers for people bidding on the task. As I am writing this, there is a pink Apple beanie on its way to Tori.

So that my friends, is an easy way to get that "I've visited the mothership" t-shirt or other Apple products you've been craving; all with out leaving your couch.

Leadership and Innovation: It's I have a Dream not I have a Plan

If you don't know why you do what you do, how will you get people to be apart of it? This is a message that many, many of the nonprofits I interact with are missing. So, do you know why you are doing what you are doing? Better yet, are you selling your messages those that already believe it? 

What do you believe? 

Kinda Disappointed

I can't lie. I am kinda disappointed. I love Apple rumors. I completely fall for the hype each time. If you tell me that the new laptop is going to be able to read my mind and I fall for it. It is Apple after all. You never know what goes on in their headquarters that oozes innovation. I got the update last night, Gruber's post was read to me (yes, read to me). Then, this morning happened.

The track pad was correct, Gruber does have wonderful sources, but I expected more. I wanted something else to be excited over. I know you don't get that all the time and I didn't expect something that would cause me to wait in line for far too long, but I wanted something exciting. Not a battery charger. Well, here is to the next time we see the that the Apple Store is down.

iPhone 4 - Review

I love my iPhone. It is as simple as that. Going from a used 3G to the iPhone 4 has been a huge upgrade. For me, it is the simple things that are working now like the camera. I can actually twitpic! The processor doesn't lag and frustrate me and the multi-tasking is like butter, I can't live without it (more on this later).

The improved clarity with the new displays are great; everything is just a bit crisper. It has taken me a bit, but I am getting used to the folder option on organizing my apps. I don't have them categorized exactly how I would like them yet, but I am getting there. I really have to think about how I use the app to put them in the correct category. For instance, do I put the tip calculator app in shopping or food because it could go in both. 

Now, everyone knows I am a Mac fan girl. I will fully admit that I love most of their products. But, iPhone 4 may be beating out my iPad as my favorite Apple product. Why? Because of the multitasking. When I am on metro, in meetings, or anywhere being able to double click the home button to pull up my email without having to reload twitter is priceless. I have gotten so used to it over the past few weeks that I have been trying to multi-task on my iPad.... When the iPad OS update comes out, I am going to be in love with my iPad again and iPhone 4 will go into second place.


I started writing the post a few days after getting my iPhone 4. Then, the Thursday after I got the phone I was on a career coaching call with my fantastic coach and my session was dropped. TWICE. I was sitting in my bedroom, next the the window with my computer in my lap and my coach was gone. There was no reason for the call to drop. 

A week later, I am in the same room, on the same call and the phone is fine. I am not sure what is going on. Maybe I am having interference from somewhere. I've ordered a bumper for the phone (I wanted it before we knew there were issues) but it hasn't arrived yet.

I am starting to have signal issues in places I hadn't before. I've always been able to receive calls at my desk at work, in my apartment, and walking through my neighborhood. Now, everything is very spotty and sporadic.

In general, I love my iPhone 4. There are some issues that need to be worked out though. If I had had a fully functioning 3Gs, I don't think I would have upgraded. Going from a 3G to a 4 is a huge step and the pros do out way the cons for me.


My iPad

This post has been a long time coming. I have had my 32GB 3g iPad for a little over a week now about a month now. Every time I take it out I get "the look" and then someone asks if they can play with it. I have also noticed that anywhere I pull out my iPad I gets looks not because I have one, but because I am a woman with an iPad. I have had people comment that they didn't expect a woman to want one! My only response was, "Seriously?".  I know the stats are out that only 34% of iPad owners are women but I didn't expect someone to say something.

My iPad :-)

The One Complaint

I only have one complaint about the entire iPad: the Glare. It is actually starting to get on my nerves a bit. The reflection on metro, in the office, and about anywhere there is overhead and light coming in from outdoors means is a problem. It doesn't stop me from loving and using the iPad but it is something they should work on fixing. When I brought this up to my husband, he brushed it off. The glare doesn't bother him (or he doesn't want to admit that it does). 

My Favorite Feature

The picture slideshow. I know this is super simple and I could have saved a lot of money JUST getting a digital picture frame, but it is nice to have one at my desk. When I am sitting in my cube I have the slideshow going. So far, my coworkers that have stopped by my area love it. 

How I am using the iPad

My goal is to make the iPad like my old Trapper Keeper (who knew they still make them?). I want my iPad to have ALL of my projects, presentations, and anything I do at work and life in general on it and organized. I still haven't found the best productivity app for me yet, but I am slowly narrowing them down. 

iPad went on its first business trip last week and having the Keynote app was priceless. There were three of us giving a presentation to a large corporation. I didn't use the iPad to display the presentation but we did use it on the sidelines when we weren't presenting. We were able to scroll ahead in the presentation, remind ourselves of the notes and just feel more prepared. Yes, this could have been achieved with a printout but those make noise and are obvious. It just worked better having the iPad there. 

My Home Screen

The Unexpected

Last week I had to fly home unexpectedly. While I was at my parents house my ENTIRE family played with my iPad. For the most part, before anyone would touch it they would just stared at it. My sister on the other hand, actually asked to play with it. After a few hours of playing with my iPad she must have been hooked because she ordered her first iMac and iPad this past Saturday! After years of trying to get her to get a Mac, it is the iPad that hooked her. My mom is looking at how she can use the iPad for her home-based business too. My little five year old cousin loves the iPad because he can kill zombies on it (so easy to impress). Both of my grandmothers like how easy it is to view pictures in the slideshow and scrolling through the app. Everyone loves it, not just because it provided a distraction from why we were all there, but because it was easy for the entire family, from 5 to 85, to use. 

Well, these are my first thoughts on living with an iPad. The first month has gone well! I did forget the mention the AWESOME battery life. I can go days without charging. I love my iPad. 

Friday aka Happy iPad 3g Day!

Today, I am getting used to being laughed at. When my coworkers say, "Happy Friday!" I have been responding back with, "HAPPY iPAD DAY!" and then they laugh. A lot.

As of right now, our iPads are out on a truck for delivery. The FedEx tab is being refreshed every few minutes to see if there is an update. The worst part is I may have to do the unboxing at a meeting tonight. (I hope they don't mind) I can't NOT take my new toy with me.  

It's iPad day!!!