I lost my phone

Actually, I didn’t lose my phone.  I just left it on hubby’s desk at Vision Forum while I went on a quick shopping errand.  To tell the truth, I was the one who was lost.  I was lost without my phone.

I didn’t realize it was missing until I arrived at Costco.  My first thought was, “I’m cut off from the world!  I need to tell Facebook!”  Oops.  Can’t do that.

My next thought was, “I need to call Perry and let him know that I don’t have my phone with me in case he tries to call me.”  Oops.  Can’t do that.

Third: “I’ll just shop quickly and go straight back.  Where’s my list?”  It was on my phone.

Whimper.  What time was it?  How long did I have before I needed to be back?  How would I know what “quickly” meant?  I wouldn’t.  I wanted to throw back my head and howl like Woody on Toy Story, “I’m a lost toy!”

I suddenly wondered if I was capable of completing a transaction without my phone.  If that sounds ridiculous, please understand that my husband likes me to have my phone with me at all times, so naturally I’ve gotten used to having it with me, well, ALL THE TIME.  I can’t remember the last time I shopped without my phone.  What did I need to do this?  Cash or debit card – OK.  Costco card – OK. My list – I could work around that.  Anything else?  Do I need an app to buy stuff at Costco?  No?  Sigh of relief.

I dug around in my purse and found a pen and an old-fashioned notepad.  Apparently I still keep paper in my purse for emergencies like this.  Then I dug around in my brain and found most of my Costco list.  All in all, I think I did well.  If anyone noticed my hands shaking, I still say it was just from hunger after a low-carb lunch.

In my shaken state of mind, I forgot to ask a stranger for the time and just hurried straight back to Vision Forum, skipping my other planned stop because I didn’t know if I had time and was not at all confident that I could remember the list for that store.

Evo and I have been reunited, none the worse for wear.  I only missed one call, two text messages and two items on my list.

I’m sharing this as a warning to those of you who don’t have smart phones.  Take it from a girl who didn’t even want one: they are powerfully addictive.

My husband, on the other hand, thinks there is another lesson here.  He says the real problem is that I just don’t use my phone enough.  He says he never would have made it out of the driveway without missing his.


  1. Heather Mason says:

    haha! I didn’t want one, either! Was actually a little perturbed at my husband for getting one for me! But I LOVE IT now! Photos, videos, Facebook, e-mail, calendar, notes, etc. etc.

  2. I have a confession to make, and I hope hope hope that you don’t find this offensive…
    First, I’m Canadian (nope not really part of the confession, more like back story)
    Second, we don’t get to tote guns here (I know your post isn’t about guns, but I’m leading up to the confession part)
    Third, I find it fascinating that our neighbours (does that bother you when you see the u all stuck in there? 😉 where was I? Right, neigbours to the south do…meaning the States not the town next to us..
    So, here’s the actual confession, as I read your post, for whatever reason I kept substituting gun for phone…It made for a VERY funny read indeed!! LOL
    And my other confession, I don’t even own a mobile phone!!!

    • How funny, Laura. I’ve been wearing my gun enough that I do feel like something is missing if I go out the door without it.
      At first, I felt awkward and a little naughty for wearing it. Now that it’s become habit, I feel exactly that way when I *don’t* wear it.

  3. this is funny!!….only because it is not me! I don’t keep my lists on my phone yet…because I haven’t figured that out….BUT I use it for keeping in contact with my children and church members. It is also my clock. I LOVE my phone, but I also wish for the days when life wasn’t so hectic and we could “hide” and have some peaceful and restful time.

  4. I remember rolling my eyes at a friend who’d bought the iPhone when it first came out. Then I got mine. Like you, I’m lost without it! So is my husband, though. He still refuses to get his own, so *I* am his iPhone. (Well, we call it his uPhone… because he’ll ask, “Can you look up the Twins score?” or “Can you Google the address of this restaurant we’re going to?”)

    • Katie, not really thinking about new phones, but all of a sudden our 15yo son’s phone has decided to quit working (he’s home with the kids sometimes) and my dh’s decided to just shut itself off at random times. We have AT&T and I remembered yesterday that sometimes they have really good deals on there. Low and behold, they had NEW 3GS iPhones for $.99! Refurbished ones were $.01. No kidding. We snagged 2 new ones and don’t care that they aren’t the newest models because it’s faster and more storage than what they both have now! The minimum data pkg is $20/month. Don’t know if you have AT&T but that if so, that would be an option to move him in the right direction without it costing a lot. If he hates it, you simply move your sim card back into his old phone, call the company and have them turn off his data pkg. From there he can use either phone (even the new iphone) but won’t have a data plan.

  5. I think in this instance for sure, I’m like Perry and John is like you. Unless John and I are together without kids which is really rare. About 90% of the time that I drive down our 1200 foot driveway I am calling John on my phone to tell or remind him of something. So, just wondering, does Perry do that to you on his way down the driveway?

  6. Haha I feel your pain. My husband and I were away for the weekend and it was his job to pack the chargers. Unfortunately he only brought one that fit his phone so my battery died! I ended up having to go 2.5 days without one and felt like one of my limbs had been removed. Couldnt get on Facebook, couldnt confirm plans with friends and I just felt shut off from the world. In one way it was quite liberating and thankfully as I was away with Mike who is not obsessed with his phone I could cope. However in another way I felt a bit panicky in case I missed something and if I had been with friends who constantly check their phones for FB and twitter, I thinkI would have gone mad. I think there is a lesson in there somewhere on how much we rely on technology andwe should maybe give it up for a while every now and then! Glad you found it though 🙂

  7. I can so relate! I don’t have a cell phone (the prepaid cell phone someone gave me that expires next week and won’t be recharged doesn’t count), but I don’t really need one since I only go out once a week. A charged no-service one will make 911 calls, after all. But I have an iPod. It is everything a smart phone is, minus the 3 or 4 G and the phone part. But I can buy a few Skype or TextFree minutes and use it as a phone with earbuds that have a mic. And many stores now have wifi (Safeway, Fred Meyer, Whole Foods, not to mention almost every Starbucks), so I can text and email when out and about if I need to. And I love my shopping list! I would be lost without it. I especially love that I can email it to my husband if I can’t get to the store for some reason (like when we discovered my daughter had a fever of 102 while at my son’s medical appointment; I went home after that and my husband went shopping after work). I have my to-do list on it. I still write out the day’s list on a whiteboard on the fridge, but it is nice to have tasks repeat and show up the next day, week, month, etc, without me having to think about them. My iPod doesn’t get used for music much, and after almost two years it seems to be objecting to loading songs (not sure why). It doesn’t have a camera, either. If it ever dies, I will replace it with one with a camera. But I can survive without it. 🙂 But not without my iPod. Okay, I can and I have, but I try to mostly just use it as a tool and not a toy, and it is good and helpful in my life.

  8. I have had my smart phone for four weeks and I completely understand! Now that we have a van with bluetooth (two weeks) I can understand what your husband said. I just want to make a hands free phone call as soon as I start the van! LOL

  9. I feel your pain. While I don’t have use for a lot of cell service, I need an electronic brain. I’m lost without my iPod Touch.

  10. My smart phone broke, and we got internet at the house that doesn’t depend on having a smart phone to tether from, so I got a regular, old-timey, normal, cell phone. I miss facebooking easily, the new phone can do it, but it’s so different and difficult that I just don’t do it. I also miss playing solitaire. Other than that, I’m just fine without it.

  11. Okay, this is why I don’t have a smart phone or any of those internet browsing, app using phones. I know my own limitations and I just don’t have that kind of self control. Not to mention the number of times my dearly missed razor dropped in a puddle, a glass of water, etc, just got dropped, chewed on and played with by my kids. Or the missing cheap phone that replaced my dead razor that is not really missing just living in the wood arm base of my couch from which it cannot be retrieved without harm to said couch.
    Oh, and even though dear husband says I spend to much time talking on my phone, on the days that it does not leave the house with me and I am not connected, he is amazed that I don’t even miss it, much, except well what time is it?

  12. Your hubby is right. My first thought was “How did she make it to the car without her phone?” You, my dear, must be a model of self-control, or you’d be a real addict by now. You’re doing fine. 😉

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