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is it over yet?

So I’m past the halfway point of the semester and I am feeling very much burnt out already. I still have a full month of assignments, field, and forms (to apply for graduation and get my independent study for the spring approved) to complete before a wonderful December off. Well, mostly off; I’ll still have to go to field some, because I can’t just leave my caseload hanging for a month, and I’m hoping to get a parttime job well before my savings run completely dry. Man I get tired just thinking about all the stuff I need to do and all the what’s and if’s that accompany the next several months leading up to graduation and marriage. So, yes…is it over yet?

On a much lighter note, wordpress 2.0 for iPhone has been out for a while and I had no idea until recently. I like it a lot. I’m happily jailbroken again. It’s the little things that make me love being jailbroken. There’s a utility called ipodpop in Cydia that makes it so that even when no music is playing you can doubleclick the home button and the iPod controls come up allowing you go start music and use controls; then you can close the widget and be right back where you were. Crucial! SBSettings is always lovely, especially when you open an app and realize location settings are turned off. A quick toggle in SBSettings and you’re still right where you were, but with location on. Winterboard is nice but also pretty pointless. I got my tethering back and that makes me very happy, especially at work. Oh yeah there’s another utility that allows you to put the current temperature next to the battery in the status bar. It can also replace the weather icon with one that has the actual temperature, not pertually 73.

fourth week of field

So this is my fourth week of field which is sort of hard to believe. As far as client appointments go I’m 0 – 4. Last week I has one appointment scheduled. She didn’t show up. Yesterday I had two scheduled and both canceled. Today I have two scheduled and one already no-showed. I guess this is just how it’s gonna be.

So what have I been doing with all of my time a field? Well mostly playing with my iPhone… Like, right now I’m listening to old TBTL episodes and touch typing this blog entry in the WordPress app on my 3GS. Until last Wednesday evening I had the ability to tether my iPhone to my laptop so I could surf the net. Unfortunately I blindly updated my firmware to 3.1 and lost not only my jailbreak but also my ability to tether. That was really stupid of me. Tethering is important because I don’t like to use the agency intranet connection to surf. I feel like someone is watching everything I look at. I don’t look at bad stuff, just blogs and such but still probably not the professional sort of material that the agency connection is intended for. Tethering gave me a seperate connection that I could use all day and remain anonymous in my surfing. Hopefully the dev team will release the 3.1 jailbreak soon so that I can install PDAnet and tether again. Or maybe AT&T will get off their asses and enable tethering and MMS like all of the other iPhone service providers in the rest of the world. Probably not…

School is going pretty well so far this semester. I’m really enjoying my group class, but there is a lot of reading for that class. I’ll probably do some of that today at field, actually. But overall I feel like I’m learning a lot from the class. Wodarski’s class is a joke.

So this current iPhone is my third. Let me explain. My first was a 3G that I bought February 2009. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but I also dropped it repeatedly and it got all scratched up with some major dings on the corners. When the 3GS came out I told myself I didn’t need to upgrade…but I got tired of my beaten up iPhone and I decided to put it up for sale on Craigslist. I sold it the same day and used the money to offset the $400 price of the early upgrade to the 3GS. So that was lovely…a white 16GB iPhone 3GS. It is much snappier, very responsive and in general pretty awesome. I use the camera a lot since I always have it with me, and the extra megapixel, autofocus, and video features make a big difference. So I was very careful with my new 3GS and always kept it in a case. Then one day in late July I took it out of the case to clean it. To my horror I noticed several hairline cracks in the white casing on the back. I diligently waited till school started in August and made an appointment with the Apple Store in Knoxille. They replaced it on the spot after seeing the cracks. Sweet new, new iPhone. Then later that week I noticed a new problem: dust had somehow gotten under the screen. So I made another appointment. This time they replaced the screen assembly. So that’s where I stand now. My phone is still perfect, and I’m going to do everything in my power to keep it that way.