My iPhone Apps

So as you  know, I’ve gone to the dark side: I now own an iPhone. AT&T, by the way.

And yes, you all were right. It is awesome. The keyboard is easier to use than I had expected. The automatic lock keeps me from pocket dialing. The large screen makes touch screen Web browsing more enjoyable. And what would an iPhone be without the apps?

Here is a list of the apps that I use:

  • Twitter
  • Foursquare
  • Words with friends
  • Rdio
  • Pandora
  • Angry Birds
  • Fishies
  • Bump
  • AIM
  • Shazam
  • Yelp
  • Urbanspoon
  • LyricFind Lite
  • Google Translate

Not as extensive as I thought it would be, but it is a start. There is a few others, but I haven’t had the opportunity or the need to utilize them, e.g., Knocking and Instagram. As of right now, I’d say Twitter (News), Foursquare (Social networking), Rdio (Music) and Yelp (Recommendations) are the apps that I use the most, closely followed by Angry Birds and Words with friends (Games). I plan to purchase the AP Stylebook (Work) this week. Yay!

Apps are definitely one of the ways that you can customize your phone. I find it interesting to see what apps people have, use and leave sitting there unused. According to website mobiThinking, 1 in 4 apps are downloaded once and never used again. Maybe the apps are there just to look cool and hip? I’d do it.

The other way is to customize it with a colorful and “unique” case. I’m rocking a purple one right now, but a multicolored, musically inspired design will soon be protecting my new toy. Like this one on

Downloading apps is something I’m going to be doing a lot now, so if you have any recommendations, please let me know. I will try to review a few on here for you.





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AT&T vs. Verizon iPhone

It’s been more than 24 hours since I purchased my iPhone through AT&T, and I think I made the right decision.

I’ll admit that the prompt to finally getting the sleek and sexy “pocket printing press” was that Verizon was getting it, meaning my sister was purchasing one. And while I like Verizon’s in-store customer service, appreciate the competitive price plans and know that I would utilize the free tethering, I’m glad I went with AT&T for many reasons.

AT&T works off a GSM network, rather than CDMA, which Verizon uses. This means that my AT&T iPhone will work in more countries (the dream is still alive), and I can talk on the phone and use Google Maps at the same time, which is something that you can’t do with Verizon unless you’re using Wifi – and this is no free Wifi when I’m cruising down I-5 and elsewhere. However this may change in the future.

In addition to these things, articles discussing Verizon’s data policies and speed are being published. Those who are using large amounts of data are going to see their speeds slow. And here I was expecting Verizon to really be prepared for this iPhone launch. I’m guessing that its network is going to get bogged down like the way AT&T’s was, which would have disappointed me as a Verizon customer. (As a side note, check out the URL of the link above. “iphone-verizon-sucks).
There are probably going to be more reasons why choosing AT&T rather than Verizon will prove to be the right move. And believe me, I’ll keep you updated!

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Starting a New Year

Happy New Year!

The salutation is a bit late, but the sentiment is still the same. Every year I feel as if it takes the entire month of January to get me ready for the new year. I swear I am still writing 2010 when I write the date.

This year, this feeling is very relevant. The month of January has brought a lot of changes. It was the month that my internship ended. It is the month of 2011 that I will probably be unemployed. It’s the month that I spent an entire week in Las Vegas, and this time it was with a friend.

Tom and Rae moved in together this month. I put red back in my hair. And finally, the most exciting of all, I cleaned out my Gmail inbox!

Wow, that’s a lot of activities, and there is still a few days left. Unfortunately I don’t think I did anything that was on my bucket list. On the other hand, cleaning out that inbox should have been on there.

I remember Megan Alley exclaiming at the size of my inbox in May. I can only image what she’d say if she saw what it became while I was abroad.

OK. I’m ending this post. I’m exhausted and this green tea is not kicking in.

On a final note, this post was for you, Megan Alley. I won’t let my inbox get like that again!


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Office Christmas Party

We are having our office Christmas party in San Francisco, and to be honest, I think this is my first Christmas party since Chuck E. Cheese, which strangely enough I remember being really fun.

I’m pretty excited but also nervous. I don’t want to be a wallflower but I also don’t know to embarrass myself. Could I have made that sound any more generic? What I’m trying to convey is that I would love to challenge someone to a whiskey shot, but while it may show them a little bit about me, I think it is a bad idea. I want to talk to people, but PC conversations and conversations with women don’t come as naturally to me as I’d like.

Man… Well, thank you Internet God and your lovely wisdom. Here is a Forbes article that discusses this issue. I will be taking its advice – and look damn good. Key points of this article:

  • Don’t drink too much.
  • Eat before drinking.
  • Don’t be a wallflower.
  • Don’t put your guard down.
  • Have fun.


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My bucket list

So I’ve been thinking about starting a bucket list, and today I finally did it. Today seemed fitting. It’s 24 days until my 24th birthday on December 24. There are a few things on this list that I can do before I’m 24, others will have to wait.

To my surprise, it was a little difficult to put this list together. I feel like I’ve done a lot, at least a lot of the things I wanted to do. And I really couldn’t think of much outside of travel and food. What does that say about me? Without having seen Eat, Pray, Love, I feel dangerously close to being a cliché.

What’s on your bucket lists? I need some suggestions. This list is going to continue to run on a separate page of this blog. Hopefully I remember to blog about crossing things off the bucket list.

OK. I’m tired. Good night. List below.


  1. Live in another country

    We make new friends while in Ireland

  2. Study abroad
  3. Visit Spain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil, England, Bosnia, Russia Amsterdam, Mexico, Canada, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand
  4. Stay two weeks in a small French town
  5. Swim in the Pacific ocean, off the shore of an Asian country
  6. Try deer
  7. Cook crab
  8. Stand on the Great Wall of China

    Barcelona was beautiful; I can't wait to go back.

  9. Have an article published in a major newspaper or magazine
  10. Get married
  11. Manage or represent an up-and-coming band
  12. Learn to play the guitar
  13. Learn to play the piano
  14. Go on stage at a rock concert
  15. Own my a venue
  16. Eat pizza in Italy
  17. Visit the Aztec temples

    An Aztec Codex is probably one of the coolest things I've seen.

  18. Walk through the Mayan ruins
  19. Fall in love
  20. Have children
  21. Start a video blog
  22. Stand on an iceberg in Alaska
  23. Put red back in my hair
  24. Go to an art exhibit in a major city
  25. Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge
  26. Ballroom dance with other people at a ball
  27. Volunteer at a charity for teens
  28. Do volunteer work in a foreign country
  29. Take a bath in Bathe, England

    I helds Bob and his friends in Seattle. They later became dinner for someone.

  30. Get a tattoo
  31. Get a surface piercing
  32. Make the perfect margarita
  33. Catch a fish
  34. Own a dog
  35. Spend a night on the beach
  36. Drink champagne in France
  37. Have a picture printed/ used in a publication
  38. Write a book
  39. Live in a home/apartment/condo that overlooks the ocean
  40. Go skinny-dipping
  41. Backpack through Europe
  42. Backpack through the United States

    This is the fanciest dress I've worn in a long time. We could have danced to Swing music, but it was slippery, I was in heals and we were the only two under 35 years of age for an hour.

  43. See where the Beatles played
  44. Meet Anderson Cooper
  45. Go to a grand gala and wear a spectacular dress
  46. Own land
  47. Get paid to travel
  48. Have someone play a song, just for me
  49. Write a sociological paper
  50. Get a degree in sociology
  51. Get a degree in music industry
  52. Get my degree
  53. Go to Mardi Gras in Brazil
  54. Go to SXSW
  55. Hold a seahorse
  56. Learn to speak Spanish


  57. Chat with a penguin
  58. Meet Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club, Choke, Invisible Monster, etc.
  59. Kiss an Englishman
  60. Go off the grid for a month
  61. Become part of a start-up that takes off
  62. Visit Stonehenge
  63. Be part of a flash mob
  64. Visit the Egyptian pyramids
  65. Dance in a park
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Me and my BlackBerry are back together kids!

I can’t tell you how happy I am to be on this piece of plastic and metal, typing away. Don’t get me wrong – Android is awesome, but I missed my BBM, this keyboard and not worrying about “butt-dialing.”

It’s odd to be so mentally attached to a piece of machinery. It really did go to a lot of places with me, gave me directions, recommended restuarants, entertained me…

Wow. I think it needs a name. Hmm… I’m open to suggestions.

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Tips for Salespeople – Sales is Something Everyone Should Understand

So you might know that I have a background in sales. And after three years selling T-Mobile in retail locations, I am taking on a new challenge with a company in the Bay Area. With that said, it is a challenge so I thought doing some research might help me out. Here are some of the articles I looked at, and I thought some of these might be good for others to read. Have fun. =)

Ice breakers and their importance.

The death of the salesman or not?

Don’t be afraid to ask for the sale.

A sales blog that seems pretty informative.

Here is a video about handling objections, and it suggests taking more creative approaches that allow the customer and salesperson to interact. It also cover the tired-and-true tactics to turning objection around.

(I just put in an e-mail address that I used to use just in case. Spam is never fun.)

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