Monday, February 6, 2012

5K and Siri

Ever since I acquired a student teacher, I've been in complete bliss.  I'll go into more detail about that another time, but the short version is that with her taking over so much of my grading, I actually have a life on Saturdays and Sundays.  Friday afternoon was the first time in five-and-a-half years that I left work completely empty-handed.  It felt awesome. 

On Saturday morning, Clint's mom and sister talked me into running with them.  They're training for a 5K Run taking place in April, and they've been trying to convince me to sign up for it too.  I said "no," but I told them I'd go ahead and train with them.*  I don't mind the extra exercise, but I don't want to have to worry about getting up at the break of dawn on a Saturday for the event itself.  So they came to my house on Saturday morning and we walked from my house to my work.  Once there, we ran around the track eight times (two miles), and then we walked back home.  All in all, it ended up being three miles of walking/running.  They sort of tricked me, because I thought that we were going to lap the track four times, not eight.  After we finished our laps, they acted all innocent about it, saying, "Oh, we didn't tell you that we planned to practice the whole 5K?"  My legs have been throbbing for two days since.

Saturday afternoon we went out for sushi with Clint's family for his birthday.  His real birthday is actually tomorrow, but Saturday was the only day that everyone was free.  The place we went to was way off the beaten-path and had incredibly delicious food and a really nice atmosphere.  We're definitely going back soon.  On Sunday morning we went shopping, and that's when I fell in love with this:    

This is the recently-released iPhone 4S.  My Droid is over two years old now and is starting to freeze up, and Clint's having similar issues with his, so we decided that it was time to browse around for a new phone.  I played around with a lot of different phones in the Verizon store, and this one was by far the one I loved the most.  What made it stand out was the fact that it has Siri, which is something you can't appreciate until you've actually experienced it.  Me and this iPhone conversed with each other for twenty minutes, talking about local restaurants, the weather, etc.  We also texted people (with my voice alone--never touched the keypad), looked up stuff on Google images, and so on.  She--IT--understood every command I issued.  It was amazing.  I told her (it) "Remind me in two minutes to wash my hair," and she said "Okay.  I will remind you to wash your hair."  Two minutes later, the phone buzzed with a reminder that said: "Wash your hair."  I must be old-school, 'cause this was like Star Trek technology.  Of course I guess nowadays Star Trek is actually old-school.

Here's a quick clip from Big Bang Theory that shows the way Siri interacts with the phone user:

Of course, in the actual episode, Raj ends up developing romantic feelings for Siri, and is looked upon very strangely by all his friends when he starts dating a phone app.

Despite my infatuation with this phone, I was going to wait a month or two before actually buying it, but as dumb luck would have it, I won a Super Bowl pool at my work.  My coworkers passed around a table that consisted of 100 squares, and it cost $5 a square to participate.  I bought one square, and I remember when I chose the one that I did, "T" (the one running the pool) looked at me skeptically and said, "You do know how this works, right?"  Each square had a score assigned to it, and mine was Giants 9, Patriots 0.  That seemed like an odd one to me too, but there wasn't a lot of squares left to choose from.  Four people total win; once for the quarter, the half, the third quarter, and the end of the game.  Well by the end of the first quarter, the score was 9 to O (Giants), so I won the first quarter.  By halftime, the score was 10 to 9 (Patriots), but once you reach 9, the numbers start from 0 again (the 1 is dropped), so I won AGAIN.  Overall I ended up winning $200, and everyone at my work made it clear that I'm buying them pizza this week.  Last night, in light of my winnings, Clint got online and ordered me the iPhone.  I told him I'll be the guinea pig; if after a few weeks we both still like it, he'll get himself one too.  I also ordered this cover: 

I love the classy look of the iPhone covers.

I have more I could blabber on about, but I have an early staff meeting tomorrow morning, so I better try to get some sleep.

*Right after finishing this post, I signed up for that damn 5K in April.  *defeated sigh* 


  1. A couple of weeks ago I ran a 5k with a 6 month pregnant girl, her two kids (9 and 7), Alyssa, and Seth in a regular stroller. Initially I was going to walk it but Alyssa said she wanted to run it. Long story short... My pregnant friend decided she was too pregnant to run and Alyssa pooped out after about 1/2 mile. So I wound up carrying Alyssa about a mile and push the stroller all the while. I was sore for a few days after that too. Before that weekend I had not ran since I found out I was pregnant with Seth!
    On the subject of Siri, I LOVE my i4s!! Sometimes, Siri is a pain in the ass! Because you have to speak so slow and enunciate very deliberately! But all in all we love our phones!


  2. Your 5k experience sounds like a nightmare Jewls! And to go from NO running to running a 5k...that's pretty extreme. Trin signed up for the 5k too, so I decided I'm going to try to pace myself with her. She can run fast, but only in spurts, so hopefully I'll be able to keep up.

    I'm enjoying the new phone, although there have been some things I've had to adjust to. The iPhone has a smaller screen than my Droid; plus no slide-out keyboard. Also, so far I like Droid's apps better than the iPhone's apps. But on the plus side, I LOVE Siri. So far she has understood every command I've given. I haven't had to type out a single text yet, because I just say them all outloud. I've been able to schedule calendar events and write notes, just with my voice. I'm surprised she can understand me so well given that my voice can be so raspy at times, but she does! It's really cool.

  3. P.S. I realize that Siri has no gender (she told me so), but I can't seem to stop calling her "she".

  4. Love the cover!! I love my iPhone (even if I have to type in my
    own appointments!). Glad you're loving it so far!
    Good luck on the 5k! Awesome that you and Trin are doing it

  5. I really love the new phone, especially the cover. I know you and Siri have bonded well this past week!

  6. You actually have to TYPE in your OWN appointments Alana? The horror of it all! ;-)

    Thanks for the well-wishes for the 5k. Trin was the reason I ultimately decided to sign up for it. She really wants to participate and told me that I had to get off my lazy butt and do it with her.

    @Niecy, yep, me and Siri have bonded a lot this week! Remind me to show you how she responds when you try to tell her a knock knock joke. It's pretty funny. Or like yesterday, I told her I was sorry, and she said, "It's okay Jodi. Really." But I swear I could hear the eye-roll.


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