Protection: SO Important

Did you know you can outfit your iPhone 4 or 4s with this beauty?  He’s wearing a diaper and a crown and he’s silicone!

Silicone protects.  I already knew this.

But I temporarily forgot, however, after darling C bought me the iPhone 4s for my birthday in April.  I protected it with a sweet pink giraffe-print snap-on, hard-backed case at T.J. Maxx for $5.99.

The day after our wedding one month later I was in the back seat of our friends’ rental car with Micaela.  My gargantuan wedding gown sat between us.  In my tired stupor in hitching a ride that morning from the hotel to my parents’ home for brunch, I absent-mindedly placed the iPhone on top of my poofy dress in the car and forgot about it for 30 minutes.  When we arrived, I pulled the gown out with me and SMACK went my phone, face down on the driveway.  The screen suffered a large spiderweb crack in the bottom left corner.

Do you know how much it costs to get your iPhone screen repaired by a reputable source that won’t void your Apple warranty?  Um, a lot of dollars.

And I did get it fixed last Friday.

And all week now I’ve been carrying it around in a camera case because I’m hysterical I’ll drop it again.

Suggestions for protective cases that aren’t ugly like this one?



Summer in this city.

It was a long, hot weekend in Mile High and those folks who are normally holed up in their quiet pockets were outside, roaming the city and causing a ruckus.

Friday night Chris and I went up to Westminster to water his grandmother’s lawn, which was quickly becoming straw in the harsh sun.

We spent most of Saturday at the Westword Music Showcase in the Golden Triangle.  Sunday, we ran errands in the morning and went out at Lala’s for Sunday Supper to celebrate our brother-in-law’s birthday.  Normally, we’d spend a Sunday summer evening in City Park with our friends and neighbors.  City Park Jazz is one of the things I love most about living in our neighborhood. In fact, it’s one of the greatest gifts the city of Denver gives — a free jazz concert every Sunday evening from June to September at the City Park pavilion.  We love to bring bread, brie and salami and lots of wine and enjoy on a picnic blanket.  Sometimes we meet friends, other times, it’s just us.  And it’s always a lovely time.

Sunday changed all that.  A fight erupted at the concert and a local Denver police office was shot in the head and killed.

City Park Jazz: Police Office Shot and Killed

I can’t tell you how much this breaks my heart.  Not only do I feel sad for the police officer and her family – she was a single mother, but I also feel sad for the many people this concert benefits each week.  City Park has some rough edges, yes, but it’s a beautiful place that the city attempts to keep clean and safe.  Now, it’s changed and scarred and shadowed.

And we’re not going for a while, even though it now with the stepping up of police patrols and security, it may become the safest place to be on Sunday night.  It’s not a place I want to be right now.

City Park Jazz Summer 2011