I rarely, rarely talk on the phone. Not to my mom, not to my sister or cousins or friends. Basically the only people I talk to on the phone are my physician, dentist and optometrist. Sometimes when people lock themselves out of the old hotel we live in, they might call in desperation to be rescued, but that’s about it.
The thing I have discovered this year is that I can now talk TO my phone. This has been a life-changing discovery for me! I have an iPhone (I don’t know which one). It’s actually falling apart glass chunk by glass chunk right now, but I can still talk to it and it still listens to me.
My phone is young enough to have Siri, so I just tell her stuff all day long and she writes it down for me and I don’t even have to take my hands out of the sudsy water. I don’t have a dishwasher, so my hands are in the sudsy water a lot.
When I’m cooking dinner and I use up the last of the olive oil, I say, “Hey Siri, add olive oil to my grocery list.” And she has been trained to obey every single time without back-talk, which is refreshing. She always says, “Ok, I added it.”
Most often I ask her to remind me of things, and did you know I can have her remind me at a certain time or a certain place? So when I’m driving down the road and see the fuel in our van is getting low, I tell Siri, “Hey girl, remind me to get fuel when I’m at the King Soopers on Centennial” since that is where we get our fuel. And she does it! She reminded me when I was in the parking lot later that day.
I say things like, “Set my alarm every weekday for 6:00 in the morning.” Or “Remind me to pray for Christy every day at 3:00.” Then I don’t mark it completed until I’ve actually prayed for Christy. Talking to your phone can be so useful; I’m sure I’m still only discovering all the things it can do for me. I write down all my dreams in a folder on my phone titled “Dreams and Visions.” Since I discovered voice-to-text, I just recall my dreams out loud while I’m brushing my hair in the morning, and Siri writes them all down for me in the correct folder.
I don’t often sing the praises of my phone, but today I thought I should since I’ve come to appreciate its prompt obedience to my every command. It frees up brain space for me so I can remember more important stuff, like how to train my children about prompt obedience to my every command. 😉