The bright side of fangirling – as quoted from my mission statement in the sidebar – demands a fluffy post every once in a while. No major content to see, just a bit of blabla on the occasion of me finally taking the plunge and replacing my old iPhone with a brand-spanking new one. It really was time. The old iPhone 8 was not trusty anymore. For the last two years, it didn’t hold its charge for longer than about 2.5 hours – and even that time span was sketchy and unreliable. I had taken to carrying a powerbank with me at all times, and those yokes are heavy! My plan had always been to replace the phone after 5 years. Having bought it in May 2015, last year time would have been up. But then the pandemic hit and somehow, without any travelling, there didn’t seem much point in buying a new phone. In fact, I had started leaving my phone at home most of the time, after scientists had initially warned about the hygiene problems with handling mobile phones – just too many germs that you pick up with your hands, spread on your phone, and then hold close to your mouth. So I didn’t need a new phone then. But with the restrictions now easing and an end of the pandemic in sight, the time had come to get a new
toy phone *now*. Sponsored by the lovely Mr Guylty, I received my new phone last week. Oh, it’s heavenly. All the apps work, the battery lasts for 48 hours, I can facetime and take videos again. 😍
And where does the fluffy fangirl post come in? Well, a phone needs a protective cover. For the last 8 years or so, I always used the same cover design, with a coat of arms for Armitage fans, designed by a fan. Time for something new. One reason why I liked the previous design, was that it was somewhat discreet – it looked like a coat of arms, but didn’t really scream “I’m a Richard Armitage fan”. At least not to the un-initiated. 😁 So I wanted something similarly discreet but different. And this is what I came up with.
What do you think? Discreet enough? 😬 I know, the name “Armitage” features pretty big… So does the bow-tied, be-smokinged thesp himself. But hey, I think I might still get away with it 😉.
What about you? Have you got a protective case for your mobile? Does it somehow relate to your favourite actor? What does it look like? Share a picture on the social media platform of your choice and leave me a link in the comments. Or if you haven’t got any SM accounts, you could upload it to imgur.com. The service is free and does not require registration. I am curious to see *your* phones 🙂
Right, the fluff really has lifted my spirits. The whole day has been great, despite initial rain. We’ve had really warm weather the last few days, and I was out today meeting my sis-in-law in town. We had a great wander around and ended up browsing in my favourite charity shop. Top tip: If you like charity shop browsing, *now* is the time. At least here in Ireland. All non-essential retail has been closed since Christmas, and in the meantime many shops had reorganised, renovated or simply tidied up their shop floor. *Particularly* the charity shops. I got lucky with a whole heap of botanical/animal books that I need for my junk journaling, and spent very little money on them. Big win! – I hadn’t planned on it, but as a fully vaccinated person I actually could not resist when sis-in-law suggested we have lunch in a café. In Ireland, pubs and cafés also finally reopened last week, after having been fully closed since Christmas Day. We only have outdoor dining at the moment – indoor dining/drinking is still prohibited, but to facilitate that and in order to give pubs/cafés the economic boost they badly need, Dublin City Council has made the streets narrower and widened the pavements, creating space for tables and chairs. It has been 15 months since *I* last sat in a café – and wow, it was lovely yet felt very luxurious and special to order lunch in my favourite café. In fact, my (French) sis-in-law insisted on ordering a glass of Crémant to celebrate the occasion. With ample distance to the next table and a slight breeze in our outdoor spot, all was safe. Here’s to a return to normality…