Apr 16, 2017  •  In Apple, Blogging, Personal, Relationships

More Technical Issues…

The good news is that I got my laptop back. Not only had Apple replaced my battery, they had also installed a new logic board, so my computer was running like new again.  :-) 

The bad news is, this only lasted a few days.

It began with a 1px-wide red vertical line along the right side of my screen. Then the lines multiplied, in different colors. After some time, the entire screen started flickering, changing back and forth between solid colors and a series of vertical bands.

So I’m bringing my MacBook Pro into the Apple Store again tomorrow, and will probably be without my computer again for another week.

Despite my technical issues, J and I had a wonderful time in Montréal. Our hotel was perfection, the food we ate delectable, and although the weather forecast called for rain, we managed to avoid the blunt of it and even enjoyed beautiful, sunny spring weather as we walked around the city Saturday afternoon.

Don’t I look so relaxed?

As you have probably guessed by now, I’m writing this post on my phone. And with Aerin’s spring break taking place this week, I won’t have much time on my hands.

So with this harried update, I must bid adieu once more. I promise to be back more regularly once my laptop woes are fixed!

Apr 5, 2017  •  In Aerin, Apple, Blogging, Gadgets, Geek, Personal

Power Issues

It’s been three days since I promised to blog regularly again. But have I written anything? No. You probably thought I disappeared again, didn’t you?

I actually have a good reason for not writing…

My laptop’s battery life has been less than stellar lately, so I took it into the local Apple Store.

It’s never a good sign when the diagnostic report reads, “REPLACE NOW.”

I’ve had MacBook Pros since 2001. (Back then, they were called PowerBooks. Remember those?) As such, I can remember clearly the good ol’ days when the batteries on Apple laptops were removable via a simple latch.

Apple has changed a lot since then. Over the years, they have made their hardware less and less accessible to those looking to fix or upgrade their devices themselves, or via a third party.

In fact, Apple is currently fighting ‘right to repair’ legislation which would give consumers and third-party repair shops the legal right to purchase spare parts and access service manuals!

Back to the point. Even just a few years ago, this DIY-er would have bought a compatible battery online, screwed open the casing, and replaced the battery herself.

Now, I cannot. According to Apple, they would need to tamper with the entire bottom half of the machine JUST TO REPLACE THE BATTERY.

The entire process is so complex, in fact, that they cannot do it themselves at the store. They need to SEND THE ENTIRE LAPTOP AWAY, again, just to replace the battery.

Where does this leave me? Sans my beloved laptop for 3-5 business days, plus delivery time.

The good news is that the repair — which costs a whooping $755+tax…again, JUST TO REPLACE THE BATTERY — is fully covered under my AppleCare protection plan.

(I highly recommend AppleCare for anyone who owns an Apple device. It’s saved me so much money over the years. One time, they gave me a brand-new MacBook Pro, FOR FREE!)

And this is the long-winded reason why I have not blogged. I am currently typing this post out on my phone, which is not an ideal medium for blogging, at least for me.

So for now, I bid adieu for another few days. Here’s something to tide you over until I return: a short clip of Aerin reading a Level 3 book all by herself (Level 3 is designed for grades 1-3; Aerin is currently in pre-K)! This is the same girl who had to have speech and cognitive therapy sessions for a year!

Apr 2, 2017  •  In Aerin, Blogging, Claire, Depression, Personal, Relationships

Chirp, Chirp

It’s been a whooping 1 year and 2 months since I last wrote in this blog.

…Is anyone still around?

During my hiatus, I seriously contemplated shutting down the site. I was feeling uninspired and unmotivated. There were a lot of things going on in my life I did not feel comfortable sharing with the world wide web. I did not want to write about my daughters either, because — as I have shared with you in the past, I feel less inclined to share their lives with you as they grow older. Not only because our relationships become more complex and more precious, but also because I want to protect their privacy.

But, as of this moment, everyone in the Geek in Heels household is doing well.  :-) 

Claire is now a first grader at a wonderful cooperative school the next town over. Aerin is in pre-K at the same Montessori school we had sent Claire (although they’re only 13 months apart in age, they’re TWO grades apart due to their birthdays) and is thriving, just like her big sister. Both of them are SO smart, SO silly, and SO lovable. I am immensely proud of them every day.

J and I will be celebrating our 9th anniversary this month. He had wanted to take me on a vacation to Paris to mark the occasion, but we had to cancel our plans due to unforeseeable circumstances. We decided to take a shorter weekend vacation to a French-speaking city this side of the Atlantic: Montréal!

(And now that I am blogging again, I hope to share with you the details from our trip!)

I am still a SAHM and I’m comfortable where I am at the moment. I feel extremely fortunate that our situation allows me to do this, and I count my blessings every day. I am no longer involved in Jini Beauty due to time constraints and my depression rearing its ugly head again last year. I sold my shares to my partner Sunny, and we’re still friends — I’m supremely proud of her to keeping the business going stronger and better than ever!

So why did I decide to come back? Well, for one, I’m doing better. Due to some changes in my medication and continuing sessions with my wonderful therapist, I am now feeling better than I have in months.

And I missed blogging. I missed you guys.

Besides, I could not just shut down this site. In my year-long absence, traffic has certainly dwindled. Additionally, personal blogs are kinda DEAD in this day and age. Sure, LIFESTYLE blogs are still popular, but my life is nowhere near that glamorous.

But I am still getting 1,000+ visitors a day. I still earn ad revenue. And just take a look at these stats:

2,148 posts and 16,860 comments! How can I just LET GO of all of that?

So yes, I am back.  :-)  I hope my readers are still around…and that you’ll be gentle with me as I dip my toes in the the water again!

Jan 18, 2016  •  In Beauty, Blogging, Personal

The Official Launch of Jini Beauty

I’ve been keeping myself plenty busy these days with the start of my own business. Who’d have thunk it? Me, a co-founder to a successful company?

And last week, we officially opened our doors.

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Jini Beauty. Korean beauty that is curated by us, and coveted by you. Personalized subscription boxes for each skin type. You know you want to be a part of it.

Thanks for all your support! I hope to bring you all the best of K-beauty and wish that you’ll share with me in my excitement for this new venture!