1st World Problems #2

I spent my day at the St. Regis in Deer Valley listening to TEDxWomen streamed from Monterey, California.


Sitting next to Rebecca, my nineteen-year-old friend and a former student, I learned a lot.

  • Emotions matter.
  • I don’t want to be a “Super Chicken.”
  • Ask for help.
  • Time is everything.  Teams that work together longer are better.
  • When candor is safe, conflict is frequent.
  • Leadership is an activity in which conditions are created where everyone can do their most amazing work.
  • We are all equal.
  • How can we have racism, if we do not have racists?
  • We win by showing joy?
  • The only labels you should have are the ones you give yourself.

Then, I stopped at the Doctor Fix It , to get my phone.  But, Simply Mac did not deliver it today.

Without a phone, I had to drive to Simply Mac to find out that it will come back from Apple tomorrow. Then, I drove back to the Doctor Fix It shop to let the technician know.

A week ago, an Apple Specialist told me, “No one should have to live with a pixelated screen.” (First World Problem)


I’ve been phone-less for a week.

When I finally arrived home, the mobile groomer was there and Booker was exiting the van with a lovely poodle ‘fro.  He pranced and danced.

Then, I opened the garage door expecting to see my old kitchen appliances. Instead, I found ladders and paint.

“Were the contractors here?” I asked Hilary.

“Yes. I got here at 3:30.  They were mostly in the garage.”

“Ugh. They must’ve missed the appliance delivery.”

“Ummmm,” started Hilary, “there are a bunch of appliances in your living room.”

Together, we walked in the house with Booker.


Then, I found the note from the contractors.  Apparently, I’ll be living like this until Monday.

On the bright side, it’s supposed to be 80 degrees this weekend and they did install my clothesline in the backyard.  (My neighbors are going to LOVE me.)


About Julie Hooker

I'm a teacher, writer, and editor. In addition, I'm an animal rescuer, yogi, and friend.
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