Home Screens - Rosanna Hulson

This is the 18th post in a series called Home Screens. David Sparks over at MacSparky has been doing this for a long time and I thought it would be interesting to ask my friends, family, and former co-workers what is on their Home Screens!

Hi! I'm Rosanna, hailing from the Reno/Lake Tahoe area of Nevada. I'm an incredibly happy wife to Rob, and mommie to two beautiful blue-eyed boys: 2.5 year old Jude, and Maxwell, my chubby little 4 month-old. When I'm not playing with my boys, I like to do makeup on people for weddings, proms, and other special events. My husband "converted" me to the world of Macs back in 2006, and ever since the iPhone came out in '07 I've had mine "Scotch-taped to my hand", as my mother likes to say.

What are your most interesting home screen apps?

I like to keep all my apps in folders because that's just how my brain works. It might not be as visually pleasing, but it makes me happy to have everything all categorized. Don't tell anyone what a dork I am, but, sometimes I fiddle with the organization of my apps just for fun. And since I don't have LOADS of apps, pretty much all my apps are "home screen apps".

My most interesting app which is actually a web app that I saved to my home screen would have to be Google Reader. It gets the "most interesting" award because it's a portal to everything else I find interesting on the great big Interwebby.

I also love Hipstamatic for effortlessly cool pictures for the non-artsy types like me, Lose It! for keeping track of what I eat, and iBaby Feed for keeping track of feedings for my nursing infant. Oh and I love the Bluefin running apps, Ease Into 5K and Bridge to 10K for my ongoing effort to become a runner.

I've gotta give a shout-out to the "baby apps"… I never thought I'd be the mother who let her sticky-fingered child play with an expensive mobile phone, but I have succumbed. I hand my iPhone over when I need Jude to be still for 10 minutes. Don't judge. His current faves are the apps from My First Puzzles (Snakes, Alphabet, and Numbers, specifically)

What is your favorite app?

It's a toss-up between good ol' workhorse Facebook (hello… best way for a busy mommie to keep in touch with far-flung friends!) and Apple's Messages. I use my phone more for connecting with people than I do for games or entertainment, so I use the social apps more than anything else. And the camera, I suppose. They say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and well… see the "Scotch-tape" reference above.

Which app is your guilty pleasure?

Can I pick two?

The first would be Draw Something I can't draw worth anything, but it's so much fun to scratch out stick figures for my friends. I end up howling with laughter over their attempts to guess what I could possibly be drawing. Is that a pirate or a penguin??

And then I'd have to say the Starbucks app because I know I shouldn't be drinking too much coffee, but it's so convenient to pre-load money onto my "card" in the app, pay with my phone, AND rack up points toward free drinks!

What is the app you are still missing?

The perfect meal-planning and grocery list-building app. I kind of hate to do this necessary household chore, and I feel like a very flexible, powerful app would almost be like hiring a cook. Sorta. I've tried a few, but I found that they either had TOO much information/features or not enough. Still on the lookout…

How many times a day do you use your iPhone?

Um, all day long? Seriously, it's always with me and when I'm not texting or tapping out a quick Facebook status, I'm listening to music, snapping photos or quick videos of my adorable baby, looking up a recipe, or letting Jude play a game. Educational, of course. ::innocent face::

And apparently I don't update my apps much, judging from the "11" badge on my App Store. :/

What is your favorite feature of the iPhone?

Find My iPhone GPS tracking feature. I lost my phone once and took advantage of that app, and the lady who picked it up called the my husband's number that I had messaged to my phone and I got it back that evening. Brilliant. I can also use it to "spy" on my husband to make sure he made it to work safely. Not that I do THAT very often, since we usually talk all the way there and back again! ;)

If you were in charge at Apple, what would you add or change?

Probably nothing? Those guys at Apple are pretty much genius level techies, and they're always thinking up things I didn't even know I needed.

Anything else you’d like to share?

I love chocolate.