I drink a lot of water. In fact, I drink mostly water. I'll have a large coffee in the morning and switch to water by 10:30 or 11:00 every day. I do consume the occasional Diet Coke or Iced Tea, but for the most part, I'm a big fan of the H2O. So, I didn't really need to be reminded to drink water, but I'm a sucker for a cute app.
That's how I found myself with the Plant Nanny app for iPhone. Based on your weight and activity level, the app tells you how much water you should be consuming each day. Next comes the fun part. You plant a plant. Beginners have three plants and basic flower pots to choose from, with more being added as you progress. I chose the Devil's Ivy for my first plant. Unfortunately, I didn't realize there was a "snapshot" feature until my second plant--Dandelion. Finally, you choose the size of your drink, from 8 oz to 32 oz, which you can switch throughout the day depending on what you're using. I have a giant water bottle at work, but only a 24oz at home, so I switch.
The plant starts off this cute little nubbin with eyes.
|Awww, wook at hims wittle rosy cheeks.|
Super cute, right? And it makes this sweet little chirp note when you give it a drink. It will remind you ever 2, 4, 6, or 8 hours that you need to drink. And if you don't drink (or lie and tell the app you drank anyway), the plant will wither and die. (don't ask me how I found out)
|Still adorbs, but why does it have arms?|
I'm loving the Bob's Big Boy swoop it's got going on. Did I mention it kind of waves and bobs when you've given it a drink? It does, in a little "thanks, pal" kind of way. Also, the app goes from day to night and has a clock feature.
|look how big he is|
Next stage, still trying to climb out of the pot. And look at the sprouts. Don't they remind you of golf clubs?
|all grown up|
Here's my little Dandy all grown up. What's with the tongue, mister? Yeah, that tongue goes in and out. Someone's got an attitude problem. Did you know you're just a weed? Oh, they blink, too. If you're into the whole anthropomorphic thing (I name everything!), you'll love this.
Downside? If you didn't pee a lot before, well... Fortunately, I have not had to adjust my routine since I pee like the dickens anyway.