I’m all for technology; it’s super.
That’s a lie. It’s a love/hate thing. Or maybe sometimes completely a hate thing. Or always a hate thing.
You see, I spent a morning last week trying to modify and personalize a Google+ status update. The downside? I had to read 14 relevant articles and didn’t get the dishes washed until 3 hrs. later. The upside? I felt pretty boss for figuring something out on my own. Yet I loathe doing dishes, so I suppose I can’t honestly lament this with integrity.
The next morning? Good news! Twitter‘s got a new face, and I think it’s classy and much more user-friendly. But the header stumped me. I simply couldn’t figure out how to properly resize it for the new format. I called my husband, and he patiently explained that he was Very Important at a Paid Job and couldn’t deal with it until he came home. I only partially pouted; tremendous progress since last week, but I think the end result is sharp, so the frustration may have just been worth it?
And it now only takes me 5 minutes to complete the process of unplugging and switching out my cell battery. My phone crapped out before we’re due for new ones and the battery must now be externally charged. But this is cool because, hey, like I said, now it only takes me 5 minutes to set up the charge. And what mom doesn’t have an extra 5 in the morning? It’s super.
Have I mentioned how much I love my word game on my Kindle? I love my word game on my Kindle. As it turns out, the lifespan of me begging Dr. J to virtually stand on his head every five days and coax the beast into a magical connection of actually charging is limited. When he broke out the soldering gun and started talking about having to order more parts on Amazon, I waved my white flag of surrender and called it a firm day with my precious word game. Sad, very sad. End of story.
And then my Fitbit. God love the Fitbit. It now requires an extraordinary amount of prayer and several of those cheap plastic clips you get with balloon bunches to force a connection so it will actually charge.
Apparently I have a significant charging difficulty with all my technological devices. I also think this means I need to buy more balloon bunches because they make me happy.
I won’t lie. Snatching up my knitting and cozying up to Wheel of Fortune at the end of day sounds blissful. Nothing needs charged, and the worst sticky wicket that comes up with a yarn is a nasty knot–which I can fix without an outlet. Holing up in such elderly-friendly anti-tech evenings? Yes, please.
Somehow logging onto Facebook and sharing the intimate details of my life with a bunch of people I don’t really know after a long day seems less fantastic. Not that I’m not dying to read about the latest cute craft you did with your kiddos. Craaaap. Now I sound like a grouchy beast.
I’m not. Really. Or I am. I’m just definitely antisocial. And I love technology. Or I don’t.
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Cynthia Gabriele Sprouts Consignment Boutique says
Technology stumps me over & over again! I am with you, I have called my poor husband many times from work to ask, what he thinks I should know, the techy questions that the answers elude me!! I think I need a 5 year old to help me.
I’m sending Isaac over.
Bonnie Frank says
Oh boy can I relate to this! I spent all day yesterday with no Google Analytics installed (I did something SO stupid I won’t even admit to that broke the link…), decided to have a 12-hour anxiety attack over it, drank too much coffee (that did not help the situation, by the way) and now I’m just wondering what i’ll do today to make my online world less-than-bearable…Great post!
Every day is a fresh start to screw something techy up, right Bonnie? 😉 Here’s to too much coffee!
Did you figure out the Twitter header? I followed Ana’s tutorial and it was super easy: http://www.ourblendedmarriage.com/2014/04/24/create-new-twitter-profile/
Wow, thanks for the great resource, Kim!
I’ll hitch up the wagon and bring over my knitting too. Afterwards, we can play a game of gin. And drink Gin. I think you have some magnetic field around you causing this calamity of battery business.
We obviously need the gin to battle the magnetic field.
Ashley @ 3littlegreenwoods says
I so absolutely HATE techy bloggy stuff. I am a kindergarten teacher for goodness sake! I have no clue about how all that works!
Feeling your pain!
Solidarity, Ashley–what’s scary is these kids know more than we do!
Kenya G. Johnson says
I love figuring out stuff. I am a totally geek on the inside. Pretend I’m whispering, “I read tech blogs.” shhhh But I gotta tell you, I didn’t know that Twitter changed anything. I mostly look at it from my phone. I don’t feel like fixing or making a header for it.
Please come over here and be my tutor, smart Kenya.
My technological abilities stop at “did you reboot it?”.
That sounds pretty extensive to me, Teri.
Susan Maccarelli says
I can relate. I try to keep my gadgets to a minimum, but technology in the form of remote controls absolutely stumps me. I see 1 tv, yet there are 4 remote controls. How is this even possible??
Clearly a conspiracy from some evil TV people, Susan. Very scary.
I just spent the entire morning trying to add a new email to Mail Chimp. Thank goodness I couldn’t get my hands around that monkeys neck, b/c I agree with you this tech stuff is hard. I like the knitting idea. Could I bring my Snuggie?
The Snuggie is ALWAYS welcome, my love. P.S. Will strangle the monkey with you.
Kerith Stull says
Have you tried a “no technology” day? My 18yo special needs daughter and I did two years ago when we were homeschooling. It was…shall I say… interesting. Learned a lot. (Link to our day in the URL below.) Give it a try! (Visiting from Publishing Bloggers)
This sounds pretty heavenly, Kerith!