Sunday, September 22, 2013

Apple Withdrawal...

I started a blog post on the BSS blog last week whinning about technology. Now, don't get me wrong, I love technology. I can't wait until we create transporter technology like in 'Star Trek' and better yet, the Auto Chef from the J.D. Robb 'in Death' series. Scramble my atoms and scramble my eggs for breakfast - works fo me!

What I'm whinning about is how ridiculously reliant we've, OK, I, have become on technology. We all get a little glimpse of what it is like when our power goes out during a storm and we go to watch TV, oops can't do that, OK, I'll read a book, oops can't do that in the dark. I'll make a cup of tea; can't do that on an electric stove. OK, I'll surf the web, I've got wireless! Nope, computer battery is dead and I can't charge it. You all get the idea.

No, I'm whinning about the 24 hours I barely survived when one of our store's customers accidently picked up my iPhone thinking it was hers. I get this bizarre call from my MIL wondering why I would leave my pocketbook out so that someone could take it home with them by mistake. Yes I know, I said phone, but as my 83(in 3 days) old MIL likes to remind us all, "I'm getting old!" A very nice customer, shopping along with two other ladies and a new baby they were watching after took my phone by misake. When she discovered she had the wrong phone, she called the house, my MIL who got the message confused and I thought the customer would be bringing the phone back to the store first thing on Saturday. Long story short, after nashing my teeth, losing my temper (in private, at myself), growling at everyone, I got the story straight, and my phone back.

What's all the fuss you say? Who did I have to call that was so important that I couldn't have used anothe phone? NOBODY! I needed my calendar to prove to my MIL that she didn't have a dentist appt. this week. I needed to check my contacts for the number for the plumber that we might need if the rain didn't stop.  I needed my text feature to contact my daughter after her tennis match, my e-mail to ontact my husband in Chicago (because he doesn't know how to use his text feature, or just plain forgets to check it). I needed my Google Maps to find my way home and I'm still playing Million Second Quiz hoping Ryan Seacrest will call.

I've also come to realize I am no longer the tech guru in the house.  My daughter has vastly surpassed me and I don't like it! I am not handing over my pocket protector gracefully. Alexa upgraded my phone to the iOS7 operating system. I barely, according to Alexa, knew how to use my phone before the update.  Now I've got a whole new technology to learn and I'm not sure which will be obsolete quicker me or the update!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

It Begins Again...

...or as I've been known to call it, "the most wonderful time if the year!" My daughter is beginning her junior year in high school and she has carved out a very challenging academic program. She also made the school's tennis team!

If she makes it through this year with the same grades she is used to, I'm not worried about her ability to handle a college curriculum. However, as we all know, the first day is not about the books and classes, it's about the fashion!

Abby is looking on and not thrilled that not only is Dad leaving for the day, but sister is too! We also know fashion includes the new Vera collection in a backpack this year, vs. the tote she's used in the past with matching accessories. 

Happy school year to all us students and moms alike!