First off, if you don't already know this about me, I am a techno-idiot. The computer and I are friends, sort of, if I can just do simple stuff and don't have to do html or any other geekspeak. I am about the polar opposite of a geek.
I never did learn how to program the VCR to make it record when we were away. We took a total of about 20 minutes of video on the videocam of our daughter growing up (how much do we suck?), because mostly we couldn't figure out how to make it work, or how to recharge the battery, or for some other pathetic reason. My microwave has a dial, not a keypad, and I have a brain-melt when I get to an office or someone's home and have to use a microwave that has a keypad on it. I have no idea how to make it work. I break every photocopier I touch. I can hardly figure out how to program numbers into the cell phone -- hell, I had to bring the cell phone into the Verizon store two weeks ago because I had what I called a "spam" text message that said, "buy this hot stock now," it was a streaming thing, and I could not figure out how to delete it from my phone. I did not want to get charged every time I tried to get rid of it. I also had an irrational fear that every time I turned the phone on, because it was streaming, maybe I was being charged for it. You should have seen the look the 19-year-old hottie at the Verizon store gave me. No, it was NOT that Mrs. Robinson lust. It was, "Oh, why are these old ladies so annoying, pathetic, and stupid? I will have to reach down to the tips of my Reeboks to find enough patience to deal with her."
We only just bought a DVD player last summer, and did not get it installed until Ryan came here for a vacation with Abigail in late December. It took him all of 40 seconds to install it. I still do not know how to make it work with the clicker. The clicker is not my friend. We have three in our family room. We only own one TV. I have no idea which, if any, of the three works the TV. (Although I highly suspect one of them works it, given the way my husband clutches it like life itself depends upon it, and I do notice that the channels change at extremely odd intervals on the odd occasions when I'm in that room. He, as most of the male members of the species, has the attention span of a gnat.)
Anyway, Abigail finally got a first-generation Nintendo when they were already practically obsolete. She never had a GameBoy, or Heaven forbid, an X-Box or any of those other scary freakboxes like that. Have I sufficiently explained to you how much of a technical simpleton I am? (Am I too uncool for words?)
So here's why I need your help. If you are still reading and haven't already clicked out of this-here STUPID ZONE, I feel safe telling you this now, even if it just serves as your amusement for the day. Abigail doesn't read my blog much anyway, but especially now, I know she is deep in the midst of studying and writing papers for midterm exams, and she's about as frazzled as she can be. So I know Mom's Blog is the last thing on her mind and she won't see this. But last year she bought an iPod mini for herself, (see how clever I am, bandying about fancy techno words like "iPod mini"?) and it was almost immediately too small. She, being not too much farther up the techno-food chain than I (as compared to her peers), realized her mistake as soon as she bought it and started loading her music on it.
So this year for the holidays/slash (haha, slash/slash) her birthday, I would like to buy her a replacement for it, and I need advice what to buy. I'll have her hand her mini down to me, since I have the pathetically small listening repertoire to match my lack of technical know-how. I would mostly be listening to books on tape, is my guess, on long car trips. (can one even listen to books on tape on an iPod mini? Will I have ANY CLUE how to load one?) I like her music, so I'll probably just leave it as it is and go from there - see if I can figure out how to charge that sucker. See what you're dealing with here? Please talk to me as if I don't understand English and I'm highly mentally challenged. Get it? Best thing would be, just tell me what to buy. Don't confuse me the way a salesman would, by saying, "Well, it depends what you want to do with it." That just about FREAKS ME OUT when they do that to me!
All right. I know I've recently seen on TV these new ones that you can watch TV on. I am quite certain she will NOT want that one. I also saw these Nano ones, which I read hold 1000 songs. Well, I did hear her say that hers holds 1000 songs, and that although that sounded like a lot, she had not remembered all the CDs she had that she wanted to load. This was within a hour or two of starting to load the thing when she bought it. She is a very simple girl with simple needs. She loves her music, and she loves a lot of music, but I'm quite certain she will never have the urge to watch TV or a movie on a 2-inch screen. She is definitely my daughter in the pragmatic and frugal sense. And I think you know me well enough to hear what I'm saying.
Discuss, if you can stop jeering long enough.
And.....since blogging has not yet proven to be a big-enough TIME SUCK, I have started updating my sidebar, adding some things, deleting some things, cleaning up some broken links, removing dead or stagnant links, reorganizing some things. I have started using categories, too. In that vein, some people asked for me to link to that post about my antiviral arsenal, which I had done, but I've now removed the link on the sidebar. It is under the category of "Norma's Medicine - You'll take it and you'll like it!" which I think will be fairly easy to remember if you come back here looking for it. As time permits, I will try to go back and categorize the older entries, and I will try to remember to categorize as I go along from now on. Of course, some of my entries defy categorization, so.....oh, well. They'll be under the heading, "miscellaneous crap," or something like that.
And one more thing: I don't know how many of you virtually knew a certain reader named Kristen, but she was a regular visitor here at my blog. She commented quite often and we wrote back and forth. Well, she's now doing something fabulously interesting. She's in Moscow doing research for her dissertation, and she's keeping a blog chronicling her adventures. If you want to read some interesting, fun stuff from a person who is embracing a challenging time as an adventure, with open eyes, an open heart and an open mind, go read. (She currently has one bloglines subscriber, and I know who that is. Hint-hint.)
And oops, I forgot to photograph the tree. I doubt it's changed much, but later today there might be a change. It might be white. If there's anything exciting, I will be sure to rush right out there and take a photo.