Sorry I haven't been around much. I haven't been visiting my own blog let alone anyone else's. My excuse is a pretty good one. I am, as they say, technologically swamped. How do I claim that? Let me count the ways:
1. I'm finally getting rid of a dinosaur desktop that still runs Windows 2000. The task of combing through old files and forgotten photos has given me headaches and backaches.
2. I moved the kids' defunct desktop out of their playroom. Whew, the dust that accumulates under those things. Dust allergies be damned, I'm looking into recycling or donating both computers if they're not too obsolete for charity.
3. I stepped on my laptop a few months ago. I've been watching it slowly succomb to the fuzzy electronic equivalent of an evil black spider growing ever larger on my screen and blocking my view.
If you've never been privvy to the cracked screen phenomenon, it's really quite fascinating. Eye strain not withstanding.
All of this to say, a new laptop for me. Thankfully I found a really good deal in a short order. I'm in the middle of transferring files from the old laptop as we speak.
But oy, an ADD nightmare. So many files, so little short term memory. Should I save or should I trash, now? This indecision's killing me.
4. For too long we've been coping with a printer that drinks more ink than a barfly slurps cheap whiskey. After fully one year of
researching asking my neighbor his opinion on laser printers, I broke down and bought one of those, too.
5. My daughter's cell phone and iPad were stolen out of her backpack at school. Thankfully her dad took care of that crisis though I was subject to the groans of a text-deprived adolescent.
6. My other daughter plus friend were playing Austin's Next Supermodel in our driveway. The camera was, apparently, left on the runway and stepped on. Or it was dropped (not that anyone has fessed up). The retractable lens is now jammed and stuck in permanently erect status (unlike other household playthings). Pliers to no avail, the camera is a goner. The family camera, i.e., the family's only camera. Still trying to figure out consequences for that mishap.
7. My office phone died. Bought a new one, installed it (crawling under my desk and detangling wires between client appointments), cursed it, returned it (ridiculously-over-complicated-programming-syndrome), and now have it's replacement sitting on my desk awaiting it's trial run.
Getting used to a new programmable phone is no small task. I don't know about you but I find it impossible to figure out if a gadget will meet my needs short of trial and error.
Ok, I think that about covers it.
When the file transfers, phone upgrades and wireless network adjustments are complete, I hope to resume blogging.
Until then, may the force of functional devices be with you.
Update: Confession extracted. The friend did it. Tripped and dropped it. Can't imagine why, running in the dark, in my long sundress and cowboy boots.