Skip to main content

Hello Monday... Singing the [Technology] Blues...

Today marks the beginning of the second week of the school holidays - the first week just whizzed right by in a blur.

We're still waiting to hear back from the Grumpy Old Man's supposed new employer. They're undergoing some sort of registration review as well as some other official review and this is apparently why they haven't called him in to work out his schedule. It's been almost two weeks since he finished work placement though, so we're a bit antsy - it would be good to see income, you know,  coming in. The latest update (just in) is that we might hear by Wednesday.

The boys...
Daylight saving started on the weekend. Yay for brighter evenings! I might actually start walking once the kids are in bed. Or not. This also means more difficulty convincing all the children it's actually bedtime.

All our boys go to bed at 7pm, yes, even the twelve and ten year olds. I realise this will seem very early to most people, but it really works very well for us (us being, mainly, the GOM and I who are usually exhausted of parental adoration by about 6.30pm). Occasionally they go to bed later - on Saturday nights while Doctor Who is on they stay up to watch Doctor Who and Doctor Who Confidential (Saturday's episode was a riot, by the way, if you're not a fan, you're totally missing out!), and so go to bed at about 9pm. Even with the 7pn bedtime, Lukas will resist getting up in the morning (gods help us in three years time when he officially hits adolescence). Erik usually gets up very early and potters around in his room until 7-7.30am.

All that said, with increasing light, I'm thinking I might have to say to the older boys that they can read quietly in their room or something because they don't have block out blinds and if they're awake anyway - just quietly, I suspect they do this anyway.

I started setting things up for researching and writing last night. Downloaded Dropbox onto the iPad, also downloaded a PDF reader (Good Reader) which is supposed to make reading and annotating PDFs a breeze (of course, that would be after I learn how to use it).

Had a bit of a shock as I signed into Dropbox and realised all but one file I'd uploaded wasn't there. All my Masters thesis work (which is backed up on disk as well, thank goodness) and the best photos of the boys from this year, and all the research mum had shared with me gone!

In a panic, I called mum, but her phone battery was almost dead and died the moment she answered the phone. Call s-dad's mobile, but it went straight to message bank. Then it dawned on me to try and get mum via Skype on the iPad, and voila!, there she was! Turns out when her phone cut out, she tried to call me via s-dad's mobile, but found it was also out of charge and so she got on Skype to call me. Great minds and all that - and how much do I love technology? (that is a rhetorical question, by the way)

After a bit of toing-and-froing brainstorming the problem of my missing files (which she could see in her Dropbox because I'd invited her to view them all last year), I realised I'd started an account using my alternate email address when I first joined Dropbox, and then I'd started another account with my main email when I got the new computer, the only difference between the two accounts was the name of the ISP, even the password was the same on both, how embarrassing.

Realistically, I don't know how much I'll get done this week, what with holidays being on, but hopefully I can start to sort through and prioritise what to reading first, at least.

in happier iPod times...
In other news, iPod Touch Fever is still strong in these parts. After an initial period of quiet satisfaction over how happy the kids seemed, we've now entered that stage of the game (no pun intended) where they are arguing over who has entered who's Monster Pet Shop and took photos (screenshots). Argh! Seriously? So, out came the lecture about no one really owning anything on the internet and how you can't dictate anything much of what other people do once you've given them access to your account. This morning though, I've had to confiscate Lukas' iPod after he threw a fit over Bryn sending him egg requests for eggs he doesn't actually have. Yes, iPods have certainly added a new dimension of parenting issues to this household.

What is the silliest thing your children have argued over since being introduced to technology?

My neglected Monster Pet Shop...


The CrashKids argue about which one of them gets to whack stuff with my iPhone. Thank god they haven't discovered my iPad yet! My poor, poor iPhone.
Ps hurry up iPhone 5 or whatever you're going to be called.
ohhh the ipad... i just currently read stories having not experienced them yet... in time though i am sure..... x
Jayne said…
I didn't know until just now how much I NEED a monster pet shop.
My girls go to bed at 7.30pm and read until 8.30. The teen's friends are all still on FB late at night, but she needs her sleep even more than her little sister.
Sarah Mac said…
Luckily mine like different things so no real arguments here (well, technology related anyway).

Glad you managed to find everything, I know that sinking feeling and panic soooo well!

Also really pleased you think you may find time for WoW again this week, I missed you x

Popular posts from this blog

The symbolism of elephants...

Just recently I've been seeing and noticing elephants everywhere!

A few weeks ago I saw the Samsung Elephant Ad, and watching that led me to watching a video with an elephant painting (seriously, you have to watch it to believe it!).

Then last night the boys told me they were having a free dress day at school to raise money for 'Mali the Elephant' - who turned out to be a paper maché statue which the children will paint and then show around the council before it comes back to the school to stand outside the performing arts room.

Then this morning I followed a link from Twitter to Toushka Lee's blog and read this post about an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.

This morning the Grumpy Old Man did another driving test and unfortunately didn't pass. We've booked his next test and are looking forward to that now. About ten minutes before he walked in the door I saw this poster on Facebook...

At the time, I didn't know if the Grumpy Old Man had been successful or …

Alone... And Stuff...

Do you ever just need to be alone?

As the boys are growing up, we have more times when the house is quiet. The youngest will be asleep. One will be reading, one will be playing on his computer with headphones on, one will be painting and there is stillness.

Sometimes, even that is not enough.

Sometimes I crave being alone, with no possibility of someone suddenly realising they have to tell me something important or ask me a question or even just crash about in the kitchen.

Sometimes I crave S P A C E, lots and lots of space, being able to walk from room to room without encountering another soul.

This is how I felt when I woke up this morning, so instead of getting ready for work, I decided to stay home. Get up, but not go anywhere, no hear the sound of my own voice, or anyone else's.

I think this might just be part of getting older. After a lifetime of chasing after other people and trying not to be alone, my mind and body is full of thoughts, experiences, feelings, and busy-ness …

12 Things Happy People Do Differently - a self-reflection...

A few days ago a Facebook friend posted the above poster on her wall. I believe she got these points from this blog which she enjoys reading, and the bloggers on the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog derived their discussion of these points from this book, available on Amazon - you're welcome! I have to admit, I haven't read the blog or the book I've just mentioned but wanted my readers to have access to the sources of the poster for their own reflective purposes.
The New Year will be upon us in but a few days and I thought this a great opportunity to do a little personal assessment on how I'm playing the happy game. I'm often not very happy at all - I don't need to be happy all the time, let me just say that up front - I personally believe that life is a balancing act and those who seek euphoria often will also often feel desolation because in all things there must be balance. The great riches of the few on this planet come at the personal cost of the many as is …