Wowzah! That seems like the right word for how I feel right now. I’ve made some new discoveries, and I’m just super excited about them. I am figuring out technology. It is awesome! I told Olivia this morning that my next blog was going to be about apps. I told her that I wanted people to know how crazy apps are.
Olivia said, “Mom, absolutely EVERYBODY knows about apps.”
I told her that wasn’t true. Dad and Grandma don’t know anything about apps. I’ll write a blog for them.
I have had a smart phone for a long time. I’ve always needed one for work. But, I have never really used my smart phone. Not like I should. I am using my smartphone now.
It all started with Netflix. The kids helped me download Netflix so that I could watch “Madmen” while the boys watched football. Let’s take a side trip here for a moment and talk about “Madmen”. You might know that this show is not always appropriate. I feel like I need to apologize for that. You may expect better from me. Sometimes I make good decisions; sometimes I make bad decisions. I don’t like pretending.
Scott and I started watching this show together. Scott bailed. He didn’t like it. He’s super selective about what he hears and sees. I could learn a few things from him. He told me he’s too impressionable, and the characters were bringing him down. He didn’t want to be negatively influenced. Sometimes I think my husband might be the coolest person I know.
I find the characters depressing too. They’re pretty hopeless. Kind of like people in real life. The show is a tragedy, and that’s why I’m hooked. It’s fascinating to see people trying to be content with an absence of hope. I desperately want to tell these characters to cling to something that is permanent. Someone needs to tell these sad folks that money, sex, power and status are illusions of happiness. That’s why I watch this thing. It’s all very spiritual and deep. Not at all because Betty is so pretty, or because it’s totally interesting, or because they always leave me on a cliff hanger. Not at all.
None of that though is really what I wanted to tell you about. I wanted to tell you about technology. After figuring out that I could watch “Madmen” any time I wanted, I started figuring more stuff out. Here is what is amazing. I have an app that measures my walks. I have an app that plays my kind of music while I walk. I have an app that gives me a daily devotional and Bible reading. I have an app that recommends books, and allows me to participate in a virtual book club. What is NOT to love about this stuff?
Besides the apps, the other technology that is making my life fun is my kindle. Getting my book club recommended readings is as easy as a touch of my finger. On top of that total awesomeness, I have “Fitnessblenders” on YouTube. This is basically like my virtual personal trainer. When I get back from my walks, I type in what I have time for in my browser: 15 minute strength training, 20 minute yoga, or 30 minute cardio. How could it be more convenient?
I’m sorry that I’m telling you all this stuff you already know. I just can’t contain my excitement. I’m like Christopher Columbus, when he thought he discovered the United States. You are like the Native Americans. You’re like, “We know. We live here.”
I can’t wait to share all this stuff with Scott. I told you that he has this big, shiny new smart phone. He found a way to save us money by upgrading his flip phone to a smart phone. Mostly his big shiny phone just sits on the coffee table like a big, shiny coaster. I am so excited to tell him about how he can start using this thing. When he first got the phone, he was more enthusiastic. He actually carried it with him. He kept telling me he had to check his Gmail. Other then receiving calls and texts, Gmail was his only other use for his big, new phone.
Every time Scott told me he had to check his Gmail, it made me laugh. He wasn’t sure why I thought that was so funny. Truthfully, I didn’t even know why I thought it was so funny either. Now I do. Scott’s phone is the most grossly underused device imaginable. I can’t wait to tell him.
Another incredible use for technology is learning that Beagles are nannies. I think it’s fair to say that my life is better because of the video below:
Without YouTube we might have thought Beagles were just Beagles. They’re not. They’re also nannies. Like I needed another reason to love Beagles.