If I only were a nerd…

(You are singing this the same way the scarecrow does, aren’t you?)

In our house, it’s a good thing to be a nerd. We pride ourselves on the fact that our children often have their nose stuck in a book and are active members of the school science and math clubs. We think nothing of seeing highly technical math and coding books used as light reading. We are a nerd family.

Well…except for me. I have a little bit of a problem with technology. I try, I really do try, but most types of logical thinking elude me. I’m very proud of the fact that I can set my alarm clock. I’ve also figured out how to program my coffee maker. Beyond that…well…I need help.

KT never hesitates to roll her eyes at me as she gently nudges me aside to reprogram the clock on the microwave after the power goes out. She doesn’t even bother asking me to change the CD on her little boom box anymore. I think she’s figured out that it’s much quicker to do it herself even if I’m sitting right next to it because I can never remember which button I’m supposed to push to open it.

On the rare occasions that I watch TV, I’m not allowed to use the remote. I watch in amazement as our little Mimi zips through the Media Center, selecting programs to record and playing the ones she wants. Heck, I can’t even seem to be able to fast forward through the commercials without messing it all up. 

Shaun seems to regard me as one of the World’s Greatest Curiosities. He sometimes sits and just watches me try to figure work my way through some sort of program. He laughs as he asks me why on earth I would choose that way to do something. He often tells me that while most UI programmers use their aging grandmothers as examples of the highly inept users, he uses me. (Gee, thanks Darlin’)

On the positive side, even if I can’t figure out all this new-fangled technical stuff, at least I’m clever enough to surround myself with those who can!

Just a note: This morning I was going to write about pirates. I have a really cute picture of KT that I wanted to use with my text. I was going to scan the photo as I can’t find a digital copy of it. Only…I’ve been having technical problems. My computer won’t recognize the scanner. So I thought I would connect the scanner to my aging laptop. No problem scanning, but all the little toolbars that live on my laptop seems to have disappeared and left a big purple flower. Now I can’t figure out how to get the image from my laptop to the big computer. Or even send it from the laptop. Are you as confused as I am? Personally, I think it must be gremlins. Sigh…one more week ‘til Shaun comes home…

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11 Responses to If I only were a nerd…

  1. Kell says:

    I tell my husband that if I wasn’t married to him, I wouldn’t have a computer, I’d be watching my old 13-inch color tv and listening to my old stereo deck from Wal-Mart. So many wires!

  2. Becca says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. You’re too funny. I used to be really good at the vcr/tv thing. I could record no problem. But when we added the satelite and the DVD, well, it became too much. Now nothing gets recorded unless the hubster is home. sigh……….We also have this clock radio/ c.d. combo from sharper image. It tell temperature, time in two ways, two alarms, date, month, year, etc. The hubster always finds it amusing to watch me swear and scream at it for an hour while I attempt to re-set everything after a power outage. Then he reminds me that if I would just put a back-up battery in it this wouldn’t happen. And then I throw the thing at him 🙂

  3. Jay says:

    Email the picture to yourself. Then you can just download it on the desktop.

    As for the computer not recognizing the scanner. Turn the computer off. Plug in the scanner and then turn the computer back on. It should recognize it then and say “new hardware found” or just pick it up.

    If that doesn’t work, well I wouldn’t have the slightest idea as to what to do. hahaha.

  4. Jay says:

    Oh yea, you can only email it to yourself if you have wireless or if you laptop is connected to the internet. I forgot about that. Ok, put the pic on a flash drive (ask your kid what a flash drive is 8-)~ ) and then upload the pic from the flash drive onto the desktop.

  5. Susan says:

    I’m right with you guys…too many wires. And I LOVE the idea of getting proper use out of the thing by chucking at dh. LOL

    Um…Jay??? Turn off my computer? What happens if it won’t turn back on? Ever think of that??? I’ll have to give this some consideration… 🙂

  6. Chelle P. says:

    Why on earth wouldn’t it turn back on? You’re scaring me just a little bit… 😉

    Jay’s advice is great. I say, “Go for it!”

  7. Susan says:

    Well, my reasoning is that if it’s not working right in the first place, why WOULD it turn back on?? LOL It’s not easy being me!

    Anywho, I did what Jay said and we tricked it! My scanner now works! Waaahoooo!!!

  8. Chelle Y. says:

    I am not “gifted” in that area either. My friends are the one who designed my blog. I am having trouble with “Blogger” but won’t dare leave it because I would not know how to do that and keep my same design. I have been “reading the same book for over a year because I cannot figure out how to change it. I’m a mess!

  9. Jay says:

    It worked?!?! Whoo-hoooo! Nobody is more surprised than me. hahhaha In Microsuck world options 1, 2, and 3 are always turn it off and turn it back on. LOL

    I will now end my career as advice giver with a perfect record. If it had crapped out I would have felt really guilty.

  10. SAZ aka Susan says:

    Well Susan – I just got the Secret blog up and working and there was your comment! I read your nerd post in the middle of the night as I was struggling with adding links – could identify with everything you said – too many wires (that are crossed in my brain). Still working on adding links but got too tired. Thanks for checking on me.

  11. Susan says:

    Leaving blogger was the best thing I ever did. I had a bit of Odd help doing it though. I LOVE wordpress. Someday, I’ll get my design over here and a blog roll and some other things. (mine wasn’t as way kewl as your though Chelle)

    Jay…YOU DA MAN!!! You know…Shaun is always telling me to reboot when things don’t work too! LOL

    SAZ…it’s a different way of thinking, but we’ll get there.