You don’t realize how much you rely on certain things technology-wise until they stop working. My laptop is definitely on its way out, so I have to make a decision on either wiping it and reloading everything and making do, or get a new one. I think I’ll be opting for the latter, this one’s about had it. And I’ve about had it fighting with it.
My Microsoft Outlook program had a glitch two weeks ago – so I ran the ‘repair’ feature. It didn’t fix it. So I ran it again. And again. Then it stopped working altogether. Did a System Restore a couple of times, no luck. I download all my email into it (I’ve got 5 different email accounts for business and pleasure), so all the ‘important’ stuff from the last two years is stuck on a pesky pst file. Now my organization is willy nilly, because I relied so much on the filtered folders mode, as well as the calendar. I better redo this laptop or get a new one soon, or the disorganization I’m currently experiencing will drive me crazy. Or crazier.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to wish Princess Nagger a Happy Birthday yesterday – you totally made her day! In fact, her new favorite phrase was used a lot, especially after I read all the birthday wishes to her: “I love my life!!” So thank you for that!
Another of Princess Nagger’s recent favorite phrases is: “I know, right?” I have no idea where she picked that up – but it’s funny to hear her use it (a lot), and it’s even funnier when we try to use it on her, and she tells us we’re not ‘allowed’. Apparently when it comes from an adult, it’s ‘lame’. Who knew?
Major parenting FAIL: I totally forgot about the ‘Visit Your Child’s Classroom’ event last week. Ugh. We even RSVP’d, but then forgot to put it on any calendar, even though we have three, plus online ones, plus I have one on my phone. I didn’t even remember on the day when she got off the bus in tears. It took some cajoling to get it out of her, then I dissolved into tears because I felt so bad. So I cheered her up and let her open two of her birthday presents early. That did the trick. You know I won’t be forgetting any future ones!
Another parenting FAIL – I didn’t bring a single solitary camera to PN’s birthday dinner last night. I didn’t even have my cell phone with me! And boy there would have been some awesome shots of her enjoying her food – she kept asking Dada for some of his barbecue ribs, and since it was her birthday, he happily obliged. The expressions on her face were priceless. But you’ll just have to trust me on that. Her restaurant of choice was Chili’s – since she said they have the best corn dogs. Then she ordered the cheese pizza instead. And said that when we go there next year for her birthday, she’s going to ditch the kid’s menu and order off the regular menu so she can order ribs. She kept saying she’s a carnivore, and ribs are her favorite carnivorous food. I love that kid.
Negotiation skills were put to the test this weekend – since it was Princess Nagger’s birthday weekend (what? You don’t celebrate for more than one day?) we were originally planning to go to the Dinosaur Museum in Washington DC since we went to the one in Philadelphia last year. Except that I checked it out online, and realized they don’t actually have a Dinosaur Museum down there – just one display case of dinosaur stuff. PN would have been majorly disappointed, and since it’s a 3-hour drive from here, we decided to commence with some negotiations.
Instead of the DC museum, we’d plan a trip to New York over her Christmas break from school – that way we can drive the 3-1/2 to 4 hours to NY instead, get a room and spend the whole day at the awesome museum up there. When she heard that the NY Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of vertebrate fossils, totaling nearly one million specimens, and that more than 600 of these specimens (nearly 85 percent) on view are real fossils as opposed to casts, she was all over that idea. She can’t wait! And honestly, neither can I.
We also decided we’ll go back to the Philly Dinosaur Museum since she had so much fun in the Big Dig last year, but we’re going to wait until Thanksgiving weekend because they’re having ‘Dinosaur Days’ that weekend – she’ll even get to make a dinosaur craft to take home. She’s very excited. But she wanted to open her birthday presents on Saturday, since we weren’t going to the museum. A great little negotiator, that one. So she did. And I loved getting shots like this:
Yes, I did find dinosaur birthday wrap, finally and just in time. Phrases uttered often: “Best Birthday ever!!” and “I love my life!”
So worth it. And made up for any Parenting Fail that happened earlier in the week.
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