Technology Snafu, Birthday Fun and Negotiations, Parenting FAIL – Random Tuesday Thoughts

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 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 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 :  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:

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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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27 thoughts on “Technology Snafu, Birthday Fun and Negotiations, Parenting FAIL – Random Tuesday Thoughts

  1. We had some computer/router problems lie that last week and don’t they drive you nuts? Everything’s going along just fine then that happens and it’s like your whole world is shutting down.

  2. You definitely have to celebrate your birthday for more than the day. I’m more partial to birthday week or birthday month!

  3. Hey Stacy! 🙂

    I can’t live without my laptop! Once I tried to download off of those “free” sites and I got a virus, my laptop was in for repair for 2 days and it drove me over the edge, I was so cranky those 2 days, good thing my online boss was pretty understanding.

    Belated Happy Birthday to Princess Nagger! 🙂 She looks so pretty! 🙂

    I have lots of parenting FAIL moments, you have no idea.. LOL.. I forget meetings and stuff like that ALL the time, it started when Chakai started to go to school. I guess it’s normal to forget things once in a while, just don’t over do it like I do. 😀 Oh and alarms on my phone and reminders on calendars don’t work for me.. 😀 LOL

    I forget to take pictures during birthdays and important celebrations too, it’s crazy cause you forget when you need it..

    Who doesn’t like ribs?! 😛 Yums! 😀

    Have fun in NY during her Christmas break! 🙂

  4. Happy belated birthday to PN, glad her weekend was awesome. Turbo gets to go to the museum in New York over Thanksgiving. He’s pretty excited.

  5. What an awesome bday for PN!! Glad her weekend was funfilled!
    Something happened in my office with several computers that use Outlook. In fact, it was just last week. Lots of info was lost. I don’t use Outlook so I didn’t really pay much attention to the info the computer guy was giving those that do.
    Have a great week!

  6. I totally love that PN is a proud carnivore! 🙂 I just think that’s so cute! Our 3 year old niece’s new thing is “I mean to tell ya” lol

    Good luck with the laptop. I would probably back everything up & wipe it out & start over before I bought a new one but I like to completely destroy stuff before I spend money on the new ones 😀

  7. Sounds like she had a pretty awesome birthday. She’s so adorable.

    I know you must have felt horrible about missing visiting her class that day. We’ve all been there.

    Go for the new laptop as soon as you can. It will make your life less frustrating.

  8. Alas computer woes are never ending. My computer is bogged down with the thousands of photos of Babyzilla I’ve got stored. I need to get a memory card and free it up.
    I’m so glad that PN had such a good birthday, and that she can go on a big trip to NYC too. How exciting!
    “I know, right?” – Mean Girls w/ Lindsey Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Directed by Tina Fey. Based on a book about the lack of self esteem amongst young women.

  9. Awww @ I Love My Life! How sweet is that?

    It’s amazing how quickly we become lame old people….lol. I relate!

    If forgetting an event and a camera are your biggest fails, you’re parenting perfectly love!!

    Happy Tuesday!

    XO

  10. I have always celebrated birthday weekends. I never understood how some people celebrate for only one day.. How sad. Your daughter’s facial expressions are priceless! Too cute!

  11. We have a birthday month – both kids b-days are in Oct, so it is full of sweets presents and lots of whining.
    NY sounds like a lot of fun, I would opt for that too.

  12. Your words make up for the lack of camera and you document your love for her here so she’ll be able to look back when she’s older and see the love you have for her that you share with all of us. *sigh*

  13. I love those completely joyous looks on kids faces when you got the present just right!

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  14. Love the excitement on PN’s face as she opens her gifts!

    I forgot to play tooth fairy once. It’s snafus like this that happen only once!

    If that child doesn’t grow up to be a Paleontologist, I’ll be completely shocked!