Yay! I have a computer in the evenings again! My son had an assignment from heck (more later) and I only had the computer early in the day. And I couldn’t skip the Giro d’Italia or my blog reading! Which, by the way, forced me to learn a new skill! The races are long, 4 to 7 hrs., and I don’t have the time to sit down and watch that many hours of racing every day for 21 days. What I have usually done in the past is either play the races over the TV speaker while I work or I wait till afternoon/evening after the race is over and watch the replay Reader’s Digest style. (In this house it means to fast forward through either parts you don’t want to watch or watch as it flies by on the screen stopping for anything that looks interesting or just to get updates.) Of course, with Spider Bait needing the computer till late in the evening, that meant mornings/early afternoon was it. And I still wanted to keep up with the blogs I read at breakfast/lunch. I had seen my kids with 2 or three things visible on the screen so I had Spider Bait teach me how to do ‘split screens’! Yeah, I messed it up the first few times, but now I can have the race running on one side of the screen and I can read my blogs on the other side of the screen! I’m very proud of myself.
I have to tell you about my recent purchase. My husband needed some computer thingy and decided to go to the store. There were a couple of things I wanted to look at so I went along. After doing my thing and while waiting for him to make a decision, I started cruising the electronics section and came upon the clearance shelves. As I was standing there trying to rationalize the purchase of a clearance but still expensive camera, I saw a pair of headphones.
Now you have to understand that I have very small ears. I can barely get the head of a Q-tip in there. No ear buds will fit and stay in my ears. I also have freakishly sensitive ears. Even lying on my side for too long on a pillow will make my ears hurt (it’s a good thing I’m a thrasher at night since I prefer to sleep on my side). So wearing the ear thingys that hook over your ears are out as well. They are excruciating. So headphones are the only option I can wear for any length of time, if they are padded. My favorite was a pair of headphones that had a soft sponge like material on them. However, that disintegrated and I have been unable to find anything like them now.
So I’m looking at the headphones and squishing them through the plastic and they seem soft, but I hate buying these kinds of things without trying them ’cause my ears are so damn picky. The name seemed familiar, but there was no price, someone may have just dumped them, so I put them back. I wandered around and came back. Sigh. The headband was padded, too. Wander again, come back. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to check the price. Well, $10.89. That was only $1 more than I had spent on the crappy hooky ear ones I can’t use. Hmmm. I put them in the basket. They couldn’t be any worse right?
I get home and dump the bags in the livingroom which starts the bag inspection process. First the dog, then the son. I am in the kitchen when Spider Bait comes in and says, “-You- bought headphones?” in an accusatory tone. I looked at him, “Uh, yeah. I need a pair, remember? And besides, they were on the clearance shelf.” SB: (Puzzled) “Why? How much did you pay for them?” Me: “They were $10.89.” SB: (Stunned) “You paid $10 for these?” (Waves them at me) Me: “So?” SB’s expression went from ‘stunned’ to ‘my mother is an idiot’ in the blink of an eye. “-Mommmm- These-are-Skull-Candy.” I stare blankly at him. “Okay. And that’s important becaaause…” SB: “-MOM- these are normally $40 to $50. These are -good- headphones.” (Waves them at me again) I blinked at him. “So I got a good deal then?” SB: (Groans and says very patiently) “Yes, mom, you got a -very- good deal.” Two seconds later he rummages through the junk drawer and comes up with a pair of scissors and heads for the livingroom. He has to pass me to get there. He pauses with scissors and headphones in hand. “Umm, is it okay if I open these up?” I glare at him with pursed lips for a moment but say tersely, “Sure. Fine. Open them up.” He flees to the livingroom and shortly after has them plugged into his Ipod. Picture me standing there just shaking my head.
I will admit, while still not as good, comfort wise, as my old ones, they are rather nice headphones. And they fold up, too. 🙂
Also, I got a so-so picture of the super moon. I couldn’t get it when it was on the horizon because of rain clouds. But they cleared out later. I don’t know if it was me or the atmosphere, but the moon looks kidney-shaped. It was still very beautiful, though.
Life At Our House
So Spider Bait had this assignment from heck in German class. Lack of sleep inspired me into a rant about it for “WTF? Wednesdays” over at Reinventing Fabulous (http://reinventingfabulous.com/?p=2287) The short version is he and another student needed to put together a script (in German) covering 7 days of weather forecasting in at least 4 parts of Germany, show highs and lows and different weather types, include a commercial in the middle and also highlight x number of landmarks. This alone was a major time sink, as they had to look up and use correctly any words they did not know plus doing geography. Then they had to make a video of it of no less than 10 min. and showing x number of indoor and outdoor shots. Learning to use someone else’s video camera (we don’t have one) and the software in order to join all the different shots together, etc.. was another time sink. The actual shooting of scenes was apparently easy, but took time because of ‘sets’. The amount of time given for this was ridiculously short. The class tried asking for more time, but the teacher yelled at them and said no projects would be accepted late. Now, Spider Bait works and so does his partner, plus regular school. It has been a nightmare getting this done. I figure they spent roughly 50 hrs on this in the last week. Last night he left at 4 pm and came home insane at 3:30 am. He worked on video while I fixed typos in the script and bedtime was 5 am. It was ridiculous.
When the kids were handing in their videos with much grumbling, the teacher says, “What? Did you guys need more time on this? Why didn’t you ask me for a later due date?” My son says he now knows how lynch mobs are formed. If there had been a rope, she’d have hanged. This teacher is normally ‘sane’ and a good teacher, but she must have been ‘having a spell’ last week. To top it off, I told him he should get an ‘A’ out of this and he said he’ll be happy to get a ‘C’. I was indignant but he said he has seen others much better than his. Grrrrr.
Now, since I can’t sleep when I know my babies are out and about, and especially when they are unhappy, -and- I figured I’d be getting drafted to either do food or help, I decided to do a project to keep me sane and get something done. I decided to paper a box to hold my new headphones. My cats will leave a surprising amount of stuff alone, but ear buds and headphones are not among them. Please excuse my camera’s apparent lighting issues.
Fur Babies and Other Friends
Out in the Yard
I declined to work in the rain. Our header today is “Snow in Summer”.
Mug of the Day
I love Marjolein Bastin.
Late night addition: A moth drowned itself in my tea (new cup needed!). Actually, I think the tea cooked it. Eeeeeew.