Studyin' studyin' yeah!
Online class is in session!
Of course, studying can’t really happen unless there is music in his ear. So, he has my old iphone 3Gs which is now basically an Ipod touch on steroids – it still has all the apps and music on it from when it was mine. His own phone is off to his right. He was working on an assignment from the online English course and had no idea I took these photos with my new iphone 4s. Gotta say I really like the camera upgrade I got on that one! Also – Siri rocks. She’s helped me setup reminders while I was driving home – because we all know that it is only while sitting in traffic that our brains engage on all those little things that need to get done – which we promptly forget when we reach our destinations.
Anyhoo – that’s it for now. Between making sure he stays on task with regular classes & online, and doing taxes and web writing, I’m spent.
Oh – Alex and I are running a 5k on Sunday. Both of us will not be nearly as fast as we were back in October. This course is much hillier and on asphalt vs sidewalks. And we have no clue what it looks like. The girls are running in the half marathon part of the event. They are nuts!! But, we will all have fun I am sure. My goal last time was to break 33 mins and I did it in 30.5. This time? If I do it under 40 I will be happy – if I can reach it around 35 I will be REALLY happy. My best hilly 5k time around my house is 37 mins.
Oh – and if you think that Alex is electronically overloaded while studying (the music really helps him focus as it always did for me too) – well – check out what was going on Super Bowl Sunday while I watched the game with the girls:
Super Geek Bowl
One ipad, and technically 3 iphones (the one I used to take the photo). Yes, we are NERDS!
This is my brain
How in the hell did we ever live without laptops and smart phones?
It’s one of those which came first questions. Did these items come about in reaction to our lives being so packed and thus the need for electronic organization, or did the electronic organization allow us to take on the many tasks that have packed it to the brim?
This weekend I downloaded more apps on my phone to help me get through each day. A To Do checklist (Toodledo) which allows me to enter an item and assign it a due date and thus also set up a reminder pop up. I have another app (Awesome Note) where I’ve kept track of things I need to know like the list of SportBoy’s classes and teachers for this year. Of course it comes with a calendar which syncs to my laptop so that they both have our whole schedule for work/school/football/baseball/board duties/workouts in one spot with handy reminders popping up in both places. It’s got a calculator and an alarm clock (love that the clock function allows me display times in multiple zones so that I know, for instance, what time it is in China where SweetPrince is yet again). It has a Grocery List app so that I can record what I need as I think of it and then just bring up the last when I get to the store. this iphone is so darn all encompassing in what it can do that I have actually not even turned on the laptop a couple of nights this week because it was just not needed.
Basically I am using it as my brain. Because my own brain is a flipping sieve! Stuff flies out faster than it goes in and even with the phone and laptop I forget to do things. Or tell someone something. Or ask so and so about this or that and…ummm…what was I thinking about again?
It’s awesome and scary all at once. I love it and I hate it. Do you think for a minute that as a single mom working full time outside the home I would have even considered volunteering on first the baseball and then the football league boards without a laptop at my disposal? or a smart phone that can get all my emails on the fly? No WAY! I’ve honestly thought about what my life was like 10 years ago and there no possible way I could have juggled all that + keep up with getting SB to all of his sporting practices and events.
Not to mention – how would I ever have kept up with my obsession with all things Adam? Or been able to access such gorgeous photos:
This is my brain on Adam
I’m sure I am thinking of all this because my time as a volunteer is waning (thank every god in heaven!). I’ve been pondering what I will be doing 6 months from now for instance. One entire email account will be gone. A software program will be out of my life. Another checkbook and invoices and deposit files will be handed off. I know I will initially catch up on the To Do list (that is on my phone of course!) of things I need to do around the house and yard which have been so neglected since December. I’ve already been squeezing in my workout classes (twice a week). Maybe add a third class? Maybe read a book? Maybe write more on both my blogs? Maybe do something to help my brain get back into shape so that it does not have to be on a phone? Some crosswords or other activities?
Maybe just be.
12:34:56 (trust me) 07_08_09
One of the August moms suggested taking a picture of ourselves but since I am at my desk at work and just have a crappy cell phone camera in bad basement lighting I nixed that idea, and quite frankly had *completly* forgotten about it. I’m posting journal entries and something made me glance in the corner and VOILA! Pretty cool.
Yes, and geeky. I know.