November 9, 2012

The post I never thought I'd ever get the chance to post

I have been meaning to sit down and write you a real post forever - but every day life seems to get the better of me and it's all I can do to read your posts.  Heck, I haven't even had the stamina to comment much lately.  Sorry 'bout that.

I had high hopes that I would get it done today (and I still might, if I can keep my eyes open) since I took a vacation day today.  I also had high hopes that other stuff would get done today - such as cleaning my house properly for the first time in ages.  This was actually a priority.  I wrote it on a To Do list and everything.  It really needed to happen since we are having people over for Hubby's birthday tomorrow.  Yes, he decided that he would throw himself a party since I seem to have lost that celebration, hostess-with-the-mostess gene somewhere along the way.  It didn't happen though.  I was too busy buying shoes.....

No idea why they are sideways.  I took the picture straight up.  It saved straight up.  But yet, when it loaded it came out like this.  And to be honest, I'm too tired to try and fix it. But aren't they pretty?

There is clutter and dust as far as the eye can see.  I can tell that tomorrow morning will find me doing an ad hoc job at getting the house company-ready. *sigh*

The thing is, I can't for the life of me figure out where my time and stamina is going.

As I mentioned in my previous rant post (which I disguised as a post the best I could) Hubby has found a job.  Thank you sweet, baby, Jesus!  Granted, it's just a part time job - but it's a job.

We have high hopes that this will turn into a permanent, full time position; but we don't know when.  He tells me they don't treat him as a part time, temporary worker.  They have given him the keys to all the buildings, a debit card for work expenses, they are in the process of getting him a new computer (because the one he had was so slow) and are moving him out of the storage room and into a cubicle.

They also gave him an iPhone.

This for a man who, up until now, has used only a flip phone.  The man who SWORE he would never need anything more than said flip phone.  He was expected to use it.  To send texts.  To respond to emails, etc.

Although the man is not a complete Luddite it would be safe to say that he was extremely close to being one.

And so it began, me teaching him how to use his phone.  There were tears.  There was cursing.  But before the night was out he had learned to text.  And, at one point, he even proclaimed it "fun."

Armed with the knowledge that he had mastered texting, he went into work the next day.  And all was well.  Or so I thought.

When I came home that night I had to talk him down off the ledge.  Apparently, he had started receiving all the orientation materials via email.  Which meant that while his computer was pinging so was his phone.  And if that wasn't enough to wig him out the contents of the emails were.  "You need to complete the online Understanding Compliance thingamabob.  Click here."  "Here is the link to access the online expense reports."  "Here is the link to submit your timesheet."  "You need to set up your voicemail, click here to learn how."  And on and on it went.

Now to be fair, Hubby has come a long, long way in learning to deal with technology.  He can "do" email (that's how he once put it).  He can even "do" the Google.  He can create documents, but anything more than that and he's lost.  In fact, he has asked me three times if it's possible to create folders in email.  And three times I've shown him how to do it.  And then he asked me again yesterday.  *sigh*  He has only recently mastered (I hope) the art of "cutting and pasting."

But in his last position, I don't think he had a computer until his last few years there.  I always thought my company was behind the times but that company is still living in the dark ages.  They did absolutely nothing online and this one? Well, this one is cutting edge - everything is online or computerized.

So by the time I got home that night he had wigged himself out completely.  Convinced that he would never be able to "get" it.  After I calmed him down and showed him a few things he felt better.  Thank God.

As of today, he's been there for a little over a week and he seems to be getting the hang of the technology end of it.  He has learned how to do his expense reports online.  He has figured out how to set up his voicemail and submit his timesheet.

The Compliance part is still wigging him out though.  Since his computer is so slow, they have printed out the materials for him to review and he can complete it when he gets the new computer.  I know that it's not the big deal that he's making it out to be, especially since I just finished our Compliance thing a few weeks ago.  But he thinks that he needs to read and memorize all of this....

Again, no idea. *sigh*

I keep telling him that the questions are obvious and he doesn't need to memorize all that but he doesn't listen.  He'll figure it out once he logs in and starts the thing.

But other than that it's all good.  He loves them; they seem to love him and we will see what happens from here.

Life is a journey or so we are told.  There will be ups and downs.  And we have been down; so hopefully this means we are finally looking at an up.

In the meantime, I'll leave you with this text message exchange between Hubby and I.

Well, at least ONE of the pictures loaded properly!
Apparently, he still has his sense of humor.

And miracle of miracles, somehow I completed this post today.  Between that and the shoes, at least I can say I got something accomplished today!


  1. YOu are one ahead of me. No post but I did buy some wood. In my world, that is as exciting as shoes.

  2. It's quarter of twelve here (PM) and I have to work in the morning. It was all I could do to get Oldest's birthday post out... ON HIS BIRTHDAY. (Because I'm weird like that) Reading blogs has fallen way by the wayside for me... and I miss it so.

    Maybe Saturday night.... or Sunday... or Monday. But it's supposed to be 70 degrees, so maybe not. *sigh* I need a mental health day at work.

  3. Hahaha to the "per mule". That's funny!

    I find myself telling/instructing hubby, over and over, on the same things. Perhaps since yours will be doing things on a very regular basis, it will stick with him a lot quicker.

    I'm sure wishing him the best with this job. It's long overdue. Happy Birthday to him, too!

  4. Yes, happy birthday to Hubby and a special thanks to his lovely wife who has written a post filled with substance! I just laughed at the sideways pictures and tilted my head. No biggie. I'm glad you didn't stress out over it. He'll get the hang of it. I am an Apple person but refuse to get rid of my ancient flip phone and move into the 21st century! :-)

  5. Pretty hilarious. It's a grave sin to have mistaken words in texts. lol The reader will surely misunderstand it and you'll get laugh out. So you better beware.
    allied health

  6. Great shoes and congrats on Hubby's job! Yay!

  7. YAY!

    Oh, and "YAY" for the use of the word "Luddite" in a post. :-) You win the interwebs for today!!



  8. For some reason, this blog looks so much better when I tilt my head to the side :)

    I may need more wine.

  9. New shoes, a post and you taught him how to use an iphone! I'd say you accomplished a ton!! PS Can you teach me how to use my iphone now?