Category Archives: Perils of Technology

New Blog Project

Don’t worry – I’m still blogging here, telling you a little bit about law-school-wife-ism and a lot about random happenings in my life.

But, since my own life isn’t quite interesting enough for me, I’ve decided to take over the social life of one of my dearest friends. Starting with an idea from Abbey ‘s sister-in-law, we have convinced my friend L to go on her own dating odyessey, to find a few good men, but ultimately to provide us with amusement and maybe lead to some good things happening in her life.

So, betake yourselves, and your suggestions to our new site: the 27 Suit{or}s project. And comment and such, because L is worried that she’s going to be alone for the rest of her life. 😉

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You Know what they Say About Things Coming in Threes?

I must be guilty of the sin of hubris or something. I just now learned about hubris a few weeks ago, when I was in my Percy Jackson reading phase. Apparently, it’s extreme and unhealthy pride. That’s the only way I can explain the things that have been happening lately.

You’ve all been reading my blog complaints about this week and now I have another one to add. Or, as my friend H would say, the other shoe has finally dropped.

You know how things seem to happen in threes? Let’s go over the three recent happenings, all of which have involved items I prize very much.

1) My car decal gets stolen.

2) My oven is covered with exploding goo.

3) My iPhone is murdered.

Yep, the third bad thing happened. The iPhone was killed. I was driving home from a trip to Costco to get more rice – we finished the 15-pound bag we bought in August finally. When I got into my car after my little jaunt to the much-depised (by me) warehouse store, I reached for my purse to grab my phone. And it – with a complete mind of its own- did this super-acrobatic flip and landed directly into a cup of water I had put in the cupholder.

That’s apparently what happens when you try to be healthy and work extra hydration into your routine.

So, now, my phone is reclining in a bowl of rice – isn’t it fortuitous that I had just purchased some since it’s one of the potential ways to dry out a phone? – and I am phoneless. And I absolutely refuse to get a new one. Ducks is insisting that I can’t be phoneless, but I am so mad at myself for this happening.

And, I think it’s a sign of my hubris that all these things keep happening to items I particularly prize, like my too-expensive car, my best brownie recipe and my iPhone.

My in-laws also use AT&T, so I’m hoping they have an extra phone lying around and can send me. Because right now, I’m feeling totally bereft of technology. In fact, if I needed something and couldn’t get in touch with Ducks, I’d be completely out of luck, because he’s the only person within a 200-mile radius whose phone number I have memorized.

And, let’s don’t forget, AT&T gouges you to death if you have something happen to your phone. The very cheapest phone on their site is $150 unless you’re eligible for upgrade. Yikes – pain to the law school budget!

At least, perhaps I can look forward to three good things happening to balance this out. Let’s daydream about that, shall we?

PS I promise to stop complaining for at least an entire week and post only blog posts filled with sunshine and happiness! 🙂

Stage Fright

Okay, it’s not really truly stage fright. I don’t get super-scared in front of a group. Instead, it’s more unprepared fright. And I could use some advice.

I’m going to assume that I’m in this situation because I’m good at my job, and therefore consider it a blessing. However, it’s a bit of a mixed blessing at the moment because of my haphazardness as a human.

I’ve been asked to give a presentation to a group of local professionals regarding social media. And it’s on Wednesday. And I’ve known about it for quite a while and have gotten way too busy at work and forgot about it. Then, I forgot about it again during my time off last week. What’s a girl to do?

So, then I thought – what better way to use the power of social media than to ask you guys, my lovely social media friends, many of whom also happen to be PR gurus.

Anyone have any good ideas for the presentation? I do not know what the demographic or the skill level for any of the participants will be, so I don’t know whether to start out very basic, or just assume that these people have a general level of social media knowledge. I am planning to talk about connecting, branding and engaging using a presentation I’ve created for another event, but I have to talk for at least 30 minutes, so I could use some help stretching it out! 🙂

More New Things

In the same vein of new things happening with the beginning of law school, here are a couple of other great new things that have happened. Specifically things that are in conjunction with this blog.

1) Obviously, all of you! I’ve never really been a blogger before. At least, I’ve never been a real blogger; I’ve written a couple of little things on a blog that only two of my friends from college ever read. With this blog, however, I’ve gotten to meet a lot of you — all awesome women, all with great perspectives on life and all of whom make me smile and make me think and make me interested in something outside my small life/social circle. From reading about Crystal’s new job to Natalie’s first day of school to The Waspy Redhead’s latest cooking endeavor to Abbey’s gardening  to P.S. Jones’ freelance adventures, I’m excited to hear about what you all have done each day, what you’re planning and what you’re dreaming about (sorry – can’t mention every single person, but you’re all brilliant and fun-to-read).

And, when this type of thing bring me into contact with you all in real life, it’s just that much better. Who would’ve thought 10 or 15 years ago that you could actually make friends on the internet who weren’t trying to lure you into a Free Candy Van (my sister’s slang for a pedophile or other creeper)? But, really, it’s so cool. I’ve had the opportunity to meet both OhMyPuddin and MDLikeMe Kate and they are both really interesting women with unique perspectives and interesting lives. Without the internet, it would have been slim odds that we would have met or had the opportunity to get to know each other. Now, with blogging making our worlds smaller, I actually had the opportunity to meet Kate for a margarita and introduce our law students to one another.

2) A bet. Yep, a real life bet. Last Monday, Ducks mentioned to his friend AJ that we met Kate and J because of the blog world. Of course, AJ then clamored to know about the blog. And, I told him that it’s…duh…a Super Secret blog. So, he and I made a bet. If he finds the blog before Labor Day, I owe him a beer. If he is unsuccessful, he has to complete a handyman project at the new house with Ducks. According to him, he has a Super Knowledgable Internet Team on the job 24/7. So, we’ll see how this goes.

Anyway, so those are the new things that are happening. Now, excuse me, while I go talk Torts with my law student — and thanks to everyone for being my blog friends!

***ANNOYING UPDATE: This is why you should never draft posts ahead of time. I wrote this post yesterday so that I could post it this morning. Last night, AJ came over to talk about the first day of school with Ducks. I had made chicken and rice for dinner and while I ran an errand, the boys ate. Here’s how the pre-dinner conversation went:

Ducks: Do you want a plate or a bowl?

AJ: I’ll take a plate. I don’t really like bowls.

Ducks: Really? I like bowls. I almost always use a bowl.

AJ: I know. And, APPARENTLY YOU LEAVE THEM ON THE FLOOR!

So, he found it. He actually enlisted a mutual friend to track it down through people that I’m friends with on my personal Twitter. Which means I’m going to have to develop a special Legally Married Twitter account now…and manage three accounts. Sigh. So, if you have a Twitter account, post your handle in the comments so I can follow you.

And, Law School Wife, you were right about the whole blogger beware – can’t keep secrets on the Internet! 🙂

Confession of a Secret Blogger

Two posts in one day?! Why? Just wanted to update you all on my “The Jig is Up” post.

Because I know you’ve all been wondering and hardly able to sleep at night (tiny bit of hyperbole), I thought I should take a couple of minutes to ease your minds about the future state of my blog.

Thursday night, I steeled myself to tell Ducks about the blog. Here’s what I said.

Me: Ducks, I have to tell you something, but you have to promise not to get mad at me or be mean.

Ducks: What is it? (You’ll notice that he did not in fact promise).

Me: I’ve been stockpiling a big collection of porn in our house.

Ducks: WHAT?!

Me: See….obviously, you didn’t get too mad about THAT, so what I’m going to tell you isn’t nearly as bad as being a secret pornster.

Ducks (exasperated): Just tell me.

Me (at high speed): Umm…I have a secret blog….and I hope that you won’t be mad at me or make me stop writing it because I really like it… and it’s anonymous…. and I’m sorry I didn’t tell you before….you know, when you asked me if I had a blog….anyway, so are you mad?

Ducks: I asked you if you had a blog?

And, it turns out that he wasn’t mad at all. He had asked me before when I told him that I was reading other law school wives/girlfriends blogs and of course I lied about it and endured the ensuing guilt. But then, once that I told him, it was a huge relief and he actually liked the idea. Especially when he knew it was anonymous. And he laughed when he saw the pictures with his face covered.

So, the blog is safe, my marriage is happy and all is good in Legally Married Land.

What about y’all? Have you ever kept a big secret from your significant other? Did you reveal it or just keep it to yourself?

The Jig is Up

Okay, friends, how do I tell my husband that I have been writing a secret blog?

Eeek.

Why is this coming up now? Because I really want to meet Kate, a local fellow blogger, since her boyfriend attends the same law school that Ducks will start this fall. And, of course, we’re always looking to add new friends. But, eventually in the conversation, I assume that the way we met (through blog world) will come up.

I don’t think it’s good to have secrets from your significant other; however, at the same time, I really like blogging. And, my husband can be super-private about things. I do not think he will appreciate knowing that I told you all the story of the cereal bowl, among other things (even though that particular story — and most of the other stories as well — made him sound like a saint and me like someone in need of an exorcism.

So, how do I reveal the existence of this super-sneaky blog without ending up going on a blogging hiatus for a while? Hmmm….as always, your advice is super-welcome. 🙂

Dislike, Dislike!

Okay, really quickly, can I just say that I “dislike” all these “like” type buttons? On Facebook, here on WordPress, etc., etc? For example, in the past, someone I knew from high school posted something like this on Facebook,

“Stupid neighbor’s dog keeps barking all night. May have to find a way to dispose of dog.”

And, somehow my phone in my pocket decided to like this comment. I had no idea that I “liked” the idea of dog-napping, dog destruction and the like until I started getting notifications on Facebook that other people were commenting on his post encouraging dogicide. Luckily, on Facebook, it’s easy enough to unlike something.

But, what prompted this post just now?

I was reading one of the featured blogs on the wordpress home about snarky panties and accidentally clicked like on the article. And, while I didn’t dislike it, I didn’t like it enough to announce my “like” to the world.

So, minor freak out on my part due to my ineptitude with some technology, which has now caused this post – dear tech world, quit trying to make me “like” so many things. I can like things privately and personally without always announcing my steadfast “like” to everyone else. My attitiude on like is somewhat similar to Miss Patty in Anne of the Island. She said, “[In my day] a girl did not say she loved turnips, in just the same tone as she might have said she loved her mother or her Savior. ” And I agree. If I “like” everything, it dilutes my true likes and dislikes.

Anyway, rant over. Thanks for listening! 🙂