Friday, February 26, 2010

Put That in Your Dot Com and Fax It

I am in a deeper funk than Rick James.

The Great Gray Beast is about to be devoured by lions and lambs and leprechauns and such, and I'm rooting for them - especially the lambs - but I'm not feeling as relieved as I should be. The Great Gray Beast sucked it out of me but good this year.

Y'know who DOESN'T hate February? My mom.

She has her reasons. One of them is that for the last twenty years or so she's spent the full month in warmer climes. That would sure be enough for me. But that's not her biggest or best reason. Her biggest and best reason is that her birthday is in February - tomorrow, actually, and she is - if it's possible - even more of a child about celebrating her birthday than I am. I'm sorry. Did I say birthday? She prefers birthmonth.

Anyway - in honor of Mom's birthmonth I thought I'd share a quick conversation we had yesterday. The backstory is that I told her about Beth and her campaign and Mom wanted to make some caps. She asked me for patterns, as many of you did (thank you!!!) and I told her what I told those of you who asked: there are so many patterns out there for every ability level and taste... for you computer savvy folks I followed that up with - just google chemo cap patterns. I told Mom basically the same thing then told her I'd look for her - what was she thinking about? She said, "My girlfriend down here has a computer - we can look it up. What do we do?"

I could hear her pencil scratching. "Now, should she just type in "chemo cap patterns dot com?"

"No - have her do a google search on chemo cap patterns."

"Google. Spell that."

"G-O-O-G-L-E"

"Ok. She'll know how to do that."

"Yes - she should."

"Google. Got it. Google dot com."

"Right."

We talked about other things and ended the call. When she called yesterday, she very excitedly told me, "Hey, Tam, we dot commed those patterns and we found one we liked. Then we went down to the office (they stay in a condo on the beach) and they printed it out on their fax machine. So my friend and I are gonna get started on these in the next day or two."

God love 'em.

That woman brought me a smile through the funk. And it's not even my birthmonth.

21 comments:

Anita said...

Don't you love walking them through technology? Imagine how our kids feel?

MiMi said...

Oh no, NO NO NO, I HATE talking my parents through doing some stupid thing on the computer. ARGH. I talk slow but it's not slow enough. Hey, I should google that so that I can try to make one!

La Mere Joie said...

I fancy myself as pretty saavy, but my oldest child seems to know a lot. I try to one up her though by googling immediately when she mentions a site or technology I have never heard of just so I can say- yeah, I know that! :)

Hope the chemo caps are going well! Such a great thing!

Amber Page Writes said...

That's awesome! My mom struggles a little bit with staying current with technology, but she tries, bless her heart.

singedwingangel said...

hey at least your mom will attempt to do something on the computer. Mine refuses to attempt and gets so frustrated when we try to show her things on it like videos and what not...

Tsquared417 said...

That is adorable. And if this grey demon doesn't leave soon I'm going to scream!!

Vivienne said...

My mom celebrates her entire birth-month of November and is a 'puter-tard as well. It cracks me up to hear her tossing out words like google, even though she's never done it.

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Isn't it great to find a cause you believe in? Then to see others get excited over it (enough to even try to attempt technology for it). Great job to all of you!

I'm smiling today too. And I have been in a funk the past three days as well. I finally said, "Okay, enough of your blubbering and bickering." I turned on the radio and Viv and I danced around the room. We also baked oatmeal raisin cookies for Kirk, his favorite. Sometimes doing something good for others, no matter how small is just what you need to make you feel alive again.

Happy Birthday to your mom! Try to enjoy the rest of her birth month. I think the young pistol would want you to do so. ;-)

KLo said...

I love the role reversal that happens when my mother, who knows a lot about everything, is on a computer. It's kind of nice to feel useful and ... dare I say intellectually superior to her in one area : )?

Katie Lane said...

Your title is wonderful! I always like it when people surprise me like that. Happy birth month to your mother!!

Pam said...

Your mom and I share a birthday! And I love February too.

Love her can do spirit with the computer. Good for her for tackling it and conquering it. Next thing you know she'll be blogging about your teen years. Watch out!

Mammatalk said...

I think I just may be your mom. I got the google thing down almost as well as she does! LOL!

Eva Gallant said...

I have a stepson who has a degree in computer engineering and he designs video games for a living. I hate asking him for help. Some times my Hubby does, (it's his son, after all) and when the step gets frustrated he says, "For Cripes sake, Dad, FTFM (Read the F**king Manual!) (Which is why I don't ask him for help!)

carma said...

she is a doll - and I'm glad you got her up to speed on this newfangled Google thing.

linda said...

Yes, God love em'!

I imagine my daughter feels this way everytime I ask her to show me how to work the DVD player. To my defense, it takes 2 remote controls to watch 1 movie. Nothings easy these days!

BONNIE K said...

Bless her. I'm impressed your mom got it and was excited about getting it. Happy birth month to her.

The Redhead Riter said...

I'm with your mom on the birthmonth thing! I love birthdays!

You have received something special at my blog posting

http://theredheadriter.blogspot.com/2010/02/angel-mothers-bringing-beautiful.html

I hope you have a great weekend.

Sandy said...

I can't say that I love February but I did love that story! Good on your mom for getting involved in such a wonderful project.

P.S. Spring is around the corner. Hang in there.

gayle said...

Your mom sounds like me a few years ago...and there are still tons of times I need help from my girls and husband. This post made me smile!!

blueviolet said...

Please tell me my mother will never move to that stage. She's at email now. I pray that's where it stays!

MaryRC said...

cant wait to hear about their caps, thats awesome that not only is she on board, so is her friend..