Learning and Experience

I am thankful for my nephew who seems to have learned a bit of something from experience. He wasn’t cooperative regarding the limits his mother placed on his technology, so there were numerous consequences designed to help him learn.

As the sysadmin for our little network, that meant a lot of extra doing for me. I hadn’t done much of any of that kind of stuff in over a decade and a lot has evolved since then.

The flip side is that I got my fingers in that technical pie again, just a little bit, and was able to keep (almost) every one happy. I did one specific gig as a travel agent, making certain I gave my nephew a nice little guilt trip because of all the additional work he gave me to play the bad guy and all the frustration he gave his grandmother because the network mods I made to keep him honest caused other network issues that inconvenienced his grandmother (and mother for that matter). He wasn’t impressed by the inconvenience, so I talked at him about relationships and bargaining chips and the fact that his current behavior and choice patterns weren’t earning him any points with the two most important women in his life–the two that had so much control and veto power.

It took a while and I thought I saw a light bulb. Today I learned that he had worked out something with his mother about helping him maintain the boundaries she set–he’s actually been handing his electronics over to her at night! (So glad I was already sitting down…)

Maybe some seed I planted really did take root…



Ebooks II

I am thankful for the ebook finding sites that allow me to discover different authors & titles, usually for free, generally for my Kindle® apps. I was going to write that I have “more ebooks than I know what to do with…” but that’s a blatant lie. I know exactly what to do with them. The question is…uh, the questions are: which one? and When?

Especially when there are several that I want to re-read. Re-acquaint myself with old friends. Or not so old friends, as the case may be. I might have to consider actually doing something with my Goodreads account…





Hopefully, One Step Ahead…

I am thankful for router software that allows me to establish and enforce boundaries for the family without constant, immediate supervision; some of whom require it, some not at all, and some: room for growth and the development of self discipline–ah, semi-supervised on the job training, so to speak.

While it has been a tremendous pain in the dupa, I must admit a bit of satisfaction during a “confrontation” today. Although I have been mostly hiding from humanity, with whatever kooties have been going around, the primary Time boundary pusher came into my room to ask why he couldn’t connect to the internet. Being very out of sorts and on at least two (or so) shot of “Nyquil” my response was rather…curt. “If you could be trusted to obey the tech curfew your mother set, I wouldn’t have to lock you out.” “But I have a paper to finish…” “Stinks to be you, doesn’t it?” “PLEEEAASSE!” “OK. I will set it up. It will cut off at 10PM. and there is a log running so I can tell if you even try to connect after that. Second bust: one week lock out. You’ll have to figure something else out, like actually going to school and doing your research there, downloading what you need and finishing the write up at your convenience. Please be informed that you coming up here for this, at this time of night, especially while I’m feeling SO good, is not MY convenience. Understood?” No response.

We shall see.

Time Warp

I am thankful for the ability in WordPress to “go back in time” to edit old posts. For example, I just added a “pets” category and will be adding it to the posts dealing with pets. Both of them.

And…it gives  me the ability to plug-in the gaps created when I forgot to post something for the day. I know I probably shouldn’t fret over them, but I’ll get over it.

<deep sigh> OK, I’m over it.

It should be difficult to notice the few breaks overall; there have been times when I’ve written my post on my tablet, but because I didn’t  have a wi-fi connection at the time, it didn’t get uploaded until much later–as much as 12 or 14 hours even. On WP, they appear in proper chronological order. On FB and LI, not so much. And since G+ doesn’t allow for automatic posting like the others just mentioned, it’s way off ’cause I have to post them manually. Pretty well caught up for this month, but I have a bit of catching up to do since I only figured out how to do it manually a couple of days ago.

“Let’s do the time warp again!”

No. I NEVER saw that movie…more than a dozen or three times…


sunday’s Spiritual Spin

I am thankful for podcasts; because of them, I don’t have to miss the messages at church or other inspirational speakers, even if I don’t get to hear them live.

Church: http://www.scefc.org, with Pastor Keith Maurer.

#1 fav: http://www.churchwithoutreligion.com/home, with Dr. Drew Farley. (Ecclesia is available via their website, the iTunes store or their app on  Android and Apple)

Internet IV

I am again thankful for the internet. It gave me all the information I needed to crank out two gluten free pumpkin cheesecakes with gingersnap crust. One of my all time favorite desserts that I thought I would have to give up due to gluten intolerance.

Hail, Internet! Turns out the trick was simply finding gluten free gingersnaps. Much easier said than done in this town (I managed to snag the last two boxes at the last stop after hitting 4 or 5 other stores to no avail).

Now the trick is getting the family to leave me at least a tiny morsel–I get to work tomorrow and will not be with them for dinner. Not that I know which invitation they intend to accept (maybe both?)



Internet III: The Joys and Perils of Connection

I am thankful for the Internet: it allowed a former student of mine to find me and reconnect.

Granted, the outcome was very positive. Said student was even rather complimentary! Some might take that as a given, this student took the time and energy to look me up, right? I definitely appreciate those positive vibes!

Fact of the matter is, I am far from perfect. <collective gasp> I apologize; I should have warned everyone to sit before making such an announcement. But there you have it. I goof up all too frequently. Say days ending in “y”. (Which is not tomorrow, btw).

Anyway, while I have always tried my best, OK, usually tried my best, (more often than not?) to be conscious of the potential impact my interactions have on my students, even adopting the physicians’ “First, do no harm” perspective, I am never certain of how that works out.

Oh, sure, all of the students (to date) who have contacted me have been very complimentary. I could paste them up and have quite the “I love Me” wall. But there is always that niggling fear that instead of “looking me up”, there are some students out there that want to “hunt me down” for some off hand remark that just happened to hit them in a vulnerability. How’s that for a teachable moment or window of opportunity?

Am I really that paranoid? Nah. Although part of me prays: “Dear God! I hope so!” I am very aware of the impact I potentially have on “young and impressionable minds”. and that the difference between “raising up a child in the ways he should go” and “brainwashing” is largely a matter of perspective.

To sum up, since I have already been yammering too long: I take this very positive re-connection as an ongoing sign that I am God’s favorite. 😉   After all, the contacts I’ve had to date have been positive. So the “evidence” is in my favor to interpret as I will. Of course, that simply means that anyone who has felt less than warm and fuzzy when thinking about me just doesn’t feel vindictive enough to track me down.