Technology- Push the Button

It is unfair to say that I am not a fan of modern technology, but I would say that there sure as hell are parts of it that are not my friend. I do not know what is my issue with keeping my devices charged, as it would surely be a simple thing to plug them in each night. This small move would assure that I am rip roarin’ ready in the morning, but in my defense, you can only plug the damn things in, if you can find them! It is a running joke about where have I left my phone in the office. I spend time each day looking for my iPad, to view the App that tells me where I left my phone. Oh it’s comical alright. Little do they know that I also misplace the bugger at home, in the car and well, just about everywhere I go. My husband, Chance, gives me a lot of grief over this, but in fact, he is likewise missing a lot of expensive hats! Just sayin’

The frustration with my electronic items does not stop there. I also cannot find the chargers that go with them. In the rare instance that I do have a charger, it is not the right one. Why the heck do they make so many different kinds and that does not even count the cords that hook them to other uncooperative things like my computer or my car.

It has been my greatest triumphs to figure out how to FaceTime with my kids, down or upload videos onto YouTube (I’m never sure which one it is) and set up my iPod with a killer playlist which is Blue Toothed to my new mini speaker. Booyah, this girl is on fire!! My Nikon can magically send pics to an App on my iPad, my FitBit can tell me when to pee, and I can set my coffee maker to perk a cup of Frappe latte at 4:30 a.m. every morning. What more do I need?

A lot. These are just gateway devices. There is a hell of a lot more to explore, but I gotta take it slow. Keeping up with technology is imperative for living my Red Shoe Life, but I usually end up in a virtual reality nightmare of an endless warren of wires, and the monotonous hum of a aol dial up.

Figuring out technology can be frustrating, but it is key to keeping up with current events, medical breakthroughs and of course, the Kardashians. Surfing the internet helps me carry on an intellectual conversation, save money on my car insurance and experience world events as if I were actually there. It stimulates my brain, keeps the temperature in my home at a steady 72 degrees and allows me to order a 50 bag of sheep food to be delivered without ever leaving the house.

If you think that sounds exciting, be sure to check out my latest YouTube video called Red Shoe Life-Virtual Reality for a good laugh. The kids gave me a quick tutorial on a few simple technical games and had a hearty snicker at my expense. Truly, if you want to know how to figure out something technical… ask a kid.

Guys, all joking aside, this is serious. Being able to use technology is a key component to living a Red Shoe Life, and it is very easy for it to get ahead of you. Don’t let it intimidate you. There are whole stores full of people just standing around waiting for you to ask them a question (and sell you the latest gizmo). Ask them. Ask everyone until you understand. Don’t be afraid. There isn’t a button on any home gadget that will end the universe. Live your Red Shoe Life and push the button. Push all the buttons.

I do, when I can find them.

What a Week!

Holy Crap!  This week has been a freakin’ doozy!  Besides a tornado, a flood and an audit, I had one of the worst flare ups of rheumatoid arthritis that I can remember.  As you can imagine between the storm and the stress of the apocalypse, it was only a matter of time before things got crazy.  Fortunately or not, the best remedy for weeks like this is to “just keep swimming”.   Dory had it right all along…  just keep going and you will get there!  So even though I had what felt like lightening bolts shooting out of my feet, I went to Tai Chi class, fed my vacationing friend’s farm animals, gave a massage, corralled dozens of people to a tornado shelter AND started my month of Posture Challenge.  What did I get for my efforts???  I feel better!!!

So, today is Saturday, and you all know that means the war of “Woman vs Wild” home improvement was full on.  After the exorcism, I did manage to vacuum the spiral stairwell,  drop a potted plant down the spiral stairwell, re-vacuum the stairwell,  clear  a bookcase of cookbooks, and take another load of oddball shit to Goodwill.  It is still early but my shoulders are screaming from yesterday’s Posture Challenge and I am cringing at the thought of today’s workout.   There are still a lot of hours left in this day, but I have to make sure I use them wisely.   I have intentions of making a run for the At Home store, work on my book, and, of course, there is always LAUNDRY.  Amazingly, there is no end to the FUN I will be having!  (sarcasm is my middle name).

Since this is a 3 day weekend, I hope to get a lot of things done from my long “To Do” list, but sometimes it feels a little hopeless, especially when things like storms tear up your trees and trash your yard.  Yeah, my improvement project might get a little delayed while I haul stuff to the burn pile, but in the overall scheme of things, I feel damn lucky compared to my friends and co-workers in Texas.  Yes, I felt a little terror as I had to engage the snorkel on the Mini Cooper, but I sure as hell wasn’t being swept away in a river.  I had cold cuts for dinner, but I had food, and even though I had to call every single person in my family to make sure they were OK, I found them all and they were “Fine mom (eye roll) duh!”

With everything that happened this week, I think my Red Shoe Life message today is to be persistent.  Although there can be set backs and obstacles, chip away at your goals a little bit every day.  Your goals are finite and with every inch that you progress,  it is inevitable that you will reach the finish line.  So, no matter how far you need to go, how much you gotta do or how big a pain in the ass it’s going to be to get ‘er done…  in the wise words of a little fish “Just keep swimming!”