Queen of Pink

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Landline Lessons

Well, this is a first for me.  I am writing a post right after learning something new!  We got a new landline phone system last fall. Today, I finally decided to learn how to to record my own outgoing message.  Luckily, the phone set included a handy dandy user’s manual.  I really like manuals.  They make things so much easier (when you actually use them).  I wish my phone, my iPad and my laptop came with user’s manuals.  Nooooo!   I have to go out and buy a book, like iPad for dummies,  to learn things. I don’t know if that’s an actual book title, but you get the picture.

So armed with a handset and my manual, I was ready.  I started reading through the manual and while waiting to get to the part about recording outgoing messages, I learned several other things!  I found out I can push a button on the handset and call another handset in the house.  Like maybe I want to call my husband who’s comfortably ensconced in bed watching TV while I am in the living room watching a rollicking evening of “Dancing With the Stars” .  I don’t want to miss one minute of seeing Charlie or Meryl perform.  Actually, I was thinking last night wouldn’t it be great if they continued to compete and were able to incorporate these new–to-them dance moves into their routine?   How awesome would that be for ice dancing?  Anyway…I might want to tell Bob that I am ready for him to bake me some chocolate chip cookies.  I wouldn’t even need to move from the couch.  It would be payback for when I was on the couch with scrapbook memorabilia all sorted over me and to my sides and he called me on my cell phone (which I do not have with me at all times–I grew up when the only phone was the house phone or the pay phone.)  So I push everything aside, careful not to mess up my organized piles, and answer my phone.  Not many people have my cell number so it must be important if it rings.  Low and behold, Bob is on the phone telling me he is ready for ME to bake chocolate chip cookies.  And he’s down the hall in the bedroom.  Yea, so funny!  In case you are wondering, I did make him cookies.  It’s the least I can do when he works all day.

I also learned I can set the number of times the phone rings before the answering machine picks up.  It seems I am always doing laundry, or out in the yard, or doing something important when the phone rings.  By the time I hear it and rush rush rush to the phone (because it could always be really important), I’ve missed the call.  So I set my ringer for 6 rings instead of 2 or 4 or whatever we were at.  My dad taught me you should always let the phone ring 7 times before you hang up to give a person time to answer the phone.  Yes, that was the old days when people didn’t carry their phones in their pockets.  Can you imagine carrying around one of those old rotary phones?  I’m still all for my invention of the phone piece integrated into your hand so all you have to do to answer the phone is hold your hand up to your ear and say hello! 

So those are some of the things I learned today about our landline phone.  If you have a landline, why don’t you go check it out and see if you can discover something about it you didn’t already know.  Let me know what you find out!


April 29, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

To Teeth or Not to Teeth

As you might know, one of the side effects, if you could call it that, of the tongue cancer was having to have all my teeth pulled.  This was a very traumatic thing for a young person.  I had to wait over a year before I could get fitted for dentures because my gums had to heal completely to lessen the risk of cancer recurring.  By the time I got the dentures, I was so used to eating without anything that it was very difficult to eat with them.  Another side effect of the radiation was that I could only open my mouth so far.  Put in the teeth, open the mouth, and try to stuff some food inside.  Wasn’t working too well.  It took much too long to eat with the teeth in.  So out they came.  After several years, I was able to find a new prosthodontist who told me that the dentures that had been made for me originally were all wrong.  He could see they were not a good fit.  He specialized in dentures so he took his time with me and we went outside the box.  I have a small mouth so I had to have a small set made.  I am happy with the fit of the new ones (I’ve had them for a year now), but again it is so hard to eat with them in.  I imagine that is because I am not used to them.  I try to put them in and then within a few hours, they are back out because I want to eat.  And then they just don’t go back in.

So one day last month, I decided to challenge myself to wear them all day.  I waited until after I ate breakfast and then plopped them in my mouth.  It felt odd at first, of course, but I muddled through.  I made it until dinner time when I became frustrated trying to eat and took them out.  I know that I need to work on this everyday ’cause I certainly hate my smile without them.  I try to imagine what it is like for someone, say the gal on Dancing with the Stars, who lost her legs and what they have to go through to get used to fake ones.  They all usually say that it hurts and is uncomfortable.  So it is with dentures.  I guess I just have to challenge myself each day to put them in and see where it takes me.  A little bit each day builds on itself and soon enough I will be eating like I used to.

Is there anyone out there who also has dentures?  How did you feel with them?  Do you have any tips for me?

On another note, there was a day I challenged myself to learn how to make a grocery list on my new Note 3 phone.  I had heard you could make a list and then check items off as you added them to your cart.  So I played with my phone, found a note app, and was able to make a list with checkboxes.  It didn’t take but maybe 10 minutes for me to figure this out.  Go me!

Until next time!

April 14, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Another Tuesday evening was spent with my Buddy Up 2.0 team at a line dance class.  If I learned something new today, it is how to insert a video into my blog.  If it doesn’t work as a video, than I didn’t learn it.  Here goes….

April 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Technology Can Be Scary

On a recent Tuesday, Bob and I headed over to Best Buy for the Samsung class.  We had all gotten new Samsung phones-I got a Samsung Galaxy Note 3-and this was a perfect opportunity to learn how to use them.  The class was an hour long and taught us the best way to connect to the internet, how to get emails from several accounts into one email flow, how to get multiple screens on the phone at once, how to move icons around, where to find certain apps (as they didn’t show up instantly on the app screen), how S Note worked, how to put writing on the back and/or the front of photos, how to take photos with special effects…just to name a few things.  Oh and I learned that my phone will speak to me if I ask it a question.  And it will tell me how to get somewhere.  I practiced by asking how to get to Famous Dave’s which was near Best Buy.  As we left the store, it started telling us how to go.  Then we would go a different direction and it would talk again.  When we went to the mall, I thought it was going to continue talking to me, but it finally gave up.  I plan to learn more and really use my phone’s capabilities, but I will do that a little at a time.

The other technological learning I did on this day was learn how to use the USAjobs.gov website. When I was a federal employee, we did all job applications on paper.  That was over 20 years ago.  Now everything seems to be online.  I found a couple jobs I was interested in applying for, but it was like pulling teeth to get me to sit down and apply.  I wasn’t sure how to upload things, I wasn’t sure if I could fill out the application in small slices of time or had to do it all at once, could I save things and come back later to add on, etc.  It seemed so overwhelming to me.  The first application I did wasn’t so bad at all.  I got the jist of how it all worked and what the various screens looked like and how to tell I had everything done and sent.  So when it came time to do the next application the next day, the process went very smoothly.  Now I am watching for other jobs to show up that I have an interest in.  We shall see how I do.

Have your tried anything new technologically lately?  This reminds me of my dad.  I tried to convince him to get a computer thinking he could do his tax work on it and also email me once in awhile.  He would always hold up his pencil and say “This is my computer.”  I loved my dad.


April 1, 2014 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments