Category Archives: XBoy

Cultivating the Next AppleIBMMicrosoft Magnate

Not counting the two cats who reside in our house, there are 3 other life forms who have the ability to open a laptop due to the gift of the opposable thumb. Those beings of course are Jerry, Dawn and Max.

Jerry’s use of the computer is limited to Eebaay, hobby car forums, and solitare. I’m guessing he puts in about 2 hours – tops – a day, including any time work-related. I recently asked him why he doesn’t do something "useful" on the computer, like research which appliances we should get for the house or figure out what to get his parents for Christmas. My suggestions fell on deaf ears.

I, on the other hand, use to spend a lot of time online-window shopping. My favorites consisted of shopping sites, split between clothes for Max and clothes for me. This was during my free-time, and I use the term verrryy looosssely. I also spend all my day at work on a computer. That changed a few months ago when I took my first hit of blog. My free time (and sometimes not so free time) has been divvied up between blogging and doing my own appliance shopping. BTW: blogging is a little more enjoyable and infinitely more useful mentally. Who needs a stove anyway except for those ambitious people who actually…COOK! *gasp*

But let us not forget Max. All babies take an interest in adult activities, whether its the cooking, vacuuming, folding clothes, etc., and computer use appears to be no exception. Max has taken to it like a duck to water. I do worry sometimes that he may be on it for too long, but I make sure that the activities are appropriate for his age. His faves are Disney Playhouse, Sesame Workshop, and Peep and the Big Wide World. And knowing that even in his preschool class they use a computer, I am comfortable that proper exposure will be – and is – an asset. He handles the mouse like a pro and he even knows how to end his programs and hibernate the laptop.


Does anyone have their favorite toddler-friendly websites that they would like to recommend? He might look bored in the pix, but believe me if I were to shut down the computer without the 5 minute warning, WWIII would break out in my very own home… and I’d probably lose.

You Have Eyes In the Back of Your Head, Too?

In my gut, I know that IUI #2 has failed. Confirmation should arrive later this coming week. I’m sure that my period won’t tease me into thinking "Maybe" by showing up Saturday afternoon, AFTER I have already had to take the pee test.

Even Jerry has noted my impending state by pointing out the obvious, "You sure have been bitchy and tired lately." Really? No Shit! The thing is the bitchy part has only partly to do with getting a confirmation of what I already know, but the additional kick in the teeth of having to take a whole ‘nother month off due to my new hanger-ons, The Cysts. Jerry, ever the optimist said he would like to try another IUI if there are no cysts, but is entertaining the idea of holding off until January.

The thought of waiting that long, which in the grand scheme of ART is not THAT long, is just another kick in the teeth. However, I know that it would give us time to prep physically and financially. I really didn’t think we would be struggling as we were. We didn’t have any idea of what we were doing when we got pg with Max (outside of the usual birds/bee thing), and now we can’t get it right with the available medical intervention. We’re pathetic.

On the brighter side and speaking of Max: several months ago I convinced him that I have very special eyes in the back of my head that allows me to catch him in the act. My duplicity was enhanced by the use of strategically placed mirrors around the house. Well, last Thursday he was excitingly describing some pictures on the wall behind his teacher, Mrs. N. while at school. As she was already aware of these items, she told Max, "Yes, I know," to which he responded, "You have eyes in the back of your head, too??"