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Yet More Silly Correspondance from My Mom(s)

Moms and technologically

I am STILL alive! Procrastinatory Friday may have extended for several months but I’m back baby. What type of procrastination have I been doing lately? The kind that involves learning about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Torts, and Contracts, that’s what! Oh, and throw in some Legal Writing and Research.

I’ll get to the law school stuff some day, but let’s do an update on Moms first. These aren’t the best silly mom things, but they’re still pretty silly.

The first is from an email I got from my mom a few days ago after I sent her this video:

Many of the cat videos referenced in the video are probably familiar to you, but it seems that they were new to my mom. This is what she had to say:

That was funny. The cat walking on its hind legs at the start certainly draws you in. Loved the cat swinging on the fan. They’re so silly.

If that wasn’t enough, here’s a little snippet from my friend Lisa. Apparently her mom sent her an email early one morning and started it off with:

“Hope I didn’t wake you.”

Ohhhhh moms, you continue to delight. Keep up the good work!

Silly E-mails (and Phone Calls) from My Mom’s Mom

The next installment in the silly e-mails from my mom series.

By now you must have figured out that I am a pretty silly and dorky person. As you know, silliness and dorkiness don’t just spring from anywhere. Sometimes it stems from a father who tells too many puns, a mother who sends you a Valentine’s Day eCard featuring jazz playing hamsters (the other C knows what I’m talking about), or especially enthusiastic grandmothers. In the past I’ve shared examples of ridiculous e-mails my mom sends me from time to time. Lately she’s sent some more serious e-mails so you’ll just have to wait for the next gem. However, I had a pretty amusing interaction with my grandmother the other day, which I thought was worth posting about.

Two days ago, my grandmother left me a voice message explaining a dilemma she’d fallen into. She started watching the Korean TV drama, “I Really, Really Like You,” which she had rented in DVD form from her local library. She’d finished Volume 1, headed back to her library, and discovered that they didn’t have Volume 2. So she headed to the Google to see what she could find. Although she’s 86 ot 87, she is pretty resourceful when it comes to the internet. The only version she could find cost $50 on Amazon, so she decided to call me to see if I had any suggestions for her.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a cheaper DVD for her, but noticed that Hulu linked to another site that offers it for free online. As a result, I may have created a new Hulu addict…oh dear. After I e-mailed her the link, she sent me one response this morning. In it she said:

The episodes on the 2 set would be from 17 to 34. See if you can find the DVD since I would prefer watching it hat way. However, If that is not possible I will just watch it on the computer. Each segment lasts about 45 minutes and there were 3 on each disk.

Less than an hour after she sent that e-mail, she sent this reply:

It is really episode 19 that starts the last part. I was able to get it and started top get hooked watching it. I had to quit or I will never get anything done today. Grandma

This may not seem that silly to you, but it most certainly is to me. I mean, my grandma is obsessed with a Korean drama and may now spend all her time online watching episodes of it, heehee.

For previous posts about my ridiculous family, click here.

UPDATE: My Mom (Sorta) Learns How to Use Screenr

The latest installment in the “Silly E-mails from My Mom” series.

A couple weeks ago, I posted an e-mail my mom had sent me about her latest discovery: Skitch. It included an amazing screenshot of herself and my cat. Then, last week I wrote about tutorials for Screenr– a website where you can create screencasts- and screenshots. My mom decided to try making screencasts for herself and is sending them to family members. They must be shared with the world.

What she wrote in the e-mail (addressed to my uncle and myself):

Caroline just taught me how to do a screencast. I went to Pages (iWork) and looked for some templates. They had a sailing template, so I tried a screencast using it. It’s only five seconds, but I thought you might have some fun with this. I’m sure Caroline would love to help. Might start a new career!

Here’s the link: http://screenr.com/Daq

To learn how to do this, and a few other things, go to www.carolinedickie.com.

You could have the girls do a Christmas greeting for their grandmothers.

Screencast #1

Screencast #2

Mom- some tips:

1) A screencast should actually do something because they’re meant to be used for tutorials. In your Skitch screencast, try moving your cursor over the text you’d like to point out rather than mentioning that there’s text on the screen.

2) You have a full five minutes to record your screencast so don’t rush!

Check out the other installments in this series here.

The W Bossy Gene

This stuff really can’t be made up

Let me be the first to admit it- I have failed nablopomo. I was doing okay the first half of November but I have slipped way too many times during the second half for me to be a true participant any longer. Oh well, I’ll still do what I can these next few days and hope that I continue to post at least once a week, which is really what I was aiming for in the first place.

One way I figure I can keep up the blogging is by having certain topics I post about regularly. So far I’ve got my stupidest website posts and hope to continue with the photos of tourist taking photos– but I’ll need to take a few more photos for that to truly work out! I would like to turn Procrastinatory Fridays into something regular, but I’ve kept putting it off for some reason (ouch).

So, here’s something that could potentially turn into a regular blog topic: Silly E-mails from My Mom (I’ve had an inbox folder titled this way before that Shit My Dad Says Twitter account ever showed up). I know she reads my blog from time to time so she will either find this amusing, horrible, or a combination of the two. We’ll just have to wait and see- hopefully she won’t stop sending the e-mails in order to avoid winding up on here. I may also throw in some horrible comments from my dad from time to time (example: he calls the place where they leave my cat over long vacations “Catanamo Bay”-punitentiary worthy, I know).

Today’s feature comes from an e-mail thread my mom’s side of the family (let’s call them the W Family) started a couple months ago that had the subject line, “can’t make this stuff up.” One of my aunts found it amusing that my Grandma and cousin (he’s been living with her during law school) are equally stubborn and do not like being told what to do. This prompted multiple responses from aunts, uncles, and cousins who not only mentioned the “W Family Bossy Gene,” but also provided several examples. There were mentions of power tools, food, “multi-tasking,” and a virtual head nod from my uncle who recently married into the W Family.

But the greatest example of them all was what my mom wrote. Please note that this was the ninth e-mail in the thread and the only thing she had written up until that point.

I may have actually had tears in my eyes when I read this because it was so ridiculous. I responded to the thread and made a bit of fun of her, because that’s what offspring are supposed to do. I’ll just leave it at that, partly because I don’t think I could really add anything else to it and partly because I’m heading into NYC in a couple of minutes!

Parents are probably the silliest types of people.