Saturday, December 29, 2007

High-tech Granny

The two Nell's - Happy Birthday!


Yesterday was a busy day. We had lots to do around here - part of it is getting ready for Scotland and part of it is birthdays and family. We went to WF to run some errands and have lunch with the both my mom and Toby's mom. We took GBN1 with us. She was thrilled to have two Great-Grans to entertain. We had lots to do in WF, and although GBN1 is lots of fun, she is a handful. All three of us were worn out by the time we made it home.

We went to see my good friend Dawn the other day. She had called to say that she wanted to loan me her laptop to take to Scotland. She said she didn't want to be out of touch. I was just pretty excited. She is definitely getting a new painting to go along with her other one. We had a great visit with Dawn and her husband, who also works for Halliburton and travels every three weeks. Dawn and I have a lot in common besides our traveling hubby's. Dawn's birthday is the day before mine (but she is two years younger), and our sons were born the same day, the same year (they are good friends too). I feel like Dawn is a sister or some person I knew in another lifetime. Maybe it is like-spirits.

Then while we were in WF, we stopped by a used-computer store. Toby decided it would be a good idea if I had my own laptop in order to download photos and such. I hadn't really thought about that, but it is a necessity, and it would certainly be more convenient. We ended up buying a used laptop. I really appreciate Dawn's generosity, but I am happy that Toby bought me a laptop of my own so that I do not have to take someone else's. Look out Starbuck's - here I come.

I also got a new cell phone because mine was about dead. Dropped calls were beginning to be the norm. Between playing with the settings on my new cell phone and playing with my new laptop, I feel like a regular high-tech granny. We are having some problems with memory. Toby and I cannot remember our password for our wireless connection. We're working on it.

Today was my mom's birthday. My brother and his fiance came up from Austin. My sister and her husband came from Amarillo. Bo and Sara came with the Grand Babies - all to my house for lunch and a romping around the ranch. It was great fun, but once again, I am worn out. Tomorrow is GBN2's first birthday. There will be a big party for her. I am looking forward to New Year's because I am ready for all the parties and family gatherings to be over. We leave for Scotland on Jan. 6th (January 7th is Toby's B-day). After three weeks in the UK, I will be lonely and ready for family again. I'm such a push-over.

9 comments:

The Friendly Neighborhood Piper said...

Dear HiTech granny,

Be warned...TMobile has a lockdown on Starbucks, and you get to pay for the WiFi service now...those sunza...well anyway. Just walk around and find a parkbench or cafe table, there will be an open signal somewhere. If you need a tutorial i'd be glad to help, or ask Bo, he knows.

Becky said...

Happy birthday to all those involved! GBN2 is a year old already? My doesn't time fly. Come to think of it, my youngest nephew will be a year old Jan 5th. Oy. Time does fly!

Dawn said...

so cool, your gonna love having a laptop!! I do, I do, I do!!!!
and I'm with you, I am all partied out!!! Looking forward to some slowing down.

Buck Pennington said...

We leave for Scotland on Jan. 6th

Ummm...y'all don't happen to be in need of a Gentleman's Gentleman while you're off in Scotland? You know...someone to draw the bath, lay out the clothes, carry the luggage, answer the phone, receive visitors, and generally run interference? I speak passable Scottish, too.

I'm available...simply for price of airfare and accommodations. I'll provide my own food and drink... under the assumption I'll only have to work eight or ten hours per day, of course. A Gentleman's Gentleman does require some time off.

Buck Pennington said...

PS: I'm also quite good at driving on the "proper" side of the road. That, in itself, is worth the expense.

Bag Blog said...

Buck, we will have a suite. You can come stay on the couch. I need a driver - I mean for the road trips not golf, and I need someone who speaks passable Scottish or at least someone who has "the finest Scotch running in his veins" - old Three Stooges line.

Buck Pennington said...

Buck, we will have a suite. You can come stay on the couch. I need a driver...

So...are ya gonna FedEx me my ticket, or e-mail it to me? Time's short...we leave on 01/06/2008, right? ;-)

Bag Blog said...

Buck, lets negotiate. I provide the couch, a few meals, and rental car. You will have to buy your own airfare - same goes for my daughter and mother who are considering joining us for a long weekend. My art girls want to come too, but I told them to hold out for Moscow.

Buck Pennington said...

Buck, lets negotiate (...) You will have to buy your own airfare - same goes for my daughter and mother who are considering joining us...

But... but... I'm providing a valuable service! What would Jess and Mom bring to the table? I'm sure Toby could get the magnanimous folks at Halliburton to pony-up, no? There's gotta be a few million dollars in extra ill-gotten gains ("It's the OIL!" "Cheney!") laying around doing nothing. A couple of thousand for a Business Class ticket shouldn't be TOO hard to come by...

Verification word: "ianyglas," i.e., where the single-malt goes..."in any glass!"