Monday, March 9, 2009

Weekend activities?

I just had a rather odd weekend. Maybe you have these all the time but I usually have a nice quiet weekends.

Saturday, we took a trip to Best Buy to get a microphone for my laptop. Apparently, all laptops come with microphones and web cams now. But not mine. My intent was to get a microphone so I could add narration to a new project I am working on for a video. (Still working on learning how to do that)

I was looking over all the choices of microphones when a helpful salesperson came up. With his help, I settled on a headset/microphone combo. Then my husband asked "What about a web cam? Doesn't that have a microphone on it?" Good question. So, we asked the helpful salesperson. His reply was that the microphone on the web cam did not have good sound and a separate one would be best for my use. Good salesperson! (He said he was not on commission.)

Anyhow, after we got home with microphone and new web cam, I had lots of fun opening the blister packed microphone. Thank heavens for utility knives. This one even had a scored place to cut to open the package. They say that many ER visits are the results of trying to open blister packs.

Installing the microphone and web cam followed. I never do anything in a straight forward manner. While installing the web cam, they offered to install Adobe Media Player. I said OK and discovered that you can see lots of TV programs with it. Most I'm not the least interested in but I found MacGyver. I loved MacGyver. So, I listened to the whole pilot episode. What fun.

Next, I had to set up a Skype account. My daughter in MD has Skype. So, with all of that and several invitations to join us on Skype accomplished, we went to bed Saturday night even remembering to set the clocks ahead.

Well, in the middle of the night, I woke up listening to my daughter saying, "Is anyone here?" I heard nothing after that and naturally, went back to sleep. Next, I heard my husband come back to our bedroom announcing that there was no hot water.

It was then that my daughter explained that in the middle of the night, the shower came on in our upstairs bathroom (next to their bedroom) That was when she was asking "Is anyone there?" Apparently, she and her husband scoured the house trying to figure out the mystery shower running. We slept through all of that!

So, we washed in cold water. Husband heated water on the stove to shave. Dishes were washed the same way. Plumber will be coming on Monday.

Sunday after church I decided to make up for the lost hour. I took a three hour nap. That should make up for it I think!

On a more pleasant note, I had a nice Skype video call with my daughter and family in MD. It was fun to see and talk to them all together. However, there is something to be said for picture less phone conversations. Think about it! (Of course as my son-in-law said, "You don't have to use the video part")

Isn't technology wonderful?



  1. Wow, what a weekend. Can't wait to see your video project.

    We went without water for a day while my husband was fixing our broken water line last spring. I didn't realize how much I take for granted being able to turn a faucet and get clean water. Technology is great and makes life so much easier!

  2. Oh Cold water is never that good, but technology & all the new toys, I love skype to, since we live in England right now (11 more days and we are back in California) that is how we keep in contact with family...
    hope your week is better than your weekend was...

  3. That's an eventful weekend! BTW, I use SKYPE a lot with my family. We once had a conference call for 5 of us in four locations!