The foreign language? An Android.
I just read about Androids on the Internet. But I barely have a clue what they're talking about.
I do know that there's a Play Store that's equivalent to the same feature on my Apple iPad, so at least I know how to use the Apps. I immediately installed the Kindle so I could read my purchased books. That's most important.
But the phone...that's what gave me a NIGHTMARE WEEKEND.
WHY I STEPPED OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE
For years I've resisted getting a so-called Smart Phone (explain to me what Smart means). I've clung to two very old cell phones, one for me and a backup for my daughter should I have to leave her alone for a bit in her hospital bed.
But they only had 700 peak minutes total, and I was paying $75 a month. I had no landline because the phone wires went out in the duplex we're renting, and I didn't want to pay to get them fixed. I was really open for something new.
Our current aide, Jessica, told me Friday, again, about her phone. NTelos. $45 a month for unlimited minutes. Plus you get Internet access (I think most if not all of you know all this?)
Jessica went with me and Jen to the local NTelos store, and I got a free phone (since I was transferring from Verizon) and the phone is only costing ME $30 a month on their FRAWG plan...whatever FRAWG means.
I'm still in mild SHOCK, going from $75 a month for limited calling to $30 a month for unlimited...including Internet access. What a time to be alive on planet Earth. The technology is amazing.
And confusing. If only I were younger...if only my brain were more flexible...because it was a NIGHTMARE trying to learn how to use the phone, which now I see is really SIMPLE. But I was trying to switch my OLD BRAIN from one language to another. As a result, Saturday evening my youngest daughter got about 12 missed calls as I tried to figure out the phone.
It really is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks. Really!!
So this is the critter that gave me such grief??!!
As for writing my next (spiritual) memoir....
I am now finally ready to begin. But I'll be stopping by to see what you've come up with, which I have always found to be delightful as you are all amazingly creative people.
I HAVE begun my memoir many times in my head (and on paper), and have finally decided which scene to begin with...as of this morning. It would be so much easier to do the A to Z, but I am determined to do what my friend Denise Covey has also determined to do....get a solid draft completed by the end of April while checking into A to Z blogs that catch my eye.
But as for posting on my blog, I'll be doing what Author Paul Anthony Shortt is doing....suspending blog posts through the month of April. When I come back, I'm going to try to post something at least once a week.
That's my update. Thanks for listening. "Best" Wishes to all of you as you pursue your writing and other projects in the month that poet T. S. Eliot called "the cruelest month." Below: first lines of The Waste Land...memory: so intriguing. Here's a link for any of you who are poets who might want to read the rest of the poem that usually only gets studied in college literature classes.....
|APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding|
|Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing|
|Memory and desire, stirring|
|Dull roots with spring rain.|
|Winter kept us warm, covering|
|Earth in forgetful snow, feeding|
|A little life with dried tubers.|
I don't think the MONTH is cruel. I think it's wonderful, because at least for us on the East coast of the United States, we're beginning to see signs of SPRING. Trees budding. Our landlord spreading mulch (chips) around his trees. Daytime temperatures getting out of the frigid zone. HOORAY.