Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Boss of You

I got a new phone. I realize that this is not earth shattering news and that, in fact, people do this daily. Truth is, even my Mom had a smart phone for over 6 months before I got mine. It would have gone longer but my husband is in charge of researching all things boring techie so it was up to him to figure out what I’d be capable of using would work best for me, which features I need, all that. S0 he did, and then surprised me with the phone last month.

I have two things to say about the people mentioned above. First, I can now understand why my mom had her phone longer. She’s retired and able to spend more time meeting the phone’s needs. No, I don’t work, but I’m still at the stage where I’m handling the daily needs of four  . . . well. . . breathing people.

And my husband? I’m starting to think maybe he doesn’t like me as much as I thought. First there was the roller blades incident and now this. And this is a man who is never without baked goods either. Sheesh.

Spiced Glazed Doodles - Baking In A Tornado
Spiced Glazed Doodles

Let me tell you, having this new phone is a major commitment. It’s not much different from having an infant in the house.

It demands constant attention. I mean between two FB pages, twitter, G+, two emails and texts, that thing is busier than a one-armed paper hanger. Oops, that analogy is probably not politically correct. Forgive me, I’m not myself, I haven’t had much sleep since this baby came into my life.

Boss of You - Baking In A Tornado

I come when it calls. I mean clearly there is something going on that I need to know about, so when that sound rings out, I come running. Pretty much from anywhere in the house. I drop everything to go see what it needs.

It’s very difficult to understand. I mean, I think I know what to do to calm it. I should know what to do to calm it, but I could not answer a call. There’s a big green button that says “answer” but I tapped it, double tapped it, banged it, yelled at it and eventually the caller hung up. Parental fail.

It doesn’t yet understand me either, but I talk to it anyway. When that thing dings and I’m in the bathroom, I often try to stave off the coming tantrum. You can hear me from behind the door calling out in my most soothing, comforting voice “it’s OK, I hear you, I’ll be there in just a miiiiiinute.”

And, of course, this little bundle of joy is not easily calmed. In fact, if you don’t attend to it immediately, it could go into full on meltdown mode. Lights flash and buzzers buzz and it starts jumping and dancing across the table. Then you’re in real trouble.

Here’s one thing I did learn; I have to get my chores done while it’s sleeping. usually after a very active morning of play, there’s a lull. Whether it’s exhaustion or what, I don’t know, but usually there’s a late morning window where it seems to calm down for a short time. If I’m lucky, I can get a shower in or the laundry started.

It doesn’t stay asleep though. Even if I’m very careful not to make any loud noises. Even if I tiptoe. In fact, I even gently shut it off, but when it has a demand to make it just turns itself right back on.

You cannot reason with this little charmer either. I know I can use silent mode, but some things are important. So I’ve asked and explained and even begged that it inform me of only activity I care about and skip informing me of spam, but I still get summoned every time a Russian bot has left a nonsense comment on my blog.

And despite all the time and effort and lack of sleep, I love it unconditionally. I just hope I don’t live to regret those words once we hit the teen years. . .

Baking Signature

Spiced Glazed Doodles
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients, Cookie:
1 stick butter, softened
1 stick margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 ½ tsp vanilla
2 eggs
2 ¾ cups flour
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
¼ tsp ground cloves
½ cup cinnamon baking chips
 
Ingredients, Rolling:
¼ cup sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
 
Ingredients, Glaze:
2 TBSP milk
½ tsp vanilla
¼ tsp cinnamon
½ cup powdered sugar
 
Directions:
*Cream butter, margarine, brown sugar, 1 cup sugar. Beat in the vanilla and eggs. Mix in the flour, cream of tartar, baking soda, and spices. Once everything is incorporated, mix in the baking chips.
*Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your cookie sheets. Mix together the ¼ cup of sugar and cinnamon.
*Roll the dough into approximately 50 balls. Roll each ball in cinnamon/sugar mixture, place on cookie sheets and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the bottoms start to brown.
*Remove from the cookie sheets and cool completely.
*Mix together the glaze ingredients and brush the glaze onto the cookies. Allow the glaze to set completely before moving the cookies.

22 comments:

  1. LoL!

    I admit, I don't have a smart phone, but REALLY REALLY want one.....I doubt mine will be as active as yours though!

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    1. I wasn't anticipating this either. Catch up on your sleep before you get one, just a helpful tip.

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  2. So true - isn't it? Pretty soon you will come to learn all it's little sounds and you'll know instantly if it's a FB direct message, a Tweet you've been mentioned in, favorited or re-tweeted, a text or just a simple phone call. Ah the joys of smart phoning! Welcome to the club :-)

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    1. So I'm a bit (a lot) later than everyone else, but I'll get there, right? You have a lot of faith in me!

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  3. This is hilarious! My child (phone version) has finally heard me say something to hert enough that she no longer texts, 'Ducking Siri' when I ask her to text for me!

    Eventually, the terrible twos will end. Until then, keep training her over and over and over again!!

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    1. Ha, too funny. Seems you finally got yours under control. Hope I can do the same.

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  4. I promise you will adjust. You will get used to your new baby, and that baby will learn it's limits with you.

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    1. I certainly hope so. Cause right now it's requiring an awful lot of attention.

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  5. LOL! Whatever you do, don't try giving it a bottle or a bath.
    My smartphone is NOT smart... it's quite stupid, actually. It's illiterate, refuses to learn (take the fact that I've typed "YUMMI" over 1,000 times and it still wants me to use YUMMY), and it's a horrible listener.

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    1. HA HA, a bottle or a bath, nope not that desperate . . . yet.

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  6. This was funny. I don't even have a cell phone, I am on the phone most of the day at work, so it is the last thing I want to do when I am off work.

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    1. I'm starting to think that's a very good idea.

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  7. LOL. You never cease to make me laugh! When you first get a touch phone it is so funny trying to figure out just how you have to touch it to get it to work so I totally understand. And with being a blogger, man oh man, the emails, notifications from social media and then you have phone calls and text messages...it's a lot going on. Sometimes, I don't look at it for a while to do things like cook, play with my son and clean. Then when I come back there are like 10-20 notifications which is fun to look at :)

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    1. Yes, I'm learning to ignore it and let all the notifications build up and check them less frequently. So basically I'm getting the baby onto a schedule?

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  8. love this...it;s crazy how addicting a phone can be, right? sometimes I have to shut it off just to focus.

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    1. I hear you. This thing has me wrapped around it's little finger . . . well, so to speak.

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  9. Hilarious! I can now pretty much tell what the different pinging noises are...I'm not sure if that's a good thing or it's sad. Sometimes I completely turn it off, but not nearly enough!

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    1. Yes, I'm finally starting to recognize the different cries, but I still can't shut it off in a way that keeps it from turning itself back on again. I'm sure I'll get it eventually.

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  10. LOL! I love my droid phone but it has become the boss of me. With all the pings and sounds I always need to look at it. I'm obsessed with it!

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    1. Exactly. I now put it on silent at bedtime so I can sleep through the night!

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  11. I didn't want my smart phone, now I can't live without it. Yes, the children are spoiled…so we all have similar ring tones and buzzing and game sounds going on. I can't tell you how often we look at each other to silently ask, "Was that my phone or yours?" Who needs words anymore? I have to stop bulk commenting on your blog. There are too many yummy things to eat…Now I"m going to have to make them all :)

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    1. Yeah, I'm still trying to adjust to mine. If this were a game, my phone would be winning.

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