Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Smartphones, Uggs and Mid Life Issues

I am smart!  Well, at least my phone is.  I succumbed to the lure of shiny lights and GPS and upgraded to a smartphone yesterday.  It all came about because we don't have a landline and since I work part-time I'm not always home when my kids come home.  My son needed a phone to be able to call me when he returned from school.

Last night was spent with both kids nose deep in keyboards taking pictures and deciding who deserved what ringtone.

Not being hip, I only have a vague idea on how to use my smartphone.  I can't seem to figure out how to add contacts, let alone assign them ring tones.

It cracks me up that I have this phone.  I rather prided myself on my backwards technology:  my old phone only made phone calls and texted; I couldn't get a picture message or an e mail.  But in a moment of wanting to be cool like everyone else...

Which brings me to Uggs.  Those boots are so ugly and yet so ubiquitous.  My daughter has been begging for them for years and I refuse to buy them for her.  There seems to be this uniform worn by every girl between the ages of 13 and 30:  leggings, Uggs, and a North Face fleece.  I wonder why everyone wants to look like everyone else.  Where's the uniqueness?  Where's the individuality?  Where's the humanity?

I'm getting carried away.  I think I just want my daughter to find her freak flag because sometimes I feel like I don't fit in and I want company.  I worry that others are judging me all the time.  No one understands me!  It's probably because I'm going through the "what do I want to do next?"  phase.  I refuse to call it a mid-life crisis because my husband says I only get one and I'm not wasting it on a smartphone.  And, who wants a mid-life crisis at 43?  But, I do need to get over myself and since I refuse to go the Uggs and leggings route, I need to find some more friends who accept me for who I am.  Hmmm, I wonder if there's an app for that.


  1. ha on the freak flag..i hear you...i dont mind the uggs as long as mine dont start saggin...i def dont need a phone smarter than i am...

  2. Good luck on learning to use the smart phone. The boy is still teaching me.... it's been several months. I now know how to make a call AND how to answer it. I recently learned how to turn it off (not intuitive, at least to me). Yet, the younger generation seem to be born knowing. Go figure.

  3. Best of luck with your phone...Freak flag is a phrase I've not heard until now...I hope you find some friends you feel comfortable with. I think we all want that...At least you've got some blogging buddies.

  4. I was practically forced to get a cell. Mine makes calls and texts, and I only text to one special person. Then again, I never got used to people looking at their watches when you masked them what the date was.

  5. Snap! I inherited an iPhone but with no data plan and just $29 a month, guess what? I use it as a phone much to the chagrin of the more techy smart

  6. Don't let the kids talk you into Angry Birds :)

    Yes, the perennial problem, how to be yourself yet still enough in the swing. Don't think I have solved that one yet. Good luck! :)

  7. I've seen Ma struggle with her phone in recent times enough to know what it must feel like :)

    I'm a little surprised, though. They told me that the identity crisis, all the stuff about who's judging me, that goes away once you grow up... it was pretty much THE only reason I had considered growing up, to be honest :D hehe


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