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Technologically Speaking – A Meme

For the past few months, I’ve been participating in BlogHer’s Family Connections citizen journalism project as a Momspotter. Which btw, has little to nothing to do with my menses.  In a nutshell, I tweet a few times a day with the #momspotting hashtag about how I use technology in my everyday parenting life.  Or more accurately, how I’m attempting to stay one day smarter than technology so that I appear to NOT look like an imbecile  in front of my children.

And so, in the spirit of conquering technology, some of the momspotters are participating in a little meme.

If you want to play, simply cut and paste, and replace your own answers with mine on your own blog.  Then leave a link to your post in the comments, or tweet it with the #momspotting hashtag.

The Techno-Meme

1.  Which expensive electronic device do you most often let your older children abuse or your baby drool on?

The only person who drools in the house now is Fiddledaddy, whenever he spots a new fangled technological device.  And for the record, I don’t let the children anywhere near my iPhone or iMac.  They have a PC laptop designated for school work.  I do not share well.

2.  How many take-out restaurant numbers do you have programmed into your phone?

Only one.  Take-away service for Carrabbas.  It’s #2 on speed dial.  Right behind poison control.  No correlation.

3.   How many hours of television do you so totally not let your kids watch a week?

Twelve years ago, B.C. (before children) we read all the research on children and television, and vowed not to let our children watch ANY TV before the age of 2.  That lasted 2 months.  Along with the “we will not let our children eat in the car” rule.  Now we just set reasonable limits.  When they start to twitch, we turn it off.

4.   Do you think people who say “we don’t watch television” at playdates but really mean “we just watch DVDs” are lying liars from Liarville?

I don’t know any people like that.  Except for the Duggars, who we watch on TLC on 18 19 Kids & Counting. But I don’t really know them.  I just watch ’em on TV.  It’s ironic, really.

5.   How many miles have you driven with your child and not one device of electronic entertainment in a single car trip?

Two thirds of my children suffer from car sickness.  We discovered that child #3 had the affliction when Fiddledaddy allowed him to play the slide game on his iPhone while driving home from Disney World one night.  The kids who get sick just hang their head out the window, like a dog. No technological device necessary.  The remaining child listens to music on an iPod.

6.   What’s your record for calls to the pediatrician or Ask-a-Nurse in a single day?

Zero.  Why call when you can simply google The Plague.  And btw, my blog gets a fair number of hits whenever anyone googles “vomit.” I’m not sure what to make of that.

7.   What’s the sexiest thing your husband/partner could text you after a hard day?

“Honey, I left a box of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in the medicine cabinet for you.”

8.   What’s your favorite iPad joke?

A couple of years ago, a blogging buddy sent me a letter she was forwarded, addressed to the president of P&G regarding the whole “Have a Happy Period” sanitary napkin debacle.  I posted it on my blog.  When the iPad was released last week, it resurfaced, and because of the miracle of Twitter, I was able to connect with the author of that letter. I’ve always wanted to meet her.  She’s my people.  She on the other hand may be just a little fearful of me.

9.   What’s the dumbest parenting tool, gear, gadget or device you ever bought?

We had one of those little springy jumpy seats that you hang from a door frame.  Which Emme immediately turned into a sling shot whenever we would place her innocent baby sister in it.

10.   How many years will it take for your child to become more tech-savvy than you?

When Emme was two, she could navigate the computer far better than I could.  Now, my 4 year old son can kick my sorry butt on the Wii.  And all 3 children know how to program the TiVo.  But put me in front of a board game and I can MOP THE FLOOR WITH ALL OF ‘EM.  And then Tweet about it.

My Peeps

Because of my job as a Momspotter for BlogHer, I spend more time on Twitter than ever before.  At first I was intimidated.  Y’all know how WORDY I can be.  How can I possible fit a thought into 140 character.

Not words.


And I’ll admit that my 10 yo has attempted to educate me on text-speak.  I have no idea where she picked up this foreign language, since she is not allowed to TEXT, but she has some interesting shortcuts.

And recently when she tried it out on an English assignment, she was gently reprimanded by her English teacher.  Who also told her to eat her vegetables.

Texting takes me a sweet FOREVER, since I insist on adding semi-correct punctuation and applying most spelling rules.

So it’s an absolute miracle when I post a Tweet on Twitter AND can cram a complete thought into my allotted 140 character limit. Although a few have @Fiddledee’d me with a WHAT ARE U TALKING ABOUT?

The greatest surprise that I’ve found about Twitter, is the wonderful community.  IN REAL TIME.

I would never ever give up blogging, but I’ve found Twitter to be an extension of a wonderfully supportive blogging community.  (And you don’t even have to have a blog to play.)

So.  Twitter has recently created a LIST function.  I am able to group people to help keep track of Tweeps that I’m following.  I have a LIST called “gurlfriends” that I’m still putting together.  Get it, G-url-friends.

I slay myself.

This list is basically you all.  I want to make sure that if you Twitter, I’ve got you in my list.  So, I’m going to put Mr. Linky up below, and if you have a Twitter account (go here to find out how to set one up if you want to play), please link up.  And btw, Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife has a WONDERFUL crash course on the basics of Twitter.  Go here to read it.

This will be a fun way for all of us to keep track of one another, and meet new peeps.

A Twitter Party, as it were.

Type your name (or Twitter handle) in the first blank, and put your twitter URL in the second.  For example, here’s mine:

Fiddledeedee (1st space)
http://twitter.com/Fiddledeedee (2nd space)