Friday, November 5, 2010

Gotta love Technology...

I got online after I got home from work this morning. I see sons Ben and Tommy are already logged in to Facebook. Since Ben's icon shows him as "inactive" I assumed he was at work and had just left his computer on. So I said hello to Tommy.

About the time I said hello, Sam finally got a skillet washed (hidden from last night!) so that I could start browning meat and onions for the big pot of chili I was cooking. So between typing messages back and forth, I was getting supper on to cook. (In the slowcooker, which is why it was going before noon!)

While I am at the stove, Ben pops up on the computer... he decided in a matter of minutes it was easier to CALL me than type out his side of what would be a long discussion.  Meanwhile, Tommy asked me if he had told me yet about something going on in his life. I responded he had not, so he called me... Ben hangs up so I can talk to Tommy. After a short while, Ben texts Tommy on his phone and tells him that he (Ben) has to leave for work soon and he really needs to talk to me. So Tommy hung up, and Ben and I got to talk.

Once we are all off the phone, I get back online. There are Ben and Tommy.... AND Becky, AND my Mom. Ben and Tommy are texting one another, while instant messaging me, Mom, and Becky, who are likewise IMing one another. Hard to follow, isn't it? It was a mini family reunion through technology.

Growing up, I can remember NOT having a telephone. And later, telephones with "party lines", shared by several families. There was not even "call waiting ".  Long distance calls were few, and brief. Today, our communications were between five people, through three mediums, over hundreds of miles.  Almost all of it covered by single rate communication plans.


I go to get Connor and Alana this afternoon. If they don't like chili, I still have spaghetti with home made sauce from yesterday. Snacks have been laid in, though they will have to do without soda pop. Dan is planning to bake muffins for breakfast in the morning. The chili is smelling GREAT!

I have to stop by the bank and the post office when I go out. Sam wants to come with me and get some vanilla wafers for the caramel sauce he has on cooking. (He uses his brother Chris' easy recipe. Boil a can of unopened sweetened condensed milk for three hours in a pot of water. That's the recipe.) We also have plenty of apples to serve with the sauce.

Speaking of caramels... I tried the Milky Way Simply Caramel candy bar yesterday. I ate one bite in the car. I had a second bite last night after supper, and then put it in the freezer. I chopped a third bite off after work this morning. These are THAT rich. At this rate, a single candy bar will last me for days! (Which is a GOOD thing! These have 250 calories per bar.)

Oh yeah, with the Non-denominational Capitalist, Wintertime Gift-giving Season rapidly approaching, I am once again asking, ever so nicely, that if you shop Amazon, could you please "get there" through my blog? There is a link on the side bar of the blog, and I get a small commission for advertising them here. Thank you!

Have a blessed afternoon!


Becky said...

Happy Non-denominational Capitalist, Wintertime Gift-giving Season to you Mom!

Tommy said...

Becky beat me to it but, Happy Non-denominational Capitalist, Wintertime Gift-giving Season to you mom!